~~Upcoming performances~~ 


December 19, 2017, 8pm
Roasted Chestnuts

The QSO's 3rd annual holiday fundraiser, co-presented by the West End Phoenix
Burdock Music Hall, 1184 Bloor St. W
Proceeds donated to Rainbow Railroad
Advance tickets available here

PAST PERFORMANCES:

December 6, 2017, 12pm
w Vivek Shraya

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Ryerson University
Free event, info available here

August 4, 2017
Erased: Billy & Bayard

Summerworks Performance Festival
Featuring Andrew Broderick & Stephen Jackman-Torkoff
Factory Theatre Mainspace
125 Bathurst St. Toronto, ON
Info and Tickets available here

July 9, 2017
Canada Scene Festival @ National Arts Centre
w hosts Mark Tewksbury & Stephen Jackman-Torkoff
and guest artists Carole Pope, Lorraine SegatoBeverly Glenn Copeland & Gwen Benaway
Ottawa, ON
Tickets and info available here

July 7, 2017
Art Gallery of Ontario
w Vivek Shraya for the release of our collaborative album Part Time Woman
317 Dundas St W. Toronto, ON

June 21, 2017
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
w guests Cris Derksen, Beverly Glenn CopelandVivek ShrayaGentleman Reg
12 Alexander St. Toronto, ON
Tickets and info available here
FREE TICKETS available for LGBTQ2S identified youth by emailing info@queersongbook.com

June 16, 2017
Luminato Festival @ The Famous Spiegeltent
David Pecaut Square, Toronto, ON
More info here

Alberta Tour

January 6, 2017 - Max Bell Theatre, Calgary, AB
Opening night of the High Performance Rodeo, co-presented by Theatre Calgary
Featuring CBC Radio's Katherine Duncan & Olympian Mark Tewksbury
Info and tickets here

January 7, 2017 - Edmonton, AB
The Needle Vinyl
Info and tickets here

January 14, 2017 - Banff Centre for the Arts
Margaret Greenham Theatre
Info and tickets here 

~ Many thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for their support in making this tour possible ~

December 22, 2017 - Great Hall, Toronto
Basement Revue, 10th Anniversary Show -
alongside Jason Collett, Miriam Toews, July Talk, Torquil Campbell and other guests 

December 20 & 21, 2016 - opening for Stars
Danforth Music Hall, Toronto

December 13, 2016 - 8pm, Burdock Music Hall, Toronto
Roasted Chestnuts, our 2nd Annual Holiday Fundraiser with special guests and proceeds going to support Rainbow Railroad
Info and tickets here

November 12, 2016
Naked Heart Festival
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto

A reduced version of the QSO collaborate with eight authors from the Naked Heart LGBTQ Literary Festival
More info here 

June 19, 2016
One for the Ages

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander St. 
Toronto, ON. 
Tickets and info 

Pairing the personal narratives of queer elders alongside the songs that have defined them, this performance emphasizes LGBTQ lineage and makes space for voices who were witness to the evolution of our community. 

Featuring: 

Wayson Choy
leZlie lee kam
Louis Negin
& the memory of Aiyyana Maracle

April 17, 2016
Anthems & Icons

The Music Gallery, 197 John St. 
Toronto
Tickets and info here 

From Judy Garland to Antony and the Johnsons, we are returning to the Music Gallery with an exploration of the mega – and lesser known - songs and artists that have defined and uplifted a community.
With special guests Vivek Shraya and Lisa Bozikovic. 

March 18, 2016
LONG WINTER

The Great Hall, 1087 Queen W. 
Tickets and info here 

January 29, 2016
Songs of Resilience
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Fox Cabaret, 8pm
2321 Main St. Vancouver, BC
Tickets and info here

January 28, 2016
Songs of Resilience
Anvil Theatre, 8pm
777 Columbia St. New Westminster, BC
Tickets and info here 

December 13, 2015
Roasted Chestnuts, The 1st Annual QSO Holiday Fundraiser
Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. 8pm
$10, Tickets available at the door. 
Facebook RSVP

Joined by numerous guest singers, the Queer Songbook Orchestra are queering up the holiday classics as Santa's never heard them before. Interweaving personal stories of queer experience in relation to holiday times from members of our own community, this will be a unique, jolly and oh so gay welcome to the festive season. All proceeds will be donated to SOY (Supporting Our Youth). 

Made possible with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council. 

November 29, 2015
Billy's Birthday
Burdock Music Hall, 8pm
$12 Advance/$15 Door
Tickets and info here
Facebook RSVP 

A remount of the Billy Strayhorn tribute the QSO developed earlier this year, this evening's performance is presented on the actual one hundredth birthday of the late composer and right hand man to Duke Ellington. Exploring the complex relationship between the two, and celebrating the understated genius and remarkable life of this influential figure. 

August 19, 2015
Arboretum Festival, Ottawa

St. Alban's Church, 8pm
arboretumfestival.com

June 21, 2015.
Blood Count, a Billy Strayhorn Centennial
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 8pm
Tickets and more info here  
Facebook RSVP

All Ages
Venue is fully accessible 

Pulling back the curtain on one of the most profound musical partnerships of the 20th Century, the Queer Songbook Orchestra is taking a look at the artistry and integrity of the late Billy Strayhorn on the centennial anniversary of his birth. A black, openly gay, man and indispensable collaborator to Duke Ellington for thirty years, Strayhorn's life is a tale of the courage and compromise of a 1940's era queer life, and his music stands today amongst the finest in the jazz cannon. 

Made possible with the generous support of TD Bank, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. 


March 26, 2015.
Songs of Resilience
Church of the Holy Trinity, 8pm
Advance Tickets available at Soundscapes and Glad Day Bookshop, or online
$18/Advance
$25/Door
Facebook RSVP

The Queer Songbook Orchestra is taking a look back at the last century of popular music with the queer lens intact, revealing little known backstories and personal narratives while reimagining these songs for a chamber pop orchestra. 
Join this collective of top queer and allied musicians for a unique evening of music and storytelling that examines resilience in song, through the courage of the songwriter and the elevation of the listener, in the beautiful setting of the Church of the Holy Trinity. 
Joined by visual artist Sean Frey and incorporating live narration, this performance takes an honest look at the contributions of LGBTQ songwriters and performers to the popular canon and celebrates the unifying and empowering elements of music within community. 

Made possible with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council. 


September 21, 2014. 
Songs from in and around the closet
The Music Gallery, 8pm
Event details  •   Facebook RSVP

 

Fire and Nice: Guardians of the Archives Dinner
May 29th, 2014 • The Gardiner Museum

 

Companions for your closet
March 28 & 29, 2014 • Videofag