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The Jazz Room

59 King Street North

Waterloo, ON N2J 2X2


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Rainbow Reels Presents: A Queer and Trans Production

Come and enjoy an unforgetable night of song, dance, burlesque, improv, spoken word, musical excerpts, a silent auction, door prizes, and MORE! Hosted by spoken word artist Truth Is, this event showcasing local talent is going to be the talk of the town. We are raising funds for Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans film festival in October 2017. All are welcome. Tickets $10

If ticket cost is a barrier for you, or you have any other questions please do not hestitate to conatc us at: supergaycabaret@gmail.com

Our MC for the night will be the amazing Truth Is... (mainly she pronouns)! Over the years through poetry and effective communication Truth Is ... has dedicated much of their time and all of themself to the betterment of community. Previously opening up for Canadian Hip-Hop idol K-OS & legendary activist Angela Davis, they have also headlined in several conferences focused on social equity, gender equality, labour safety and youth motivation. They are current co-artistic director of not for profit arts organisation Guelph Spoken Word and has also been the recipient of the Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Awards and Guelph's Top 40 under 40.


Here are some of our fabulous performers!

Sam Yoon - he/him

Sam is a 4th year student in communication and women and gender studies at Laurier. He has been dancing since he was 14 and continues to teach dance and is on Laurier's competitive dance team. Sam is also currently involved in campus organizing, specifically addressing gender violence through Not My Laurier, an action group underneath Laurier Students' Public Interest Group. He is super excited to be able to bridge his dance world into the community.

Jaedon - He\Him

Jaedon daly is an 18 year old violinist from Hamilton Ontario. He is going on to study his second year of violin performance at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Jaedon was awarded over 5000$ in scholarships for outstanding string playing. He likes the outdoors, swimming and going to the movies !

He will be performing Preludio from Bach's third violin partita in E major

Ossian MacEachern - they/them or he/him

Ossian is a spoken word poet based out of Kitchener-Waterloo. Their passions include anti-oppressive politics, radical kindness, community building, yarn, and scented candles. Their poetry centres around trauma, mental illness, gender, queeness, faith, love, and hope.

Performance Description:

I will be performing 10-15 minutes of spoken word poetry. They plan for it to be centered on queerness and joy, history and survival.

Leon Tsai - She & Her

Leon Tsai is a recent graduate locally from Eastwood Collegiate Institute, and also a proud Plus Size Asian-Immigrant Transgender Woman. In High School, Leon took part in an Intergraded Arts Program majoring in Visual Art, Vocal Music, and minoring in Drama & Dance. Additionally, Leon is a passionate Public Speaker and Activist advocating for the Equity and Inclusion of LGBTQ+ Youths. Leon is happy to announce her enrolment into University of Toronto in the Fall and will hope to continue her work of Activism including but not limited to: Intersectional Feminism, LGBTQ+ Rights, and the fight against Racism & Xenophobia...etc.

As a Body Positivity Advocate and a lover of Musical Theatre, Leon will be performing a burlesque-inspired striptease, celebrating her Plus-Sized and Trans-Identified body !

Feel free to whistle, cheer and interact during Leon’s performance that feels good for you! (P.S Please return any clothes at the end of the show!)

Hannah Montana - she/her - she/her/they/them

montana is a friendly queer folk who loves to dance. With a big heart. Situating themselves on turtle island montana is all about the grassroots and wont pass up a moment to contribute to the resistance. Give them a wooootwoot.

Hannah is an awkward bisexual, queer, cis, white, settler woman cooking her way through life. She loves to dapple in the art of fermentations, get lost biking new trails, and eat all the left-overs! In all of Hannah’s faults, imperfections, ambitions, and passions, she seeks to engage in social change at the grassroots level.

Hannah and Montana will be performing a duo burlesquey lyrical piece to the song “You are not my type” by Be Steadwell.

Bassam - They/Them

bassam is a (gender/)queer, Jewish spoken word artist of Middle-Eastern descent, a settler residing on the traditional territory of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant (Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendatt, and Mississaugas of the New Credit), and national poetry slam champion that has toured Turtle Island performing spoken word. A longtime sufferer of body dysmorphia, bipolar and eating disorders, bassam believes in radical kindness as resistance, that there is no peace without justice, and that intersectionality is vital in the struggle against kyriarchy.

bassam will be performing a series of spoken word pieces pertaining to their middle eastern perspective on their queer identity, body image, and islamophobia/homophobia/transphobia, touching on the pulse massacre and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

UW Improvisation Club

The University of Waterloo Improvisation Club (UW Improv) introduces its members to the basics of improvisation and provides an outlet for those who share our enthusiasm for unscripted drama. Improv activities, exercises, and short scenes are usually performed at our weekly, 2 hour-long meetings with no prior experience required! From romantic confessions to crushing dad jokes, improv is the perfect prescription for what ails you. Side effects may include: making friends, uncontrollable laughter, and a hankering for spaghetti and Redbull at the Taj Mahal!

Today the UW improv club has a trope of seasoned performers who have come together to perform a series of scenes involving audience participation, laughter and, ridiculousness. They are lean, keen, not very mean and, have neutral feelings towards the colour green, they encourage participation and laughter alike ,audience members and performers, it’s UW IMPROV!!

Emma - She/her

I am an aniishnaabe kwe and a visual artist. I often work with dry mediums preceding charcoal sketches for soft smokey sexy drawings. There's something wonderful and speaking with grey all over a nice blank page.

Performance: I will be doing a live drawing while others perform that I hope will take on a life of its own to reflect the overall emotions of the night.

Janice Jo Lee - She/her

JANICE JO LEE is a Korean-Canadian, spoken word poet, folk musician, and theatre artist rooted in Kitchener, on Haldimand Treaty territory. She is passionate about building flourishing communities based in justice and joy through art. Lee is a hard femme queer radical and on stage is known for being disarmingly hilarious, off-the-cuff and fearlessly honest. She is interested in the question: “What is my responsibility to my ancestors and my community as a storyteller?”

Janice will share some of her timeless poems, unforgettable and engaging tunes, as well as an excerpt from her recent one person musical “Will You Be My Friend: A Musical Comedy.”

Ryan Coulter
Ryan Coulter is a KW creative with a passion for the arts, social justice, and good food. Past musical and performing credits include singing with the Wilfrid Laurier Chamber Choir, founding and conducting the Eastwood Collegiate Chamber Choir, as assistant conductor for the Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir, and performing in various musicals around the region with KW Musical Productions and the KW Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Lately, Ryan's main focus is his business, Almost Famous Vegan, but he can still be found most Monday evenings, performing at the Boathouse Open Mic Night in Victoria Park.

Ryan will be performing a selection of popular musical theatre songs.

Special guest and announcement:
Shawn Johnston - My name is Shawn Johnston and I am a Two Spirit Anishinaabe originally from Couchiching First Nations. I am currently the Events Coordinator for the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre at the University of Waterloo.

Nations and Voices is world travel photography project that will launch in the fall of 2017. My goal is to use photography to share stories of BIPOC folks (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) that I meet during my travels. It is my hope that these photos create conversation, trigger emotions, change perceptions, and communicate a message that BIPOC folks have many stories to tell, which is often silenced by privileged world travelers.

On Wednesday August 16, 2017, starting at 6:30pm, I will be hosting a fundraiser at THEMUSEUM. The evening will include performances by Juneyt, Rexy Spice, Blue Sky Singers, Bashar Jabbour, Elsa Jayne, Janice Lee, and Alysha Brilla. Please join us for an evening of live music, food, and a silent auction table. All funds raised will go toward to the Nations and Voices project. Miigwetch!
Here is my event page https://www.facebook.com/events/406013429785578

Videographer: Becca Redden - she/her

Becca is a filmmaker/photographer. Her lens focuses on community and youth issues, social and environmental justice, and the personal and comedic stories within difficult topics.


Acessibility information:

  • The space is wheelchair accessible
  • There will be access to an accessible and gender- neutral washroom
  • Child Care is available upon request with 48 hours notice. Babies are welcome in the space
  • There will be alchol in the space, please take care of yourself
  • Unfortunatly we cannot offer ASL interpretation but please get in touch to talk about how we can make the space accesible to you in other ways
  • Please help us ensure a scent- free space. Perfumes, fragrances, scents products and cigarette smoke can be barriers for people coming. For more information on how to eleimintae and reduce scents please see:
  • http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/scentfree.html
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