Entertaining. Sharp. Honest. Funny. A woman who breaks the stereotypes and makes us all think as well as laugh. Anyone who'd write a song called "The Only Dyke at the Open Mic" deserves a medal. And when she follows it up with "I'd Go Straight for Ridley Bent" and "Co-op Girlz" (about trying to pick up chicks a health food store), she should be eligible for the Order of Canada. - Richard Flohil, Flohil & Associates, Toronto, ON
....gut-splittingly funny.This kind of precocious is precious and altogether rare. - Stuart Derdeyn, The Vancouver Province, Vancouver BC
Kate Reid is, quite simply, one of the best songwriters to emerge from the Canadian folk roots scene since David Francey. - Tim Readman, Penguin Eggs Magazine, Edmonton, AB
“Kate Reid is one of the best songwriters I've heard in years. I'd put her on a stage any time, any where." - Gary Cristall, Artistic Director for the Vancouver Folk Festival, 1978-1994
Slam poetry meets folk music and LGBTQ-themed tunes in professional queer-musical-activist Kate Reid. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Kate holds a Master of Arts from The University of British Columbia's Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. She is a guitar-playing, harmonica-slinging singer-songwriter, and bona-fide storyteller with rapid-fire delivery. Her lyrics are honest and poignant: sometimes hard-hitting, sometimes hilarious, always insightful. Her songs brim with socio-political and personal commentary: Kate's passion is music with a message. Her critically acclaimed work as artist includes five independently-released albums: Kate Reid (EP - 2005), Comin’ Alive (2006), I'm Just Warming Up (2009), Doing it for the Chicks (2011), and Queer Across Canada (2013), which is a collection of songs that Kate wrote and recorded based on interviews she conducted with LGBTQ families. She tours across Canada and into the USA and Europe performing at music festivals, Pride festivals, live music venues, and in people’s living rooms. Nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2009, and cited as “Favourite New Discovery” in 2009 by Penguin Eggs - Canada’s Folk, Roots, and World Music Magazine, Kate Reid is sure to entertain.
Prior to becoming a professional musician and completing her MA, Kate earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Guelph, Ontario in 1994, and a Bachelor of Education from The University of British Columbia in 2000. She has more than twenty-five years experience teaching and working with youth, including at-risk youth, and differently-abled children, youth and adults. She combines musical activism with teaching by facilitating workshops, and delivering keynotes and concerts for schools, community agencies, and professional organizations. Kate is especially passionate about using songs to facilitate discussion with youth around gender and sexual identities. She is currently working on her PhD in Education with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.
Check out Kate's work in schools and community organizations on the Keynotes/Workshops/School Concerts page.