I hope this email finds you well in your lives. It’s been a really long time since I’ve written, mostly because doctoral studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto has been taking over my life…in a good way. I have been deeply valuing my time reading, thinking, researching, and writing. As it turns out, my schooling adventures have been just what I needed to help me ride out this big transition between living in British Columbia, my second home, and moving back to Ontario where I grew up. I’m loving life going back and forth between Toronto (where I have a great little apartment near downtown) and Guelph (where my partner, Lori lives, and incidentally, where I did my undergraduate degree back in the early 90’s!). Being in graduate school has been really stimulating, motivating, fun, and also, life-changing. I have been working with my own research interests: folk music, education, social justice, queer theory, LGBTQ+ lived experience, arts-informed research, and song-writing, and have been a part of two other research projects at OISE. I have just finished my third year of my PhD and have begun writing up my dissertation. I aim to defend and graduate by this time next year. After that, we shall see what opens up before me. In the meantime, I have settled into a summer of writing that will be punctuated with some time with friends and loved ones, and various encounters with nature in the front and backcountry—here in Ontario, as well as in Alberta and BC.
Since I haven’t reached out with a newsletter since last summer, I thought it was high time to let you know what I’ve been up to over the past year, and what is on the horizon!
OISE, University of Toronto
Here are a few successes I’ve had and fun things I’ve been involved with during my doctoral studies at OISE:
Out at School–Toronto Pride 2019
At OISE, aside from conducting and writing about my own research, I am an artist-researcher on a research project called LGBTQ Families Speak Out. It’s an arts-based research study about the experiences of LGBTQ+ families and youth in Ontario schools.Over the course of the project, we have video-interviewed 36 families and curated over 300 video clips from these interviews and posted them on our website: www.lgbtqfamiliesspeakout.ca. Along with interviewing the families, we also developed a 90-minute verbatim monologue performance called Out at School, which consists of excerpts from the interviews, beautiful illustrations by another team member, benjamin lee hicks, and music by yours truly. This past June, we gave three performances of Out at Schoolfor Toronto PRIDE 2019 at OISE. I have lots of duties as a researcher on this team, but, my favourite task by far is to write music based on the interviews we conducted—what a dream job! I feel very lucky to work with this team of amazing people. If you or anyone you know would like to bring this amazing performance to your school or university, please contact me! We received rave reviews of this production from countless audience members. Below is a link to the three songs I have composed and performed for Out at School:Pushing the Envelope, Let Love be the Way, and Risk Hope. On this page, you will also find some information about what each song is about. I hope you enjoy the songs…you can download them here: http://www.lgbtqfamiliesspeakout.ca/out-at-school.html.
Co-authored chapter: Inviting Startled Empathy Through Performed Ethnography: A Queer(ed) Collective Research Project – byTara Goldstein, Jenny Salisbury, benjamin lee hicks, Kate Reid, Austen Koecher, and Pamela Baer
In 2018, my doctoral supervisor, Dr. Tara Goldstein and her team of researchers, of which I am a part, co-authored an article about the research project we are all involved in called, LGBTQ Families Speak Out. This article was included in a book of articles about the ethics of conducting research entitled, The Methodological Dilemma Revisited, edited by drama education scholar Kathleen Gallagher. This book is a follow-up to Kathleen’s book, The Methodological Dilemma, which came out in 2008. A copy of The Methodological Dilemma Revisited can be purchased at Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca.
Peer-reviewed, co-authored article:A Production of Survival: Cancer Politics and Feminist Media Literacies – by Chelsey Hauge and Kate Reid
You may remember a few years ago, my dear friend, Chelsey and I composed a song called Breast Cancer Pink, about her experience with breast cancer, and then made a music video to go along with the song. Well, then, we wrote an article about our art-making processes and our article was published in the acclaimed academic journal, Studies in Social Justice. You can download and read the article here: https://journals.library.brocku.ca/index.php/SSJ/index.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship
I’ve been a successful recipient of the Ontario Grad Scholarship for both years I applied for it: 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. This has been very helpful in allowing me to work less and focus more on my research and writing.
Queer Special Interest Group Graduate Student Travel Award
This past year, I was awarded the Graduate Student Travel Grant at the American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference in Toronto. This conference is the biggest education conference in North America and travel to a different city each year hosting upwards of 20, 000 academics and graduate students.
Upcoming journal article
I’ve been invited to write an article for an edited collection of papers called,Practicing the Social: Entanglements of Art and Justice, on arts-based research, social justice, critical arts methodologies. The title of the article I’m working on for this collection is,Music as Method: The Ethics of Using Songwriting to Analyze and Synthesize Data. Practicing the Social: Entanglements of Art and Justice will be edited by Dr. Carla Rice and Dr. Ingrid Mündel at the Re*Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice at the University of Guelph.
July 26-28, 2019
Five Oaks Retreat Centre
This is the third year I’ve invited to perform at Skylight Festival in Paris, Ontario. This great little festival focuses on arts, social justice, peace, and spirituality.There will be a range of thought-provoking performers, speakers, workshops, and other activities that will no doubt feed you in some way. Along with performing a set of my own music on the main stage, I will be facilitating a writing workshop, hosting an open mic, and leading a campfire sing-along. At Five Oaks Centre, there is a range of accommodation options from camping, to private rooms, to cabins, to shared accommodations….so many fun options for the weekend! The festival also offers food trucks and a pre-ordered meal plan. Here is the website for so much more info and tickets: https://www.skylightfestival.ca.
August 8, 2019
709 Benchlands Trail
I’m playing this sweet little gig at this lovely live music venue that also doubles as a fine dining restaurant, hotel in the heart of the Rockies in Canmore, AB. Tickets for this show include two 45 minute sets and dinner. I will be performing my own material for the first set, and for the second set, I will be performing cover tunes with a special guest who will be backing me up on bass, my uncle and longtime Canmore resident, Hugh Hancock. You can get your tickets by contacting Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 17, 2019
New West Pride
New Westminster, BC
I’ve played New West Pride twice before and they’ve asked me back for their 10thanniversary Pride celebration. This is a great street festival in New Westminister, BC and if you want something smaller than Vancouver Pride but still with lots of variety of things to do and see, come to New West….just a short drive or skytrain ride from Vancouver! Here is New West Pride website for more info about all the goings-on! http://newwestpride.ca.
Here’s a link to my collaborative songwriting page in case you or anyone you know would like to work on a song together about some aspect of your life, or a particular life experience. Different fee options are included on this page.
Finally….one last little gift. A couple of years ago, I composed and recorded this song, Something ‘Bout You and Meand would love to share it with you here for you to download (once you click on the link, you have to scroll down a ways to get to this song). It’s a true story and I hope you enjoy it! https://www.katereid.net/singles/
That’s it from hot and humid Ontario.
Sending you all much love and light for a summer full of fun, relaxation, and adventure!
Thank you for reading my newsletter.