Music

Full Length Albums

Comin’ Alive (2006)

I’m Just Warming Up (2009)

{Kate is a vibrant talent. A welcome island of wit and charm in a sea of whining, introspective cack!{
Tim Readman
Reviewer for Penguin Eggs Magazine, Canada’s Folk, Roots, and World Music Magazine
{Kate’s lyrical edge is sharp as a samurai, slicing away any of the mush that makes much roots/folk writing smell like cow patties. This faux-hawked folkie asks, “How am I going to get on the radio when I cuss and swear and sing about lovin’ women?” Well, writing songs this honest, smart and often gut-splittingly funny can’t hurt.  After you spin Kate’s sassy, honest songs you'll understand where that sparkle in her eyes comes from. This kind of precocious is precious and altogether rare.{
Stuart Derdeyn
The Vancouver Province
{Kate Reid is one of the funniest artists I've ever heard. Anyone who'd write a song called "The Only Dyke at the Open Mic" deserves a medal, and when she follows it up with "Co-op Girlz" (about trying to pick up a chick at a health food store) and "I‘d Go Straight for Ridley Bent" she should be eligible for the Order of Canada. Entertaining. Sharp. Honest. Funny. A person who breaks the  stereotypes and makes us all think as well as laugh. I am, not so secretly, in love with Kate.{
Richard Flohil

Doing it for the Chicks (2011)

Queer Across Canada (2013)

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Kate Reid is one of the best songwriters I’ve heard in years. I’d put her on a stage any time, anywhere.

– Gary Cristall, Artistic Director, Vancouver Folk Festival 1978-1994, Vancouver, BC

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Singles

fYreflies Lyrics
(Chase) When I first arrived, I was scared, and I was shy I didn’t know if I was going to be able to Look anyone in the eye I was terrified. Now, I’m standing here in front of all of you Trying to lay down a rhyme, or two And I think it’s about time I told all of you… About Camp fYrefly F to the Y to the R – E – F – L – Y What does that spell? FYREFLY! F to the Y to the R – E – F – L – Y What does that spell? FYREFLY! I was thrown into my pod and right then and there I saw All these friendly faces looking back at me Tattoos, smiles, fabulous style Piercings, crazy hair and whoa, there’s glitter like, everywhere! And it dawned on me that it’s so rare to see So many queer bodies in one place And in that moment I thought, hey For the first time in my life, I can finally be myself In this positive fYrefly space Chorus (Kate) fYreflies, glowing in the night fYreflies, lighting up our lives fYreflies, we are so fine fYreflies, this is our time to shine (Chase) Being here is like being back in kindergarten Cuz I don’t gotta to worry about who’s my friend or who’s my enemy Cuz I have just been accepted into My new found family You see, here at fYrefly, there is no prejudice, there’s only pride And I’m never forced to pick any side I don’t gotta worry about which bathroom to use Because it doesn’t matter if I’m a chick or a dude Or anything in between, cuz those binaries are just plain mean This is my time, I can just be me And you can just be you Chorus (Kate) fYreflies, glowing in the night fYreflies, lighting up our lives fYreflies, we are so fine fYreflies, this is our time to shine (Chase) At fYrefly, I can be proud and I can be bold I don’t gotta look over my shoulder And worry about who’s judging me or who’s staring Because it’s here where I know people truly care. You know I love to see all of you smile Because in this world we live in Sometimes that can take a while This camp changes the world, this camp saves lives In fact, this camp saved mine. Because the people here made me realize that There’s a reason to be alive At fYrefly, when I look into all of your eyes, I feel recognized, I feel empowered and acknowledged Like we are all unstoppable, like anything is possible! Chorus (Kate) fYreflies, glowing in the night fYreflies, lighting up our lives fYreflies, we are so fine fYreflies, this is our time to shine (Chase) Laughing, Latin dancing, river rafting, arts and crafting We’ve got hikes and dykes and open mics Sex ed and that killer food we’re fed Smores and spider dogs and campfire logs Singing our hearts out and whispering after “lights out” We’re movement makers, stereotype breakers Chance takers, perception shakers and yeah….we’re heart breakers! We are gender creative, trans celebrative We’ve got our healthy minds team bringing us queer cheer And to all the volunteers, I’m so glad that you are all here We’ve got unicorns that are gay And what can I say? (Chase and Kate) We’ve got Kate and Tay Chorus (Kate) fYreflies, glowing in the night fYreflies, lighting up our lives fYreflies, we are so fine fYreflies, this is our time to shine (Chase) Even though our days together at fYrefly will come to a close I want you to know that that the bonds We have created here will continue on, and on, and on And no matter where we find ourselves I know that when I yell “fyre”, you’ll yell  “fly” “fYre?” “fly!” “fYre?” “fly!”, “fYre?” “fly!” And now it’s time for us to go back into the world But when life feels like a roller coaster or one of those tilt-a-whirl rides Or if ever you’re feeling hurt or alone Just remember this, you only have 361 days Until you get to come back home. Chorus (Chase and Kate) fYreflies, glowing in the night fYreflies, lighting up our lives fYreflies, we are so fine fYreflies, this is our time to shine
Phoenix Lyrics
I’ve been doing a lot of running through my life Running from them, running from myself, running from my truth I’ve been hiding something inside of me And my foot’s on the gas Feels like I’m driving a thousand miles too fast And now I’m just running on empty See, over the years, I’ve been making lists I gotta do this, gotta do that Get things done and prove I’m someone I go to college, get good grades and graduate Find a man, land a job and start a family Cuz, that’s what they expect of me Now, I’m tired of pretending and in the end There’s nowhere to go when I feel boxed in and split in two I can’t seem to find a way to say it I open my mouth but nothing comes out Except some sweet smiling southern talk But that’s not really who I am And, I remember how it felt when I first crossed that line How it felt to redefine myself and come clean in my own mind We were listening to “Cannonball” and I still recall all I wanted Was to kiss her, we were just sixteen But that wasn’t exactly on my list Bridge Since then, I feel like I’ve been dying except something’s coming alive And now I’m standing here, my feet are on the edge I’m looking out across the abyss and I see your face in the distance But the hardest step is taking that leap of faith And this whole thing might go up in flames But I’m hoping that you’ll wait for me Cuz from these ruins baby, I’m going to rise And when I breathe Will I find peace? And if I’m tender and I’m tough Is that good enough? Am I good enough? So, I’m done with running, I’m done with checking my list I’m giving it all up to chance, with a whispered prayer and a touch of risk And I keep stoking this fire that’s burning inside me for you Knowing that on some morning so sublime I’ll be waking up with your body next to mine Your body next to mine Your body next to mine Your body next to mine Your body next to mine

Breast Cancer Pink (2014)

by Kate Reid & Dr. Chelsey Hauge-Zavaleta

Breast Cancer Pink Lyrics
I think I’ve got everything under control It’s going to be fine; it’s going to be fine I’m just trying to find a way to hide this new body of mine I’ve got me some of those loose-fitting, with-the-sleeves-rolled-up- Hipster-boyfriend-button-down shirts to pull around my chest Shirts that make me look like I wouldn’t If you saw me undressed But there’s one more problem, I want to feel normal again, I want to look normal again I want to look like what people expect normal should look like Whatever normal should look like, what does that look like? I need to fill in this space the surgery left behind Something to cover up this scar zigzagging across my ribcage and my mind Chorus Cuz they took my left tit away Like they didn’t even give a shit And I’m on the brink of a fit of rage Cuz all I’m surrounded with is Breast cancer pink At the lingerie store it’s all about the perfect rack From that straight male fantasy Whether it’s Victoria’s Secret, or the store for women like me With partial mastectomies But excuse me, what’s so perfect about Bras for chicks with no left tit, trying to make me look all flawless This is one more space in which my body just doesn’t fit Chorus Cuz they took my left tit away Like they didn’t even give a shit And I’m on the brink of a fit of rage Cuz all I’m surrounded with is Breast cancer pink Everywhere I turn all I see is this ghastly pastel shade Pink bows, pink lace, pink ribbons, pink panties all over the place What’s any self-respecting, no-left-breasted, post-structural feminist supposed to think? What can I say? This gendered cancer game feels like a straitjacket to me Bridge And they call us all warriors, as if we’re fighting a war Then they call us badass survivors when we don’t die Well, warriors don’t wear pink lace lingerie And survivors don’t hide behind little bows So gimme some underwear with attitude Gimme some red and black gitch Stitch it up with rhinestones and spikes But nothing proper and nothing lady-like, no! Chorus Cuz they took my left tit away Like they didn’t even give a shit And I’m on the brink of a fit of rage Cuz all I’m surrounded with is Breast cancer pink
Something 'Bout You and Me Lyrics
It all started back in ‘87 We were seventeen sitting side by side in science class And instead of paying attention to what the teacher had to say I made it my personal mission to make you laugh You were brainy and I was always getting in trouble Because studying biology wasn’t really my thing All that talk about cells and genes didn’t do it for me But I learned something about chemistry Chorus And I felt Newton’s law of attraction with your body next to mine I was more of a hands-on learner anyway And Plato’s law of affinity flashed across my mind I guess those old boys knew something ‘bout you and me I was dating a boy and teaching myself to play guitar You were playing sports and doing your homework And you passed that class because you were good at science and math And I failed miserably but I never forgot your laugh And then twenty-five years later, I was playing music on the road And I ran into you in bar in Ontario We didn’t recognize each other ‘til you put two and two together Your math skills came in handy that day Chorus I felt Newton’s law of attraction with your body next to mine I’m more of a hands-on learner anyway And Plato’s law of affinity flashed across my mind I guess those old boys knew something ‘bout you and me Now, I want to study the curves of your anatomy Forget what I’ve learned about love and begin again Traverse your skin and know the scent and taste and touch of you Conduct a thorough investigation of you Chorus Cuz’ I feel Newton’s law of attraction when your body’s next to mine I’m kind of a hands-on learner anyway And Plato’s law of affinity flashes across my mind I guess those old boys knew something ‘bout you and me And I feel Newton’s law of attraction when your body’s next to mine I’m kind of a hands-on lover anyway And Plato’s law of affinity flashes across my mind I guess those old boys knew something ‘bout you and me Those old boys knew something ‘bout you and me Something ‘bout you and me