Kate Reid Newsletter Feb. 2020 - a gig with Ferron and more!

Greetings from wintery Ontario!  

I hope this newsletter finds you all well in your lives. I sent out my last newsletter in July 2019 and since I have a few cool things to share, I thought it would be a good time to send out an update.  

I’ve been immersed in writing my PhD dissertation over the past few months and it’s such a marathon! I write for hours and hours each week, inching closer to the finish line. My aim is to finish writing late this spring and defend in June so please send me your well wishes! In May, I’m traveling down to New Mexico to meet up with a dear friend of mine from the west coast to celebrate her birthday and also, that I will be almost done my PhD. I can’t wait to be on the New Mexico land again. It’s an incredible, magical place. And, I can’t wait to complete my PhD! When I was in high school, I was by no means a stellar student and getting a PhD was unimaginable to me back then. But, I always marvel where life takes us and I am so grateful that I have learned to take some risks in my life and follow the dreams in my mind. And, pursuing a musical life and a PhD have definitely felt like risks! I am also grateful that I have the privilege and the network of support and love that has allowed me to pursue these things. It also is really amazing to be able to focus my studies on subject matter that I am passionate about: songs and songwriting, queer stories and perspectives, and music for social justice. I have no idea where any of this is going to take me, but I am excited to find out.  

In the meantime, I have some upcoming performances and talks to share with you. Please also check out my (new!) website, where you will find information about these performances and talks.  

Upcoming Gigs and Conferences 
Sunday March 8, 2020 – 3pm 
Playhouse Cinema 

177 Sherman, Ave., N. 
Hamilton, ON 
Opening for Ferron*  
Here is the link for tickets: https://playhousecinema.ca/event/ferron-live-on-stage-hamilton. 
Ahhh! I am thrilled to be opening for Ferron at the Playhouse Cinema. Ferron is one of Canada’s greatest songwriters, and one of my big biggest musical influences. I have opened for her a few times on the west coast but never in Ontario. Please join us for this celebration in honour of all women on International Women’s day. For those who are interested, Ferron is also playing a show the night before, Saturday, May 7th, at the Princess Theatre in Waterloo.  

Thursday March 26, 2020 
Trent University 

1600 W. Bank Drive, Peterborough, ON 
I will be giving a talk and performance called, Somewhere in Between: Animating Genderqueer Identity Through Digital Storytelling in Dr. Karleen Pendleton Jiménez’ undergraduate class, Queer Feminisms. 

Monday April 6, 2020 – 5pm 
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) – University of Toronto 

252 Bloor St., W., Toronto, ON 
Auditorium 
I will be performing as part of the multi-media theatre production called Out at School, which is based on interviews conducted with LGBTQ2S+ families about their experiences in Ontario schools.The songs I composed for Out at School, “Pushing the Envelope,” “Let Love be the Way,” and “Risk Hope” can be downloaded for free here: www.katereid.net/singles.Yay--free songs! Out at School was developed and written by a team of researchers at OISE for the LGBTQ Families Speak Out research project, and is an artistic rendering of the interviews we conducted with LGBTQ2S+ families. You can find the project website here: www.lgbtqfamiliesspeakout.ca. This performance is free and open to the public but there is limited seating. Here is the link to reserve a seat: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/oise-partner-appreciation-event-2020-out-at-school-tickets-85288798091. 

Tuesday May 12, 2020  
Bluewater District School Board’s Gay-Straight Alliance Conference 

Keynote and workshops  
Chesley, ON 
I will be giving a musical keynote address at this conference and facilitating 2 workshops for students and staff of the Bluewater District School Board. This event is for staff and students of BWDSB only. This will be my third time being involved in BWDSB’s Gay-Straight Alliance…I love this event!  

Saturday June 6 – Sunday, June 7, 2020 
Children, Youth, and Performance Conference
 
Young People’s Theatre  
165 Front St., E. 
Toronto, ON 
At this annual Toronto conference, I will be performing the songs I composed and recorded for Out at School, and explain my songwriting process. Here is a link to this cool conference: https://www.youngpeoplestheatre.org/about-ypt/artist-opportunities/children-youth-and-performance-conference/. 

Saturday May 30 – June 4, 2020 
Canadian Society for Studies in Education Annual Conference 

Western University, London, ON 
At this big annual academic Canadian conference, I will be giving a presentation about the songwriting methodology I developed and used to compose songs for the LGBTQ Families Speak Outproject and Out at School. Along with a talk explaining my songwriting methodology, I will also perform the three songs.  

Monday June 15 – Thursday, June 18, 2020 
Gender and Education Association International Conference: Complexity, Collaboration, and Connectedness  

University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education 
Calgary, AB 
At this international conference about gender, I will be giving two arts-based presentations. One will be a storytelling performance about my decision to have top surgery in November 2018, and the other will be a talk accompanied by the screening of a short film that I created and produced on the same topic entitled, “Somewhere in Between.” Here is a link to this exciting conference: http://www.genderandeducation.com/gea-conference-2020/. 

Short Film: Somewhere in Between 
Back in the winter of 2018, I attended a digital story-telling workshop hosted by the awesome folx at Re*Vision: The Centre for Arts and Social Justice (https://revisioncentre.ca) at the University of Guelph in Ontario. At this workshop, we were invited to create a digital story about some aspect of our lives. A digital story is 3-10 minute (approximately) short film that uses narrative, images, and sound/music to tell a story. I chose to create a story about getting top surgery: what the process leading up to the surgery was like, and what it means to me to have a body that is more in-line with how I understand my gender. (Here’s a Facebook post that I wrote about my decision to have top surgery:  https://www.facebook.com/kate.reid.5070/posts/10157876976425979). After creating my digital story, I began to submit it to a few film festivals. And, I got my first film festival acceptance: an independent film fest called, Tag! Queer Shorts Film Fest, which takes place in Corvallis, Oregon, just south of Portland. I am excited that my little project was accepted! Isn’t that cool? I hope to get a few more acceptances from other film festivals and I want to start creating more digital stories…it’s fun and interesting work. But, in the meantime, here is the link to Tag! Queer Shorts Film Fest: http://tagqsf.org.  

That’s it from me. Thank you all for reading my newsletter and for staying in touch. I hope each of you is doing something in your life on a regular basis that brings you joy…this life is a short one and we have to make our own joy.  
Here’s to the last few weeks of winter…spring is coming our way!  
Kate xo

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