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LGBTQ Author Joshua Whitehead’s Debut Novel Makes ‘Canada Reads’ List

Joshua Whitehead’s debut novel Jonny Appleseed is one of four books on the Canada Reads list that are written by LGBTQ people.

There was something wonderfully queer about the short list of books Canada Reads announced for its 20th edition. After last year’s winner We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib, Canada Reads has continued to prove just how much queer storytelling is leading the field of contemporary Canadian literature. Four of the five books selected this year were written by LGBTQ authors — including Joshua Whitehead’s transcendent and powerful debut novel Jonny Appleseed

Released in 2018 by Arsenal Pulp Press, Jonny Appleseed comes to Canada Reads with a considerable set of laurels already attached to it. It won the Lambda Literary Award, the Amazon Canada First Novel Award and the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction. It was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. It was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. And now it will compete on CBC’s annual battle of the books, with actor and filmmaker Devery Jacobs championing it on the show.

Peter KnegtCBC News

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Two-Spirit Representation Important to DJ and Squamish Nation Councilor

Orene Askew, DJ and Squamish Nation Councilor becomes more fearless in sharing her life experiences being two-spirit.

On Nov. 3, 2012, Orene Askew woke up in a house fire. Without even putting on her socks, she grabbed her DJ equipment and ran for her life. She then decided to become more fearless — with her DJing business, speaking at youth conferences across Canada, and traveling to different reserves to share her life experience and professional advice.

In 2017, she was elected as a councilor on Squamish Nation Council, which serves as a city council for the Squamish Nation. Askew, 37, says she values working for her community and still lives on the X̱wemelch’stn, the Capilano Reserve, where she grew up.

Sian Shin – Medill Reports

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Inuvik Man Speaks Up About Being Transgender in a Small town

Draydon Allum says while growing up that there weren’t always resources to learn about being transgender in his small town in Inuvik.

Allum said he always knew he wanted to transition someday, and to start taking testosterone as part of that process, but with limited access to transgender-specific care in the territory, he wasn’t sure how. 

Growing up in the remote, northern town, he said there were no resources available to learn about being transgender — until he helped start the Aurora Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at East Three Secondary School. 

Kirsten FennCBC News

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(Image Credit: Submitted by Draydon Allum)

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Coming Up on Unicorns.LIVE

Next week’s events include Voices Unheard, QUSIC, Kelowna Pride Drag Superstar Preliminaries, and more!

Tuesday, September 15 – Voices Unheard, 7 pm – 7:30 pm, featuring Nicolette Rodriguez, a trans person of colour, presented by Rebellious Unicorns, Unicorns.LIVE, and Kelowna Pride Society, sponsored by Castanet, and hosted by The Kanata Hotel ~ Kelowna and Online

Nicolette Rodriguez (she/her) is our next guest on Voices Unheard. She is a 26-year-old trans woman of colour who began transitioning one year ago. Nicolette was born in Edmonton, Alberta but grew up in and currently resides in Penticton, British Columbia; her family emigrated to Canada from El Salvador prior to her birth. She is Vice-President at the South Okanagan-Similkameen Pride Society, and currently works at the Penticton YMCA and is studying business.

Host Jessica Samuels will chat with Nicolette about her life and experiences as a trans person and how being a woman of colour with immigrant family members continues to shape her world.

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Wednesday, September 16QUSIC, 7 pm – 8:30 pm, featuring Daughter of the Moon, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.LIVE, hosted by Friends of Dorothy Lounge.

Daughter of the Moon (she/her) is a dream/soul/folk songstress living on the Traditional Coast Salish Territory (a.k.a Vancouver, B.C). She shares the deeper ethereal pieces of herself through song and her performance of voice & guitar have been described as haunting, yet healing. Her songs often share stories of women, the 2SLGBTQ+ community and the natural world of non-human beings. She creates with the hope of reconnecting to her own roots and inner truths – and perhaps inspiring others to do so as well.

A wild songstress, Natalie has performed in India on the banks of the Ganges, song-written on the beaches of Central America and Hawaii and has toured with her albums across Canada twice from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland and back. Her albums “Daughter Of the Moon” & “Sweetness In the Shadows” are both available on all music platforms and her next one is due for release in 2021.

Anyone wishing to attend this show in person at Friends of Dorothy Lounge may do so at no charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in attending should contact Friends of Dorothy Lounge to reserve their table by calling 236.420.4565 or by email at info@fodlounge.com. A minimum $10 donation to Etcetera Youth Group is requested for those who wish to attend, in lieu of purchasing tickets. This episode is produced with the additional support of TD. Donate to Etcetera: https://bit.ly/qusicetcetera

QUSIC episodes are generally only available to current Unicorns.LIVE subscribers; however, thanks to the support of the TD, this livestream will be available to everyone! NOTE: The episode will be available for viewing after September 16, 2020 to Unicorns.LIVE subscribers only.

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Friday, September 18 – Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar – Preliminaries, 7 pm – 10 pm, presented by Kelowna Pride and TD Bank, hosted by Friends of Dorothy Lounge, sponsored by The Kanata Hotel, Fido, and Heritage Law Group.

The 9th Annual Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar Competition is getting an upgrade this year! With the limited size of crowds able to participate in person we are creating a hybrid of online and in person events. We are also bringing you 3 nights of Superstars and we will have some surprise Celebrity Guests for you!

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Saturday, September 19 – Lucky Monkey, live at the Kelowna Community Theatre, 7 pm, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.LIVE

Lucky Monkey is a rock band from Kelowna, BC, Canada that blends the soul of old-school 70’s rock with the energy and polish of the 21st Century to create music that speaks to fans both new and old. The band’s sound is melodic, crunching, and accessible. Lucky Monkey has supported big names acts such as DANKO JONES, THE LAZYS, HARLEQUIN, and BRET MICHAELS and performed for the Vancouver Canucks on three occasions. They are a band of brothers who’s passion for writing and performing music has led them to the top of their local scene and knocking on the door of discovery.

The live stream of the show is available for $5.99+GST. As this is a special collaboration the live show will not be available to subscribers. The recording of the show will be made available to subscribers 7 days after the show airs live.

CONTEST 
Purchase your livestream access before 7pm PST on Sept 12, 2020 (one week before the show) and you will get entered to win an in person experience for yourself and up to 5 people (your pod). There will be 3 packages we are giving away. All COVID guidelines will be followed for the in person experience. The draw will be completed LIVE on Facebook from Lucky Monkey’s page on Sept 13. 

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Coming Up on Unicorns.LIVE

Next week’s shows include Voices Unheard and QUSIC

Tuesday, September 1 – Voices Unheard, 7 pm – 7:30 pm, featuring Robert Verigin, presented by Rebellious Unicorns, Unicorns.LIVE, and Kelowna Pride Society, sponsored by Castanet, and hosted by Kanata Hotels ~ Kelowna and Online

Robert Verigin (he/she/they) sometimes uses pronouns, and sometimes doesn’t, because he’s usually just referred to as “that old queen”. On this episode of Voices Unheard, Jessica Samuels is joined by Robert, who is now 68 years young and is widely known by his drag persona, Sophona Dick. Growing up queer in a small BC community in the 60s and 70s, he was outed by his father in 1968, spurring a move to the “big cities” of Vancouver and Seattle where he finally felt free to be himself.

The conversation between Jessica and Robert will span decades full of fascinating and at times heartbreaking tales, including how the HIV/AIDS epidemic stole so many lives from this earth. The stories he will share are sure to provide inspiration and hope; Robert strongly believes that no matter your age, sexual identity, where you live, or what your struggles are…it really does get better.

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Wednesday, September 2 – QUSIC, 7 pm – 8:30 pm, featuring Patrick Masse, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.LIVE, hosted by Friends of Dorothy Lounge.

Patrick Masse (he/him/his) is a Canadian West Coast recording artist and songwriter who has been a constant in the Canadian country music scene since the release of his 1998 debut album “Get There From Here”, which garnered him a nomination for the prestigious BCCMA Ray MacAuley Horizon Award. Patrick’s second album “Mend The Man” charted two singles in 2009. Extensive airplay of the two albums earned Patrick a loyal fan base and established him as an artist who consistently stands on the leading edge of inclusivity. His recent single “Little Bit of Saturday” (which Patrick co-wrote) was produced by Kuya Productions – best known for working with Alessia Cara, JRDN, Shawn Desmond and Kelly Clarkson.

2019 found Patrick busy with summer touring, performing shows in Lethbridge, Calgary, Seattle, Ottawa and Toronto. Last fall, he headed to New York City where he teamed up with Drake Jensen and Donnie Lee Strickland to perform at the legendary Stonewall Inn as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.

As a member of the BCCMA Board of Directors, Patrick is extremely involved in BC’s thriving country music industry – both as an artist and an entrepreneur – and commits his talent, energy and resources to the West Coast’s rich, ever-evolving arts scene. Plans are underway for the release of Patrick’s new single and video “Let’s Ride” in early 2020, with a self-titled EP to follow.

QUSIC live episodes are generally only available to current Unicorns.LIVE subscribers; however, thanks to the support of The Kanata Kelowna Hotel & Conference Centre, this livestream will be available to everyone! NOTE: The episode will be available for viewing after September 2, 2020 to Unicorns.LIVE subscribers only.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Events Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE