The launch of QUSIC is here!
Boy meets girl; boy and girl fall in love; boy and girl live happily for ‘the rest of their days’. Girl loves boy; girl and boy fight; girl and boy are never, ever getting back together. Like, ever.
Set to music, this is a time-honoured method of telling stories about love, loss, life, and everything that happens along the way. Music, like all art, is open to interpretation; as such, it is entirely possible for those experiencing the art to imagine themselves in one or both of the historical roles assigned in most songs. But those hearing the songs are as diverse as the pieces of music that have been composed since time immemorial. And the stories that have predominantly been told in those songs are generally from a cis-gendered, white, straight perspective. In the LGBT2Q+ community, the “boy meets girl” trope may not wholly resonate with the listener.
This is not meant to disparage “straight” music, art, or culture in any form. Music is music, art is art, and all forms are equally beautiful in that they are an inspired human creation. The challenge is that when stories in popular culture are only told from one perspective, there tends to be the assumption that these are the only kinds of tales that exist. As many of us know, this is lightyears away from the truth.
Enter QUSIC: a new LGBT2Q+ Artist Music Series, produced by Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc., in which all presenting artists identify under the LGBT2Q+ spectrum. This innovative series celebrates the LGBT2Q+ community, which includes individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit as well as a range of other gender and sexual identities. QUSIC will feature solo performers, duos or group acts, provided that the majority of the band and the headlining artist identifies as LGBT2Q+. QUSIC is produced with the financial support of Creative BC.
QUSIC has been in the works for some time. Originally developed as a live music series to present several large concert events and multiple mini-tours across British Columbia. The COVID pandemic forced Rebellious Unicorns to reimagine the concept: QUSIC will debut in an online streaming format on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, primarily highlighting the talents of emerging LGBT2Q+ performers. The show format will include a hosted interview portion, during which viewers will have the ability to submit and ask questions to the artists in real-time, before the performance.
Part of the equation is making sure artists get paid — this was at the forefront as a “must have” during development. Each performer who participates in QUSIC will be compensated for their work, crucial to assisting artists as they continue to create an art form many of us take for granted. It’s harder and harder for musicians to earn a living through doing what they love, given that we have nearly unfettered access to all kinds of music. QUSIC ensures that money goes directly into the artists’ pockets.
How to Watch QUSIC
QUSIC will be streamed live on Unicorns.LIVE, as well as on the Unicorns.LIVE Facebook page for the time being. QUSIC will initially be a free service, but will migrate to a subscriber-based series during Summer 2020. In the meantime, viewers can check out QUSIC free of charge on Facebook, or register to view content on Unicorns.LIVE. Upcoming performance schedules will be posted on Facebook and on Unicorns.LIVE.
Are YOU a QUSIC Artist?
QUSIC is currently seeking artist submissions; LGBT2Q+ solo artists, duos, or groups can submit their application to be part of the QUSIC line-up via the Unicorns.LIVE website by visiting the QUSIC page and accessing the “QUSIC Artist Submission” tab. The form allows artists to submit their info to be considered for QUSIC performances; submitting artists information in no way guarantees access into the program.
Watch for the debut of our first QUSIC streaming performance, on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 featuring Kelowna-based musician, Adam Kern. The show will be broadcast live from Friends of Dorothy Lounge in Kelowna, and is produced by Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc. with the financial support of Creative BC.