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LGBT2Q+ Voices Loud, Proud, and Live on QUSIC

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.

QUSIC – Adam Kern

Qusic.live is proud to present Adam Kern for an interview and live concert! Join us May 27 at 7:00pm for the live stream 🎶.

Adam Kern (he/him/his) AKA Fight or Flea is a Kelowna-based solo act bringing an aggressive edge to the singer-songwriter genre who has been performing as Fight or Flea for three years and is working his way up in the Kelowna music scene. His influences include Pat the Bunny, AJJ, Dave Mathews, Just Nick, and Joel Cossette. You can find his new single “Getting Better” on all streaming services; follow him on Instagram.

Join Us Live & In-Person!
Rebellious Unicorns is thrilled to be working with Friends of Dorothy Lounge for the debut episode of QUSIC! The episode will be live-streamed from Dorothy’s and we’re looking for a small audience to join us for the show. Adhering to Phase II of the BC Restart Plan, a small audience of no more than 40 guests will be permitted. Come support a local LGBT2Q+ owned business, while enjoying live music, cocktails, and snacks! Tickets are $10 (plus tax and fees) and must be purchased in groups of 2 or 4 within your existing social circle. Only tables of 2 and 4 are available; the entire table must be purchased to attend; sharing tables with other groups is not permitted. While wearing a mask is recommended when it is not easy to physically distance, it is not mandatory, but you are welcome to do so. A maximum of 40 tickets are available.

QUSIC is a new LGBT2Q+ Artist Music Series, produced by Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc. and supported by Creative BC, in which all presenting artists must identify under the LGBT2Q+ spectrum. This innovative series celebrates the LGBTQ2+ 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.

The MX. Virtual – Lunch & Learn

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has impacted society on all levels. While we collectively worry about rent, groceries, and general safety, organizations that provide essential services to the community have had to face challenges of their own.

Join us on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 12 PM for The MX. Virtual as we host a virtual panel discussion featuring representatives from the Canadian Mental Health Association, Living Positive Resource Centre, and The Bridge Youth & Family Services. We’ll learn how these groups are coping with the times — and most importantly, how you can access the resources they provide if you are in need.

You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with our guests and have your questions answered during the moderated Q&A session to follow.

There is no cost to join – please pre-register at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vLkxZ_yeSS2QLV99DaJeeQ

The MX. is presented by TD Bank, and proudly supported by Okanagan Young Professionals, Sarah Sucloy Real Estate, Friends of Dorothy and EzTix.

The MX. Virtual – Lunch & Learn

Hungry for some socializing? Thirsting for interaction? Us too! The MX. Online returns on Thursday, May 21, 2020 over the ‘Lunch Hour’ from 12-1pm with a focus on some of our community’s favourite LGBT2Q+ owned providers of food, beverage, and good times. Join us for a virtual panel discussion, ‘Lunch & Learn’ style, featuring: Rudy Tomazic (Friends of Dorothy Lounge); Karen MacKenzie (DunnEnzies Pizza Co.; Kevin Bodja (QB Gelato; and Matt Bliskis (TNT Dynamite Gourmet Food Truck). These dynamic and resilient owner-operators will bring you up to speed on how the pandemic has impacted their business, current state of operations and how you can access their services, what the future may hold, and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with our guests and have your questions answered during the moderated Q&A session to follow.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. There is no charge to attend, but please consider using the donation option to donate to Etcetera Youth Group.

The MX. is presented by TD Bank, and proudly supported by Okanagan Young Professionals, Sarah Sucloy Real Estate, Friends of Dorothy and EzTix.

The MX. Online

Physical distancing is a fact of life that we’re learning to live with and adapt to, but that doesn’t change how much we miss seeing you at The MX. Join us on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 3:30pm for The MX. Online! We’re keeping it social while adding some valuable information and resources for you to consider for your professional or personal well-being. 

Our first virtual MX. will feature a 15-minute presentation from TD Bank, featuring Grant Minish (he/him/his), Regional Manager, LGBTQ2+ Business Development; Joe Delicato (he/him/his), Area Manager Business Banking; and Johnathon Quinn (he/him/his), MBA, Account Manager, Small Business. The presentation will be about the various programs that are currently available to businesses and individuals from the federal/provincial governments, industry, and community partners. A moderated Q&A session will follow.

Bring your favourite cocktail, as there will be an opportunity for a virtual hang-out and Happy Hour! You must register in advance for the presentation. Once registered you will receive the link via email. This virtual session is no charge but please consider using the donation option to donate to Etcetera Youth Group, they need us now more than ever. 

The MX. is presented by TD Bank, and proudly supported by Okanagan Young Professionals, Sarah Sucloy Real Estate, Friends of Dorothy and EzTix.