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Beyond Binary: Part Three

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Concert program

Liz Cheung, Alexis Weaver Roadmap Remx: Fruit Loops

Liz Cheung visual portraits

Alexis Weaver sonic portraits

Featuring the voices and faces of Alex Paterson (@alexpatersonmusic), Bee Montagner (@biancamontagnermusic), Elsie & Yuki, Jay, Kenneth Millson (@trams4trams), Kristy Kiriazidis (@kristykiria), Liz Cheung (SoundCloud, @cicadaconference), Olly Manning, Sam Casagrande, Teri, Xenia St. Charles Iris Llyllyth (YouTube)

Artist’s note: I wanted to represent some of the running (and flying!) themes and values that our portrait sitters were bringing up through using different textures, colours, and shapes. Here are some moods I drew from our conversations and question-and-answers!

For Fruit Loops, it was incredibly clear to me that something we all cherish is community. Shared experiences, shared feelings, shared hopes. Different experiences, different feelings, different hopes.

Amy McCarthy Tears Beneath the Starry Skies

Amy McCarthy trombone

Katarina Grobler piano

Visuals courtesy of

This work was released on IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia) to acknowledge the struggles that LGBTQI+ people face almost universally. Coming out is an often isolating experience because family and friends often cannot understand what it truly means and society broadly is often very cruel and judgemental towards queer people. This piece starts with a wistful song sung by the alto trombone before the rest of the quartet joins. As the piece goes on it swells with intensity in the middle section, culminating in a fiery climax that immediately vanishes into soft accompaniment. The alto trombone’s song from the beginning comes back again, this time accompanied by her trombone compatriots. In spite of dolorous moments sitting with the emotions of the song, it finally concludes on a very hopeful chord, because at the heart of our identities is the ability to stand tall with immense pride, no matter what the world may throw at us.

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