Poetry / Poetry Slam

Hot Damn It’s A Queer Slam!

hdqs audience bill bissett artHosted and organized by Cathy Petch and facilitated by Brock Hessel, “Hot Damn It’s A Queer Slam!” is the first ever queer slam circuit running right here in Ontario!    The prize? A trip to “Capturing Fire“, Regie Cabico‘s incredible queer summit and slam in Washington DC!

Tonight I had the honour of checking out Johnny Trinh‘s feature!
at Glad Day Bookshop, with the art of Bill Bissett illustrating the room

hdqs poster johnny trinhJohnny Trinh is thrilled to be a part of Hot Damn It’s A Queer Slam! He is a word speaking, interdisciplinary artist who incorporates theatre, music, movement, and various technologies to share stories. Born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, he studied Drama at the University of Waterloo, and then relocated to Toronto where he studied at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. He produced the first queer theatre festival in South-Western Ontario, ‘Briefs from the Closet’ in 2007, and wrote his first queer spoken word play ‘Sometimes Y’ in 2009. He is currently finishing his Master of Fine Arts: Interdisciplinary Studies- Theatre & Creative Technology Degree at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. He was a member of the 2013 & 2014 Regina Slam Team that competed at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. He recently completed residencies at the Dell Arte International School for Physical Theare in Blue Lake, California, the Banff Centre for the Arts: Spoken Word Program, and featured at the bi-annual Sound Symposium in St. John’s, Newfoundland as part of the International Institute in Critical Studies in Improvisation. Performance highlights include: A Man A Fish (Persephone Theatre), Saskatchewan Literary Arts Festival, Moose Jaw Pride Performer’s Café. In his spare time, you can find Johnny teaching theatre, facilitating writing workshops, making lattes at Starbucks, teaching naked yoga and clothed fitness classes. Thanks Cathy for the amazing opportunity, and for doing such important work. To share our voices, to be heard, and to be able to bring my work home to the city I love is amazing. So much thanks.



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