Thank you to all of our artists, musicians and guest speakers for an incredible weekend!  Thank you as well to the team at the mâmawêyatitân centre and our volunteers for creating such a special place to make music.  A huge thank you to our audience members who supported this important weekend of new connections.

Music courtesy of Cris Derksen | Video by Strategy Lab

Masks are required for the duration of all Forward Currents Festival events, including the Pre-Show free events and ticketed Concerts.    Proof of vaccination will be required to be presented upon entry to the venue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Queer voices possess extraordinary power. They challenge us to examine our lives with fresh perspectives, they inspire us with their resilience, and they lift us up with the unwavering strength of community. The Regina Symphony Orchestra’s Forward Currents Festival is an opportunity for us to lend our platform to these visionary artists from the LGBTQ2S+ community. The festival aims to present ideas and issues that are socially relevant to those of us who live here, to spark conversation, and ultimately to create consciousness about the choices we make. Through these everyday choices, each of us has a hand in determining the kind of community we live in.

Gordon Gerrard, Music Director

Day One / April 29

Isaiah Bell, tenor
The Book of My Shames is an original solo theatre show that combines rapid-fire monologues and personal stories with an unorthodox array of music.  Canadian opera star, Isaiah Bell’s vocals power the honest story-telling in this unique comedy confessional, covering themes of desire, rejection and acceptance.

6:30 PRE SHOW | 7:30 CONCERT

PRE SHOW: CREATING POSITIVE SPACES
A discussion about LGBTQ+ identities, creating safe spaces, and using inclusive language.
Presented in Partnership with UR Pride

CONCERT: THE BOOK OF MY SHAMES
Gordon Gerrard, conductor
Isaiah Bell, tenor
Sean Guist, director
Kolby Zinger-Harris, orchestration

This performance contains mature content and language. The RSO recommends audiences of 14 + and parental discretion.

Day Two / April 30

Cris Derksen, Juno-nominated cellist/composer and singer Rebecca Benson will share songs and stories of home life as a couple of two-spirit queerdo’s – including being parents to a couple of guinea pigs and a dog, Aunties to the community and what it means to keep their three fires going.

6:30 PRE SHOW | 7:30 CONCERT

Join Gordon Gerrard and Cris Derksen for a conversation about the Classical Indigenous Landscape in Canada.

Presented in Partnership with Regina Public Library

CONCERT: BUFFALO GIRLS
Cris Derksen, cello & composer
Rebecca Benson, vocals
Jesse Baird, drummer

Day Three / May 1

The Queer Songbook Orchestra (QSO) are a 13-piece chamber pop ensemble.  By working with a base of known songs that are uniquely reimagined, the listener is offered new points of entry into familiar works and a broader perspective on the universality of human experience. A highly collaborative project, the QSO incorporate members of the local community to participate in every performance.

6:30 PRE SHOW | 7:30 CONCERT

PRE SHOW:
SCHOOL-BASED GENDER & DIVERSITY ALLIANCES
A panel discussion led by David Popoff, learn about why these groups are important in making LGBTQ2S+ students feel safe in schools.

CONCERT: QSO X RSO
Gordon Gerrard, conductor
Queer Songbook Orchestra
Shaun Brodie, QSO artistic director
Supported by the Regina Folk Festival

Festival Weekend Pass
All Three Days
Level A $75 – chair seating
Level B $50 – bleacher seating

Festival Tickets
Single Day
Level A $30 – chair seating
Level B $20 – bleacher seating

Share the Music Ticket $50

One of the goals for the festival is to create opportunities for new connections.  This ticket gets you a seat, and allows for a seat to be paid forward to a local community group member for them to attend a concert.

Bonus / May 7

THORGY THOR AND THE THORCESTRA

Thorgy Thor, of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame, the reigning Queen of Classical will slay with song, dance & hilarious shenanigans.

Tickets start at $25. 

A great wrap to festival week!