Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based storyteller, poet, musician and filmmaker. This Festival marks her third visit to the Vancouver Queer Film Festival (previously screening Seeking Single White Male, 2010 and What I LOVE about being QUEER, 2011). We are honoured to invite her back to share her wider body-of-work with our Festival audience.

As a creator of prose and verse, Shraya’s first book of poetry, even this page is white, won a 2017 Publisher Triangle Award and was longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads. Her debut novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books, and her first children’s picture book, The Boy & the Bindi, was featured on the National Post Bestseller List.

Her musical body of work includes seven albums, five Eps and three singles, including Girl It’s Your Time, which scores this year’s Festival trailer.

“Vancouver Queer Film Festival was one of the first film festivals to support my work when I was first beginning to explore filmmaking. This support was invaluable in building my confidence to keep making films,” says Shraya. During her visit, we paired her up with other artist work across genres and disciplines.

Vivek will be at two of our special events:

In the Picture with Vivek Shraya and K Ho and Chosen Family Story Hour

Check out our Events Page to get more info on both of these special events

What is that alluring song that scores our Festival trailer, you ask? On her 35th birthday, Vivek Shraya began using “she/her” pronouns; Girl It’s Your Time is the song she wrote to mark the occasion. Find it on Bandcamp or iTunes.