Gyal Dem Fiyah: Tao-Ming Lau

Gyal Dem Fiyah: Tao-Ming Lau

 Photo by Samuel Engleking

Photo by Samuel Engleking

In our continued series on Toronto Queer Women of Colour doing amazing tings, Tamika introduces us to the brilliants, fire and determination of Tao-Ming Lau.

Tao-Ming Lau is the founder of and driving force behind Blue Crane, a new independent booking agency that prioritizes artists at the margins. By launching Blue Crane, Tao-Ming has provided a platform of representation to women, trans and gender-non-conforming folks, migrants, queers, and people of colour – communities that struggle for a spot on the concert bill. The music industry, here in Canada and worldwide, continues to be the same old iteration of primarily cisgender, male whiteness. Even though talent is thought to speak for itself, those of us who sit outside this paradigm know what’s really up, when you get down to the brass tacks.

Tao-Ming Lau knows what’s really up too. She’s been working in the global music scene for years, running with some big dogs: the likes of Universal Music Canada and The Billions Corporation. She has experience in talent booking, tour routing, music curation, and festival programming, so as you can tell, she’s no newb to this.

This seasoned perspective is especially relevant now, with Tao-Ming at the helm of a game-changing craft. Tao’s our womxn on the inside – throwing them ’bows to make room for her contemporaries and her community, in an industry that she knows like the back of her hand. That’s a win for the team. With so many of us grinding daily and honing our artistry in a music and arts scene that is reluctant to include us, it’s a comforting thought that there’s an advocate in the game. 

Catch Tao-Ming raising the bar, making the waves, or sitting on a panel near you (most recently she’s spoken at the AGO and Unity Fest and has been featured in NOW), and follow Blue Crane on the socials to keep up with the incredible array of artists on their roster. I’m hopeful for the future of what Tao-Ming’s vision will bring to the agency, and the industry as a whole.

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