RUDE puts the spotlight on queer Toronto POC artists

RUDE puts the spotlight on queer Toronto POC artists

This city is overflowing with queer talent. Creative happenings are taking place all around us every day and often the artist’s efforts get lost in the noise with everything going on. The folks at RUDE decided to put the spotlight on some of their favourites, through a series of slick interviews with six local POC artists. 

Just in case you didn’t know, RUDE is one of Toronto’s most vibrant queer collectives, assembling artists and activists from all backgrounds in an attempt to shake up the city with their events that merge arts, dance, video — always keeping it unapologetically focused on POC creators. 

In their series of videos, you’ll encounter a wide range of local artists and activists, of all ages, genders, and racial backgrounds, talking about their relationship with queerness, their relationship with Pride, and how they celebrate it for themselves and others. 

Lezlie Maria Lee Kam

This gem of a human fights for queer seniors going into care facilities and gives us a history lesson on what it was like to form the first POC group in Pride and fight for their presence.

Kanwar, aka Sikh Knowledge

This cutie is one of Yohomo’s fav DJs in town. He is a brilliant beat maker and has a unique sound that makes our bodies move in ways we didn’t know were possible. Have a listen to the mix he did for us: heaven

Nancy Kim

She takes shots of the beautiful women who go to Cherry Bomb, a staple party of Toronto’s lesbian scene. She talks to us about Pride and the liberation that comes with it – and yes, we will take our shirts off!

Valerie Soo

You can catch this angel – a killer DJ and comic artist – at countless events all over Toronto. She supports queer events, groups, and parties all year and has been beefing them up lately with her sets and boundless positive energy.

R Flex

R Flex talks to RUDE about writing and owning new queer anthems. “I talk about sucking dick and getting high and bathhouses.” Need we say more? You need to check out these tracks (“In&Out” is a bop). 


A rude gyal from Toronto, this creative beauty always knew she wanted to change the world and is now a few steps closer to it. 

Shoutout to all the RUDE peeps who worked on this!!

Director/Interviewer: Mark-Che Devonish
Photogrpahy: Morgan Sears-Williams, Josh Rille
Videography : Morgan Sears-Williams, Nala
Editing and Post-Production: Morgan Sears-Williams
Production Assistant: Hakeem

The space was donated by: Toronto Media Arts Centre
The audio and lighting equipment was donated by: Charles Street Video Toronto

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