Songs of Resilience
Queer Songbook Orchestra
Hosted by CBC Radio's Katherine Duncan and Olympian Mark Tewksbury
Songs of Resilience aims to uplift and empower the audience, while helping to build connections and a broader understanding amongst community.
Casting a contemporary queer eye on a century’s worth of popular song, the Queer Songbook Orchestra reveal the LGBTQ backstories and personal narratives that richly populate the music of the past several generations. Building a living archive of songs by queer songwriters and performers, the ensemble is drawing attention to the stories and contributions of artists who worked and lived in the shadows of intolerance.
Using personal stories from the community QSO explore an element of collective memory through songs that resonate with them. Their intimate performance reminds us of how songs remain in our memory; and highlights music as a source of personal pleasure and communal comfort, a private balm and a generational bond.
Formed in 2014, the Queer Songbook Orchestra is an 11-piece chamber pop collective of queer and allied musicians from Toronto and Montreal that is dedicated to exploring the LGBTQ narratives in popular music.
In The News
Stephen Hunt in conversation with Shaun Brodie on Queer Songbook Orchestra Shares the Musical Story of a Resilient Community. Click here to read the full article.
"Sensational...a superb pop ensemble"
- Now Magazine