Yuletide Fires

‘Tis the season of choral music, and I was pleased to do another holiday concert poster for the North Shore Chorus.  They asked for an old-fashioned Christmas feel, so I had a lot of fun finding the right font to evoke a heritage feel from the rustic background we selected. Blending a mixture of a charming serif for the title with the modern typeface we use on all North Shore Chorus posters for the concert details, creates a unique character for this poster while maintaining a sense of brand consistency.

Wishing happy holidays to everyone — here’s to all the sounds and sights of the season!



Et Amor Retrospective

Another great Cor Flammae season has come to an end. This year we were joined by conductor and composer Leslie Uyeda, who’s work inspired the formation of our choir, so it was an amazing dream come true to work with her. She brought her years of choral and opera expertise to the project, and we were privileged to have her directing the ensemble.

Our 2017 etAMOR concert was another return, to the beginning of the queer story, to love. Queer liberation begins with love – our struggle to love openly and without persecution, and to love ourselves when the world tells us we are unlovable for being different. To think about love from a queer perspective is to accept heartache, loss and danger alongside joy, hidden treasures, self-discovery, community and survival. In seeking to love openly, we have found others like us, and created this imperfect and beautiful community in which we care for one another.

One of my favourite parts of my Cor Flammae work is writing and designing the programme, which the paragraph above is a sample from. Check out the full publication on issuu.com:



It was lots of fun to do all the usual collateral for the season too! From audition posters, to fundraising graphics and the event poster, it’s so great to do a whole campaign from start to finish. I even got to film and edit this year’s YouTube videos!  It was an amazing season – our best yet – and I’m so proud to have had a part in it!




The dust has finally settled after the July Cor Flammae concerts, and we are so pleased to have another successful summer concert series under our belts, and grateful for the artistic experience that came together.

When we chose REFUGE as a theme, it was months before the terrible events at Pulse Nightclub in Florida occurred, but rehearsing in the aftermath we were reminded of why we do what we do. Providing a space for queer singers to make art about survival, and providing a space of meditation on this experience for audiences, is not just an academic exercise but something necessary and artistically relevant to our lives. The point of art is to reflect, parse, transform and bear witness to the realities of the human experience. When people question “why queer art,” this year’s concert allowed us to answer that the queer experience needs to be heard and seen – queer art is a shelter;  one that both saves us from the world and allows us to remake it with more room for difference. In making art about the queer experience we do as we always aspire to – connect the abstract beauty of music to that vital heartbeat of human life.

On that note, this year’s programme was a special undertaking. Learning about music history brings the pieces and composers to life for me, not only letting me geek out and expand my own knowledge, but also explore my favourite challenge: how to then translate that experience to the reader. My hope is that it works in concert with the performances to allow listeners to fully engage with this music.

You can find the programme at issuu.com, and recordings of this summer’s performances at bandcamp.com and YouTube.


Cutathon Fundraiser for Refugees – Jan 18th

The Vancouver Hairstylist Community is putting on a fundraiser to benefit refugees coming to BC! On January 18th get your hair cut by donation (minimum $35, but sky’s the limit) at one of 8 fabulous salons, and all the proceeds will go to the Immigrant Services Society of BC to help with their amazing work helping refugees settle here.

Look fabulous and feel even better! Do your part by getting a new ‘do!  Find out more on Facebook or  call up one of the participating salons:

Barbarella hair saloon
3277 Main St | 604.876.1414

The Beehive Hair Lounge
3904 Fraser St | 604.709.9928

Big Joy Barber & Salon
203-2132 East Hastings St | 604.562.3443

Coup Salon
524 Shanghai Alley | 604.688.2227

Citrus Hair Salon
1036 Mainland St | 604.688.1332

63 & 65 Lonsdale Ave, North Van
778.340.3332 | the-dye-lot.com

202-123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Van
604.990.0123 | www.joyhairstudio.com

Studio 209
209-402 West Pender St | 604.915.9170

I was stoked to do my part by designing the poster! Creating the heart shears dreamed up by Vancouver Hairstylist Community founder, Missy Clarkson, was loads of fun, and exploring a different look and feel from my usual work was a great chance to stretch creatively.