Get ready for the return of Janice Jo Lee, the queer Korean folk musician, as she graces our stage with an unforgettable performance featuring songs from her latest album. Always popular with youth and kids, Janice Jo Lee brings a blend of fun, quirky, and intelligent performances that will captivate audiences of all ages. With her art deeply rooted in themes of gender empowerment, community, climate change, environment, and anti-racism, her music becomes a powerful platform for exploring important social issues while creating an atmosphere of inclusivity and inspiration.
About Janice Jo Lee
Janice Jo Lee (she/they) is a queer folk musician based in Tkaronto, Ontario. She is a second generation Canadian settler and twenty-seventh generation Korean. She is a contemporary folk- roots-jazz singer songwriter, composer-sound designer, spoken word poet, theatre maker, and arts/anti-oppression facilitator.
Lee’s new album Ancestor Song launches in 2023. Lee says that “these melodies access a musical spirit deep in my blood memory. Melodies I feel have been passed down to me by my ancestors, who gave me the voice in my chest and my body as an instrument.” Many songs depict water as a force of healing, power, drowning and destruction.
On stage she performs spoken word pieces and songs built on layers of cascading harmonies. With her guitar, looping pedal, trumpet, Korean janggu drum, disarmingly funny candour and poetically-rich lyrics, Lee commands the stage. She conjures warm energy, asks questions about our times, and leaves audiences rejuvenated and aglow.
Dates & Times
5pm – 6pm
A performance stage on our West Lawn
Outdoors; No formal seating
235 Queens Quay W.
Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8