Independent artist; artist-researcher at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
Slam-storytelling and folk music meets many a queer-themed tune in Toronto-based singer-songwriter Kate Reid. She has five albums under her belt and performs at live music venues, public schools, music and Pride festivals, conferences, union meetings, and in people’s living rooms. Kate has developed a methodology called collaborative ethnographic songwriting where, in collaboration with individuals and research teams, she composes songs about people’s lived experiences. She is particularly interested in using song and songwriting as a way to make sense of and open up new understandings around gender, sexualities, bodies, and relationality. As a PhD candidate in the department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Kate is researching the use of queer folk songs in curriculum development about gender and sexual diversity.
Kate is an artist-researcher at the University of Toronto with Dr. Tara Goldstein's arts-based research project, LGBTQ Families Speak Out. The LGBTQ Families Speak Out team conducts and archives interviews with LGBTQ families living in Ontario about their experiences in the public school system, and then develops verbatim theatre performances, including original illustrations and songs, which the team delivers in public schools, at conferences, and in public performance spaces. Using collected interview data and the verbatim monologue scripts developed by the team, Kate composes and performs the music for this project.