Vivek is a Toronto-based multimedia artist, working in the mediums of music, performance, literature, poetry and film. Vivek creates and delivers workshops and guest lectures about writing, art, gender, sexuality and homophobia. Winner of the We Are Listening International Singer/Songwriter Award, Vivek has released albums ranging from acoustic folk-rock to electro synth-pop. Her sixth record, 1:1, was released in Fall 2011. God Loves Hair, her first collection of short stories, was a 2011 Lambda Literary Award finalist, won the Applied Arts Award for Illustration in 2010, and is currently being used as a textbook at several post-secondary institutions.
Vivek has performed and read at shows and festivals internationally, sharing the stage with Ivan Coyote, Tegan and Sara, Dragonette, and Melissa Ferrick, and appearing at NXNE, CMW, and Word on the Street. Her music has also been featured on the TV show Degrassi. Seeking Single White Male, her first short film, was screened at international film festivals throughout 2011. Her third short film, What I LOVE about being QUEER, has also screened internationally and has been expanded into an online project and, most recently, a book. Vivek was also nominated for LGBTQ Person of the Year in the 2012 INSPIRE Awards, and was #1 on Nightlife’s list of “Reasons 2011 was a Queer Year”.
Learn more about Vivek’s work at www.vivekshraya.com.