Kate Reid is a professional queer-musical-activist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. With rapid-fire wit, an honest and often irreverent delivery, Kate is a guitar-playing, harmonica-slinging, singer-songwriter and bona-fide storyteller. Known for her self-deprecating and tongue-in-cheek humour, Kate’s songs brim with socio-political and personal commentary: her passion is music with a message. Her critically acclaimed work as artist includes four independently-released albums: Comin’ Alive (2006), I'm Just Warming Up (2009), Doing it for the Chicks (2011), and Queer Across Canada (2013), which is a collection of songs that Kate wrote and recorded based on interviews she conducted with LGBTQ families. She is currently developing the Queer Across Canada Musical Education Kit which is a curriculum designed for the elementary and secondary level that links the songs of Queer Across Canada to lessons and activities which focus on encouraging students to think critically about heteronormativity, and to challenge homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism while celebrating diversity and encouraging acceptance of diverse families and communities.
Kate possesses a Bachelor of Education from University of British Columbia (UBC) and is currently working on her Master’s in Arts at UBC where she is researching the intersections of folk music, queer activism and critical pedagogy. She combines musical activism with teaching by facilitating workshops and giving concerts at the upper elementary, secondary and post-secondary level. Kate also tours across Canada and into the USA and Europe.
Have a listen to "fYreflies" Camp fYrefly Theme song created by Kate Reid and camper Chase McKee.