Arts·Queer Pride Inside

Let world-renowned Indigenous cellist Cris Derksen give you a concert from their living room

The lush "New Heya" was part of our virtual cabaret Queer Pride Inside.

The lush 'New Heya' was part of our virtual cabaret Queer Pride Inside

The lush "New Heya" was part of our virtual cabaret Queer Pride Inside. 4:12

CBC Arts Presents Queer Pride Inside: A Buddies in Bad Times Cabaret was a virtual cabaret featuring over a dozen LGBTQ Canadian artists that CBC Arts produced in partnership with Buddies in Bad Times this past June in celebration of Pride Month. Over the course of the summer, we'll be highlighting some of the individual performances that were included in the cabaret. 

We are very lucky to have Cris Derksen. Originally from the North Tall Cree reserve in Northern Alberta, the Juno-nominated artist is an internationally renowned cellist and composer known for their unique sound that blends traditional Indigenous music with classical music. Derksen's music has often been described as "electronic cello" or classical traditional fusion, and they have also dipped their foot into the worlds of choral, symphonic, film, theatre and dance. 

CBC Arts and Buddies in Bad Times were honoured for Derksen to join us for our virtual cabaret Queer Pride Inside. Performing cello and electronics in their living room with a "newish" piece called "New Heya," it was a lovely addition to our night of celebrating queer artists during a summer where Pride could not quite happen the way we wanted it to. 

Cris Derksen performing as part of Queer Pride Inside. (CBC Arts)

If you enjoyed the performance, you can listen to more of Derksen's work here (they've released three albums: 2010's The Cusp, 2013's The Collapse and 2015's Juno-nominated Orchestral Powow Project). You can also follow them to find out about upcoming performances, whether virtual or (hopefully soon enough) in person. 

See CBC Arts Presents Queer Pride Inside: A Buddies in Bad Times Cabaret in its entirety on CBC Gem.

About the Author

Peter Knegt has worked for CBC Arts since 2016, writing the LGBTQ-culture column Queeries (winner of the 2019 Digital Publishing Award for best digital column in Canada) and spearheading the launch and production of series Canada's a Drag and interactive project Superqueeroes, both of which won him 2020 Canadian Screen Awards. Beyond CBC, Knegt is also the filmmaker of numerous short films and the author of the book About Canada: Queer Rights. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter with the same obvious handle: @peterknegt.

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