VenueMahtay Café
Time: Saturday 8:30pm
CategoryMusic, Dance
City of OriginKitchener-Waterloo, ON
Price$10 or Festival Pass


Feminist folk opera concert driven by thundering Korean drums, wailing vocals and sweeping ocean melodies.


Janice Jo Lee is one of Waterloo Region’s leading artistic voices. She has performed across Canada at festivals including Verses Festival of Words Vancouver, Home County Music Festival London, Korean Harvest Festival Toronto, Hillside Inside Guelph, Pervers/Cite Alt-Pride Montreal, and BIPOCalypse Halifax. In 2017 Lee premiered her musical satire “Will You Be My Friend” and was voted Best Local Musician and Best Performance Artist in Waterloo Region. Upcoming in 2018 is the release of “The Legend of Sing Hey” a documusical film, her third studio album “Ancestor Song” and a remount of “Will You Be My Friend.”
“Her ability to play not just to, but with an audience is what sets her apart.”-Craig Norris, CBC
“Created a transformative experience through her stories and songs. A wonderful presence.”- Vanessa Moniz, Waterloo Public Library


Janice Jo Lee (Vocals, Guitar, Trumpet, Percussion) is a Korean-Canadian, musician, spoken word poet, and theatre artist. Lee is a hard femme queer radical known for being disarmingly hilarious, off-the-cuff and fearlessly honest. She is interested in the question: “What is my responsibility to my ancestors and my community as a storyteller?”

Melinda Suarez (Vocals, Percussion) is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and youth and children’s educator. She uses her musical process for healing, higher learner & spiritual consciousness raising personally and communally.

Charlena Russell (Vocals, Violin, Keyboard, Percussion) is a musician, songwriter, visual artist and teacher. She is a powerhouse vocalist and adept multi-instrumentalist. Russell uses her musical/vocal training to create fiery, eclectic, soulful blues-rock and haunting, personal electronica.

Sam Yoon (Dancer)


Some mature language.