On Spotify, the Bi+ Arts Festival hosts the most comprehensive bi+ music playlist anywhere, “Bi+ Beats”. It’s intended to be a list for music that speaks to our lives, our experiences and our dreams as bi+ people, as well as music by bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer musicians. Most lists you may find online focus on pop hits, but “Bi+ Beats” is much more diverse than that, with music from the 1920’s to today, in many genres and many languages.
I’m Stephen, the current curator of “Bi+ Beats”, and for my first contribution to our blog, I’d like to focus on some Canadian music.
Lowell – The Bells
Elixabeth Lowell Boland, also known as Lowell, is from Calgary, and has two albums, 2014’s “We Loved Her Dearly” and 2018’s “Lone Wolf”. The video for her hit “The Bells” (2014) was filmed in Rexdale on a Toronto city-owned football field. Also on her first album is the song “LGBT“.
Ember Swift – 子玉 – “Laowai” 老外（Foreigner)
Born in Toronto, Ember Swift moved to Beijing in 2008, several years after pursuing a degree in East Asian Culture with a concentration on China. She now lives part-time in both Beijing and Toronto. For her album “11:11”, she wrote about her experiences of her first three years of immersion in Chinese culture.
The Wet Spots – Labia Limbo
In the second half of the 2000’s, the Wet Spots played many Toronto venues, including the 2006 International Conference on Bisexuality at Ryerson University. They’ve released two albums, “Ribbed For Pleasure” and “Hello Kinky”, from which you will find “Labia Limbo”. The Wet Spots were comprised of Cass King and her husband John Woods, who are now half of Cass King & The Cassettes.
Want to hear the “Bi+ Beats” playlist in full? Go to https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4f9svT6NkGuRxnYL43LGdq?si=cgBsgWpDQYa6EPCcMIcwnA.