On Thursday, May 28, Renison hosted Rae Spoon, a transgender indie musician and artist who recently published the book “Gender Failure”. Rae's talk about exploring gender identity was well-received and enjoyed by a full house in the Dunker Family Lounge.
Rae Spoon's Bio
The following bio appears on Rae Spoon's website.
Calgary’s Rae Spoon is a songwriter, film score composer, music producer, multi-instrumentalist and published author. They have a voice that will stop you in your tracks and a story like no other. Rae started out making folk music, and later added indie-rock, experimental and electronic elements to their sound. The result is strong songwriting with unique instrumentation. They have toured extensively in Canada, the USA, Europe and Australia. Rae has been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize in both 2009 and 2014, as well as for the CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards. They won the Galaxy Rising Star Award in 2004.
Rae is the subject of the National Film Board musical-documentary My Prairie Home, with their 2013 album of the same name serving as the score and soundtrack to the film. Directed by Chelsea McMullan, this documentary about growing up and surviving in an evangelical Christian
family premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival and was released theatrically in Canada in 2014. The film was an official selection for Sundance 2014, won Best Documentary from the Vancouver Critics Circle and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Feature Documentary.
Rae’s first book, First Spring Grass Fire, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in September 2012. The book was a finalist for a Lambda Award in the Transgender Fiction category and was shortlisted for an Expozine Alternative Press Award. In the spring of 2014, Rae was awarded an Honour of Distinction by the Dayne Ogilvie Prize, presented by the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Rae’s second book, co-written with Ivan E. Coyote and titled Gender Failure, was published in April 2014.