The woman behind the guitar: Kate Reid

"Anyone who'd write a song called "The Only Dyke at the Open Mic" deserves a medal. And when she follows it up with "I'd Go Straight for Ridley Bent" and "Co-op Girlz" (about trying to pick up chicks a health food store), she should be eligible for the Order of Canada. A woman who breaks the stereotypes and makes us all think as well as laugh. I am, not so secretly, in love with this woman!" - Richard Flohil

“....gut-splittingly funny” - Stuart Derdeyn, The Vancouver Province

Kate Reid is, quite simply, one of the best songwriters to emerge from the Canadian folk roots scene since David Francey.  -Tim Readman, Penguin Eggs Magazine #44, 2009

Given the all-persuasions crowds drawn to her shows, Reid is doing it for the ladies and everyone else with a yen for her fiery performances and rare ability to glide from laughaloud sing-alongs to intense tales about the price some pay in staying true to their own trailblazing sexual identities. Critics have been cheering her on as much as her diehard fans and the new album follows the wave of acclaim that greeted 2009's "I’m Just Warming Up". Indeed, Reid was voted Favourite New Discovery of 2009 by Penguin Eggs Magazine (Canada's Folk, Roots and World magazine) critics, received a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Best New/Emerging Artist of the Year (2009), a Toronto Independent Music Award nomination for Best Acoustic Album (2010). In the interim she has toured like a flame-haired banshee while nurturing a grassroots audience that now stretches east across Canada and south into the U.S. 

Known for a style she once termed “slam poetry meets folk music,” the farm girl raised in Ayr, Ontario has dialled in more directly on the folk, country and roots directions hinted at on the last album and her 2006 debut, "Comin' Alive". She cites some of her influences from folk, country and rock genres alike: Ferron, Ani Difranco, Tracy Chapman, Indigo Girls, Ridley Bent, k.d.lang, Johnny Cash, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Dixie Chicks, The Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, Neil Young along with comediennes like Ellen DeGeneres and Margaret Cho. She credits Toronto-based producer, Adam King (Jill Barber, Jully Black, the Good Lovelies) for the sparkling sound of "Doing it for the Chicks", high five-ing the cast of musicians who augmented her own guitar and harmonica with lap steel, banjo, fiddle and mandolin and percussion.

Passionately delivering alt-culture songs that move audiences to laugh, think and cry is Reid’s strength, and the new disc’s 11 originals (plus that one Zeppelin cover) showcase her fast-talking humour, activist spirit and compassionate take on life’s bittersweet truths. The title track, Doing it for the Chicks was written in response to a man who agreed to host a house concert for Reid before realizing that not only is she queer, she sings about it too. Revolution is a hard-hitting protest song about violence against women. Ain’t No Drama Queen chronicles the struggles of being out and speaks to the queer youth suicides that dominated the media in the fall of 2010. My Baby’s in the Beer Tent Again is already a crowd favourite on the festival circuit. And while a real-life, cross-dressing tugboat driver from Nanaimo, BC inspired Captain Cupcake and the Cambie Hotel, Closet Femme is a hilarious confessional about Reid’s own penchant for cross-dressing.

Kate Reid continues to build her audience by touring across the country and down in the US. And, she'll be unapologetically flying the flag whether performing for large festival audiences, in clubs, house concerts or Pride events across the country. Says Reid, “I definitely like shaking up opinions and perceptions. And yet, it seems that my lyrics resonate with people from all walks of life, because the songs aren't really about being queer, they are about being human. I also love seeing people howl, tap their feet and respond to what I am singing about, whether they get teary or they bust a gut laughing. That’s when I know I am doing my job right.”


The woman behind the camera: Carla Sinclair

Originally an East Coast girl, Carla picked up from New Brunswick and headed West to British Columbia looking for adventure. The bubbly, outgoing artist with a passion for all things creative dipped her toes, fingers, elbows and knees into snowboarding, mountain biking, theatre, radio, and most importantly went back to school to pursue her love for filmmaking. For a number of years Sinclair studied at Selkirk College in Nelson, BC where she immediately felt at home. Supported by talented, caring, mentors and immersed in a classroom with students who share a similar zest for storytelling, Sinclair was in her element. She received 2 years of professional training in Multimedia Production and Design, and 1 year in International Digital Film where she completed her Advanced Diploma.

Enter Kate Reid.

"I met Kate while I was still in film school, shortly after being turned on to the power of documentaries by my brilliant instructor, Daryl Jolly. I remember vividly the first concert I saw her perform. Once she began to play my eyes couldn't be peeled from the stage...it was like nothing I had ever seen or heard before and was moved beyond words. Immediately I knew - I have to make a film about this woman."

That was back in 2006. Sinclair has since been polishing her storytelling skills in radio, television, and as partner at Empty Cup Media in Ontario. Since Carla set her mind on getting Heal Myself to the big screen, she has followed Kate's calendar closely, shooting Reid's first CD release in Vancouver, and many concerts/pride events/school workshops in between. The catalyst or tipping point if you will for getting this film off the ground, was when our camera crew, Sinclair and Burwell got married August 2008. The dynamic duo decided as a honeymoon, they would finish what Sinclair began so many years prior, and Heal Myself would be a reality without waiting for grant money or broadcasters. Just start shooting, and here we are now!

Carla has a passion for people. Her charisma and charm are quick to win over even the crustiest of interview subjects. Sinclair posesses an inate ability to see the beauty in others while fluidly translating that to the screen, a talent she often credits her brother with.

"The influence my older brother Garett has had on me is instrumental in what I do. He was born with Williams' Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes developmental delays. I spent my entire childhood defending a beautiful soul taunted, ridiculed and disregarded because others were unwilling or unable to look past his limitations to see the person inside. I can't help but look for that person inside everyone I meet because of those experiences. The connections I've made as a result of that simple action fuel my career."