Ivan Coyote is the author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, six full-length live shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer's, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam and Australia.
Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted storyteller. Ivan's stories remind of us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.
Tomboy Survival Guide
Photo: Fubar Foto
Ivan Coyote and an all-tomboy band blend story, music and memory in a fearless, wry-humoured and tender insight into gender issues, defying the norm and finding your identity. Tomboy Survival Guide is part anthem, part campfire story, and part instructions for the dismantling of the gender stories we tell. Ivan and company navigate the narrow halls of public washrooms, skirt the treachery of growing up under the threat of being picked to be a flower girl, triumph over tying a double Windsor knot, and discover the beauty in realizing they were handsome all along. This music and story-driven collaboration from award-winning writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote includes high-energy drumming and percussion fromSally Zori, the melifluous basslines of Pebbles Willekes and the graceful tinkerings of trumpet player Alison Gorman.
Tomboy Survival Guide first premiered at the PuSh Festival in 2015 and has toured throughout Canada. In 2017, it went to the Sydney Theatre Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival.
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Photo by Gbp Creative. Artwork by Rosemary Scanlon
Take one part master storyteller Ivan Coyote and one part award-winning Swedish/Canadian songwriter Sarah MacDougall, and a generous helping of frozen Yukon landscape. Add a kind of homage to an old-time live local call-in buy-and-sell radio show where you can trade a used baby crib for a freezer full of moose meat. Exchange a skidoo helmet for a cord of wood, and liquidate your kayaks in case of pending divorce. Part song, part story, part peeling back of the hearts behind what is for sale in a northern town and the real story of what we are all are looking for.
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