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Thu March 26, 2020

Any Other Way: Celebrating the Life and Work of Jackie Shane

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McEvoy Foundation for the Arts presents "Any Other Way: Celebrating the Life and Work of Jackie Shane" in conjunction with its exhibition 'Orlando' (February 7 - May 2, 2020), which draws upon Virginia Woolf's prescient 1928 novel to celebrate the transformative self.

R&B singer Jackie Shane possessed an unforgettable voice and dynamic stage presence. She broke barriers as an openly transgender performing artist in an era when such visibility was oftentimes illegal and yet for her undeniable power, Shane was not well known during her lifetime. She released only a handful of singles in the '60s and played frequently on the local circuit in Toronto, but recorded videos of her riveting performances are scarce. In the '70s, Shane disappeared entirely from public life. Little was heard from her until the only artist-approved compilation of her recordings, "Any Other Way" (Los Angeles: The Numero Group, 2017), reintroduced Shane's oeuvre to a new generation.

This evening of music and conversation is the first public event ever produced about Shane, who died in 2019. It invites her friends and collaborators Mark Christopher and Douglas Mcgowan, A&R at The Numero Group, to trace Shane's trajectory through the history of soul music and to affirm the existence of gender-diverse and non-binary peoples throughout time. Musician Ebony Tay provides a stirring musical tribute to Shane while Zackary Drucker, who interviewed Shane for her 2018 Trans Legends article series for Vice, moderates the program. Drucker's artistic practice in film, photography, and writing fosters dialogue with elders in the trans community as a means of combatting the false narrative that transness is a twenty-first century phenomenon. Her photographs and a film are on view as part of the exhibition.

The program is inspired by themes of transformation and beauty in the 'Orlando' and asks us, at a time when transgender legal rights are under threat, to discover Shane's brave existence.

$10 General Admission * $7 Students/Seniors.

Presented by McEvoy Foundation for the Arts
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts presents "Any Other Way: Celebrating the Life and Work of Jackie Shane" in conjunction with its exhibition 'Orlando' (February 7 - May 2, 2020), which draws upon Virginia Woolf's prescient 1928 novel to celebrate the transformative self. R&B singer...
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