Folk, Spoken Word, Singer/Songwriter
Janice Jo Lee, aka Sing Hey, is a folk artist of Korean ancestry. She is a singer-songwriter, spoken word poet, actor and playwright from Kitchener, on Haldimand Tract treaty territory. Lee is an award-winning performer known for being disarmingly hilarious and off-the-cuff. On stage she creates looping landscapes with her voice, guitar, trumpet and Korean jangu drum. Lee is a hard femme queer radical and is interested in using art to build flourishing communities based in justice and joy. Her latest compositions are Ancestor Songs, contemporary jazz-folk melodies full of truth and power. She is working on her upcoming albums Ancestor Song, Lonely is the Lullaby, and a new bouffon musical satire about the climate apocalypse. Her one-woman musical satire Will You Be My Friend was developed and produced by Green Lights in Kitchener in 2017. The show made its Toronto debut at Theatre Passe Muraille in October 2018 to critical praise from The Toronto Star, Mooney on Theatre and an NNNN rating from Now Magazine. In recent years she has toured Canada with her music and poetry performing at Victorious Voices (Victoria), Hullabaloo (Vancouver), ArtsWells (Wells, BC), Hillside (Guelph), In the Soil (St Catharines), Hot Damn It’s A Queer Slam (Toronto), Kultrun (Kitchener), Home County (London), and Pervers/cité (Montréal). In Waterloo Region, Lee was voted Best Performance Artist four years running from 2016 to 2019. She was the City of Kitchener’s Artist in Residence in 2015. She is the founding artistic director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Poetry Slam and created its first Spoken Word Residency program for emerging professionals. Janice organizes with Groundings BIPOC Poetry Collective and serves as National Director of SpeakNorth.