MEDIA RELEASE: QUSIC Victoria

October 12th, 2022


QUSIC is coming to Victoria, featuring the talents of Matthew Presidente, Karen Donna and Hoélune Rośe

The live 2SLGTBQ focused music series highlights up and coming and established Queer artists by providing them a platform, venue and show to perform their music.


[Victoria, BC - October 12th, 2022] — Rebellious Unicorns and Friends of Dorothy lounge are excited to announce the return of QUSIC to Victoria. Taking place on Wednesday, October 12th, the Queer music series is excited to present the talent of Matthew Presidente, Karen Donna and Hoélune Rose. The event begins at 6PM, and is ticketed! The show will feature two sets from Matthew, and a set each from Karen and Hoélune.


“We’re so excited to finally be able to bring QUSIC back to Victoria'' says Dustyn Baulkham, Executive Producer and the visionary behind the series. “With the help of CreativeBC, we’ve been able to bring back a platform for 2SLGBTQ+ musicians to showcase their talent”. 


On the docket for the evening is Matthew Presidente, a Vancouver based singer, songwriter and piano player. Known for his upbeat shows, original songs and short, short, shorts, he’s very much looking forward to the show. “It’s been many years since I’ve performed in Victoria and I’m so very excited to be coming back with QUSIC and sharing the spotlight with talented artists. I’ll be bringing an energetic show with great new tunes - along with the lovely stylings of Karen and Hoélune you’re in for an exciting night of music!” As mentioned, joining him for the evening will be Karen Donna and Hoélune Rose, two artists from Victoria. Karen will be bringing her acoustic talents, while Hoélune will be wowing with her mesmerizing voice.


QUSIC is a wonderful opportunity for the community to get out and support their local artists. We expect to see as many people as possible at the show. The performances will be outstanding! October is a slower time of year for events, so take this as the perfect excuse to get out of the house for an evening. Tickets to the show are on sale now for just $10, and can be purchased online from rebelliousuniconrs.com or at the door before the show. Beware though, purchasing in advance guarantees you the best price and a confirmed spot at the show.


Tickets, info and more details about everything QUSIC are available on rebelliousunicorns.com


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About Rebellious Unicorns:

Rebellious Unicorns is an Okanagan based 2SLGTBQ+ focused events and production company. With over five years of experience in event planning, RU has become a backbone of the 2SLGTBQ+ landscape in Canada. Our feature events include Fruitcake, a dance party series, Peak Pride, a mountain based Pride Festival (hosts: SilverStar, Sun Peaks, Mt. Washington, Red Mountain), and the MX, a queer networking event. With multiple new projects in the works, including a stage show and musical event series, RU is poised to continue growing well into the future. For more information and event details, visit Rebelliousunicorns.com


About QUSIC:

QUSIC is a 2LGBT2Q+ Artist Music Series, produced by Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc., in which all presenting artists must identify under the 2LGBT2Q+ spectrum. This innovative series celebrates the 2LGBTQ2+ community, which includes individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit as well as a range of other gender and sexual identities. QUSIC features solo performers, duos or group acts, provided that the headlining artist identifies as 2LGBT2Q+. QUSIC supports the growth and development of the Canadian music industry, highlighting artists who identify as 2LGBT2Q+. The music series invests in Canadian talent and will help to grow awareness of 2LGBT2Q+ musical artists, and help to put money in their pockets so that they may continue to create this essential art form.


About Matthew Presidente:

Matthew Presidente (he/him/his) has been a staple of the queer music scene in Vancouver and abroad for over 20 years. A maestro on the piano, a master on the mic, Matthew is a bold rock/pop songwriter. Referred to as “one of — if not ­— the best singer/songwriters our LGBT scene has” by Xtra Magazine (Vancouver), Matty has performed among headliners such as Ace of Base, Dragonette and even shared a stage with Patti Smith (it’s a story)! Never one to settle down, Matthew has independently released 6 full length records while also showcasing his original material at notable music venues such as The Roxy, The Railway Club, The Backstage Lounge, XYYVR and Numbers Cabaret. As an advocate for queer art, his involvement in Vancouver Pride has seen him enthusiastically recognized on the Vancouver pride Main Stage (for over 12 years!), across the country, and internationally.


Karen Donna 

Karen Donna (she/her) is a singer originally from Calgary, Alberta but who now calls Victoria home. Karen played in many cover bands and acoustic projects over the last 15 years. When she’s not playing music, Karen is a technical writer, mental health advocate, and Star Wars nerd. Watch for her latest project “Karen and the Managers” coming to a live music venue near you. 


Hoélune Rośe

Hoélune Rośe is widely known to enchant audiences with her mesmerizing voice and sensational rhythms. Hoélune invites a certain wisdom and magic that draws audiences in every moment she’s caught on stage. Choose to be lucky and witness Hoélune bring her passion, laughter and joy out of her lyrics that reflect desire, introspection and love. 

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