Olive-or-Oliver (pronounced “OliverOliver”) is an award-winning queer performance artist, playwright, video artist, musician, hula hoop instructor, and advocate for the singular pronoun, “they”.
Since 2010, they’ve entertained audiences across Toronto and internationally with their circus-burlesque, performance art, and improvised singing, including at the Toronto International Burlesque Festival and Pride Toronto. They have received multiple awards, including “Top Homo 2012” at Portland, Oregon’s “Homo’s Got Talent Dance-Off Competition”, and are also the recipient of two playwriting grants through the Ontario Arts Council and a graduate of the Young Creators’ Unit at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Olive-or-Oliver debuted their solo musical loop pedal project this summer at Toronto’s Fruit Loopz.
Olive-or-Oliver made their cinematic debut with their short film, “Morning”, as part of the Queer Video Mentorship Project at the Inside Out Festival 2012, which has since screened numerous times throughout Toronto, as well as at international festivals in Seattle, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Seoul.
Olive-or-Oliver is white, historically middle-class, a settler, disabled and chronically ill, queer, trans, genderqueer, femme, a former sex worker, a survivor, a witch, and sometimes a womyn. All of these identities and experiences inform their perspective and work.