Janice Lee

2022 Program Artist

Janice Jo Lee (born in Tkaronto, Canada) aka Sing Hey, is a contemporary folk artist of Korean settler ancestry. Lee is a folk-soul singer-songwriter, spoken word poet, actor, bouffon, playwright, and educator. They are an award-winning performer who creates looping landscapes with their voice, guitar, trumpet and Korean jangu drum. Lee is a hard femme queer radical. They speak their truth and get in trouble for it often, on stage and off. Lee is interested in using art to build flourishing communities based in justice and joy. Their work explores gender justice, antiracism, friendship, burnout, community, ancestry and the Earth.

Lee was born in Tkaronto and formed their early artist career living and organizing in Kitchener-Waterloo on Haldimand Tract Treaty Territory. They were the founding artistic director of KW Poetry Slam in 2011 and has organized with LSPIRG, WPIRG, and Rainbow Reels. Janice has released two music albums Sing Hey (2016), Drown the Earth (2013) and is working on their upcoming album Ancestor Song.


The Cafe at the end of the future: a crip performance extravaganza

Set in 2040, this afternoon performance – conceived by 2022 Biennial artist Syrus Marcus Ware and featuring performers Aeshna Ware-Huff, Janice Lee, Jaz Fairy J, Troy Jackson, and LAL – takes place in the future community of MBL Freedom and offers a mind-expanding performance exploring disability justice, queer and crip magic. On the first Saturday […]