Out and About
rIVerse are diversifying the LGBTQ music scene
rIVerse are a Toronto-based, openly queer pop/R&B group and their mission is to REPRESENT THE UNDERREPRESENTED and use their music as the platform to share unique stories with listeners, and bring needed representation to mainstream media.
Diversity fuels this mission — members who are different races, genders, sexual orientations, body types, religious backgrounds, etc, thereby hoping to share their story with new audiences and get some assistance in taking the project internationally.
theBUZZ chatted with this group to find out what they are all about:
We have an EP we released last year, ‘ Glad To Meet You 2.0,’ which is available on Apple Music, Spotify, SoundCloud, etc. We are currently finishing the recording process for our new EP and the first single for that will be released in October. We are also currently planning and fundraising for a trip to South Korea at the end of October. We’ve got a cool opportunity to travel out there and showcase our music and our message in that part of the world for a little while.
Because our immediate focus is on those two projects, we don’t have any upcoming shows booked in the GTA until the holiday season (December). Past performances we’ve done have included mainstages at World Pride 2014 and various Toronto Pride events throughout the years. We’ve also performed at Pride events throughout southern Ontario and upstate New York, the AIDS Candlelight Vigil, and the 2018 IDAHOT Gala. The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity have brought us in for several events to perform as well as participate in panel discussions to share our message and our experiences with LGBTQ+ youth. Beyond that, we work throughout the year performing at various community, club/party, and corporate events.
Giant (music video clip)
24K Magic (cover video)
About the Author
Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.