Hullabaloo Artist Profile: Janice Jo Lee

Janice Jo Lee is our Hullabaloo 2020 Finals Night Feature Performer and they’ll be leading a poetry workshops as part of Adventures in Poetry-land.  Finals will be on Saturday April 18th at 7:30 pm at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library in the Alice MacKay room.  The Finals night event is FREE to the public.

This event will be taking place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.


Janice Jo Lee (she/her), aka Sing Hey, is a folk artist of Korean ancestry from Kitchener, on Haldimand Tract treaty territory. She is a folk soul singer-songwriter, spoken word poet, playwright-actor, and educator. She is passionate about building flourishing communities based in justice and joy through art. On stage Janice is known for being disarmingly hilarious, off-the-cuff and fearlessly honest. She is a hard femme, queer, radical, comedian, truth-teller and trickster.


Currently Janice organizes with Groundings, a movement to raise up BIPOC poets under the mentorship of Lillian Allen. She is a Co-Chair of SpeakNORTH, working to reinvision the national spoken word community. She was the founding artistic director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Poetry Slam and created its first Spoken Word Residency program for emerging professionals in 2018. Her one-woman musical satire Will You Be My Friend made its Toronto debut at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2018 (NNNN Now Magazine, 3 of 4 Stars, The Star) In Waterloo Region, she was voted Best Performance Artist four years running from 2016 to 2019. She is working on her upcoming albums Ancestor Song, Lonely is the Lullaby, and a new bouffon musical satire about the climate apocalypse.


About Janice