Rae Spoon

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Rae Spoon
Born Calgary, Alberta
Occupation singer-songwriter, short story writer
Nationality Canadian
Period 1990s-present
Notable works First Grass Spring Fire, superioryouareinferior, My Prairie Home

Rae Spoon is a Canadian musician and writer. Their musical style has varied from country to electronic-influenced indie rock and folk punk.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Spoon was born in Calgary, Alberta to evangelical Christian parents, and now lives in Montreal.[2]

After a decade of living as a trans man,[3] Spoon noted a preference for the pronoun "they" in 2012 during an interview with cartoonist Elisha Lim, a fellow advocate for the gender-neutral pronoun.[4] They explained to Now Magazine, "after years of fighting to be called ‘he,’ the idea of coming out again made me tired. But now I feel kind of rejuvenated, ready to fight on some more. I think the ‘they’ pronoun is a pretty cool thing. It’s letting a lot of people not have to identify as a man or a woman. Whatever it means to them."[5]

Career[edit]

Spoon has performed with such artists as Annabelle Chvostek, Ember Swift, Kinnie Starr, Melissa Ferrick, The Be Good Tanyas, Bitch & Animal, Natalie Merchant and Earl Scruggs.[6] They have performed at festivals including North Country Fair, South Country Fair, Under the Volcano Festival, and the Vancouver,[6] Regina, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Brandon Folk, Music & Art Festival and Winnipeg folk festivals.

Spoon's breakthrough album, 2008's Superioryouareinferior, was recorded in Calgary and introduced some electronic music elements into Spoon's style.[1] Superioryouareinferior was a longlisted nominee for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize.[7]

They have also published First Spring Grass Fire, a book of short stories about growing up in Alberta. Arsenal Pulp Press released the book in the fall of 2012.[5] The book was a nominee for the 2013 Lambda Literary Awards in the Transgender Fiction category,[8] and Spoon was awarded an Honour of Distinction from the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT writers in 2014.[9]

Spoon has stated that First Spring Grass Fire was written to help them prepare for the production of a National Film Board of Canada documentary about their life and music, My Prairie Home, directed by Chelsea McMullan. The film was released in the fall of 2013.[2][10] My Prairie Home, the album of music that Spoon composed for the film, is a longlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize.[11]

In 2012, Spoon and Ivan Coyote collaborated on Gender Failure, a touring multimedia show in which they performed music and spoken word pieces about their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary.[12] A book based on the show was published by Arsenal Pulp in 2014.[13]

Discography[edit]

  • Honking at Minivans (2001)
  • Throw Some Dirt on Me (2003)
  • Your Trailer Door (2005)
  • White Hearse Comes Rolling (2006)
  • Trucker's Memorial (2006, with Rodney Decroo)
  • Superioryouareinferior (2008)
  • Worauf Wartest Du? (2009, with Alexandre Decoupigny)
  • Love is a Hunter (2010)
  • I Can't Keep All of Our Secrets (2012)
  • My Prairie Home (2013)

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