Workshops, music focus on LGBTQ, activist parents

Bonfire Madigan Shive and Evan Greer bring their Tiny Fists Tour to Abbotsford.

Two activist musicians have pegged Abbotsford as the launch site of their Tiny Fists Tour.

The Reach Gallery (32388 Veterans Way) welcomes Bonfire Madigan Shive and Evan Greer for their tour’s debut show April 5 at 7:30 p.m.

The artists will bring politically charged performances as well as a interactive workshops facilitating topics such as social justice, the environment, mental health, sexuality and alternative parenting.

“Our primary goal with the Tiny Fists Tour is to increase the visibility of LGBTQ (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer) and activist parents, and show people that you don’t have to stop rocking when you become a mom,” Greer said.

“Travelling together as two families full of musical energy will be fun. We hope to use that energy to support people who are trying to make the world better in the communities that we visit.”

Greer is a singer/songerwriter, parent and community organizer based in Boston, Mass., who has performed with a wide array of artists including Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine.

Cellist and singer Shive has collaborated with artists such as a Elliot Smith and David Coulter of The Pogues. The new mom has composed and performed scores for major theatre productions and has shared the stage with musicians Neko Case, Fugazi and Modest Mouse, among others.

Tickets, which are $12 for the general public and $8 for students, can be purchased online at thereach.ca/eventsprograms.html.