Tipi Confessions

Tipi Confessions is not only sexy. Our audiences are reminded that sex is always also political. The Tipi Confessions enterprise also serves as a “research-creation laboratory” at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies. Our sexy performance laboratory is a space of creative experimentation and action research, both informed by and furthering existing research and teaching in decolonial and critical sexualities.


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Call for Confessions

If our performers are the soul of our show, then your stories, your anonymous confessions are the heart of the show. Share anonymously your stories for our MC, Tracy Bear, to read for our upcoming online show.


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Tipi Confessions Turned On... Line 2.1

Tipi Confessions Turned On… Line 2.1 Call for Stories

Tipi Confessions, Toronto Queer Film Festival, and the Indigenous Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ICCA) are curating stories and performances for a pre-recorded edition of our Tipi Confessions production launching February 2022. 

We have history together… 

Tipi Confessions has been in bed with TQFF + ICCA before … at Buddies in Bad Times in 2019. They are much more than one time Tkaronto layover lovers. They are generous and have eagerly shared with us their local friends. 

The result? 

A hot summer night in June featuring unapologetic diverse queer, two-spirit, and Indigenous representations of sex, sexuality, and gender. For a prairie-based traveller, Tipi Confessions sees TQFF + ICCA and their friends as the city streetwise partners that continually and consensually check-in, clearly communicate their boundaries, and suggest the curves on embodied places where you can find the tastiest of local treats.

We’re turned on… line 

This time around, TQFF + ICCA are teaching Tipi Confessions how to do it … online.

Our partnership allows us to reboot an in-person production from 1.0 to 2.1, expanding the possibility of making, broadening, and strengthening our kin relational networks. We are updating your dial-up experience to a fibre-optic broadband connection. Shifting from analog to digital, yet our partnership ensures that binary coding is not binary, but a multitude of expressions, and coding ranges from hanky colours to futuristic decolonial glyphs. 

For close to two years, we’ve been learning intensively how to relate in online spaces. Online access does not always translate to accessible. And streaming from our homes increases the exposure of our intimate extensions of ourselves. But similarly to how we choose to reveal our vulnerabilities, we can use technologies to reveal ourselves in an online environment. 

With this Call, we want to see how you play/engage your story/craft with this medium; how we share, how we confess, how we witness, and how we support each other across our diverse communities. 

Join us as a performer by submitting your story to:

2.1 Tipi Confessions + TQFF + ICCA Turned On… Line

Become a Tipi Confessions performer. We seek diverse voices, especially if stories like yours often go untold. We are an all-inclusive enterprise: we welcome storytellers and performers of all genders, races, sexualities, and abilities. And for this online production, all locations. 

We encourage you to submit sexually-themed stories and performances. Your performance doesn’t need to be “erotic” (although we love well-crafted erotica), but it should pertain positively to sex and sexuality. Consider telling your story from a political, humorous, creative, decolonial, feminist, and/or educational perspective. We want stories that fit our mission of ethics, education, and entertainment around sex, sexuality, and gender. Our shows have featured spoken word readings, personal narrative, memoir, fiction, burlesque, live musicians, stand-up comedy, short theatre performances/stage readings, short films. 

How to propose a concept. DEADLINE November 20. Please complete the submission form. Describe and explain your proposed performance, but also include some context for us such as motivation and intent. 

Please note that proposed concepts should be 10 minutes and under as a final recording. If you have specific questions about our expectations, please ask. Email attachments to tipiconfessions@gmail.com.

The Review Process. DECISION by November 27. Acceptances may be contingent upon an audition/interview (via Zoom/Google Hangouts). 

We will provide a performance honorarium.

About us

The Toronto Queer Film Festival is a collectively-run, artist-centered, not-for-profit festival that showcases contemporary, innovative, queer and trans film and video art. We are especially interested in supporting formally experimental films and/or social justice-themed projects that center the experiences of Indigenous people, people of color, people with disabilities, transgender people, sex workers, porn makers, and other communities often marginalized in contemporary LGBT cultural programming and spaces.

Tipi Confessions is produced by three Indigenous women: University of Alberta professor Kim TallBear (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate), McMaster University professor Tracy Bear (Nehiyaw’iskwew from Montreal Lake Cree Nation), and University of Alberta PhD student, Kirsten Lindquist (Cree-Métis). We are an offshoot of the popular Austin, Texas show, Bedpost ConfessionsTM, founded in 2010. For more information, visit tipiconfessions.com

The Indigenous Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ICCA) is an Indigenous run and led non-profit organization that aims to support and connect fellow Indigenous curators, artists, writers, academics, and professionals through various methods of gathering. The ICCA engages in critical discourses, increases professional opportunities for our members, develops programming, and most importantly works to build reciprocal relationships with Indigenous curators, artists, communities and the institutions we engage with.


Past Shows

Unsettle the Future

Tipi Confessions, Unsettle the Future: Re-Story, Research & Reclaim Indigenous Sexualities & Relations, the creative performance extension of the RELAB research-creation symposium of the same name featured a range of dance, spoken word, storytelling, [...]

Decolonize your Valentine

During the deep chill of the 2019 polar vortex, Tipi Confessions cranked the heat in La Cité Francophone theatre space to Decolonize Valentine’s Day with special guest Janet Marie Rogers. We also featured performances [...]

Sex at the End of the World

Many of the world’s greatest thinkers are worried that we humans are having wrenching effects on our environment, that ecosystems and social systems in turn are collapsing around us. In popular culture--in films, novels, [...]

Seasoned Sex

Seasoned Sex. Cooler summer mornings shifting into longer fall evenings. Inspired by how our bodies respond to the changing seasons, we recognize that our favourite fleshy fruits, like different types of berries ripen and [...]

Sexy Science Confessions

One evening in July 2017 in Tucson, Arizona, the Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics (SING) faculty were socializing at the end of a long day of teaching participants about genetic science and [...]

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