A Statement on Jayme Andrew (King Fisher)’s passing

August 8, 2023

August 8, 2023

We are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Jayme Andrews (King Fisher), a pillar of the local drag and Indigiqueer communities. Our hearts are with their loved ones and community. If you have the means, we encourage you to donate to their memorial fund on GoFundMe.

Jayme features in the short experimental film  ‘E.S.S. Scenes’ directed by Romi Kim, which is part of The Coast Is Queer local shorts program screening on August 17. Jayme was scheduled to perform as King Fisher at this event, and their name and image may still appear on some promotional materials.

In dialogue with our artists and community, we have decided to carry on with the scheduled screening of ‘E.S.S. Studios’, which celebrates and honours our local drag scene and Eastside Studios’ former space, The Warehouse.

Our priority is to hold space for our community to grieve and honour Jayme’s extraordinary life in whichever way each person feels is best for them. We encourage you to approach this program with care for yourself and others you may share space with at the in-person screening. Active listeners will be on-site to support those who need it. 

We have added a free ticket option for community members who wish to attend the August 17 screening or watch ‘E.S.S. Studios’ as part of The Coast Is Queer online (available August 18, 6:30PM to August 21, 6:30PM). If you have already purchased tickets to this screening and no longer wish to attend, please contact boxoffice@outonscreen.com for a full refund. 

Our hearts go out to everybody impacted by this devastating news. Please take care of yourselves and each other.

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