It’s been 25 years since Canada’s preeminent dyke singer first captured the country’s heart. None who saw it could ever forget that first televised entry into the nation’s consciousness: a gangly tomboy with spiky hair, galumphing joyfully onto the Juno stage to accept her first award, wearing a wedding dress, work boots and a sly grin. Few knew what to make of her, and plenty were ready to ridicule this exuberant misfit — that is, until she opened her mouth and shared that glorious voice with the world….
Shaky and vulnerable aren’t words that immediately come to mind when considering the statuesque lang. Long and solidly lean (whoever dresses her in those unflattering satin pants for TV needs a stern talking-to), she projects a calm strength that perfectly reflects her powerful alto and outspoken views.
Los Angeles has been home to the Alberta-born gal for several years and life stateside has given lang new perspectives on the politics of homophobia — even living within the relative safety of a so-called blue state.
“Ignorance has no colour,” says lang. “It’s very important to be truly centred and not to be too polarized on the left or the right wings.”
Check out the full interview here.
JUN 16 – More recently, Xtra’s Elvira Kurt caught up with lang just last month: