Keynote Performances

Because so many of Ivan’s stories grapple with the complicated issues of navigating family, faith, class, gender identity and small-town big family politics, Ivan’s work has often been used by teachers, activists and educators to address hard-hitting issues in a personal and accessible way. Stories are the very best tools we have ever invented to build ourselves a better world to live alongside one another in.

Because much of Ivan’s creative work grapples with life in between binary gender boxes, Ivan is also often asked to speak to labour activists, social justice advocates, university and high school students, health care providers, teachers and school administrators all across this continent and beyond, working to use the power of story and personal narrative to address issues of safety and resources for trans and non-binary students, faculty, employees and clients.

Ivan is available to be booked as a keynote speaker for your conference, symposium, professional development day or university speaker’s series. Ivan can custom craft a story-driven and engaging keynote address from 30-75 minutes in length, incorporating your themes or the specialized needs of your membership. In addition to the performance, Ivan can also participate in moderated question and answer sessions post performance, and facilitate breakout discussions and/or smaller group workshops as well.

Please write to to be in touch about booking an introductory discussion and help us put together a quote for you.

During the pandemic, Ivan is able to deliver a synchronous livestreamed presentation, shot with a two-camera set-up with professional audio and lighting. You can also inquire about pre-taped and/or on-demand performance possibilities.

Once we can gather together safely again, Ivan will resume booking live face-to-face keynote addresses, for audiences from 20 to several thousand people.



Some review quotes:

Hi Ivan,

I was at the GVPL staff day where you spoke yesterday. Specifically, I was the long-haired guy who mouthed “Thank you!” to you after morning break when I thought you were leaving, and you mouthed back “I’m just going over there!”

Your table was crowded and what I wanted to tell you wasn’t, maybe, the most work appropriate anyhow, so I never went to speak with you.

I came in to that event deeply invested in daydreaming my way through and listening as little as possible, and you didn’t let me. Instead, I laughed and cried and somehow that engagement carried forward into the rest of the day as well.

So thank you. You did a great job.


Dear Ivan,

I never do this. I never read a book or see a performance or have an experience that (as transformative as it may be!) compels me to contact the artist/performer to say thank you. But I guess there is a first time for everything.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Your speech was so true and so beautiful and so moving, in so many ways and about so many things that clearly resonated with me. I was brought to tears many times and sort of wished there had been a short break immediately following your words just so that I could have a few private moments of uninterrupted sobbing. To let those profound feelings move out and through me.

I also have a wish that someday soon you’ll publish these words, or share them in a way that can be shared with others. I was overwhelmed with a sense of wanting my children(teenagers)to be there with me to hear your story and to be moved as I was moved, and I know they would be.

In the meantime, I’ll read your books and attend any shows that come my way and I will trumpet your name and the amazing day that I was lucky enough to hear you tell a story.

And I promise to always do my best to get the right book, into the right hands.



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3 months ago

Ivan Coyote
Well this just touched my heart. It did.When I was young and struggling to figure out who I was, I stumbled upon a book called #BoysLikeHer I bought it because one of my favorite musicians, Lyndell Montgomery, was one of the authors. It’s a really fascinating book. The subtitle is Transfictions. It’s a collection of short stories and poems, some of which are based in reality, some of which are true, and some of which are completely made up, and you don’t really get tipped off as to which are which. The four authors were collectively known as a performance group called, Taste This. Each of the four had a slightly different sexual identity. Anna was high femme. Zöe was androgynous but generally fell to the more feminine side. Lyndell was a boi. And Ivan... Ivan was butch AF. Mostly, I identified with Zöe and Lyndell, but part of my heart was with Ivan, and there was always this one picture of Ivan that spoke to me. Something about it felt deeply resonant with who I was on the inside.Tonight I walked past my bedroom mirror and glanced over and I saw Ivan. It was the strangest thing. I had to go to the bookshelf and find the book to confirm. Yup. It’s strange how something as simple as a picture in a book can bed down in your psyche so hard that 20 years later it surfaces as an outward expression. I still don’t consider myself butch, nor do I claim any label at all. I’m just a Barb. But I’m also a bit of an Ivan, whatever that means. I’m grateful that I found that book when I was young. It taught me a very important lesson. It’s ok to be whoever you really are and to embrace your complexity, and to realize that in some ways you are a beautiful mosaic of everyone to whom you’ve ever felt connected.Ivan Coyote 💚 ... See MoreSee Less