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.

Using skills and equipment procured and fine-tuned during the pandemic lockdowns, Ivan is also 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.


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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Ivan Coyote

Ivan Coyote

Check my website for upcoming gigs:

5 days ago

Ivan Coyote
Yellowknife! I am so excited to be coming back. Please check out my festival schedule here:Let's welcome Ivan Coyote to our 19th annual NorthWords NWT literary festival. Ivan Coyote is a writer and storyteller. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, they are the author of thirteen books, the creator of four films, six stage shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Coyote’s books have won the ReLit Award, been named a Stonewall Honour Book, been longlisted for Canada Reads, and been shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction, and the Governor General’s Award for non-fiction twice. In 2017 Ivan was given an honorary Doctor of Laws from Simon Fraser University, and in 2023 they received the first Honorary Doctor of Arts ever bestowed on anyone by Yukon University. Coyote’s stories grapple with the complex and intensely personal topics of gender identity, family, class, and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, and a quick wit. Ivan’s 13th book, Care Of, was released in June 2021 by McClelland and Stewart and their new one-person show Playlist premiered in February of 2024.Find them here: FRIDAY, MAY 31 Writers Retreat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Explorer HotelNorthWords Showcase7:30 p.m., Northern Arts and Cultural CentreSATURDAY, JUNE 1Workshop: Talking the Talk: A live performance workshop with Ivan Coyote3 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Top KnightBlush: An Evening of Erotica & Sensual Spoken Word7:30 p.m., Top KnightSUNDAY, JUNE 2Closing Words: Writing for Change2:30 p.m-4 p.m., Explorer HotelTo purchase or book tickets to any of these events, click here: #lifeintheknife #spectacularnwt #amreading #amwriting #nwtarts #ivancoyote ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Ivan Coyote
Wednesday night in Whitehorse I will be hosting Cherie Dimaline in conversation. Please join us!!Author Cherie Dimaline has won numerous awards for her work, and continues to be an important influence in writing stories from Indigenous perspectives, and re-telling colonial stories in order to redress cultural stereotypes and inherent racism. Come hear her speak with Ivan Coyote on Weds., March 27. Tickets are $10: A co-presentation with Yukon University. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Ivan Coyote
Whitehorse folks! I’m joining some awesome writers for this reading next week! Free, open to the public, PLUS SNACKS!! Please join us if you can make it.Join Christina Brobby, Ivan Coyote, Deanna Jacobson and Christine Genier for an evening of readings, stories and conversations about the creative process. Coffee, tea and snacks will be served. Free and open to everyone to attend!Where: YukonU Library When: Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30pm ... See MoreSee Less
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