About

Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based artist working in the media of literature, music, performance, and film.

A two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek’s books—including God Loves Hair, his illustrated collection of short stories—have been used as textbooks at several post-secondary institutions. His debut novel, She of the Mountains, was recently published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

Winner of the We Are Listening International Singer/Songwriter Award, Vivek has also released albums ranging from acoustic folk-rock to electro synth-pop. His most recent is All of the Lights, an EP of Christmas and Diwali songs.

His film What I LOVE about being QUEER has expanded to include an online project and book with contributions from around the world, and was featured on Buzzfeed, the Huffington Post, and ELLE Magazine India. Holy Mother My Mother, his fourth short film, was released in Spring 2014.

Vivek has read and performed at shows, festivals and post-secondary institutions internationally, sharing the stage with Tegan and Sara and Dragonette, and has appeared at NXNE, CMW, Word on the Street, Yale, and Columbia University.

He was the 2013 Artist-in-Residence at Camp fYrefly Edmonton and the 2014 recipient of the Steinert & Ferreiro Award for leadership in Toronto’s LGBTQ community.

Press photos

General [ZIP]

Photos by Adam Coish.

All of the Lights: A Diwali/Christmas EP [ZIP]

Cover artwork by by Rajni Perera. Photos by Alejandro Santiago.

She of the Mountains [ZIP]

Cover artwork by Raymond Biesinger. Photos by Zachary Ayotte.

Holy Mother My Mother [ZIP]

God Loves Hair [ZIP]

Cover artwork by Juliana Neufeld. Photo by Karen Campos.

What I LOVE about being QUEER — The Book [ZIP]

Photo by Karen Campos.

What I LOVE about being QUEER – The Film [ZIP]

Seeking Single White Male [ZIP]