Artists Hortie and Reynolds uncover the forgotten history of Jackie Shane - a black, queer, soul-singing Toronto-based musician form the 1960s—who disappeared before being able to enjoy the fruits of their success.
Toronto, 1963. Jackie Shane - a black, queer, soul-singing, flamboyant Toronto-based musician - had a hit song on the charts. The song was a sensation, and with the lyrics “Tell her that I’m happy, tell her that I’m gay; tell her I wouldn’t have it any other way”, it was also an underground gay anthem. But before being able to fully enjoy the fruits of this success, Jackie suddenly disappeared. Uncovering this forgotten piece of Toronto queer music history, artists Hortie and Reynolds recreate Jackie’s story using original shadow puppets, overhead animation and stop-motion techniques.