Edmonton Queer History Project

Celebrating the People, Places, and Events that built the Queer Community in Edmonton

Women Unlimited by Sheryl Ackerman

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Music was a key component of building community and engaging neighbors in fellowship. Sheryl Ackerman has provided us with an account of Women Unlimited- a concert production company promoting music by women and lesbian performers. Click here to download the full submission in PDF: Women Unlimited – submission Revised.

Pauline Bélanger founded the company “Women Unlimited” on March 01, 1986 to produce concerts and promote music by women and lesbian performers. Audience members may also remember her hilarious comedic sketches as she introduced the shows. She brazenly included her partner (now spouse), Sheryl Ackerman, in many of the warm-up acts!

There were very few openly lesbian performers in Canada in those days, Heather Bishop being one of the first. Pauline produced several concerts for Heather.

A memorable event occurred March 11, 1987 at the Edmonton Public Library Theatre. During Heather Bishop’s performance with Kris Purdy, Marilyn Lerner and Sherry Shute, the audience was surprised when kd lang leapt onto the stage to perform spontaneously with Heather. Would it be accurate to say the crowd went wild?!

Women Unlimited

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