In spring 2014, Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote embarked on a cross-Canada tour of Gender Failure, a music and storytelling show, and launch for their book of the same name (Arsenal Pulp Press). Chapter and song titles include How to be a Transgendered Indie Rocker, Do I Still Call Myself a Butch? Drag Failure, Girl Failure, Man Failure, Top Surgery, How to be Gay when the Gays Won’t Have You, Prairie Gender, My Body Is a Spaceship, What Do You Think I Am? and about a dozen other personal pieces about navigating a world that constantly demands that you declare your gender and then gets all awkward when you don’t nicely fit the part of male or female. The Gender Failure tour began at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver, in front of a crowd of several hundred rowdy audience members. Spoon and Coyote told stories and sang songs for over an hour, with Spoon on guitar and Coyote on melodica, synth and percussion. Spoon is an excellent musician and songwriter. Coyote’s stories go straight from their mouth to your gut. The crowd laughed and cheered throughout. Intermittently a video was projected of Spoon and Coyote as superheroes in plaid capes, knitting, flying around, saving cats from trees. The show ended with Gender Retirement, a piece by Spoon about deciding to refuse to identify within the gender binary and to go by “they.” Their retirement has been largely ignored by the world: no gifts, no pension plans, no gender retirement community in Florida—at least not yet.