Canadian Emmy Award-winner Joanne Vannicola releases her memoir, All We Knew but Couldn’t Say. Available on June 1st, (Dundurn Press)

TORONTO, May 22, 2019– Joanne Vannicola grew up in a violent home with a physically abusive father and a mother with no sexual boundaries. After being pressured to leave home at fourteen, and after fifteen years of estrangement, Joanne learns that her mother is dying. Compelled to reconnect, she visits with her, unearthing a trove of devastating secrets.

Joanne relates her journey from child performer to Emmy Award-winning actor, from hiding in the closet to embracing her own sexuality, from conflicted daughter and sibling to independent woman. All We Knew but Couldn’t Say is a testament to survival, love, and the belief that it is possible to love the broken and to love fully, even with a broken heart.

Official book launch for All We Knew but Couldn’t Say: June 8th, at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Join Vannicola in celebration at 7 p.m. with Dundurn Press, Toronto International Festival of Authors- Lit Up, with host Maggie Cassella, and musical guest Lorraine Segato. A portion of the proceeds from the book launch will be donated to an LGBTQ charity.

“Stark. Unflinchingly honest and filled with determination that is seen in LGBTQ people who want more than just survival. “-Roland Emmerich

Pre-order the memoir on Dundurn, Amazon and Indigo.

Available for immediate purchase on June 1st in Canada and June 25th in the U.S. and U.K.

Vannicola also plays a principal role in the upcoming Netflix show, Slasher: Solstice, premiering on May 23rd on Netflix. Joanne is also the co-creator of a new serial dramatic show called Under GroundAll We Knew but Couldn’t Say is her first book.


About: Joanne Vannicola is an Emmy Award-winning Canadian actor, writer, speaker, and activist. With over 70 credits in film and television, she has been nominated for a Genie, Gemini, and an ACTRA award.

As a feminist, she continues to challenge misogyny and homophobia. She advocates for the LGBTQ+ community as chair of outACTRAto, an LGBTQ+ committee, and founded Youth Out Loud (YOL), between 2004-2009. YOL is a non-profit that provides a platform to raise awareness on sexual violence, homophobia, misogyny, and child abuse. Currently serves as information and resource site.  Visit for more or Joanne Vannicola on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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