Queer film and video with TPL— just one of about a million arts events this week!
Well guys, it’s PRIDE WEEK! So even though we’re a bit toast from NXNE, we’re turning our queer blasters up to 11 and feelin’ real all week. If you’re looking for the party— and you probably are— there are great listings at blogTO organized by each day. However, we’ve compiled some of the more DIY and possibly less booze-and-drugs oriented events that might get overlooked in the frenzy. Certainly we didn’t hit all of them, and it’s worth looking into what’s going on at places like The 519, Glad Day Bookshop, and other community landmarks. And of course, not all of our events this week are Pride-related. You’ll just have to figure out which ones those are. In any case, they’re all after the jump!
Monday, June 23
The author of No Relation visits Waterloo for a reading and public event.
Ever wondered what “homonationalism” or “gay imperialism” mean outside of the classroom and tumblr? This interactive panel should clear some of that up, featuring Fatima Jaffer, Rinaldo Walcott, Jin Haritaworn, Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour.
The camera-phone video series is back with a response to World Pride. Questions of inclusion and exclusion will be explored by Jesse Todd & Thom Emberton, Sarah D’Angelo, Chy Ryan Spain, Ben Oliver & The Apathy Club, Benjamin Edelberg, The Reading Salon, Staf Maul & Paola R. Chaves.
Let’s get critical, our pride is political! Queers march for social justice and in opposition to exclusive and corporate pride.
Tuesday, June 24
Celebrate the new issue of Little Brother, the “holiday” issue! Kelli Korducki reads about street meat, Alex Hamlyn’s shares her rock ’n’ roll tour diary, and so much more.
Queers Against Israeli Apartheid host a panel discussing possibilities and challenges of queer solidarity.
Wednesday, June 25
This exciting program of archival gems explores a mix of music and queer themes. Work from GB Jones, Suzanne Naughton, John Porter and more.
This free film screening will feature a documentary about the early years of bad-ass activist group The Lesbian Avengers. Kelly Cogswell will be in attendance.
Thursday, June 26
Edmonton’s fabulous, site-specific, multidisciplinary arts festival punctuates your day with performances in the least expected places. Presented by Common Ground Arts and Print Machine.
Friday, June 27
The world’s largest Trans March is back and bigger than ever— taking it down Yonge St like we’ve always wanted to! The rally begins at George Hislop Park and sets off at 8pm down Yonge St to Allan Gardens. Afterwards, Against Me! and the Cliks! will play the Trans Pride Showcase ay Yonge and Dundas. ASL interpretation and accessibility/mobility devices are available.
Queer erotic readings by Dorianne Emmerton, Andrea Zanin, Melissa Benner, Sheila van den Heuvel-Collins and Lee Rowan.
Saturday, June 28
Twysted Miyake-Mugler and the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance present what looks to be the biggest ball the city has seen is years. Think Paris Is Burning, voguing, realness, runway, all that stuff. Come support one of the most important organizations for queer youth of colour in the city, and prepare to have your mind blown!
Sunday, June 29
Local and international gay novelists read and do a Q&A.