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citys in flame

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


Terry Fallis at the WPL Main Branch, 7pm, Waterloo Public Library, 35 Albert St S, free (ticket required, can be picked up at Words Worth Books)

The author of No Relation visits Waterloo for a reading and public event.


WTF Is Queer About Settler Colonialism, Racism, and Homonationalism?, 7pm, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W, free. Wheelchair accessible.

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.

In Your Pocket: Shame, 7pm, Videofag, 187 Augusta Ave, PWYC ($5 suggested)

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.

Nightmarch, 7pm, Church and Alexander, free

Let’s get critical, our pride is political! Queers march for social justice and in opposition to exclusive and corporate pride.

Clocked: Capturing Queerness on Camera, 7pm, Onsie [at] Ocadu, 230 Richmond St W. Projections and discussions of work by Don Pyle and Martin Sorrondeguy. 

Tuesday, June 24


Little Brother No. 4 Launch Party, 7pm, June Records, 662 College St, free

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.

Apartheid Then and Now: Queer Struggles, Queer Solidarities, 7pm, 55 Gould St, free

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid host a panel discussing possibilities and challenges of queer solidarity.

Wednesday, June 25


The City’s in Flame!, 7pm, Fort York Branch of Toronto Public Library, 190 Fort York Blvd, free

This exciting program of archival gems explores a mix of music and queer themes. Work from GB Jones, Suzanne Naughton, John Porter and more.

Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too, 7pm, Glad Day Bookshop, 598a Yonge St, free

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


Found Festival 2014, Old Strathcona, festival passes $40, tickets $8, runs through June 29th

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


Trans Pride March, 7pm, Church and Isabella, free

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.

Dirty. Sexy. Queer., 10pm, Glad Day Bookshop, 598a Yonge St, free

Queer erotic readings by Dorianne Emmerton, Andrea Zanin, Melissa Benner, Sheila van den Heuvel-Collins and Lee Rowan.

Saturday, June 28


Claim Your Territory – World Pride Ball, 7pm, Daniels Dpectrium, 585 Dundas St E, $5 suggested

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


Fiction With Friction, 11am, Glad Day Bookshop, 598a Yonge St, free

Local and international gay novelists read and do a Q&A.

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