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Discover Toronto's little known queer west arts community

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By Michel F. Paré
Posted May 1, 2011 in Travel
Welcome: Michel Paré, is your official tour guide today and local historian.
Tourism Guide of Gay Toronto's Queer West Village, by Michel F. Paré, ML.S - M.Phil © Copyright 2011 torontodigitalq@yahoo.ca See also the History of Gay Toronto
While all the gay institutions are on the east side of town, more gays and lesbians are moving out to live, work and play in new queer districts in the city. One such place is the newly claimed 'queer arts' neighbourhoods emerging on Queen Street West (Parkdale) and Dundas St. W (Brockton Village) in west central old Toronto. You won't find Rainbow Flags festooned on lampposts and it's easy to miss, as you drive through, best bet, to find a local LGBT tour guide that's a resident.
The Author starting calling it the Queer West Village in 2001, long before the Beaver Cafe, was reopened in 2006 by the late gay artist Will Munro. Others now refer to it by many names; such as Queer West Toronto or West Queer West, a play on the moniker West Queen West. The City of Toronto in 2009 bolted new signs on all lampposts, officially designating it the "Art and Design District, " Due to it's popularity, condo developers and higher commercial rents are forcing many smaller gallery owners and clubs to move north a couple of blocks to Dundas W (between Ossignton and Lansdowne Avenue) . The height limit there is only six stories.
More commercial and huge tracts of condo gentrification is happening between 1001 Ossignton and 1214 Dufferin on West Queen Street West (Beaconsfield Village). The bigger galleries like MOCCA are staying put for now. That part of the famous artists neighbourhood will disappear in ten years or less for the hipsters, as the epicentre of gay culture moves West to (Parkdale) and North to (old Brockton Village also know as, Little Portugal) New enclaves are starting West in the Junction. Margaret On Dundas (2952 Dundas St. W.) (Slowly gaining fame as queer hot spot). That's the thing about gay Toronto, it's ever changing.
Toronto gay community is constantly moving. A new renaissance has already started in Parkdale and more so in Brockton Village (Along Dundas W) as they become a vibrant alternative community with recently developed mix of galleries, cafés, restaurants and boutiques to serve an increasingly visible queer clientele. While Queer West Toronto is not a designated tourist area like the Church Street Village. No one cares, business is booming. Safe yes, if you keep in areas mentioned in this article.
There hasn't been gay hate crime, in over 35 years, since the death of a school teacher in Parkdale's High Park. Which was made into a play called Steel Kiss. While Toronto Parkdale is a working class gritty part of the city (Some jokingly refer to it as Crackdale) Here you will find all races, genders and sexualities, old, young, rich and poor living side by side. There are more yearly gay hate crimes on the other side of town in the Church St Village
In Queer West Toronto rents are cheaper ($450+) for the 20 30 somethings living, work and playing in the west village, lots of parks for cruising, to swap spit and bug spray.
If interested Michel does private two hour history tours occasionally. You only pay for a couple of beers. He prefers cycling tours. You get to see much more and he will introduce you to business people, artists and gallery owners. Contact info torontodigitalq@yahoo.ca or 416-879-7954
So do yourself a favor: shuck those glossy, brochure vision of soul-sucking Ma and Pa merriment, and instead embrace the edgy, artsy, booming Queer West Village, that has room for everyone: hot, indie music scenes, celebrity-chic shopping, all-night dance parties and an über-cool mixed crowd.
Trinity Bellwoods, still edgy but losing uniqueness
The Queer West Toronto has been home an underground queer scene since the 1970's. Long before Vazaleen started as a queer monthly event in Kensignton Market; The Body Politic Collective a pioneering gay lib rag born in 1971, come to live not in a gay ghetto on Church St. but an artists' enclave on Queen Street West http://www.rbebout.com/divas/dcarole.htm (In 1975, the Body Politic created its own owner, the Pink Triangle Press, forerunner of Xtra Gay and Lesbian Newspaper.) Dark raves, electro-sexual, queercore, goths, punks, hard rock, metal, and fetish nights are held Velvet Underground 510 Queen St. W., Neu+ral 349A College St., Bovine Sex Club 542 Queen St.W., Savage Garden is Toronto’s oldest goth nightclub, 550 Queen St. W. and the Dance Cave 529 Bloor St. W.
The Queer West neighbourhoods (Brockton, Parkdale and Trinity Bellwoods) are a rich mix of ethnic populations, gay and straight, young and old, decidedly progressive and counter cultural bent. Small-business owners moved a few blocks west to a more affordable area and the neighbourhood flourished, never losing its “indie” identity. As a matter of fact, small galleries featuring local talent were here long before the first trendy bar opened, consequently attracting the hip and artsy, the young and trendy. (According to Environics Analytics’s “Gaybourhoods” database, 70% of Toronto’s gay men live outside of the old Church St Gay Village.) There's more than 40 galleries with the likes of Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects (1086 Queen West), MOCCA Gallery (952 Queen West) and Gallery TPW (56 Ossington)
There are no purely gay bars in this part of town; instead there are mixed events and venues that provide a safe and welcoming place to party and be yourself. As well, there are several funky dining establishments and accommodation options so you can actually plan a full itinerary in QW.
Queer West Toronto is more of an attitude than an identity—new and radical with a thriving underground gay scene. “I like the diversity here,” explains local Tom Riley, who has lived in the area for 10 years. “This is a fairly tolerant in terms of ethnicity's. As for its attitude toward the gay community…I've had no adverse reactions.” Riley said.
Jeremy Vandermeij found Vazoween, aka Will Munro’s Vazaleen Halloween Party, Gay Shame. "Up until that point I had no idea that there was an alternative queer scene in Toronto, or at least not one that I could identify with. I ended up meeting a lot of my now long time friends at those parties. They told me that they were living in the west end near Parkdale, and that there were a lot of like minded people moving there. Shortly afterwards I emigrated to Parkdale where I have lived now for almost 6 years. I really started to come into my queer freakish self at that point in my life and I really have Will Munro [Sic: Munro past away May 2010] to thank for that. Without him I still might have never found my queer niche community in Parkdale or made any of the long time alliances and friendships that have so affected my career and my overall sense of safety and happiness. " Vandermeij said. www.jeremyvandermeij.com
So why choose Parkdale over an obvious Church Street destination? “The west-end queer scene is really diverse — it’s not like the Church street scene and concentrated on this one strip, I’ve lived in the west end for years and years and seeing the scene develop over the last 10 years is really impressive." said Shotgun Café co-creator Michelle Bodner to EYE Weekly
"I feel far more welcome and visible on the Queer West scene. I find that Queer West holds an attitude that’s quite the opposite to Church St’s — it encourages queers to come as they are, without fear of having to fit in with the crowd. Probably as a result the west-end scene is a lot more racially mixed and there’s more room to express yourself both as ethnic and lesbian." Said Parul Pandya, a Toronto Writer raised within a Hindu tradition,
The West Queen West strip (sometimes called “Queen West Queer”) suddenly exploded with the arrival the ever-so-funky venue/hotel The Drake (1150 Queen W). The boutique concept rooms have been featured in magazines, on television and most recently on international flights.
The hip and happening migrate here nightly to be seen or to catch the hottest acts in the city. A cluster of other equally trendy venues soon opened in the vicinity, including The Beaconsfield (1154 Queen W), Lot 16 Bar (1136 Queen W) and the gay-owned Beaver Cafe (1192 Queen W) originally owned Megan Whiten, who sold it to Will Munro and his friend Lynn MacNeil (Lee's Palace manager) in 2006, they turned it into a nightclub and restaurant by day.
Walk past Queen West club like The Social (1100 Queen W.) any given night and there they are, smoking in packs on the sidewalk, skinny jeans, thick-rimmed glasses, ironically ugly cardigans and greasy hair all congealing into a look both meticulous and haggard. Inside, they dance to Madonna and Goldfrapp, Souljah Boy and Faster Pussycat, stopping occasionally to sip bottles of 50 and to pose for photos, that will appear the next morning on blogs like Blogto.com. Just don't call them hipsters, please.
Queer Parkdale hotspots
The queers are now migrating even further west along Queen Street into the heart of Parkdale. This area is still gritty enough to provide an edge, yet hip enough for some gentrification to occur alongside traditional Parkdale establishments. It’s not uncommon to see same-sex couples strolling hand-in-hand without anyone skipping a beat.
Happening entertainment venues in Parkdale include the Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen W), The Rhino (1249 Queen W), long-time mainstays of the area that continue to attract devotees to their premises. Last year “The Caddy” doubled its patio size, making it one of Toronto’s largest. Rhino also underwent a facelift and now sports new décor with changing art exhibits. As for Stone’s Place, it’s their eclectic and often gay events that make it interesting. across the street.
Further along is the discreet Café Taste (1330 Queen W). Not to be missed are the great affordable eats at Bacchus Roti (1376 Queen W), regularly voted as one of the best places in the city to buy a roti. For a quick pint be sure to stop by Not My Dog (1510 Queen St W), a tiny spot with a big attitude. This area is locally known as Little Tibet with the large Tibetan population adding character and flavour to the area, including Tibet Kitchen (1544 Queen W). Mezzrow’s (1598 Queen W) and Mitzi’s Sister (1554 Queen W) are two long-time watering holes that attract the neighbourhood night-owls. Mitzi’s is gay-owned and operated, and Mezzrow’s proudly displays a Pride sticker in their window.
Poor John’s Café (1610 Queen W) is a cozy little shop offering an assortment of baked goods, sandwiches and other delicacies all made onsite. There’s also free WIFI to keep you connected. Rice and Noodle (1690 Queen W) is a great stop for take out before heading down to the lake or over to High Park. Finally on the south side of Queen just before Roncesvalles is Easy Diner (1645 Queen W), around for quite some time and still attracting crowds, especially on weekends when there’s generally a line up. While you’re in this block, be sure to browse the multitude of antique shops. Twenty-something Jonathan who recently moved to the neighbourhood enjoys the alternative scene without the attitude. “I like being able to step outside my door and have options of where to go for queer happenings without having to make my way to the old Gay Village, which is so mundane anyway.”
There are several accommodation options in the area, including the swanky Old Mill Inn and Spa (21 Old Mill Rd) right on the Bloor subway line. This magnificent 59-room, 4-star hotel (circa 1793!) is a historic country retreat along the banks of the city’s Humber River. Those seeking something lighter on the pocketbook should check out Palmerston Inn B & B (322 Palmerston Blvd) or Toronto Townhouse (384 Clinton Avenue). There’s also the economical Travelodge Toronto Downtown West (621 King Street W) with free parking, Internet and breakfast. Day’s Inn (14 Roncesvalles Ave) has great views of Lake Ontario. Be sure to check out other places to stay in the Queer West, Toronto.
Hotter is old Brockton Village now turning queer too.
Toronto gay community is constantly moving. A new renaissance has started in old Brockton Village (Along Dundas W between Lansdowne Ave and Gladstone Avenue) as it becomes a vibrant alternative community with recently developed mix of galleries, cafés, restaurants and boutiques to serve an increasingly visible queer clientele. A cadre of Yuppies has been buying up the row houses in Brockton Triangle. Brockton was a genuine village before it was annexed by Toronto in 1884. At the intersection of Dundas West and Brock, the former Brockton town hall still stands (as a Nova Scotia bank branch, naturally).
Many new art galleries are springing up weeds along Dundas W. There's Wil Kucey, LE Gallery, 1183 Dundas W east of Dufferin. Then there's loop Gallery, 1273 Dundas St. and Alison Smith Gallery, 1410 Dundas Street West. Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, 1450 Dundas east of Dufferin Street. Ms. Bradley, a former curator of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, was drawn to the Dundas and Dufferin area three years ago for similar reasons. "I could see what was going on, down on Queen Street, where the rents were doubling and tripling, driving the galleries out. ... When I saw this space, I just thought it was in the right zone."
West end clothing stores continue to move north from Queen Street, Hey are you a Vintage women clothing shopper? the new Magwood store takes care of all needs with a careful selection of vintage apparel. Magwood’s racks are filled with sophisticated, ladylike separates — many from the ’40s and ’50 Magwood 1418 Dundas St. W., 416-818-3975,
The design shop of Lubo Brezina who hail's from Bratislava, Slovakia (1659 Dundas St W) creates furniture from recycled and reclaimed wood. Beadle (1582 Dundas Street W.) is the boutique for handmade jewellery. And everywhere artists are inhabiting little bits of cheap space as their studios and lofts in other parts of town are turned into condos.
Chef Nathan Isberg at the Atlantic Restaurant 1597 Dundas St. W. Phone Number: 416-219-3819. Nate left behind more jaded Queen Street West when he took over this Portuguese tavern. Now it’s affordable, earnest and rich in character – which pretty much sums up the hood, says Mr. Johnston. Only one six story condo went up Dundas West (At Brock Ave, due to the height limit) with a starting price just under $350,000, Its actually not that nice, with only windows in the front, and cement blocks for walls. More typical are the old semi-row houses which can be had for $450,000 on side streets such as Florence and Gordon. Detached houses are less common and will fetch more than $500,000.
Central Spa (Bathhouse) - (C-Spa is the cleanest bathhouse in the city, mostly older gay men and some curious closet cases, out for a quicky) 1610 Dundas St. West 2nd Floor at Brock Ave, two blocks west of Dufferin northside. 416. 588.6191. 15 rooms, 60 lockers (noon-3am, 7 days/wk), regular room: $15, locker: $10 Very busy: Sundays noon-8pm. It opened in 1997 and offers several services. Kill the time while cruising with a “Scrub’n’Wash” from one of the staff. The also have an only queer women's evening. Other services include pedicures, Vibrasage and body shaving. Services are $25/30 minutes, $40/hour + $5/half hour for stone treatment. Add 10 minutes for $10.http://www.centralspa.ca
Gays and Lesbians are now hanging out along Dundas Street W., between Gladstone and Lansdowne, where it's cheap in the western end of Little Portugal (Dupont South). Places that queers love so much. José Ortega opened Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, a nightclub specializing in world music and jazz, on Dundas West in 2002, the street was a low-rent zone of bakeries, car garages, sheet metal and plumbing suppliers and a rash of Portuguese sports bars. "Seven years ago, the area had this ugly-duckling vibe," Ortega said. "But ... it felt more authentic, more real, a working-class neighbourhood where artists and bakers and construction workers and store owners come and do their work."
Mr. Ortega has created brightly coloured street banners for Dundas Street West, which feature a pair of open hands cradling a neighbourhood growing beneath a golden sun. "That's what I think of the neighbourhood," Mr. Ortega says from his art studio on Dundas West. "It is vibrant, on the cusp of change, but still friendly and unpretentious."
Alison Smith Gallery, 1410 Dundas Street West, it was the latest sign of the once-homely neighbourhood's transformation. Grain, Curd & Bean, 1414 Dundas Street, a high-end cheese shop, specializes in three things: bread, cheese and coffee. More specialty store than cafe, this new spot does have some stools by the front window, but, generally, it's more of a take out spot than somewhere to meet-up, surf WiFi or otherwise pass the time.
The village is home to Dundas Street West hotspot OMG Baked Goodness 1561 Dundas St W. (647) 348-5664. The shop will first catch your eye with its striking pink and brown sign, Elk antlers in the window, and graffiti adorning its walls. And then there's the yummy cupcakes, gluten free, lip smacking good...walk a doors west to She Takes the Cake - Hipster Cafe-Sandwich-Bakery Shop (Street Map) 1600 Dundas St. W. 416-538-2253. Owners Adrienne and Peter Weinberg are very gay positive, how could they be anything but, as Adrienne puts it "our bake shop is in the Lesbian capital of Canada." She said jokingly.
The place is a few away doors from Central Spa Bathhouse 1610 Dundas Street W. at Brock.Ave. Zoots Cafe, 1438 Dundas Street West one business west of Gladstone north side of street in a former shoe store, is full of character and as much as I would love to keep this wonderful finding all to myself, I have to recommend that you check it out next time you're in the neighbourhood. Bonus: An amazing treasure trove/vintage store in the back for those who get too overcaffeinated and get an urge to get up and shop. In the Back alley behind Zoots is The Port Ice Cream Parlor open in summer months from May to early October, selling the famous Greg's ice cream, with all sorts of yummy flavours 416-993-5262
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NACO’S Gallery 647-347-6499 at 1665 Dundas Street West, opened across from St. Anne's Portuguese Catholic Church. Naco gallery aim is to promote culture and enrich community. One way this will be accomplished is through the promotion of local emerging and established visual artists, showcasing video and new media, hosting book readings and other cultural events. As a gallery, their aim will be to promote low rates of a professional gallery wall space. With a progressive and collaborative outlook, they hope to invite artists who are interested in showcasing their work to contact them
The owner of Naco Gallery, Julian Calleros said "The word Naco in old Mexican Spanish used to mean a low-class, no-class or low educated person. Today, the meaning has changed and everybody, regardless of skin colour, economic, age social and cultural background can be Naco. Nowadays, some people are proud to be Naco and in some cases it is becoming a part of the self identity in various social and economic spheres. It is common to hear someone saying “I am naco, but rich”, or “I am proudly naco” or “I am cool and naco”.Julian who arrived in Canada when he was 17, and is an out and proud gay Mexican, very supportive of queer artists, being one himself.. Many Mexicans live, work and play a little further north up around Dufferin and Bloor St. W., and Calleros hopes many of them, will start coming down to his gallery.
The Henhouse at 1532 Dundas St W. 416-534-5939 on north side, just past Dufferin. Wonderful cozy little bar, where even strangers are friendly. Although mixed crowd, a disproportionate amount of gays come here. Way more than 10 percent of the people here are gay. . Henhouse has become one of the most popular up-and-coming lesbian bars on the Queer West scene. Open 6 PM to 3 AM, every day best to go Friday or Saturday night, when the 1950 jukebox is jumping with Siouxsie and the Banshees, Kate Bush, Donna Summer, Blondie. Most played Fleetwood Mac, Dolly Parton. www.henhousetoronto.com
Other places to explore
Queer West Toronto, Ontario boasts some of the most beautiful parkland and nature trails in the city. Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with a visit to High Park and participate in the centuries old Japanese tradition of Sakura Hanami, roughly translated as “cherry blossom flower viewing”. The spectacular flowering of the Sakura (Japanese flowering cherry) trees is not to be missed – plan on spending at least an hour wandering under the blossoms and appreciating the beauty of High Park in the spring 2011. Remember your camera! The blooming of High Park’s Sakura trees typically occurs in late April – early May.
Ontario Place in the heart of the Queer West Village, is celebrating its 40th anniversary by offering free admission all summer long. there will be no charge for going to see the Canada Day fireworks display and a variety of performances on three main stages in free season-long entertainment events. The may be a charge for bigger production events. Because of its popularity Soak City waterpark is being expanded in July with a new tube ride and the addition of a sand beach, lounge pool and a stage for live entertainment. Open Mid-May to Labour Day daily 10am-dusk; evening events end and dining spots close later
IF YOU COME
Toronto’s Pearson International Airport has service on nearly every major airline. Toronto is also severed by VIA Rail. As well, it’s within easy driving distance of many eastern Canadian and US centres. Over View of The City of Toronto, Ontario
EAT:
Beaver Café, 1192 Queen Street West, 416 537-2768 – Serving healthy creations during the day and providing queer entertainment at night. Complete meals for around $10.00. Check local listings for evening events
Easy Restaurant, 1645 Queen Street West, 416 537-4893 – A diner of sorts serving huge mouth watering portions. Their specialty is breakfast and located steps from the lakefront so you can walk it all off afterward. Complete meals for around $15.00. Licensed but not open in the evenings.
Mitzi’s Café and Mitzi’s Sister – the cozy Café in picture (100 Sorauren Avenue - 416 588-1234) is a haven for weekend brunch. Complete meals for around $15.00. The bigger Sister (1554 Queen Street West - 416 532-2570) offers an assortment of meals and is a hotbed for local evening entertainment. Serves upscale pub-grub with complete meals including beverage for around $20.00. There’s never a cover charge and both gay owned.
There are now over 70, safe friendly Bars, Cafes and Restaurants, where owners, welcome all orientations. There have been no reports of gay bashings since 1978, in the QWT. For travel visitors, there are now over 300 queer events in theatres,cinemas, galleries, bars, cafes, Restaurants and the community every day of the week, in Queer West Toronto, Ontario.
Ontario's only queer arts and cultural festival happens here
The 11th Annual Toronto Queer West Arts Festival is committed to ushering in a necessary and more contemporary attitude in reaction to the ever-changing threads of fiber that fashion the notion of “queer” in its entirety. Art and performance are utilized as the vehicle to show queer identity as a contested space. The Queer West community emphasizes a sharing of space and the exchanging of ideas as a political act, within and outside of the Queer West Village.Though queers may converge and diverge on particular spaces to create a community, the heart of our arts community is to emphasize however different our identities, we all share our humanity. Takes place in venues in the triangle bounded by; Ossington Avenue to Roncesvalles Avenue and Dundas West to Queen St West. Festival Tentative Dates this year - Saturday August 6 to Friday August 12, 2011.
MARRIAGE:
It's official! At 6:09 pm on Wednesday, July 20, 2005, the Equal Marriage Bill was proclaimed into law in Canada, making it legal for same-sex couples to exchange vows from coast to coast. Two years previously, the Province of Ontario, announced the legalization of same-sex marriage on July 12, 2002, and as a result hundreds of couples from around the world have come to Ontario and other regions of our province to legally exchange vows.
Marriage requirement for the Province of Ontario: Marriage licenses, valid anywhere in Ontario for three months from the date of issue, cost about $83 and are available from any municipal office in Ontario. Both parties must sign an application form and submit it in person, along with a passport or birth certificate and one other photo I.D. There are no residency or citizenship requirements, and a blood test is not required.
Same sex marriage information and requirements for Province of Ontario and City of Toronto, official government websites. Gay Weddings Toronto Inc. Wedding planners: traditional, contemporary and post-modern services. Telephone: 416 969 9191 Email: info@gayweddingstoronto.com | www.gayweddingstoronto.com/
PRAY:
Emmanuel-Howard Park United Church, Welcomes all people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations. Besides usual church programs and services, it offers advocacy for refugees and recent immigrants. EHP is located at 214 Wright Avenue, at the corner of Wright and Roncesvalles in the city's west end. To reach us by subway, go to the Dundas West Station, and get on the 504 street car. Get off in front of the public library at Fern. The church is half a block north on the west side. 416-536-1755: www.ehpchurch.org
St. John's Anglican Church - 288 Humberside Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. Telephone: 416-763-2393 The parish of St. John's serves the neighbourhoods of historic West Toronto (Parkdale-High Park) including the Bloor West Village. St John's, is a church that welcomes and affirms gays and lesbians.
SLEEP:
Day’s Inn Toronto West Lakeshore, 14 Roncesvalles Ave, 416 532 9900, Rates from $74.00 to $169.00 depending on season. A five-minute walk to Sunnyside Beach at Lake Ontario, and includes breakfast. www.daysinn.ca
Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W, 416 531 5042, 19 rooms. Chosen by Travel and Leisure Magazine is one of the world's top 500 hotels in 2006. Rates from $179.00 to $289.00 for individually artist designed rooms. Choose based on your mood swings at check-in time. www. thedrakehotel.ca
The Old Mill Inn & Spa, 21 Old Mill Road, 416 236 2641. In 1793 the Kings Mill - the forerunner to Today's Old Mill - was built in order to process lumber for the first homes in Toronto. Rates from $219.00 to $659.00 depending on season. A classic addition to the historic Old Mill Restaurant, Meeting and Conference facility. On the banks of the Humber River. Right on the Bloor Subway line. This exclusive Boutique Inn incorporates, 59 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, together with a pampering Spa. www.oldmilltoronto.com
Young Man - Global Village Backpackers Youth Hostel is the place you should go. Young man, there's no need to feel down. You can get yourself clean. You can have a good meal. You can nap whenever you feel. Cost: $24.50 (dorm); $150.00 (weekly dorm rate); Queer West Toronto's Original and Largest Backpackers Hostel offers the ultimate Downtown Experience in the heart of Canada's most vibrant city! Now GVB is your home in Toronto, and the perfect hub for independent youth and student travellers. Global Village Backpackers, just steps away from all Toronto's top tourist attractions and Queer West's Entertainment District. Facilities include 24 hr reception, Free breakfast, Free wireless Internet, huge common areas, self-serve kitchen, laundry, daily tours, stunning outdoor patio and Toronto's only in-house Backpackers Departure Lounge, a fun place to hang. GBV .460 King Street West, at Spadina.Tel: (416) 703-8540 Fax: (416) 703-3887 Tollfree: 1 (888) 844-7875 Website: www.globalbackpackers.com
VIDEO TOURS:
Video Tours of Gay Toronto's - Queer West neighbourhoods. Toronto's queer west end, is not so much a part of the city as a collection of small villages. Parkdale in the heart of Queer West Toronto, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city dating back to 1879. Parkdale Running through the village is a beat driven queer street which, defies the ordinary Canadian stereotype with its live lingerie models and progressive music scene Queen Street West Funky stores on West Queer West
Street Map to Queer West Toronto, Ontario gaybourhoods (The Map)

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