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Queer Toronto Arts and Culture Guide - May 2012

By Michel F. Paré
Posted Apr 30, 2012 in Entertainment
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Wednesday May 2 - Snakepit @ The Henhouse Bobby Valen is the new owner of this popular lesbian bar started in the middle of last year bringing in DJ's to liven the place up, not that its a big place capacity is still 65 so get there early. Tonight has DJ Mel Racho and all things venomous. 10pm. Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St W. No cover. .Queer West village, Toronto Ontario
Wednesday May 2 - Scissors a Queer Women's Dance Party @ Neon Bar. DJ Fawn Big Canoe and DJ Sokes playing house music and other popular shit. Neon Bar (A new joint) 1226 Bloor St W. at Brock. Admission Free: $5 after 11 pm Queer West Village, Toronto On.
Wednesday May 2 - Brockton Writers Series @ (NEW LOCATION) . May's BWS features readings by Alec Butler, Anne Fleming, Donna Kirk and Doyali Farah Islam!! Hosted by By Farzana Doctor (Special guest:) Will Huffman from the Toronto Arts Council).
Guest Speakers -
DONNA KIRK'S literary non-fiction narrative, Finding Matthew, will be published in fall 2012 by BPS Books of Toronto and New York. Donna’s articles on the advancement, welfare, and mental health issues of persons with developmental disabilities have been published in Ars Medica, Toronto; Fission – Science with a Twist, McMaster University; Canadian Voices Volume Two; and various newspapers in the United States. Donna is working on a blog for people with disabilities, their families and friends, encouraging them to share their experiences and knowledge. Tonight Donna will read the final chapter of Finding Matthew.
ALEC BUTLER is an award-winning playwright and film maker, his published play “Black Friday” was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Alec’s animated video trilogy about growing up 2Spirit called “Misadventures of Pussy Boy” has screened at numerous queer film festivals, “Trans Cabaret” premiered at the Trigger Festival in 2010, “My Friend Brindley” was recently launched at University of Toronto’s “Trans Film Screening Series”. Alec is working on “Rough Paradise” a novella about growing up trans in a rough working class hood and “Radical Paradise” a self published chapbook of poems and theatre monologues.
DOYALI FARAH ISLAM is the first-place winner of Contemporary Verse 2’s 35th Anniversary Contest, and her poems appear in Grain Magazine (38.2), amongst other places. Yusuf and the Lotus Flower (BuschekBooks, Oct. 2011) is her first collection of poetry – a collection which Griffin Poetry Prize winner Sylvia Legris marks as “the debut of an extraordinary poet” and which Governor General’s Award winner George Elliott Clarke marks as a “fine debut”. For upcoming readings, reviews and interviews, as well as ordering information, .
ANNE FLEMING grew up in Toronto, lodged for a time in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, where she played for the St. Clements Winter Suns hockey team and hosted the Leaping Lesbian radio show on CKMS FM, and now divides her time between Vancouver and BC's Okanagan Valley, where she teaches creative writing at UBC's Kelowna campus.
The Details: 7pm-8:30pm Full of Beans Coffee House & Roastery, 1348 Dundas St W. PWYC (suggested $3-$5). Q&A. Books available for sale. Everyone welcome.Got questions about grants? Join our writers' networking session, 6:30-7:00pm. Open to all writers, emerging and established. Queer West village, Toronto Ontario Getting there Dufferin Bus #29 to Dundas W. walk east two and half blocks block or 505 Dundas Streetcar Stops at Lisger walk west a few doors, north side of Street. . Queer West village, Toronto Ontario
Thursday May 3 - Recording Artist Georgia Wilder / Anna Gutmanis"Glimmer In The Dark" CD Release Party @ C'est What's Next Anna Gutmanis, an award-winning Canadian songwriter, singer and keyboardist, entwines her brave, edgy lyrics with deep, blues-style vocals. In 2011, Anna and Juno-nominated producer Karen Kane brought together some of the Toronto area’s most talented musicians to record a new album of original material entitled Glimmer in The Dark (released January 2012). C'est What's Next Official release gig for the new CD by Anna Gutmanis. Featuring Carrie Chesnutt, Wayne DeAdder, Karen Dinardo, Jen Gillmor, Dan Neill and Alyssa Wright. With Special Guest Elana Harte. C'est What's Next, 67 Front St. E. at Church 9 PM
Thursday May 3 - The Final Member @ Cumberland 3. A film about the race to become the first human phallic specimen at the Icelandic Phallological Musuem featured in the Canadian Spectrum program of 19th Edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. 9pm. Cumberland 3, 159 Cumberland St. $14.50.
Thursday May 3 - Thursday April 5 - Chiclet & Darren G @ College Street Bar. Marcia Chiclet Kwok is one of Toronto's best know lesbian Djs Developing her skills over the past 12 years, Chiclet has played countless raves, club residencies, radio shows, and special events in Toronto, Montreal, New York City, and Hong Kong, among other cities. Using her unique mixing style, technical skill, eclectic track selection, enthusiasm and tendency to dance behind the decks, Chiclet became the champion the 2009 Heineken DJ Battle of the Sexes. With her arsenal of music and skill, Chiclet continues to rock dancefloors across the city. You can expect to hear Electro, Electro House, Breaks, Indie Dance and More! 10pm to 2 am No cover. CollegeStreetBar, College Street Queer West village, Toronto Ontario
Friday May 4 - Gayfinity is back with more Gay. More Finity and More Grind! @ The Henhouse. Djs Djs Alex M and Leila P Play dancehall, hip hop, kwaito, house and other gay beats. 10pm. Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St W. .Queer West village, Toronto Ontario
Friday May 4 - RANGA is a celebration of hot ginger homos and their admirers. @ Jason's Place Bar. Ginger Darling, Andrya Duff and Miss Fluffy Souffle hit the stage and Djs Randall and Joe Blow spin the tunes. 10pm. Jason's Place 1602 Dundas St W. No cover. Brockton Village. Queer West Toronto Ontario.
Saturday May 5 - Residents of Toronto's old Brockton Village hosting CHALK THE BLOCK: Express yourself with chalk graffitti! Draw pictures, write words, messages, stories to mark the places that mean something to them. It could be a memory ("she kissed me here",____ was born at this house), or a hope and desire ("I wish there was more parking here!" "A bike lane should be here"), or a drawing (cat crosswalks?) Or really anything at all.
Nothing would be too mundane or too far-fetched. It's a way of storying our neighbourhood to show the vast experiences and people who live and use the space here. This event is in the spirit of Jane's Walk which will be travelling down Dundas the day after. Bring your ideas, start your own chalking events, unleash your creativity. Most of all - HAVE A LOT OF FUN!
Need another reason to come heard the amazing Jewish Klezmer band, the Horables playing at Full of Beans on Sat at 2 while the talented local artist Tennille Will Rose paints the pavement in front. Full of Beans Coffee House & Roastery, 1348 Dundas St W.
The Details: Here's how to participate: 1) bring chalk (to share or pick up some from various points along Dundas if you don't have any) 2) do your thing - draw, write, play 3) visit artists while they create their masterpieces on Dundas West between Dovercourt and Lansdowne3) walk around and enjoy!
Monday May 7 - Trampoline Hall Mini lectures @ The Garrison. Trampoline Hall curated by Jon Davis is hosted by Misha Glouberman. Glouberman, is a Toronto facilitator and designer of highly participatory events. He’s hosted panels, discussions, and events with health care workers, transit activists, professional dancers, homeless parents, Open Source software advocates, graffiti artists, Copyright experts, and Star Trek fans, to name just a few, and teaches classes in negotiation and communication skills. . 8 pm. $5-$6. The Garrison nightclub is across from The Beer Store, 1197 Dundas W, Queer West Village, Toronto Ontario.
Friday May 4 - Queer Parkdale's Big Primpin' Contour Queen Edition @ The Wrongbar Bills itself as "hiphop for queer ho's and mo's," and attracts art scenesters, hipster kids, anarchist fags and others unfulfilled by both mainstream and underground approaches to dance music. The girls who come get glammed up because they feel safe, the fags go all out even though it's Parkdale, and the straight boys are well-behaved and generally well-dressed. This month features special performance by DJs With Djs Nino Brown, Rory Them Finest & Blackcat 10pm. Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St W. Cover $5. 416.516.8677 For bypass: Queer West Village Toronto, Ontario.
Friday May 4 - United in Anger: A History of ACT-UP. @ TIFF Bell LightBox A documentary on the evolution of AIDS activist organization ACT-UP at the Hot Docs 2012 GLBT Cultures and Issues. 3pm. TIFF Bell LightBox, 350 King St W. $14.50.
Friday May 4 - Art is Life @ The Great Hall. Dance music, art show, and design showcase. Djs Rennie Foster, Lori J. Ward aka Hifi Princess, T. Orlando, Gil K, and Dick Diamonds. Performance by Da ‘Flave, and art installation by Function Forms. 8pm. The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. $10 advance, $15 door before 9pm, $20 after 9pm.
Saturday May 5 - Reality Bytes (90s Night) May Edition @ Augusta House. Do you love the original 90210, remember dial-up modems and actually rocked a disc-man? Do you remember Kurt & Courtney, C&C Music Factory & wore floral dresses with 12-hole Doc Martens. Even if you weren't... there, do you wish you were? If you want to come get your 90s on......, head down to the Augusta House where we spin all your favourite Dance, Hip Hop, Electronica and Alternative 90s tunes on the first Saturday of the month. 19+ No cover B4 11 $5 after 152 Augusta Ave. 9:30pm until 2:45am Kensignton Market just up from Dundas W. No cover. 2nd floor, not wheelchair accessible.Queer West village, Toronto Ontario
Saturday May 5 - ((( CHRONOLOGIC ))) @ The Boat. The famous Goin' Steady Djs return to The Boat A dance party through the ages.Pop and Antipop from Since the End of History, i. e. Music from 1890 to 2013, played in chronological order...The Goin' Steady Djs play the absolute best dance tracks from every era ---- unexpect the accepted except exceptional exceptions & DANCE! Come early to avoid sad temper tantrums. 158 Augusta Ave. busy head over next door to Reality Bites.
Saturday May 5 - There is No Sexual Rapport. @ Cumberland Four Cinema A French behind-the-scenes film on porn filmmaking at the Hot Docs 2012 GLBT Cultures and Issues. 9pm. Cumberland Four - Alliance Cinemas, 159 Cumberland St. $14.50.
Saturday May 5 - La Revolucion de Derby. A roller derby double header @ Ted Reeve Arena, with the Derby Debutantes versus the Belles of the Brawl, followed by Gstars versus the Rideau Valley Vixens. 5pm. Ted Reeve Arena, 175 Main St. $12 in advance, $15 at door.
Saturday May 5- TORONTO GAY MEN'S SINGLE CLUB - Screens Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss.@ The Spoke Club Cast: Richard Ganoung, Holly Woodlawn, Paul Bartel, Sean Hayes, Meredith Scott Lynn, Brad Rowe A gay romantic comedy
Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss is a 1998 American independent, gay-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Tommy O'Haver and starring Sean P. Hayes, Brad Rowe, and Meredith Scott Lynn. The film was a breakthrough performance for Hayes, who would go from this film to his role as Jack McFarland on the hit television show Will & Grace. This film is a remake of writer/director O'Haver's earlier short film Catalina. Billy Collier (Sean P. Hayes) is an aspiring photographer in Los Angeles who has had little artistic success and much romantic frustration. He comes up with the idea of recreating iconic screen kisses from Hollywood movies (such as Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr's in From Here to Eternity) using drag queens in the female roles. Video:
The Details: Film Starts at 7 PM . Where? Private screening at The Spoke Club, 600 King St W 4Floor http://www.thespokeclub.comFollowed by social mixer at cash bar after the screening. $10 - Only 20 seats available, first come first serve.- RSVP Queer West Village Toronto, Ontario
Sunday May 6 - Uncovering The O Workshop, with Jamye Waxman teaching the ins and outs, and ins and outs of pleasure and anatomy of a female partner or yourself. 5:30­–7:30pm. Come as You Are, 493 Queen St. W. $35. Comeasyouare.com
Sunday May 6 - Wildness @ TIFF Lightbox . A film on Silver Platter, a historic bar that has been home to Latin/LGBT immigrant communities in Los Angeles since 1963. 9pm. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W. $14.50.
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Saturday May 4 - Tapette, édition Hollande - avec special guest DJ Diego Armand! @ The Henhouse Last month was our busiest party yet! Complete with French flags, go-go dancing on benches and many stiff baguettes sur le dance floor, this month promises to be equally fantastique with very special guest DJ and French Touch expert Diego Armand on the decks avec moi!Come check out Henhouse's new and improved dancefloor and DJ booth and all your favourite French dance hits.DJ Phl V said
Tapette translates as; fly-swatter, carpet-beater, nancy, mousetrap, poof (UK) and faggot (USA). Facebook ban the word, hence it has to be listed as tap ette note the space. Queer West Village, Toronto
The Details: Henhouse 10:30 pm. until 2 am. , 1532 Dundas St W, end of block north side, past Dufferin, but not quite to Sheridan, which is next Street. 10pm. .Queer West village, Toronto Ontario
Tuesday May 8 - Famous Toronto gay organist Thomas Gonder in Recital on the Organ of St. James Cathedral Don't miss Naji Hakim's hair-raising Vexilla Regis Prodeunt. Mr. Gonder delivered the Canadian Premiere of this work at Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary, Alberta, in 1995 and is Canada's leading exponent on Mr. Hakim's organ works. Thomas Gonder in Recital on the Organ of St. James Cathedral Toronto. Don't miss Naji Hakim's hair-raising Vexilla Regis Prodeunt. Mr. Gonder delivered the Canadian Premiere of this work at Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary, Alberta, in 1995 and is Canada's leading exponent on Mr. Hakim's organ works. Programme:Sept Pieces, Op. 27 (1931) - Marcel Dupre (1886 - 1971) II. Marche Two Pieces for Organ - Gerald Bales (1919 - 2002) I. Elegiac Prelude. Vexilla Regis Prodeunt - Naji Hakim (b. 1955) ADMISSION IS FREE Directions To St James |
Thursday May 10 - Darcy Michael's "One Skinny Bitch" DVD Premiere! Bootleg Film Festival Darcy Michael @ Tranzac Club - One Skinny Bitch is the closest you can get to sitting at one of Darcy's frequently sold out live shows without actually being there. Darcy tackles topics as diverse as failing miserably to quit smoking, successfully losing weight, beating cancer and his home life as a gay married father in small town B.C. With his signature approach of high energy yet laid back style Darcy delivers a jam packed offering of comedy goods to an equally energized audience. One Skinny Bitch is sure to please old fans and (hopefully) let plenty more in on the secret many have known for years: Darcy Michael is a comedic force to be reckoned with. TICKETS ARE PAY WHAT YOU CAN AT THE DOOR! Tranzac Club 292 Brunswick Thursday, May 10 2:00 pm - to 4:30 pm
Friday May 11 - That Time Of The Month @ The Henhouse An all female R&B n soul dance party with DJs Alex Molotkow and Chandler Levac. Doors at 8 pm Dancing at 10pm. Get there early, capacity is 49 peeps. 10 pm. Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St W. No cover. .Queer West village, Toronto Ontario
Friday May 11- Cub Camp queer boys party with Scissor Sisters Tour DJ Sammy Jo @ The Beaver. DJs tonight : Scooter (Yes Yes Y'All) + DJ DJ Sammy Jo Door host: Ila.
DJ Sammy Jo Bio - In 1995 DJ Sammy Jo discovered NYC nightlife via the (in)famous party Jackie 60 at the meatpacking district's pioneer club Mother. It was here that he would be mentored by legendary house DJ Johnny Dynell. Starting in downtown bars and lounges, Sammy Jo soon became a resident DJ at the original cyberfetish party Click + Drag where he happened to meet and become friends with an aspiring performer named Jake Shears, who had just started a band called Scissor Sisters. When the band hit it big in the UK in 2004, Shears rang DJ Sammy Jo and invited him to be the band's official tour DJ. Sammy Jo's acuity of blending different styles of music seamlessly was a perfect fit with Scissor Sisters' electro/retro sensibility.
Sammy Jo now splits his living time between New York and Barcelona, where he maintains a monthly residency at the megaclub Razzmatazz. Recently he has added remixing to his list of accomplishments, including the Tasty Tim/T-Total release The Anthem and several tracks off the Scissor Sisters' latest album Nightwork. In between shows with Scissor Sisters, which last year included a warmup set at their Glastonbury Pyramid Stage performance and a sold out UK arena tour, DJ Sammy Jo can be heard at clubs across North America, Europe and Australia.
The Details: A party for queer boys with beards and tattoos. (and if you like them, you can show up too) Scooter brings his signature style (of nudity and a fetish for beards) back to the Beaver! Cub Camp returns!! Come dance with a cub on the dance floor. Or cruise that tattoo'd boy on the back patio. Or do a body shot off that bearded gay. Sexiness is suggested and encouraged. Everyone welcome!! Every 2nd Friday of each month at The Beaver 1192 Queen St W, Queer West village, Toronto Ontario. or
Friday May 11 - FUCK IT @ Clinton's Tavern. On May 11th Bangs & Blush are bringing FUCK IT back for another fun filled night with one giant cluster-fuck of music. Nowhere in this city will you hear Playing whatever we want from the 80's, 90's and 2000's we're only throwing on the music you know and secretly love. From Spice Girls to Ol' Dirty Bastard, from Britney Spears to Wham, from Backstreet Boys to Katy Perry ... we've got you covered. Doors @ 10PM | $ 5 Cover Clintons 693 Bloor St. W, Just east of Christie Subway Station.
Friday May 11 - A queer womens dance party @ La Perla (783 Queen Street West, Upstairs) Guest DJs Cozmic Cat, Max Mohenu, and Cover $5 Door 10pm **Maj- Drink Specials before 11:30pm - $2.50 Jose Cuervo tequila shots and Paloma cocktails (tequila, Fresca, and lime) **Plus $5 Palomas all night ***Email HER for line bypass: Visit HER Blog: .| Queer West village, Toronto Ontario
Saturday May 12 - Feel like getting a little cycling exercise today? Johnny Fisher (Ride leader for Toronto Gay West Bicycle Club) says ""This weekend looks awesome and I was wondering if anyone was up for a stroll through High Park and a cycling tour along the Lakeshore?"" The group will be meeting at Saturday 3:45pm @ High Park and Bloor, and departing 4pm sharp! Johnny's cell just in case is of anything is: 647 702 4495...See ya on the road!....Johnny.... You may know Johnny from the Bike Pirates shop on Bloor St W., he runs the LGBT group
Saturday May 12 - Free Art Bus to Hamilton's TH&B Collective Art Show Art Spin is pleased to let you know about a really exciting exhibition organized by the TH&B collective that we highly recommend to you all. The TH&B2 exhibition is located in a stunning historic textile mill located in the heart of Hamilton's industrial zone. This exhibition put us in mind of the exhibition Art Spin organized in the Planet Storage Warehouse Building two years ago, so we really think this is something that will appeal to fellow art spinners! There will be a free art bus leaving from OCAD this Saturday May 12 (bus departs at 7:30pm) for the closing night reception of this exhibition. The art bus will return back to Toronto at approximately 10:30pm. For those of you not familiar with the city of Hamilton and its vibrant art scene this will be an excellent opportunity to see what the TH&B collective, leaders within this art community, have to offer. The results will not disappoint! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or contact Ivan Jurakic or Ashely Lawerence for more details.Ivan Jurakic: Ashley Lawrence: (905) 547-8256 or
Saturday May 12 - HOLE lesbian Dance night @ Formerly at the Neon bar now located at Pacha Lounge Hole started up in July 2011 The crowd is a great mix of West enders and East enders taking their dancy pants off on the dancefloor, in the hot queer west end of the city. It gets wild. So when you come expect to bump and grind. Seriously. SPINNING: Mac & Teves//Ess Cams/Bear Unit. We play everything from electro, sing along pop, top 40 mash-ups, some dub, some hip-hop. DJ Teams for the night: BEAR UNIT and MAC & TEEVES --HOLE is 19+ with ID Free before 10:30pm - $5 after NEW REDUCED DRINK PRICES, $6 Domestic Bottles, $6 Mixed Drinks 10 PM to 2:30 PM . BIG VENUE! //HUGE STAGE//LIGHTS//SWEET DANCE FLOOR//GREAT SOUND SYSTEM// PACHA LOUNGE 1305 Dundas St West (Dundas West and Dovercourt) Brockton Village Triangle - Queer West , Toronto Ontario
Saturday May 12 - THE BLOOD BALLET CABARET @ Bovine Sex Night Club. Cabaret producer and performer Miss Bloody Mary Anne is heading back to her home town for a little visit, and with her she will bring along the cream of the crop of Montreal's burlesque and circus scene. The Blood Ballet Cabaret's very first show in Toronto will feature the most loved acts in the troop's history, brought to you by award winning performers Lady Josephine, Sucre a la Creme, Fuhrious Nina and contortionist Petite Pandora. Expect guest performances by the beautiful St. Stella (local), and last but not least, hosting by the infamous Sherwin Tija. Saturday, May 12th, 2012 Showtime at 9:00pm $10 at the door Links: | | Bovine Sex Club 542 Queen Street West, Queer West Village Toronto, Ontario.
Saturday May 12 - Queer Business Womens Spring Fling Special @ Augusta House DJs Sammy and Phil V spin R&B, pop, hip hop and electro love all night long. 10pm. Augusta House, 152 Augusta Ave. $5.152 Augusta Avenue just up from Dundas W. 2nd floor not wheelchair accessible. Queer West Village Toronto, Ontario.
Saturday May 12 - Gay Ghouls and Fag Hags are invited to Bitch Craft @ Parts and Labour Night Club (Parkdale) Djs Blonde & Redhead play loud rap music. 10pm. Parts and Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. $5. Queer West Village Toronto, Ontario.
Saturday May 12 - Gay Goth Drag Show @ The Beaver. DJ’s Schramm, Murderess Margot and Christopher Belo Barbosa. 10pm-2am. The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. $5.
Sunday May 13 - Gun Hill Road, presented by the Inside Out Film Festival @ The Revue . When a jailed latino patriarch is reunited with his family after his release, he’s shocked to discover the transformation his child has undergone. 7pm. Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. $10, $8 for members.
Tuesday May 15 - Toronto Lambda Literary Award Nominees Reading @ Slack's Restaurant . 7:00pm until 10:00pm Let's get loud & proud about the Toronto-based Lambda Literary Award nominees: Farzana Doctor, Kristyn Dunnion, JM Frey & Karleen Pendleton Jiménez! Come out to hear these amazing writers read and celebrate their nominations. Hosted By Heather J Wood & Jim Nason. For more about the awards check out: Slack's Restaurant, 562 Church St (Church St Gay Village) Toronto Ontario.
Thursday May 17 - Drag Show featuring Miss Fluffy Souffle @ Jason"s Place bar (Brockton Village) Things are starting to sizzle along Dundas West when The Darling of Parkdale Drag Queen, Miss Fluffy Souffle moves up here. The event is FREE! Money will come from bar sales (so drink your precious little faces off), limited edition Fluffy Souffle buttons, a Fluffy dress-up station and whatever else we can think of to make this night a blast. DJs Sigourney Beaver + Secret Agent will be playing your faves old + new all night long. 10pm til late. 1602 Dundas Street West (just east of Brock Avenue north side of street. Queer West village, Toronto Ontario
Friday May 18 - Criscotheque Queer Dance Party @ The Henhouse Features the Unicorn Petting Zoo! — with Fay Slift, Chew Chew Cha-boogie, Babs Procon, Chy Ryan Spain and Dinis Freitas 10 pm. Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St W. No cover. .Queer West village, Toronto Ontario
Saturday May 19 - Purplelectricity PRINCE Party - 8th Anniversary @ The Drake Hotel. Celebrate the 8th Anniversary of the Purplelectricity Prince Party, Canada’s only recurring Prince tribute party. Plus, celebrate the release of the official new remixes of Prince's "Dance 4 Me" (out on Purple Music) as well as the remixes of protegee Bria's "2 Nite". Both original versions appeared on Prince's triple album LOTUSFLOW3R (2009).
Purplelectricity is a video dance party and this is its 28th edition. Purplelectricity features music and videos that span Prince's entire career right from 1978's debut album FOR YOU until 2011's single "Extraloveable". DJ doctor BAGGIE spinning hi-NRG Prince.
This party is legendary and hosted the official label release parties 4 Prince’s 3121, PLANET EARTH, and 21 NIGHTS. Door prizes (Prince CDs including the new "Dance 4 Me" and "2 Nite" maxi-singles). Glam Slam Cocktails at the bar.
The Details: Drake Hotel Underground 1150 Queen St West, Toronto 11 pm doors, 19+ $10 cover (good 4 all 3 floors of the Drake) Links: Purplelectricity| DJ doctor BAGGIE| Toronto Prince Fans Facebook Group
Saturday May 25 - SlutWalk Toronto 2012. We'll be meeting at 5pm at Nathan Phillips Square. SlutWalk Toronto began as a small idea in 2011 to fight back against victim-blaming and sex-shaming around sexual violence. We were galvanized into action and took our name from a Toronto Police officer who referred to women and survivors of sexual assault as "sluts" and suggested women 'dressing like sluts' were inviting their own victimization.
The prevalence of this attitude in our culture at large drew many to this cause to end blaming victims of sexual violence, and judging peoples' worth by their bodies and what they do with them. In the last year, this fight has spread to over 200 cities around the world, where independent organizers have organized locally-driven SlutWalks and SlutWalk-inspired events. SlutWalk started, and is still going, because we and so many others around the world have had enough.
The Details: The rally will start walking at 5:30 sharp up University Ave. to Queen's Park. Speakers will be at Queen's Park between 6:30 and 7pm, finishing up before 8 p.m. Participants are welcome to meet at Queen's Park and not Nathan Phillips Square if this is a more accessible option for anyone present. Volunteer marshals will be at Queen's Park, south of the legislative building for this option. We look forward to seeing you all there, and will have more details about speakers and route specifics to share as they become available.
Saturday May 25 - Queer Sisters: Berenice Abbott And Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven Multimedia dance and poetry performance. 5 pm. Free. Ryerson U MLC Research Centre, 111 Gerrard E, pre-register
Sunday May 27 - Bike With Mike Interactive bike ride to learn about the Trinity-Spadina neighbourhood. Noon-5 pm. Free. Christie Pits, Bloor and Christie, 416-392-4110. Third Party event not associate with Gay West Bicycle Club club that might be of some interest to members
Monday May 28 - Bike Month Group Commute And Pancake Breakfast Commuters from around the city meet to ride to City Hall for breakfast. 7 am (Bloor/High Park, Yonge/Lawrence, Danforth/Woodbine), 7:30 am (Bloor/Yonge). Free.
Monday May 28 - Trans Film Screening Series: "Paper Dolls" @ University of Toronto William Doo Auditorium Paper Dolls: a documentary that follows the lives of trans migrant workers from the Philippines. They've emigrated to Israel to work as care-givers for elderly orthodox Jewish men. On their one day off per week, they perform as the drag troupe "Paper Dolls". Filled with contradictions and shattering preconceived expectations, the film is a journey of a young Israeli filmmaker who befriends the group. Through the characters, the impacts of political policy and the pains of precarious work are lived. On another level, the film is about trans people rejected by their families who emigrate to care for other people's parents who have been rejected by their children in old age. There is much to explore through the Paper Dolls art, work and relationships. Video:
The Details: Monday May 28, 2012 6:30pm – 8:30pm (doors open 6pm) FREE William Doo Auditorium 45 Willcocks st. For info and accessibility contact: || ASL-English Interpretation || gender-neutral washrooms* || wheelchair accessible || || trans-positive space || food - vegan & nut-free || TTC tokens available || FREE || Film discussion afterwards.

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