Queer West Arts Festival

Monday, August 8, 2011 - 22:30 to Monday, August 15, 2011 - 00:00
various locations Toronto , ON
Canada
43° 39' 12.6864" N, 79° 23' 2.0652" W
Ontario CA

Monday August 8

"What Do Queer Neighbourhoods do for Cities?" - A Queer Urban Space UnConference - Guest Presenters: Professor Catherine J. Nash, Brock University, Michael Went, Co-author of Community Advisory Panel recommendations to Pride Toronto. Michael Erickson, is a high school teacher, community organizer, photographer and sometimes politician. Rebecka Sheffield, a volunteer with Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives Final event of three part series on Queer Neighbourhoods in Toronto. 220 Cowan Avenue at West Queen West. Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre 6: 30 PM FREE

Wednesday August 10

Queer Eyes and Queer Ears - Bicycle Art Gallery Tour & After Party (Visiting 6 different galleries) from 7 PM to 9:30 PM. An average of 29 minutes is alotted to each visit. Begins in Trinity Bellwoods Park and ends at Naco Gallery & Patio. FREE

Thursday August 11

A Queer Story: A Writing Workshop -- featuring Authors; Farzana Doctor, Vivek Shraya and Zoe Whittall. Where: Another Story Bookshop Address: 315 Roncesvalles Avenue. Start: 7 PM. Cover: PWYC (suggested $5)

Friday August 12

Alterna-Queer Music Extravaganza -- "240 mind-blowing minutes of Caribana Soca, explosive dance, electrifying rock and a few ballads to bring you down. Tonight we are bringing you Criztal-Jay (Caribbean Soca Singer, a first for any queer festival), Green Splat band (Lesbians love them) , Mark Cassidy (Back by popular demand) and Sista Fista Army A female fronted indie rock band. Where: Mitzi's Sister Address: 1554 Queen Street West Doors: 7 PM for dinner Show Start: 10 PM Cover: PWYC (with all proceeds going to performers)

Saturday Evening August 13

Take back the Dyke Night with Sugar Bush DJ HOME REKHA is back behind her velvet, candle-lit table, playing you those ass-shaking, scream-a-long, grinding, foot stomping tunes. FREE Naco Gallery and Cafe, 1665 Dundas W. Queer West Village, Toronto Ontario.

Sunday August 14th, 2011

Queer West Fest Smash Words: an afternoon of Queer Poetry and Chinese classical Music Concert Featuring some of Toronto's best known Spoken Word Artists: Phlip Arima (Poet & MC), Criztal-Jay, Duncan Armstrong, Melissa Benner, Philip Cairns, Lishai, Yehuda Fisher, and a Chinese Classical Guqin Music Concert with Juni L. Yeung, a first for any queer festival. Where: The Lula Lounge. Address: 1585 Dundas St. West Doors: 3 PM. Start: 4 PM to 8 PM. Cover: PWYC Minimum $5 (with all proceeds going to performers)

Michel F. Pare

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