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Toronto Queer Arts Festival - August 5 to 10, 2014

Testimonial – “Every summer in August, Queer West celebrates its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered artistic community with the Queer Arts Festival– a week-long event that includes a film festival, spoken word events, concerts, art gallery tours by bicycle, and more. Take in art that challenges and explores the concept of sexuality.” ~ Tourism Toronto

Our Queer West Internationl Film Festival chosen as one of the 10 film events in Toronto for summer 2014 by BlogTO.com - http://bit.ly/1j1nSQI

Tuesday August 5 (Affiliated Event) – Shakespeare In High Park: “As You Like It “ Toronto outdoor theatre tradition, Shakespeare in High Park is back this summer and will alternate between two shows. The first, As You Like It, a pastoral comedy, follows a young girl named Rosalind who flees from her royal uncle’s persecution into the Forest of Arden. Food, beverages and blankets will be available to purchase on-site. The outdoor performances will go on with weather permitting; any cancellations due to rain will be done by 8 p.m. Pwyc ($20 sugg). High Park Amphitheatre, 1873 Bloor W. Queer West Village, Toronto Ontario. https://www.canadianstage.com/online/1314shakespeare

Wednesday August 6 (Affiliated Event) – Shakespeare In High Park: “Titus Andronicus”, a tragedy about the fictional Roman general Titus and his cycle of revenge the Queen of the Goth. Food, beverages and blankets will be available to purchase on-site. The outdoor performances will go on with weather permitting; any cancellations due to rain will be done by 8 p.m. Pwyc ($20 sugg). High Park Amphitheatre, 1873 Bloor W. Queer West Village, Toronto Ontario.https://www.canadianstage.com/online/1314shakespeare

Thursday August 7 (Official Event) - Launch Party as part of the Toronto Queer Arts Festival. Join the crowd crowd Dancing all night with music by our kickass Disk Jockeys; Steve Austin and Nik Red, 9 pm to Close. Free. 1602 (Bar with No Name) Dundas St. W.,More Info on Party Lesbians love our parties.

Thursday August 7 (Affiliated Event) – Open Roof Festival The Open Roof Festival brings films, music and refreshments to rooftops in Toronto all summer. The event features independent films and local bands, and all profits support the Toronto indie film community. In case of rain, the films will be moved indoors. FILM: The Grand Seduction Residents of a small town in Newfoundland scheme to keep a doctor living there instead of moving back to the city. BAND: Tomi Swick

The Details: 99 Sudbury Street, Queer West Village, Toronto Ontario. Map (https://goo.gl/maps/qLoqa) just south of the Queen Street West and Dovercourt Road neighbourbood. A customized, eclectic menu will be available for purchase at each show, crafted by 99 Sudbury’s in-house chefs. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.openrooffestival.com/

Friday August 8 (Official Event) – Alterna Queer Music Concert Featuring; Ted Scarf, Anna Gutmanis, Amy Campbell, Jamieson M. Eakin and Elek Semilla from Five different bands sounds from punk rock to ballads to bluegrass. We love introducing you to new talent, as part of the Toronto Queer Arts Festival. 8 pm to 1 AM. Free. The Sister, 1554 Queen Street West. Concert Info

Saturday August 9 (Official Event) - Queer West Film Festival This year we will be showing a dozen award winning LGBT films never seen in North America; from Finland, Spain, France, Spain, Australia, Turkey, and of course our own home province of Ontario. We’re a small but quality film festival. 6-10 pm. $5/pwyc. Buddies In Bad Times, 12 Alexander, 416-879-7954, Film Festival Info

Saturday August 9 (Official Event) - Human Rights Unconference with special guests: Toronto trans teacher Lee Hicks & Film Director: Azed Majeed. Exclusive to Queer West; live panel discussion about making the film Both/And: — The Lee Hicks Story.. 9:15 PM FREE Buddies In Bad Times, 12 Alexander, 416-879-7954, See never before exclusive video to be show during Queer West Film Festival

Sunday August 10 (Official Event) - Smash Words Festival (A night of queer Poetry & Cabaret) Six of Toronto’s best known LGBT spoken word artists; Philip Cairns, Alec Butler, Katie Sly, J.P. Larocque, Jenna Harris and Power Chair Dancer, Frank G. Hull. as part of the Toronto Queer Arts Festival. 7pm-10 pm. $5/pwyc. The Press Club, 850 Dundas St. W., 416-879-7954, Smash Words Info

Queer West Arts Collective

The 2014 Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival wouldn't be possible without the support of members from the Queer West Arts Collective . Thank you; Ms. Zoma Maduekwe (Abuja, Nigeria), Ms. Richa Shrotriya (Mumbai India), Ms. Lauren Tenn (Bournemouth England), Philip Cairns (Toronto), Michel F. Paré (Toronto) and Akos Major (Budapest, Hungary)

Festival Sponsors 2014

Toronto Queer Arts Festival gratefully acknowledges the support in 2014 from; Buddies In Bad Times Theatre | The Press Club | The Sister | Open Roof Festival | Basement Arts | imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival | Bar 1602 | Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival | Dailyxtra.com and IvarDesign.com


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