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Toronto Queer Arts Festival - August 3 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

The 2014 Toronto International Queer West Film Festival Program Guide (PDF Format) Download to read.

Toronto Queer Arts Festival - Sunday August 3 - Queer Caribana Dance Party Weekend with Afrobeat @ Neck of the Woods Night Club. Many queer people steer clear of the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival (formerly known as Caribana) because they feel it’s unwelcoming at best and dangerous at worst. Many queer people of colour feel marginalized from Toronto’s queer communities because of persisting racism. Sammy Rawal, a member of the multicultural hip-hop DJ collective Yes Yes Y’all, says homophobia at Caribana is often more insidious than what can be identified in police reports. “When you hear Buju Banton, for example, being played really loud, it can get kind of tense,” he says. “You’re reminded that people around you might not really have or share the same views as you.”

Tonight’s Djays are; DJ Deemaks(Aforbeat), RBMA alumnist Sikh Knowledge(beats and Dancehall and DJ Bambii (house), are creating a queer-positive space for the West Indian community to share their culture. It will be the biggest and baddest LGBT event at Caribana, this year. If you’re looking for hip-hop, dance anthems, pop, R&B, reggae/dancehall, voguing beats, soca and old school, then this is the spot. Event location The Lodge 559, now known as “Neck of the Woods” … STREET MAP 559 College Street.Cover: $8.00 This is a queer positive space and mixed night, in the heart of Little Italy, Queer West Village, Toronto Ontario (This event was added July 28) Time: 10 pm to 3 am https://www.facebook.com/events/678671792215270

Toronto Queer Arts Festival - Tuesday August 5 – 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

Toronto Queer Arts Festival - Wednesday August 6 – 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

Toronto Queer Arts Festival - Thursday August 7 - 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.

Toronto Queer Arts Festival - Thursday August 7 – 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/

Toronto Queer Arts Festival - Friday August 8 – 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

Toronto Queer Arts Festival - Saturday August 9 - 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

Toronto Queer Arts Festival - Saturday August 9 - 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

Toronto Queer Arts Festival - Sunday August 10 - 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

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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