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Queer West Fest Toronto: June 13th to 22nd, 2008
by B.Dunn bdunn.com
Thursday May 29, 2008. Berlin has one, Copenhagen has one, and now Toronto
has one. Queer West Fest is an event that showcases the best of alternative
queer culture, taking place at various west end Toronto establishments from
June 13th to the 22nd. “It’s an eye-opening experience for many
people to see such diversity and acceptance”, said Chris Mitchell, Marketing,
Publicity & Exhibitions Manager, Gladstone Hotel
The week is comprised of 10 days of programming, from musical performances and
DJ dance parties, to Dirty Bingo and a community fair. Many known queer
or queer-friendly establishments participate in the roster of events planned.
Opening night, Friday the 13th, has Will Munro’s post-punk NOT T.O.
at the Beaver Café. The following day is an afternoon Community Fair
at the Drake Hotel with dozens of artists, vendors and organizations. The night
then ramps up with a naughty evening of Dirty Bingo, for the first time on Queen
Street West at the Friendly Bar. Sunday is the hugely-popular annual noon Pride
Ride from Sunnyside to the Beaches.
The week continues with a human rights panel discussion, an independent film
festival, a Socrates-style conversation café, and art exhibitions. Partnerships
with the bear-influenced Fur Real Art Collective at Gallery 1313, and
Lief Harmsen's HOMODIGITAL Art Show at the Fountain Contemporary Gallery
are other notable highlights of the week. The Fest concludes with Knotty
Knights, an 80’s Dance Party at Lot 16 on Saturday, a Family Brunch
at Mitzi’s Café on the Sunday afternoon and a phenomenal closing
performance by Queerly Beloved, a 24-voice Men’s Chamber Choir
at Emmanuel Howard Park United Church on Sunday evening.
The funky gay-operated Gladstone Hotel plays host to three separate events,
including the monthly social networking series Java Knights, the Queer Ears
and Eyes exhibition, and Frydaze early evening matinee with performances
and DJ’s. Wednesday’s continue to be queer despite the recent Hump
Day Bump jump over to Wrongbar, adding yet another queer element to the burgeoning
strip. “Queer Ears and Eyes” is supported by Pride Access and
Diversity Grants, and spotlights an assortment of queer-identified musicians
and artists with live performances and an art exhibition.
The Gay West Community Network Inc is proudly celebrating their recent
incorporation in April. The Network is now comprised of a full slate of Board
Members and several different committees for fundraising, programming, sponsorship,
and media relations. The organization is a not-for-profit centre that produces
performing arts festivals and outreach programming for the lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgendered, transsexual, questioning and two-spirited (queer community).
Many self-directed events happen throughout the year including the Bike Club,
Java Knights, Wilde Chats, and the newly formed Queer Peers. This new program
aims to match queer youth with mentors for discussions on personal or career
For listing of highlighted schedule of Queer West Fest event dates and locations,
and visit www.QueerWest.org
for all the latest updates. Special recognition is given to our media sponsor
Hamilton Pride Festival It's corny, splashy, downhome and Shameless!
Thursday May 15, 2008, Outexpressions, by Michael F. Paré,
Hamilton Pride Festival Inc, is proud to announce Pride 2008
taking place June 6th-15th. This year’s theme SHAMELESS
is appropriate when looking to recent events in the Hamilton community. We are
shameless, we are proud and HPFI invites everyone to join us in making 2008
an extraordinary year. Hamilton Pride recognizes the wonderful diversity of
our members, and encourages the expression of that diversity in all of our events.
MAIN FESTIVAL EVENTS
Saturday, June 14th
*RALLY - 11am at Hamilton City Hall
*PARADE - 11:30am north along James St. from Jackson to Pier 4 Park
*FESTIVAL - noon - 6 pm at Pier 4 Park
Featuring performances by The Parachute Club, Naomi Taylor, Spirits. Forte
Marketplace, Beverage Garden, BBQ,
KIDSZONE Presented by First Ontario Credit Union
*OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY - 9pm at The Werx $5 before 11pm, $8 after
“Frenzy” Drag show at Frixion
Country night for the cowboys and gals at MO Lounge
*PRIDE IDOL: $500 cash prize!
Sunday, June 8th
Location: The Werx 9pm registration
*QUEER ISSUES SYMPOSIUM: UNPACKING THE INVISIBLE KNAPSACK OF QUEER INCLUSION
– WHAT DOES INCLUSION MEAN TO YOU?
Presented by Joe the Tax Guy
Tuesday June 10th: 6pm-8:30pm
*GALA RECEPTION FEATURING THE PRIDE AWARDS presented by VIA RAIL
Location: Art Gallery of Hamilton
Thursday, June 12th: 7pm
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SILENT AUCTION WILL BE EVENLY DONATED TO The AIDSNetwork
& The Well
* Factory Works Series: PRIDE: L’Amour de L’Été
Friday June 13th: 7:30pm-10:30pm
Daring video works to challenge public standards and romantic formulae
Location: The Factory-Hamilton Media Arts Centre
*HAMILTON ARTISTS INC: Works by Internationally shown queer artists
Liss Platt and Andy Fabo
Friday June the 13th: 7pm - as part of the James St.
North Art Crawl
Location: Hamilton Artists Inc
*HAMILTON PRIDE CHURCH SERVICE
Sunday June 15th: 11 am
Location: Centenary United Church
I*OFFICIAL WIND-DOWN BBQ
Sunday June 15th: 12pm-4pm
Location: The Werx
*Hamilton AIDS Network presents The Rainbow Youth Drop-in's
Friday June 6th: 8pm-1am
AntiProm for ages 16-21
Location: Sky Dragon Centre
Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
*PRIDE KICK-OFF PARTY
Saturday, June 9th: 12pm-6pm
Location: Cedars Campground
Admission: Regular park admission
FREE STEAMWHISTLE TOUR BUS SHUTTLE TO CEDARS
From the Werx 12pm-6:30pm
*QUEER AUTHORS NIGHT hosted by BRYAN PRINCE BOOKSELLER
Monday June 9th: 7pm
Location: Gallery on the Bay
*PASS-DA-PRIDE: All You Can Eat Pasta Fundraiser
Wednesday, June 11th: 5pm at The Werx
Admission: $10 - A portion of proceeds to benefit The AIDS Network and Hamilton
Pride Festival Inc.
Big Band Performance on the patio!
*COMEDY NIGHT WITH SHELLEY MARSHALL AND RICHARD RYDER
Thursday, June 12th: 9pm
Location: The Werx
Friday June 13th: 9pm
Location: Pepper Jack Café
Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door
*this event is trans positive
*CABARET (one night only!)
Location: Westside Concert Theatre
Friday June 13th: 8pm
TICKET VENDORS: TBA
SPONSORS: Official Presenter: The Werx; Official Gala Presenter: Via
Rail; Diamond: Investors Group, Labatt’s; Platinum: City of Hamilton,
Cedars Campground, Cedars Laundromat, La Jardinière; Gold: GLBT Advisory
Committee, First Ontario Credit Union, Joe The Tax Guy, The AIDS Network, Dietrich’s,
BlueFlame; Silver: First Pilgrim Church, Great Glasses, Bruce E. Law Firm, Speakeasy
Coffee, Bryan Prince Bookseller; Bronze: Bailey’s Restaurant, OPSEU; Community
Partners: James Street North Art Crawl, Art Gallery of Hamilton
For Information: www.hamiltonpride.com
News briefs across the nation
Tuesday May 6, 2008, Outexpressions by Michael F. Paré, .
—- Ecuador considers enshrining a woman's right to sexual happiness.
Maria Soledad Vela, of Ecuador's governing party, has proposed that her country's
law protect a woman's right to enjoy sex. Women, who have traditionally been
regarded in Ecuador as no more than sex objects or child bearers, should have
the right to make informed, responsible decisions about their sex lives.
— Canada raises age of sexual consent by two years. Like Britain,
Australia and most American states, Canada's legal age for the onset of intercourse
has been changed from 14- to 16-years-old. Not meant to criminalize teen sex,
the change in legislation was explained as an effort to combat older internet
predators who hit on young people.
— Gay dating services flourishing. Research from the LOGO Channel
shows that 48 percent of gay men are looking for "love" online. With
looks and hooking up often of more concern than compatibility, Web sites for
gay men are helping like-minded males attain what has been regarded as "the
easy out" in sexual pursuits.
— Canadian activists have convinced Canadian music retailers Archambault
and Apple's iTunes to remove some anti-gay dancehall songs from their catalogues.
Earlier this month, Stop Murder Music Canada (SMMC) and Canada's Ottawa-based
national gay civil rights group Egale convinced iTunes to stop selling notorious
anti-gay songs by T.O.K. (Chi-Chi Man), Elephant Man (Log On) and Buju Banton
(Boom Bye Bye). And beginning May 5, those same recordings will no longer be
sold at Archambault. "Boom bye bye inna batty bwoy head/ Rude bwoy no promote
no nasty man/ Dem haffi dead..." Banton sings in Boom Bye Bye. "Send
fi di matic an di Uzi instead."
— Meanwhile, Egale executive director Helen Kennedy told the Inside
Story last week, "We're really pleased - the only hold-out at this point
is HMV and we hope they will join us soon." Gay activists have been protesting
several dancehall performers for almost two decades, charging their anti-gay
lyrics advocate violence against gay people and fuel anti-gay hate crimes throughout
This past winter Canadian activists convinced venue owners to cancel Canadian
concerts by Sizzla, Elephant Man, Capleton, Baby Cham and Beenie Man. Montreal's
Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations also convinced the CBC to pull
songs by Sizzla from their Galaxy radio station.
— A study this month by the International Gay and Lesbian Chamber
of Commerce (which by the way, labelled the Province of Quebec a Country
in their report) confirmed what savvy brands have known for years -- the gay
community has major wallet clout and represents vast potential growth for marketers.
The study estimates that the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT)
population is two-million strong in Canada, representing total spending power
of $100-billion a year.
The chamber of commerce report says the "pink money" market segment
has great purchasing power, consumers faithful to their favourite brands and
a higher discretionary income than the general population.
"There is a great deal of multinational support for GLBT diversity in Canada
from companies such as IBM, Xerox and Delta Hotels, along with strong support
from major international banks like [Toronto-Dominion], ING and Desjardins as
well as service industries like Air Canada and VIA Rail," the report notes.
It also says Canada, which legalized same-sex marriage in 2005, has a high
level of acceptance for gays relative to other countries, particularly in its
Visible spending, or that which can be linked directly to a specific market
segment, has grown in the GLBT community "as [gay] people are living more
publicly, relationships have become more secure and Canada has been more accepting
and more 'out,' " said Laurence Bernstein, author of the research and president
of Toronto marketing consultancy BC3 Strategies.
Marketers who target the niche are tapping into a rich demographic. A vast 2007
study conducted by Community Marketing Inc. and sponsored by Absolut vodka pegged
the median annual household income for gay men at US $83,000.
10 things you don't know about sex
Thursday April 3, 2008, Outexpressions: by Michael F. Paré,
1: Ready, set, go—there’s nearly no difference in the amount of
time it takes healthy men and women to reach peak sexual arousal: roughly
2: One per cent of adults have zero interest in sex and have never felt
sexually attracted to anyone at all. Asexuality may be an under-the-radar
sexual orientation, but researchers have only just begun to study it. On the
other end of the rainbow, an estimated 3 to 6 per cent of the population have
some form of sex addiction.
3: Straight, gay or flexible? Recent research suggests women may be “intrinsically
bisexual,” and the higher their libido, the more they desire both
sexes. In another study, the female subjects—whether they considered themselves
straight or gay—were physically aroused by erotic films of both men and
women. In contrast, the straight men were excited just by women, and the gay
men only by men.
4: Canadian men have, on average, 23 sexual partners in total (notably
more than the global average of 13), according to one recent worldwide survey.
Their female counterparts reportedly have 10. The hitch? Number crunchers say
the finding that men have substantially more bedmates on average than women
is mathematically impossible.
5: Beyond its unsexy smell and taste, smoking appears to double a man’s
risk of moderate or complete erectile dysfunction.
6: Once upon a time, doctors treated women suffering from “hysteria”
by stimulating them to orgasm—a service dubbed “medical massage.”
By the 1930s, it was abandoned in favour of psychotherapy.
7: Why do I bed thee? Let me count the ways. U.S. researchers who set out to
catalogue all the reasons why humans have sex came up with 237 distinct
ones. Among the top 10 motives, women and men had eight in common. A notable
exception: “I realized I was in love” came in at number nine for
women, but at number 17 for men.
8: Having sex regularly—at least once a week—may promote
fertility in women by regulating hormones and menstrual patterns.
9: Male sweat contains androstadienone, a compound that enhances mood and
sexual arousal in women and men. Alas, it also boosts levels of stress hormones.
The chemical has been used as an ingredient in men’s fragrances.
10: What’s love got to do with it? Sexual arousal and romantic love activate
quite distinct areas of the brain—and love is clearly the more powerful.
The latter turns on dopamine-rich regions linked with motivation, and falling
in love is not unlike the rush of taking cocaine, hence the addictiveness of
a new crush, and the withdrawal-like symptoms of love lost.