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April to May 2010 - News Archive

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"We're putting on our annual 8 day, Queer West Arts Festivalwith $200 bucks, a wing and prayer. We're having Fun and bringing the Arts to the People. In fact 2009, we put on a ten day arts festival with $0 dollars. Although we are a non-profit, nonpartisan arts festival, without a city parade, we have no discriminatory policy against any queer group. Our vision is a community that promotes positive attitudes and eliminates discrimination toward people of all sexual orientations; Inspires change through positive educational effort. Provides social, recreational and cultural opportunities for our members and the larger community." said Michel F. Paré,


Video of cheers, jeers and boos, at today's pride Press Conference. Video by Las Perlas del Mar Inc. a Toronto spanish women's collective dedicated to bringing awareness to issues affecting women and children. lasperlasnoticias@gmail.com click on * to see larger screen.

Queer West Fest is queering boundaries

Outexpressions: Sunday May 23, 2010. By Parul Pandya, Queer West media spokesperson and Casey Reid program director, Queer West Film Festival. August 2010 will mark the 10th annual QUEER WEST ARTS FESTIVAL - this year QUEERING BOUNDARIES will be the vision to initialize a wide-scale community reinvention. Though it is certainly important that gay, lesbian, bi & trans individuals express individualities, uniqueness and differences, this year’s festival will promote a central platform to create inclusiveness and communication between these groupings. Limits typically placed on a queer identity will be explored and re-explored in an effort to move away from "Queer" as a singular, often fixed, and essential identity.

The Queer West Toronto community is committed to ushering in a necessary and more contemporary attitude in reaction to the ever-changing threads of fiber that fashion the notion of “queer” in its entirety. The festival will view the complexity of queer identity beyond set places, spaces and community settings and bring diversity to the forefront of all programming. Art and performance will be utilized as the vehicle to show queer identity as a contested space. Though the theme is QUEERING BOUNDARIES, where and how those boundaries are formed is subjective. The Queer West community emphasizes a sharing of space and the exchanging of ideas as a political act, within and outside of the Queer West Village.

Though queers may converge and diverge on particular spaces to create a community, the heart of the festival is to emphasize however different our identities, we all share our humanity. To mark this historic event, Toronto's "West End" will be (re)claimed, (re)presented and (re)named as "queer" over the course of 8 days (Saturday August 7 to Sunday August 15, 2010). Artists and performers will convey genuine and relative ideas across multi-disciplinary forms to entertain, educate and enlighten.

Queer West Toronto gay pioneer dead at 35

Outexpressions: Will Munro (1975-2010) passed away on Friday May 21, after a long battle with brain cancer. Will was the owner of the Beaver Cafe. As person who helped establish the Queer West Village in the west end of gay Toronto The President of Queer West knew Will for 10 years. "Poor wee lamb." Michel said . His cheerful smile will be missed, by many.

We had bugged co owner Lynn MacNeil for a month to get the Beaver. Will stepped in, even though he was sick as a dog from his recent head operation. Giving us space for our Queer West Fest Launch Party @ Beaver Cafe & Patio, on Friday June 13, 2008. - Friends of Gay Toronto's Queer West Fest, crew, organizers and a bevy of DJ's were at Will's NOT T.O. as we kick off Queer Festival Week 2008. Will also allowed us to collect door, something Beaver never does. ( Leave it to Beaver ) While DJ-X and DJ-4est entertained the crowded bar, spinning sexual mayhem and girly tunes for girly boys, Beaver Cafe 1192 Queen W.

"Let's Not Wait"

We will meet again my friend,
A hundred years from today
Far away from where we lived
And where we used to play.

We will know each others' eyes
And wonder where we met
Your laugh will sound familiar
Your heart, I won't forget.

We will meet, I'm sure of this,
But let's not wait till then...
Let's take a walk beneath the stars
And share 'this' world again.

"Let's Not Wait"
by Ron Atchison

The People's Summit

OUTeXpressions News Desk: Thursday April 8, Toronto Ontario. On the weekend before the official G20 Summit, the People's Summit will take place at Ryerson University in Toronto June 18. The People's Summit is taking place to educate, empower and ignite positive change, through a wide array of workshops, presentations, skills training and cultural events. Planning for the People's Summit has been underway for several months, and is the latest counter-summit in a long lineage of grassroots responses to international summits.

Organizers are calling this summer’s G8 and G20 summits “the largest security event in Canadian history” — more expensive and elaborate, even, than the Vancouver Olympics. The federal government will spend at least $179 million on security, first at the Huntsville G8 Summit and then in Toronto, where the G20 will meet at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

"The people of the world are demanding system change, not more of the same economic, social, and environmental injustices that are perpetuated by the G8 and G20," "And so the People's Summit will have more legitimacy in representing the aspirations of the people of the world than the G8 and G20 can ever claim." said Marya Folinsbee, coordinator of the G8/G20 People's Summit.

"The Canadian government, host of the G8 and the G20 Summits, has lost credibility on a broad range of issues that do not reflect the opinion of the average Canadian, such as on climate change, foreign policy and now maternal health," "People in Canada and around the world have lost faith in this government." said Dylan Penner, a People's Summit spokesperson and media officer for the Council of Canadians.

"The G20 wants to maintain the status quo for its own benefit. The rest of the world wants change," adds Folinsbee. "The People's Summit is building solidarity across movements to ensure all voices are represented, and unlike the G8 and G20, this is what democracy looks like."

The People's Summit will bring together people from all walks of life working for solidarity, self-determination, human rights, a people's economy, justice, peace, a healthy planet, and transformative social change against current economic policies.

"The People’s Summit is really a conference, backed by a steering committee that incorporates labour, environmental, student and social justice groups. Queers have already received shout-outs in the advance materials.“I think the G20 is invading space that Pride Toronto created. The Pride festival is being impacted by the G20,” “But I think that really the People’s Summit is about solidarity amongst all people who are affected by the oppressive systems that are currently in place. It’s about system change.” Said Marya Folinsbee, coordinator of the G8/G20 People’s Summit, planned for June 18–27 in Toronto.

Below footage from G20 Climate Camp April 2009 in London as Protesters and Riot Police battle it out.

The steering committee of the People's Summit includes the Council of Canadians, Canadian Labour Congress, Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario, Canadian Peace Alliance, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), CUPE Ontario, Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Greenpeace, Ontario Council for International Cooperation, Polaris Institute, Rainforest Action Network, Toronto Community Mobilization Network, and the United Church. The website of the People's Summit is www.peoplessummit2010.ca.

Organizers say they won't dictate the content of the summit, nor will they handle protest plans. A separate organization, the Toronto Community Mobilization Network, will run events and assist protesters.

Following the People's Summit, a week of G20 protests and marches will take place throughout Toronto, between the June 21st and 27th, organized by the Community Mobilization Network, a network of Toronto-based organizations of people of colour, indigenous peoples, women, the poor, the working class, queer and trans people and disAbled people. For more details on Queer G20 Call-Out Visit g20.torontomobilize.org/node/34

Straight Anarchists Protesters at the G20 summit in Pittsburg in September 2009 dismissed a single march of 200+ Queers, Trannies, Womyn, POC, and some allies on September 24 taking all the credit in the media.

The video below was taken during the 2009 Pittsburgh G20 Protests, and the Police Occupation of the University of Pittsburgh. Police used mace, tear gas, and Long Range Audio Device (LRAD), allegedly never before used on American citizens, to break up demonstrators . This film was in collaboration between Pittsburgh Indymedia, Chicago Indymedia, Twin Cities Indymedia, and the Glass Bead Collective. In Pittsburgh, which hosted the G20 last September, 6,000 police and National Guard were called in the assist city police.

Ontario and Federal Police forces have entered into an alliance to deal with the threat of violent protest at Toronto’s G20 summit with as many as 10,000 uniformed officers and 1,000 private security guards teaming up to protect world leaders.

The Toronto Mobilization Network has no steering committee or affiliation with larger groups, but rather a number of open committees. The next meeting (TMN) will be held tonight April 8, 6:30 pm, at the 519 Community Centre. The next open planning meeting for the People’s Summit will be held April 20, 6:30 pm, at the Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St.

G8/G20 Toronto Links: | G20 Munk Information Centre (uToronto) www.g20.utoronto.ca | Resist Toronto G20 Facebook page www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=222337082312 | www.peoplessummit2010.ca | Queer.torontomobilize.org/node/34 | People's Summit Toronto Facebook www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=284064558762

Discover the New & Improved Toronto Queer West Arts Festival this August!

Outexpressions: Wednesday April 7, 2010. The annual Queer West Arts and Cultural Festival will NO LONGER be held in June. The Queer West Board of Directors and Arts Collectives feel Toronto's LGBTQ fabulousness shouldn't be all jam packed into that month. Our Arts Festival doesn't hold parades, it's more about artistic performances, visual art and culture. Running Saturday August 7 to Sunday August 15, 2010.

We feel there are tourists in the city all summer long, especially in August; they will be looking for something different. In August there is; Caribana, Distillery Arts Festival, Buskerfest and Toronto Festival of Beer and now Queer West Arts and Cultural Festival

Queer West Arts and Cultural Festival will then be able grow; faster, bigger, better and more international, if the Toronto queer public and out of town tourists, doesn't confused us, with Pride Week. We don't think there's really, a shortage of sponsors to approach in August. Securing media coverage, sponsorship and funding, is more a function of how successful we market our Festival. On top of it all that, doing it later, gives us more time to plan.

What Queer West Fest means to me.

Posted with permission. I think about Queer West Fest, a totally different image is there for me. It's the artists and political movers and shakers. The guys who sleep with other guys but don't have the polished image the east side (Church St.) wishes to maintain. It's the trans community who gets excluded, the Native community which is ignored from Pride. The women who sleep with women but don't have children, ride bikes or wear plaid. It's everyone who has ever been ignored, or put down, or felt they didn't even belong in a gay community of a large city (which is supposedly a community which embraces diversity? what). A community that embraces those which embrace each other, no matter who you are, or who you happen to go to bed with. Queer! Nick Watson Toronto Parkdale (Age group Generation-Y)

Synopis of our Festival Theme: Queering Boundaries

Queer west PRESS RELEASE: Tuesday May 17/18, 2010!

QUEERING BOUNDARIES means going beyond a fixed identity and embracing fluidity. Though situated in the West of Toronto, we see the literal city borders and boundaries as contested and in flux. The QUEER WEST ARTS FESTIVAL will push for a more inclusive and complex queer identity; a queer identity that is necessarily shaped through interactions with place, space and community. Toronto is a city where queers come from different spaces, converging and diverging to create their own sense of community, and the QUEER WEST ARTS FESTIVAL emphasizes that sense of connectedness. At the same time, the sites, sounds and boundaries of Toronto's "West End" will be (re)claimed, (re)presented and (re)named as "queer". and about our choice to hold the festival in August... instead of June.

Revised List of Events Tuesday April 6 - All Venues are Tentative and to be confirmed in next two weeks:

    Saturday August 07 – Launch Dance Party Adobe Bar

    Sunday August 08 - Sunday Brunch at Gayley's (Confirmed)

    Sunday Evening August 08 - OUTeXpressions Newspaper Presents: SEXY WORDS an evening of poetry & spoken word

    Monday August 09 - Wilde Chats Philosophical Discussion for Hip Cats

    Tuesday August 10 - Potentially Live Theatre Premier Performance.

    Wednesday August 11 - Queer Literature Extravanganza

    Thursday August 12 - Gallery Spin Tour of 6 art galleries and exhibition

    Friday August 13 - Queer Mixed Music Night.

    Saturday August 14 – 3rd Annual Queer West Film

    Sunday August 15 - 6th annual Gay West Bicycle Club's 54k Toronto Pride Ride

    Sunday August 15 - Parkdale Queer Youth and Young Adult Community Fair

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