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A 2014 Paper Vol. 16, No. 4, 424–443. Rendering a Neighbourhood Queer (Which
your falsely lead to believe was approved by Queer West), published by Professor
Alison L Bain, York University and her team of disgruntled geography zealots;
William Payne & Jaclyn Isen, who wrote unwarranted vituperation and made
a meanness of spirit attacks against Queer West Board of Management and how
this organization is run.
Toronto Saturday September 5, 2015. A 2013 university study
by Catherine Jean Nash, Professor, Department of Geography, Brock University,
St Catherines Ontario -Titled: "Queering
neighbourhoods: Politics and practice in Toronto" The seven member
Queer West Board Directors approved her study, upon written request (Board
Minutes March 16, 2009),Dr. Nash interviewed Board members and a few volunteers
and other subjects she advertised for in the community, helped her run a web
site public survey, about Queer West Toronto and the community there in. Dr.
Nash provided the Board with a summary of the information on August 31, 2009.
A motion was passed by the Board on May 5, 2009. Unless directly
involved in research study by hospitals and universities, none to be published
or promoted. No research studies of Queer West unless approved by the Board.
Queer West Board of Directors received no written request from Dr.
Bain to do a study of the former ShOUT! youth program. As other leading
university professors and phd candidates, have done in the past. For Dr. Bain
to publish that she moderated, researched and studied a youth program, associated
with Queer West on March 1st & April 11th., of 2011 is completely
false. The program ended August 2010.
False: Queer West NPO, did not create a promotional sign Queer
Street West as pictured in Rendering a Neighbourhood Queer,
that was entirely an initiative of Pride Toronto and Toronto City Councillor
for (Ward 19) Mike
Layton. (Figure 2. in Dr. Bain's study) False:
Queer West NPOhas never worked with the West Queen West BIA at anytime.
False: There's no such person as the Queer West Founder. (Referenced
in a sexist remark, as an Old White Male in Parkdale).
False: Queer West has never used outreach programming and
a website to engage in a place-making exercise to unofficially re-brand West
Queen West as the Queer West Village.
The Official Website of Toronto Tourism is calling the west central part of
Toronto the Queer West Village and the east end as the gay East Village, Under
the sub-heading Toronto's diversity/queerwest. "There’s one thing you’ll
notice pretty quickly about Toronto: queer culture is everywhere. The notion
of there being a single “gaybourhood” in the city is so last century. While
the Church-Wellesley Village remains the focal point of LGBTQ activity, queer-owned
and queer-friendly establishments can be found all over the city – especially
in the west end, where the affectionately named “Queer West Village” has quickly
been gaining a reputation as an alternative to the Church Street scene."
Queer West came into existence on April 28, 2008 (Incorporated Gay west Community
Network Inc.) by nine individuals, one who was Professor C. J. Nash ( Department
of Geography, Brock University) Source: Queer
West History. The offices for Queer West are in Davenport not Parkdale,
and always has been. Any good researcher check their facts, before going to
press. Professor Bain accepted, outright lies and malicious gossip from J. Isen
and William Payne and published it.
Between July 20, 2009 and October 13, 2010 no Board meetings were
held, but no quorums and no elections. Jaclyn Isen was not a Board
Member. She acted only as the Shout Program Co-ordinator Volunteer for a few
short months from January to October 2010. The first Queer West ShOUT! UnConference
was held February 28 and then ran monthly until August 2010, when Ms J. Isen
returned to U of T OISE full time. M. Pare & Ms. Isen together, got one
and only one $200 grant from the Community One Foundation for the 2010. Ms J.
Isen resigned from corporation on October 13, 2010. (Board Minutes Oct 13).
Ms J. Isen came to a Board meeting on April 13, 2011 (Board Minutes), made
all kinds of accusations against this organization, refused to divulge other
names, that were making accusations too. She didn't have shred of evidence,
to back up, any of her claims. The Board thank her for coming, she left the
meeting. In May, 2011, Ms J. Isen sent a letter, demanding all of records of
the Shout program. Since they were corporation property and because of her past
hostility, her letter was ignored.
All new volunteer candidates, are made fully aware on the operations and history
of the organization, during their one hour interview, all questions are answered
truthfully. Volunteers come to us because they are exciting about what we are
doing, want to be Board member or take on some other role, within the organization.
of Directors 2016
Professor Alison L. Bain, York University (2014)attempts
to create a false impression, that Queer West is one person, controlling everything.“In
a self-reinforcing cycle, the flyers and the website have been strategically
used to informally re-imagine, re-narrate and re-territorialize West Queen West
as a queer neighbourhood.” she wrote.
Meet - Casey Reid (Former Film Festival Program director
and Board member, Queer West Film Festival 2010) Now Professor Reid at Humber
& Fanshawe College 2011 to present. she wrote. “To mark this historic
event, Toronto's "West End" will be (re)claimed, (re)presented and
(re)named as "queer" The Queer West Toronto community is committed
to ushering in a necessary and more contemporary attitude in reaction to the
ever-changing threads of fibre that fashion the notion of “queer” in its entirety.
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.”
[Queer West Fest, Program Guide 2010] Was Casey Reid the one person
Queer West is not one Person Operation, as Dr Bain alleges.
Queer West is managed by Board of Directors. Even the former Shout Coordinator,
J. Isen, admits on Linkedin, she left the program in 2010. There's no
record in Board Minutes, that March 11 and April 1, 2011 events happened.
Every director that manages a program, reports to Board of Directors monthly.
J. Isen's Shout reports cease in August 2010. Queer West is a Corporation,
nothing is owned by any individual. The Corporation owns everything. The Board
manages the Corporation. Every director gets one vote.
We can only guess, Ms J. Isen went to Professor Bain with a total lie and invited
professor Bain on her own time, to her former Shout program somewhere in the
city, and to listen to her (Unproven) allegations about Queer West. Ms Jaclyn
Isen resigned from corporation on October 13, 2010. (Board Minutes Oct 13)
Professor Alison Bairn, William Payne and Jaclyn Isen misleaded attendees, that
they were attending a program hosted by QueerWest.org
New volunteer appointed to manage Queer West Film Festival
Tuesday June 17, 2014 - Queer West is thrilled to have a new volunteer
to help lighten our Queer West Film Festival work load till Nov 2015, Lauren
Tenn is a graduate with a Masters in Cultural and Arts Management with skills
in administration and customer service roles, University of Winchester, U.K
and holds a BA (Hons) History degree, from University of Exeter, U.K.
Lauren was appointed Program Director today. Lauren will be looking after all
Film Festival mail, Editing our WordPress festival site, screening film submissions
and preparing Queer West Film Festival for 2015 show. Lauren is a perfect fit
for us and will help us grow, to a possible independent non profit queer film
festival, managed by a Board of Directors in a few years. Her new email is email@example.com
Update: September 18, 2015 - Lauren Tenn – Queer West President
Emeritae and film program director (2014 & 2015) is moving back to live
Bournemouth England (on September 18, 2015) Her family is originally from Jamaica.
Lauren holds a Masters in Cultural and Arts Management with skills in administration
and customer service roles, University of Winchester, U.K and BA (Hons) History,
University of Exeter. Lauren will be stay on with us, as a Programming Consultant.
She hopes to find a paid management position in the British film industry and
would love to join another film festival Board of Directors Her email remains
Press Release: June 11, 2014 Invitation to Toronto Queer
Toronto ON June 11, 2014 - The west end of the city, primarily the Queen
St. W. strip from Ossington to Dufferin and along Dundas West, has gone through
a massive facelift in recent years. This rapid rejuvenation has often been attributed
to the opening of the Drake Hotel some five years back, but before the Drake
put Queen W. on the map, there was a burgeoning arts community flourishing.
Dozens of galleries scattered amongst deteriorating storefronts, sandwiched
between appliance retailers and pawnshops, created a new bohemia. Weekly queer
parties were a regular occurrence in the warehouses and lofts within this once
Out of this scene in 2000 sprung a vibrant queer culture with a younger mixed
crowd seeking something different, a group not hung up on their, or anyone else’s,
sexuality. The area has adapted to the rising queer presence now known affectionately
as The Queer West Village or to some Queer West Toronto
Toronto is already one of the queerest cities in the universe. And, while long
known for having one of the biggest and most successful Pride celebrations in
the world, a new smaller grassroots community festival aims to showcase an alternative
side to queer culture in the city. Toronto Queer Arts Festival (Queer West Fest)
official events takes place this year from Thursday August 7 to Sunday August
10th.Th e festival welcomes some additional affiliated events, earlier in the
Queer West Fest showcases the best of west end queer culture by taking over
various establishments, some queer operated and the others queer positive. One
annual event is held in the Church St gay village, namely the Queer West International
Film Festival on Saturday August 9th.
The Arts Festival is a little smaller this year, lasting only four days instead
of the usual ten. Organizers found it harder to find volunteer event managers,
that we could train, due to the many larger than normal festivals, being held
during the summer.
The 11th annual Toronto Queer West Arts Festival Opens
August 8, 2011
The Queer West Arts and Culture 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.
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. Artists and performers will convey genuine and relative
ideas across multi-disciplinary forms to entertain, educate and enlighten.
Now firmly established as a major event, after 11 years within the city's lesbian
and gay social calendar the TORONTO FESTIVAL OF QUEER CULTRE has something for
everyone, from a film festival to spoken word to a political unConference to
classical music, from a ramble in the ART AND DESIGN DISTRICT to a QUEER CABARET
whether you're gay, straight, lesbian, bi, trans, queer or confused there's
something to inspire, challenge or entertain you. Runing from Monday
August 8 to Sunday August 14, 2011.
Sunday August 14th, 2011 -- Smash Words Poetry Afternoon