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Outexpressions is a newspaper published since 1995, owned by Gay West Community Network Inc. (Queer West) not-for-profit corporation in the province of Ontario. Queer West publishes event listings and provides some community resources as a courtesy to our Friends, who supported GWCN's many Arts and Film Festivals we hosted and produced over the past 17 years. OUTexpressions News has now become one of Toronto's leading Gay and Lesbian media publications, with the hottest happenings in the coolest Places. We are not an exclusive gay publication. Queerwest.org our family of websites receives 40,000 hits a day, from within Canada and abroad. Queer West is consistently ranked #1 (Page One) in Bing and Google, for most Search returns. (Masthead) Copyright 2017. All Rights Reserved. Thank you for your interest in QueerWest.org ~ Currently this website is not mobile friendly, we're redesigning so it will be, this summer

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Why the 2017 Queer West Film Festival was cancelled

Friday February 17, 2017 - The Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival began life as an alternative to pride week events in 2001 for those living west of the city. It was also commonly known as Queer West Fest and produced by queerwest.org With the support of local businesses and volunteers it had expanded to a three day event by 2006 and a full festival week by 2010. Evolving to meet the needs of the queer community it serves, the range of festival event never remained static. From family picnics, live music events, queer heritage talks, poetry and literary readings (Smash Words), and in 2008, a film festival was added. The Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival did strive to produce something a little bit different. We are indebted to our past volunteers, performers and event managers, all of whom contributed to queer academia and alternative queer culture in Toronto.

Arts and Culture Festival was put to sleep in 2014 when the last one ran from Tuesday August 5 to Sunday August 10 We decide to concentrate on making the Queer West Film Festival bigger and better and TD Bank begin to help sponsor it in 2015, when we moved from a one evening event to a three day event.

Gay West Community Network Inc. regrets to inform you that the ninth annual Queer West Film Queer West Film 2017 Oct 6-8 @ Revue Cinema, has been cancelled. We can tell you from experience that nothing is more frustrating than six trained volunteers this year, who decided on their own, to discard the plan which had work for eight years, voting for their own agenda, in hidden forum board on Facebook. Just because someone volunteers, does not give them the right to do whatever they want. Everyone should be pulling their weight, not pushing their weight around. The volunteers (Names upon request) were fired, throwing the festival into chaos on Feb 16, 2017.

We should have minimum of six operational volunteers over 30, with experience, to manage a festival of this size. There is simply not enough time to train new volunteers at this late date. This is the reason for cancellation; we will pay a few bills, and have returned the TD Bank funding on Monday February 20 and submission fees were refunded to all directors that submitted in 2017. The Board is putting the film festival to sleep for a couple of years.

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Board of Directors 2017: Michel F. Paré, Richa Bhala Shrotriya and Lauren Tenn

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