Short Listings this month as I am the program manager for the Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival August 10 to 18, 2012 and am very busy
Outexpressions is copyrighted and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Opinions expressed are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect those of Outexpressions or its publisher. We're not an exclusively gay and lesbian publication. Names or Businesses in our listings is not to be taken as any indication of the sexual orientation of such persons or businesses. Each year we help to inform the entertainment decision-making process of more than 980,000 Visitors from within Canada and abroad. We are consistently on Page One in Google for most search returns. http://queerwest.orgSunday July 1 - Guinness World Records Underwear Party @ Mod Club. Z-List.com, Come Out And Play, and the UK Underground are teaming up to bring you a very special event! Come be a part of something really exciting! Guinness World Records will be in the building as we ad a twist to this wicked themed party!! We must beat 289 people in their underwear to set a new world record!! There will be a clothing check at the door, of course being in underwear IS optional, but it should be a blast so strip down!! We will be open and serving until 4AM! http://www.facebook.com/events/241305885979802/Sunday July 1- BUTCH FEMME SALON: LATE NGHT PRIDE PARTY @ The Rivoli Hey there sexy fun people! June is Pride month... and we're throwin' a after hours party... to dance and celebrate ourselves!! DJ Nik Red spinnin the groove to make ya move all night. THEME: "Under the Sea...Horse" **All genders welcome, especially the transsexual and transgender variety.** Rivoli is wheelchair accessible. Msg. Xtra Siss for any queries or requests. Cover goes towards our local performers/artists fund to support local emerging TO artists. https://www.facebook.com/events/350199958383648/ The Rivoli 334 Queen St. West (Back Room), 10PM to 2AM (416) 977-5082 http://www.rivoli.ca/Civer $10 or PWYC This is not a 'Pride Toronto' event. It is a local, non profit, community driven party. We don't need a trademark to enjoy our pride.
Wednesday July 4 - Brockton Writers Series @ Full of Beans Coffee House and Roastery. July's BWS features readings by Heather Birrell, Suzanne Andrew, Perparim Kapllani and S.R. Davis. The Dundas West BIA is our fabulous co-sponsor! Wednesday, July 4, 7pm-8:30pm, with writers' networking at 6:30pm (facilitated by May Lui) Hosted by By Farzana Doctor http://www.farzanadoctor.comBiographiesS. R Davis is an emerging writer from Toronto. Her novel, Pretty Piece of Flesh is the response to two teenagers. One was one of her high school students who asked what it was like to have been alive when Kurt Cobain was alive. The other spoke up to the best piece of advice she ever heard about writing: write the book you wish a younger you had found. That teenager demanded a book about a gay kid who ends up happy despite learning the unpopular truth that loving someone isn't enough to fix him.
Suzanne Alyssa Andrew is a Toronto-based writer. She grew up on Vancouver Island and has also lived in Ottawa. She writes for digital media, including websites, games, interactive documentaries and cross-platform television projects. Her work has also appeared in print publications including Taddle Creek, The Toronto Star and Broken Pencil. Her novel is an action-adventure love story that races across Canada from Vancouver Island to Toronto and back again.
Perparim Kapllani is a Canadian citizen of Albanian origin. He was a professional journalist in his native country Albania for 7 years and began writing literary fiction – years ago. He has four books published in Albania and two in Canada. His English-language play Queen Teuta of Illyria was published in a book in 2008 by In Our Words Inc., Ontario. His collection of short stories “Beyond the Edge” was published in 2010 by the same publishing house. His novel “The Last Will” is the third book in English, will be published soon. In May 2008, he established a pizza joint, the Corporation of Albany Pizza, which is located right beside No Frills. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and son.
Heather Birrell is the author of two story collections, Mad Hope (Coach House, 2012) and I know you are but what am I? (Coach House, 2004). Her work has been honoured with the Journey Prize for short fiction and the Edna Staebler Award for creative non-fiction, and has been short- listed for both National and Western Magazine Awards. Birrell’s stories have appeared in many North American journals and anthologies, including The New Quarterly, Descant, PRISM international, Hobart, and Toronto Noir. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Toronto, where she teaches high school English. Find out more at http://www.heatherbirrell.comThe Details: 7pm-8:30pm Full of Beans Coffee House & Roastery, 1348 Dundas St W. http://www.fullofbeans.caPWYC (suggested $3-$5). Q&A. Books available for sale. Everyone welcome.Got questions about grants? Join our writers' networking session, 6:30-7:00pm. Open to all writers, emerging and established. Queer West village, Toronto Ontario Getting there Dufferin Bus #29 to Dundas W. walk east one block or 505 Dundas Streetcar Stops at Gladstone, walk east a few doors, north side of Street. . Queer West village, Toronto Ontario
Wednesday July 4 - GLBTQ Literary Speed Dating @ Toronto Gladstone Public Library Ditch the clubs for one night and check out why people around the world have been raving about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) Literary Speed Dating. Bring your favourite book, CD, or DVD to discuss with other like-minded singles. Registration required. Space is limited. Participants are encouraged to arrive by 6:15pm. Ages: 19-35. 6:30 pm - Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 8:30 pm http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM108082&R=108082Thursday July 5 -Post-Pride First Thursday! Chiclet, gl.tch, Kris H, Flex Rock! @ College Street Bar. Marcia Chiclet Kwok is one of Toronto's best know lesbian Djs http://djchiclet.com/Developing her skills over the past 12 years, Chiclet has played countless raves, club residencies, radio shows, and special events in Toronto, Montreal, New York City, and Hong Kong, among other cities. Using her unique mixing style, technical skill, eclectic track selection, enthusiasm and tendency to dance behind the decks, Chiclet became the champion the 2009 Heineken DJ Battle of the Sexes. With her arsenal of music and skill, Chiclet continues to rock dancefloors across the city. YBeat the Post-Pride Blues and join us Thursday, July 5th for some serious beats!House/Techno/Electro/Breaks/Nu Disco/ETC!!! Featuring the Eclective Groove crew: ! 10pm to 2 am No cover. College Street Bar,http://www.collegestreetbar.com/ 574 College Street Queer West village, Toronto Ontario.
Friday July 6 to Sunday July 8 TORONTO OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION @ Nathan Phillips Square This year is the 50th anniversary of Canada's largest outdoor art show. The show features works by established artists and craftspeople, students and undiscovered artists.Exhibited art categories include ceramics, computer-generated art, drawings, fibre, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolour and wood. All work is available for guests to browse or purchase. Toronto City Hall public square http://torontooutdoorart.org/Friday July 6 to Saturday July 14 - Ten Foot Pole Theatre goes RAW at the Toronto Fringe @ Robert Gill Theatre Sex, justice, trust, and vengeance collide in Ten Foot Pole Theatre’s latest assault on the polite and gentle, RAW by Rob Salerno. Salerno and Toronto newcomer Jason R. Stroud play Stephen and James, two young gay men who meet at a bathhouse and have a hot, steamy, sexual encounter without a condom. But what Stephen doesn’t tell James is that he’s been recently diagnosed as HIV-positive. A month later, Stephen sends James an anonymous letter warning him to get tested, and when James tests positive, he tracks Stephen down to confront the man he believes has killed him. But what do you say to your killer if given the chance? What can you do? It’s a violent, sexy, darkly comic, and deeply moving play about the lines of responsibility that bind these two men together.
Schedule: Fri, July 6 @ 11pm; Sat, July 7 @ 2:45pm; Mon, July 9 @ 8:45pm; Tues, July 10 @ 5pm; Wed, July 11 @ 11:30pm; Fri, July 13 @ 5:45pm; Sat, July 14 @ noon
The Details Playwright and director: Rob Salerno Featuring: Rob Salerno and Jason R. Stroud Design: Karen Elizabeth and George Quan WHERE: Venue 9: Robert Gill Theatre – 214 College St (at St. George), 3rd Floor TICKETS: $10 available at the door or online at http://fringetoronto.com/ or at (416) 966-1062 FURTHER INFORMATION: http://www.tenfootpole.ca/history/RAW.phpFriday July 13 - Hot Summer Night with DJs SKRILLEX, DIPLO, PRETTY LIGHTS & MORE @ Fort York National Historic Site Sonny Moore put his gig as post-hardcore frontman behind him in 2008 when he left his band From First to Last and created the dancefloor-oriented project Skrillex. He originally used the name for live DJ sets, but in 2009 the project moved into the studio with Skrillex remixing the likes of Lady Gaga (“Bad Romance”) and Snoop Dogg (“Sensual Seduction”). In 2010, the self-released digital download EP My Name Is Skrillex appeared, combining the Benny Benassi and Deadmau5 styles of electro with the over the top samples and giant noises of acts like the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim. Moore would sign with Deadmau5’s Mau5trap label that same year, where he would release his second EP, Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites, along with the club hit “Kill Everybody.” If topping the club charts didn't prove the producer had arrived, a 2011 appearance on the revived Beavis & Butthead television series did, along with his collaboration with the surviving members of the Doors called "Breakin' a Sweat." The recording of the track was captured in the documentary film RE:GENERATION, while the song itself landed on Skrillex's Bangarang EP which appeared in early 2012. For more info http://www.fullflexexpress.comFriday, July 13, 2012, 10:00 am - Friday, July 13, 2012, 4:00 pm http://www.facebook.com/fortyork/infoThursday July 5 to Sunday July 15 - JULYNA: (Female Muffs) THE Tuesday July 17 to Sunday August 5 - Caribbean Carnival Toronto The annual festival of all things Caribbean features musical performances, rugby, the Junior Carnival, Calypso Monarch Finals, the Caribana parade, art exhibits and much more. Various prices, some events free. torontocaribbeancarnival.com.
Tuesday July 17 to Saturday August 4 - Toronto Summer Music Festival International classical music festival with performances by André Laplante, Stephen Ralls, Seoul Spring Festival Ensemble, Louis Dufort & Friends and many others plus master classes. $26 and up, passes $111-$560. Edward Johnson Bldg (80 Queen's Park), Koerner Hall (273 Bloor W), Hart House (7 Hart House Circle, http://torontosummermusic.com.
Friday July 20 to Sunday July 29 - Beaches International Jazz Festival Bandshell concerts and street festival with performances by Alex Pangman, Treasa Levasseur, Tyler Yarema, Conjunto Tropical de Cuba and many others plus workshops and lectures. Free. Woodbine Park, Queen E of Woodbine and Kew Gardens, http://beachesjazz.com.
Friday July 20 - Cristotheque: Awful ’80s Edition. @ TheHenhouse Gangbangaz and special guest performer Jenna Syde perform for a night of greasy, guilty pleasures with a focus on our fave decade, the 80's! Wear your Bananaramiest outfit! 10pm. Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St W. No cover.
Satuurday July 21 - DJs Kris Steeves and Phil V bring you the monthly FIT @ The Beaver. Loads of skinny B-Boys who have never seen the gym.10:30pm. The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. $5.
Sunday July 22 - The 5th Annual Toronto Burlesque Festival @Mod Club Closing Ceremonies and Headliners Showcase, with host La Minouche, and performances by Billie Black, Cherry Typhoon (Japan), Miss Alyssa Kitt (Australia), Viktoria Romanova (Russia/The Netherlands), and more. Closing performance by “No Pants Romancer” Jett Adore. Dance After Party with DJ Sigourney Beaver. 6pm. The Mod Club, 722 College St. $35–80.
July 23 - Big Gay Dance Party Cherry Bomb @ Andy Pool Hall . DJs Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson spinining tonight. 9pm. Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. No cover before 10pm, $7 after.
Wednesday July 25 - Cineforum screens Pepi, Luci and Bom (1980), by Pedro Almodovar, at 7pm; Fortune and Men’s Eyes (1971), by Harvey Hart, at 9pm. Cineforum, 463 Bathurst St. $20 regular, $10 under 24 yrs old. http://reghartt.caWednesday July 25 - No Pants No Problem - XIX International AIDS Conference Edition @ Remington's. For the first time ever, NO PANTS NO PROBLEM will be hosted at an International AIDS Conference! The premise is easy; you come, you drop your pants, you dance in your underwear, kiss a few cuties, then dance some more. If you're lucky you won't be going home alone. And for that there will be a safer sex booth on site with a bunch of condoms, gloves, and whatever other goodies they bring.
In addition, Montreal's Glam Glam Productions will be joining us to fire up the pantless party goers with their unique and sexy, critically acclaimed burlesque.
There will also be a KISSING BOOTH with surprise kissers, spin the bottle and other makeout games. The event will be hosted by Jessica Whitbread (AIDS ACTION NOW!/ICW) and will feature DJ Alex McClelland and guests playing guilty pleasures all night to keep your bodies nice and sweaty on the dance floor.
The Details: $10 cover w/o pants $15 w/pants There will be a pantcheck on site. Remington Night Club 379 Yonge St. Toronto Ontario http://www.facebook.com/events/470272786319814/ and location: http://www.remingtons.comWednesday July 25 - Glad Day Bookshop in Conversation has Kamal Al-Solaylee discussing his spellbinding memoir, Intolerable, with Walrus senior editor Rachel Giese. Tea and Middle Eastern snacks will be served. 7-9pm. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge St. No cover.
Friday July 27 to Sunday July 29 - Toronto Festival Of Beer @ Exhibition Place Celebration of Canada’s rich craft brewing history with tastings, seminars and more. Fri 4:30-11 pm, Sat-Sun 1:30-8 pm. $38.50/day. Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place
Thursday July 28 - GAY NITE for queers @ Margret on Dundas Last Saturdays of the month Margret hosts GAY NITE FEATURING: carpetmunchers-fags-poofs-dykes-battyboys kittypunchers-fairys-bottoms-gaylords-beanflickers fudgepackers-homos-tops-fruits-brokebackmountaineers sugartankers-pillowbiters-todgerdodgers-turdburglers friendsofdorthy-queens and so much more! Come dancing and drinking in a non-breeding friendly enviroment!! Our cast of rotating DJs include: Boots Boogie Betti Forde, Cozmic Cat, Dislexia and Fawn Big Caneo, No Cover. Margret on Dundas, 2952 Dundas West, Toronto Juncton. http://www.facebook.com/events/437834992927899/Sunday July 29 - Vintage Bicycle Show @ Trinity Bellwoods Park Community Bicycle Network show of bikes of all makes and models 25 years or older. 9 am-6 pm. Free. Trinity Bellwoods Park, Queen and Strachan, http://communitybicyclenetwork.org.
Sunday July 29 - 24th Annual Gay Business men's Hanlan’s Point Beach Barbecue Members and non-members welcome. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line PICNIC to let them know how much food to order.11:30am–4pm. Hanlan’s Point, Picnic area number 113. $5 for food and drink. http://thefraternity.orgSunday July 29 - Cherry Bomb Sunday Afternoon Boat Cruise. Hundreds of women hotties under the open sky, with DJs Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson. Boarding at 12:30pm and departing at 1pm. Aurora Borealis, Pier 27, Lake Shore Blvd W at Palace Pier Court. $25.facebook.com/cherrybombtoronto
Sunday July 29 - The Play Beirut @ Unit 102 Theatre, A play by Alan Bowne, who died from complications related to AIDS at the age of 44, about a deadly disease has broken out across America and the quarantine area in a run-down decrepit part of New York, called Beirut – contains nudity. 2pm. Runs till Sun August 5. Unit 102 Theatre, 376 Dufferin St. $20. unit102theatre.com
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