Welcome  to the annual Toronto Queer Arts & Culture Festival

 Proud of our past festivals over the last 14 years


 Coming soon. 15th annual Toronto Queer Arts

Gay West Community Network Inc (Queer West) a not for profit organization, located in Toronto Ontario. Our Corporate objectives are; To produce performing arts festivals for the purposes of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of performing arts and to educate artists through participation in such festivals and related workshops. We are a registered charity in Province of Ontario, #175269. Same as Pride Toronto. Both unrelated organizations can’t give tax receipts, as they are not (CRA) Canada Revue Agency Registered.

Queer West is managed by a working Board of Directors (Lauren Tenn (President), Richa Shrotriya (Treasurer) and Michel F. Paré (Secretary) Biographies   Operations are overseen by the Queer West Arts Collective. The Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival main features are; Smash Words, Alterna-Queer Music Concert and the Toronto International Queer West Film Festival. Other events are added depending on length of festival, usually ten days. In 2014 it was a four day event.

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Toronto Queer Arts Festival welcomes, the 2015 Pan Am & ParaPan Am Game Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Athletes from around the world. Explore our great city,  We’re everywhere now  and not just on Church Street. Come to the Queer West Village. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Phone 416-879-7954 or  queerwestartsfestival@gmail.com


New Home for 2015 Queer West Film Festival @ Revue Cinema

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TD Bank film queer west film festival sponsorThe New Home for the Queer West Film Festival; Revue Cinema 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto Parkdale ON Booked and confirmed. Friday Aug 7, Sat. Aug 8 and Sunday August 9th 2015. Queer West gratefully acknowledges  the funding we received from TD Bank Group  to help us host the 7th annual  Toronto Queer West Film Festival,  http://revuecinema.ca/

The  Toronto Queer arts and Culture Festival hopes to expand our  annual film festival from an evening screening to a three day event. Each year we receive hundreds of entries that we have to refuse because of time constraints. Increasing the event will allow us to showcase the very best of emerging LGBTQ filmmakers both locally and internationally.

It would allow greater engagement, between both artists and the community and would allow us to include networking events, artist workshops and panel discussions with film directors.

Submit your video for 2015 Queer West Film Festival

Submit your LGBTQ film to the 7th annual Toronto Queer West Film Festival runs Aug. 7, 8 and 9, 2015

  Queer West Arts Collective

The 2014 Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of members from the Queer West Arts Collective. Thank you; Ms. Zoma Maduekwe (From Abuja, Nigeria), Ms. Richa Shrotriya (From Mumbai India), Ms. Lauren Tenn (Toronto) , Philip Cairns (Toronto), Michel F. Paré (Toronto) and Akos Major (From Budapest, Hungary). The collective is volunteer group open to anyone (From students to seniors) who supports the idea of an independent queer arts and film festival in Toronto.

 Festival Sponsors 2014

Toronto Queer Arts Festival gratefully acknowledges the support in 2014 from;  Buddies In Bad Times Theatre; The Press Club, The Sister, Open Roof Festival; Basement ArtsimagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts FestivalBar 1602  Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival DailyXtra.com and IvarDesign.com

toronto queer arts festival 2015 promotion artwork   Showcasing the best of Toronto’s queer west end

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 re-opening of the Drake Hotel in 2004, 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 affordable neighbourhood.

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. The festival welcomes some additional affiliated events, earlier in the week.

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

Friends, Sponsors and Supporters

Gay West Community Network Inc (Queer West) Founded in 2001 and incorporated on April 7, 2008 as Gay West Community Network Inc. (legal name), as not for profit charity in Ontario #1752698, hereafter to be known as Queer West. We produce performing arts festivals for the purposes of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of performing arts and to educate artists through participation in such festivals and related workshops.

Mission Statement

The mission of Queer West is to achieve respect and equality within a supportive environment, it responds to the needs of the local neighbourhood and the broader Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTTQ) communities in Toronto Ontario.

Vision Statement

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.

Mailing Address 562 Dufferin St. 2nd floor B1 Toronto ON M6K 2A9. Visits By Appointment Only. 416-879-7954 queerwestartsfestival@gmail.com

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