– Arts Festival 2001 to 2004


2001 to 2004

Gay West Community Network (Queer West) 2001 starts hold their own Pride Toronto West, as one day event, not associated with Pride Toronto. Change its name in 2005 to Parkdale Pride Party (3 day event) and in 2006 (7 day event), and dropped the word Pride. It was incorporated as not-for-profit charity in 2008, a division of the Art Centre as Queer West Arts & Culture Festival (Queer West Fest.) Celebrating it’s tenth year in 2010. History of Gay Toronto and the Birth of Queer West Village


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, including, youth, seniors, refugees and newcomers to Canada 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.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Queer West adopts and upholds the City of Toronto’s policy statement which prohibits discrimination and harassment and protects the right to be free of hate activity, based on age, ancestry, citizenship, creed (religion), colour, disability, ethnic origin, family status, gender identity, level of literacy, marital status, place of origin, membership in a union or staff association, political affiliation, race, receipt of public assistance, record of offences, sex, sexual orientation or any other personal characteristics by or within the organization.

Gay West Community Network Inc (Queer West) was founded in 2000 and incorporated in 2008, as a not for profit organization. We are dedicated to producing 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.

Head Office 416-879-7954 queerwestartsfestival@gmail.com