– Arts Festival 2012

Toronto Queer Arts Festival 2012

Formerly Queer West Fest

Friday August 10 to Saturday August 18, 2012

No festival was held in 2013, but 2014 was considered our 14th year to keep the count in sequence

Synopsis of events

We thank the  20 performing artist from DJ to Poets that helped us put on the festival this year.:  Dj Cozmic Cat, DJ Quinces, DJ Chiclet, DJ Lindzroc, DJ Countess Christmasher, Troy Jackson, Michael Martins, Zara Ahmed, Max Baru, Dave Bateman, Philip Cairns, Kirk De Matas, Brock Hessel, Frank Hull, Kat Leonard, Lizzie Violet, Edi Cheung, Ramon Vitug and Sandra Alland

Le Steamée opening night of 2012 Toronto Queer Arts FestivalFriday August 10 – Toronto Queer Arts Festival Gala Opening Night  Party @ 1602 Dundas St West

Last night’s Opening night party a smashing success, including music from all the 5 DJs, the birthday crowd didn’t show, our friends and supporters filled the place. Lots of dancing to last DJ (Babs) about 1:15 am clutches of people stood around to chat with friends and acquaintances. Queer West is noted for putting great events, attracts mostly a lesbian and trans crowd, and maybe one or two older gay guys, came The Village. There was some bar hopping a trans/ women crowd (TWAT) had a launch party at the Henhouse and a little East of the Henhouse at Dufferin,  Art Metropole (Moved up from King to Dundas W.) they had opening night too. The nice thing about Brockton Village is the noisy 905ers haven’t discover it yet, so it not a zoo like College St or Queen W. Lots of pictures and videos taken, we will post links soonest. Everyone enjoyed  the 120 yummy home made cupcakes donated  by Glenny. There was some minor complaints when the music stopped at 1am, for the free draw for couple of donated door prizes from Byzantium Restaurant and Out On the Street.

Gala event, tux & gowns are up to you – Jeans, shorts, sandals, t-top. Whatever you love to go clubbing in,  is fine with us. We’re very laid back

A Montreal stylized french dance party in a Portuguese neighbourhood. You can’t get any queerer than that….A place where young cool professionals can meet other people that just may be gay or lesbian as well.

The Bar at 1602 Dundas St West has no official name yet. Locals call it “The Bar with No Name.” The owners prefer to call each night by a different name on a chalk board in the window. Our was Toronto Queer Arts Festival Launch Party.

A spectrum of five Edgy Women DJ’s spinning throughout the night ~ one an hour ~ open format.  5 hours of non-stop dancing with some of Gay Toronto’s best women Disk Jockey’s 9 pm to 2 am.  DJ Cozmic Cat, DJ Quinces, DJ Chiclet, DJ Lindzrox and DJ Countess Christsmasher.

The Launch Party is a hospitality evening for  Queer West Arts Centre Board of Directors, Festival event managers,  festival volunteers, artists, performers, sponsors, media, stakeholders, local retailers, All Political parties (No speeches) and of course the Toronto LGBTQ community is invited too,

The Festival was in planning and production for 8 months. Toronto Life Magazine said we are a sober version of Pride. This An evening to celebrate our hard work and the start of our 9 day festival. One and all welcome to attend and you  won’t go home sober. Just don’t drink and drive.

Alain Sojourner will be our photographer tonight he’s one of four on stand by: http://www.alainsojourner.com/


Friday, Aug 10 at 9pm
The festival will commence with a gala opening-night party at 1602 Dundas St W. Locals call this joint The Bar with No Name, while its owners prefer to give it a new name each night. On Aug 10, the bar will be called Le Steamée.
Saturday, Aug 11 at 11am
The Rhino restaurant, at 1249 Queen St W, will host a mix-and-mingle community fair and craft show. Community groups and vendors will be present. Table fee is $10.
Sunday, Aug 12 at 7pm
The Press Club, at 850 Dundas St W, is hosting the Smash Words Festival. The event showcases queer poetry and cabaret. Cover is $5.
Monday, Aug 13 at 7pm
Attendees can check out a historical tour of the Queer West Village by bicycle. This event will cover the queer and local histories of neighbouring areas. Those wishing to participate can meet at the front of the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W.
Tuesday, Aug 14 at 6pm
The 519 Community Centre, at 519 Church St, will host the Shout Youth Unconference. Past events have focused on discussing important issues facing the queer community. This year’s topic is A New Look at Young, Queer and Homeless out on the Streets in Toronto.”
Wednesday, Aug 15 at 7pm
Queer Eyes and Queer Ears is an art gallery tour in which cyclists ride from gallery to gallery – five in total – with 30-minute stops at each. Participants can expect to meet art curators and artists. Those wishing to join should arrive at Trinity Bellwoods Park, at the Queen St W and Strachan Ave gate at 7pm.
Thursday, Aug 16
The Authors Unconference Party at Glad Day Bookshop, at 598A Yonge St, offers attendees plenty of chances to check out local talent. Visitors can sit in on a panel discussion featuring new authors and special guests at 2pm, 4pm and 8pm.
Friday, Aug 17 at 8pm
The Alterna-Queer Music Night kicks off the weekend. Held at The Sister, at 1554 Queen St W, the event showcases alternative queer artists in support of the underground music scene. There is a $5 cover fee.
Saturday, Aug 18
The Queer West LGBT Film Festival will cap off the week. Organizers expect the event to represent the diversity of the queer community. 7:30pm at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, at 12 Alexander St. Cover is $5.

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


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