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