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WorldPride 2014 Urges Dancing in the Streets

Welcomes Hercules & Love Affair, Dance Divas Crystal Waters, and Neon Hitch  

WorldPride 2014 Toronto (WP14TO) announces Hercules and Love Affair, Crystal Waters and Neon Hitch to join the lineup of performers prepared to take attendees on a musical journey across the more than 25 block festival footprint.  Get ready to dance, sing and cheer your way through the streets of Toronto from June 20 -29!

There is always a healthy helping of electronic, house, and dance music at Pride in Toronto, and WorldPride 2014 will continue to deliver.  These artists join the previously announced line-up of dance favorites Deborah Cox, Martha Wash and international DJs David Morales, Quentin Harris.

Dancing in the streets is a political act for the LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities,” says TK, WorldPride 2014 Toronto, Arts and Culture Manager.  “It is an expression of joy, of freedom – freedoms often denied to us in communities and countries all around the world.”

WorldPride 2014 Toronto is an international celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTQQ2SA communities. Highlighting Canada’s continued progress in human rights, WP14TO also celebrates the diversity and dynamism of Toronto, one of the world’s most progressive and livable cities.

WorldPride 2014 will present musical genres from rock, pop, dance, hip hop, R&B, country, traditional, folk, retro, disco all live on 10 free-to-attend, all-ages, open-air stages across the festival footprint. 

Stay tuned for more announcements to follow.

About WorldPride 2014 Toronto and Pride Toronto

 

WorldPride 2014 Toronto is an international celebration taking place from June 20 – 29, 2014 that incorporates activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities.  WorldPride 2014 Toronto is presented by Pride Toronto, producer of Canada’s largest annual festival of LGBTTIQQ2SA culture and human rights, under license from InterPride.

 

Pride Toronto is the not-for-profit organization that hosts the city’s Pride Festival, an annual event in downtown Toronto during the last week of June and one of the premier arts and cultural festivals in Canada. It is also one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world with an estimated attendance of over one million people. It celebrates the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA communities.

 

*LGBTTIQQ2SA is an abbreviation used to represent a broad array of identities such as, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, two-spirited, and allies.

For more information visit: www.worldpridetoronto.com

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Toronto Resident Raises Awareness for Russia

Russia’s gay propaganda law is a dangerous proposition.  It’s a dehumanizing violation of our basic human rights, and as the host country to the 2014 Olympics, it’s also a direct violation of the Olympic charter.

Proceeds from every set of Pride Dolls™ will help end discrimination in sport and raise awareness for equality in Russia and all over the world.

Each set includes 7 dolls that represent all your favourite flavours. They’re hand carved, naturally dried, hand painted, then finished with several layers of non-toxic water based lacquer to ensure their pride stays vibrant for years to come.  7″  tall.

Pride Dolls™ were conceived by Brahm Finkelstein, a straight ally from Toronto, Canada, who was looking for a way to raise awareness for the injustice taking place in Russia. Wanting a clean and minimalist design, he commissioned out artist Danilo Santino to illustrate faces you see before you. The dolls are hand painted to emphasize the uniqueness and individuality we all share.

Pride Dolls™ were created as an act of solidarity to protest the treatment of the gay community in Russia, and to use the 2014 Olympics as a launchpad for equality in organized sport.

Proceeds from every sale will be donated to the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association – a non-profit organization dedicated to equality in sport.

Together we can end discrimination in sport and stand up for equality in Russia and all over the world.

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Leslie Jordan FRUIT FLY Benefit Nights November 8-9

CSI Consultancy Inc (www.corpussanchez.com) and BE Salon (www.be-salon.ca),
are hosting a fundraiser for Casey House, starring Mr. Leslie Jordan,
star of TV, Film and Stage as he presents his one man show:

Fruit Fly: Do All Gay Men Become Their Mothers?  

Best known for his outrageous recurring role as Karen Walker’s nemesis,
BEVERLEY LESLIE on the television classic Will & Grace ,
Leslie has proven to be a lot of things in his illustrious career. The
common thread of his fame, whether he’s playing a role or just being
himself, he sure can tell a story!  With this latest in a series of
acclaimed autobiographical stage pieces, the Pixie from Dixie turns to
his mother for source material that will entice you to sit back and lend
an ear.

FRUIT FLY is a 90-minute proof positive, reflective, respectful, passionate, loving,
and uproariously funny look back on his life and his relationship with
his Southern Belle Mom – Miss Peggy Ann – an indomitable, inspiring
steel magnolia who survived Leslie’s tales of woe, regret, success and
rewards, and lived to have him tell the tales.

FRUIT FLY will be presented at the Enwave Theatre at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) November 8th and 9th and tickets are available online or by telephone (416.973.4000).

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Toronto Pride Has A Man Getting Waxed in the Streets

OUCH! But what a clever marketing idea!
Smoother skin prevailed last week as Fuzz Wax Bar brought ‘Street Waxing’ to
Toronto. And the project, developed by Fuzz’ partner agency Lowe Roche, is fast becoming one of the most talked about stunts of the summer.The Fuzz Wax Bar team wanted to show weekend festivalgoers that waxing is worth it. Onlookers were invited to tear a wax-strip off a male model, covered entirely in wax-coated strips. As more and more people pulled wax-strips from his body, he was left hairless – and completely ‘exposed’ – in the Toronto streets.

“As Toronto’s original wax bar, we’re always looking for new ways to generate awareness, and so we were thrilled with this innovative idea which we knew from the outset would literally stop traffic.”

Yeah, we all want to see a half naked smooth man in the streets!

Watch the video

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Famous and historical casinos near Toronto


The history of gambling in Canada doesn’t quite match to that of other areas, but Canadians are catching up quick. There are several world famous holiday destinations in the country, including a number of casinos. Many of these – a number greater than in any other province – are in the great province of Ontario.  As they are also quite close to the US border, the tourist flow is unavoidable and many Americans cross the border to gamble in Ontario.

In 1996 opened the Casino Rama, a two-hour drive from Toronto.  Built on Chippewa land, the entertainment complex joins the tribe in business with more commercial gaming operators. There are over 2,500 slot machines and over 100 gaming tables inside the establishment, and for those in search of other entertainment, the 5200 seat Entertainment Centre put on various glamorous shows that visitors can also buy tickets to separately. The hotel inside the complex offers 300 rooms, a spa and a health club. There are also almost ten excellent restaurants, if there’s time to eat between the gaming and the relaxing.

As many of the casinos of Ontario were built in the 90s, the Casino Niagara shares its opening year with Casino Rama. It’s located at the stunning Niagara Falls, an hour and a half from Toronto, and it was built on the historic Maple Lear Village amusement park. One interesting historical fact is that Casino Niagara was the first in Canada to offer electronic roulette to its customers, being a forerunner in the current trend of less physical gaming and even the preference to game online on sites like http://www.ipadcasino.ca instead of gaming in a landbased casino. For the more traditional gamer, Casino Niagara houses more than a thousand slots games, and over 40 table games. As an interesting addition they also offer sports betting.

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The 3rd Annual Queering Black History Month

Friday  February 28th, 2013
The 3rd Annual Queering Black History Month
brought to you by the Ryerson Student’s Union
 
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Inside Out LGBT Film and Video Festival 2013

will take place this year May 23-June 2. Inside Out is a not-for-profit registered charity that exists to challenge attitudes and change lives through the promotion, production and exhibition of film and video made by and about lesbian, gay,

bisexual and trans (LGBT) people of all ages, races and abilities.

For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s
LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from
Canada and around the world. Through our annual Festivals in Toronto and
Ottawa, our filmmaker initiatives, our youth engagement and our
year-round events and screenings, Inside Out is engaged every day in
challenging attitudes and changing lives.  INSIDE  OUT

 

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Barbra Streisand Announces Concert Date for Toronto

The magic of Barbra Streisand in concert continues this fall with the
addition of NEW live performances in the US and Canada with special
guests Chris Botti and Il Volo!

DATE CITY VENUE FAN PRE-SALE PUBLIC ON SALE
Oct. 8 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center Aug. 9, 10 am ET Aug. 11, 12 pm ET
Oct. 17 Montreal, QC Bell Centre Aug. 9, 10 am ET Aug. 13, 10 am ET
Oct. 20 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Plaza Aug. 9, 10 am ET Aug. 13, 10 am ET
Oct. 23 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Aug. 9, 10 am ET Aug. 13, 10 am ET
Oct. 26 Chicago, IL United Center Aug. 9, 10 am CT Aug. 13, 10 am CT

Details will be released soon on where to buy tickets online, but in
the mean time, there is  a special offer for Barbra’s most loyal
fans… A limited number of tickets will be available before the public on sale date through an exclusive Fan Pre-Sale, and we’ll distribute the password for the Pre-Sale through the Barbra Streisand Mailing List.

The Fan Pre-Sale password will be emailed early on the morning of August 9th to subscribers of the Barbra Streisand Mailing List, so make sure to sign up if you haven’t already and check your email inbox early on August 9th for the first chance to purchase tickets!

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Pin Button Project Brings GAY PRIDE Past to Present

 

Just in time for GAY PRIDE month,  The Pin Button Project, an interactive website and gallery exhibition launches this Friday June 29, 2012 at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
(CLGA).

The project is an online gallery exhibition that features pin buttons from the archives’ vast collection, and invites visitors to share their personal stories and interact with the hundreds of pin buttons collected over the CLGA’s history.

For decades, buttons have symbolized political statement pieces worn by the masses to spread awareness during specific campaigns worldwide. Since its original design patent in 1896, the simple communication abilities of a single button have survived the test of time. Specifically for the LGBT community, buttons have been used for a variety of reasons ranging through forms of protest, to conveying messages without use of the spoken word. Creator William Craddock comments, “The Pin Button Project is about sharing history through the display of photographs of pin buttons that represent
a range of causes, events, organization, and identities from our various pasts. It’s about provoking memory and inviting individuals to share their memories with others. It’s a place for discussion about the past – and about the present. And it is, of course, a place to look at and enjoy all of the visual appeal that these buttons from the past have to offer.”

The CLGA has a history of providing ground-breaking innovative exhibits to the Toronto art scene: The Pin Button Project marks a new online initiative to spread awareness and content. Dennis Findlay, VP of the CLGA remarks: “I have two major hopes for the site. First, that its existence allows these archival objects and the discussion around them to extend the reach of the CLGA across Canada, and even beyond. Given the limitations of access to the CLGA by individuals outside of Toronto, it’s important
that we work to extend channels of communication and engagement with our fellow Canadians. My second hope is that the project, by engaging visitors in telling their own stories and sharing their opinions, that we will collect a wealth of diverse histories and ideas that help us to better know and remember the past. Our history books and documentary films are often filled with colourful accounts by our communities’ prominent figures, but I hope this website opens up these accounts to the stories of everyone else, those who weren’t necessarily on the front-line on a rally, but who may remember carrying a placard in the back of the crowd.”

The Pin Button Project launches on Friday, June 29th, 2012 with a public reception at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (34 Isabella St., 3rd Floor) from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Complimenting the launch will be interactive button design stations and social media integration – providing a true multiplatform experience for all guests. For more information, visit Pinbuttons.ca.

About The Pin Button Project:
The Pin Button Project is an online interactive exhibition and oral history project featuring pin buttons from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. Viewers engage by asking questions, stating opinions, and sharing their own stories.

About Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives was established to aid in the recovery and preservation of LGBT histories. Its mission: to acquire, preserve, organize, and give public access to information and materials in any medium, by and about LGBT people, primarily produced in or concerning Canada. To support this function, the Archives also maintain significant non-archival collections, which include a research library, international subject files, and an international collection of queer periodicals. It is the CLGA’s mandate to make this information available to the public for education and research. Over the years, the CLGA has helped hundreds of people – students, artists, journalists, lawyers, filmmakers complete numerous projects inside and outside of the LGBT community.

Website: Pinbuttons.ca (official site launch: June 29, 2012)
Twitter: @PinButtons
Facebook: http://facebook.com/ThePinButtonProject

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New York Couple for Toronto Gay Pride Parade Wedding

Tourism Toronto and Pride Toronto are hosting a New York City based contest, marrying one lucky LGBTQ couple during Toronto’s 2012 Pride Festival.

 

Toronto’s Pride Festival is among the largest in the world, attracting an estimated one million people with visitors from all over the globe. This year’s festival starts on June 22 and concludes with the marquee event, the Toronto Pride Parade, on July 1. The winning couple will receive an exclusive wedding gift from Tourism Toronto, including two round trip Executive Class airline tickets from New York City to Toronto on Air Canada, wedding attire, hotel accommodations at the luxurious Windsor Arms Hotel, ground transfers, marriage ceremony as part of the Pride Parade, and more, valued at more than $20,000.

 

“Toronto is the first jurisdiction in North America to conduct same sex marriages and continues to be one of the hottest destinations for gay couples,” said David Whitaker, President & CEO of Tourism Toronto. “We are proud of the decade long legacy of gay marriage in Toronto.” Kevin Beaulieu, Executive Director, Pride Toronto said “Pride Toronto is pleased to once again partner with Tourism Toronto inviting people to join us in Canada’s largest celebration of LGBTQ history, courage, and diversity. Our marketing partnership with Tourism Toronto is building momentum in out of town markets as we move towards our World Pride celebrations in 2014.”

If you know someone in NEW YORK, TELL THEM!

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