Tag: Art

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    On Femme Competition

    November 10th, 2016     by Arena Thomson     Comments

    Identifying as femme has never made navigating my community easy, in spite of this being the only label that has ever felt entirely right. Being a femme has often meant attending queer events only to be read as a tagalong straight friend, having to prove and reassert my queerness, and continually fighting for visibility. I cannot speak about femme invisibility without addressing the intersections between femmephobia and other oppressions like racism, ableism, transphobia, and fatphobia. As … READ MORE

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    Sister Writes’ Creative Writing Bootcamp for Transwomen

    October 19th, 2016     by Sister Writes     Comments

    An inclusive and enriching program, Sister Writes’ Creative Writing Bootcamp for Transwomen is a two-day intensive writing experience. Practice writing in a variety of genres, receive mentorship from professional authors, write and share stories in a supportive group environment, co-create a literary magazine, and collaborate with professional artists. Join Sister Writes on Saturday October 22 and Saturday 29th, 3:30 – 7:30 pm, at The 519. Register by writing to donna@sisterwrites.com. About Sister Writes: Since 2010, Sister Writes … READ MORE

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    Take Back The Night 2016

    September 15th, 2016     by deb singh     Comments

    I feel angry. I feel upset. I feel anxious (actually, I haven’t said that last one to Adli yet!) These are statements I make to Adli when I want to express my emotions. I want him - currently as a cisgender boy - to learn to express his feelings, however artificial it may seem at first. I also have been trying to talk about oppression. How do I educate and support the learning of my kid … READ MORE

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    Caribbean Tales Film Festival: Queer programming

    September 7th, 2016     by Lauren Pragg     Comments

    The Caribbean Tales Film Festival (CTFF) is presenting its 11th collection of films this year in Toronto from September 7-17th at the Royal Cinema (608 College Street). The films featured focus on those that represent Caribbean content and creativity from the region and the diaspora. This year, there are 5 films that take on queer realities, identities and experiences. They are: My Silky Blue Frog Shortz by Lezlie Lee Kam (Trinidad/Canada); Cold by Salvador Sol Valdez … READ MORE

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    Five Shameless Things: Five things you might not know about freelance work

    August 25th, 2016     by Shannon D’Arcy     Comments

    BY: Shannon D’Arcy in conversation with the Urban Worker Project 1. 9-5 jobs are disappearing It might be surprising to know that between 40 and 60% of new jobs in Canada are freelance or contract positions. While traditionally the work week was 9-5, Monday-Friday, in the new economy, shift work, freelance and contract positions will be the new normal. Whereas this means that there isn’t the same safety net for all jobs, it also means that there … READ MORE

  • The Journaling and Creativity Connection: 9 Reasons to Start Journaling Now

    July 25th, 2016     by Lauren Kirshner     Comments

    Recently I saw the handwriting of a friend I’ve known for many years. It was a bit surprising. Not because the handwriting was illegible or because they dotted their i’s with endearing little fish heads, but because I’d only ever seen their writing on a screen, in cool, detached 12 point New Times Roman. Seeing their physical handwriting, the saucy curls on their ts and ys, the fingerprint smudges of ink, seemed so intimate, kind … READ MORE

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    When it comes to the music industry, who are the feminists and who decides?

    July 12th, 2016     by NICOLA TAVELLA     Comments

    Feminism’s role in the music industry cannot, or at least should not, be discussed without drawing on Beyoncé and her 2014 VMA performance in particular. She included author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s definition of feminism into her song “Flawless.” She had the word “feminist” lit up on stage for crying out loud. Additionally, we can’t look at Beyoncé’s feminism without analyzing the reaction she has inspired among the general public. Moments after her publicly identifying as … READ MORE

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    Redefining ballet: A queer feminist introduction

    June 20th, 2016     by Andi Schwartz     Comments

    It had been a long February. I had powered my way through all three seasons of Dance Academy on Netflix in a single week. This voracious pace might explain why I couldn’t stop thinking about ballet. A few weeks later, at the age of 26, I bought the little pink shoes, tied my hair in a bun, and stepped to the barre for the first time. In those first weeks of “Ballet for Absolute Beginners,” I … READ MORE

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: JUNE 10

    June 10th, 2016     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: MAY 27

    May 27th, 2016     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Inside Out Reviews Part 2

    May 25th, 2016     by Nish Israni     Comments

    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. The Inside Out Film Festival runs from May 26 to June 5. Tickets for all screenings are $11 for students with ID and $10 for youth under 18. Youth under 25 can attend all weekday screenings before 6:00PM for free. Part 2 of our series on Inside Out reviews Major and Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things. READ MORE

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    Inside Out Reviews Part 1

    May 24th, 2016     by Abby Plener     Comments

    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. The Inside Out Film Festival runs from May 26 to June 5. Tickets for all screenings are $11 for students with ID and $10 for youth under 18. Youth under 25 can attend all weekday screenings before 6:00PM for free. Part 1 of our series on Inside Out reviews Hurricane Bianca and Kiki. READ MORE

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: MAY 6

    May 6th, 2016     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: APRIL 29

    April 29th, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    Listen Here! Artist Profile Leah Salomaa

    April 5th, 2016     by Caeli Mazara     Comments

    In the lead-up to our spring music issue, we reached out to a few young emerging musicians to learn about how they got into their craft and what tips they have for artists just starting out. “Use your voice,” says Leah Salomaa, sitting at the piano on a wintry evening in west Toronto. She is leading the February Gaia Voice workshop, and the night’s songs are focused on the return of light, waking up from hibernation, … READ MORE

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: MARCH 18

    March 18th, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    Weekly Round Up: March 12

    March 12th, 2016     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Weekly Round Up: March 6

    March 6th, 2016     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: FEBRUARY 27

    February 27th, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: FEBRUARY 19

    February 19th, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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