The Youth / Elders Podcast

Queer communities sharing stories and sharing space.

host + project facilitator VANESSA DUNN

After the runaway success of the 2016 production of The Youth / Elders Project, we have been experimenting with new ways to foster intergenerational connection inside our queer communities. This year, we will bring Buddies’ queer magic out into the community for the latest installment of this work – The Youth / Elders Podcast.

Recorded live at the Oakwood branch of the Toronto Public Library, this weekly podcast will feature the personal stories, lived histories, and candid conversations from queer elders and youth. All are welcome to participate as either audience or storytellers as we explore ideas of queer history, aging, identities, and the evolving and intersectional way different generations relate to their queerness.

In addition to the podcast recordings, there will be weekly drop-in workshops at the library that explore creative writing, storytelling, performance, and community engagement. Working with Buddies artists, queer folks of all ages can learn new skills and be part of creating original content for the podcast.


The Youth / Elders Podcast is made possible by support from the Toronto Arts Council’s Artists in Libraries Program and our Education Partner TD Bank.

image by Paul Dotey

All workshops and podcast recording sessions will take place at the Oakwood Village Library (341 Oakwood Avenue).

Workshops take place from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, recordings take place from 1:30 – 3:30 PM.

September 8

Workshop: Creative Writing Laboratory: Sharing Our Stories
Podcast Theme: Golden (Closet) Years: Queer Life as a Senior

September 15

Workshop: Creative Writing Laboratory
Podcast Theme: The Gay Alphabet (LGBTQ2STTIA*): The Power of Identity & Words

September 22

Workshop: Speed History, Part I: Youth and Elders
Podcast Theme: Speed History, Part I: Youth and Elders

September 29

Zine Workshop: Writing (About) Home
Podcast Theme: We Are Family: Exploration of Family of Origin and Chosen Family

October 6

Film Screenings + Discussion: Before Stonewall
Podcast Theme: We’re Here, We’re Queer: The History of LBGTQ Social Movements + What Now?

October 13

Workshop: Thinking Outside the Box: Creative ways to problem solve and set goals using the resources in your circle w/ guest facilitator Michaela Washburn
Podcast Theme: Two-Spirit Community: An Exploration of Indigeneity and Queerness

October 20

Film Screening + Discussion: Paris is Burning
Podcast Theme: Speed History Part II: Youth and Elders

October 27

Workshop: Podcast Working Session
Podcast Theme: Explorations of Gender Fluid, Gender Non-Conforming & Trans Communities

November 3

Workshop: Audio Recording Session + Queer Artifacts
Podcast Theme: QBIPOC, QTBIPOC, POC: A Discussion of Race & the Queer Community

November 10

Workshop: Audio Recording Session
Podcast Theme: DYKE! And Other Discussions Around the Reclamation of Language

November 17

Workshop: Audio Recording Session
Podcast Theme: Home is Where the Homo Is: Explorations of “Home” –

November 24

Workshop: Audio Recording Session
Podcast Theme: Speed History, Part III: Youth and Elders

December 1

Film Screening: The Celluloid Closet
Podcast Theme: Mollywood: Film, The Arts and Being Gay

December 8

Workshop: Audio Recording Session
Podcast Theme: Home for the HoliGays: Stories of Surviving the Holidays

December 15

Workshop: Audio Session with Youth and Elders
Podcast Theme: Endings

The Saturday workshops and recording sessions will all take place at the Oakwood Village Library & Arts Centre – 341 Oakwood Ave.

Closest major intersection Oakwood Ave. and Rogers Road. The library is located on the east side of Oakwood, south of Rogers Road.

Public Transit

TTC Ossington bus # 63 from Eglinton West subway station.
TTC Rogers Road bus #161 or Ossington #63 from Ossington subway station, both pass the library.


Paid – behind the library off Holland Park Ave. and on Oakwood Ave. one block south of Rogers Road.

How can YOU be a part of this?

  • Come to the live recordings!
  • Come to workshops!
  • Lead a workshop!
  • Be a guest on the podcast – either the live recording or a separate private recording!
  • Participate in a Speed History session!
  • Participate in a Long Table session!
  • Help research themes and potential guests!
  • Support tech and room set-up!
  • Host the outreach table at Library!
  • Participate in outreach to queer communities!


Vanessa Dunn
Host and Project Facilitator

If you are interested in a specific role, please write Vanessa with your idea. Also, if you have ideas for the podcast and/or a workshop, please write Vanessa.