Analogue Projects Celebrating Pride in Place
June 15 - 28

During this time of isolation and physical distancing, we ask: how can we still find ways to take up public space, be visible, out, loud and proud, political?  How can we bring the spirit of queer pride to our neighbourhoods? To our public, private, and shared spaces?  Over twenty artists respond, with seven hyper-local projects animating gardens, sidewalks, and mailboxes across the city.

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FIXED LOCATION PERFORMANCES & INSTALLATIONS

Four masked people are in the photo. On the left, a Black woman wearing a beige dress faces the camera. The three additional figures look off to the left of the frame.

Deaf Cabaret

July 17, starting at 5PM
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Artscape Young Place, Wellesley St E & Sherbourne Ave (+ a livestream component)

Ready to see magic come alive through sign language? Deaf Spectrum presents a series of pop-up performances by Deaf artists, animating sites across the downtown core, with a central activation outside Buddies.

THE ARTISTS
curator Sage Lovell
performers Gaitrie Persaud, Courage Bacchus, Jay Goray, Ralitsa Rodriguez, Nur Abdulle + Thurga Kanagasekarampillai

Pocket Gay to Night

June 22-27, daily at 8PM
Boultbee Ave + Jones Ave

Pride nightlife vibes make their way to Trixie and Beever’s east end home. In the back, a balcony covered in Pride accoutrements echoes the ones seen throughout the village, while the front turns into a party scene at dusk, as lights, music, shadows, and fog spill into the street.

THE ARTISTS
creators Trixie & Beever (with Adrien Whan)

Pride Rocks

June 25-28
McCowan District Park

Responding to a lack of safe spaces for queer folks in Scarborough, Aisha Fairclough animates a park’s walking trail with hand-painted rocks featuring affirmations of love, belonging, and resilience.

THE ARTISTS
creator + curator Aisha Fairclough

Queerantine

June 27, 8PM + 9PM
Shuter St + Sackville St

Two lesbians meet for the first time after months of online dating, only to be confronted by COVID. Queerantine is a pas de deux on pavement: a physical theatre installation exploring queer love in the time of lockdown.

THE ARTISTS

by the Canadian-Caribbean Arts Network
creator Rhoma Spencer, in collaboration with performers Jillia Cato + Nickeshia Garrick
soundscape design Brandon Valdivia
director Rhoma Spencer

The Twilight Fairy Garden

June 27, 9PM
Pape Ave + Bain Ave
also livestreamed on YouTube

Fairies will fly, fireflies will mate and disco ball unicorns will perform a musical saw aria culminating in a majestic rainbow. Watch a backyard garden transform, in real-time, into a magical symphony of colour, sound and critters of the queerest kind.

THE ARTISTS

director, animator Raymond Helkio
composer Stewart Borden
featuring Dayon Mboya Monson
offering Keith Cole
musical saw Charlie C. Petch
vocals Hélène Ducharme
writer David Bateman
additional audio/video Laura Cowell

Queerantine image by Kevin Ormsby, featuring Nickeshia Garrick, Jillia Cato,  Shawn Henry + Laura Baxter 

MAIL ACTIVATIONS

Two of our Analogue Pride projects will be sent out by mail. If you would like to receive one of these, please fill out the respective forms below. Each project has a limited number of copies available, and will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis.

Do-It-Yourself Pride Festival

This 13-day DIY Pride Festival zine offers reflections on Toronto’s queer history and community, along with instructional event scores inviting you to activate and disrupt your own space and routines. A queer reimagining of Yoko Ono’s 1967 Do-It-Yourself Dance Festival.

THE ARTISTS
creators Lee Cameron + Wesley Reibeling

Available for delivery, pick-up, and in digital form.

Pride Grams

Inspired by valentine-o-grams and halloween-o-grams of our school days, have a cute, colourful, hand-stenciled postcard sent to a loved one to celebrate Pride season.

THE ARTIST
creator Jenna Harris

Sign up here to have a Pride Gram sent to someone.

A note regarding health + safety

While we want our communities to join in this celebration of Queer Pride, public safety has been a primary consideration in our programming. Many offerings have a digital, travelling, or mail-out component. If you choose to engage with outdoor programs, we ask that you stick to projects in and around your neighbourhood, avoid crowding in any situation, and always respect physical distancing guidelines. We encourage you to wear a mask in public spaces to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Pay attention to the most up-to-date public health directives, use your judgement, and please be safe.

Queer Pride 2020