Monday, April 16, 2012

Listen up, Queercore Fans!

Perhaps surprisingly, OUT magazine recently published a pretty comprehensive oral history of the Queercore scene in whichBruce La Bruce, G.B. Jones, Donna Dresch, Lynn Breedlove and others reminisce about the history and significance of the movement. On a similar note, She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column will be showing at Hot Docs in Toronto on April 27th.

Fun Fact: you can find some of the zines described here (like J.D.'s and Double Bill) at the CLGA, which features the largest LGBT periodical collection in the world.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

St. Charles Tavern

The St Charles Tavern was the gay hotspot during the 1970s in Toronto. It was also the focus of innumerable homophobic attacks, especially during Halloween, when the tavern held an annual drag contest. These events usually began with an outdoor promenade until attacks by homophobes hurling eggs and rotten fruit made that impossible. Canada's 'Stonewall'? Perhaps.... Do you have a story to tell about the St. Charles? If so, let us know!

Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of information about when these two photos were taken or by whom. Can you help us figure out the details? Drop us a line. Send us a note. We would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Art Mart to Benefit the CLGA and Casey House


It’s Artmart! – a silent auction to benefit the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives and Casey House.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have amassed an eclectic array of visual art. As interesting as they are, these are works that fall outside of our collecting mandate. To extend the generosity of the original donors, this sale will raise necessary funds to help us meet our $120,000 annual operating budget.

We are pleased to be partnering with Casey House for this event. Casey House is also selling approximately forty pieces of their donated works.

Admission is free. Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.

For Auction:
Wide range of media for sale including:
• Photography
• Posters
• Graphics
• Watercolour
• Acrylics
• Male & Female erotic images

Artmart includes works by Joe Average, Peter Flinsch, Barbara McGivern, Weyman Lew, Gerard Brender a Brandis, Jim Shea and more.

View images of some of the art for sale on flickr.

Keep checking back as we upload more images of the work for sale.

Come out and save a fistful of dollars in support of CLGA and Casey House! Check out the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives for a fun, social evening and find out more about the important work that we do to keep our stories alive.