Thursday, August 9
.Queer ASS Punk 10pm, Co-op Katacombes, 1635 St-Laurent
[EXPAND more info]Because some folk are bristled against the bourgeois trappings of a mainstream gay lifestyle and the macho, hetero hardcore scene that punk-rock sadly has become. As generations before us, we call out to arms and into the dance floor. To kick start this year’s Pervers/Cité we to present you:
.☠☠☠ Queer ASS Punk☠☠☠
A sordid night of queer rock, amazing bands, extraordinary friendships, feminist kicks, and creative intensity. A space to rock-out, to get your music into people’s ears, and to get bruised and cruised. Featuring:
★The Dirty Housewives
★Antonio Bavaro with The Bad Ideas
★PLASTIK PATRIK – iconic and glamorous figure of Montreal’s rock scene (http://www.myspace.com/
★Downstairsmouth – from the infamous punk goth band Blue Cross (http://www.cvltnation.com/
★The Velvet Underparts
Friday, August 10
.2-qtpoc: Curator Welcome and Gallery Tour, 7pm, articule, 262 Fairmount W
[EXPAND more info] Guided tour by Elisha Lim. The six artists that make up 2-qtpocmontréal make art about the absurdity, hate, alienation, and murder that they encounter in their lives, and always triumph and thrive with beauty. Featuring Ange Loft, Leroi Newbold, Kesso Saulnier, Walter K. Scott, Adee Roberson, and Textaqueen.[/EXPAND]
Disqchromatique: black-focused dance party, 10pm, Il Motore, 179 Jean Talon W.
[EXPAND more info] Disqchromatique is the opening party for 2-QTPOC. It promises to be the hottest and queerest dance party organized by black and brown queers promoting 2-QTPOC visibility in Montreal! We encourage everyone to join us in a week long celebration of radical black and racialized queers and their histories. Through dance, rhythm, and rhyme, we offer this place for bodies of all hues and colors to gyrate, contort, and reclaim space. This gift will be delivered to you by DJs Cassenoire, Tam Ika, and Nina Brown of Yes, Yes, Ya’ll. Be visible. Be seen at Disqchromatique!
Saturday, August 11
Intersex Workshop, 1pm + 3pm, ACCM, 2075 Plessis
[EXPAND more info] 12:00-2pm : Safer space caucus welcoming intersex persons only, anonymity will be preserved for whomever desires so. For people living outside of Montreal, you can join us through Skype by sending us an email at email@example.com beforehand, so that we can prepare the connection.
3:00-5:00pm : Reflexion and solidarity workshop where everybody is (more than) welcome. It aims to provide information and offer the possibility of following up on discussions started at the Radical Queer Semaine, with a special emphasis on our hopes, our activism, and the unique challenges we face.
Please note the workshop will be mainly provided in French, but you can jump in and contribute to discussions in English.[/EXPAND]
Femme Tea Party, 2pm, 2110 Centre, 2110 Mackay
[EXPAND more info] You are cordially invited to a Femme Tea Party! This will be a space to have femme-positive conversations, meet and make friends, and enjoy delicious treats!
Queering the Red Square, 5:30pm, CCGLM, 2075 Plessis
[EXPAND more info] The student strike has been shaking up the province for close to six months. More and more people feel concerned by the issues associated with it and are becoming involved. What role are queers playing in the movement? How do they bring a queer sensibility to it? How have their experiences with the strike influenced their lives and actions within the queer community? We’ll start the discussion with brief presentations by a few queers who are active in the movement and perhaps brainstorm about future actions, tactics and approaches.[/EXPAND]
Self/Lust: queer performance and art show, 8pm, Studio XX, 4001 Berri #201
[EXPAND more info] Part of 2-qtpocmontréal with support from The HTMlles 10 Festival. An intimate evening of queer performance and art, “self/lust” presents lgbtq artists whose work does and undoes self/lust.
With performances and art by SIKA | Prathna Lor | Elisha Lim | Meg Land | Kama La Mackerel | Hua Li | Colleen Young | Ryan Kai Cheng Thom.
No Homos Are Illegal: a benefit for Manuel Sanchez, show 7pm, dance party 11pm, 185 Van Horne
[EXPAND more info]On Thursday, July 26th, Manuel Sanchez was deported to Mexico. Manuel came to Canada in December of 2008 seeking refugee status. He was forced to flee Mexico because of the constant threats, and physical and sexual violence he suffered at the hands of a police officer, who wouldn’t accept that Manuel had ended their relationship. After nearly four years of living in Canada, Manuel’s refugee claim and subsequent recourses to remain in Canada were rejected.
During his struggle to stay in Canada, Manuel had multiple lawyers and many legal costs, and now has to start all over again in Mexico. Anything helps!
We invite you to show your support for Manuel and stand in solidarity with his struggle, while enjoying a night of music and dancing. Brad Religion (Keeper of the Crystals for the Tugboat Thought Society) plays folk punk with the attention span of power violence.
earnestly painful/painfully earnest anti-folk
Doors at 7, music starts at 7:30
Dance party starts sometime around 11.
$7 or pay what you can for the whole night
$3 or pwyc just for the dance party
No one turned away for lack of funds!
Sunday, August 12
Youth Video Project : How to do a flash mob, 12:30pm, ACCM. 2075 Plessis
[EXPAND more info] Ever want to learn how to do an effective flash demo?
Flash demos are useful for drawing attention to any issue, relying on concise statements and strategic visuals rather than on sheer numbers of participants and duration.
This workshop for the VideoQueer project, a collaboration between Radical Queer Semaine and Project 10, will entail:
- group discussion on what a flash demo is, its history and use;
- discussion of a theme, cause, manifesto or demand to use as content for the group’s flash demo(s);
- group planning and making of materials for a flash demo;
- filming of an actual flash demo to take place that day!
The workshop will be in French and English. The only condition for participating is a willingness to be filmed, since the workshop itself will be recording on video and disseminated on www.videoqueer.org – in order to be used as a tool for budding queer activists looking to make a splash for their cause!
Workshop: Introduction to BDSM, 1pm, CCGLM, 1st floor, 2075 Plessis
[EXPAND more info] In English. Presented by the Alternative Lifestyles Community Center
This workshop is designed to provide a basic introduction to BDSM for people with relatively little knowledge about the subject, with an emphasis on dominant/submissive relationships, Topics covered: breakdown the acronym; basic vocabulary; explore activities of BDSM; roles and responsibilities; misconceptions; explore why people might do BDSM; consent and safety. [/EXPAND]
Workshop: Bondage for Beginners, 2:30pm, CCGLM, 1st floor, 2075 Plessis
[EXPAND more info] In English. Presented by the Alternative Lifestyles Community Center
An introductory class showing basic knots, with emphasis on safety. How to play with your partner with rope. This class will also cover basic human anatomy and health consideration when doing rope bondage. [/EXPAND]
Workshop: Self-care, Collective Well-being, 5:15pm, ACCM, 2075 Plessis
[EXPAND more info] Pushed by a society that is always running, too often we’re trying to be as efficient as possible while working towards social change. Another protest, an extra meeting & one more conference; we fight for social justice… until we break down and feel guilty for not being “enough”.
This workshop will be a space to reflect on self-care and collective wellbeing. Sharing stories, ideas and practices to create sustainable communities. It will be a moment to think about what are our needs surrounding those issues and which strategies are already in place or could be implemented. Yvonne Deutsch, a international feminist peace activist, will be there to share some tools from CAPACITAR (http://www.capacitar.org/). Using a hands-on popular education approach, Capacitar teaches simple wellness practices that lead to healing, wholeness and peace in the individual and in the world. [/EXPAND]
Secret Midsummer Sunset Bonfire Cruise, 6pm, TBA
[EXPAND more info] When it’s hot in the city, the Queers know where to sneak off to. Grab two wheels, bring some snax to roast on the fire and a towel if you want to go swimming!
+20 minute bikeride
+Wear woodsy footwear!
+Meetup spot announced 24 in advance
Monday, August 13
Radio Broadcast: Foreign Aid Conditionalities and Gay Rights, 6pm, CKUT 90.3 FM
[EXPAND more info]Last fall David Cameron, the UK Prime minister, announced that “respect for gay rights” would now be considered when determining British international aid. Despite being roundly criticized by many African LGBT activists, the idea retains widespread support amongst North American gay activists. Join CKUT’s Queercorps for a special Pervers/Cité broadcast exploring aid conditionalities, foreign aid funding and international solidarity.[/EXPAND]
Prisoner Correspondence Project discussion and Letter-Writing Night, 7pm, le cagibi, 5490 St Laurent
[EXPAND more info] Come hear a Prisoner Correspondence Project outside penpal and prison justice activist discuss her experiences. Would you like a penpal through the project? Have you been trying to write your penpal but can’t find the time? Come to write a letter, or just to learn more about us! [/EXPAND]
Tuesday, August 14
Queer Between the Covers: zine launch + artist talk, 5pm, Librairie Formats Bookstore, 2 St Catherines E.
[EXPAND more info] Jese Gordon is a poet and Jonathan Reid Sévigny is a visual artist. They are both based in Montreal, and are now collaborating on a zine that will be launched as one of this year’s bookfair events. They will also give a brief presentation about their creative process and the making of the zine. This Queer Between the Covers event is co-sponsored by Formats Bookstore.
“Thematically our works present narratives of sexual power-play, gender fucking, and coming of age, filtered through a voyeuristic, child-like lens.”[/EXPAND]
Radical Dyke March, 6pm, Place Emilie-Gamelin
[EXPAND more info] On August 14th, join hundreds of lesbians, dykes, butches, fem/mes, genderqueers, studs and trans folk who will take over Montreal’s streets for the FIRST DYKE MARCH in Québec’s history. In the midst of Pride, Divers/Cité and Pervers/Cité celebrations, we’ll march in leather boots, flip-flops, sneakers, Birkenstocks, and high heels.
Dyke March After-Party, doors 9pm, show 10pm, Cabaret du Mile End, 5240 Parc
[EXPAND more info] For the marchers and all our allies.
MC: Guizo la nuit — Laura Boo, performer & POMPe organizer — Miss Sugarpuss, the queen of Burlesque — Benni E., Philly Hip Hop MC — ***MEN & JD Samson (from Le Tigre)*** + DJs Lynne T. (Lezzies On X) + Radikale (Rebellicious) + others
Tickets at the door – 10$-20$ PWYC (no one turned away) [/EXPAND]
Wednesday, August 15
QTPOC readings, 6:30pm, le cagibi, 5490 St Laurent
[EXPAND more info] 2-qtpoc writers read excerpts from their work.[/EXPAND]
John Greyson short films, presented by Tom Waugh, 9pm, le cagibi, 5490 St Laurent
[EXPAND more info] Thomas Waugh has done major research on documentary cinema, including cinéma direct in Quebec, the documentary filmmaker Joris Ivens, and Indian independent documentary. He has published widely in Canada and the United States on political discourses and sexual representation in film and video, on queer film and video, and on Canadian cinema, and has undertaken inter-disciplinary research and teaching on AIDS and queer studies. Waugh’s recent projects have included a book on John Greyson.
The recipient of the 2000 Toronto Arts Award for film/video and the 2007 Bell Award in Video Art, John Greyson is a filmmaker, video artist, writer, activist and educator whose productions have won accolades at festivals throughout the world. John Greyson is active in various anti-censorship, AIDS, peace and queer activist media projects, including The Olive Project, Deep Dish TV, Blah Blah Blahand AIDS Action Now. His contributions as a member and through service on the boards of arts organizations include V/Tape Distribution, Inside Out Film/Video Festival, the Euclid Theatre, Trinity Square Video, Charles St. Video, LIFT (Liaison of Independent Filmmakers Toronto) and Beaver Hall Artists Housing Co-op. [/EXPAND]
Thursday, August 16
2qtpoc : Vernissage avec Kesso Saulnier, Arc-en-Ciel d’Afrique, et Massimadi, 7pm, articule, 262 Fairmount W
[EXPAND more info] Kesso Saulnier will give an artist talk about her textile embroidery work, in the intersecting contexts of her identity: as a queer Francophone Guinean Quebecer. (Presented by 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy)
African Rainbow + Massimadi:
Created in 2004, African Rainbow is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote health and well-being of LGBT Quebecers of African and Caribbean origins, their friends and families. Massimadi is an LGBT Afro-Caribbean film festival organized in February by African Rainbow as part of the Black History Month. arcencieldafrique.org
re(vivre) dans le nuit night walk, 8pm, Parc Raymond-Préfontaine
[EXPAND more info] On Thursday, August 16th @ 8pm, we (RE)TAKE the streets.
We (RE)FUSE l’heteropatriarchy, sexism, homophobia, la transphobie, whorephobia, the antidrug war, racial, social and political profiling, racism, colonial logic and capitalism. We (RE)POSSESS the public space. We (RE)QUISITION safe nights for all. We (RE)QUIRE respect and dignity for those who live and work in the street.
POMPE : 69 > 78, Arrestees Legal Defence Fundraiser, 11pm, Co-op Katacombes,1635 St Laurent
[EXPAND more info]Montreal’s queer monthly dancefloor apocalypse turned legal fundraiser.
Night march in and usher forth the nocturnal dancefloor bacchanalia. For our rhythm is stronger than their shields. Our movements more powerful than their jail cells. Join us as we rewrite the city in our geography of yearning and total satisfaction. For everytime we fuck we win, and we shall overcum.
▲ SALIVATION ARMY
▲ When Hairy Met Salope
▲ Like the Wolf
DRESS CODE: lunar libertines, Queer-Nation-cut-offs, back-alley black-bloc
All funds raised go to Legal Defense Fund 2012 [/EXPAND]
Friday, August 17
Queer Historical Walking Tour, 15h, Ritz Carlton, 1228 Sherbrooke W
[EXPAND more info] Join us for a repeat presentation of the annual walking tour and learn the history hidden in this city’s streets. From Sex Garage, to student organizing, to Montreal’s earliest cruising grounds. [/EXPAND]
2qtpoc : Leroi Newbold and Diane Labelle, 19h, Articule, 262 Fairmount W.
[EXPAND more info] Leroi Newbold recollects the woes, triumphs and true tale of the origins of Ste Emilie Skillshare, a community art space devoted to empowerment, self-determination and collective liberation, run by and for people who are trans, 2-spirit, queer, Indigenous and/or people of colour and their friends. The presentation will be accompanied by music, videos and a slide show.
POSTPONED – They Show, Fey Show, Hey Girl Hey Show
[EXPAND more info] Dear Friends,
Remember that (FEMME SHOW FAG SHOW GEM SHOW DRAG) show? Well, this year we bring you another epically hot Cabaret, with another delicious nursery rhyme brain fuck of a name: The THEY SHOW FEY SHOW HEY GIRL HEY SHOW. Coming in for Toronto for the occasion are glorious pop Diva, the gaymous Ryan G. Hinds; as well as brilliant drag queen burlesquer Olive-or-Oliver. Joining them are some of Montreal’s own show stoppers: the breathtaking song bird, Joseph Gabereau; the lascivious burlesque genius, Laura Boo aka Douche la Douche; the cunt-dropping gems of The House of Bogue; and the beyond-words performance artist extraordinaire, 2fik. I am experiencing palpitations of the heart and various other organs just writing this. CANNOT WAIT FOR AUGUST 17th!
Love, your THEY SHOW host,
Saturday, August 18
Queer Between the Covers : book and zine fair, 11am, Centre St Pierre, 1212 Panet
[EXPAND more info] Queer Between the Covers is a collectively organized Queer Lit Book Fair funded by and in association with Qteam, a working group of QPIRG Concordia. Since the closing of L’Androgyne in 2002, Montreal has not maintained a long-standing queer bookstore. Queer Between the Covers aims to provide access to queer materials that are otherwise unavailable in the city, as well as draw attention to the role of queer bookstores in providing community space and supporting queer cultural production.
Workshop: The Other Tongue, 1pm
[EXPAND more info] This workshop seeks to bring together queer and trans people of colour in order to provide the tools and inspiration for radical aesthetic free play in the secret hopes of igniting radical artistic movements from these marginalized communities. In the first part of the workshop, we will discuss the problematic of racial, sexual, and gender identity expression and explore whether aesthetic free play can liberate apparent oppressed subjects, or if it is considered as a disavowal of one’s identitary constitution. This discussion will tie into contemporaneous discussions about “gay” art and the challenges and ambivalences associated with concept of post-identity for queer and trans people of colour. The second part of the workshop will provide a safe space for literary experimentation where we will play various constraint-based writing games, such as cut up poetry, exquisite corpse, restrictive writing, automatic writing, as well as creating our very own aesthetic restrictions and innovations, and sharing our works. By the end of the workshop, we will compile a mini-anthology of the impromptu created works.[/EXPAND]
Workshop: Trans Rights in Quebec: Objectives and Strategies, 1pm
[EXPAND more info] This non-mixed discussion-based workshop is for and by trans-identified people (as self- defined). We want to create a space where we can gather to converse and share our experiences, hopes, and goals for the future. We propose a discussion in two parts. First, we’ll invite participants to identify and share the multiple, intersecting issues we face in our everyday lives. Second, we want to envision strategies for how to improve our living conditions, how to formulate demands and actions to take to make them reality, while addressing the tricky question of how to deal with state and other governmental/legal institutions who have direct control over key aspects of our lives. Recent legislative developments such as Law 78, the Omnibus Crime Bill, and proposed attacks on immigration and refugee rights at the federal level are but a few examples of the current political Québécois and Canadian context that can exacerbate the complicated and often violent relationship that various trans people have historically had with governmental and legal institutions.
Some questions to ask ourselves before this gathering: How can we think about social change and “trans rights”, and how can we work towards bettering the lives of all trans people in a context where the state is often not our friend or our friends’ friend? Is there a way for us to negotiate with state institutions without betraying those in our community whom they are currently attacking on other fronts? Which trans folks does the state want to help and which ones does it want to exclude, incarcerate, make illegal or invisible?
Can we find common ground within the diversity of our experiences as trans individuals of different genders, ethnicities, ages, religions, professions, and with widely varying economic, education, employment, residential and legal status? Do we want to put the experiences of those among us who are most marginalized, attacked or silenced at the center of our demands and struggles? How can we make demands that will have tangible positive impacts for these members of our community and for those we want to stand in solidarity with?
Workshop: Queer Comics: Then and Now, 3pm
[EXPAND more info] A summary of the continued development of queer themes in comic books, and an open discussion on some developing issues and news items (approximately 45 minutes). This session will touch on comic books in many forms such as graphic novels, mainstream superheroes, comic strips, and webcomics. There will also be significant focus on cultural impact, and the emergence of a gay comic book culture. Following this abridged history, the session will become an open discussion of recent comic book events and phenomena, within and outside of the pages.[/EXPAND]
Workshop: Out but not Out About, 3pm
[EXPAND more info] Queerness is an identity designed to unite us. But what does participating in queer communities force us to be “closeted” about? Explore how race, class and other experiences undermine the myth of “the” queer community, and challenge how (even) you can do more to fight the conditions that have got to go.[/EXPAND]
Workshop: A Queer Mix: The Relevancy of Non-mixed Organizing, 4pm
[EXPAND more info] Queer spaces have this unique characteristic of being both mixed and non-mixed. Indeed, they are composed of a wide variety of identities linked to how each and everyone self-identifies. This diversity is possible because of the process of constant deconstruction present in queer spaces. By this process, different identity labels live under the anti-identity umbrella that queer is, and thus share a set of norms, values and politics.
This edition of Pervers/Cité saw itself shaped by the creation of 4 non-mixed spaces : trans , intersex, dyke and POC (people of color).
This workshop aims to explore the different reasons that motivated the creation of these different non-mixed spaces within queer spaces, how these spaces where created as well as what debates and questions emerged from the creation process of these spaces.
Even though there are identity overlaps between the different non-mixed spaces named above, this workshop is specifically for people who created or participated in trans, intersex, dyke and/or POC non-mixed spaces as well as for people who participated in other types of non-mixed spaces within queer spaces.[/EXPAND]
2qtpoc: Textaqueen, AGIR, and GLAM, 7pm, articule, 262 Fairmount W.
[EXPAND more info] Textaqueen (Presented by Venus Envy Ottawa)
Textaqueen’s live performances include narrated slide shows of their portraits, engaging the audience with anecdotes related to their drawing process and the talents of their subjects.
AGIR is an association whose main purpose is to develop and provide services, resources and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) refugee claimants, refugees, immigrants and newcomers with no status within the Montreal-area. agir-qc.info
GLAM is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run group founded in 1993 as a support/social/activist group for self-identified queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, gender queer, and intersex Asians living in Montréal. Our mission is to help such individuals in Montréal understand and deal with their sexuality by providing them with a safe, comfortable, and empathetic environment in which they can make new friends, share personal experiences, and feel like they are part of a community.[/EXPAND]
Vogue MC DDm from Baltimore Live, 11pm, Coop Katacombes, 1635 St Laurent
[EXPAND more info] with a performance by Benni E (MTL via Philly)
Hosted by: Douche La Douche, aka Laura Boo (POMPe)
Saturday August 18th
1635 St. Laurent (corner Ontario)
Doors 23h, Show Midnight, Dance party to follow
$10 No one turned away
Sunday, August 19
Pride Parade: Contingent Against the Hike, Law 78, and Police Brutality, 1pm
[EXPAND more info]The 22nd anniversary of the brutal police raid at Sex Garage, the origin of our pride movement in Montreal, should be an opportunity to join the movement started by the student movement and now bringing together all outraged citizens! Against Austerity! Against Bill 78! Against Police Brutality!