- Food + Drink
Rae Spoon + Vivek Shraya popped in over the weekend to shoot a special video dedicated to beloved Canadian music icon Jann Arden! You may also notice a special guest in the video who we often find wandering the halls, Miss Fluffy Souffle!
Check it out now:
Since our Sunday Acoustic Family Brunch now includes a BUFFET we though we’d get our poster kid Sullivan in to test it out. Sullivan is allergic to wheat but still had plenty of options to keep him happy including bacon, fingerling potatoes, eggs, yogurt & lots of fresh fruit. His vegetarian uncle was also happy with the french toast & muffin choices.
Yogurt & house made granola…
Fruit salad, whole fruits & assorted muffin (fresh out of the oven!)…
All the hot items keeping warm including house made sausages…
Tips for the band before going home!
Acoustic Family Buffet Brunch runs every Sunday with live music 11am-2pm. Cost is $10 per child, $16 per adult. Includes a regular juice, tea or coffee but not tax or gratuity.
It’s a good time.
Take some time today (the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance), to remember those who have been hurt (or worse) by transphobia.
Here is a list of Transgender Day or Remembrance event in Toronto. For a list in other cities please click here.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 1:00 – 3:00pm
at the Parkdale Community Health Centre
1229 Queen Street West at Dufferin
Venue and washrooms are wheelchair accessible
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/374751195937703/
* Parkdale CHC is holding a Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) panel discussion where we will explore trans* health care and the structural barriers that prevent trans* people from receiving appropriate clinical care and support.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00pm
at The 519 Church Street Community Centre
519 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y2C9
For more information: http://www.facebook.com/events/452504904787964/
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 starting at 7:45pm
at the Glendon Campus (York University’s Bilingual Campus)’s Queer-Ally group
at Bayview and Lawrence in Toronto, Ontario.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/373337472752947.
Monday, November 26, 2012
6pm – food / 6:30pm – film
William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks st.
For info and accessibility contact: email@example.com
|| ASL-English Interpretation || captions || gender-neutral washrooms* || wheelchair accessible ||
|| trans-positive space || food – vegan & nut-free with gluten-free options || TTC tokens available || FREE ||
Something we are all really (really) looking forward to around here is the pending production of Christina Zeidler and John Mitchell’s queer Romantic Comedy: Portrait of a Serial Monogamist (POASM).
About the project:
Set in Toronto, POASM tells the story of Elsie Neufeld, a 40 something television producer who is charming, successful and a complete mess when it comes to relationships. When Elsie breaks up with her long-standing girlfriend, she is forced to confront herself, the prospect of being single for the first time and the possibility that she broke up with the one she is meant to be with.
This trailer is meant to show off POASM’s desired look and feel. Although, it might seem like a finished film, it’s just a taste of what Christina and John have in mind. To make the POASM trailer a reel-ality an Indiegogo Campaign has been started in hopes of reaching the goal of $60 000.
We caught up with Christina Zeidler to find out some more about the inspiration, conception and hopeful future of POASM:
Gladstone Hotel (GH): Are there any films that have influenced you for this project?
Christina Zeidler (CZ): Yes, lots! Manhattan, Annie Hall, High Fidelity, John Hughes films, Swingers are some of them.
GH: How important was it for you to have the film set in Toronto?
CZ: Essential. Toronto acts as a character in the film as well as a metaphor for the main character.
GH: Will Ina Unt Ina or Mintz be making any appearances on the soundtrack? (Ina Unt Ina and Mintz are two of Christina’s musical projects. Ina Unt Ina is used in the trailer along with a song by Rae Spoon)
CZ: Maybe! I’ll have to convince John.
GH: Of all the Toronto-based lesbian romantic comedies, what will set yours apart. (Ha! What Toronto-based lesbian romantic comedies?!?!)
CZ: It’s got a really authentic feel. We’ve got fun characters who will be familiar to viewers regardless of their own communities. We think the scene in Toronto is unique and interesting and we’re excited to have the chance to show it off.
To help CZ and the POASM team make this film a feature, please head over to their Indiegogo Campaign and share some love (monogamous or otherwise).
Local food is what we’re all about and we’re proud of our neighbours at the West End Food Co-op for opening their doors on the weekend!
For only $5 you can become a member and enjoy shopping at a place that is committed to bringing more healthy and culturally appropriate food to Toronto’s West End, and creating a hub for food change. Local & organic foods are plentiful, and they’re asking for more of what the community wants to see. So if you’re there jot down your fave products for them to find.
With a commercial kitchen on the premises they also sell their own sauces, salsa & pickled items. We grabbed a jar of pickled garlic scapes before they’re gone! While we were there the kitchen was whipping up a batch of pears in cardamom syrup.
Worried it might be a fancy new organic store that’s out of your budget? Check this, a dozen free range eggs is only $4.49 at the co-op, compared to $5.79 around the corner at Freshco. How ya like that?
The store is currently open Thursday & Friday 11-7pm, and Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm.
If you’ve been to any event in the Gladstone Ballroom you’ll most likely recognize bartender Stephen Eyes. He’s been a slinging drinks here since 2004 (!!!) and now can usually be found tucked into the North Ballroom bar at book launches, burlesque shows, DJ nights and recently kicked ass at NXNE.
Once upon a time Stephen had a show called Eyes on Toronto. It regularly packed the Ballroom with guests eager to enjoy a live talk show format with hilarious guests, up-and-coming and established musicians, and plenty of surprises. He capped it off with an all-night marathon version in 2008 for Nuit Blanche.
We’re excited to have Stephen back for a new edition called Eyes on Queen West. Get out your calendars and mark it down for Monday Aug 6th. You won’t want to miss out!
Stay tuned for more blog post teasers but for now check out the event on Facebook!
This show was important to many of us growing up. Blue collar working class struggles, body diversity, angsty teenagers, lots of laughs, and a family that fought hard and loved harder. Many people still talk about it as their favorite show, including some of us. I think this calls for a Roseanne marathon.
Soon the hotel will be overrun with tassels, tattooed beauties & more hairspray than a Toddlers & Tiaras episode. It’s the 5th Annual Toronto Burlesque Festival and it’s grown to epic proportions. We’re proud to be the host hotel and have events happening Thurs & Fri nights as well as a performer brunch on Saturday morning.
Buy tickets in advance NOW because they’re sure to sell out.
One of the highlights of the weekend will be a performance by Gravity Plays Favorites (Michelle Mynx and Katrina Dohl) on Thursday night. While this is their fourth appearance at the Festival it’s will be their first here at the hotel! This pole-dancing duo from St. Louis will be sponsored by Aradia Fitness Oakville and will be teaching workshops here on Saturday, July 21 as part of Burlesque University.
Making her Canadian debut will be Kristina Nekyia from Hollywood, CA who is a contortionist/performance artist/burlesque and belly dancer. She’s a busy lady and is flying in from St. Louis and flying out to Prague for work after the Fest! Catch her Thursday night.
Also appearing will be our local favorites Skin Tight Outta Sight & BoylesqueTo as well as visiting babes Michelle L’amour & Roxi Dlite, both of whom have won the title of “Queen of Burlesque” in Las Vegas.
Here’s a quick run-down of the events we’re hosting:
Thurs July 19th – Meet & Greet Teaser, 6pm
Thurs July 19th – Top Drawer Tease: Headliner and Producer Showcase, 9pm
Fri July 20th – 1st International Strip Search, 7pm
Fri July 20th – VIP Pre-Party for World Premiere, “The Burlesque Assassins”, 10pm
Sat July 21st – Performer Pyjama Brunch, 11am
For a full list of events & details check the our website!