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When it comes to turning the Gladstone into the Gaystone–we can’t stop, won’t stop!
To compliment the subversive artwork on the inside of the hotel for That’s So Gay: Come Together and the 10×10 Photography Show, the Gladstone’s resident artist Bruno Billio will transform the exterior for Nuit Rose, Toronto’s free annual festival of queer-focused art and performance.
Here’s a little peek of the installation:
Proud Pride Rainbow Bangs is dedicated to our brothers and sisters of Orlando’s Pulse Night Club. In this large and striking installation, Bruno Billio drapes the Gladstone with 8 ft-long coloured tinsel with the colours of the rainbow. The tinsel will blow and wave in the wind, and on Nuit Rose, sparkle and shimmer in the moonlight and evening lights of Queen Street West.
It will be up all week. Check it out then come inside for the Opening Reception of our Pride exhibitions on June 30 from 7-10pm.
Thank you to Nuit Rose, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre , Scotia Bank, James Burn, Paul DiPalma and Michel’s Bespoke for their generous support.
The theme for our annual Pride exhibition ‘That’s So Gay’ this year is Come Together–resonating now more than ever.
Come Together represents a call for action, for unity and for solidarity. And in the most literal sense possible, Come Together, is really simple. It’s a call to just be together.
In 2003, the Gladstone Hotel took on a big mission: the responsibility and opportunity to carve out a safe space for artists, queer people, Parkdalians and the greater Toronto community to, you guessed it, come together. Operating under this vision for over 10 years, the Gladstone has evolved into one of the West End’s LGBTTI2QQ landmarks and a venue space known for being inclusive.
And just in time for Pride Week–we’ve launched Snapchat so you can show us, in real time, how you Come Together.
For every snap we receive of our upcoming Pride Events, we will donate $1 to Rainbow Railroad, helping LGBTQ people around the world escape violence.
Here’s how it works:
Follow us on Snapchat (@gladstonehotel)
Send us a snap (photos and videos) that shows what coming together means to you at our Pride at the Gaystone events—from raging at a party to hugging a loved one to documenting the Dolly Parton Look-A-Like contest (yes, there is a Dolly Look-A-Like contest)
Our upcoming Pride events:
Steers & Queers: Night of 1000 Dollys (June 30)
Toastr (July 2)
Express yourself with the hashtags #GAYSTONE16 and #TSG16
Before interviewing Vivek Shraya, one of this year’s participants in our Pride exhibition That So Gay: Come Together and the 10×10 Photography Show, I was already familiar with her work. The artists photo essay “Trisha” had already exploded on the Internet, quickly circling through my Newsfeed after receiving media coverage from The Huffington Post, CBC, Dazed Digital, The Globe & Mail, Buzzfeed and more. Now, Trisha is exhibiting for the first time at the Gladstone Hotel from June 9-August 17 (with the opening on June 30 from 7-10pm. RSVP on the Facebook event.) We interviewed the acclaimed multi-media artist to ask a few questions about Trisha and Shraya’s participation in Toronto’s Pride.
In Trisha, Shraya recreates old photos of her mother with herself as the subject–best described in the artist’s essay to accompany the powerful photos:
I use art to challenge and resist dominant narratives, as a form of healing and as a means to connect with others. I also use art to give my life a sense of purpose.
What are some reactions and insights you hope people might have after seeing Trisha?
My favourite photo from the series might be the one where I am wearing the pink sari and squeezing Elmo. I love the juxtaposition of trying to capture my moms serious gaze while squeezing a stuffed monster. I also love the addition of the other contemporary elements in the background, like the Mariah Carey cassette. The photo is bizarre and yet balanced.
Did you gain a new understanding of your relationship to your mother or yourself after Trisha?
The intention of the project was to honour and recapture my mother. But when I saw the photos for the first time, I seemed to only notice our differences and this was disappointing. As time passed, I think this might be the true gift of the project. I am my mother’s child in many ways but I am also not and our differences are just as important as our similarities.
Vivek Shraya is a 2016 Pride Toronto Grand Marshal, a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, and a 2015 recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction. Vivek’s first children’s picture book, The Boy & the Bindi, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2016. Her book on recording artist M.I.A. will be published in 2017 by ECW Press, as part of their Pop Classics series.
RSVP to the opening of TSG: Come Together and the 10×10 Photography Show on June 30.
Facebook event here and follow along by using the hashtag #TSG16