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Buddies In Bad Times Theatre presents The 34th Rhubarb Festival starting today and running until March 3rd.
That means that over the next two weeks, hundreds of local and international artists will be transforming Buddies into a hotbed of creativity and experimentation, sharing new ideas in contemporary theatre, performance art, dance, and music with adventure-loving audiences.
And, premiering at tonight’s Rhubarb (and running until Feb. 24), is our very own program coordinator, Kaleb Robertson in Fay Slift & the 3 Bears!
Ladybear Extraordinaire Fay Slift stars as Goldilocks in this high-drag, choose-your-own-adventure take on this familiar fairy tale.
Created and performed by Trixie & Beever with John Paul Kane and Kaleb Robertson, this is the 3 bears you wish you heard in fairy tales.
directed by Lindsay Barton
choreographer / outside eye Kitty Neptune
costume design Atom Cianfarani
make up design and photography David Hawe
set and prop design Nina Bunjevac
We’ve been inviting you, and now–some of you are here.
Yes, we’re talking to YOU neighborhood parents! With our family-focused programs like: the Stroller Social, Acoustic Family Buffet Brunch on Sunday’s (with live bluegrass and $10 kids buffet) and a full schedule of Family Day and March Break activities, we’re really excited to welcome families to the Gladstone.
Just last Wednesday, a group of baby-toting parents met up in the Melody Bar to socialize, sip coffees and engage in some baby talk. This meetup can be found on the Mamas and Papas of Trinity Bellwoods meetup board, or you can just drop by on a Wednesday around 10:30am (punctuality not required) and see who’s around.
With a stroller accessible ramp leading into the Melody Bar (just ring the doorbell at the top of the ramp), and a free drip coffee waiting for you, there’s no reason not to join us.
Have you heard? Brrrr! Winter Music Festival is coming to Echo Beach (Ontario Place), February 1st + 2nd, 2013.
Inspired by Montreal’s Igloofest, Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival will celebrate the winter season with a unique outdoor electronic dance event that will combine cutting edge music with next level visual art experiences. Music will focus on House and Techno. The main outdoor stage will be accentuated by a 3D set design and the second stage will be an indoor heated dome with VIP zones.
Whether you need of a warm bed, a delicious meal or just a pint, we’re only a few blocks away from Brrrr! And don’t worry, the heaters are always on!
Here’s something to really cheer about: the Toronto Marlies are publicly advocating a You Can Play pledge against racism, sexism and homophobia. The pledge offers support for LGBT teammates, coaches and fans and a written version is posted in the locker room as a constant reminder and in their arena for fans to see.
The You Can Play Pledge:
The Toronto Marlies pledge to support all of our teammates, coaches, and fans – gay or straight. We stand for the idea that athletes should be judged by their character, work ethic, and talent. Not their sexual orientation. Racist, sexist, and homophobic comments have no place in our arena. Everyone contributes. Everyone is valued. Everyone matters. We pledge to make our locker room a place of unity. We pledge to support and encourage each other, on and off the ice. We pledge to make Toronto proud to have us represent them. On behalf of the Toronto Marlies, we pledge: If you can cheer, you can cheer. If you can coach, you can coach. If you can play, You Can Play.
In the wake of Yunel Escobar’s homophobic slur written on his face, the Marlies pledge is welcome change in the face of Toronto sports and really something to cheer for!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
|| 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).
Check it out: HUB Concierge, the new tablet-based concierge system in all of our guest rooms, made a really sweet video featuring us (who else really).
You can watch it here. Keep your eyes peeled around the 2:30 mark for a quick look at the creative team.
Influenced by pop art, contemporary culture and politics, Toronto artist Joanne Tod is currently showing Invited Invasion (on until Nov. 11) at the Gardiner Ceramic Museum. Working with ceramics for the first time in her career, Invited Invasions presents a collection of objects in response to the Gardiner Museum’s historical collections including painted plates and paintings.
“Tod is without a doubt Canada’s premier realist painter. Over her 30-plus-year career, she has used her finely honed skills as a means to both high comedy and biting social critique.”
Still not convinced to invade Tod’s exhibition? Consider this: From now until November 16, 2012 Gladstone hotel guests can enjoy 2-for-1 admission at the Gardiner Ceramic Museum.