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Join us on June 28 between 7-10pm for the opening reception of our 3rd annual Pride exhibition That’s So Gay. Exploring notions of queer gender identity and objectification through many diverse lenses, here’s a look at Kyle Lasky whose work is featured at That’s So Gay on the 3rd and 4th floors.
Kyle Lasky is a Toronto-based artist studying Photography at Ryerson University with a background in Film, Video and Integrated Media from Emily Carr. Major themes found throughout Kyle’s work include: gender, identity, wholesomeness and overall awesomeness.
Guntar Kravis’ photography will be part of the Gladstone’s exhibit 10×10: 100 Portraits opening reception on Thursday June 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. 10×10 is a photography project celebrating Canadian queers involved in the arts. The project features 10 LGBT photographers + 10 LGBT artists creating 100 portraits.
Guntar Kravis is a Toronto-based visual artist working in photography, video, installation and performance. His work has been shown and collected in Canada, the US and Europe. Between Time, a short film Guntar co-directed, was included in the Court Metrage at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Join us on June 28 between 7-10pm for the opening reception of our 3rd annual Pride exhibition That’s So Gay. Exploring notions of queer gender identity and objectification through many diverse lenses, here’s a look at Steven Beckly whose work is featured at That’s So Gay on the 3rd and 4th floors.
Steven Beckly is a Toronto-based photographer whose works explore the complexities of identity, intimacy, and sexuality. Through portraiture and performance Beckly’s documentary and fictional hybrids trace the relationships between the individual and the collective. His works, which have been exhibited nationally and internationally, reconstruct individual realities and transform the hyper personal into something universal. By placing supposedly fictional characters in intimate and constructed environments he invites viewers to imagine alternative narratives.
Join us on June 28 between 7-10pm for the opening reception of our 3rd annual Pride exhibition That’s So Gay. Exploring notions of queer gender identity and objectification through many diverse lenses, here’s a look at Andrew Zealley whose work is featured at That’s So Gay on the 3rd and 4th floors
In addition to creating sound in contemporary art contexts, Zealley has worked extensively in video, film and television – highlights of which include scoring three feature films for award-winning director John Greyson, and creating the theme song for the American television series Queer As Folk. His music has also been featured in video and film works by Michael Achtman, Noam Gonnick, Wrik Mead, Gregory Nixon and Sarah Polley.
Thanks to everyone who joined us and our new Executive Chef Michael G. Smith for the inaugural Culinary Tour, Little India edition on June 13th.
Celebrating our sustainable food philosophy, Smith’s Indian-inspired menu highlighted Indian flavours in a 4-course Prix-Fixe experience paired with 4-flights of wines, including Vidal Icewine with dessert, from Fielding Estate Winery in Beamsville, ON.
Dishes included a cardamom-scented lamb loin (below), with yogurt & smoked carrot puree, ramp chutney, and Ontario asparagus, house-made paneer, spot prawn & mussel stew, and a chai chocolate pound cake with fresh Ontario fruit.
The next Culinary Tour will showcase Little Italy and will take place on July 11th. Tickets are available here!
Photos by Tamir Kojfman
Allyson Scott’s photography will be part of the Gladstone’s exhibit 10×10: 100 Portraits opening reception on Thursday June 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. 10×10 is a photography project celebrating Canadian queers involved in the arts. The project features 10 LGBT photographers + 10 LGBT artists creating 100 portraits.
Allyson Scott was raised in Winnipeg, where picking up her first Polaroid camera at age 10 ignited her passion for photography. After completing her degree in photography at Ryerson, Allyson has worked for many years as an editor and freelance photographer, with recent images being published in the Toronto Star and by the LCBO. When not working or traveling, Allyson can be found exploring the city with her camera, her two dogs and her lovely wife of one year, Jody
Are you there God? It’s me, Darcy.
Omg. Omg. Omg. Only 12 more sleeps until The Gayest Show on Earth lands in Toronto!
I’m so excited for these shows I can barely concentrate on doing my kegel exercises…but it’s pride, so mama needs to tighten up.
I feel like a prepubescent girl waiting for her period – I’m scared, nervous, happy, elated, hungry? Who am I kidding, I’m always hungry. Between the weed and the kegels, I am constantly working up an appetite.
But again, it’s pride. I can eat in September. Especially when I think about all the ridiculously hot folks I have on the show with me. To think that if you added up comedians Trevor Boris, Gavin Crawford and Ian Lynch they would still equal less than what I weighed last year – it’s no wonder why I’ve been eating nothing but toilet paper and hot sauce.
Here’s the thing fictitious God, not only do I have the Tuesday Jun 26th filled with those 3 boys, I also have two amazing musicians – one of which is my best friend and the other is super hung, but what’s the fun in telling you who is who?! We can let the tequila do that for us.
I’m definitely a little more scared for Wednesday Jun 27th as it’s all lesbian comedians – don’t worry Diary, I’ll be there too, in fact to feel more at home I just went and bought a new Home Depot shirt. I don’t think my guest Queens for the night are lesbians, but they said they’re sisters so we can always hope!
Well I should probably go get ready for my back waxing appointment – I always like to shave a bit of the forest down there for them to avoid those judgy looks.
Maybe you could pass on details about the shows and tell people to come? Some people listen to you.
Tues Jun 26th
Comedians Trevor Boris, Ian Lynch, Gavin Crawford, Ted Morris, Andrew Johnston. Musicians Dominick Abrams and Carl Johann. Plus some special surprise guests! (read: my nuts will fall out of my short shorts)
Wed Jun 27th
Comedians Dawn Whitwell, Linda Ellis & Elizabeth Hotson. Drag Queens Fay Slift & Miss Fluffy Souffle. With more music by Carl Johann and Dominick Abrams!
Well God, I gotta go now! Thanks for always being there to listen. And ignore the magazines I was reading under the covers last night. They were for research.
Even people who have visited the Hotel before are surprised to learn that we have FOUR gallery spaces that are open to the public 7 days a week, 12-5pm (with occasional exceptions due to bookings). You don’t usually think about walking into a hotel and wandering around where the hotel rooms are but here we encourage it! Whether you go for a walk after lunch or grab a latte and take it with you, the hotel is yours to explore.
Here are some of our current and upcoming exhibitions:
That’s So Gay: Girls Who Are Boys Who Do Boys Like They’re Girls
June 7th – July 29th | Opening Reception June 28th, 7-10pm
3rd + 4th Floors
Curated by Sholem Krishtalka
Our 3rd annual Pride exhibition, That’s So Gay, will explore notions of queer gender identity in order to highlight and challenge the overly simplistic view of “man” and “woman”. Bending gender and objectification through many diverse lenses, That’s So Gay is sure to raise as many questions as it will answer.
How to Start Your Own Country
July 26th – August 7th | Opening Reception July 26th, 6-10pm
Co-curated by Lisa Folkerson and Keltie MacNeill
iseamonster Female Collaborative Show
Aug 2nd – 8th | Opening Reception Aug 2nd, 7-10pm
iseamonster female artist collaborative is celebrating its first group show featuring 16 emerging and established artists from Canada and abroad. iseamonster is an online hub for the celebration and promotion of female artistry. For the past year the focus has been on finding and connecting with artistic women, and creating opportunities to work together. Our first group project ,the traveling sketch book, will be presented at the group show along side the works of 16 beautiful painters , photographers and illustrators. A limited edition iseamonster 2012 artist catalogue book will also be launched and sold at the opening on Aug 2nd.
Aug 2nd – Oct 28th | Opening Reception Aug 2nd, 5-7pm
3rd & 4th Floor Galleries
The 12th annual juried art exhibition Being Scene, produced by Workman Arts for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Join us on June 28 between 7-10pm for the opening reception of our 3rd annual Pride exhibition That’s So Gay. Exploring notions of queer gender identity and objectification through many diverse lenses, here’s a look at Elisha Lim whose work is featured at That’s So Gay on the 3rd and 4th floors.
Elisha Lim uses creativity to celebrate and decorate queer people of colour. Wanting to portray the beauty, dignity and power of being neither straight, nor white, nor cis-gendered Lim has: illustrated novels, wall calendars, books and magazines, including the Bitch Magazine acclaimed “Sissy Calendar”, The Illustrated Gentleman, and most notably – 100 Butches, a graphic novel of portraits and anecdotes about masculine queers. Lim is also proud to have co-founded Toronto events like “Fresh To Def”, a party celebrating racialized queerness, and “The Sex Appeals”, a shameless anti-racist band that sang choruses like “you used photoshop to make me two shades light / I’m going to get you” at the Art Gallery of Ontario.