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Naked Heart: LGBTQ Festival of Words – November 22 to 24 (Toronto)

posted Tuesday, November 19, 2019

by: in Bar/Club, Celebrity, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

Launched in 2015, Naked Heart is the largest LGBTQ literary festival in the world, and the most racially diverse literary festival in Ontario. This festival is held in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood of Toronto, and includes workshops, panels, performances and discussions for writers and lovers of words. The festival hub is at Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church […]

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Dandelot – NYC-based artist meshes piano loops with hip hop beats

posted Monday, September 30, 2019

by: in Music, New York City, Queer

NY-based experimental artist and producer Dandelot (DON-de-loh), aka Kevin Shoemaker, has released his new single and video for “Tutu”. Merging a bouncy hip hop beat with a classically influenced piano loop, “Tutu” is an upbeat, catchy tune that channels Dandelot’s experience as a classically trained ballet pianist in New York. The visual doubles down on the ballet theme, featuring three […]

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Queer Stage Mothers: Thom Fitzgerald & Brad Hennig

posted Thursday, August 29, 2019

by: in Bar/Club, Celebrity, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

For the upcoming issue of AutumnPlay, I spoke with Thom Fitzgerald who was in LA working on his upcoming film, Stage Mother, which stars Jacki Weaver, Lucy Liu, and Adrian Grenier among others. The plot follows a conservative church choir director who inherits a drag club in San Francisco started by her deceased son, from whom she was estranged after he came out as gay. “Even […]

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SLANG: Tom Hearn’s solo sketch show – August 8, 2019 (Toronto)

posted Tuesday, August 6, 2019

by: in Bar/Club, Celebrity, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

If you took all the best of the We’re Funny That Way Festival, you’d wind up with something very close to Tom Hearn’s latest offering, SLANG, a queer solo sketch comedy tour. Original over-the-top stand-up monologues, hyperbolic sketches, and satirical parodies all written by Tom Hearn, whose character impersonations are as funny as they are […]

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Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956–1971 – opens Feb 22, 2020 at Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto)

posted Wednesday, July 31, 2019

by: in Activism, Art, Art Gallery, Celebrity, Events, Featured Events, New York City, Toronto

There’s very few photographers who stand the test of time and continue to be recognized for the work they’ve accomplished. One such individual is Diane Arbus. The striking black and white photographs of legendary American photographer Diane Arbus (1923–1971) revolutionized portraiture, through their range of subjects and their style. Primarily made in and around New […]

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This Rainbow Brick Bath Bomb Pays Tribute to Stonewall’s 50th Anniversary

posted Friday, June 28, 2019

by: in Activism, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Lesbian, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto, Trans

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots–the event that sparked the gay liberation movement. To acknowledge this moment in LGBTQ+ history, theBUZZ is throwing this rainbow bath bomb in the shape of the brick that started it all. In 1969, New York police officers raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular LGBTQ+ bar, and […]

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“Cherry Grove Stories” – documentary on this Fire Island hangout releases June 4th

posted Monday, June 3, 2019

by: in Activism, Celebrity, Film, Lesbian, Music, New York City, Queer

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to the historically potent LGBTQ documentary CHERRY GROVE STORIES, which entertainingly recounts time in Cherry Grove including queer origins, Tennessee Williams visits, decadent parties, sexual liberation, HIV alienation and the continual swinging of indecent law enforcement…all told through first person accounts and a treasure trove of fabulous, unseen archival […]

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Pride Toronto commemorates 50 years since Canada’s decriminalization of homosexuality

posted Tuesday, March 19, 2019

by: in Activism, Drag, New York City, Pride, Queer

In 1969, Canada decriminalized homosexuality, simultaneously in 1969 the Stonewall Riots took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York, which began the international fight for LGBTQ2+ rights around the world. From now until Pride Weekend in June, Pride Toronto are commemorating the Stonewall Riots as the beginning of the LGBTQ2+ community’s fight for complete […]

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“Greta” boasts an intriguing concept but delivers an absurd story

posted Wednesday, March 6, 2019

by: in Art, Celebrity, Entertaining, Film, New York City, Toronto

It’s March Madness at the movies and brand new motion pictures like How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World and Tyler Perry’s A Madea’s Family Funeral are burning up the box office! But while the entire world awaits Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, there’s a little movie called Greta that dares to compete with this month’s […]

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“Mapplethorpe” – the story behind the famed photographer – in theatres March 1, 2019

posted Wednesday, February 27, 2019

by: in Activism, Art, Celebrity, Film, New York City, Photography, Queer

Robert Mapplethorpe is arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Mapplethorpe discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City throughout the 70’s and 80’s. The film depicts Mapplethorpe’s life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea Hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic. […]

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