Q & A with Five talented film directors, including one great Queer West Film Fest Program Director (Lauren Tenn, in the middle). Left to right Andrew Randall (Performing Masculinity), Simone Marie Stock (Another Way Out), Eric Casaccio (L.A., Narcissit) and Mary J Daniel.(Bending the Lens, London Ontario Lesbian Film Festival) .Photo by Anna Gutmanis. Taken at 7 pm Saturday August 9, 2014 at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre Toronto Ontario.
At 9 pm there was a Human Rights Unconference with special guests: Toronto teacher Lee Hicks & Film Director: Azed Majeed. Exclusive to Queer West; about making the film Both/And: — The Lee Hicks Story Moderated by Lauren Tenn. Queer West donated $200 to help with the making of this film, by Basement Arts.
SUBMIT YOUR FILM FOR 2015. Deadline March 1, 2015
The Toronto Queer Arts Festival, which includes a film festival and Smash Words, had a very good year in 2014 on a $600 operating budget. We have never had a debt in 14 years. Planning will begin on the Toronto Queer Arts Festival January 1st, 2015, no run dates have been selected.
The collective is volunteer group open to anyone (From students to seniors) who supports the idea of an independent queer arts and film festival in Toronto.
Queer West Arts Collective
The 2014 Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival wouldn’t be possible without
the support of members from the Queer West Arts Collective. Thank you;
Ms. Zoma Maduekwe (Abuja, Nigeria), Ms. Richa Shrotriya (Mumbai India),
Ms. Lauren Tenn (Bournemouth England) , Philip Cairns (Toronto), Michel
F. Paré (Toronto) and Akos Major (Budapest, Hungary).
Festival Sponsors 2014Toronto Queer Arts Festival gratefully acknowledges the support in 2014 from; Buddies In Bad Times Theatre; The Press Club, The Sister, Open Roof Festival; Basement Arts; imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival; Bar 1602 Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival DailyXtra.com and IvarDesign.com
Showcasing the best of Toronto’s queer west end
The west end of the city, primarily the Queen St. W. strip from Ossington to Dufferin and along Dundas West,
has gone through a massive facelift in recent years. This rapid
rejuvenation has often been attributed to the re-opening of the Drake
Hotel in 2004, but before the Drake put Queen W. on the map, there was a
burgeoning arts community flourishing. Dozens of galleries scattered
amongst deteriorating storefronts, sandwiched between appliance
retailers and pawnshops, created a new bohemia. Weekly queer parties
were a regular occurrence in the warehouses and lofts within this once
Out of this scene in 2000 sprung a vibrant queer culture with a younger mixed crowd seeking something different, a group not hung up on their, or anyone else’s, sexuality. The area has adapted to the rising queer presence now known affectionately as The Queer West Village or to some Queer West Toronto
Toronto is already one of the queerest cities in the universe. And, while long known for having one of the biggest and most successful Pride celebrations in the world, a new smaller grassroots community festival aims to showcase an alternative side to queer culture in the city. Toronto Queer Arts Festival (Queer West Fest) official events takes place this year from Thursday August 7 to Sunday August 10th. The festival welcomes some additional affiliated events, earlier in the week.
Queer West Fest showcases the best of west end queer culture by taking over various establishments, some queer operated and the others queer positive. One annual event is held in the Church St gay village, namely the Queer West International Film Festival