Pride is a time to celebrate and be the queerest version of yourself – and while we’re at it, let’s honour our community’s performers in this Summerplay’s Queering Performing Arts. For years they have told their stories and shared their varied talents to raise awareness, and to have their art serve as a catalyst for change and progress – which in this day and age is still very much needed.
Get to know (if you don’t know them already) four Toronto-based performing artists, Cole Alvis, Charmie, Ensh and Alexandher Brandy give us a glimpse into their work and personal journeys in our first feature. Out on stage and proud, they’re challenging the norms around gender, identity and sexuality in the arts.
In our second feature, Aaron Rothermund educates us on notable queers in dance and choreography such as Maud Allan, Robert Joffrey, Jack Cole, Alvin Ailey and Keith Hennesssy, who’ve dedicated their lives to enhancing 2SLGBTQIA+ visibility. And PinkPlayMags remembers the iconic Tina Turner in our third feature – she was simply the best.
It’s officially summer, check out our Travel section for the best in local outdoor adventures and activities in Ontario. Catch DJ Jackie Spade in our Hot Artist column by Sean Bean Beaton. Learn more about the Toronto PWA in Community Cornerstone. We’ve got your summer read to take with you to the park, beach or balcony with To Refrain From Embracing by Jeffrey Luscombe in Fiction.
What does this season hold in store for you? Stop guessing, read your Summer Horoscopes! Take a look at our Summer in the City event listings by Sherry Sylvain. From the Heart by Mychol Scully will tickle your brain by telling you what’s in his. And our highly anticipated Pride Guide awaits! Our biggest and best yet – you won’t find a guide like this anywhere else! Could you benefit from some tips and tricks on enjoying and surviving Pride? Well, Bryen Dunn has got you covered.
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I Will Survive 2020