Toronto Pride 2016 - Proud Voices Literary Program


GLAD DAY BOOKSHOP & PRIDE TORONTO PRESENT.....

Over 75 authors & artists in 7 days of events!

Most events are held at Glad Day Bookshop except for the ones in ORANGE which are at the Yorkville Public Library.

Glad Day Bookshop
598 Yonge Street, Toronto
3rd Floor Event Space
This is not a wheelchair accessible space.
Most events will be streamed using Periscope. Our user name is @GDBooks.
Yorkville Public Library
22 Yorkville Ave, Toronto
This is a fully wheelchair accessible space.

We are a fragrance-free environment. Please follow the guidelines HERE or you may be asked to leave so others may stay.


Monday June 27th

8pm
POETRIX - AN EVENING OF POETRY

FREE
Join us for a queer poetry marathon with 16 poets. This will be an evening of words you won't soon forget! More info HERE

Featuring short readings by:
Adam Zachary
Cathy Petch
Davelle Barnes
Jenna Tenn-Yuk
Jennifer Alicia
Jim Nason
Justin Chander
Lue Boileau
Mikki Delverde
Molly Francois
Rory Jade Grey
Teddy Syrette
Vero Diaz
Ziy von B

Tuesday June 28th

8pm
NAKED BOYS READING - Journey to Uranus

$10
Naked Boys Reading is exactly what it sounds like… a titillating queer literary salon featuring sexy, unclothed literary buffs reading, in the buff, to you. Toronto’s adored queen of filth, Igby Lizzard, will probe the depths of space, searching the darkest holes and treacherous crevices to host this sci-fi and fantasy themed reading series!
More info HERE


Wednesday June 29th

8pm
CROOKED GRIN - A NIGHT OF QUEER COMEDY

Pay-What-You-Can but no one will be turned away!
It's a night of stand up comedy, witty writers and folks who are funny that way. More info HERE

Featuring:
Bita Hemmati
Brian Millward
David Benjamin Tomlinson
Joey Harlem
JP Larocque
Monica Garrido
Martha Chaves

Thursday June 30th

5:45pm
SHE WRITES (& MINGLES!)
FREE
An evening of women's voices and women's words, featuring the Toronto book launch of 'Weekend' by Jane Eaton Hamilton. More info HERE

5:45 - 6:25 - WE MINGLE
For this part we especially invite queer women who’d like to meet other book-loving queer women to mingle. We’ll provide name tags, and a few facilitated conversation starters to get things started.

6:30 - 7:45 - WE READ
Featuring:
Farzana Doctor
Jane Eaton Hamilton
Jessica L. Webb
Marnie Woodrow
Sheila van den Heuvel-Collins

 

9pm
AMPLITUDE CABARET

Pay-What-You-Can but no one will be turned away!
It's the return of the legendary Glad Day Bookshop Cabaret with our Pride edition: Amplitude. Performance, poetry, power and possibility. Hosted by Troy Jackson. More info HERE.

Featuring:
Aja Fernandes
Heath V. Salazar
Jasbina Justice

Johnny Salib
Josh Middleton
leslie ramsay-taylor
Roy de Vos
Yaya Yao

Friday July 1st

10pm
NOT JUST ANOTHER PRETTY FACE - GAY EROTIC READINGS
FREE
Not Just Another Pretty Face is an anthology that pairs fiction with photos of male go-go dancers. Come get hot and bothered as these authors share their sexy, sultry and saucy tales.  More info HERE.

Featuring:
David Pratt
Erik Schuckers
Lewis DeSimone
Louis Flint Ceci
with special guest reader: Christian Baines


Saturday July 2nd

10:30am
FAMILY STORY TIME - with Authors & Drag Queens!
FREE
It's all ages story time in the library with a some Pride flair! Everyone is welcome to as these authors and drag queens read from kids' books. More info HERE.

Featuring:
Catherine Hernandez
Fay Slift
Fluffy Souffle
Joyce Grant


3:30pm
G.R.I.T.S. - Girls Raised In The South
FREE
G.R.I.T.S.- Girls Raised In The South is an innovative, trailblazing, radical and cutting edge anthology surrounding the theme of lesbian/queer erotica while enjoying the types of foods we gather around for substance and comfort, our connection to the south, our connection to our lovers, to our families and honoring our personal growth (spiritual, sexual and political), along with our best G.R.I.T.S. recipes.

The writers will be in the house reading and signing books! This anthology is a modern inspirational queer classic! More info HERE

Featuring:
Yvette Abrahams
Rosemarie Wilson
Angela Lucas
Poet On Watch
Akinfe Fatou
Amber N. Williams



6:00pm
Local Heroes
FREE
Toronto’s got some of the hottest writers in the world and indie authors that are pushing all kinds of boundaries. More info HERE.

Featuring:
Cathi Bond
Jeffrey Luscombe
Katie Sly
Kirk DeMatas
Shawn Syms
Stephen Graham King


7:30pm

Bricolage
FREE
Bricolage: “ n. the construction or creation from a diverse range of available things”. Genre, gender and grace, building up and breaking down. More info HERE

Featuring:
Andrew Hartley
Chase Joynt
Justyn Jolie
Peter Knegt
Sabah Choudrey


Sunday July 3rd

5:30pm
POETIC JUSTICE
FREE
These poets use language to take apart and craft new forms of desire, gender, beauty and justice. More info HERE 

Featuring:
Alex Cafarelli
Gwen Benaway
Joie Lamar
Johnny Trinh
Kamila Rina
Lynx Sainte-Marie
Nicole Tanguay


7pm
SYNTAXXX
FREE
Wind down your Pride weekend with a mix of music, readings and performance. More info HERE

Featuring:
Kayla Carter
Jason Armstrong
Marusya Bociurkiw
Nathan Adler
Onanankkwap
Ron Schafrick
Sarah Switzer
Sean Zio