July Hot Spots 2B: the PepTides, Parallels, Mykki Blanco!
In addition to one of the biggest new queer musicians in the world (Mykki Blanco) and Ottawa’s queer as funk band The PepTides, we get treated to a picnic for ACCM’s 25th anniversary and a fabulous performance night for 2Boys.tv – Mec Plus Ultra returns with Toronto’s goth-dance stars Parallels and Ghettofag’s second edition round out the hottest month of the year!
- Gender Porridge: Phenomena Festival reincarnates
- Walking the Tightrope of art and community: 2Boys.tv
- Performance immersion: Piss in the Pool 8
For their first live show in Montréal, this brazen 9-member troop will bring audiences an energetic spectacle featuring “vibrant vocals, kitschy costumes, provocative videos and spontaneous dancing – all set in a 1950s living room strewn with retro furniture, radios, minks, and (sometimes) trees.” Well-known in the queer scene in their native Ottawa, the Peptides’ Bobards show may show off some songs from their forthcoming Love Question Mark album. Queer as funk, anyone?
9:30pm @ Les Bobards, 4328 boul. St-Laurent, Montréal. Facebook: The Peptides @ Les Bobards (Montreal).
ACCM 25th Anniversary Picnic Sat. July 14
Celebrating 25 years of support for people living with HIV and AIDS, AIDS Community Care Montréal is hosting a “Southern Carnival Picnic” in Parc Lafontaine. With a delicious menu of BBQ, sweet potatoes, coleslaw, sangria, lemonade and “sweet tea”, the picnic will also feature a strawberry dessert competition, dirty bingo and “foolery.” Enjoy a slice of watermelon with the lovely staff and volunteers of this crucial organization.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
1-6pm in Parc Lafontaine (near corner of Calixa-Lavalée and Sherbrooke Est)
Hump of the Week for 2boys.tv Wed. July 18
After an acclaimed 2-week run at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, then at the Musée d’art contemporain, and a magical performance of their Tightrope drag + music elegy at Mexico City’s Museo de Bellas Artes, Montréal performance duo 2boys.tv are back, and they’re broke! Collaborator Alexis O’Hara (aka Guizo La Nuit, who will be hocking some of his kingly duds for the cause) has summoned all of Stephen Lawson and Aaron Pollard’s favourite collaborators for a benefit cabaret that should be one of the highlights of your queer calendar.
@ La Sala Rossa, 4848 boul. St-Laurent. $10-15 PWYC
Mykki Blanco Fri. July 27
On the cutting (and cunty) edge of New York’s explosive queer hip-hop scene, Mykki Blanco is perhaps the most gender-outlaw of them all. Often performing with fellow Brooklynite Zebra Katz (“Ima Read”), Blanco (aka Mikey Quattlebaum Jr.) casts spells with club-focused hip-hop in songs like “Wavvy” and “Join my Militia”. He’s a self-proclaimed “flower child soaked in gasoline and burning wild.” Not 2B missed.
10pm @ The Royal Phoenix Bar, 5788 boul St-Laurent. BTYB Rough Diamond Collective
Mec Plus Ultra “Mirage” Sat. July 28
Reuniting for a one-off killer club night with Torontonian synth-pop band Parallels, MPU is going all out for an illusion-themed dance night that will let you sample the sweet beats from this New-Order-esque act fronted by the dreamy-voiced Holly Dodson. Often referencing the work of synth master Giorgio Moroder, Parallels will find a bevy of new Montréal fans after this dance night with Antoine Bédard and DJ François Guimond
Doors 10pm @ Le Belmont, 4483 boul. St-Laurent. $7 before 11pm, $10 after.
(Banner photo: Parallels lead singer Holly Dodson)
Ghetto Fag Sat. July 28
It’s what everyone always said Ottawa was missing: a dirty dance party for the queers and rejetés, with a lot of 90′s glamour thrown in. Seb Provost is bringing int Montréal cuties DJ Alain Jackinsky + “Chicky Boom” remixer Nico Concerto for this sweatfest at the skater + graffiti artist haunt in the heart of Ottawa’s newly minted Village. With the motto “So wrong it’s right”, this could be the closest thing the Capital has to a homosexual loft party as in the days of old. (Tip: early is the new late)
10:30pm @ Falldown gallery, 288 Bank Street, Ottawa, $8