The weekend is now: everywhere you want 2B
The competition is fierce for parties tonight and vernissages on Friday, but why choose? Can’t we just clone ourselves and do it all? If you survive until Sunday, you will be rewarded with a leisurely clothing swap and vintage fashion sale in Griffontown. Until then, may I suggest a Guru or Red Bull six-pack?
- Forget your boyfriend: Night at the Races closes Pervers/cité with a whinny and a kick
- Halloween Love Dungeon w/ Dom “Bearded Boy” Fournier + Tom McGraw
- Structured Mess: Tyler Clarke & Saladin Khireche’s GayBash
Tonight you needn’t be torn between whether to go hear The Salivation Army, JHNNYBNNYRCK and Diskommander at the old Coop Katacombes (recently poster-bombed by silk-screen artist Dominique Pétrin) or to go live it up in the underground lair Peopl for DJ B’UGO’s first GIRLZ night at his new weekly The Scene. DJ Tizi, of F-Word and Circus Afterhours fame, joins the resident house aficionado. You can do both! “For all the fairies, cross-dressers, queerdos and radicals, we put on costumes EVERY DAY OF OUR LIVES,” writes POMPe hostess DJ Like the Wolf, beckoning her alt-acolytes to “be yourself, just take it up a notch.” (Banner photo by Tristan Harris for The Scene)
All this after checking out MEWS (of course).
POMPe “Halloween is every day for us” Thurs Oct 18, 10pm-3am, $5 PWYC Coop Katacombes, 1635 boul. St-Laurent
The Scene w/ B’UGO + DJ TIZI Thurs. 18 Oct, 9pm-3am @ Peopl, 390 Notre-Dame Ouest $7 after midnight
JJ Levine @ RATS9
On Friday, down at the Belgo building, JJ Levine’s much-anticipated Queer Portraits exhibit will open at the new “it-gallery” RATS 9. Levine’s new portrait series includes local well-knowns Ali El-Darsa, Mikiki, Joshua Pavan, Jessica MacCormack, and Laura Boo MacDonald, as well as many of Levine’s friends and associates photographed in mannered settings within their own homes. The series “expresses fierceness, beauty, and resistance through the confrontational gaze of the subjects and the aesthetic of a queer culture,” as evidenced by this sultry sibling mise-en-scène, “Thorne Sisters, 2012.”
Queer Portraits 2010-2012 JJ Levine @ RATS 9 Vernissage: Fri Oct 19, 6pm 372 Ste Catherine Ouest #530 (To Nov. 5)
The Underworld loft is moving up in the world as more and more outré gay parties nest there, including otherwise nomadic party purveyors Sally & Tyler, who put the punk, video-game and skater-rock venue on the map for queers. This Friday’s OCHO event may require your own bodyguard to make it through the throngs of twirling girls and gorgeous gays – including birthday boy/model Toshiro Arthur (banner photo by Tristan Harris) – who will be crushing into the tucked-away space for a night of supreme dance music supplied by A-Rock, Shaydakiss, and someone named Mayday (Bass Drive, Vinyl). But the REAL treat here will be a live set with back-up dancers by Ottawa-based house diva and emerging soul talent Kapri Thomas. You will NOT BELIEVE this girl: she’s got back-up dancers and makes you feel like you’re hearing Technotronic or Barbara Tucker in some kind of 90s Neverland. We need a new word for werk.
OCHO Friday, Oct 19, 11pm-3am, only $5 before midnight, $8 after, Cabaret Underworld, 1403 Ste-Élisabeth, Montréal
FALL BACK: fashion forward
Vintage hounds and fashionistas will be venturing en masse to the very trendy Espace Griffontown on Sunday for the xChange Collective’s fall sale and clothing swap, wittily entitled Fall Back. “We love the idea of bringing people together,” xChangers Gina Bourne and Tim Webber chime. Their credo is “the idea that ‘one man’s trash is another’s treasure’ (not literally, of course!).” Come enjoy the ‘happening’ that occurs when different people, clothing, styles, and ideas collide in one event. Knowing Tim Webber’s proclivity for hosting in style, the event will doubtless have some choice nibbles and beverages, as well as some choice threads for men, women, and everyone in between.
FALL BACK Sunday, Oct 21, 11am-7pm Espace Griffontown, 1314 Olier, Montréal
To whet your appetite for the Image + Nation Festival (Nov 22- Dec 2), Charlie Boudreau and Katharine Setzer have been screening Monday night musicals at Cabaret Mado. This Monday, Oct 22, sit down for a Cosmo with Tracy Trash and sing along to the 90s Aussie drag cult film that became To Wong Foo with Patrick Swayze in 1995. Drag solidarity to while away the painful hours before the first episode of RuPaul’s Drag All Stars can be streamed online (finally!).
Priscilla: Queen of the Desert Monday, Oct 22, 7pm, $3.50, Cabaret Mado, 1115 Ste-Catherine Est