Alexander Street Parkette (outside Buddies In Bad Times Theatre)
Accessibilty Info: This is a FREE event, the space is accessible (in a park space, on grass) and the event will be ASL-interpreted.
TRANSFEST is an exploration of the dimensions of gender in terms of body, identity, and expression:
“Body: our body, our experience of our own body, how society genders bodies, and how others interact with us based on our body.
Identity: our deeply held, internal sense of self as male, female, a blend of both, or neither; who we internally know ourselves to be.
Expression: how we present our gender in the world and how society, culture, community, and family perceive, interact with, and try to shape our gender.” – GenderSpectrum.org
An all-day celebration of non-cisgender identities in words, fashion, and music! This is your trans, genderqueer, and non-binary playground at Pride!
Curated by transboi Katie Sly, expect performances from across Canada, runway by non-binary underwear line New FRDM, and an afternoon of music. Your TRANSFEST line up includes:
Anishinaabe/Métis poet and the 2016 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers Honour of Distinction winner, Gwen Benaway
Dora Ng, a writer/activist telling genderqueer Chinese-Canadian stories, joining us from Coast Salish territories
Toronto multidisciplinary artists Angel Glady and Bilal Baig (the writer of the play Acha Bacha, recently presented at Theatre Passe Muraille)
Powerhouse stand-up comedian Chantel Marostica
Game-changer musician, model, and disability advocate Rachel Romu
Toronto darling punk band Camp Girls
Stalwarts of grassroots community work, trans-spectrum advocacy, and access to affordable dance training, the winner's of Buddies' Queer Emerging Artist Award in 2015, Toronto's ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company
This event takes place on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wyndat.
Event promotional photo by Greg Wong.