Will Munro was a catalyst for creating queer spaces in Toronto that were inclusive and diverse, and they brought together, artists, activists, and freaks. People, Power, Magic honours Will’s spirit by expanding upon his exhibition with a series of bi-weekly events, happenings, and tours led by Toronto artist John Caffery in order to engage queer and trans youth through a direct dialogue with Will’s ideas and artwork. John was close to the source as a friend and a collaborator in the West Side Stitches Couture Club. John is also an advocate for queer and trans youth, as a program coordinator at Supporting Our Youth (SOY), one of the partners in this project. This multi-disciplinary program features John working with many of Will’s frequent collaborators, including Scott Miller Berry, Lorraine Hewitt aka CoCo La Crème, Luis Jacob, Jeremy Laing and Zavisha, as well as the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance, recipients of the first annual Spirit of Will Munro Award. People, Power, Magic is dedicated to creating real opportunities for self-expression in order to provide a space for outcasts and freaks to thrive without fear.
Wed, January 18, 7 – 9 PM: T-Shirt Relay with West Side Stitches Couture Club members Lorraine Hewitt aka CoCo La Crème, Luis Jacob, Jeremy Laing & John Caffery @ AGYU
Wed, February 1, 6 – 9 PM: Vogue, Runway, Commentary & DJ Workshop with Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance, DJ Cozmic Cat & DJ John Caffery @ The Underground (York University Student Centre). Free buses depart Sherbourne Health Centre (333 Sherbourne St.) at 5 and 7 PM sharp.
Wed, February 15, 7 – 9 PM: Sash Bash with West Side Stitches Couture Club members Zavisha & John Caffery @ AGYU
Wed, February 29, 6 – 8 PM: Tour of Coming After, a group exhibition on queer time, arriving too late, and the spectre of the recent past @ The Power Plant (235 Queens Quay West)
Fri, March 2, 7 – 11 PM: Army of Lovers Ball with Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance @ The Underground (York University Student Centre). Free buses depart Sherbourne Health Centre (333 Sherbourne St.) at 6 and 8 PM sharp.
Sun, March 4, 9 PM: Rebels Rule film and video screening curated by G.B. Jones, Alex McClelland, Leila Pourtavaf, and Lex Vaughn @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West)
Admission to all of these events are free.
Please RSVP for the T-Shirt Relay, Vogue, Runway, Commentary & DJ Workshop and Sash Bash by emailing Jacob Korczynski, assistant curator at email@example.com or by calling 416.736.2100 X 44021
People, Power, Magic is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council Arts Investment Fund.