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You’re Invited To Brunch! At The ArQuives …

You’re Invited To Brunch! At The ArQuives …

[Originally published in The Recipes Project, 28/02/2019.  Reproduced by permission of the author] By Michael Pereira When it comes to meals, brunch is the queerest of them all. I may not have the empirical evidence to back up this claim, but I would bet that brunch is itself a queer invention. It’s not quite early… Continue Reading

A Harlem Nocturne: an archival workshop with artist Deanna Bowen on the criminalization of Black nightlife in Vancouver

Deanna Bowen will share her research on the personal, political, and playful intersection of family legend, urban violence, and racial tensions unaddressed by the decriminalization and resulting paradigm shift of the Omnibus Criminal Law Amendment Act 1969. Deanna Bowen will discuss her research on the criminalization of Black nightclubs in a city known for its… Continue Reading

Lo’s Literary Look at the Archives – Love is in the Hair, Syrus Marcus Ware

Love is in the Hair, by artist/ activist/ educator Syrus Marcus Ware, is a charming little children’s book. Released through Flamingo Rampant in 2015, it tells the story of a young girl, Carter, who can’t sleep due to excitement for her new sibling’s arrival, who asks her uncles for a bedtime story. Flamingo Rampant’s goal… Continue Reading

Dis/patches from the Foreign Office: The Uganda File (Part 2)

In Dis/patches from the Foreign Office, Sajdeep Soomal explores newspaper articles, legal cases, and other ephemera stored in The ArQuives’s international collection. There are newspaper articles in the file that reveal how the Canadian state, LGBTQ+ media and The ArQuives itself have engaged with contemporary LGBTQ+ Ugandan activists. The most moving is a personal email… Continue Reading

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CommuniQue Interview with Michif Filmmaker Nadine Arpin

CommuniQue Interview with Michif Filmmaker Nadine Arpin

Nadine Arpin, 2 Spirit, Red River, Michif filmmaker living in Sioux Lookout is noted for telling stories that blur the lines between legend, memory and truth, using mix media, found footage and animation to create a hybrid cinematic experience. Her work has been screened at imagineNATIVE, Skabmagovat – indigenous peoples’ film festival, Winnipeg Aboriginal Film… Continue Reading

1980’s Dyke Detective Helen Keremos Is Returning Online and In Bookstores Across the Country

1980’s Dyke Detective Helen Keremos Is Returning Online and In Bookstores Across the Country

Eve Zaremba’s 1987 novel Work for a Million,one of a series of six detective novels,is being adapted into a graphic novel and published by Bedside Press. Bedside’s Publisher and Comics Historian Hope Nicholson jumped at the opportunity to reimagine Zaremba’s story and her unique and no-nonsense PI Helen Keremos as the Work for a Million… Continue Reading

2018 Annual General Meeting

The ArQuives (Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives) invites you to the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM). When: Monday, May 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm Where: The ArQuives, 34 Isabella Street, Toronto ON M4Y 1N1 Who: Any member of the public is invited to attend. Members will be eligible to participate fully in AGM business. Members… Continue Reading

YCW Job Posting: Archives Assistant

YCW Job Posting: Archives Assistant

The ArQuives (formally the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives) is hiring an Archives Assistant (YCW) for a 12-week term, beginning June 3, 2019. The position will expose the student to a variety of archival situations designed to improve skills and allow the Archives to improve public access to its rich holdings of LGBTQ2+ heritage. The… Continue Reading

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As we continue our efforts to make The ArQuives more accessible, we are renovating the front of the house to add a ramp to the front entrance. Please note that there will not be any construction work done during public service hours. Should there be any disruptions affecting our access to the front door and/or work in the house during this process, we will post a notice as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we try to make The ArQuives more accessible to all. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact the Executive Director, Raegan Swanson, at

The ArQuives is located on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat. Today, Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land. The ArQuives strives to gather the stories… Continue Reading