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Dishing with Monika and Mary

Dishing with Monika and Mary

CBC personality and long-time The ArQuives supporter Mary Ito takes the reins as emcee for The ArQuives’s 2019 Metamorphosis Gala at the Toronto Reference Library. Monika Deol, beauty entrepreneur and former VJ extraordinaire, had the mic in 2017. The two connected recently for a chat about pre-gala rituals and the unexpected experiences of working live… Continue Reading

Dis/patches from the Foreign Office: The Uganda File (Part 1)

Dis/patches from the Foreign Office: The Uganda File (Part 1)

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 is no shortage of material in the Uganda file. The earliest documents in the file are dated to the early 1980s, when news about HIV infection rates reached epidemic proportions in the… Continue Reading

Who’s New in the Communications Committee?

A Spotlight on New Communications Committee Volunteers The Communications Committee plays a vital role in The ArQuives. They assist with creating the link between The ArQuives and the communities that we serve by raising our profile in the community. Volunteers in this committee manage and produce The ArQuives’s website feeds, social media platforms, and newsletters.… Continue Reading

Commemorating / Critiquing 50 Years of Being Legal!

Commemorating / Critiquing 50 Years of Being Legal!

In honour of the golden anniversary of Bill C-150, a.k.a. Omnibus 69, MediaQueer and The ArQuives are partnering to host a 6-week workshop series in the multimedia event extravaganza 69 Positions: Decriminalization in the queer Canadian archive (1965-1981).  The event  production begins in Montreal, moves to Toronto on February 20 to March 27th and then… Continue Reading

Imagining an LGBTQ2+ Museum Talking Circles

Imagining an LGBTQ2+ Museum Talking Circles

Join the upcoming Talking Circles to share your thoughts on what an LGBTQ2+ Museum space might mean and look like.  The dates and locations of the upcoming Talking Circles are: London, Ontario: Innovation Works, March 3rd at 9am to 12pm Toronto, Ontario: Toronto Council Fire, March 8th at 5:30pm to 8:30pm Thunder Bay, Ontario: Prince… Continue Reading

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

The ArQuives is hosting its annual gala fundraiser on Saturday, March 30 at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library. Continue Reading

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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

The Disappearance of Spaces for Queer Womxn: Workshop with Lulu Wei

A workshop and discussion on the disappearing spaces and immense gentrification that has impacted queer womxn in Toronto’s gay village and beyond. This workshop is particularly interested in the precarious history of spaces held by queer womxn. This will be an opportunity to learn about past spaces, in hopes to find solutions for our present… Continue Reading

The Silent Stacks: Workshop Facilitated by Jamie Ross

Drawing upon queer Argentinian poet and post-pornography scholar Laura Milano’s whisper methodology, artist Jamie Ross hosts a workshop to breathe life into letters between queer organizers in Toronto with their counterparts in other cities just before 1969 as the community was tentatively organizing. The experience will be one of deep listening through an approach that… Continue Reading

Queer Progress: an archival workshop with activist-historian Tim McCaskell on the Toronto of post-decriminalization, 1969-1974

Revisiting his own granular research that forms the backbone of the activist history Queer Progress: from Homophobia to Homonationalism, Toronto activist and education advocate Tim McCaskell will discuss queer politics in the period from the 1969 Omnibus to his first Gay Pride in 1974. Participants will get an up- close look at the documents and… Continue Reading

Literary Look In The Archives

Literary Look In The Archives

            I read Jonny Appleseed as soon as I spotted it at the archives, and I fell in love with this book. The novel, by Two-Spirit/Indiqueer writer Joshua Whitehead, is the 2018 follow up to his 2017 poetry collection Full Metal Indigiqueer.  I hesitated to write about it, acknowledging that the book is far outside… Continue Reading

Dishing with Monika and Mary

Dishing with Monika and Mary

CBC personality and long-time The ArQuives supporter Mary Ito takes the reins as emcee for The ArQuives’s 2019 Metamorphosis Gala at the Toronto Reference Library. Monika Deol, beauty entrepreneur and former VJ extraordinaire, had the mic in 2017. The two connected recently for a chat about pre-gala rituals and the unexpected experiences of working live… Continue Reading

Dis/patches from the Foreign Office: The Uganda File (Part 1)

Dis/patches from the Foreign Office: The Uganda File (Part 1)

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 is no shortage of material in the Uganda file. The earliest documents in the file are dated to the early 1980s, when news about HIV infection rates reached epidemic proportions in the… Continue Reading

Who’s New in the Communications Committee?

A Spotlight on New Communications Committee Volunteers The Communications Committee plays a vital role in The ArQuives. They assist with creating the link between The ArQuives and the communities that we serve by raising our profile in the community. Volunteers in this committee manage and produce The ArQuives’s website feeds, social media platforms, and newsletters.… Continue Reading

Commemorating / Critiquing 50 Years of Being Legal!

Commemorating / Critiquing 50 Years of Being Legal!

In honour of the golden anniversary of Bill C-150, a.k.a. Omnibus 69, MediaQueer and The ArQuives are partnering to host a 6-week workshop series in the multimedia event extravaganza 69 Positions: Decriminalization in the queer Canadian archive (1965-1981).  The event  production begins in Montreal, moves to Toronto on February 20 to March 27th and then… Continue Reading

Imagining an LGBTQ2+ Museum Talking Circles

Imagining an LGBTQ2+ Museum Talking Circles

Join the upcoming Talking Circles to share your thoughts on what an LGBTQ2+ Museum space might mean and look like.  The dates and locations of the upcoming Talking Circles are: London, Ontario: Innovation Works, March 3rd at 9am to 12pm Toronto, Ontario: Toronto Council Fire, March 8th at 5:30pm to 8:30pm Thunder Bay, Ontario: Prince… Continue Reading

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

The ArQuives is hosting its annual gala fundraiser on Saturday, March 30 at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library. Continue Reading

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Telephone: 416-777-2755
Email: queeries@arquives.ca

Street Address:
34 Isabella Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1N1

Mailing Address:
The ArQuives
P.O. Box 699
663A Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9

PUBLIC HOURS

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Friday

NOTE TO RESEARCHERS:

Some of our materials are stored off site. Before visiting the archives, please send us an email at queeries@arquives.ca listing in detail the topics and sources that you wish to consult and we will let you know when they will be available. We aim to respond to email inquiries within 4 business days.

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE:

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 executivedirector@arquives.ca


The ArQuives is located on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the 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… Continue Reading