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CLGA’s Community Engagement, New Improved Pride Walk: LGBTQ+ Heritage in the Village

CLGA’s Community Engagement, New Improved Pride Walk: LGBTQ+ Heritage in the Village

CLGA’s Community Engagement, New Improved Pride Walk: LGBTQ+ Heritage in the Village

 

CLGA Community Engagement Committee Chair, Rachel Beattie recounts the stories of the 70s & 80s activism that emerged from the bar scene in the Village
CLGA Community Engagement Committee Chair, Rachel Beattie recounts the stories of the 70s & 80s activism that emerged from the bar scene in the Village

 

On Saturday, June 2nd the Community Engagement Committee (CEC) did a successful practice run of their new and improved 2018 LGBTQ2+ Pride walking tour of Toronto’s Gay Village.  Croft Campbell-Higgins, CEC’s long standing volunteer and researcher, did a major overhaul of the presentation to bring it up to date for 2018.  The tour has been updated to better represent more facets of our diverse community to provide a more nuanced and balanced historical discussion and journey through our history,” notes Campbell-Higgins. “We removed some stops that were not relevant any more, added additional stops along Yonge Street and elsewhereThe amazing thing about Toronto’s LGBTQ2+ community is that there are so many potential stories to tell, so many places to discover, we could have multiple tours, and this is evident from depth of resources in the CLGA’s vast holdings.”

CLGA Community Engagement Committee Member, Douglas Haines starts the Heritage Walking Tour at AIDS MEMORIAL – Barbara Hall Park
CLGA Community Engagement Committee Member, Douglas Haines starts the
Heritage Walking Tour at AIDS MEMORIAL – Barbara Hall Park

 

With a more comprehensive tour, the Community Engagement team’s final step was to invite friends and volunteers to join them on the circuit and provide feedback. Nine people attended the tour led by CEC members Douglas Haines and Rachel E. Beattie. At alternate points of interest in the walk, Douglas and Rachel presented engaging relevant facts and associated with that location. The tour consists of 17 item/points of interest, during a 90 minute stroll through the Village with the last stop at the CLGA on Isabella Street. The tour is structured such that each of the ten stops may have two or three stories associated with that location, demonstrating the layered textures of our communities. Campbell-Higgins also notes that; “In addition to co-leading the rehearsal, Rachel E. Beattie and Douglas Hanes were of great help in providing research into parts of our community that had been underrepresented in the original script,  which are incorporated into the updated tour.

One highlight is the stop at the Alexander Wood statue to discuss his remarkable life in 19th century Toronto, moving through LGBTQ2+ Toronto history through the tabloid persecution of gays and lesbians (primarily) in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, and development of the LGBTQ2+ community in the 50s and 60s, supported in part by the building of multiple dwelling apartment blocks such as City Park Apartments in 1954.  These and many, many more stories are revealed in this tour.

Douglas Haines recounts the history of Alexander Wood and the statue to commemorate his remarkable life in 19th Century Toronto.
Douglas Haines recounts the history of Alexander Wood and the statue to commemorate his remarkable life in 19th Century Toronto.
CLGA Community Engagement Committee member, Croft Campbell-Higgins highlights the sculptural details of the Alexander Wood’s investigation of the rape case which added to the speculation and scandal surrounding Wood.
CLGA Community Engagement Committee member, Croft Campbell-Higgins highlights the sculptural details of the Alexander Wood’s investigation of the rape case which added to the speculation and scandal surrounding Wood.

 

This summer CLGA’s Community Engagement Committee will lead two, FREE public walking tours in association with Heritage Toronto. The date and time of the tours are Thursday, August 2n, 6:30 pm, and Thursday September 13th 6:30 pm – Rain or Shine.  We meet at the AIDs Memorial in Barbara Hall Park at behind the 519 Church Street Community Centre, and wend our way through the village and arrive at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 34 Isabella Street.

Space is limited for this free heritage tour, please sign up here:

Thursday August 2nd, 6:30 pm

Thursday September 13th 6:30 pm

 

The tour conducted by Douglas Haines, Rachel E. Beatie and Croft Campbell-Higgins arrives at 34 Isabella Street, the home of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
The tour conducted by Douglas Haines, Rachel E. Beatie and Croft Campbell-Higgins arrives at 34 Isabella Street, the home of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives

By: Rachel E. Beatie, Janet R Hethrington

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CLGA’s Community Engagement, New Improved Pride Walk: LGBTQ+ Heritage in the Village

CLGA’s Community Engagement, New Improved Pride Walk: LGBTQ+ Heritage in the Village

 

CLGA Community Engagement Committee Chair, Rachel Beattie recounts the stories of the 70s & 80s activism that emerged from the bar scene in the Village
CLGA Community Engagement Committee Chair, Rachel Beattie recounts the stories of the 70s & 80s activism that emerged from the bar scene in the Village

 

On Saturday, June 2nd the Community Engagement Committee (CEC) did a successful practice run of their new and improved 2018 LGBTQ2+ Pride walking tour of Toronto’s Gay Village.  Croft Campbell-Higgins, CEC’s long standing volunteer and researcher, did a major overhaul of the presentation to bring it up to date for 2018.  The tour has been updated to better represent more facets of our diverse community to provide a more nuanced and balanced historical discussion and journey through our history,” notes Campbell-Higgins. “We removed some stops that were not relevant any more, added additional stops along Yonge Street and elsewhereThe amazing thing about Toronto’s LGBTQ2+ community is that there are so many potential stories to tell, so many places to discover, we could have multiple tours, and this is evident from depth of resources in the CLGA’s vast holdings.”

CLGA Community Engagement Committee Member, Douglas Haines starts the Heritage Walking Tour at AIDS MEMORIAL – Barbara Hall Park
CLGA Community Engagement Committee Member, Douglas Haines starts the
Heritage Walking Tour at AIDS MEMORIAL – Barbara Hall Park

 

With a more comprehensive tour, the Community Engagement team’s final step was to invite friends and volunteers to join them on the circuit and provide feedback. Nine people attended the tour led by CEC members Douglas Haines and Rachel E. Beattie. At alternate points of interest in the walk, Douglas and Rachel presented engaging relevant facts and associated with that location. The tour consists of 17 item/points of interest, during a 90 minute stroll through the Village with the last stop at the CLGA on Isabella Street. The tour is structured such that each of the ten stops may have two or three stories associated with that location, demonstrating the layered textures of our communities. Campbell-Higgins also notes that; “In addition to co-leading the rehearsal, Rachel E. Beattie and Douglas Hanes were of great help in providing research into parts of our community that had been underrepresented in the original script,  which are incorporated into the updated tour.

One highlight is the stop at the Alexander Wood statue to discuss his remarkable life in 19th century Toronto, moving through LGBTQ2+ Toronto history through the tabloid persecution of gays and lesbians (primarily) in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, and development of the LGBTQ2+ community in the 50s and 60s, supported in part by the building of multiple dwelling apartment blocks such as City Park Apartments in 1954.  These and many, many more stories are revealed in this tour.

Douglas Haines recounts the history of Alexander Wood and the statue to commemorate his remarkable life in 19th Century Toronto.
Douglas Haines recounts the history of Alexander Wood and the statue to commemorate his remarkable life in 19th Century Toronto.
CLGA Community Engagement Committee member, Croft Campbell-Higgins highlights the sculptural details of the Alexander Wood’s investigation of the rape case which added to the speculation and scandal surrounding Wood.
CLGA Community Engagement Committee member, Croft Campbell-Higgins highlights the sculptural details of the Alexander Wood’s investigation of the rape case which added to the speculation and scandal surrounding Wood.

 

This summer CLGA’s Community Engagement Committee will lead two, FREE public walking tours in association with Heritage Toronto. The date and time of the tours are Thursday, August 2n, 6:30 pm, and Thursday September 13th 6:30 pm – Rain or Shine.  We meet at the AIDs Memorial in Barbara Hall Park at behind the 519 Church Street Community Centre, and wend our way through the village and arrive at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 34 Isabella Street.

Space is limited for this free heritage tour, please sign up here:

Thursday August 2nd, 6:30 pm

Thursday September 13th 6:30 pm

 

The tour conducted by Douglas Haines, Rachel E. Beatie and Croft Campbell-Higgins arrives at 34 Isabella Street, the home of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
The tour conducted by Douglas Haines, Rachel E. Beatie and Croft Campbell-Higgins arrives at 34 Isabella Street, the home of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives

By: Rachel E. Beatie, Janet R Hethrington

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

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

Mailing Address:
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
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@clga.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 CLGA more accessible, we are now renovating the front of the house to add a ramp to the front entrance. The exterior construction started Monday, September 17, 2018 and will continue until late November. The first steps will be working to fence off the tree at the front of the house. 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 CLGA more accessible to all. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact the Executive Director, Raegan Swanson, at executivedirector@clga.ca

Update – Sep 27, 2018: The front door is currently not accessible due to construction. Please use the back door until further notice.


The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives 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 CLGA strives to gather the stories of the unheard and silenced voices of the 2SLGBTQ+ first peoples of this land. We acknowledge that some stories have already been lost, and we aim to ensure that those that remain and those that are to come are preserved for the future.