Thursday, September 21, 2017

♥ QUIRKY EVENTS for OCTOBER! - Slowdances, Strip Spelling Bees! ♥


Hi Lovelies!

So, lots of strange happenings this coming month.

In some sad news, in Sept. we did our last Toronto Strip Spelling Bee at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Yes, after 6+ years at Buddies, we've had to say goodbye. I will always be grateful to them for giving us a chance to hold this body-positive, wordy and dirty extravaganza there. And to my co-host Sofi, who kept me on an even-keel as I lurched into drunken lushness, I will always be grateful to your smarts, your loveliness, your sharpness. I will always be basecamp to your Mount Cleverest. The truth is, I needed to bring out double the audience I was averaging in order to justify Buddies giving us a Friday night, and I just wasn't able to do that. Maybe I should have advertised more. Recruited. Hustled more. But I have never been someone who wanted to pester people with an event. I see other promoters posting their events in groups every single day, and I just think that's too much. All I have to say is that if you love an event, go out to it every chance you can. Drag your friends to them. Even if an event looks successful, sometimes they are under unofficial "probation" and can die without notice. Especially the events that are odd. The Beyonce Tribute Nights you don't have to worry about. Strip Spelling Bee might return in Toronto, but I don't know when. And it will definitely be at another venue.

In other news, I am inaugurating a NEW event this month, called THIS BOOK IS MY BEST FRIEND! And it's a book recommendation night in Montreal. And we are still looking for recommenders. If you are a reader, and have a favourite book in the world, and think you can speak about it for 3 minutes in front of a group of fellow book-lovers, please email me at inconsolablecat@hotmail.com with MTLBOOK in your subject heading. Tell me what book you love, and if your book doesn't overlap with someone else's,  I will add you to the group of recommenders!

Finally, I am launching a new book myself this fall, and I have a special section later on in this newsletter with all the details, and some special events in Atlantic Canada. Montreal and Toronto launches are coming soon!

Once again, thank you for subscribing to this email group, and for coming to these events. You help me see the strange I want to see in the world. You make this place less lonely for the late-onset awesome.

sherwin.

♥♥♥  EVENTS FOR OCT 2017!  ♥♥♥

 

 TORONTO QUEER SLOWDANCE - CLASSICS EDITION! Oct 7, 2017
RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1718862771742501

With a lending library of designated dancers for all you wallflowers, and a dancecard-booklet to set up dances in advance (should you choose to), Toronto Queer Slowdance has all slow songs, all night long! (Except for the occasional intermission when we play the fastest songs we can find!)

It's high school with a happy ending. Come and experience why slow is beautiful, and why love is not ironic.

PS. Fabulous and inspired attire, while desired, is not required. But it would be AWESOME and HAWT. As this is our Classics edition, you are encouraged to dress to impress in anything vintage.

And in keeping with the Classics theme,
90% of the songs played will be from the 50's to the 80's for this special throwback.

Finally, you do not have to be queer to attend this party, but you must have an open mind, an open heart, and have open arms. Do keep in mind that many of our attendees fall within the LGBTTQ continuum and may or may not be interested in dancing with the 'opposite' sex, so if you are stridently straight, this may not be the most receptive community for you.



★★★

 

 THIS BOOK IS MY BEST FRIEND - MONTREAL! OCT 12, 2017
RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/358326987932769

If you are a reader, you have a favourite book.
Or books.
It's just what happens.

This event celebrates that, and exposes you to more favourites.
Over 2 hours, 20 ordinary readers spend 3 minutes each passionately endorsing an extraordinary book, letting you in on why that particular book is their best friend.
And the best part is – that book can become your best friend too.
That's the beauty of books.

Come listen to a passel of book-lovers. And if you have a book that you are eager to advocate in front of a warm and wondrous audience, email the organizer at inconsolablecat@hotmail.com with MTLBOOK in the subject heading, letting me know which book is your best friend, and I will save you a spot in the line
up!

♥♥♥

Thursday, October 12, 2017
The Mainline Theatre
3997 Boul. St-Laurent
(just s. of Duluth. Look for the black door with flames painted on it!)
Doors at 8. Sorries from 8:30 to 11:30 PM
$7
The Mainline is, regrettably, not wheelchair-accessible
18+ as there will be a cash bar.



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 MONTREAL MIXED SLOWDANCE - OCT 14, 2017
RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/105083366873419

With a lending library of designated dancers for all you wallflowers, and a dancecard-booklet to set up dances in advance (should you choose to), Montreal Slowdance has all slow songs, all night long! (Except for the occasional intermission when we play the fastest songs we can find!)

It's high school with a happy ending. Come and experience why slow is beautiful, and why love is not ironic.

This event is MIXED and for EVERYONE: queer, straight, bi, poly, non-gender-binaried, those who identify as Complicated and those who are Late-Onset Awesome.

PS. Fabulous and inspired attire, while desired, is not required. But it would b
e AWESOME and HAWT. But really, feel free to wear the thing you don't have any other opportunity to wear in your life!

★★★

Mainline Theatre
3997 Blvd. St-Laurent
(Just south of Duluth - look for the sign with flames painted on it!)

Saturday, Oct 14th, 2017
Doors at 9, Dance from 10 PM - 3 AM.
$10 admission includes your Dancecard-booklet!
Regretfully, the Mainline Theatre is not wheelchair-accessible.
18+ (as alcohol will be available for purchase)

We are always looking for designated dancers for our evenings. If you are outgoing, warm, and willing to undertake the very serious duty and responsibility of inviting wallflowers out onto the dancefloor - if in fact, such a prospect gives you great joy - then please contact the organizers at inconsolablecat@hotmail.com.

 

 MONTREAL STRIP SPELLING BEE! - TIME WARP EDITION - NOV 3, 2017
RSVP & MORE INFO HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1597830053618258


WARNING: There may be nudity in this show.

The game is played a lot like strip poker, but it's a spelling bee, and it's played in front of a live audience of hooters, hollerers and hecklers who want to see some smart and sexy skin!

As this is our TIMEWARP edition, we encourage contestants and audience members to wear either something inspired by the Rocky Horror Picture Show, or something that is a throwback/forward in time! Any contestant who comes in costume, whether half-assed or high-end, will be looked upon more favourably by the judges.

We are also taking contestant sign-ups in advance! But we are limiting early sign-ups to HALF of the allotted ten spel
lers. Email inconsolablecat@hotmail.com with TIMEBEE in the subject line if you are interested in signing up early!
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Friday, November 3, 2017
Mainline Theatre
3997 Blvd. St-Laurent
(Just south of Duluth - look for the sign with flames painted on it!)

Contestant sign-up at 8:30 PM sharp!
Bee from 9 to midnight
$10 at the door.
(Contestants do not pay cover and get a free drink!)

Please note that we must cap our number of strip-spellers at 10 to ensure an expedient and entertaining evening.

Regretfully, The Mainline is not wheelchair-accessible, as it is up a steep flight of 14 stairs.
18+

 

 


 


 

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