1. In Response to feedback and criticisms regarding the Montreal zine reading:

    We have decided to release a statement after having some conversations about what went on in organizing the Montreal Winter Survival Reading. We’d like to thank all the people who took the time to talk to us, give us feedback and suggestions when they didn’t have to. We are grateful and incredibly humbled that people have taken the time to start a dialogue with us about where we fell short and how we can improve. We welcome more conversation and participation.

    Firstly, we do not think that we took the time to distinguish the reading tour from the Toronto Queer Zine Fair Collective. This tour was not funded by TQZF money nor was it done as a way to represent the Toronto queer zine community or larger queer community in general. This tour was funded with money from our own pockets and was done as a way to personally cope with winter while also using the opportunity to raise much needed money for next years Queer Zine Fair. We were able to raise over $400 for next years fair with this tour and we want to use that money to ensure that we can help secure a bigger space, afford asl interpretation, bring folks in from out of town, pay performers, and artists, etc. We should have clarified this earlier and we didn’t, which was a major shortcoming in transparency on our end.

    Secondly, we also acknowledge that using the TQZF name in conjunction with the Winter Survival Tour was problematic as the TQZF collective is still an all white collective, and therefore doesn’t tackle the issue of zine culture still being a predominantly white community, but rather perpetuates it and without any critique. After the zine fair in October we decided to open our collective to new members and organizers but haven’t publicly released a statement about it. This is part of the ongoing conversations we are having and work we are doing. There exists a fine line between disclosing too early and transparency, in that we are still in a processing stage of how we are going to move forward. We apologize for not prioritizing this statement and we intend to write more about this in the near future.

    Thirdly, it was brought to our attention that the call for readers put out by one of the people organizing our Montreal reading was incredibly tokenizing and problematic. We did not write this call out nor do we condone what was written OR the ‘apology’ that was put out afterward on the facebook page on December 19th. We also did not see the call out until after it was posted. This, however, does not pardon us or excuse what happened. Thank you to the Montreal folks who took the time to explain to us some of the issues regarding white supremacy in the Southwest scene and how this call out and event contributed to it. We are not from the Southwest and so all we really know is what we’ve seen or heard on the periphery. However uninvolved in that scene, we still definitely do know that white supremacy exists in zine communities, and that that call out for readers was a perfect example of how white people tokenize people of colour and use them and their contributions in really insincere ways. We apologize to those who were made to feel alienated from the reading and to those who were hurt and maddened by the call out and the event itself. What happened with this reading is part of a much larger issue and we do hope that the discussion that began at the reading continues. As organizers we are learning all the time and we recognize that this event was unsuccessful in its attempt to be more inclusive and challenge white supremacy in our communities. We do not live in Montreal but we are willing to continue to be part of this discussion if people want us to be.

    We apologize to the people who we alienated and hurt with this event. We realize that how it happened was not conducive to building meaningful communities across provinces. We acknowledge that we have a lot of work to do and that we should have been more transparent about where we were at and how we were going about doing things. We hope people will continue to have these conversations (everywhere, not just in Montreal as this is not an isolated incident) and we are keeping all of this in mind as we move forward from this reading tour and with our organizing. Once again, we’d like to thank everyone who took the time to speak to us and provide us with information and context. We appreciate your time and energy and know that we are taking this seriously. This dialogue doesn’t end here as we will continue to have these conversations both with folks affected by this in Montreal, Toronto and everywhere else.

    In regards to the person who put out the call for readers in Montreal and who wrote the apology on the Montreal facebook event: we strongly urge you to rethink your role in this situation and the lack of accountability in your apology. We are tired of white cis men being able to disappear and step back when conflict arises from their problematic actions and then reappear when it is convenient for them. We are tired of doing work for these men and for having to explain to them why what they did was fucked up. We refuse to do this work for you and so this is all we will say about this.

    If you’d like to get in contact with us, here are the ways which you can do so:

    torontoqueerzinefair@gmail.com

    torontoqueerzinefair.tumblr.com

    https://www.facebook.com/torontoqzf

    -TQZF Collective

     


  2. WINTER SURVIVAL TOUR STARTS TODAY!

    TONIGHT WE ARE READING IN KITCHENER/WATERLOO @ SPECTRUM! 7PM. 42 Erb St E.

    TOMORROW WE ARE DOING AN AFTERNOON READING IN HAMILTON @ HOMEGROWN. 2PM! 27 KING WILLIAM STREET. We’re doing an afternoon reading so we can attend this rad and important event at night for the International day to end violence against sex workers hosted by Big Susie’s at the Embassy.  (https://www.facebook.com/events/652897461421855/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

    HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.

     

  3. Kingston flier made by the lovely Clara Bee Laverly. http://clarabeelavery.com/

     

  4. Toronto reading this Friday!!

     


  5. toughluvv:

    This is starting this friday with our Toronto reading! please spread the word and click the link for event info for all our tour dates!

    Friday December 13th - TORONTO Unit 2 https://www.facebook.com/events/599960106736138/
    Monday December 16th - KITCHENER/WATERLOO @ SPECTRUM, 42 Erb St E https://www.facebook.com/
    events/560246164050068/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&source=1
    Tuesday December 17th - HAMILTON
    https://www.facebook.com/
    events/615636531816971
    Wednesday December 18th - ST. CATHERINES
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1417608768474219/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&source=1
    Thursday December 19th - OTTAWA @ The Pressed Cafe https://www.facebook.com/events/468212779964189/?source=1
    Friday December 20th - KINGSTON The Sleepless Goat Cafe
    https://www.facebook.com/events/584720294916960
    Saturday December 21st - MONTREAL (https://www.facebook.com/events/538483069559555/?notif_t=plan_user_invited)

     


  6. some updates on the tour:

    Montreal facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/538483069559555/

    K/W facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/560246164050068/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&source=1

    Toronto facebook event coming soon.

    The Toronto Queer Zine Fair collective is going on a Winter Survival Tour! We will be hitting up Southern Ontario and Quebec reading from our zines and writings. Check the dates below to see if we’re coming to your city!

    Friday December 13th - TORONTO
    Monday December 16th -…

     


  7. We’re doing a Winter Survival Tour!

    The Toronto Queer Zine Fair collective is going on a Winter Survival Tour! We will be hitting up Southern Ontario and Quebec reading from our zines and writings. Check the dates below to see if we’re coming to your city!

    Friday December 13th - TORONTO
    Monday December 16th - KITCHENER/WATERLOO
    Tuesday December 17th - HAMILTON
    Wednesday December 18th - LONDON
    Thursday December 19th - OTTAWA @ The Pressed Cafe
    Friday December 20th - KINGSTON The Sleepless Goat Cafe
    Saturday December 21st - MONTREAL
    Sunday December 22nd - PETERBOROUGH

    More deets to come.

    This tour is all about survival. What things do we do to survive the winter? What things do we do to survive every day? Lets share our tips, our strategies, our ways of coping, and our stories.

    Maranda Elizabeth writes about mental health & illness, genderqueerosity, writing & creativity, self-care & support, and how to create a meaningful daily life.

    Eric Levitt writes zines on the intersection of radical gayness, queerness, body fascism and radical politics.

    Eddie O writes about supporting survivors and creating alternative structures of support and mutual aid with a focus on their own experience surviving abuse and recovering from trauma.

    you can read more about us here: http://torontoqueerzinefair.tumblr.com/about

    facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/198607163657101/?source=1

    Get in touch if you want to read with us or help us out with dates! torontoqueerzinefair@gmail.com

     


  8. Hey folks! We’ve made feedback form for people to fill out if they’d like to. This was our first year organizing this event and we’d love to hear how your experience was, and also what changes you’d like to see for future TQZF events.

     


  9. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Thank you to all the volunteers and organizers who helped with the event. Thank you to everyone who tabled, donated, and who came out and supported. Thank you to you all the bands and performers who played the after party. Thank you all for making the day so lovely! We also want to hear your feedback so feel free to email us at torontoqueerzinefair@gmail.com. We will also be sending out a feedback form within the next week. <3

     

  10. Happening in just over a week!! Get stoked! Boost!

    Want to help us poster? Send us a message or email: torontoqueerzinefair@gmail.com!

    Thanks to Nat & Jenny (astrologyrhymes.tumblr.com) for the awesome poster design.

    TOMORROW!! EVERYTHIN’ STARTS AT 11AM AND GOES ON TILL 5PM. AFTER PARTY DOORS 8PM AT UNIT 2 WITH PERFORMERS STARTIN’ AT 9PM. DANCE PARTY TILL 2AM. SEE YOU THERE <333

    (Source: torontoqueerzinefair)