art, sex, violence and other forms of entertainment (and more shoes)

Seems like there’s no shortage of sexy entertainment opportunities in town this month. Not to mention out of town… I’m still hissing and cursing that I have to miss out on Pussy Palace, Toronto’s fabulous women’s bathhouse night. Because of work, no less! Argh. But some clients just can’t be turned down…

Anyway, for those of you not in Montreal, the rest of this post may be rather irrelevant, though I promise I’ve tried to keep it at least somewhat entertaining. For those who are near and dear, I encourage you to check out some of the following… all details posted at the very end.

We begin with a photography exhibit by people I’ve never heard of, but whose premise is kind of… haunting and intriguing. It’s called Post-Amen: The Distortion of Light. The featured artist, known as Amen, committed suicide this time last year. This is a showing of a selection of her works, many of which apparently deal with her “struggle with gender-normative dogma and doctrines.” It’s only on for a few days over this coming weekend (June 8-10), so do check it out if you have the chance.

Next in line: hot, fat and mainly queer performance artists Big Moves doing a crazy Fringe show entitled Gargantua: Fear of a Fat Planet. Can’t wait to see what they’ll be getting up to… especially since my sources tell me they’re featuring an un-publicized secret special appearance by Mitch Mitcham of King Size fame. Mitch’s smooth and sexy performance to a très jazzy version of the classic “Baby Got Back” was the highlight of King Size’s April show at Cleo, so I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. You heard it here, folks! (June 8-17)

Following that, Amber Goodwyn – editrix extraordinaire of local smut zine Lickety Split – is curating a program of short films entitled Daughters of Joy! on June 14, also as part of the Fringe. The films deal with “the nature of difference and desire and the conjoining of sexuality/gender/eroticism.” Who the heck could resist that? Especially since Amber is the antithesis of pretentious – this is unlikely to be an act of art-school masturbation and more likely to be, um, well, real masturbation that happens to be artistic. Or something like that. Nummy.

The superhotties of Montreal’s Roller Derby League face off once again on June 16 in their Championship Game, which promises to be… well, very hot. Okay, so you’ve heard me rave about how sexy it is to watch girls in fishnets go WWF on each other while wearing roller skates, but the hotness of roller derby can also in part be attributed to its audiences. People dress up for this, folks! I’ve never seen such mouthwatering crowds of delicious dames and dashing dudes. It’s like porn for the rockabilly set. Deeeelish. If the weather’s right and I’m feeling the appropriate gender that day, I intend to sport a ridiculously hot polka-dot dress and possibly new red Fluevog heels – hey, you won’t be finding me on skates, so this is my version of participating in the sport. If you can’t look retro-hot on the rink, the least you can do is aim for retro-hotness on the sidelines…

From June 28 to July 1, there’s a street-level art festival. These days they’re calling it the Festival Montréal en Arts, but here’s a secret: back in the day it used to be the Festival des Arts du Village. In other words, the big fat crazy queer art festival. I’m guessing they changed it to more accurately reflect the fact that not everyone who participated was queer or from the Village, but a pretty significant proportion of the art still has a distinctly queer flavour. Okay, occasionally you may trip on a little old lady displaying paintings of flowery landscapes in rural Quebec, but whatever. There’s still lotsa fun stuff (read: paintings of naked men and sometimes naked women).

Last but certainly not least, King Size themselves will grace the stage again on June 29 with their new show, The Parlour. I’ll leave it at that – my slavering fandom has surely been made amply clear in many of my past posts. Hot girls dressed like hot guys do it for me any day of the week, baby. Especially when they don’t mind me shamelessly flirting. Heh.

Oh, and the derby girls play again on June 30. No, I don’t have an outfit picked out yet.

By the way, if you’re interested in hearing last week’s Dykes on Mikes show, in which I interviewed both a roller derby lad(d)y and three King Size gentlemyn (howzat for sexy?), check out the CKUT schedule grid, choose “Dykes on Mikes” from the drop-down menu, and click on the little play icon to have a listen. It was a load of fun.

Okay, here are the actual details for each of the events above, all except the derby, which you can check out here.

Look for me if you come out… and don’t forget to say something nice about the shoes!

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  • Post Amen -The Distortion of Light

a collaborative project with work by SHANNON JAMIESON
open gallery june 8-10th
Vernissage & Celebration june 9th 7pm onwards
music by: Philippe Mius d’Entremont
@ ART EN MAJUSCULE
950 ottawa street (between peel and university street)
Please bring a candle

The Post-Amen project is a collaborative effort revolving around a body of work entitled The Distortion of Light, created by multi-media artist Shannon Jamieson, also known as Amen. In 2004, Amen began production of a substantial selection of digitally manipulated photographs; large scale, often horizontal and vertical panoramas ‘stitched’ together, these mise en scenes often contain the artist, melding herself to place and subject. After her suicide last June, she left behind an extensive body of work unprinted or exposed. The Distortion of Light is a selection of seven of these prints.

Amen’s artwork is driven by a ceaseless curiosity in the multiple perceptions and presentations of identity. Amen’s practice involves mark-making, and frequently employs self-portraiture as part of an original, piercing and profound inquiry into the mutable elements that constitute identity, its performance and social tailoring. Her investigations are often navigated by her own struggle with gender normative dogma and doctrines – that paradoxically also offer possibilities for self actualization.

Also to be exhibited, a sensitive investigation of the residue, other documents and works which surround the particular time and place in which The Distortion of Light was created. The evidence: emails, maps, sketches & marks, has been gathered and recuperated by digital means to serve as a translation of this narrative. The content insights consideration of context and consequence of the creation of a particular body in a particular life.

  • GARGANTUA: Fear of a Fat Planet
    An out-of-this-world sci-fi dance odyssey

BOSTON, MA.- Start with hefty dancers, throw in some glitter dust and fat chicks on skates, mix it up with an insane military plot that could tear the galaxy apart, and what do you get? Why, it’s GARGANTUA: Fear of a Fat Planet, the newest Big Moves show that will be running at the St.-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival June 8 through June 17. The Mach-10 musical is taking up residence at Théâtre La Chapelle, 3700 Rue St-Dominique (Venue 10), with opening night on Friday, June 8, at 6 pm. Admission is $9 at the door, with festival passes available online at www.montrealfringe.ca. Tickets may also be purchased through the Fringe Festival box office at
514-849-FEST. For more information about GARGANTUA and the various programs of Big Moves around North America, visit us online at http://www.bigmoves.org or call 617-869-2970.

One part dance musical, one part Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, with a blast of B-movie kitsch and some kick-ass liberation politics to boot, GARGANTUA is a campy extravaganza with more booty, more food fights, and more heart than any other musical on a Montréal Fringe stage, ever.  It is an Anglophone show as far as script, but it is full of dance numbers, too, and dance, as everybody knows, is the universal language (and now it’s pan-galactic, too!). The show played to full houses throughout its fall 2006 tour through New England and New York City, drawing audiences in with the usual Big Moves blend of humor, dance skills, and social consciousness.  Unlike previous Big Moves shows, GARGANTUA actually has a script, and we’re not afraid to use it! The GARGANTUA cast from the US is even joining forces with plus-size bellydancers from Montréal’s Tywalline studio, for a stage event of international proportions.

An evening of experimental video, film and audio about sex.
Thursday, June 14, 2007 7:00pm – 8:00pm Run time: 60 minutes
The Green Room – Street: 5390 St-Laurent

Curated by: Amber Goodwyn
Co-presented by: The St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival
Work by: Jackie Gallant & Dayna Macleod, Elin Gustafson, Nicole Koschmann, La Mathilde, Terryl Loffler, Shana Macdonald, Peter Miller, Kathleen K-R, Anita Schoepp and Scott Stark
Magazines by: Lickety Split smut zine

Lascivious, libidinous and salacious artists cum together for an evening of sexy, experimental cinema! ‘You can watch’ as different, brave artists expose radical suggestions regarding the nature of difference and desire and the conjoining of sexuality/gender/eroticism. Cream yourself over forthright, frank depictions of the bodies’ invisible truths!

These artists ask: when you’re feeling hot, do you reach for your lover, your vibrator or your camera? Who we are or aren’t fucking doesn’t matter as much as how we’re doing it: with cameras, microphones and media helping us along to our bliss. Young girls experiment by video-recording newly acquired gestures and curves, straight men stare into the sun analyzing the rippling terrain of the vulva, solo-adventurers fuck themselves to dazzling heights with the camera on, while others deconstruct popular media’s groping motions with glee. The western world is a dizzy spin, saturated with sexy advertisements, Internet porn and sticky loads of technology infringing on our schedules, workplaces and private life, and when it comes to sex, you’re either with them or against them…or at the very least rubbing up against them.

  • King Size: The Parlour

The drag kings of King Size welcome you into their Parlour! The Parlour is the newest show by Montreal’s newest drag king troupe. Enjoy a smoking hot evening in the company of these seductive lads who will tease and charm you with their sexy moves and dashing looks. On the agenda: brand new performances, an after-show dance and the chance to have a one-on-one dance with the drag king of your choice!

Featuring hot young comedian Deanne Smith as MC and a surprise guest performer! Not to be missed!

Friday, June 29 @ 10:00 PM (doors open at 9:00 PM)
Sala Rossa, 4848 St-Laurent
$10 regular / $7 students and low income

Funds from this show will go towards maintaining the King Size website and covering performance expences (props, costumes, cab fare, etc.) that have been paid for by individual King Size members up until now. We appreciate your support!

For more information, visit www.kingsize.ca
Make sure to join our mailing list!! kingsizelist@gmail.com

Everyone over 18 is welcome: female, male, trans, straight, queer, etc.


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