Trinity St. Paul's United Church is a queer, bi and trans positive home for activism and the arts. It is an inclusive space, that stands against discrimination in all its forms, whether based in ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race or sexual orientation. Cheri DiNovo, the congregation's minister, is an out bisexual and a long-time advocate for LGBTQ rights.
Adriana Rolston is a Toronto-based writer and artist. Her art is rooted in intersectional feminism and explores themes of bisexual visibility, sex-positivity and body-positivity. She specializes in abstract vulva portraits using paper mache and a variety of mixed media. Her art uses tongue-in-cheek humour, pop-culture themes and reverent imagery to celebrate the unique diversity of vulvas while positioning the vulva as a beautiful, powerful force in our culture. @vulvarebel.
At Odds Collective was created as a platform for young artists to come together to create accessibility to the art market and to foster collaboration. The collective includes work from Natascha Malta, Enrique Gaudite, Krivvy and Sylvia Thorn.
Christine Demore is an artist & writer who uses acrylic pour painting as a way to explore vulnerability, identity, living with mental illness, and abuse recovery. She is a proud feminist, bisexual, and mental health & justice warrior. She resides in downtown Toronto with her partner and cat, living the urban life this small town girl always dreamed about. Instagram @demoredemerrier
Femmeboyant Designs is for queers, pervs, weirdos and pals. Created by a genderqueer, spoonie femme of colour, Femmeboyant Designs has something to say. Leather flogger earrings, reversible print-on-print bowties, and customized wire word earrings, necklaces and collar chains act as celebration and armor. Hand crafted with crystals and love.
Fuzzwumpet offers handmade, beautifully designed self-care kits for anyone who gets triggered or overstimulated while out and about. My products are designed based on my own experience with PTSD, anxiety and autism and informed by skills and strategies used in trauma therapy.
Heather Robertson is a Toronto-based printmaker and illustrator. Her artwork is a personal essay of love, loss, depression, and coping mechanisms, expressed through a combination of high contrast text and line drawings. Her most recent work takes printing and illustrating live with public demonstrations and spontaneous collaborations. To get in contact you can find her at @djbreakfast on Instagram.
Jasmine N.P. is a genderfluid mixed kid (Guyanese/Newfie) artist. They draw tender and loving depictions of queers of colour. They write about diaspora and depression, colonization and trauma, and resilience and healing. Their poetry is about survival. Altogether, they believe in art as a tool to combat the white ableist cishetero patriarchy. Away from art, Jasmine N.P. lives as a demigirlfriend, pet parent, and zucchini to five lovely bubs.
Jazmin Cordon-Ibanez is a fine art student attending OCAD pursuing a bachelor. The Toronto born and raised artist spends her free time making crafts with her sister. These include embroidery, needle felt, resin, clay charms and more. You can find her on instagram @jazmincordonibanez.
karmabeads is a labour of love for Laura Innis, a queer enby artist who handmakes one of a kind wearable works of art. Her work incorporates semi-precious gemstones, recycled glass and (her own) hand-twisted wire beads. One area of Laura’s designs emphasize colourways that represent the diversity of rainbow communities, with a particular focus on those who wish to wear colours that represent them, but in an understated way.
Keet Geniza is an artist born and raised in Manila. MAKE! SHIFT! LOVE! is a project and practice that centers the intertwined processes of making, shifting and loving as a queer, brown, pinay femme immigrant. Through representational art and illustrations, comics, writings and zines, MAKE! SHIFT! LOVE! is a practice that facilitates her ongoing quest to untangle and reconcile the roots of past woundings, explore and transform her engagement with solitude and invisibility, and navigate the cusps between personal heritage and narrative reinvention.
Kimberley Dewing is a Toronto-based artist, illustrator, and designer. Her passion is working in watercolour. Kimberley's greatest sources of inspiration are the sensual and pragmatic qualities of the human form, the beauty and folk-lore of local plants species, and her experiences in the city as a queer woman. Social Media: Instagram @ Kviolets // Twitter @ kimberleydewing // Website @ kimberleydewing.com
L'Amour-Propre makes queer and sex positive accessories. The business came about from us wanting more options for stylish, minimalist, kink and queer friendly goods. We make engraved keychains, pins, and jewelry, as well as leather accessories. L'Amour-Propre is also the sister company of Weal and Breech, which focuses on making high-quality bdsm implements.
Monster Cliche is the love child of staying up late to watch anime and stumbling upon "Friday's Without Borders" on Showcase. A mix of cute, colourful, spooky, and lewd, Monster Cliche is a representation of queer sexuality which hopes to inspire others to be fearless.
Natalie Very B. is a published Polish-Canadian illustrator and educator. Her artistic career is based on investigation of whimsical shapes of feminism in today’s world, as well as teaching creative skills to the youth. Her paintings reveal many Slavic folklore influences, while myths and legends are a constant source of inspiration whenever she creates a new body of work. Equality between sexes is a major issue in today’s society and a strong incentive for her to make illustrations that depict women as beautiful, empowered, and strong. Her artwork emanates wistful longing, tangible nostalgia, and exploration of the concept of “home” as a haunting visual element.
Nervous Habits. From record tote bags to zipper pouches and wristlets, to stickers and patches, to upcycled t-shirts, Nervous Habits is neurotically handcrafted from start to finish using hand-drawn and carved stamped prints that are sewn in small batches by queer, over-caffeinated, manic maker and busy body Jess Santos, who currently resides in London via Toronto. IG + FB // @shopnervoushabits // #shopnervoushabits // #nervoushabits.
Paige Robertson is a conceptual photographer who dreams of the cosmos and the infinite potential our universe hosts. She spends her time on earth investigating memories, mental illness, the complexities of personal relationships and The Self. www.paige-robertson.com // IG https://www.instagram.com/the_space_paige8/
Pillow Talk features handmade pillows crafted in Toronto using locally-manufactured, 100% recycled, hypoallergenic, machine-washable stuffing, and new and upcycled fabrics. Check out current inventory at www.facebook.com/PillowTalkTO
Prickly Cactus Collage is a project of Catherine Jones - a disabled activist, artist, and bi/queer femme. With Prickly Cactus Collage, she brings an eclectic collection of feminist, queer, and kink-positive buttons, magnets, postcards and greeting cards. Inspirations include elephants, the Irish coastline, chubby cats, the histories of Toronto’s queer communities, and bi+ flamingos.
pseudonym is the nefarious brain-child of leah benetti. It began in late 2015, when she forsake the bitter shores of the university and lake ontario, to join khg of the spontaneous prose store in new orleans, where she bound books for street poets and learned the art of poet 4 hire herself, which she continued practicing upon her return to canada. She has written poems in numerous cities, on numerous topics, for numerous people, and she hopes that thru this medium and thru her future mediums, her viewers will feel understood and vulnerable in human ways.
Shelby McLeod is a Toronto based illustrator and screen printer who uses her practice as a vehicle to tell stories that are familiar and representational of day to day life, inspired by alleyways, commuting around the city as well as snapshots into the minutiae of her own and friends personal lives. She creates illustrations, zines and ephemera that explore these themes of femme disabled life in the city. Shelby generates work that is a pleasure to make and observe. A graduate of OCAD University with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in screen printing currently practicing out of her studio in the Junction, Toronto.
HEADER IMAGE BY KIMBERLEY DEWING: kimberleydewing.com.