Welcome to the home of Toronto Mad Pride

Toronto Mad Pride Week 2016 was this past July 11-17. But the madness isn't over, as new events are in the works as we lead up to Toronto Mad Pride Week 2017! Checkout the site for new event postings and for ways to get involved.

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Now is the time to raise your voice! And Hear Ours!

Our strengthPoster for Raised Voices Event. Background image is an opera singer dressed like a viking. comes from sharing our Mad talents and Mad spirits. Join us this Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 8:00 at the Gladstone Hotel, Ballroom. Let us know you are coming via our Raised Voices Facebook event.

Raised Voices – Performers

Dr. Anderson

Hailing from the mysterious university town of Peterboroughshire-upon-the-Ottonabee, Dr. Anderson is a Rock and Roll Musician bent on ruining the perceptions of the allegedly sane.

Jenny

Jenny has been a mad activist in the community since 2012. She is experiencing a creative reawakening after a long dry spell.

Quarry Bay

Quarry Bay is a musician, producer, ethnographer, and anarchist based in Toronto and Hong Kong. His music and studies focus on anti-racism, madness, and the inevitable demise of the capitalist nation state. He is currently interested in examining how madness and oppression intersect.

Asante

Asante is a spoken word artist who mesmerized audiences at both the July Mad X and the November Mad X. Here he is making his Gladstone debut.

Tom Theriault

He is a Toronto musician who is part of the Kensington Market music scene / community for the past 25 years. Tom is a Proud Mental Health Survivor!.

Donna Linklater

Donna is a maniac. The most apt insult she’s ever received was “Soviet Barbie”.

Felix and the Threesomes

Felix is an eclectic retro hippie far beyond perfume and bohemian; but Felix is a people person who is poly-amorous towards everything in life. The Threesomes music can be described as being folk with lyrics that are love-fantasy. Ladies and gentlemen open your hearts to Toronto’s very own, Felix and the Threesomes.

Stacey Bowen

Stacey Bowen is a short story writer who mixes fiction with non-fiction around human life-struggles. She is also a trained Motivational Speaker who advocates for changes to Social Polices and more subsidized Housing.

Stacey values her job that deals with helping the homeless population, and working with people living with mental illness and addictions by doing her frontline job as Shelter-Relief Worker at Fred Victor.

Mr. Bittersweet

Mr. Bittersweet has been playing music in Toronto for about 30 years and performed and entertained in about 600 instances for mainly community events. Besides being a singer/songwriter and self-recording artist, he is also a writer, painter and generally a multi-media artist, including technical and promotional theatre works. Over the years He worked with about 200 different artist, a majority of them based in the community mental health system and often ‘psychiatrized’. (more…)

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CONTEST! – FLASH CALL For Cover Art Submissions for Inaugural Issue!

This is a contest to have your work featured on Issue 1 of The Mad Times!

Mad Pride Logo surrounded by a tree that is made of people.
An early attempt at a Mad Pride Logo…we need your help (by Tim Brown)

Mad Times is a space for you to share your Mad art and creativity. We are holding a cover contest for our inaugural issue. The theme is universal: this is an introduction. We are thinking about… beginnings, initial psych experiences, Mad Pride, newspaper style.
Art that incorporates “Mad Times” is favourable, but everything and anything will be considered.

 

DEADLINE is JANUARY 31st!

Feel free to share widely.

Email SUBMISSIONS to: madtimestoronto@gmail.com

Your work will be an important part of the first issue of Mad Times.

Mad Times is a publication by Mad Pride Toronto. Mad Times Magazine aims to create an open forum for Mad writers, artists, and activists to share their art and voices with the broader community.

We will choose one image for the cover (print, online). We will also choose other images for the online version of Mad Times.

Submitting work for consideration is easy. Email us samples of your work (high res JPG files), along with a short bio (Do you identify as Mad, consumer survivor, psych survivor or otherwise been in the psychiatric system?), and a description of the work.

Please include the following with your submission:
• Your Name (and company name if you have one)
• Contact information (Phone, Cell, Email)
• Website (if you have one)

Email submissions to: madtimestoronto@gmail.com
There will be another round of calls for future issues. We appreciate your hard work. We are all volunteers. We will have a longer lead time for future issues.

MAD TIMES – madtimestoronto@gmail.com

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Mad Pride Toronto celebrates, empowers and builds community for people who identify as Mad, consumer survivors, psychiatric survivors, mentally ill, mentally awesome, and normal. We will present Toronto’s Mad Pride Week 2017 (July 10-16).

MORE INFORMATION – Mad Times Page

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Here is some inspiring music leading up to Raised Voices at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, on February 2, 2017.

“The Cuckoo” by Banjo Rebellion (“Banjo Rebellion got its name when Val Kerr & Bill Nunnelley, partners in life and in music, answered the call for rebel performers at the Toronto MadX event, aptly named “The Rebellion”.

And Donna Linklater

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Raised Voices at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, on February 2016.
Raised Voices at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, on February 2, 2016.

 

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This will be a sample Mad Times Post. Check out the rest of the site while we build out the Mad Times section.

Mad Times will be publishing the first issue soon Jan or Feb 2017

 

 

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Image: Rainbow stylized musical notes and sound waves

 

Want to get involved, ask a question or launch a new initiative?

Fantastic, get in touch with Mad Pride Toronto on our various channels of fun:

  •  General Mad Pride Contact: torontomadpride AT gmail.com
  • Mad Times: madtimestoronto AT gmail.com
  • Mad Pride Music: madpridemusic AT gmail.com
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Text reads "WINTERPRIDE" Image: A cabin in the snow.

 


Toronto Mad Pride wishes you a great, warm, delicious, peaceful and Mad holiday season

 
Would you be interested in meeting up over the holidays with other fun, weird and or mad people? Follow us over to the Toronto Mad Pride Facebook Page.
 
 

With the holidays and winter weather here, we thought it’d be good timing to remind you of a few services and resources available in Toronto:

 

The Consumer/Survivor Info Centre

Checkout the special December issue of The Bulletin for:

Community support listings
Workshops
Employment and training
Things to do over the holidays

 

The Toronto Drop-In Network (TDIN) – Holiday Meals
 
Image: Red Cardinal sitting on branches covered with ice and snow.

Follow the Meal list then click for a PDF file
 

 

211 Toronto – for community, social and health service questions:

211 Ontario website: http://211ontario.ca/

 

311 Toronto for general City of Toronto services (including winter weather issues) – they are reachable 24/7 by phone

Tel: 311 within Toronto / 416-392-CITY (2489) outside Toronto
TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
E-mail: 311@toronto.ca
Web: toronto.ca/311
Twitter: @311toronto

 

Toronto Hydro

If people or property are at risk, always call 911 first.

For electrical emergencies (such as downed lines), call Toronto Hydro immediately at 416-542-8000 and press option 1 to reach the emergency dispatch department. If you are unable to reach Toronto Hydro call 911 for police or fire.

https://outagereport.torontohydro.com/
Twitter: @TorontoHydro

 

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Whether your shopping for yourself, someone else, have stuff you want to get rid of, or just want to hangout in a park with some friendly people, join us this Saturday Oct 22nd at the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse from 9:30am – 2:00pm.

 

All proceeds will go towards planning more Toronto Mad Pride events. If there are specific events you’d like us to arrange, visit us on Saturday and share your ideas. If you’d like to learn more about what Toronto Mad Pride is all about or want to volunteer with us, come see us on Saturday or email us at torontomadpride@gmail.com.

 
 

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Help out with the Mad Music Show & DirectoryMad Garage Sale – EVENT, and Mad Outreach (Learn, help, connect)

Mad Music Directory  (Lots of shows and help to promote Musicians!)

Image: Rainbow stylized musical notes and sound waves
Feel the good Mad Music! Mad Pride Music Directory and Fun!

 

Mad Garage Sale – EVENT Facebook (October 22, 2016)

Image: Older woman at a table with vintage plates and sales
Get together and buy some great gear!

Mad Outreach

EVERYTHING we do is outreach and connection building community. We are particularly excited about reaching new communities.

Get involved in general as a volunteer.