Toronto Mad Pride

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We had a great time at the Bed Push Parade, June 16, 2017. Thanks to Samba Elégua and the fantastic volunteers and Mad-Rockers!

Images below show marchers carrying signs. If you know people and can help add a caption, please comment below.

Mad Pride Banner at front of parade
Mad Pride Banner at front of parade
The Bed! With Sarafin and Arif Virani
The Bed! With Sarafin and Arif Virani
Signs, Beds getting ready to march
Signs, Beds getting ready to march

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MAD PRIDE

Toronto Mad Pride Week

July 10-16

Mad + Allies + everyone welcome: We reclaim terms like Mad as an act of pride and strength. We’ll include you too!

 

July 15 – Mad Marketplace & Tea Party

OCAD – 100 McCall St. 12:00-4:00 – Mad artists, cake & fun

 

July 16 – Bed Push Parade and Fantastic picnic:

Parade starts @Parkdale Library (1303 Queen W) 11:30

Picnic @Trinity Bellwoods Park at 12:30

 

Celebrate, empower and build community

SCHEDULE: www.torontomadpride.com @madpridetoronto  torontomadpride@gmail.com www.facebook.com/torontomadpride

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Image: Music Notes Floating Over a Yellow Moon

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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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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Saraƒin is a writer, illustrator, cartoonist, and mad identified person. Asylum Squad, the webcomic, was born during a year long stay in a Toronto mental institution as a creative means of passing Saraƒin’s time. She will be selling her work at the Mad Hatter Street Fair and Marketplace.

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Asylum Squad – Saraƒin’s long running Mad Comic!
  1. What are you most excited about with your new book, Asylum Squad: The Jung Ones 2?
I am excited, as I always am, at the prospect of making new fans, and advancing the storyline.  This book was the most action packed in the series thus far, and was a joy to work on.
  1. What do we need to know from previous issues to understand the new book?

It helps to have at least read The Jung Ones pt 1, even better to have read Monster Hospital 1 & 2.  There are recaps in each new volume of events that occurred in previous books.  Basically, at this point, Liz Madder and company are well into the Ajna Project: an experimental drug treatment program based on Jungian psychiatry, that they signed up for, and were accepted into, during their stay at St Dymphna’s psychiatric hospital.

  1. How do you describe your experience with madness? 
I do not like psychiatric labels, for I have been given many in my life, and none of them seemed to stick or describe me very well.  I prefer to use the term Mad, even though I don’t consider myself a “sufferer of mental illness” – rather, I feel that I see the world through an unusual perspective due to a form of spiritual emergency that started in my mid 20s.
  1. What does Mad Pride mean to you?

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Here’s your Guide to a Mad Week…

 

What is Mad Pride?

Mad Pride Community is growing like a tree.

Events

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Mad discussions and forums, Friendly Spike Theatre Band, Mad Hatter Street Festival, MADx, SOS, Bed Push (Mad Pride Parade), Picnic

Volunteer – Mad Pride Toronto

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 Participate and Perform

Christine Shaheen makes multi-textured mad art http://www.christineshaheen.me/

Art, dance, comedy, sketch, writing, poetry. Music. & Peer supporters.

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