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The Bed Push symbolizes and celebrates Mad peoples’ journey from the institution to the community:

Proud Bed Pushers at Toronto Mad Pride 2015
Proud Bed Pushers at Toronto Mad Pride 2015

Patients left hospitals like the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to live in the community.

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Involuntary patients / inmates escaped from institutions like CAMH and found their own rights and opportunities for self-determination, empowerment.

In 2015, the Bed Push went from Parkdale Library to Trinity Bellwoods Park a lovely walk that drew support, spread our voice and ended with terrific food.P1200973

Sounds and cheers were carried by the bed neé stretcher.

At the end of the march shady trees were a blessed sight!

Photo: Bed Push arrives
Photo: Bed Push arrives

Please join us this year on the Bed Push. We need volunteers NOW to plan the Bed Push. We also need volunteers on the day to help with carrying signs, food, sleepy people and marshals, media relations, and cheerleaders.

  • email us at torontomadpride at gmail.com and use the subject line: “Bed Push”

Looking forward to meeting you and talking soon.

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Toronto Mad Pride has a new Madweb site where you can find out about volunteering, events, madness, cool people and ways to celebrate. This year is going to be better than ever with people committed to learning, sharing, forming community and fun.

Mad Pride logo a person throws off shackles – The Right to be Free – The Right to be Me

Mad Pride is about activism and celebration. We invite you to join in building something together with enthusiastic and supportive nnpeople. We are not experts. We are not a hierarchical team. Planning is based on input from people like you and driven by your energy. So join us and invite your coolest friends, neighbours and acquaintances.

Contact / Involve / Share / Celebrate the Mad Love and Empowerment:

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What does Mad Pride mean to you? What is your vision for Mad Pride 2016?

Mad pride is a chance to bring together people from across the GTA. Mad is an inclusive term. We need to celebrate and embrace people who are familiar with the Mad movement and people who are interested in learning more.

At events, we heard a lot about the importance of publicity. We know we need to have more people involved in the early planning and at the events. This is a great volunteer opportunity to meet, learn and get involved in healthy-dynamic team! We hope to hear from you soon.

Contact us!

Thank you for your commitment to Mad Pride. Looking forward to seeing you in 2016.

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The Mad Market offered art for everyone: cool and crazy. We shared ideas, inspirations and images. Artists used every media – paint, plant, paper, peanut butter. Mad art covered every topic – cartoons to psychosis to cupcakes. The photos below give a very rough idea of the incredible range of mad artists:

Art making continued at the market!

For next year, look forward to much more publicity and many more vendors!

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Mad Pride is more than meeting fabulous beautiful people, it is also about talent. Comedy, music, poetry, painting, jewelry, and comedy.

The music night brought us together in an intimate affair to discover remarkable talents. Performers covered everything from classic folk tunes to Adele to heartfelt original poetry to Alanis Morissette (who attended in spirit):

Jokes and madness go together like dogs and poker.

If you can’t laugh at mental illness, then you needed to attend the Mad Pride Comedy night. Our veteran, scintillating and dirty performers covered everything from relationships to hospitalizations; families to medications; and nut allergies to psychiatrists. There was a lot to learn and next year we might prepare a report (haha) to send to psychiatrists to diagnose their problems and advise them on how to improve.

Note: Let us know if you would like to have your name or picture included here. Otherwise we will maintain confidentiality.