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Church Street’s lesbian party rises to the top

Cream raises the bar on lowering inhibitions in Toronto

Credit: Chantelle Wright

One of the city’s newest girl parties, Cream, gets pretty raucous. So raucous, in fact, that its organizers, Cici Czigler and Chantelle Wright, sometimes worry people might hurt themselves. “It draws mainly a younger crowd and they go crazy,” Wright says. “They’re dancing on top of the speakers, sweating, hanging off of things.”

Czigler is also the party’s resident DJ, spinning under the name DJ KLR. “It’s surreal, the fact I can’t see past the people dancing in front of me,” she says.

But that’s the kind of party they set out to create when they began the night in December 2014. “Lowered inhibitions was a big part of it,” Wright says. “If I have to go out, I want to make sure I have a good time.”

“My best memories [of clubbing] are when you’re super drunk, your makeup is running, and you’re just dancing with friends and you don’t care.”

While they don’t make use of the private booths in the back, choosing Club 120 as the venue for their lesbian-friendly, monthly party was a big part of accomplishing this goal. “I feel like you have no inhibitions when you go into a place that’s a little bit grungier,” Wright says.

The party takes place on the first Friday of each month. For the May party, which will mark half a year of Creams, Czigler will be joined on the turntables by Ticky Ty and Matt Priestess. The music promises to be eclectic but eminently dance-worthy.  Czigler says she spins not only “stuff on the radio that you sing along to,” but also “things from around the world that no other party is playing.”

New to party organizing, Wright and Czigler were concerned their queer party might not be able to fill the venue. But that hasn’t been a problem, and with three ambitious parties in the works for June — a summer kick-off, a Pride kick-off and a Pride party —  they’re taking a gamble that the momentum will continue to build.

“So lower your inhibitions and come to Cream,” Czigler says.