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Toronto video archives: events and news!

Covering queer, local community events and breaking news


Fred Phelps protest

Aug 8, 2008
Members of the Fred Phelps’ Westboro Basptist Church threatened to picket a SummerWorks Theatre Festival production called the Pastor Phelps Project on Aug 7. They didn’t show up but Torontonians turned out in force for a counter protest. Watch Xtra.ca’s coverage here.

Mel C chats with Xtra

Jul 11, 2008
Xtra.ca reporter Michael Pihach sits down with former Spice Girl and Toronto Pride headliner Melanie C to discuss her new solo album, life after Sporty Spice, tattoos and why girl power is a lot like gay pride.

Schmoozing the Pride Toronto Gala red carpet

Jul 9, 2008
Xtra.ca videographer Michael Pihach hobnobs with the glitterati at the Distillery District on June 24 for the Pride Toronto Gala & Awards.

Sandra Bernhard kicks off Pride

Jun 24, 2008
Fab Magazine associate editor Matt Thomas caught up with comedian Sandra Bernhard on June 22 after her show at Toronto’s Massey Hall. Bernhard’s performance kicked off Pride Week.

Families in transition

Jun 17, 2008
Xtra.ca videographer Michael Pihach attends the book launch for Families in TRANSition, Canada’s first resource guide for parents and families supporting trans youth, on June 8th at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto.

Inside Out Closing Gala

Jun 5, 2008
Xtra.ca videographer Michael Pihach captures the highlights of the Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival’s Closing Gala party May 25 at Toronto’s Edward Day Gallery.

Ontario relists SRS

Jun 4, 2008
The Ontario government will use standards from 1998 when it resumes funding for sex reassignment surgery, a decision that has some in the trans community worried. Xtra.ca videographer Michael Pihach reports.

Tom Kalin’s Savage Grace

Jun 2, 2008
Directed by Tom Kalin and starring Julianne Moore and Stephen Dillane, Savage Grace is a shocking tale of obsession and codependency that explores the shadowy margins of human sexuality. The film made its Canadian premiere at the Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival on May 18.

Inside Out Centrepiece Gala

May 26, 2008
Xtra.ca videographer Micheal Pihach reports on the schmoozing and cruising at the Inside Out Centrepiece Gala on May 20 at the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre in Toronto.

Supporting Our Youth celebrates 10 years

May 23, 2008
Xtra.ca videographer Jesse Trautmann covers the Supporting Our Youth 10th anniversary celebration at Toronto’s Circa Nightclub.

International Day Against Homophobia

May 23, 2008
Xtra.ca videographer Jesse Trautmann’s account of a protest to mark the International Day Against Homophobia in Toronto’s Dundas square on May 17.

Suddenly, Last Winter

May 14, 2008
Boyfriends Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi take us on a tour of Italy as the country debates rights for gay couples in their documentary Suddenly, Last Winter. The film had its Canadian premier on Apr 24 at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto. Xtra.ca chatted up the charming filmmakers.

2008 Toronto Hot Docs

May 3, 2008
Watch Xtra.ca videographer Jesse Trautmann’s report on the 2008 Toronto Hot Docs documentary film festival. Trautmann speaks with director Allison Murray about her documentary film, Carny, and with director Annie Goldson about her film, An Island Calling.

Queer bulletin board torched at U of T

Apr 8, 2008
Xtra videographer Jesse Trautmann explores recent vandalism at U of T’s Scarborough campus.

Java Nights explores queer lit

Apr 7, 2008
Xtra videographer Jesse Trautmann covers the Toronto Gay Book Slam at the Gladstone Hotel on Mar 25.

The story of an HIV convict

Jan 31, 2008
Ryan Handy spoke to Xtra on camera about his story. Watch the videos here!

OUT at TIFF series

Dec 18, 2007
For one week in September the best and brightest of the motion picture industry converge for the Toronto International Film Festival. In collaboration with Xtra.ca and OUTtv, host Matt Thomas chased down the best of the queer stories from the 2007 festival.

Protesting federal HIV/AIDS funding cuts

Dec 10, 2008
On Nov 30 AIDS Action Now held a protest at Toronto’s AIDS Memorial to oppose federal cuts to HIV/AIDS funding and Xtra was there. Check out Xtra’s video coverage below or read all about it in AIDS funding under attack.

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2007

Oct 25, 2007
Sep 29 marked the second annual all-night art festival, Nuit Blanche. Thousands of people crowded into various Toronto neighbourhoods for the event. Xtra.ca videographer Chris Dupuis was there.

Halloween night on Church St

Nov 12, 2007
Videoographer Chris Dupuis braved the horrifying and the sublime to cover Halloweek’s sensational crown jewel, the Halloween street party on Church St.

VIP opening at CIRCA

Oct 16, 2007
October 4 marked the opening of nightclub empressario Peter Gatien’s long-awaited Toronto megaclub, Circa. Xtra.ca’s videographer Matt Thomas and Xtra’s Xposed photographer Anna Pournikova were there.