LGBTQ+ Cabinets of Curiosities








August 3, 2017




From directors Melissa Beaudet and Eza Paventi.
A docufiction series created by LP8 Media that explores the past, present and future of bullied youth and a bully; unique stories of young people aged 11 to 17. This series is an initiative of Jasmin Roy and the Jasmin Roy Foundation.


The mission of the Jasmin Roy Foundation is to fight discrimination, bullying and violence against young people in schools at the elementary and secondary levels.




August 4, 2017


Cinema: LILIES


Movie presented in English.
A film by John Greyson, 1996 (96 min.).
Based on the play of one of Canada’s most gifted writers, Michel Marc Bouchard, LILIES is an emotionally intense tale of love, betrayal and revenge in which one man’s past come to haunt him.

“Stunning…Superb… A Fierce Poetic Vision.” (New York Film Festival).

With Brent Carver, Marcel Sabourin, Albert Pallascio, Jason Cadieux, Matthew Ferguson, Danny Gilmore, Alexander Chapman…


John Greyson (born March 13, 1960) is a Canadian director, writer, video artist, producer and political activist, whose work frequently deals with gay themes. Greyson is also a professor at York University’s film school, where he teaches film and video theory, film production and editing. Though Greyson has won awards and achieved critical success with his films, most notably Lilies (1993), his outspoken persona, activism and public image has also attracted international press and controversy. He was part of a loosely-affiliated group of filmmakers to emerge in the 1980s from Toronto known as the Toronto New Wave.



August 8, 2017





A film by Marie Brodeur, 2016 (83 min.)
A retrospective of the career of a culture-loving dancer and close friend of the American poet Frank O’Hara. Vincent Warren has performed on the American and Montreal dance stages. The film won the Best Canadian Work Award at the Montreal Festival of Films on Art in 2016. An excerpt from the film shows Vincent Warren recalling the memory of Frank O’Hara, the great love of his life, who died prematurely in a car accident. The exhibition also features love poems by Frank O’Hara dedicated to Vincent Warren.

Marie Brodeur began a career as a film director in 1986 after having worked for 10 years in the modern ballet world in Canada, the United States and Europe. She has a background in visual arts, dance, theater and video art. Her works have received several international awards and are part of prestigious public collections in New York, Paris, Montreal. Producers: Alain Thériault, Marie Brodeur, Produced by TAP Film Inc.


Image: Cérémonie © Ronald Labelle, 1971



August 9, 2017




A film by Chloé Robichaud, 2013 (100 min.).
With Sophie Desmarais, Jean-Sébastien Courchesne, Geneviève Boivin-Roussy…


Chloé Robichaud graduated in Film Production from Concordia University and later joined INIS. In 2010, her film Moi non plus was presented among the favorites of the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival and in official competition at the Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal. In 2012, her short film Chef de meute was presented in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival. The following year, Sarah préfère la course, her first feature film, was shown in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival.




August 10, 2017



Conference: Y A-T-IL UN ART QUEER ?


By Jonathan Sardelis.

Is there a queer art? If so, what does it look like? Jonathan Sardelis, master’s student in visual and media arts at UQÀM, will demystify this term and offer an overview of the history of queer art and its current manifestations in the Montreal art scene. This conference proposes to reflect on queer not only from an identity, social and political perspective, but also from aesthetic issues.

Jonathan Sardelis‘s research-creation focuses on the representation of eroticism and the body from a queer perspective, more particularly in painting.


Image: JJ Levine, Mikiki (2012)



August 11, 2017




Directed by Anna Lupien.
Co-produced by Fondation Émergence and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

In the spirit of awareness and inclusion, this short ten-minute docufiction helps to combat stereotypes and to question the way we look at others.

Anna Lupien is interested in art and people, societal issues and creation as a way of apprehending the world or as a motor of social transformation. She makes several series of short films presented online, in theaters and in museum spaces.


Cinema: KOOPLES, 2016


Directed by Oz Yilmaz.
Four couples (gay, lesbian, trans) talk about their relationships.

Oz Yilmaz is a film producer, photographer, screenwriter, poet and actor. He has produced several films and artistic projects focusing on artists and art, including Portragram screened in 2016 at the Centre Phi and Kooples, also produced in 2016.



August 14, 2017


Conference: LE CORPS GAY


By Karl-Gilbert Murray.

Curator Karl-Gilbert Murray recounts the conception of the first exhibition on male homosexuality in a Quebec museum institution, namely the Musée d’Art Contemporain des Laurentides in 2002.

A specialist in contemporary art, Karl-Gilbert Murray does research on questions of identity (Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Gay Studies, Queer Theory and theories on feminist art) which focus on the intersections between gender studies and questions underlying alternative sexualities, in particular gay and queer, in the field of visual arts.

Image: Johannes Zits, GNI-Magazines, 2002, digital print on archival paper, from the video “Guys Night In”, 35 cm x 26 cm.



August 15, 2017




Lecture by Robert Schwartzwald.

The speaker will outline two exhibitions held in Berlin and Vienna, cities notorious for their roles in shaping modern concepts of sexuality.

Robert Schwartzwald is Professor in the Department of Literatures and World Languages at the University of Montreal. He has published several texts on the relationship between the portrayal of homosexuality and nationalism. Among his recent publications, a book on the film “C.R.A.Z.Y.” by Jean-Marc Vallée in the Queer Film Classics series.



August 16, 2017




Poet and spokesperson for the Archives gaies du Québec 2017 fundraising campaign. Prize draw for an artwork by EVERGON and JEAN-JACQUES RINGUETTE for fundraising donors.

Jean-Paul Daoust is a Quebec poet and essayist who has published some thirty collections of poetry and two novels since 1976. Les Cendres bleues (1993), Le Vitrail brisé (2009) and Rituels d’Amérique (2013) are just a few of his frank successes honored with various awards.


Image: Evergon & Jean-Jacques Ringuette, Alex and Gab with Bottom’s Ass Head, 2016


Evergon, an internationally renowned Canadian artist, photographer and teacher, is a true cultural icon. A pioneer of contemporary homoerotic art and an emblematic figure of homosexual communities in North America, he works in cultural circles through his active defense of homosexual rights. His approach questions society, its normativity and its tendency to impose a dominant sexual identity.


Jean-Jacques Ringuette is a Quebec artist whose work, marked by the tension between realism and artifice, irony and tragedy, regularly takes the body (or its evocation) as its main motive and revolves around the notion of incarnation, in the broad sense of the manifestation of the various states and attitudes that the psyche adopts in its relationship to the flesh and the world. His works have been presented in Europe, the United States, Quebec and Canada.



August 17, 2017




By Olivier Vallerand, architect.

This meeting presents the different interpretations that architects and architectural historians have of the relationship between the built environment, sexuality and gender. The notions of identity, tension between private and public, oppression and reappropriation will be among others discussed.

Olivier Vallerand is an architect (Ordre des Architectes du Québec), within the 1x1x1 creation laboratory and guest researcher at University of California, Berkeley. He is also a lecturer at the School of Architecture at Laval University and research coordinator at GRIS-Montreal.


Image: Elmgreen & Dragset, The Hockney Bathroom, The Nordic Pavilion, 53e Biennale de Venise, 2009. © Anders Sune Berg



August 18, 2017




By John Banks. Français/English.
Anecdotes and facts about gay sex in Quebec and Canada during the years 1943 to 1958.


¾ of a century of sex: discovering sex; experimental sex; expansive sex; bisexual sex; trios, orgies, saunas, its all open and nothing held it back. Then reality, fears, protection, and those ugly people who, told us that their god was punishing gays.


Image: John Banks © Robert Tessier