Launch Party for Queer West Fest
This event is part of four day Toronto Queer Arts Festival.
1602 Dundas St W. (North side) ( a few doors east of Brock Avenue. open 8 PM to 2 AM No Cover Brockton Village, Toronto Ontario Arts Festival Hotline: 416-879-7954
From 9 pm to 11 pm DJ Nik Red
DJ NIK Redman as he is sometimes known in Toronto music circles; is an outstanding artist, activist, and community worker who was born in Montreal, Canada, and grew up in both Barbados and Canada. Nick is in a relationship with Marcus Ware, a Toronto trans rights activist
He is a member of the GBQ Trans Men’s Working Group, the Ontario Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance, Toronto’s Prisoners Justice Action Committee, the Trans Fathers 2B Parenting Course Project Team, and the MaBwana Community Advisory Committee, which is a Black/African/Caribbean MSM research project. Redman is also one of four online facilitators for the province-wide HIV/AIDS-themed Stop Stigma campaign.
Nik currently works as a Grievance Officer with University of Toronto’s Local 1998 United Steelworkers Union. In addition, he does Anti-Harassment and Human Rights Training for the Union. Nik has also participated on a number of Boards and advisory committees including the LGBT Youth Line, Blockorama, and the Inside Out programming committee. He host a radio show every Thursday evening on Regent Radio from 5:30pm to 7:30PM (Afrotransit) http://radioregent.com/
Nik loves all different genres of music. “I like to try to play connect the dots in musical interludes and influences as queer child of the great and wide African Diaspora.” He Said Influences he likes; Nina Simone , Fela Kuti, Otis Redding, Billie Holiday, Bebel Gilberto, and M.I.A
Nik has zest for life and a uncanny knack for stepping in muddy puddes! Follow him on Twitter; https://twitter.com/djnikred
dj steve austin gay torontoOur 2nd DJ for the evening from 11pm to 2am is Steve Austin.
DJ Steve Austin hails from Guelph Ontario and now lives in Toronto. Steve attended Sheridan College (Oakville) and later finish up at Etobicoke School of the Arts.
He has lifetime of experiences with various musical genres, showmanship and studio work serve as a backdrop for Steve’s relatively recent entry onto the DJ scene. His eclectic taste in music extends beyond the mainstream and infuses his mixes with soaring vocals, subtle beats and complex harmonies. His friendly manner encourages the audience to help shape their experience.
Steve combines the professionalism honed while in the studio working with the like of local producers Adam K and Soha with an unbridled enthusiasm for his art. Steve first began developing his style in 2009 as one of the regular weekend DJs at REMINGTON’S - Men of Steel on Yonge St. In November 2009, his talents were showcased during Mr. Leatherman Toronto’s KLUB night at the former Barn/Stables night club on Church St in Toronto’s traditional gay village. Steve’s sets are best classified as Progressive Deep House Electro, but he continuously pushes the boundaries through the use of lesser known remixed and unexpected track combinations. This serves to engage his audience and make them willing and enthusiastic participants on the musical journey.