2010 Speaker Series

Welcome Friend
Date and Time Event
Friday, April 11, 20146:00 pm - 11:00 pm

I.O.O.F. Hall
146 Main Street
Thessalon, ON

Trivia Night Fundraiser

8 Categories/8 Rounds with 2 Bonus Questions Extra Point Opportunities * Door Prizes
Snacks & Half Time Pizza.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - Wednesday, June 26, 20137:00 pm - 2:00 am

The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 1J6
Front Desk: 416-531-4635 x 0

Late to the Prom - Turn Back Time

For the girl who really wanted to wear a tux,
For the quarterback who wanted to slow dance with the tight end,
For all the kids who hid out behind the punch bowl... or skipped prom altogether because established categories couldn't handle our vibrant range of gender expression.

103.9 Proud FM wants to Turn Back Time!!

Proud FM is Late to the Prom! We're turning back time to give you the queer prom you always dreamed of!

Join Proud FM kick off the Pride festivities on Wednesday June 26th in the ballroom of the Gladstone Hotel for a prom to remember. Enjoy music, dancing and a Slow Jam DJ Battle between DJ Scrumptious Booty and Proud FM's own DJ Bingo Bob! Lighting and decoration provided by S4 Sound Sensations. Door Proceeds support Rainbow Camp, a registered charity summer camp for LGBTQ youth.

If you ever wished for the chance to go to prom with the date you really wanted...now is your chance!
Brought to you by the station that knows it's better late than never.

Tuesday, April 23, 20138:00 pm - 10:00 pm

STWS Studio Theatre
121 121 Pittsburg Ave
Sault Ste. Marie, ON

The Sugar Witch - Preview Performance - Proceeds to Rainbow Camp

Sault Theatre Workshop presents "The Sugar Witch" Previw Performance - One Night Only -

Bewitching!"
-San Jose Mercury News
"Spellbinding... a gem of special effects, dead bodies, silent demons, flickering campfires and flying cats...eerie... chilling... moody... (The Sugar Witch) embraces gay/lesbian themes as heartily as anything you'll get south of San Francisco... a) gender-reversed Sleeping Beauty!"
- Metro Weekly (Silicon Valley)

"A hauntingly creepy delight... lyrically written... a standout... quality play...intriguing... impressive...wonderful... (a) story of decay, violence and transformation...Li'l Abner meets William Faulkner... (The Sugar Witch) is filled with weird, surreal, stageworthy dramatic moments and situations...a satisfying balance between gothic horror and humor!"
-Palo Alto Daily News

"Like gothic drama and fiction, southern gothic uses place, irony, and atmosphere to obscure the boundaries between the natural and supernatural. But unlike its parent genre,southern gothic is bound by the south's smothering ties to a dark social and cultural legacy, seen in the works of writers such as William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Harper Lee. Nathan Sanders, whose eerie drama 'The Sugar Witch' will play tonight and Saturday at the Theatre Passe Muraille, can add his name to that list."
- The Torontoist

"Intriguing...chilling... Where 'The Sugar Witch' is most interesting is in Sanders' treatment of same-sex love not as a coming-out trauma or a cause, but as a natural part of life."
- Robert Hurwitt, The San Francisco Chronicle

"In the style called Southern Gothic, this tale of mysticism is as eerie as a ghost story. The actors give energetic, well timed performances on the realistic stage set to denote the attitude of mundane acceptance of a simmering undercurrent of evil."
- Albert Goodwyn, San Francisco Examiner

Playwright Nathan Sanders displays a delightful propensity for twinkling weirdness. 'The Sugar Witch' deserves high marks... a whimsical journey into ominous territories."
- Richard Dodds, The Bay Area Reporter

"Nathan Sanders is a grab-you-by-the-nuts playwright. The audience actually screamed with laughter in the first act - and slunk down in their seats in the second. Not because they didn't like it. They were scared. (The Sugar Witch) is dazzlingly written... downright spooky and dangerous!"
- Lee Hartgrave, Critics World

"The Sugar Witch provides a solid evening of entertainment anchored by strong performances. Nathan Sanders has created a highly entertaining ghost story filled with enough overt racism, warped religion,repressed gay lust, and lesbian intrigue to cast a powerful spell on audiences. "
- George Heymont, My Cultural Landscape

"A tale full of twists and turns and ‘what do we do now?’s, The Sugar Witch has that certain flair, like the Hitchcock films of long ago that we all still love today. But there’s so much more, hiding just beneath the surface... there is plenty of emotion, that sneaks out every so often with a driving force and an undercurrent of dark calm – just enough to give you goosebumps at just the right times. The story of the Sugar Witch is one of love and vengeance and we see both,vividly, throughout the production."
- Grace Davis from "Thick Skin Required" (Dayton Theatre Guild production)

"Nathan Sanders’ eerily potent Southern comic drama The Sugar Witch, a dark, surprisingly engrossing story of a cursed Florida family that fluidly delves into matters of legacy, loss, sexuality and racial injustice, receives a solid local premiere at the Dayton Theatre Guild."
-Editor's Choice "One Stop Newstand"

Sault Theatre Workshop Supports Rainbow Camp!

Saturday, April 6, 20135:30 pm - 11:59 pm

I.O.O.F. Hall
Main Street
Thessalon, Ontario

Chicago Dueling Pianos Live in Thessalon - Fundraiser for Welcome Friend Association

One of the hottest entertainment acts in North America is coming to Thessalon on Saturday April 6th.

Chicago’s Dueling Pianists Jen Porter and John Jones have been raising money for the small town over the past five years. They never fail to pack the house.

The two singer-songwriters combine passionate vocals and top-notch piano styles with a repertoire that ranges from Cole Porter to Coldplay, Leonard Cohen to Green Day. The show is based on requests from the audience interspersed with raucous comedic antics that, depending on the audience, can get pretty naughty.

“Raunch is a part of life,” says Porter about the tastier parts of her show. “It can be embarrassing to some folks, but it gets them, it wakes them up and engages them.”

Porter is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and entertainer who has performed in piano bars throughout Europe and the Caribbean. She also regularly sings the U.S. national anthem opener for the Chicago White Sox and has opened for the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons. As a singer-songwriter, she has released four albums and built an impressive following.

Jones has also entertained crowds from around the world on cruise lines and in piano bars. As a song-writer, he’s seen his songs recorded internationally. R&B/jazz vocalist Maysa Leak of the British funk group Incognito has recorded two of his songs on her solo albums. Jones has released three of his own albums.

The show is a fundraiser for Rainbow Camp, the only camp in Ontario – and one of the first in Canada – for 13-to 17-year old youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirit, or questioning. At camp these young people have the chance to meet teens like themselves and develop the self-esteem necessary to withstand bullying and grow into healthy adults.

“Jen and John always bring down the house with a show people talk about for weeks,” says Harry Stewart, co-founder of the Welcome Friend Association, which created Rainbow Camp.
“We are thrilled to raise funds for this important cause in such a fun, irreverent way.”

The show takes place at the I.O.O.F. Hall on Main St. Thessalon, across from the town’s post office, on Saturday April 6th. Dinner and show cost $25.

Friday, April 5, 20138:00 pm - 11:59 pm

Zigs Bar
54 Elgin Street
Sudbury, Ontario

Live Chicago Dueling Pianos in Sudbury - Fundraiser for Welcome Friend Association

One of the hottest entertainment acts in North America is coming to Sudbury on Friday April 5th.

Chicago’s Dueling Pianists Jen Porter and John Jones have been raising money for local charities in Northern Ontario over the past five years. They never fail to pack the house.

The two singer-songwriters combine passionate vocals and top-notch piano styles with a repertoire that ranges from Cole Porter to Coldplay, Leonard Cohen to Green Day. The show is based on requests from the audience interspersed with raucous comedic antics that, depending on the audience, can get pretty naughty.

“Raunch is a part of life,” says Porter about the tastier parts of her show. “It can be embarrassing to some folks, but it gets them, it wakes them up and engages them.”

Porter is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and entertainer who has performed in piano bars throughout Europe and the Caribbean. She also regularly sings the U.S. national anthem opener for the Chicago White Sox and has opened for the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons. As a singer-songwriter, she has released four albums and built an impressive following.

Jones has also entertained crowds from around the world on cruise lines and in piano bars. As a song-writer, he’s seen his songs recorded internationally. R&B/jazz vocalist Maysa Leak of the British funk group Incognito has recorded two of his songs on her solo albums. Jones has released three of his own albums.

The show is a fundraiser for Rainbow Camp, the only camp in Ontario – and one of the first in Canada – for 13-to 17-year old youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirit, or questioning. At camp these young people have the chance to meet teens like themselves and develop the self-esteem necessary to withstand bullying and grow into healthy adults.

“Jen and John always bring down the house with a show people talk about for weeks,” says Harry Stewart, co-founder of the Welcome Friend Association, which created Rainbow Camp.

“We are thrilled to raise funds for this important cause in such a fun, irreverent way.”

The show takes place at Zigs, 54 Elgin Street, Sudbury, on Friday April 5th. Cover charge $10.00

Seminars
Date and Time Event
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - Friday, September 20, 20139:00 am - 4:00 pm

Willowgrove United Church
55 Tilley Road
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6B 3W7

Welcoming/Affirming Training Seminar

 

What to expect from this training?

The training has been designed specifically with congregations and their leaders in mind. We will explore topics which will help you to become a more effective leader in working with congregations on issues related to human sexuality and gender identity for the purpose of helping a congregation discern God's call to become more welcoming and inclusive, particularly of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Two-spirit, & Queer/Questioning (LGBT2SQ) persons. Topics include:

  • Faith-based community organizing techniques
  • Congregational conflict theory and resolution
  • Managing change in congregations well
  • Effective strategies for helping congregations discern the call to be welcoming
  • Building relationships for change
  • Dealing with difficult conversations around biblical material, stereotypes,and other areas of concern
  • Opportunity to build relationships with others who share your concerns
  • Personal spiritual enrichment
  • Opportunity for growth and challenge
  • Intense few days of hard work, laughter, and fun

Who should come?

Anyone who is interested in seeing the Church (meaning denominations/faith communities) become more welcoming, supportive and inclusive of LGBT2SQ persons. This could include:

  • Lay leaders
  • Ordained leaders
  • Denominational or judicatory leaders
  • Members who care about these issues
  • Leaders and members in denominational lgbt groups

Training Staff

The Rev. Vicki Wunsch has worked in both non profit organizations and churches for the last 15 years. In addition to her position as an Institute for Welcoming Resources (IWR) trainer, she is a trainer with Family and Children's Services in Minneapolis. In this position, Vicki works with schools, non profits and faith communities in helping communities support families and parents. Vicki's experience has included facilitating a wide variety of workshops and trainings for churches. Topics have included “Building Strengths and Assets in our Church Family,” “Developing Family Prayer Practices,” “Faith Communities responding to Immigration,” “Creating and Implementing an Intergenerational Social Justice Program,” “All are Welcome: Building an Inclusive Church Community,” “Fostering Children’s Spiritual Development,” and “Celebrating Family Traditions.” Vicki received her Masters Degree in Training and Instructional Design from the University of Minnesota and focused her thesis on “Building Community through Education in our Faith Communities.” Vicki recently received her Masters of Divinity at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She is also co-authoring a book entitled Reclaiming our History: Finding the Community in our Faith Communities.

 

 

Camp
Date and Time Event
Sunday, July 14, 2013 - Friday, July 19, 20134:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Camp McDougall, Thessalon Ontario

Rainbow Camp 2013

A Camp for LGBTQ & Allied Youth ages 13-17 Download poster here

Join us for the second year of Rainbow Camp! We welcome youth (13-18) who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and/or allies. If you are a member of a Queer family and want a chance to connect with others, a safe place to have fun and not explain, this is the place for you. We are committed to a camp community which honours creativity, individual choice and social justice. Rainbow camp will provide opportunities for campers to make new friends and develop skills through traditional camp programming. More than anything, Rainbow Camp is a fun place to come OUT and be yourself!

Our Camp Program will include activities in the following areas:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and the Environment
  • Wide Games/Sports
  • Swimming and Canoeing
  • Community and Leadership
  • Discussions about Gender and Sexuality
  • Campfire

Would you like to sponsor a youth to camp? click here

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - Friday, August 10, 20124:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Camp McDougall, Thessalon Ontario

Rainbow Camp 2012

Rainbow Camp for LGBTQ and allied youth ages 13 to 17A Camp for LGBTQ & Allied Youth ages 13-17

Join us for our first Rainbow Camp! This is a unique opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) youth and/or members of Queer families. We are committed to developing a camp community which honours creativity, individual choice, and social justice.

Rainbow Camp will provide opportunities for campers to make new friends and develop skills through traditional camp programming. More than anything, Rainbow Camp is a fun place to come OUT and be yourself! Our Camp Program will include activities in the following areas:

  • Music, Theatre, and Movement
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and the Environment
  • Sports
  • Personal Storytelling through Multi-Media

$275 for the week Camp fee includes all food, accommodation, and activities.

Would you like to sponsor a youth to camp? click here

2010 Speaker Series
Date and Time Event
Friday, September 17, 20107:00 pm

Sault College Media Centre
Sault Ste. Marie

Intersecting Faith & Sexuality: An Evening with James Loney
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