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ONSTAGE/OFFSTAGE Exhibtion, the ArQuives, September 21

34 Isabella Street
Toronto ON M4Y 1N1


In September 2023, Toronto-based artist/curator Jordan King will present a multi-media exhibition at The ArQuives gallery, highlighting materials held in their collection.

The exhibition will explore the ways stage performance in nightclubs, cabarets, and drag venues offered opportunities for self-actualization for gender fluid, trans, and gender non-binary individuals in the second half of the 20th Century.  Documentary media held in the collection of The ArQuives offers a unique lens into the world of queer stage performers – whether portrayed through the eyes of a filmmaker/documentarian or by the performers themselves.

Jordan King (she/her) @jordankingarchive is a Canadian multi-disciplinary artist, curator, and writer actively engaged in archival research and intergenerational dialogue.  Her formative years were spent immersed in nightlife culture, which continues to influence her work.

Tickets are available for the exhibit opening and reception on September 21, 2023 @ 7:00 pm: https://arquives.ca/store/onstage-offstage-opening

The exhibition will be open to the public from September 21 – October 14.

Friday Sept 22, 1PM – 5PM
Saturday Sept 23, 1PM – 5PM

Friday Sept 29, 1PM – 5PM
Saturday Sept 30, 1PM – 5PM  with a 3PM Curator Talk (in person)

Friday Oct 6, 1PM – 5PM

Thursday, Oct 12, 7 – 8:30 Online Talk (Zoom)

Friday Oct 13, 1PM – 5PM
Saturday Oct 14, 1PM – 5PM

This project was developed with the support of the Archive/Counter-Archive research project, The ArQuives, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).