Radical Queer Semaine starts tomorrow

Here’s what’s happening at this year’s RQS, April 18–27.

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Back for its sixth edition, Radical Queer Semaine promises a packed week of events, including cabaret, tango, drag, music, art, workshops, potlucks, picnics, discussions and more.

If you’re not familiar with RQS, their mandate is as follows:

“We are a radical queer and trans collective committed to celebrating our fierce and fabulous selves through organizing a temporary autonomous queer community space every winter in Montreal. There is a togetherness based on affinity with political projects and a focus on building a space to actualize our wildest dreams, express ourselves creatively and build sustaining nurturing relationships.

We are a process driven, critical, self-reflective, creative, and action oriented collective that models consensus-based decision-making. RQS is a celebration of our queerest imaginations, all are welcome to conspire with us.”

The week will celebrate all forms of diversity in a comfortable, safe and engaging atmosphere.

Here’s what’s in store, in RQS’s words:


Friday, April 18
9:30 p.m.: Launch Party — Costume Ball Themed Party at l’Achoppe

Saturday, April 19
11 a.m.: Drag Workshop at l’Achoppe
5:30 p.m.: Build-a-Vagina at l’Achoppe
8:30 p.m.: Opening Exhibition The Peaqueer Party at Réacteur

Sunday, April 20
11:30 a.m.: Potluck dumpster diving with Cuisine du Peuple at la Déferle
12:30 p.m.: Polyamory and relationship alternatives at la Déferle
3 p.m.: ZINE launch about Non-Mixity at l’Achoppe
6 p.m.: Cabaret COCHONNE at Villa Bolo

Monday, April 21
3 p.m.: Consent — Les Fulmineuses at l’Astérisk
6:30 p.m.: Queer Tango at L’Achoppe

Tuesday, April 22
6 p.m.: Screening-debate: Anti-gay marriage movements in France at la Déferle
8 p.m.: Play Back at Free Standing Room

Wednesday, April 23
6:30 p.m.: Herbal medicinal products and female body myth — Les Bêtes d’Hier at la Déferle
8 p.m.: Secte oral sect at Café Coop le Touski

Thursday, April 24
6:30 p.m.: Gender and Movement at l’Achoppe
8 p.m.: BDSM Shibari Initiation at l’Achoppe

Friday, April 25
6 p.m.: HIV prevention at la Déferle
7 p.m.: Sex work — Risk reduction at la Déferle
8:30 p.m.: Gender B(l)ender Queer Open Mic at l’Artère

Saturday, April 26
12:30 p.m.: Testimony — discussion and production at l’Astérisk
2 p.m.: CinéQueer at la Déferle
5 p.m.–9:30 p.m.: Forum social des peuples at La Déferle
8:30 p.m.: Kingdom Cum —The Bromantics at Royal Phoenix Bar

Sunday, April 27
11 a.m.: Brunch at la Déferle
12:30 p.m.: Queer Reading circle — Homonationalism at la Déferle
1 p.m.: Trans Lady Picnic at Parc Laurier
3 p.m.: Radical Faeries — Magic Queer at Rats 9 ■

For more information, head to their website or Facebook.