Category Archives: Press Release

Club Carousel Cabaret March 28th

The Calgary Gay History Project is pleased to be working with One Voice Chorus (OVC) in their presentation of CLUB CAROUSEL on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Calgary, 1703 – 1st St. NW.

(To catch a preview of one of the songs in the concert check out this evening’s Coming Out Monologues downtown at the John Dutton Theatre (March 20th.))

OVC writes, “Club Carousel may have long since shut its doors, but the courage and vision it took to found Calgary’s first gay club still resonates today. One Voice Chorus, Calgary’s mixed-voice choir for LGBTQ singers and their straight and cisgender allies, pays tribute to a piece of our city’s queer history with a concert featuring popular dance music from the era (1968-74).

‘With this concert, we aim to celebrate these gay and lesbian heroes who were building safe space for the queer community,’ says OVC’s Artistic Director, Jane Perry.  ‘They paved the way for community organizations like One Voice Chorus, and I feel we owe them a debt of thanks.  The choristers and I look forward to telling their collective story in music and in narration.'”

Calgary Gay History Project’s, Kevin Allen, will be narrating the concert describing the life and times of Club Carousel and its patrons.  We hope you can join us!

Tickets: $20 regular * $15 student/senior * children 12 and under free!

Available online at, from choir members, and at:

New Age Books and Crystals (142–10 St. NW)

Shelf Life Books (1302 4 St. SW)


Writing Calgary’s Gay History – the Book

August 25th – The Calgary Gay History Project launches the Kickstarter campaign to fund a book chronicling our community’s story.  In the past two years we have presented our findings of Calgary’s gay history in the 50s and 60s multiple times as well as led a number of popular gay history walks through Calgary’s Beltline and Downtown areas – now it’s time to write the book!

Janes Walk 2

Watch This History Walk Promo Video

Over the next three weeks, you can contribute to our story, by investing directly in this book’s creation.  Check out our assorted Kickstarter rewards, including pre-ordering the book, or having a private gay history walking tour.

Please share the Kickstarter link to your networks!

Yours in research,


Public Presentation – Wednesday February 27th, 7:30 PM

The time has come to wrap the first phase of the Calgary queer history project and make a presentation to the community about the findings to date.  Calgary does have a secret gay history that we need to cherish and share!  To that end, please join me for a public presentation and reception at CommunityWise (the Old Y), 223 12 Ave. SW from 7:30 – 9:00 PM next Wednesday.

Special thanks go to Calgary Outlink, my historian in residency host, and Calgary 2012 who gave us start-up funding for this project.  Also I need to thank Del Rath, who stepped up to be a volunteer scribe, chauffeur, researcher and cheerleader.  Finally, thank you readers!  The website has had 3000 views to date, with lots of positive comments and feedback.

See you Wednesday!

queer history presentation Feb 27th