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Calgary Gay History Project News

It is a busy time in Calgary for queer events and happenings.  You can catch the end of the Fairytales Queer Film Festival this weekend as well as Third Street Theatre’s Stars of the Stage and Screen Gala.

One Voice Chorus, whom we partnered earlier this year to present the Club Carousel Cabaret has a concert coming up featuring a local Gay-Straight Alliance – topical given recent history in Alberta! Rainbow Connections: A Pride Concert will be held on Sunday, June 7th at 3 PM.

Close on the heels of the Third Street Gala is Calgary’s Outlink’s Glitter Gala on June 13th. The Calgary Gay History Project has been invited to participate for a second year. Our researcher, Tereasa Maillie, will be exploring the history of YYC Pride in a short presentation.

We are planning a couple of research trips as well.  Kevin Allen will be on the West Coast again (Victoria and Vancouver) from June 14-18 to gather more interviews for the project. If you or some one you know has a Calgary gay history to share, please contact us.  We also are tentatively planning a trip to Saskatoon (and Regina?) in the first week of August, to check out the Neil Richards Collection of Sexual and Gender Diversity at the University of Saskatchewan.  Again, if there are any former Calgarians in Saskatchewan whom you know, please have them get in touch with us.

Now that the Provincial election has concluded, stay tuned to the website for weekly history vignettes, and updates to the project.

Have a great summer!


Club Carousel Concert Highlights & Other News

We had two packed houses at One Voice Chorus’ Club Carousel concert last weekend, and a dozen former Club Carousel members were in attendance.  Nick de Vos, a Club Carousel alumnus and photographer, took the pictures below.


Calgary Gay History Project’s Kevin Allen provided history narration between choral moments.


Club Carousel Alumni, Nick de Vos and Lois Szabo, with Kevin Allen.


One Voice Chorus receiving standing ovation from audience.


Gavin Caldwell (Piano), Kevin Allen, Lois Szabo (Club Carousel Founder) and Jane Perry (Artistic Director, One Voice Chorus) in front of the recreated Club Carousel logo.

It was a magical day, and the Calgary Hay History Project would like to thank One Voice Chorus for focusing on our city’s gay history in their artistic programming.

In other news, our colleague in queer history, Dr. Aaron Devor, the founder and academic director of the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria, let us know that their publication, The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future, is now a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in the category of LGBT Nonfiction.  Click on the book link for a free PDF copy; it is an absorbing read and exploration of trans histories.

The 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards–or the “Lammys,” as they are affectionately known–kick off another record-breaking year with the announcement of the finalists. They were chosen from a record 818 submissions from 407 publishers.  The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Monday evening, June 1, 2015 in New York City.

Lethbridge-based artist and curator Leila Armstrong, is looking to fill her Cabinet of Queeriosities with an open call for submissions.  This is the third Queeriosities exhibition, celebrating LGBTQ history, identity, culture, and pride through a diverse range of subject matters and approaches.  Let all of the queer artists and historians in your network know that they have until June to submit.

In closing, I will leave you with the final poem of the Club Carousel concert, sourced from the Club’s September 1973 newsletter and written by the editor.

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Carousel Capers (Sept. 1973) Back Cover


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 www.onevoicechorus.ca, from choir members, and at:

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

Shelf Life Books (1302 4 St. SW)