Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Canada's 150th Birthday Faerie Island Getaway


Canada's 150th Birthday
Faerie Island Getaway

Saturday July 1st, 10 am - midnight
on
Olympic Island, Toronto


Once again Canada Day is fast approaching, and once again the Faeries will be celebrating Canada's birthday with a getaway to the Toronto Islands. So join us for another fun-filled day of picnicking, rides, boating, nude beaches, and of course, fireworks!

We have secured the same picnic spot as last year on Olympic island, just a few minutes walk from the Centre Island ferry dock. The site has both a barbecue and a fire-pit, and the view of the city is amazing! It's located near all the amenities: restroom, amusement park, boat rentals, restaurants and bars. And, it's only a short walk to Hanlan's Point for afternoon skinny dipping!

Somebody will be at the picnic spot all day from 10:00 am on. There will be side trips to Hanlan's point, the amusement park, and other attractions on the islands, but there will always be someone at the site, so feel free to show up there at any time.

All the fae folk will be coming back from all parts of the islands for a potluck supper starting around 6:00 pm. Don't forget to bring a dish to share! We can use the barbecue, so remember that when choosing your dish. After dark, we're going to do a fabulous and festive bonfire with DeeDee's magic colourful fire sticks! Lastly, the fireworks will go off over the city at Harbourfront, directly across from our picnic spot. Let's hope they are as spectacular as last year!!! Afterwards, all us Faeries will take the ferry back to the city.

If you can pitch in to help with the cost of the site rental, that would be great! The suggested contribution is $10 per person (more if you can, less if you can't).

Click above to see the legend or print the map

Our picnic site (C on the map above) is
  • 1 minute walk to the washrooms (D)
  • 3 minutes to the amusement park, restaurants & bars (F)
  • 5 minutes to the Centre Island Ferry Dock (G)
  • 10 minutes to boat rentals (E)
  • 20 minutes to Ward Island (A), home to many polydactyl cats
  • 30 minutes to Hanlan's Point nude beach (I)
Please make note of the rules the City of Toronto requires us to follow when using the picnic site.

Here are three suggested plans for your day. They all start from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (B) at Queens Quay, Toronto:

1. The Beaver Plan
  • Take the ferry to the Centre Island Ferry Dock (G)
  • Walk 5 minutes to our picnic site (C) - just keep left to reach it
  • Visit the amusement park, rent a boat, or just enjoy the day relaxing on the grass
  • Have delicious food
  • Enjoy the bonfire & watch the fireworks!!
So many toes!!!
2. The Polydactyl Kitty Plan
  • Take the ferry to Ward Island (A)
  • Walk 5 minutes to the local beach
  • Play with the polydactyl kitties!!!
  • Walk 20 minutes to our picnic site (C)
  • Have delicious food
  • Enjoy the bonfire & watch the fireworks!!
3. The Polar Bear Plan
  • Take the ferry to the Hanlan's Point Ferry Dock (H)
  • Walk 15 minutes to the clothing optional beach (I)
  • Bask bare on the beautiful beach with bodacious bears
  • Walk 30 minutes to our picnic site (C)
  • Have delicious food
  • Enjoy the bonfire & watch the fireworks!!
However you decide to spend your faerie island getaway day, we look forward to seeing you for the festive and fun feast and fireworks!!

If you are a member of our Facebook Group, you can join in the planning on the Facebook Event page. Otherwise, please email Ryan or DeeDee if you need more information.




Thursday, April 06, 2017

Victoria Day Gathering 2017

Victoria Day Gathering

on
the Land aka Amber Fox
May 19th - 22nd, 2017


This is our 30th year of faerie purity committee approved official gatherings on The Land, AKA AmberFox. Victoria Day weekend coming up!  Are we ready to welcome spring to the Land?

The Land is wide awake and as each day goes by we see more life leaping forward. The snow is gone, trees are are coming back to life, the grass is greening up and the flowers will soon poke their heads above ground.

The Victoria Day weekend will be the first Gathering of the year and it looks to be a great year on the land. A big garden will be planted, the erection awaits to host the Know Talent Show. The meals are prepared and enjoyed communally, and it is always the best of vegetarian cuisine on the Fae gathering circuit. And we raise a spectacular May Pole, (we may raise quite a few).

There will be a ritual opening of thanks around a fabulous fire to cleanse the land and our spirits.  A procession to the Maple Bush to remember those that left us.  A Know Talent Show, and some finishing touches made to the Meditation lookout gazebo.

Expect a few fabulous fires after last year's fire ban, we just gotta burn this year! The capacity of the bunkhouse has increased to take on more fae ones, the departure lounge is prepared to take on another year of excitement, the Foxy Boutique has been restocked with the latest fashion from the Opportunity Store. The sauna has never been more inviting.

And don't get me started on those infamous parties in the Departure Lounge. Got some fetish gear, bring it on! Naturism your thing, that works too! Furries, drag queens, cowboys and aliens - All are welcome at the Departure Lounge!

If you're coming we would love to plan some meals and activities. If you have some ideas let us know. You can post them here or you can email Boy Ricky.

We ask that you contribute $20 per day, (more if you can, less if you can't) towards the funding of the gathering. Nobody gets turned away for lack of funds.

If you are a member of our Facebook Group, you can RSVP to the Facebook Event. Otherwise, please email to obtain directions and contact information.





Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Beltane Potluck 2017: It's Wonderland!


Celebrate the long (long, long....) awaited arrival of Springtime, in time-honoured Faerie tradition. Join us at the Glo'Tel in Toronto to ring in Beltane this April!

The theme is once again "Through The Looking-Glass." Dress up as a favourite Alice in Wonderland character, bring your favourite poem from the Wonderland books, or just come as your wonderful self. There will be colourful Beltane ribbons, in place of a full-swing Maypole. Mingle with friends old and new. Catch a pixie in the garden.


We will be having a potluck in the backyard around 6 pm, so bring something eatable for sharing. BYOB. Vegetarian items preferred, allergy warnings appreciated (especially nuts.)

DATE and PLACE:
Saturday, April 29, 2-8 pm,
The Glo'Tel (Bloor and Gladstone, contact claro for exact location)
Toronto

If you are a member of our Facebook Group, you can RSVP to the Facebook Event. Otherwise, please email claro to obtain directions and contact information.



See you there!

"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six 
impossible things before breakfast!"



Monday, February 27, 2017

Updated Events List for 2017


Greetings fae ones!

I have updated the Events List with the dates for 2017. The fun starts next month, with the March Maple Gatherette at Blue Heron Farm in upstate New York, March 17th - 20th.

And after that, it's potlucks, gatherings, picnics ... oh my! Check the list for dates and details.

You can always find our current list of Radical Faerie events in and around Ontario at:



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

2016 Fall Events

Summer is almost over, but that doesn't mean the fae fun is finished! In 2016, there is a Radical Faerie event in or near Ontario every month.

Past (Summer) Events:


The 29th annual High Summer Gathering at the end of July, especially the High Tea, was certainly a high time for many of the fae folk!

The Canadian Consulate was popular as ever, as was Canada night, at the Blue Heron Gathering in late August.

And a number of faeries got a real treat when we attended ToTo Too Theatre's production of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy in early September - fantastic!


Upcoming (Fall) Events:


Thanksgiving Gathering
Friday October 7 - Monday October 10
The Land aka Amber Fox

Imagine the Land in Technicolor! Seventy-five acres of rolling hills and valleys, painted with the brilliant fall colours of maple, larch, oak and elm. And best of all ... no mosquitos!!!

If you have been to a gathering on the Land aka Amber Fox before, you will know what fun to expect! If you are new, you might want to check out some memories from past Thanksgiving Gatherings.

If you are a member of our Facebook Group, you can join in the discussion and planning in the Facebook Event.

This event is for gay and queer men.



LumBearJack Work Weekend
Friday November 11 - Sunday November 13
The Land aka Amber Fox

Okay bears and lumberjacks, are you ready to fell one last tree and cuddle one last cub before winter sets in? The gathering season is over, but you can join your fae brethren once more this year on the Land aka AmBearFox.

Why is this called a "Work Weekend" not a "Gathering" or "Gatherette"?

  • Usually, everyone is expected to help with a few chores each day. This being a work weekend, everyone who attends should plan on spending a chunk of the daylight hours working on major projects.
  • At a gathering, the suggested purse contribution is $25 per night. For LumBearJack, the suggestion is $10 per night. 
  • Meat. Yep, meat! This is the one official Amber Fox event where the Erection will be filled with the scents of bacon and brisket, the squeals of the soon-to-be-supper, and the sparkling crimson jet of the severed carotid. 

You can find out more by reading about past LumBearJack Work Weekends.

If you are a member of our Facebook Group, you can join in the discussion and planning in the Facebook Event.

This event is for gay and queer men.



A Very Faerie Solstice Party
Saturday December 17 from 6 - 11pm
at the Alien Embassy, Toronto

Join your fae friends one more time this year for snacks, drinks, entertainment and fellowship. This year's party will be hosted by the boys at the Alien Embassy, in its new location on Spruce Street near Carlton & Parliament in Toronto.

If you need the address or would like to arrange billeting for out-of-towners, please email Boy Ricky.

If you are a member of our Facebook Group, you can join in the discussion and planning in the Facebook Event.




More Upcoming Events

Our brand new Upcoming Events page will provide a comprehensive list of our events for the coming months. You can always access the page at





Monday, June 27, 2016

2016 Summer Events

In 2016, there is a Radical Faerie event in or near Ontario, EVERY SINGLE MONTH! Here's what we did the second quarter, and a preview of the next quarter's activities. Please join us - all those of fae heart and the fae curious (regardless of gender) are welcome at these events, except for the High Summer Gathering*, which is for gay and queer men.


Past (Spring) Events:


Reflections of Beltane
In April, the Glo'Tel in Toronto hosted a Through the Looking Glass Beltane Potluck. Verses were recited, croquet was played, libations were downed, and friendships were (re)kindled!

In May, the Beltane season festivities continued with our first gathering of the year, celebrating Victoria Day with the raising of the may pole on the Land aka Amber Fox.

And in just a few days (I am writing this the last week of June), our ever-so-slightly-belated June event will be a BBQ potluck picnic on Toronto Islands for Canada Day (Friday July 1st), with a bonfire and fireworks - join us if you can!!!


Upcoming (Summer) Events:


29th Annual High Summer Gathering*
Wednesday July 27th to Monday August 1st
on the Land aka Amber Fox

Once again it is nearly time for our largest annual event, the High Summer Gathering. Lazy summer days, maybe a trip for a dip in the Mighty Mississip', fabulous food, fun & fellowship, and of course, those hot summer nights! And if past gatherings have taught us anything, the high light of High Summer is the infamous High Tea. Don't miss it!

If you are a member of our Facebook Group, you can join in the discussion and planning on our Facebook Event.

* This event is for gay and queer men.


Blue Heron Gathering
The last week of August
at Blue Heron Farm in upstate New York

The week leading up to Labour Day weekend, we join our fae friends for their annual gathering at Blue Heron Farm in upstate New York. But don't make fun of them because they spell "labour" wrong! ;)


Torch Song Faeries
Saturday September 10th, 7 pm
at Academic Hall, University of Ottawa

Once again the fae folk will be going on a theatre outing to view another queer classic from the folks at TotoToo Theatre Company: and this time it is Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy! Based on the stunning calibre of ToTo Too's previous work, this show a) will be fabulous and b) may contain nudity. Get your tickets for September 10th in advance (you can order them online) and meet us at Academic Hall at 7pm.


So don't skimp on the summer shenanigans!
Find festive frivolity with the Faeries!!!



(full 2016 event schedule)






Friday, June 17, 2016

Beach Blanket Babylon, BBQ & Fireworks

Canada Day

Beach Blanket Babylon,

BBQ & Fireworks

Friday July 1, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
on Olympic Island, Toronto

HI All!!

Canada Day is almost upon us!!  Come join the Faeries for a fun-filled excursion to the Toronto Islands for boating, nude beaches, barbecues, and fireworks!!

A picnic spot has been reserved on Olympic island for all of Canada Day! The site has both a barbecue and a fire-pit!! It's a short walk to Hanlan's Point for afternoon skinny dipping and it will have a great view for the fireworks in the evening!!! The site is perfect cause it's also right next to everything like the washrooms, snack bar, and cocktail bar too!!

Someone will be at the picnic site all day from 10:00am to 11:00pm!! People will be doing an afternoon trip to Hanlan's point but there will always be someone at the site so show up there at any time!!  Everyone will be coming back from all parts of the islands for a potluck BBQ supper which will start at 6:00pm. After, we're going to do a fabulous and festive bonfire with DeeDee's magic colourful fire sticks!!  Lastly, the fireworks will go off over the city - 10pm at Ashbridges Bay, and 10:40 at Harbourfront, directly across the harbour from our picnic site!!! Then, all us Faeries will take the ferry back to the city (last one at 11:45)!!!

Also, please make note of the rules the City of Toronto requires us to follow when using the picnic site.

Click above to see the legend or print the map

Our picnic site (C on the map above) is
  • 1 minute walk to the washrooms (D)
  • 2 minutes to the snack and cocktail bars (F)
  • 3 minutes to the Centre Island Ferry Dock (E)
  • 25 minutes to Hanlon's Point nude beach (H)
Come and spend the whole day on the islands or simply join us for the cook out around 6:00pm. Don't forget to bring a dish to share!! We can use the barbecue so remember that when choosing your dish! We'll stay after for a bonfire and fireworks too!!

Also, if you can pitch in for the cost of the site rental, that would be great!! The suggested contribution is $10 (more if you can, less if you cannot).

Here are three suggested plans for your day. They all start from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (B) at Queens Quay, Toronto:

1. The Beaver Plan
  • Take the ferry to the Centre Island Ferry Dock (E)
  • Walk the three minutes to our picnic site (C)
    • (just keep left to reach it)
  • Enjoy the day relaxing on the grass
  • Have delicious food
  • Watch the fireworks & enjoy the bonfire!!
2. The Polar Bear Plan
  • Take the ferry to the Hanlan's Point Ferry Dock (G)
  • Walk the 15 minutes to the clothing optional beach (H)
  • Bask bare on the beautiful beach with bears
  • Walk the 25 minute to our picnic site (C)
  • Have delicious food
  • Watch the fireworks & enjoy the bonfire!!
3. The Monarch Butterfly Plan
  • Take the ferry to Ward Island (A)
  • Walk an hour along the coast to Hanlan's Point Beach (H)
  • Bask bare on the beautiful beach with bears
  • Walk the 25 minutes to our picnic site (C)
  • Have delicious food
  • Watch the fireworks & enjoy the bonfire!!

Join the discussion!
However you decide to spend the day on the islands with your Fae friends, we look forward to seeing you for the festive and fun feast and fireworks!!

P.S.: I know this is actually in July, but it's only by one day so I think it's fine to count it as the June event!!! Remember, Faerie time is flexible! HUGS!!! ;)

And don't forget that it is Pride Week here in Toronto!!  On Sunday, the Radical Faeries have been invited to march in the parade with the Toronto Sisters of JOY.  Their them is Sacred Whores of the Well Hung Gardens of Babylon - We had such a great time marching two years ago in World Pride and going with the Sisters this year should be super-fun too!!!





Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Through the Looking Glass: Beltane Potluck



On Beltane, we hosted a potluck! About twenty fae folks of all genders danced and chattered in the garden of Goldenrod, Grey, and claro's home. There were fabulous costumes: there were two red queens slumming it with the likes of carpenters and hobos, and a serenade by the Mock Turtle himself! The food was grand, including lentil burgers and sweet penis fudge. The Queen of Diamonds smashed their watch at 6PM to celebrate a personal victory. Slowly the garden filled with looking glasses, marking the time... After a late start, some lingered until it was too late to remember the hour. 


"Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn, "if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."

'"What matters it how far we go?" his scaly friend replied.
"There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
The further off from England the nearer is to France—
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance.
    Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, 
will you join the
         dance?
    Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the
         dance?"'

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” 

“Be what you would seem to be - or, if you'd like it put more simply - never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.”