Archive for August, 2012

Special Edition Faggity Ass Saturday: Hanky Code!


Reviving an old Faggity tradition, this weekend’s theme is hanky code! What is hanky code?


Bring your favorite hanky or buy one at the door to cruise for someone whose (wet) dreams match yours! Wear it to the left if you wanna do it to someone (dom/top), to the right if you want it done to you (sub/bottom), and in the middle if you’re flex. Traditionally you flag from your back pocket, but you can also put your hanky around your wrist, around your neck, in your hair, in your boot, or anywhere else it’ll grab someone’s attention. Says your host for the evening, Princess Johnston Newfield, “It’s approachable and dirty to be able to express your (perhaps sometimes hidden) sexual desires through clothing – especially when everyone’s doing it! It’s a bonafide free-for-all of sexy cravings!”

Fall is back-to-school, which means the Sense Project is gearing up for a year of queer-positive, trans-positive, empowering sex ed! Featuring a performance by Vincent Chevalier and DJs Tamika and Sam behind the decks at the Royal Phoenix, this FAS is a perfect start to your September.

We’re Hiring: Street Work Campaign Coordinator!


Head & Hands, a multi-service youth organization based in NDG, is hiring for the position of Streetwork Campaign Coordinator. The role of the Streetwork Campaign Coordinator will be to develop a sustainable funding strategy for an NDG streetwork program based out of Head & Hands. Streetwork services have been offered by Head & Hands on and off since 1970, with the most recent program running until 2011 with funding from the Montreal Health Agency. Following the discontinuation of this grant (due to government budget cuts), the program has been suspended until sufficient funds can be raised to revive it.

The main responsibilities of the Streetwork Campaign Coordinator will include: analyzing budget needs, compiling and evaluating funding opportunities, organizing community-based fundraising campaigns, researching and writing grants, conducting outreach and media support, and issuing press releases, all in consultation with Head & Hands staff, board and community partners. The Streetwork Campaign Coordinator will be supervised by the Director of Head & Hands and work closely with the fundraising team.

For more details, and how to apply, click here!

J2K Summer Events


This is it! Street Vibes 9: Justice! Again, Head & Hands and J2K are pleased to offer you a showcase of pure local talent in urban arts. Be part of this unique night of musical greatness! Come to support the J2K youth center as this showcase is also a fundraiser.

Featured Acts:

  • Le 5ieme Element
  • The Fusionists
  • West Haven MC’s
  • The Project
  • G-LMNT
  • Academie Moan Des Arts Martiaux
  • Musikaddict
  • HeartStreets
  • Sika
  • Emrical
  • Guest Appearance by Preach Ankobia

Hosted by Eddy King at Maison de la culture NDG, 3755 rue Botrel. Doors at 7:00 pm, show at 8:00 pm. $10 suggested donation to support J2K, but pay what you can! No one turned away!

To keep sharing in the community vibes and supporting J2K next week, join us at our all-you-can-eat Pizzathon on August 29th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm!

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Getting Crafty at NDG Arts Week


Guest post by the fabulous Robyn Fadden, member of the Head & Hands Board of Directors

The neighbourhood of Notre-Dame-de-Grace is as creative as it is cozy – and the upcoming NDG Arts week, August 18-26, proves the case. Along with artists of all stripes, photographer, crafter and organizer extraordinaire Melinda Carrière contributes to the arty happening with a second edition of the wittily named All the Rage Craft Fair, on August 19.

With an expanded fair this year – Montreal artisans and designers will be selling everything from hand-made jewelry and beauty products to children’s clothes and vintage items – located at a new venue, Le Manoir (5319 Notre-Dame-de-Grace), a big turnout is expected. The proceeds from table rentals at this summer’s craft fair will all go to Head & Hands, as they did from last year’s holiday craft fair, also organized by Melinda.

Presence in the neighbourhood was one reason Head & Hands stood out as the obvious choice, but personal experience was also a factor: “I’ve had friends who had volunteered or worked there previously. One of them said to me that he realized how much of an impact he made as a volunteer there – kids would come up to him on the street and say hi and tell him how awesome he was for them.”

Before heading into a BFA in Photography, Melinda had thoughts about becoming a teacher – she aligns that interest in education and youth with her appreciation for Head & Hands: “The fact that there’s an organization like this available to young people is amazing. I come from a small town and there just aren’t programs like that around. The Sense Project as well – that wasn’t done years ago, and it’s so necessary. I just want to support that.”

Melinda was supported in organizing this year’s fair by friend, fellow crafter and NDG-dweller Jessie Evans, who co-curated the fair via submissions from crafters in NDG and other Montreal neighbourhoods. “Ideally we want to bring NDG crafters to the forefront,” says Jessie. “Once you start networking with other crafters, you realize how some of the bigger craft fairs are quite hard to get into,” adds Melinda, “especially for newer crafters and those outside the Plateau and Mile End – there was still an opportunity for another craft fair of a different sort.”

All the Rage is a far cry from shopping at the mall. “A lot of the crafters we have also do up-cycled and recycled work and clothing, making new things out of discarded but perfectly workable objects,” says Melinda. “It’s a positive trend right now, a part of being a conscious consumer.”

In another nod to NDG’s family-friendly atmosphere, events and workshops for kids and teens will be going on at the same time as the craft fair in different rooms at Le Manoir, so parents can peruse the tables while their kids are otherwise occupied.

All the Rage Craft Fair, Sunday, August 19, 12-5 p.m. At Le Manoir (5319 Notre-Dame-de-Grace), up the hill from Girouard Park.

Melinda makes feathered creations as Mielcoeur (

Jessie’s vintage clothing and button jewelry can be found at Crime Is Beauty (

Ça Marche


Photo: Neal Rockwell

On September 30th, Head & Hands supporters, staff, and board, will take to the streets as part of Ça Marche, the Farha Foundation’s annual HIV/AIDS walk.

And as you may have heard… we don’t walk the walk…we DANCE IT!!!

Join us as we shake our groove thang to raise $15,000 for our work around HIV testing, education, and support: our three weekly medical clinics and the Sense Project peer-based sex-ed program. Last year Head & Hands services were accessed over 22, 000 times by Montreal youth, and this year we want to make sure we can do even more!

Love Head & Hands? Want to get involved?

  • Join our team, collect pledges and walk with us on September 30th! Sign up online!
  • Donate by making a gift through the Farha Foundation’s secure website, or at Head & Hands (5833 Sherbrooke O). All gifts above $20 will receive a charitable tax receipt.

For more info, please check out our Facebook event or contact Fundraising and Development Coordinator Juniper at 514-481-0277 or

August is Pride Month!


Allow us to draw your attention to a few events!

14 August 2012 | Montréal’s First Radical Dyke March

6:00 pm, Place Émilie-Gamelin (Berri/Ste-Catherine E)
Join hundreds of lesbians, dykes, butches, fem/mes, genderqueers, studs and trans folk who will take over Montreal’s streets for the FIRST DYKE MARCH in Québec’s history (inspired by similar initiatives in 1976 and 1983). In the midst of Pride, Divers/Cité and Pervers/Cité celebrations, we’ll march in leather boots, flip-flops, wheels of fire, sneakers, canes, Birkenstocks, and high heels. Our steps will write herstory!

We lesbians are everywhere, but all too often we are invisible or erased; even within the LGBTQ community! Fuck lesbophobia!

On August 14th we will rock Montréal. We will be fierce, naughty, strong, irresistible, brave, sexy, joyful, and enraged. Laughing in the face of a law that seeks to contain us, we’ll have patriarchy, heterosexism, and good old fashioned misogyny quaking in their boots!

16 August 2012 | Aqua Queer Prom Force

8:00 pm, Local C/D (2229, Ste-Catherine E)
Pride is nearly upon us – and with it, its usual myriad of parties, dances and events. But this year, Fierté Montréal and Project 10 teamed up to add something totally new to the roster: the first queer youth prom. Come join us, meet, dance & hang out with queer & trans youth !

The theme’s Aqua Queer Prom Force – so come in your best superhero-inspired regalia. Or in what you wish you’d worn at your prom. Or what you did wear at your prom. In short, wear whatever makes you feel fierce & comfortable !

Age range: 14-25
Price: 5-7$, but no one will be turned away

18 August 2012, Montreal’s First Official Dyke March

10:00 am gathering (11:00 am start), Champlain/Ste-Catherine E
Please join Montreal PRIDE, by marching with us in the 1st official Montreal Dyke march. Let’s celebrate the diversity of our community together!! Bring your signs, your noise makers and your attitude! Lets take our space within Pride celebrations, all the while having fun! Either in groups of 2, 10 or 100, what matters is your presence! Allies welcome!

The 1st ever Montreal Dyke march will feature the Coral Shor’s Hole-y Army, choreographed by Alexis O’Hara. The army celebrates holes of all shapes and colors and sizes on whatever gendered or genderless body they may inhabit, as hairy or shaved as they may be.

Samedi in the Park


On Saturday, August 18th, Head & Hands and NDG Arts Week are proud to present the first ever “Samedi in the Park”!

In the much-loved tradition of Sunday in the Park, this year’s NDG Arts Week festival is opening with a family-friendly outdoor concert to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of NDG and raise funds for us – your favourite local youth-service organization.

Come join us for a beautiful Saturday evening of music, multiculturalism, and community spirit!

Performances by:

  • Juno award winning ELAGE DIOUF
  • World hip-hoppers NOMADIC MASSIVE
  • NDG all-star SHANE MURPHY
  • Local favourite CHRIS VELAN

6:00 – 10:00 pm in Girouard park in NDG
Main entrance at Girouard and Cote-St-Antoine

Between the main acts, make sure to catch some special presentations and performances from participants in Head & Hands’ youth music programs!

Also, outside the main entrance, treat yourself to the gourmet creations of Montreal’s new FOOD TRUCKS: Winneburger and La Mangeoire!

Entry is free for everyone, with donations encouraged to support Head & Hands.

Bring your whole family!