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TOCCC: Toronto the Gay - Cocktail Bars & Beer Parlours of the 1950s and 1960s with Christine Sismondo
*As part of Toronto Cocktail Conference for the month of August we are hosting a series of webinars taking place every Tuesday at 8pm EST.*

This virtual walking tour of Toronto’s lost and forgotten gay bars will explore all the mid-century drag balls and glory holes along Yonge, Dundas, Queen and King streets. Although the history of these bars isn’t widely known, they were sites of refuge and resistance for many trying to navigate the dangers of being queer in postwar Canada. They also helped the community build a network that would wind up staging a significant protest in Toronto over police brutality in 1981.

Sponsored by Bacardi.

Aug 25, 2020 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Christine Sismondo
Christine Sismondo, PhD, is the author of America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops and a podcast series on Prohibition for Wondery’s American History Tellers. More recently, she co-authored Canadian Spirits: The Essential Cross-Country Guide to Distilleries, their Spirits, and Where to Imbibe Them with Stephen Beaumont. In addition to her articles on history for Maclean’s, she’s also a columnist at the Toronto Star.