Tegan and Sara to Join WorldPride 2014 Lineup

**was sent to my email inbox via pride Toronto. Am sharing in case anyone is interested……** -Zippity


The 2014 JUNO Award Winners to perform at Closing Ceremony 

“TORONTO, ON, April 10, 2014 | WorldPride 2014 Toronto (WP14TO) announces JUNO Award winners Tegan and Sara will join the festival in an electrifying performance at the closing ceremonies on June 29, at Yonge-Dundas Square.  Their 13-year career has seen them build an avid global following, and after winning Single of the Year, Group of the Year and Pop Album of the Year at the 2014 JUNO Awards, the two sisters from Calgary Alberta are the perfect choice to close what is slated to be Canada’s largest arts and culture festival in 2014 and the first WorldPride ever held in North America.

“The Canadian singer/song-writer duo have become a force on the world stage,” says TK, Arts and Culture Manager, Pride Toronto.  “It is so important for LGBTTIQQ2SA* people to see ourselves reflected in the culture around us, and Tegan and Sara are the perfect artists to spread WorldPride’s message of love, hope and tenacity with their infectious sound.”

WorldPride 2014 Toronto is an international celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTQQ2SA communities. Highlighting Canada’s continued progress in human rights, WP14TO also celebrates the diversity and dynamism of Toronto, one of the world’s most progressive and livable cities.

“We attended our first Toronto Pride in 1999! YUP – we’re THAT old! Since then we have had the pleasure of celebrating Pride in Toronto with friends too many times to count. But this year is extra special! It’s WORLDPride in Toronto! And WE are going to be there. Not just wandering around drinking lemonade and checking out the festivities this time. We’re actually playing this year! We couldn’t be more proud to be involved! See you there!” says Tegan Quin. 

WorldPride 2014 will present musical genres from rock, pop, dance, hip hop, R&B, country, traditional, folk, retro, disco all live on 10 free-to-attend, all-ages, open-air stages across the festival footprint

About WorldPride 2014 Toronto and Pride Toronto

WorldPride 2014 Toronto is an international celebration taking place from June 20 – 29, 2014 that incorporates activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities.  WorldPride 2014 Toronto is presented by Pride Toronto, producer of Canada’s largest annual festival of LGBTTIQQ2SA culture and human rights, under license from InterPride.

Pride Toronto is the not-for-profit organization that hosts the city’s Pride Festival, an annual event in downtown Toronto during the last week of June and one of the premier arts and cultural festivals in Canada. It is also one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world with an estimated attendance of over one million people. It celebrates the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA communities.

*LGBTTIQQ2SA is an abbreviation used to represent a broad array of identities such as, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, two-spirited, and allies.

For more information visit www.worldpridetoronto.com “

-Zippity Zinedra

use your inside voice(s)

Hello Readers :)

One day, while online, came across a book titled “Different Shade of Normal” published in 2010 and it deals with schizophrenia (author Jacob Glidewell). You can find it on amazon here:  http://www.amazon.com/Different-Shade-Normal-Schizophrenic-Thoughts-ebook/dp/B0045OUO4E

Imagine my surprise…and the reason for the surprise is: my perzine (Different Shades of Normal) is of the same name minus a letter, deals with schizophrenia and was published in 2012 : http://wemakezines.ning.com/profiles/blogs/different-shades-of-normal-1

Sure, it’s a little discouraging but you know that saying “minds think alike?”  Well they do. Sometimes people will say things at the same time or think the same thing or go through the same experience. Because we’re humans like that.

While on the amazon website, scrolled down the page and came to the “customers also bought” section. It featured a book by Eleanor Longden entitled “learning from the voices in my head” and mentioned they had done a TedTalks lecture. I immediately searched for it and came to this video:  http://www.ted.com/talks/eleanor_longden_the_voices_in_my_head.html

while watching this video, i was astonished. listening to Eleanor put new ideas in my head….ideas i had never even considered. Strongly suggest to anyone who is living with or knows/loves someone who hears voices to watch this video.

During their lecture, Eleanor mentions twos websites that I will share with you right now. One is called “Intervoice: The international hearing voices network”   http://www.intervoiceonline.org/

and their website states :

INTERVOICE is  a close and respectful partnership between voice hearers – who are  experts by experience, their carers and mental health workers, academics and activists – who are experts by profession.

INTERVOICE is an international organisation that both promotes the emancipation of voice hearers and the development of best practice in working with those that hear distressing voices.

They also have a Canadian chapter: http://www.intervoiceonline.org/about-intervoice/national-networks-2/canada

The 2nd website is the Hearing Voices Network: http://www.hearingvoicesusa.org/about-us

which led me to Recovery Network Toronto:  http://recoverynetworktoronto.wordpress.com/about-2/

Recovery Network also have a workshop coming up in march 2014 for workers who encounter people who hear voices. There`s registration, a fee and it`s in Toronto.


Hope this reaches and helps others like it did for me.

-Zippity Zinedra

Call for Submissions


This was sent to me today via my email inbox. I might not enter but thought to post this just in case you might be interested……
-Zippity Zinedra

Originally posted on FLUID: Bi*-Queer-Pan Photography Exhibit, June 2014:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Exhibition Dates: June 5- July 2, 2014
Location: Project Gallery, 1109 Queen Street East

FLUID is a juried exhibition of photography by bi* photographers in celebration of WorldPride 2014, to be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  WorldPride is an international gathering incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA communities and includes a cultural festival, an international human rights conference, three marches and opening and closing ceremonies. WorldPride is held once every 4 years and this will be the first time the celebration will be held in North America. Over 1.2 million people are expected to attend WorldPride.

This exhibit seeks to feature the work of bi* identified artists working in any photo-based format (digital, collage, analog, alternative or historical processes).  Bi* artists include those who claim, amongst other possibilities, the identities bisexual, queer, pan, asexual, omnisexual, two-spirit, fluid…

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Alive With Vigor!


Package came in the mail yesterday with copies of a new book coming out in 2014. As you can see from the picture above, it’s called: “Alive with Vigor! Surviving your adventurous lifestyle” and features writing from Robert Earl Sutter III, Buck Angel and myself among many others (using my real name).

I’m so happy and excited to be a part of this book and it’s my hope that it helps people survive whatever hardships they are facing and opens more discussions about self-care and mental health.

Wondering what to do with copies of the book I presently have on hand. But knowing me, a solution is just over the horizon :)

-Zippity Zinedra

Sweet Treat


Tried a quick & easy tasty treat I found online. They’re called “Chocolate Pretzel Snaps”. Made them yesterday in little time. If you are at all interested in trying/baking it yourself, here is what’s involved (super easy too): you’ll need


-white chocolate melts which can be picked up at any bulk food store (the recipe calls for white chocolate but I also tried peanut butter and milk chocolate melts as well)

-waffle pretzels (purchased at a major grocery chain)

-plain M&M’s

-baking sheet

-foil paper


So first line your baking sheet with aluminum foil.


Arrange the waffle pretzels on the baking sheet.


Place the white chocolate melts (or whichever one you choose) on the waffle pretzels.Image

Put in the oven at 275 degrees for 10 minutes or until melt has, well, melted (recipe called for the oven to be put at 275 but my oven works at different temperatures other than what’s suggested)


Take the m&m’s and place on top of the melt.


Ready to snack on right away! And they are tasty good…the right combo of salty and sweet-if that’s your thing  :)

Check out the website where I picked up this tasty treat from and I’m sure you’ll find others as well:  


-Zippity Zinedra

People Power Press


Passed by the People Power Press today. Was so excited to look at their selection of button makers. My intent was to purchase the cheapest button maker they sell….but….the particular button maker I wanted to buy came with the wrong button size (they were wayyyyy too big).  So now, investing in the button kit I want seems like the next step. And seeing how they are extremely expensive, it’s something I’ll have to save up for.


Thank you to the helpful staff at People Power Press and their suggestions/advice/tips…and helping me find their place by guiding me patiently through sidestreets while on the phone. Their wonderful staff showed me how to pick and choose the right button maker, the option to rent and answered all questions. Am looking forward to going back soon :)

They’re open Monday-Friday 11am-5pm

You can check out People Power Press here: http://peoplepowerpress.org/

or you can email them: info@peoplepowerpress.org

Can’t wait for the button making happiness to begin!!!!!!! :Dppp3

-Zippity Zinedra

OCAD bookfair


Attended the OCAD book fair today. Was not tabling at this wonderful event but I did browse to my heart’s content.


Stopped by the crafting table and made a DIY postcard which will be mailed out this week. Thank you to the wonderful, helpful women overseeing the craft table. It was alot of fun!


The awesomeness that is Jessica Bebenek was tabling at the bookfair (we tabled next to each other at Canzine). Jessica is a publisher and their zines/novellas/journals/notebooks are…well…words don’t do justice to how incredible they are. They are way too spectacular to put into words. Oh yes they are! Check out their press: Grow & Grow~a little press for big ideas at:


their etsy page: http://www.liveequalarts.etsy.com

and email address: growandgrow@yahoo.ca

Thank you Jessica! You are my inspiration.


Left the bookfair with a bag of goodies. Lovin’ the poster with the stack of books on it that reads “I like big books and I cannot lie.” Even got it autographed on the back. Feminist killjoy pin, teeth patch (fuckin awesome!!!), Jessica’s novella and more! For more info on this event, visit OCAD University Events Calendar .

Am soooo looking forward to the Toronto Indie Arts Market coming up in two weeks. If you want more information about the Toronto Indie Arts Market, check out their website at: http://www.torontoindieartsmarket.com