Make sure you check out the Beast of the East, either by watching the roller derby games, aka “bouts”, or by attending the parties later. Studio 303 has its eccentric programming as per usual, with a NYC meets Montreal exchange of dance performances. Hunter Valentine and Rae Spoon are in town too, so support your homo-musicians and get out to their concerts. At the end of the month is the freshest dance party-cum-performance, with Big Freedia coming back to Montreal. I think she’s developing quite a crush on us… see you on the floors!
May 1: Transgendered singer songwriter Rae Spoon with a band and Süss. Süss is a sassy, musical lyricist; while Rae’s dulcet voice carries you far and wide. 8:30 pm.
May 1: Beast of the East 2011. Massive convergence of derby teams from all over the east coast coming to compete in a high-stakes derby tournament. But only one team can be declared the winner, the Beast of the East! May the best derby team win! Tickets are technically sold out, but they promise to have some openings for fans around 2 pm. Check out their Facebook account for updates on both bout days. Arena St-Louis, 5633 Saint-Dominique.
No derby tickets? Fear not! If you don’t make it to the derby bouts over the weekend, there’s always the salacious booty pumping affair—the infamous Beast of the East after-parties. This one boasts a booty-shaking contest with winners in categories like best team-booty shake, featuring players from the bouts earlier in the day. Booty and the Beast II: She on the flo’! Playhouse, 5656 Avenue Du Parc. Free! With 2 for $5 buck beers!
May 7: Launch of Feminism FOR REAL + Fundraiser for Native Women’s Shelter. Respected activist Jessica Yee launches the book she edited, FOR REAL: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism. The evening will feature presentations and round table discussions. Free. 7 to 9pm.
May 14: Studio 303 is doing an amazing collaboration with the New York Performance Mix Festival during the event Exchange/Échange. Co-hosted by local sound artist, emcee and lesbian favourite Alexis O’Hara, dance is on the menu at this eclectic performance venue. Make sure go for the More Ladies performance. It’s by Sasha Kleinplatz, a prolific local choreographer and it features “some eating, some fighting, some dancing.” 372 Ste-Catherine Street W. $ 12-15, 7 and 9 pm.
May 19: Montreal’s newest dance floor sensation continues to get bigger each month. With more than 300 homos crammed the ballroom at the event in April, the May event’s got the spring fever going for it. But really, you go for the outfits. POMPe with DJs Kalmplex (Toronto), Jonny Bonny Rock, Aleks C & Herr Pop. $5 cover, 10:30 pm.
May 29: SlutWalk Montreal is the walk of all walks, the SlutWalk has gone all over North America and it’s only fair that the kids over at sex-positive Glam Gam Productions organized one for our fair, and sexy, city. After a Toronto official said disparaging comments about women’s revealing way of dressing, people all over have been organizing the walk in hopes to show that being a slut is a-ok. So that means awesome sex positive messages and women, proudly, scantily-clad! Location TBA, 2 to 4 pm.
May 31: Get your bounce on with this charismatic “sissy bounce” performer from New Orleans. Big Freedia, who is transgender, is hooking up with DJ Lynne T from Lesbians on Ecstasy to teach Montrealers what it’s like to have let it all hang out. Viewer discretion is advised. Le Belmont, 4483, St-Laurent Boulevard, 9 pm.
Guest Blogger: Lina Harper
Photo Credit: Big Freedia- Shot in the City