A mystery-comedy podcast written and directed by Raymond Helkio. Season One featuring Paul Bellini, Hélène Ducharme, David Bateman, Rolyn Chambers, Amy J. Lester and Nate Power. Musical score by Stewart Borden + ‘Wild And Beautiful In Ontario’ (Ep. 1, 2) and ‘The Long Dark Twenties’ (Ep. 3) by Paul Bellini from the album ‘The Northland’s Own’.
Please join me and Rolyn Chambers this Thursday for a SALACIOUS double-fisted book launch. Rolyn is releasing his first book, The Boy Who Brought Down A Bathhouse, a collection of stories about the infamous St. Marc’s Spa.
RAID: Operation Soap was the play I produced last year with co-conspirator David Bateman. Operation Soap was the police code name for a highly organized simultaneous raid on four Toronto bathhouses and the catalyst for one of the most significant turning points in LGBT history.
I would be honoured if you could make it out to our book launch and celebrate with us! Performance legend Keith Cole will be in the house to recreate a short moment from the play and he’ll be accompanied by the super talented Stewart Borden on piano. I promise this will be a book launch launch you won’t soon forget!
As aspecial bonus, if you come dressed in just a towel I’ll give you a copy of the play for FREE!
SALACIOUS! Double Book Launch
& Art Party
Glad Day Bookshop
499 Church Street, TORONTO
Thursday November 23, 2017
The Boy Who Brought Down A Bathhouse
RAID: Operation Soap
Raymond Helkio with David Bateman
PLEASE to join us at the AGO this Wednesday at 7pm for a legendary performance by KEITH COLE, featuring gay porn star Ryan Russell, drag sensation Maria Delmonte with cinematic landscaping by queer filmmaker Raymond Helkio. This commissioned work is part of TORONTO: Tributes + Tributaries which explores the work of Canadian artists active between 1971-1989 through modern day performance art.
TWO SHOWS ONLY:
Wednesday, October 26, 7pm (FREE)
Saturday, October 29, 2 pm (Free with gallery admission)
Art Gallery of Ontario
Tributes + Tributaries featured artists also include Michael Snow, Barbara Astman, Andy Fabo, John Greyson, Johanna Householder, Robin Collyer, Robert Houle, Carol Conde, Carl Beveridge, June Clarke, Ato Seitu and Lillian Allen.
HAPPY PRIDE! Now you can re-live the RAID experience again and again with RAID: The Soundtrack. Written by David Bateman and Raymond Helkio with Stewart Borden and featuring songs by Keith Cole, Johnny Salib and David Bateman. Produced by The Reading Salon. FREE
It’s been 35 year’s since the Metropolitan Toronto Police simultaneously raided 4 bathhouses, arresting over 300 men in grotesque display of power intended to humiliate the men they found. These raids were the catalyst for one of the most significant turning points in Canadian LGBT history.
Dubbed Operation Soap by police the raids sparked outrage among the LGBT community and the next day over 3,000 protesters took to the street in a protest/march that has grown into what we now know as Toronto Pride month.
Please join me for this epic performance part of Buddies In Bad Times Theatre Queer Pride programming, we’ll give you plenty of reasons to fall in love with theatre all over again, I hope to see you there! Ray xox
WEDNESDAY JUNE 29, 8PM
DAILY XTRA, MARCH 14, 2016, Chris Dupuis
Queer zine redefines family and
supports Glad Day in the process
MyGayToronto.com, February 29, 2016, Drew Rowsome
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A Zine About Family
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From Toronto’s East End to New York’s East Village we take you on an uncensored journey into the closets and behind the alter egos of our communities most beloved queers. Welcome to Closet Case.
From Toronto’s East End to New York’s East Village join us as we go behind the alter egos and into the closets of our communities most beloved queers. Thursdays on theBuzz.
Episode 1: Inside D’yan Forest, an 81 year old internationally recognized cabaret singer, actress and stand-up comedian. This ‘bisexual Betty White’ has been dazzling audiences for more then seven decades with her one-woman extravaganza and slight-of-mouth comedy.
We’ve taken over the third floor space at Glad Day Bookshop, the world’s oldest queer bookstore, to bring you an epic collaboration of artist work including Brad Fraser‘s triptych Cock Therapy, Blue Nude by David Bateman plus legendary photos by Raymond Helkio. Even if you don’t want to buy any art you should come out to our party this Saturday because you’ll get to submerge yourself in free performance and video art all night long starting with the world premiere of Paul Bellini‘s new short film Prison Tattoo, What’s It Like? by David Bateman + a midnight performance of Hamlet In A Hot Tub’s End of The World Tour. Featured artists include Brock Hessel (Hamlet) and Amy J. Lester (Ophelia) with additional spoken words by S. MacDonald, proceeds from this event to benefit the Hamlet In A Hot Tub Production Fund (so we can put on more free shows) and Glad Day Bookshop.
Saturday July 25, 10PM
Glad Day Bookshop
598a Yonge Street, Toronto
Photo of David Bateman in front of Brad Fraser’s triptych Cock Therapy at Glad Day Bookshop by Raymond Helkio, 2015 (Toronto)
Every year the KM Hunter Foundation awards six grants of $8000.00 to artists in the areas of Visual Art, Dance, Theatre, Literature, Film and Video and Music. Recipients are recommended for this award by the Ontario Arts Council juries who put names forward from their own individual juries. Graphic Design: Raymond Helkio // KM Hunter Foundation Logo // 2015 Awards Invitation (below)
MAY 21-23, 2015
QUEER CITY CINEMA
12TH INTERNATIONAL QUEER FILM FESTIVAL
Directed by Raymond Helkio and Rolyn Chambers
Combining footage from the final days of St. Marc’s Spa with interviews from Toronto artists Sky Gilbert, Keith Cole, Brad Fraser, Drasko Bogdanovic & Shane MacKinnon, Death Of A Bathhouse explores the art culture and ultimate demise of one of Toronto’s longest running bathhouses. SCREENING DATES AND TICKETS
There is nothing like solidarity to propel a movement forward, thank you Doug Kerr, Brenda Cossman and Kyle Kirkup for an awesome experience. Download the PDF with media links and video, graphic design, website and video Raymond Helkio.
You read that correctly, as part of the 36TH Annual Rhubarb Festival we’re transforming Buddies in Bad Times Theatre into a bathhouse that Hamlet would be proud of!
This faggy-feminist production of Hamlet In A Hot Tub combines live theatre, video and drag into the first contemporary queer Shakespearean tale with a happy ending.
We receive a modest budget from Buddies in Bad Times Theatre but for this installation we’d like to beef up our lighting, staging and costumes so that this show is spectacular and truly twisted!
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents the
36TH Rhubarb Festival (February 11-22, 2015)
Transgressions in Performance
Hamlet In A Hot Tub
February 18-19 at 8:00pm, February 20-21 at 7:00pm
Adapted by Brock Hessel + David Bateman
featuring Paul Bellini, Donnarama and Amy J. Lester
Directed by Raymond Helkio
Evening passes $20 through the Box Office 416-875-8555
Festival Director Mel Hague, Associate Festival Director Cole Alvis
Festival Sponsor TD Bank Group, Media Sponsor NOW Magazine
This past summer the LGBT Giving Network partnered with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Inclusive Giving program for the 4th annual Philanthropy Conference at The 519 Church Street Community Centre. Just wait until next year! Graphic design: Raymond Helkio
IN YOUR POCKET explores the immediacy and intimacy offered by smartphone technology. Curated by RT Collective in association with Inside Out film festival featuring work by: Drew Lint, Tera Mallette, Tawiah Ben-Eben M’Carthy, Drew Danielle Belsky, Vika Kirchenbauer, Brendan Healy, Alejandro Santiago, Drasko Bogdanovic, Mikiki Mikiki, Raymond Helkio, Amy Pearl, Apathy Club, Coral Short, Sam Godfrey, Andil Gosine, Manolo Lugo, Grey Muldoon, Claro Cosco, Philip Edward Villeneuve, Sofonda Cox, and others. Curated by Marcin Wisniewski and Chris Dupuis.
Saturday May 31
Join Trinity Square Video for this special panel discussion (including Raymond Helkio and Amy Pearl from The Reading Salon) on the nature of collaboration. Image below from Kijiji Connections, The Reading Salon.
For more than a decade, Mirvish Productions operated La Cage theatre in downtown Toronto. As the resident performers at La Cage, The Impostors have earned rave reviews. But it’s the shows final number that gets them the standing ovations. And tonight The Impostors are getting ready to bring their high-glam drag spectacle to the small town of Port Hope, Ontario. The Impostors are ready, but is Port Hope?
Inside Out LGBT Film Festival (Toronto)
MAY 31, 2014
In 30 days, 40 senior creatives from around the globe crafted this spectacular issue of W|A magazine. For team 3: Sarah Allworth, Rick Duncan, Chris Elkerton and Raymond Helkio (pages 14-17). Read the article by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers. For the online version or to download a PDF copy.
Join us for a gay old time as we show our support for our LGBT Russian family. videofag, Toronto | February 1, 2014
In this video: andrea houston, roy mitchell, donnarama, brock hessel, david bateman, amy lester, elle chronique with video by raymond helkio ? music: the whole she bang, velvet goldmine + noctune opus 32, no 1, stewart borden
In 30 days, 40 senior creatives from around the globe crafted the spectacular November issue of Wayward Arts Magazine and we did more than just write about the future of collaboration, we are brought it to you: have a look or read the article by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers. Raymond Helkio, Team 3, The Rewards of Risk.
RISE UP! Calling all Toronto queer artists, activists, and superstars! We’re making a promotional video for The WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014 and you can be a part of it! Tell us what global LGBT human rights mean to you and be part of history! Drop us an email or look for us at Toronto LGBT venues from throughout the summer.
More WPHRC videos here.
My Sex Is Genderless | Videofag | Monday May 27 + June 2 2013 7PM
An intriguing and personal exploration of the immediacy and intimacy offered by the smart phone technology. Based around the ambiguous phrase “What’s Your Sex?”, the screening will present new works by Toronto based artists Julian Calleros, Kiley May, and Mark Pariselli and The Reading Salon. Presented by Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Videofag, and Trinity Square Video.
Combining footage from the final days of St. Marc’s Spa with interviews from Toronto artists Sky Gilbert, Keith Cole, Brad Fraser, Drasko Bogdanovic & Shane MacKinnon, we explore the art culture and ultimate demise of one of Toronto’s longest running bathhouses. Worldwide preview screening Thursday May 30 at 9:30pm | TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of the 23rd annual Inside Out LGBT Film & Video Festival. More info at: The Reading Salon.
So many men, so little time. Thank you so much to all the guys that participated in this landmark survey. The results of the Male Call Canada are out and you can have a peek at one of twenty survey fact sheets or for the more adventurous you can download the full 70 page technical report. Go ahead, snoop around – we know you want to! Let’s Talk Facts. Graphic Design: Raymond Helkio. Read the Globe & Mail article.
In an article titled Henry Comes Knocking: Video discloses absurdity of Court’s HIV non-disclosure rulings AIDS ACTION NOW gives a big thumbs up to The Reading Salon‘s efforts with this work. The criminalization of people living with HIV (or any illness) is an epically wrong way to manage a public health concern and is a slippery slope into the archaic world of disease management by law enforcement. Thanks AAN for adding your voices into the mix! Watch the video below.
As part of winning the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Indie Producers Package (Art Attack), Architect Theatre won a new logo & stationary set in time for their opening season. Architect Theatre is a Resident Company of Theatre Passe Muraille. Logo design: Raymond Helkio
Watch past shows here
The Reading Salon is an experimental moving art event that gives voice to the printed word. Every month Toronto artists come together at a TBA location to celebrate the spoken word. One hour later we go live with a 15 minute curated performance of the work. In our first installation From The Book of Butter is from the desk of Amy Pearl, better known as MISS Butter for her hip-hop, free-style rap and spoken word performances from New York to her hometown Toronto. Please join us for a live 15 minute broadcast starting at 8PM on Tuesday August 21st, 2012. This months show can be heard on Blog Talk Radio is be hosted by Raymond Helkio. To chat live during the show listen online at Blog Talk Radio or you just just listen to The Reading Salon at 8PM on the player below. See you at the salon!