Toronto Pride 1970 – Present
as seen through the
Magenta and The ArQuives
About the Project
With the 50th anniversary of The ArQuives in 2023, Magenta and Ryerson Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management students have joined forces to create the FIRST EVER Pride Toronto Exhibition and Publication. The significance of Toronto Pride to social development in Canada has never been seen in its historical context.
Magenta/Ryerson partnership complements and augments the ArQuives’ mission to collect, preserve, and share the histories of LGBTQ2+ people in Canada in a way that reflects the diversities and values of our communities. The student researchers in this initiative will not only enjoy an unparalleled learning experience, they will connect to an important history in Canada and give it a profile to new audiences. This is intentional and ensures that the outcomes of this project have a life beyond the initiative itself.
Both Ryerson FCAD and Magenta share the goal of advancing research thereby directly benefiting the rigour and scope of Canadian scholarship, but also cultivating practical skills so that young scholars can contribute and affect public discourse. While the Pride Toronto 1970 to Present as seen through the LGBTQ ArQuives project is academic in nature, its outcomes are distinctly intended for a broad public audience. The singular ability of this project to directly contextualise the local history it investigates within the broad scope of LGBTQ+ histories housed at the largest queer archive in Canada distinguishes its framing from other projects. The student researchers in this initiative will not only enjoy an unparalleled learning experience, they will connect to an important history in Canada and give it a profile to new audiences. This is intentional and ensures that the outcomes of this project have a life beyond the initiative itself.
For 17 years The Magenta Foundation has been a national art-community collaborator for the future of the arts in Canada.
Our unique arts programs for emerging artists and youth allows us to foster the future talent in Canada coast to coast. Creating this empowerment allows young people to elevate their talents and abilities for a future in the arts as cultural producers within and beyond their communities. By focusing on the early output of future practitioners, Magenta is committed to cultivating the next generation of artists through producing and exhibiting work that will potentially inform a lifelong practice.
At Magenta, giving back to our communities in meaningful ways is a source of pride for us. We believe it is important to showcase and present the wealth of artistic talent available locally and to encourage an appreciation of the arts among all Canadians.