Ten T.O. tracks to rock your party

NOW Magazine - Pride - - Contents - By BEN­JAMIN BOLES


BY ROUGH TRADE Ca­role Pope stirred up a lot of con­tro­versy at the 1981 Juno Awards by singing the fa­mous “She makes me cream my jeans” line, which seems quaint in ret­ro­spect.

2. RISE UP, PARA­CHUTE CLUB If you didn’t lis­ten closely to the lyrics, you might have missed that line about “free­dom to love who we please,” but Toronto’s gay scene def­i­nitely got the ref­er­ence. 3. ALL WOMEN ARE BITCHES,

BY FIFTH COL­UMN This fu­ri­ous slab of Toronto queer punk made Court­ney Love seem almost po­lite at the time. A far more in­flu­en­tial act than they get credit for.

4. LOVERTITS, BY PEACHES T.O. gays were the first here to get what Peaches was do­ing, and the charm­ingly low-bud­get video for this track fea­tures a sug­ges­tively sap­phic ap­pear­ance by a young Feist.

5. SPUNK, BY GREEK BUCK The Toronto elec­tro-punk duo were heard by mil­lions of peo­ple world­wide when this glee­fully spazzy track was used as the theme mu­sic for Queer As Folk. 6. BREAKDANCE HUNX, BY KIDS ON TV This glo­ri­ously sleazy lo-fi house/punk sin­gle per­fectly cap­tures the mood of mid- 00s un­der­ground Toronto par­ties. Great mem­o­ries of sweat drip­ping from the ceil­ing at 56 Kens­ing­ton. 7. COLOUR OF A MAN (PET SHOP BOYS

OR­GANIC MIX), BY HID­DEN CAM­ERAS Who would have guessed back in their early “gay church mu­sic” days that the Hid­den Cam­eras would be get­ting of­fi­cial remixes by the Pet Shop Boys?

8. YOUNG AND GAY, BY AUS­TRA The b-side of Aus­tra’s de­but sin­gle, Beat And The Pulse, is a lovely trib­ute to much-missed Toronto queer ac­tivist/artist/DJ Will Munro, who had an im­mea­sur­able im­pact on the lo­cal scene be­fore his dy­ing far too young from brain can­cer.

9. SHOW ME YOUR STUFF, BY DI­A­MOND RINGS Two songs in a row from the One Big Si­lence la­bel run by Fucked Up’s Mike Haliechuk might seem a bit much, but he’s def­i­nitely tapped into some­thing great. It’s fun to play spot-the-lo­cal-mu­si­cian in the video, too.

10. RECK­LESS WITH YOUR LOVE, AZARI & III The pro­duc­tion two­some be­hind this house an­them are ba­si­cally straight, but if you’ve ever caught the full live ex­pe­ri­ence with flam­boy­ant vo­cal­ists Starv­ing Yet Full and Fritz Helder, there’s no mis­tak­ing the queer­ness of this banger of a track.

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