THESE 8 QUEER TORONTO DJS ARE MAKING ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC HISTORY
February 7, 2023
March 30, 2023
OUTRAVE is a new documentary series hosted by local legend Denise Benson that explores the connections between electronic dance music and the LGBTQ+ community through history.
Diving into the “connections between electronic dance music and the LGBTQ+ community ‘since the music genre’s origins in cities like New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal. OUTRAVE begins the musical adventure in the duo’s hometown of Toronto…
“The series will discuss topics like the Black and gay roots of contemporary dance music, and why it’s so important to create unique queer spaces while also injecting queer vitality into the broader rave culture.
"Clubs, social spaces and dancefloors have always been important to queer and trans people. They’re where we can both find and lose ourselves,” says a DJ legend herself in Toronto, Denise Benson. “They’re where we create – and connect with – community. They’re portals to possibilities of seeing and being ourselves.”
The first episode in the series features interview with local DJs/producer (and some of our favourite boos to party with) Karim Olen Ash, Aeryn Pfaff, James St. Bass, Chiclet, Maren Hancock aka Betti Forde, Jungle Funk Records co-owner Deko-ze; Cozmic Cat; and Chippy Nonstop.