Qulture Club Opens

Posted on January 13, 2011 by

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Qulture Club Opens in Fredericton   [by Gene Campbell]

An “outstanding success” is about the only way you can sum up the recent “Qulture Jam 2011”, held at boom! Nightclub in downtown Fredericton.  The two-hour long event was held to raise money for the newly-founded Queer Theory Collective (QTC).  Funds were raised through a $5 cover charge.

Donating their time, and talents, were three of Atlantic Canada’s top rock acts, who played to a packed house at the January 8 event, held at the Capital’s only gay-friendly night spot.  Performing were recording artist, Linsay Morgan of Fredericton; Audrey and the Agents from Halifax, and Moncton’s pride and joy, recording artists, the Kamalas.

Well-known Fredericton singer, Linsay Morgan—a credit to the music scene in the City—kicked off the evening.  A recording artist in her own right, she was one of the contributors to the Pride CD, “Just Love”, released at boom! back in August.  She can be found often, performing at the popular down-town club.

Following Morgan, was Halifax’s Audrey and the Agents – with a somewhat more up-tempo act, which saw the audience become involved. Chantel Caissie—alias Audrey Horne—belted out a never-ending selection of up-beat numbers, showing her many talents and her versatility as a performer.

Following the Halifax-based group, Moncton’s Kamalas took to the stage, and as talented as Morgan and Audrey were, the Hub City recording artists stole the show.  The two vocalists presented the lively, full house, a wide array of music, everything from Punk to more standard hard rock numbers.

All in all, the three performers proved what I have been saying all along: that we, here in the Maritimes, can hold our heads high, and take a back seat to no one, when it comes to performers. Both Audrey and the Agents, and the Kamalas, were so well received by local fans, that they have been booked to appear at boom! at a later date.

Co-founder of QTC and Travesty Café founder, Shaun Bartone, summed up the evening in one word: ‘Awesome!’  He went on to say that “I was thrilled to have the Kamalas here. They gave the queer scene a whole new sound—punk rock.”  He also praised Linsay Morgan, saying “Young lesbians in town came out just to see Linsay.”

All monies raised from the event, went to the QTC’s new Qulture Club, a gathering spot for the local queer community, held every Tuesday at the Gallery Connexion, at 440 York Street, in downtown Fredericton. Open to all ages, it runs from 7 to 10 p.m., and there is no cover-charge for the evening, although donations are gladly accepted. Bartone said Qulture Club is “in addition to boom!, as they are only open for those 19 and over—we are open to all ages.”

Bartone, who founded QTC along with Debi Skidmore, Chair of the 2010 Pride festivities in Fredericton, said, “We raised $150 from Culture Jam. We now have enough for two or three months rent—that gives us a little breathing room. It gives us time to organize another fundraiser.”  He said that total expenses for the year for the gathering spot, are $1,200, and added, “We’re looking at arts foundations for funds as well.” Bartone had words of praise for Marsha Clark, well-known local visual artist, who is donating her skills designing a donation box.

On the opening night, Chantal Brynne Plourde, of Leo Hayes High School, and Emii Jackson of the NB Crafts College, brought along their jar of jelly beans to raise money for Chantal’s LBGT Book Project. The QTC  has been very supportive of Chantal’s book project, providing technical assistance and advice.

Although the kick-off night for QT drew a small crowd, it more than doubled for the second night, a week later. Small though it was for the first gathering, those in attendance, were a virtual who’s who in the local gay scene, including QTC Co-founder, and Travesty Café founder, Shaun Bartone; Debi Skidmore, Chair of the 2010 Pride festivities; well-known visual artist, Marsha Clark; transgender advocate, Mitch Rayner; and Nate Miller of Emanate 7 Music Productions, to name a few.

“More people are showing up each week,” said Bartone. “Word is beginning to spread. I have a feeling that Film Night, which is the second Tuesday of each month, is going to be very popular.”

Tuesday, January 11’s Film Night, featured “Better Than Chocolate,” and Bartone promises more of the same gay-related films for the future.

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