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Formerly known as Queer Idol

For more information, please visit www.spectrashowcase.com

SPECTRA TALENT CONTEST REMOVES ALL BARRIERS IN 2013

Toronto is easily one of the most Queer-tolerant cities in the world.  And Toronto's arts community has always been a safe haven for LGBT performers.  

Despite this, the vast majority of successful, mainstream, creative works produced in our great city are mostly heterocentric.  

For example, how often do mainstream dance companies showcase romantic pas de deuxs with two male dancers?   How many transgender performers have achieved mainstream recognition?  Have you ever heard a loving duet on the radio sung by two women?  (sorry, but Katy Perry's alcohol-induced, experimental same-sex smooch doesn't count). 

Yes, LGBT-identified performers are being hired for gigs, but very few of them get to fully express themselves through their art.   Thanks to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and InsideOut, Queer actors, directors and film-makers are getting the recognition they deserve.

Spectra was designed to provide the same opportunity for the remaining performance disciplines -- singers, musicians, comedians, dancers and carnival acts.

Spectra's acceptance of LGBT creative expression doesn't mean we've closed the door to heterosexual performers.   In fact, we've always welcomed straight allies with open arms and were delighted when a straight ally (Kathryn Fudurich) won our vocal contest in 2012.

After all, it would be hypocritical for us to push for representation for one segment of the arts community while denying the same to another.

Spectra was also created to provide a safe environment for cultural expression.    To that end, we're thrilled that 50% of the performers in our 2013 season are non-European.

In 2013, Spectra can now accommodate physically disabled performers, despite the fact that our performance venue isn't wheelchair accessible.  If a performer using a wheelchair wishes to participate in Spectra, they can do so by submitting performance videos which will be played at our monthly showcases for evaluation by our Judges and live audience.   Spectra's workshops and master classes are held at the 519 Community Centre which is fully accessible.

Finally, Spectra has removed all financial barriers for performers and audience members.   Cover at our monthly showcases is pay what you can, and performers wishing to partcipate in our programs are not charged (a $10 refundable registration fee applies).   Thanks to a grant from the Toronto Arts Council, Spectra will be able to give all our performers free workshops and master classes.

Spectra 2013 Videos

MOBILITY UNLIMITED GRAND SLAM - JUNE 9, 2013

1
DARIA

2
JAKEY JIVES

3
JAY HARMONY DAVIS

4
JADOO ENTERTAINMENT

5
REVERSE

6
ADRIAN BALDAUF

7 - TOP LIVE ACT
JORDAN ALEXANDER

8
JUSTIN ANATAWAN

 

 

GRAND HOTEL GROUP B FINAL - MAY 12, 2013

1
DARIA

2
MIGUEL PERREAULT

3
JHOANA VALDEZ

4
MR. JAR

5
DEE DEE VON BRAUN

6
TYLER STEVENS

7
JAKEY JIVES

8 - TOP LIVE ACT
JUSTIN ANATAWAN

9
ADRIAN BALDAUF

     

 

GROUP B SEMIFINAL - APRIL 14, 2013

1
PAULINE GERRITSEN

2
TRI-BAND

3
JHOANA VALDEZ

4
MIRABELLE

5
DARIA

6
DEE DEE VON BRAUN

7
MIGUEL PERREAULT

8
JEN

9
SAIGE

10
TYLER STEVENS

11
JAKEY JIVES

12 - TOP LIVE ACT
ADRIAN BALDAUF

13
MR. JAR

14
JUSTIN ANATAWAN

   

 

GROUP B QUARTERFINAL - MARCH 10, 2013

1
PAULINE GERRITSEN

2
TRI-BAND

3 - TOP LIVE ACT
JUSTIN ANATAWAN

4
JEN

5
GLEN KOWARSKY

6
SAIGE

7
TYLER STEVENS

8
JAKEY JIVES

9 - TOP OVER ALL ACT
SHAYNE STOLZ

10
JHOANA VALDEZ

11
ROY DE VOS

12
MIRABELLE

13
DARIA

14
SHANTY

15
MR. JAR

16
MIGUEL PERREAULT

17
RISQUE DANCE TROUPE

18
DEE DEE VON BRAUN

19
ADRIAN BALDAUF

 

 

GRAND HOTEL GROUP A FINAL - FEBRUARY 10, 2013

1
REVERSE

2
NOOR MOHAMMED

3
ZENA LORD

4
VIANKA PAULINO

5
JOREY

6 - TOP LIVE ACT
JORDAN ALEXANDER

7
TIFA

8
MARKY RABANERA

9
JAY HARMONY DAVIS

10 - TOP OVER ALL ACT
JADOO ENTERTAINMENT

   

 

GRAND HOTEL SEMIFINAL (GROUP A) - JANUARY 13, 2013

1
MAKI

 

2
MIZZ LETICIA DUVAL

 

3
NOOR MOHAMMED

 

4
PATRICK FOSTER

 

5
JOREY

 

6
ZENA LORD

 

7
TIFA

8
VIANKA PAULINO

 

9 - TOP OVER ALL ACT
JADOO ENTERTAINMENT

10
JORDAN ALEXANDER

 

11
REVERSE

 

12 - TOP LIVE ACT
JAY HARMONY DAVIS

 

13
MARKY RABANERA

 

     

 

SUGAR RIDGE RETREAT CENTRE QUARTERFINAL (GROUP A) - DECEMBER 9, 2013

1
JD CHEVERIE

2
TIFA

3
ZENA LORD

 

4 - TOP OVER ALL ACT
MARKY RABANERA

 

5
PATRICK FOSTER

 

6
VIANKA PAULINO

 

7
JORDAN ALEXANDER

 

8
MAKI

 

9
SARAH-JEAN VILLA

10
JADOO ENTERTAINMENT

11
MIZZ LETICIA DUVAL

 

12
JOREY

 

13
NOOR MOHAMMED

 

14
REVERSE

 

15 - TOP LIVE ACT
JAY HARMONY DAVIS

 

 

 



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