MAD PRIDE WEEK --- July 13 to July 19 2009

In a culture of hardening isolation, status materialism and environmental degradation: Mad Pride can be a broad embrace (2002, Adbusters), so come one, come all to:


When: July 13 to July 19 2009

Where: City of Toronto

A week long festival of arts, education and heritage activities which recognize psychiatric survivors, consumers, mad folks and others for the purpose of community development, rights awareness and celebration. All events are free.

Mad Pride Week community partners are; Accent on Ability through A-Way Couriers, CS/Info, The Gerstein Centre, Houselink Community Homes, PARC, Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre, PCIC, Parkdale Community Information Centre, PCLS, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Soundtimes Support Services, The Raging Spoon, Out Of This World Café, and The Friendly Spike Theatre Band

With support from The Toronto Arts Council Community Arts Program and Ministry of Heritage through BCAH Building Culture through Arts and Heritage

A backgrounder of this great event is attached.

Monday July 13th 2009


(Centre for Addiction and Mental Heath)

1001 Queen Street West (meet on front patio, Ossington entrance)

6PM – 8:30PM: The Patient Built Wall Tour,

guided by Geoffrey Reaume.

The purpose of this tour is to remember the contributions of the men and women who lived, worked, and died in the Toronto Hospital for the Insane. This is represented by the nineteenth century patient built boundary walls, which stand as enduring testament to their abilities and a monument to their memory. We hold up this past symbol of exclusion to challenge discrimination that is experienced today by people who have a psychiatric history

Geoffrey Reaume, Psychiatric Survivor Archives Toronto.

8:30PM-9PM: Memorial

Attendees are invited to a post wall tour memorial which will pay tribute to those who went before us. Organizers ask guests to bring words that lend meaning to the moment. Candles will be lit.

Tuesday July 14th – Friday July 17th


55 John Street (King and John Streets)

But, if the city workers strike continues throughout this week our venue will be changed to May Robinson Auditorium, 20 Westlodge, one block east of Lansdowne, one block north of Queen)

A gallery of original art, crafts, displays and information and much more, from 11am to 5pm each day.

Demonstrators include artists from Houselink Community Homes, Soundtimes Support Services, and the PARC Art Group

and others, along with the postings of individual artists Naomi Laufer, Sarah Griffin. Paul Draper and others and information from A-Way Couriers, IDPWD, Metro Tenants Association, Simply People, Social Phobias Support Group of Toronto, Street Health, Street to Trail and more!.

Tuesday July 14th

World Mad Pride Day

11AM – 12NOON: Opening Ceremony

Join the Mad Pride organizers for:

*The Reading of the Mad Pride Week Proclamation

*With MC Peggy Gail Dehal Ramson PCLS and special guests;

The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Ontario Human Rights Chief Commission Barbara Hall

MPP, Cheri Di Novo

Presentations from:

Voices from the Street, featuring Mike Creek, Theresa Schrader and Meghan Currie. VFTS is comprised of individuals who have had direct experience with homelessness, poverty, and/or mental health issues. The organization works to put a human face to homelessness and involves people with direct experience as leaders in a public education process.

Caroline Kwok, reading from her book Free to Fly; A Story of Manic Depression (inclusion Press, 2006) is a moving, hopeful story that works on two distinct levels.

First, it is the story of the author’s experience as a Chinese-born Canadian, dealing with multiple issues faced by new immagrants. More ripping though, is her harrowing account of her life with bipolar-despairing, coping and finally providing inspiration to others” BP Canada

Naomi Laufer, a published poet, artist and teacher who will read two of her poems

A song lead by Frank Hall. Heinz Klein and The Friendly Spike Theatre Band

12NOON – 1PM - LUNCH – light refreshments generously provided by Out Of This World Cafe


Special lunch time presentations which include Laughter Yoga with Salimah Kassim-Lakha, and more!

1PM – 2PM – Presentation; Hugging Our History: Why Psychiatric Survivors need to ‘own’ our Mad past.

By Geoffrey Reaume

2PM – 2PM – Presentation: Living Archive Project

By PARC Living Archive Collective

Presentation includes a documentary film and live presentation

Time spent on Q. and A.

Wednesday July 15th

Know Your Rights Day

11AM – 12 NOON Presentation: Dream Team –

The Dream Team is a group of consumer survivors who advocate for more safe, secure and affordable supportive housing for people living with mental health and addiction issues. They do this by telling their personal stories about the life-altering benefits of supportive housing, by tackling discrimination and stigma, and by working to eliminate barriers to the creation of more supportive housing through public education, research and advocacy.

Over the last year the Dream Team has worked with various groups and communities across Ontario to explore the issue of discriminatory zoning. In this presentation members of the Dream Team will illustrate the concept of discriminatory zoning and the impact on people with mental health and addiction issues.

12NOON – 12:15: Presentation: PARC Ambassadors Program

PARC Ambassadors program is a community consultation by the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre with the Parkdale Community. The purpose and the goal of the program is to engage, inform and consult with residents and stakeholders in the community in relation to our building development Edmond Place. The program consists of 9 Ambassadors whom are PARC Members receiving remuneration for the work they do. It is peer and member driven, incorporating and building on the principles and values of the recovery model and PARC’s Mission –PARC – A Place Where People Rebuild Their Lives. When the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre acquired the building from the City of Toronto to develop affordable, social housing for marginalized persons in our community there was extreme opposition to PARC by residents and stakeholders in Parkdale. Since the PARC Ambassadors Program inception in September 2007 we have progressed from a state of NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) to one of YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard). The PARC Ambassadors Program has been successful with their community consultation and public relations in Parkdale. It has proven that marginalized people do have a commitment to their community, have all the necessary attributes and capabilities to be productive, contribute to their neighbourhood and society, and live a healthy, meaningful and fulfilling life.

PARC Ambassadors will discuss their work at this presentation

12:15 NOON – 1PM – Lunch –light refreshments generously provided by Raging Spoon


Special lunch time presentations featuring Laughter Yoga with Salimah Kassim-Lakha, and more!

1PM – 2PM – Presentation – Legal Jeopardy by Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS)

2PM -3 PM- – David Carmichael


When it comes to treating your own mental illnesses, we often assume that doctors and other mental heal professionals always know what’s

best. During this presentation, David will raise a few issues about scientific drug research and help you understand, based on his own experience recovering from major depression, how important it is for people suffering from mental illnesses to take responsibility for their own recovery and rehabilitation by asking their doctors and mental health workers questions, questions and more questions, and by becoming regularly physically active.

David holds a masters degree in physical education and is the former director of national projects at ParticipACTION. After experiencing his first major depression in 2003 at the age of 45 and a relapse in 2004, he tragically learned the importance of good mental health and does not assume that doctors always know what’s best.

(opportunity will be given for the audience to ask questions)

3PM – 4PM Street Nurse Beth Pelton

Beth Pelton is a registered nurse currently working with Street Health Community Nursing. Most of her nursing work has been in the community, and with people living with cancer. Her experiences have included working in medical and geriatric and psychiatric nursing. In practicing from a Harm Reduction philosophy she is learning deeper meanings about Client-Directed Care and Client-Centered Care.

Thursday July 16th

Madly Theatrical

11AM -12 NOON Presentation; Mind Storm, by Mortimer Christie

Mind Storm is a play about Michael, a person with mental health issues around schizophrenia. Michael spends a 24-hour period of time, each month, in a local park experiencing audio and visual hallucinations.

Featuring Henrik Kartna

12 NOON – 12:45 NOON – Presentation; films by Helen Posno

IMPEDIMENTA – which deals with the homelessness of mankind in the universe

MY SILENT LIVES – which deals with both the lightness and the darkness of the human spirit.

12:45 NOON – 1:30PM Lunch – Brown bag lunches generously provided by Houselink Community Kitchen


Special lunch time presentations and workshops, featuring Laughter Yoga with Salimah Kassim-Lakha, and more!

1:30PM – 2:30PM – Play by The Friendly Spike Theatre Band

Moving To My Own Beat

A diverse group of students attend a lecture they won’t ever forget.

2:30PM – 2:45PM Presentation: Clay and Paper Theatre

2:45PM – 4PM: Open Stage

Friday July 17th

12Noon to 12:30 - Brown bag lunches generously provided by Honselink Community Kitchen

Special lunch time presentations featuring Laughter Yoga, with Salimah Kassim-Lakha, and more!

12:30 – 1PM A film: Art X-Press

Art Express is a community arts mural project that involved four Redirection Through Education students from George Brown College, in the design and painting of murals for TTC bus sides. Two murals were created in five hands-on workshops that were held at George Brown. The murals have since been mounted as original artworks on the exterior of two busses and as well, digitalized images of the murals are being featured on Toronto’s subway video monitors. Using the busses as “mobile billboards”, the artists as activists generated mural imagery as a means to challenge public assumptions and inform urban audiences of issues around their identities as psychiatric survivors. The film traces the arts’ creative processes.

1PM -2PM: Panel discussion, topic tba; with Erick Fabris, Onar Usar, Joel Zablosky and others.

2PM – 2:45PM: Essya Nabbali

“Mad Pride toward a democratic utopia”

Saturday July 18th


(centre for addiction and mental health)

1001 Queen Street West, Toronto

The Third Annual Bed Push Parade Day

12NOON to 1PM - Mad Tea Party

Presented by the Empowerment Council and CAMH Peer Staff

1PM – 2:30PM Bed Push Pride Parade, Led by PARC Drummers

And featuring Crazy Talk: Share your rant, dance, emotion, expression, comment, in support of Mad Pride. This “speakers corner” style video will be shared on Enacted by the Mad People’s Video Project

This unique pride procession of individuals, agencies and organizations. pushes a gurney dressed like a bed with sheets that shout words that reclaim what was once lost; ‘Hope’, ‘Education’, ‘Friends’ , and

more. The event is in celebration of ourselves and serves to strengthen our community.

*1PM – Gather at CAMH front Patio for Special guests, Mad Pride Honours, and Bobbi Nahwegahbow Memorial Awards will be presented to outstanding Artist/Activists DD Spideria and Heinz Klein

*1:30PM – Push off

*2:00PM – Rest station

*2:30PM – arrive at PARC

2:30PM -5:00PM– Party!, Hosted by PARC