FUSE is proud to announce our summer issue, “Performing Politics”! FUSE is 35 this year, and we’re celebrating by revisiting the work of seventeen outstanding thinkers and makers, spanning three decades. Through eight features, interviews and reports plus six artist’s projects, we explore the ways that solidarity enables political action.
Tell me what democracy looks like. This is what democracy looks like!
Although events are still unfolding as I write these words, not yet three weeks after the massive crackdown on anti-G8/20 protests in Toronto, the immediate and most visible signs of the confrontation have disappeared from view. Erected to barricade the heads of G20 states against grassroots displays of discontent, the 3.5-kilometer chain-link “security fence” with concrete base that cut through downtown was taken down overnight as soon as the VIPs left town.
At 35 years old, Will Munro has been a fixture of the Toronto scene for over a decade, and his visual art practice is inseparable from his long-standing involvement in queer community activism and in creating alternative spaces for queer subcultural expression: punk, artfag, youth, sex-radical, anti-capitalist. In addition to working for a number of years with the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Youth Line, Munro founded and programmed the famed Vazaleen live rock parties before he and Lynn McNeill bought the Beaver Café on Queen West, which has become a hub for the local queer art scene.