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Our April Feature Members

Get to know some of our directory members at Exploring Queer East Coast. Members will be showcased every month, giving you the opportunity to learn more about our diverse and thriving community. For more information on how you can be a featured member, click here.

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The Art of Eating Deli

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Art of Eating Deli has been owned and operated by Fran Hubbard for 12 years. Art of Eating is a gathering place downtown, the location is cozy with high tin ceilings, big street front windows, charming staff, and great food. The deli is a place you can meet friends or colleagues for a coffee, breakfast, lunch or just sit by yourself and watch things go by. Fran’s passion for her business is palpable, she is proud to be a Queer Woman owned business that is an inclusive and safe space for everyone. My goal is to provide healthy, handmade from scratch meal choices that can range from comfort food to more globally inspired dishes and flavours.  The Deli is open Monday – Friday from 8am – 4pm. The menu ranges from breakfast sandwiches to lunches with daily specials, there are gluten free and vegan options every day as well! Art of Eating also offers business or meeting luncheon catering to the local area.

Page 1 Theatre

Page1 Theatre is a professional Queer Theatre company, producing and presenting Queer work. Our largest project is an annual festival, OutFest, the largest Queer theatre festival in Atlantic Canada, featuring local, regional, and national artists. The festival features completed works that have been on tour, to new and emerging creations. Theatre and Dance performances take place at The Bus Stop Theatre, the launch of a Music Stage will be at The Carleton, and Comedy will be at Roxy Live.

Page1 Theatre also produces a monthly improv show, Queer-prov, hosted by local Drag Icon Bunni Lapin. The show features special guests and local improvisers Becca Maclean, Kieran Parmelee, and Alex Naus. The company also produces an annual Holiday Concert, Unwrapped, and has several other projects in development. 

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Monarch Night Club

Monarch Night Club and Drop in Centre opened in June of 2021, offering a space to come and be yourself with no fear of judgement. A place to call home, away from home. At the night club, Monarch offers 2 nights a week of Karaoke every week, dance parties, live music, Drag shows and so much more. At the Drop in centre we offer All ages Live music and drag shows, we have founded a program we call GAPS (Gender affirmation peer support) which is an all ages peer group that meets on the second Saturday of every month. 

Monarch is a place of rebirth, the location having formerly been the beloved BOOM night club, we wanted to maintain the space for the community. Boom Night Club was such an important space in the community for 15 years, and while BOOM is no longer with us, Monarch stands strong, like a caterpillar into a butterfly, the space has grown. BOOM will always hold a special place in our hearts. Not only has the space been reborn, we have also had the pleasure of watching so many community members come into themselves in the space. 

Monarch is more than just a night club and a community drop in, it is a home, a safer space, a space filled with love, a space of growth, a space of acceptance, and a space with no judgements. 

Over the last few years we have grown as a community, we have become a family, and the space has been filled with so much love and support. 

At Monarch everyone is welcome, with an open mind and open heart. 

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