<‘Glad Day’ or ‘The Dance of Albion’, WILLIAM BLAKE, ca1794, British Museum. Albion was a son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea.>. TORONTO’s Glad Day Bookshop at 499 Church Street was founded in the 1970’s, making it the oldest LGBTQ book store in the world. Named after a painting by William Blake, the business began in Jearld Moldenhauer’s apartment and then moved on to a shed in Kensington Market. From there, it positioned itself on Yonge Street in 1981, and now has enough room for books, a bar and event space in the heart of the Village.
Like the man in Blake’s painting, who basks in an ethereal and possibly angelic light, the LGBTQ community is always in search of its glad day. – Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, TORONTO
The world’s oldest LGBTQ bookshop – GLAD DAY – has settled in to 2,000 square feet of prime floor space at 499 Church Street. There’s plenty of room here for readings, performances, a cafe, bar and an outdoor patio – all at street level.
Founded in 1970, GLAD DAY has continuously fought against censorship of gay and lesbian books, magazines and videos. It almost went under at least once before, but now has a bright, new future in the heart of TORONTO’s Church/Wellesley Village.
WEBSITE – http://www.gladdaybookshop.com
In the 1970’s, some determined individuals brought into being two LGBTQ institutions which (through thick and thin) survive to this day. GLAD DAY BOOKSHOP, founded in 1970, almost went under, but was rescued by CEO Michael Erickson and others in the community. Through four decades, GLAD DAY has fought against censorship of gay and lesbian books, magazines, and videos. A mail order/info website – http://www.gladdaybookshop.com – has been launched. GLAD DAY is the oldest, continuously operating LGBTQ bookshop in the world.
Founded in 1973, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) has become the second-largest LGBT archive in the world. After years of operating in tiny, cramped offices, the Archive moved to 34 Isabella Street in September of 2009. The heritage building constructed in 1858, contains a reading room, art gallery, and a rentable meeting room for other community groups. HOURS – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 7:30-10 pm; Subway stop – BLOOR, and walk south to Isabella Street http://www.clga.ca