“The Videofag Book” edited by William Ellis and Jordan Tannahill— Four Years

Ellis, William and Jordan Tannahill, editors. “The Videofag Book”, Bookthug, 2017.

Four Years

Amos Lassen

In October 2012, gay lovers William Ellis and Jordan Tannahill moved into a former barbershop in Toronto’s Kensington Market neighborhood. They turned the shop into an art space called Videofag which. Over the next four years became a hub for counterculture in the city. They hosted performances, screenings, parties, exhibitions, and all kinds of queer activates. Eventually William and Jordan broke up and closed the space for good in June 2016. The time they spent there had taken its toll and the men were exhausted and their love seemed to be worn out.

This is a chronicle of those four years and is related through multiple voices and mediums. It is a “personal history by William and Jordan; a love letter by Jon Davies; a communal oral history compiled by Chandler Levack; a play by Greg MacArthur; a poem by Aisha Sasha John; a chronological history of Videofag’s programming; and a photo archive curated by William and Jordan in full color.”

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