Logo image for Liberation on the Dance Floor research project featuring white text and a gradient background transitioning from orange to pink to blue.
Liberation on the dance floor.


Toronto’s Gay Community Dance Committee (GCDC) was a volunteer-run, coalition-building organization that raised over $250,000 for LGBTQ2+ community groups in the 1980s. This exhibition features posters, photographs, and other materials that remind us that queer liberation can be sparked by experiences on the dance floor.

The impetus for the GCDC was simple: the committee would encourage collaborations among small, independent gay and lesbian organizations in order to host dances that were larger than any of the individual groups could hold on their own. Participating groups would sell tickets, provide labour for necessary duties at each dance (coat check, security, bartending, clean-up, and more), and subsequently split the profits based on ticket sales and volunteer hours provided. A core management group took care of all other preparations and arrangements.

The GCDC’s archive reminds us that moments of queer pleasure and bliss are often possible through collaboration across differences of identities and collective resistance to the state and the violence perpetrated in its name. 

For more information on the GCDC and the broader Liberation on the Dance Floor project visit liberationonthedancefloor.ca.



The Arquives Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives
Toronto Metropolitan University Faculty of Arts

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  • Event Website: Official Website
  • Date: Sun, Oct 1, 2023
  • Time & Duration: (all day) (33 days)
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  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Main Floor Hallway
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