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!! R.I.P. Will Munro !!

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After a two-year fight with brain cancer, Will Munro passed away yesterday morning at the age of 35. Will was a prolific artist, a generous friend, a pillar of Toronto queer culture, and a tireless bringer together of people.
When I came to visit Toronto from New York for the first time in 2004, Will and the community he built around his parties Peroxide and Vazaleen were my first introduction to a queer social scene that wasn’t like anything I had seen before. As close-knit as it was far-reaching, the community and its limitless affection and support made Toronto home for me when I moved here two years later.
So thank you, Will. Here’s to vegetarian dinner parties, silk-screening lessons, roller skating backwards, Spandex orifices, oyster birthday gluttony, moving vans, wedding tunes, and Moustache memories.
Will sat down for an interview recently with his good friend Leila Pourtavaf to discuss his life and work, including his final solo art show, Inside The Solar Temple of the Cosmic Leather Daddy. You can read it here.
The Facebook Group “Honoring the Heart of Will Munro” serves as an online collection of memories of Will, including articles, photos, and video.
After the jump, you can watch a short documentary directed by Matt Thomas about Will’s underwear art and the birth of Vazaleen.
(The above photo of Will was taken by Jeremy Laing at Big Primpin on May 5, 2007)

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!! OMG, How Encouraged: Canadian Bathroom Sex !!

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O dear. What are the Canadians up to now? Why, they’re encouraging sex in their restrooms. Typical!
I don’t know if the food in this place is just really bad or what, but a Toronto restaurant called Mildred’s has actually started a promotional campaign that centers around begging people to get down in its bathroom. What? I know! Well, it’s Canada, and as a regular watcher of Degrassi, one thing I know about Canadians is that they’re always getting pregnant. So I guess it makes some sense?
(Editor’s note: the rest of OMG Blog’s editorial team lives in Canada.)
Reports The Star:

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is inviting customers to have sex in its bathrooms.

The Valentine’s weekend promotion takes uncomfortable but electrifying sex from the close confines of an airplane and transfers it to the unisex stalls of the Hanna Ave. restaurant.

The Liberty Village restaurant proposes its modern bathrooms become one of the “101 places to have sex before you die.”

Mildred’s has always elicited a certain response. One customer, who didn’t want to be named, remembers going to a wedding at the eatery’s old location and seeing a copy of the Kama Sutra in the bathroom.

“They invite it,” said the customer.

This time, the invitation is explicit. On its website, Mildred’s asks: “Have you given any thought to moving beyond the bedroom?

Meanwhile here in the United States I’m pretty sure there’s a law that sentences practitioners of restroom sex to public execution. Draconian? Maybe! But at least we keep the bathroom line moving, and that’s why I’m proud to be an American.
(Seriously, I suppose this is a cute gimmick, but what if some of the patrons of Mildred’s actually have to pee???.)
Thanks to Scott for the tip.
The Star

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