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As of Wednesday, June 24th, The Provincial government has announced that the city of Toronto has finally moved to the second phase of reopening. A lot of our members have expressed that your Work From Home situation isn’t the most ideal and getting back into the space would help maximize your productivity. While we are also eager to reopen, our top priority is the health and safety of not only our members and our team, but all of our loved ones as well.
With that said, similarly to how the province is proceeding, we have decided to move forward with a multi-phased approach to open the space. The first 2 phases will be for our current members only. Our members will be informed privately regarding
Soft Opening (10 members)
Soft Opening Extension (25 members)
We will continue to stay informed and make changes as we see fit based on the advice of Public Health authorities. We miss you all very much and we’re looking forward to catching up and chatting with you very soon!
We’d like to take a moment to focus our attention towards the Black Lives Matter movement. If you can, please donate to some organizations we’ve contributed to:
Justice for Regis
Helps get the proper justice Regis Korchinski Paquet needs.
Black Legal Action Centre
A non-profit community legal clinic that provides free legal services for low or no income Black residents of Ontario.
Black Lesbian and Queer Digital Residency Fund
Provides digital residencies in the form of micro grants to Black Lesbian and Queer scholars, archivists, artists, and content creators with the goal of creating more digital spaces and giving more support to the spaces that already exists that exclusively share Black lesbian and queer culture, art, and archival works.
Women’s Health in Women’s Hands
Provide primary healthcare to racialized women from the African, Black, Caribbean, Latin American and South Asian communities in Toronto and surrounding municipalities.
Orgs that Support Black Trans People
Not all Black people have the same needs, and some Black communities, such as Black transgender people, are still not receiving sufficient financial and structural support.
We will always strive to contribute to the eradication of racial and systemic injustices and are hopeful that if we all do this together and keep our foot on the gas, we will succeed.
During April and May, we relied heavily on our community for support. Many of you have come forward with your generosity and showed kindness in many forms. Besides connecting with us for mental sustenance, the purchases you have made at our store directly benefited Canadian creators, organizations, and paid for expenses that we are upholding until we reopen. This is why we believe we have the best community.
If you are still looking for ways to help us or other communities in need, or want to wear your pride on your sleeve/shirt/hat this month, look no further! Our Good Gorilla Pride Pin is created to send 50% of its proceeds to Pflag Canada, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their LGBTQ+ children.
A few (of many!) fun and safe spaces we want to put a spotlight on:
Our neighbour who also resides inside 401 Richmond! An important organization that holds production and exhibition of film made by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people of all ages, races and abilities. Take a look at their upcoming roster of (online) events, films, and competitions.
A queer online dance party!
every ? day ? of ? the ? quarantine
9pm-12am EST (plus 4-7pm EST on saturdays!)
Buddies in Bad Times
Queer, Far, Wherever You Are is a digital performance and blog series that are programmed to help bring some quality queer content to the comfort of your homes (er, phones). Over the next couple of months, Buddies’ Instagram will showcase queer artists who will share intimate performances from their homes — from burlesque to readings, and DJ sets to makeup tutorials.
Tegan and Sara Foundation
Their COVID-19 response has granted more than $28,000 to grassroots organizations that are supporting the LGBTQ+ community through the pandemic. The link above has resources for mental health, healthcare access, risks for LGBTQ+ people, and other positive content.
May 2020: This month has seen us adjust to a new reality.
Without a space to go into, the lockdown is reshaping how our community comes together. Physical distancing highlighted our need and commitment to social connections, so we’re creating virtual meetups and events online that are open for all to join!
One special moment we had was on April 1st, when our members virtually and celebrated our 4th Birthday with us.
From what started with only 3 individuals to now a community that has reached hundreds of creatives every year, we recognize the significance of how these connections has grown beyond being an office inside a (beautiful brick and mortar) building.
Good Gorilla has always served as a safe space for all freelancers to work from. We are excited to come back healthier, stronger, and more connected for many years to come.
Our 3rd annual whisky tasting revealed that our communal favourite by far is… Nikka Whisky From The Barrel. Complex with a clean finish, this whiskey left quite an impression on our guests and members.
Take a look at this year’s top picks and average community rankings:
North of 7 Canadian Whisky
Tasting Notes: “Good for an old fashioned mix drink”
Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
Tasting Notes: “A banana bread. Toasted. With butter”
Roe & Co
Tasting Notes: “Sharp, thin, piercing knives”
Tasting Notes: “A flat Coca-Cola”
Suntory Whisky Toki
Tasting Notes: “The way they slice into sashimi. With a samurai sword” – Sarah
Nikka Whisky From The Barrel
Tasting Notes: “It’s a party in my mouth”
We wish to acknowledge this land on which Good Gorilla operates. For thousands of years, this is the sacred territorial land of the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe, the Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.