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Rachel Maddow on Ellen, Elisha Lim and Karen X Tulchinsky.

Brittany McMillan

So yesterday was Spirit Day. Last year, 17-year-old Canadian Brittany McMillan decided that on Oct 20 she would encourage people to wear purple (the colour of the rainbow that represents “spirit”). She wanted people to do this to show support for queer youth and to show solidarity against bullying. And her idea caught on. Did it ever catch on. Yesterday social media and social spaces were awash in purple.

Many celebrities took part, as well. Here is the cast of Degrassi showing their support.

Degrassi Spirit Day

Go, team purple!

Even if you don’t need to remind yourself of your queer spirit every day, it likely would be fun to do it anyway. Fab queer illustrator Elisha Lim has created another great calendar, and this time it features sissies!

Sissy image

If you’d like to order yourself one, pop on over to Lim’s Etsy page.

Perhaps you’re more interested in a little trip back in time?

The ’90s are alive and well this month as The Cranberries return with a new album, called Roses. If you were once a fan (and who wasn’t back then), you’ll be happy to know it sounds pretty Cranberries-esque.

Check out the new single here:

If you dig it and want to own it, you can sign up for a free download here:

 
                

Speaking of the ’90s, Mazzy Star is also set to release a new album. It would be their first new disc in 15 years. The album will be released digitally by Rhymes of an Hour Records Oct 31 (and apparently on vinyl as well).

Who can forget “Fade Into You” or that “Super Glider” song that was in the All Over Me soundtrack. Since there is no official video for “Super Glider,” I’ll have to share this All Over Me clip, and we’ll all have to make do. Smirk.

Ahem. Okay, now, where were we? Okay right. Talking about ’90s music.

How ’bout I jump us back into present-day tunes?

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine’s new album will be released Tuesday, Oct 25.

Totally excited about what new tricks Florence will have up her sleeve with this new offering.

Book-loving folks will be happy to know that Karen X Tulchinsky’s first novel, Love Ruins Everything, will be reprinted by Insomniac Press this year. They will also be adding Liz Buggs’ second novel, Oranges and Lemons, to their lineup.

Karen X

And, it just so happens both authors will be at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore Sunday, Oct 23, reading from their respective titles.

Now some news for our folk-loving folks.

The people at the Canadian Folk Music Awards have announced their list of 2011 nominees, and a few familiar names have popped up.

Evalyn Parry

photo: graham powell

The Good Lovelies, Suzie Vinnick, The Wailin’ Jennys and Evalyn Parry have all received nods. The gala will be held in Toronto on Dec 4. Good luck, everybody!

How ’bout a few other familiar names for you?

This week Rachel Maddow was a guest on Ellen. Yes, some of you have just died and gone to soft-butch heaven. Sigh.

Maddow talks about the documentary Miss Representation. She makes a guest appearance in the doc, which aired on OWN last night. Do any of you get Oprah’s specialty channel? Did you watch it? For those of you who don’t know, this is an amazing doc about the representation of women in the media, and it screened at Sundance earlier in the year. I can’t wait to see this one.

If you missed it, don’t worry; I suspect that, much like the doc Becoming Chaz, this will be released and distributed by OWN (on DVD, etc), so we’ll all have a chance to check it out soon enough.

There is another movie premiere that will be of particular interest to Lost Girl fans.

Zoie Palmer

In particular, fans of Lost Girl‘s resident steamy doctor Zoie Palmer will have a chance to hear her talk about her latest film, The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard. This film also stars Lost Girl co-star Kris Holden-Ried. Both actors will be doing Q&As after the Carlton Theatre (Carlton & Yonge) screening in Toronto on Friday night (Oct 21) and on Saturday night (Oct 22).

Tell Zoie I say hi.

And for those of us unable to make the screening, let’s check out the trailer:

I’ll keep you posted on this flick.

Also this weekend in TV land, if you’re so inclined, you can check out the beginning of another new show called Once Upon a Time.

Once Upon a Time

Our TV blogger Rebecca Saxon is looking forward to this one. Are you?

In totally unrelated news, this week while I was in a cab (one with a touchscreen video player — have you guys seen these?), I was treated to this bizarre yet incredibly adorable video and had to track it down and share it with all of you.

I found it, and now you’re all in for a lemur-riffic treat, because these little creatures are so cute, and that is exactly where I want to end this post. With a little adorable “arms in the air” moment.

I know, I know, this is Queeriesmag, not Cute Overload, but really I couldn’t resist.

Hoping your weekend is full of all kinds of cute. Happy Friday!

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