Submitted by admin on Thu, 07/29/2010 - 00:10.
Submitted by admin on Fri, 07/02/2010 - 22:39.
July 16th @ SUBA Nightclub
$10 at the door
Do you remember
where YOU were in July 1995?
Come celebrate and remember 15
years of Toronto party culture for the TRIP! Project's fifteenth
anniversary! TRIP! is a youth-led project that has been providing harm
reduction info and supplies to Toronto party people since 1995. TRIP!
will be launching our new subway-themed poster featuring a wide variety
of information on safer sex and drug use. This party will be bringing it
back to the oldschool sound of the underground massive. So bring out
your whistles, vicks, hugs and glowstix for this superpowered
JEN MAS (Vitus, USA)
TYCO VS SCOOTS
PAUL REVERED (Old School Warehouse Set!!!)
by Gobz the Zombie aka MC Gobstopper
Free body painting,
photobooth, and silkscreening, plus freezies to keep you cool!
Booth in full effect!
Be sure to
join us for the after party on Saturday featuring a panel discussing 15
years of TRIP! featuring past coordinators, volunteers and active
members of the community:
Free Community BBQ
July 17th, 2pm.
Queen West Health Centre
168 Bathurst St, at Queen. (Across from
the Big Bop RIP)
RSVP on Facebook!
Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/26/2010 - 23:17.
That white stuff, that yellow stuff, that pinkish stuff, that brown stuff, that really rocky stuff, that orange thing my friend told me to stay away from, that orange thing my other other friend told me was amazing. How do you make sense of it all when appearances, when it comes to drugs, more often than not can be quite deceiving? You may or may not have noticed that as of late there has been an increase in the preference of MDMA over ecstasy as a party drug in our scene. There is no one single explanation for this and any one that I would dare offer would be based out of on my own opinion. However, what I can say is that there are frequent shifts in certain drug use often happen and with these shifts come new concerns.
One concern surrounding MDMA, particularly in Toronto, has been with about the effects of what some have described as "brown MDMA" that looks oily and waxy as opposed to crushed up and crystaline or powdery. When purchased, the substance appears to be a small sticky lumps inside of a capsule. This is still MDMA, it however has not been processed as many times as to achieve that fine crushed appearance. This often means that there is less likely a chance of it being cut with other substances, however this may cause the drug to be extremely potent. According to some people, this brown substance hits harder than the "white MDMA" causing people to get too high, too fast and in some cases, unexpectedly. The come up has also been said to cause heavy nausea because of it's intensity which can may result in some needing to vomit or in more extreme cases losing the ability to function properly (i.e., beginning to convulse on the ground). Coupled with being at certain events like outdoor parties where it is hard to find somewhere to be comfortable and potentially harder to seek help, this has worried a number of individuals.
Because of its physical state it also becomes more difficult to ingest in smaller amounts, as snorting this is not really an option. People often and up taking the whole capsule, which for some can may be way too strong. A method for taking it in doses can be to empty the capsule and mix it in with a bottle of water, or an anti-oxidant such as cranberry juice or a drink with electrolytes such as Poweraid, and then continuously taking swigs throughout the evening. This controls one’s intake of the substance. It may not taste the best but it can may make or break your night. When taking a substance, always start with a low dose to see how your body will react to it before you decide to take more. Never take more than what you would usually take when trying a new batch or drug.
So what can you do if you or a friend find yourselves too high and uncomfortable with where you're at physically and mentally?
The first thing you should try to do is relax. Take a few sips of water (or juice) and find somewhere comfortable to sit. If you're at an outdoor event try to take a look at your surroundings and make sure that there are no immediate dangers. If so there are, try to move away from them! Try to stick with your friends so that someone is there to take care of you if you need help. If you or your friends begin to experience difficulty breathing or loss of consciousness, seek help immediately. People with high blood pressure or on MAOIs (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) are not recommended to use MDMA.
KNOW YOUR MIND, KNOW YOUR BODY, KNOW YOUR SOURCE
(TRIP neither condemns nor condones the use of drugs)
Submitted by admin on Thu, 05/13/2010 - 02:12.
TRIP! is conducting this survey to inform the work of the Toronto Safer
Nightlife Committee, which was created to prevent alcohol-related
violence and other harms in the Toronto bar/club scene. TRIP! provides
safer sex and safer drug use information and supplies to party people in
Toronto's diverse electronic music communities. We want to hear from
youth (aged 19 -29) about their views on safety issues in the club/bar
scene. Click the image above to take the survey today!
Submitted by admin on Mon, 04/26/2010 - 18:33.
The TRIP! Project was born in 1995 out of a need for appropriate drug and sex information within the Toronto rave scene. The act of partying often meant using drugs, and for some, being promiscuous. These activities, on their own as well as together, had the potential to put people at risk for drug dependencies, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and more. That's where TRIP came in. A recruitment process began with a community picnic, organized by Kim Stanford, at the time an HIV Educator working for Toronto Public Health. From there came the volunteers from within
the community, who contributed their time, energy and creativity into making TRIP! a unique and innovative drug and sex education project.
Years later the project is still alive and kicking! Help us celebrate our 15th Anniversary by contributing to a grassroots community photobook documenting Toronto party culture. This crowd sourced photobook will be a community historical document in order to celebrate 15 years of party culture. Photos of the TRIP! booth are encouraged, but all photos are welcome. From old school parties at the Better Living Centre to Om Festival, we want to see your photos of Toronto's party scene throught the ages. Send us your photos in the bottom of your shoe box, your scanned rave fliers, pictures from Connected, Destiny, Hullabaloo, Empire, Liquid Adrenalin, Citrus, New Mind Space, Goodfellaz and much more. We want to represent from the old school to the new school, so any photos are good photos.
Be sure to include information on who took the photo, where it was and the year to help us make our community time capsule.
Send us your photos today by emailing email@example.com !
Submitted by admin on Sun, 04/25/2010 - 17:38.
need to feel too out of the loop, mephedrone has only very recently
been showing up in our scene and has been commonly referred to as Max
Volume in Toronto. Other names for it have included meow meow, stardust,
max volume, MCAT, bubbles or just plain “plant
food”. Mephedrone has been a
popular drug in the UK for quite some time now and was rated the fourth 4th more
popular club drug, lagging behind coke, ecstasy and cannabis.
has risen sharply in popularity in the UK because of its low price and
availability. The drug was not known to police until approximately three
ago, when mephedrone was reportedly linked to the death of two
teenagers in several newspapers. It's important to keep in mind that it
was later found that these deaths were not directly linked to use of the
what is it anyway?
(4-methylmethcathinone) is a stimulant which is closely chemically
related to amphetamines. Users have reported that mephedrone produces a
similar effect to drugs like amphetamines such as ecstasy and cocaine.
Mephedrone is a white, off-white or yellowish powder which is usually
snorted, but can also be ingested orally. This means that mephedrone may
also be showing up in pressed pills as well as in packed capsules.
can also be used as plant fertilizer and was up until recently widely
legally sold online under that purpose. Many websites that used to sell
it such as plantfood2u.com and plant-food.net are now closed due to
upcoming changes in the law which is making mephedrone nearly impossible
today to purchase online. Follow MephedroneMan on Twitter for current
updates on the the issues surrounding mephedrone.
What exactly does it do?
mephedrone is still an emerging substance, there isn't a whole load of
literature and research that has been done on it up to date. Even less
so on its long term effects. There are, however, a significant amount of
user reports. If you have used mephedrone and would like to share your
experiences, you can send them here. Other interesting anecdotal information
by users can be found here.
The onset is generally from 10-20 minutes after
consumption and has a duration of 2 to 3 hours, depending on the quality
of the drug as well as the user. The comedown is said to last an hour
but some users have reported not be able to sleep for some time as well
as an uncomfortable heart rate hours after consuming the drug.
to other stimulants, mephedrone has an impact on the heart and some
users report heart palpitations and irregular or racing heartbeat which
may last for quite some time after taking the drug. Other reported
effects have been blurred vision, hot flashes, muscle tension as well as
nausea and vomiting. As well as suppressing appetite, some
people have reported that their fingers turned blue after taking the
drug which may potentially be linked to bad blood circulation. If this
happening to you or a friend, discontinue use and seek help
who run the greatest risk of potential harm due to the bad blood
circulation are those with high blood pressure. As well, using during
pregnancy may harm the fetus by restricting blood flow thus resulting in
low birth weight and poor development.
What should I watch out for?
any other drug, you should be careful with what other substances you
mix mephedrone with. Another concern is that people have reported
compulsively (meaning over and over and over again)
taking the drug during a session. Some users have reported only
intending to do a bit of mephedrone but unwillingly finishing their
entire supply. This can lead to insomnia and heavy use in the long run
can lead to psychological dependency, just
like any amphetamine! It
is recommended that your space out your highs and start off with a low
things you should know:
legality in Canada is a murky area at the moment and much of the
information available about its legal status contradicts itself. To be
safe, you should treat mephedrone as an illegal substance when it comes
Remember- new drugs always have a lot of hype around
them. Before you make any decisions, be sure you know your sources!
Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/14/2010 - 03:23.
A Dangerous Substance (Levamisole) is showing up with increasing
frequency in cocaine powder and crack cocaine! Levamisole is used to
treat worm infections in animals and it can severely reduce your number
of white blood cells.
There is no way of telling if your coke or crack is bad, it will
smell, taste and look the same!
If you use coke watch out for:
• High fever or chills
• Skin abscesses, unexplainable
bruising particularly on hands, feet or ears
• Painful anal or oral sores
• Lung infection that appears to be
developing more rapidly than usual
Seek Medical Attention Immediately!
PLEASE HAVE YOUR DOCTOR NOTIFY YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH UNIT!
Levamicoke. Anything but the real thing.
For more info:
Erowid Cocaine Vaults : Cocaine Adulterated with Levamisole on the Rise
Submitted by qnp on Fri, 04/02/2010 - 18:14.
Throughout the year we keep on getting messages from people across Canada telling us that they wish they had the TRIP! Project in their community. While we usually send out small care packages to communities outside of Toronto, there are a few TRIP! resources which are available for free across Canada, including shipping! The CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange) Ordering Centre is a national resource for free HIV/AIDS and Hep C resources. CATIE will ship you any information you want right to your door step or community centre! It's now easier than ever to start your own harm reduction project, as it doesn't matter if you're a grassroots youth collective in Nunavut or an established social services agency-- it's all free!
For a few years CATIE has been including our Safer Snorting resource both in French and English . This month they've added two TRIP! resources to their roster, including both our Boyz on Boyz and Grrlz on Grrlz Sexual Health Postcards! We are so incredibly excited to be contributing to this national database and we hope that our materials will reach out across the country empowering youth to make health desicions about how they party. On our new postcards we've included room for you to personalize the resource and put in your own contact information. We are so pleased to be collaborating with CATIE again, and we hope to have more of our resources available in the future.
Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 20:13.
On January 30th 2010 at 9pm, the big purple building on the corner that was once referred to by some as "Crack and Pizza", will open it's doors one last time for Nocturnal Commission's and Embedded's Good to The Last Bop. For the past three decades, The Big Bop has been host to a variety of events catering to youth of all subcultures from punk, ska and goth to being Toronto's most notorious rave venue. To many, the close of the complex comes as sad news. As one of the few well known all-ages event spaces in city some argue that there will certainly be a decrease in the already limited number of all-ages parties. However many such as myself have seen the close as a kind of blessing and as the possibility of a re renewal in the search for new, cleaner, more positive feeling spaces for parties. There is nothing like the feeling that freshness brings. Instead of a loss to the nightlife community the close should be seen as a new era. The scene has changed over they years and it should be expected that change should take place in all areas.
We all have our favorite Big Bop memories. From talking for hours with our friends in the washroom, telling our moms we were sleeping at friends house while trying not to fall off of the fire escape, drinking until the sun came up and even having sex for some of us (See: i had sex at big bop Facebook group). Some of us made friends or got to know the friends we had even better. Others, for the first time, were able to express themselves in a way that they weren't comfortable doing in another environment. Hearts were broken and mended and cell phones were lost and found. So as we gather there for one last time on January 30th we should be reminded that the parties made it the place it was, and not the place that made the parties what they were.
We will miss the Big Bop!
Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/22/2010 - 01:35.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto, ON — January 2009
Check it OUT: “Empower: Youth, Arts and Activism: An
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Button-Making, Fashion, YouTube Projects, Film-Making, Safer Sex
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this manual honours the work of communities creating spaces to talk
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This youth, queer, and sex positive manual features work, interviews
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- Prise Positive Take, Montréal
- Fashioning Change, YouthCARE, Toronto
- sprOUT/Compass, Griffin Centre, North Toronto
- PhotoVoice and the Francophone Project, GAAP, Toronto
- The Sense Project: Head & Hands, Montréal
- No Pants No Problem! Safer Sex Party Organizing, from Montréal to
- Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Turtle Island
- Innovative HIV Prevention by Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention
(Black CAP), Toronto
- Playing it Safe Project, YouthCO AIDS Society, Vancouver
- Visual Artist, Jenn Yee.
Partners of Empower: Youth, Arts, and Activism – An HIV/AIDS Arts
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Youth Action Network (YAN)
Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention
Centre for Urban Health
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