Who Are We Looking For?


 

  • What are we doing?

    • We're building a digital archive of Toronto stripper histories to keep our memories and experiences alive.

    • The digital archive will look like a website, podcast and newsletter featuring stories, memorabilia and experiences of current and former strippers in Toronto from the 60's through present day. 

    • We're building our history on our terms and are dedicated to protecting the identities, integrity and interests of all dancers participating. We're building a space to talk about the thrilling stories, the frustrating experiences and the memories we take from working in Toronto strip clubs. 


       

  • Who Can Participate?

    • Current and former exotic dancers with experience working at Toronto strip clubs between the 1960's and present day.

    • Current and former strip club employees working at Toronto strip clubs between 1960 and present day.

    • Sex workers rights advocates and organizers who have worked in and around Toronto strip clubs between 1960 and present day. 



       

  • What Will You Do? 

    • Participate in a paid interview or focus group ($100 CAD) to discuss your experience in / memories of the industry.

    • ​These conversations will take about an hour of your time! 
    • In response to COVID-19 we are suspending in-person interviews and focus groups and, instead, conduct virtual interviews.
       

    • Or submit your own materials! TSHP will also compensate current and former dancers for archives of old memorabilia related to Toronto strip clubs and your dancing history. 

      • Examples: photos/videos, call sheets, old schedule cards, advertising imagery/posters and more.

      • We're able to to anonymize materials. 
         



  • What Will We Learn?

    • Why are so many strip clubs closing down over time?

      • What does that mean for our work?

    • How has our industry changed over time?

      • How are dancers adapting to meet these changes? 

    • What unique challenges do dancers face in our industry based on their race, gender, sexual orientation or background? 

    • How do existing bylaws and zoning regulations impact strip clubs, dancers and club operations?

    • What is the role of local police and bylaw enforcement officers in our clubs?

    • How can the City of Toronto better support us in our work? 


       

  • What are the benefits? 

    • Compensation: TSSP will pay strippers starting at $100 (CAD) for their time. 

    • Compensation for archives: Flexible rates for photo/video archives. 

    • Collective History: Building a history of our industry on our terms. 

    • Policy Interventions: Feedback that may help address issues in how our industry is policed and governed by local bylaws.