And it’s gonna be better than ever. We have a really sweet and sunny guest bedroom here at Full Homo and we can’t wait to share it with you. We also have more flexible funding, which means we can do residencies more frequently.
Residencies are important. Sometimes people need to be given the space to feel creative, sometimes they need a change of scenery, to be jostled out of their daily life full of obligations and distractions, sometimes they’ve got an idea in mind that can’t be realized financially, and sometimes it’s just a fun little adventure to go on. Selfishly, I also wanna bring new people here because I travel pretty often for zinefests in other cities, and I want the opportunity to stay put and show people this city, while also facilitating the creation of new zines (or comics, or a podcast, or whatever one might be working on).
Below is a description of the residency and instructions on how to apply.
About The Residency: The Fight Boredom Zine Residency was inspired by and modelled after the zine residency that took place at the Roberts Street Social Centre / Anchor Archive in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I participated in their residency in 2012 and was given the resources to make two new zines, throw a donut social as a zine launch party, and explore the city. After years of traveling to various cities for zinefests and the like, I now want to invite far-away zinesters to explore and create in my home base of Montréal, Québec. We collect funding for the residency by renting our guest bedroom on Airbnb, and otherwise share the space with visiting pals and touring bands.
How It Works: Anyone can apply, even if you’ve applied in past years, and we may also make special requests to zinesters that we really wanna have here. Send us your application for review. Suggested at least 30-60 days notice on your preferred dates so that we can make sure the room is vacant and that we’ll be here. We’ll probably get back to you with some follow-up questions. If you’re accepted, we’ll work out the dates of your residency and talk about funding. For two weeks to a month, you will find yourself living at Full Homo, a third-story walk-up in Montréal, Québec. You will be provided with your very own furnished bedroom, fun times, and a whole lotta zine supplies. You’re encouraged to bring anything you feel you may need. Although we’re able to provide you with a stipend for travel and supplies, you will be responsible for things like meals and public transportation – but don’t worry, we like to share food and other resources, and we might even be able to find you an extra bike.
About Full Homo: This is a third-story walk-up in St-Henri, the southwest part of the city. It’s a big old apartment with hardwood floors and original mouldings, large windows that provide us with non-stop sunshine and breeze in the summer, a balcony, and laundry facilities. Classic Montréal architecture with a winding staircase leading to the entrance. This house has seen a rotating cast of queer artists, musicians, and writers over the years – it’s a house with history. It’s also an old building in a historically low-income neighbourhood. The doorknobs are a bit wobbly, the countertop is stained, our balcony door is missing a screen… The place is clean, but it’s also well-worn and well-loved and lived-in. This is our home, open to all, but especially to queers, freaks, misfits, weirdos, artists, punks, and broke travelers.
We’ve furnished our place with strange art and thrift store goods: floral sheets, mismatched dishes, cute fridge magnets, etc. The kitchen is a space where our friends often gather at the vintage Formica table to drink coffee and listen to cassette tapes and talk about our lives. We have a friendly cat named Sebastian. He’s shy and he’ll hide in a corner when you arrive, but it doesn’t take him long to warm up to new people and animals. He loves to be pet and brushed, and to have bellyrubs. He meows a lot when he wants attention, and otherwise likes to go on secret adventures around the neighbourhood, to watch birds from the windows, and to nap in hidden corners and on top of the kitchen cupboards. Oh, and we compost! Our compost is in a small bin below the kitchen sink and we ask that you put all food garbage in there – produce or not, cooked or not. We empty it regularly at a nearby community garden. My housemate Timmy and I are both white, anglophone, and queer. We’re currently searching for a dreamy third housemate to make this place a home.
Application is here.
P.S. You might’ve noticed the location change. I moved to another apartment in St-Henri a few months back, after having a falling out with my previous housemate (it’s a long story, suffice it to say that I’ve had nicer breakups). Now I’m living with one of my besties, and I’ve somehow lucked into my dream bedroom. We’re currently looking for a third housemate to complete our home, and you can read about that here.