The 519 is committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ2S communities. A City of Toronto agency with an innovative model of Service, Space and Leadership, they strive to make a real difference in people’s lives, while working to promote inclusion, understanding and respect.
The Village (Church-Wellesley Business Improvement Area) is a comfortable and supportive community that offers the connectedness of a small town, in the heart of the City. The Village is an urban destination, connected to transit with businesses and events that are on the forefront of City building and urban life.
The honourees in each Awards category are considered through community nominations and selected by a Jury Panel formed of representatives of the INSPIRE Awards Board of Directors, Presenting and Community Partners, and members of the LGBTQ community. Celebrations take place at an annual gala summer event.
Budding in the 1960's as a local Toronto mom and pop leather shop Northbound bloomed into Canada’s first and largest leather/fetish retailer, founded in 1987. Northbound was the first retailer to bring leather and fetish apparel and accessories to a larger audience on a global scale when, in 1994, it began one of the world’s first retail web sites. Today we are Canada's premiere fetish and fashion house.