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Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds

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Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Date Range
1990–2008
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of materials related to Mirha-Soleil Ross’ time living in Toronto, from the early 1990s until 2008, and include published work and drafts in multiple formats, correspondence, press materials, notes, financial records, and clippings. These materials document several aspects of Ms.…
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Textual records
Moving image
Sound recording
Graphic material
Date Range
1990–2008
Part Of
Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Creator
Mirha-Soleil Ross
Fonds Number
F0033
Physical Description
172 cm of textual records 139 VHS 95 Audio cassettes 60 7” vinyl records 29 posters approx. 25 photographs 23 Beta 14 Video 8 13 Hi8 10 ¼” open reels 8 CDs 3 U-matic 1 MiniDV 1 DVD
Extent
1.72 m
Physical Condition
Some video tapes have degraded in their condition. Overall the textual material is in good condition, however some receipts have faded significantly.
History / Biographical
Mirha-Soleil Ross is a transsexual artist, activist, and sex worker best known for her video and performance art, and her role as editor of the zine GenderTrash from Hell. Ross was born in and spent her childhood in a working class francophone neighborhood of Montréal. In the late eighties, she attended Université du Québec à Montréal for theatre studies, and began working in the sex industry under the names Jeanne B and Janou. She began documenting her experiences in sex work with video diaries at this time, and it is from this period that her first extant film, “Adventures in Tucking with Jeanne B,” originates. Ross moved to Toronto in the early nineties, by which time she was living and working openly as a transsexual woman. Before long, Ross and her partner Xanthra Phillipa MacKay began a period of intense activism and artistic output motivated by their experiences as trans women. This included the publication of four issues of GenderTrash From Hell -- a fiercely political zine that championed the rights of multiply marginalized groups like trans sex workers and trans prisoners and often included explicitly sexual creative work submitted by trans people -- as well as the documentary film “Gender Troublemakers.” Through the latter part of the nineties, Ross continued her work in film and performance, often in collaboration with her partner Mark Karbusicky. With support from Karbusicky and Mackay, Ross produced the first Counting Past Two film festival in 1997 in order to feature films and other creative work by transsexual and transgendered people. In 1997 Ross also founded and served as the first coordinator for MEAL-TRANS at the 519 Community Centre, a “social services program for low income and street-active transsexual and transgendered people” which included a weekly drop-in vegan meal (Vegan Voice 10). While all of her creative work generally addresses some aspects of trans experience, some of her films also serve a more clearly educational goal, such as “Madame Lauraine's Transsexual Touch” (2001) -- a sexually explicit film produced in collaboration with Viviane Namaste and Monica Forrester in order to educate the clients of trans sex workers on safer sex practices. As longtime vegan, Ross’s dedication to animal rights influences the entirety of her oeuvre, but is particularly visible in films such as “G-SPrOuT” (2000), the film/performance piece “Yapping Out Loud” (2002) and her work hosting the “Animal Voices” radio program on CIUT 89.5. When Ross was given the position of Grand Marshall in the 2002 Toronto Pride Parade, she used the opportunity to celebrate the previous 20 years of actions by the Animal Liberation Front (Vegan Voice 10), as documented in her film “Proud Lives.” Ross returned to the Montreal, Quebec, area in 2008, where she continues to reside.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of materials related to Mirha-Soleil Ross’ time living in Toronto, from the early 1990s until 2008, and include published work and drafts in multiple formats, correspondence, press materials, notes, financial records, and clippings. These materials document several aspects of Ms. Ross’ life and work, including her activism, art-practice, community outreach, sex work, and interviews, as well as representing the type of media she herself was consuming and which in turn informed her work. Records are mostly focused on Toronto, Montreal, and Canada.
Storage Location
/01-/06 : C.02.02.01 /07-/12 : C.02.02.02 /13-/15 : C.02.02.03 AV 6.4-6.6
Copyright
All material in the collection may be accessed by researchers, but three different kinds of access restrictions have been placed on what researchers may do with these materials. Additionally, researchers should be aware that the names of trans people who appear in the collection may no longer be in use (e.g. pre-transition names, nicknames or otherwise). Researchers should use great discretion to ensure the protection of and respect for people's privacy. In particular, researchers should not use the former names of individuals in these instances, and should ensure they use the name which respects the current/most recent (e.g. at the time of death) name used by the individual. Exceptions may arise, for example, in the case of artistic/performance names and personas. Materials are either: 1) fully open to researchers to view and quote from at will 2) “25 years, no direct quotes”: researchers may view the materials but are restricted from direct quotation, naming of subjects, any reproduction or licensing, until 25 years or until death of donor; 3) “50 years, no direct quotes”: researchers may view the materials but are restricted from direct quotation, naming of subjects, any reproduction or licensing, for 50 years or until death of donor. Additionally, regardless of Ms. Ross’ status, researchers should not identity the full names of others in the collection unless they know that person to be deceased (or can logically assume that they are deceased based on date), they know the person to be a public figure who is out as trans, or until the 25-50 year access restriction period has passed. The folder list indicates how these access restrictions are applied to specific materials in the collection. The finding aid holds additional information for some records.
Arrangement
Most of the materials were already organized into folders that reflect Ms. Ross’s personal filing system, created to maintain records of her finished work and work in progress. In these cases, the original folders have been replaced with new ones but the contents and naming conventions have been kept. However, this arrangement reflects the fact that the donors’ actively used and repurposed these materials. Since their filing conventions varied over time, folder titles can be inconsistent, or misleading, and similar or duplicate materials appear throughout the collection. The folders have been re-ordered into series that reflect the focus of Ms. Ross’s work. Some loose materials such as notebooks were re-housed in folders during processing. Fonds has been arranged into eight series: 1-Correspondence and Interviews 2-Artwork 3-Activism 4-GenderTrash / GenderPress 5-Clippings 6-Counting Past 2 7-Animal Voices 8-Yapping Out Loud
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2008-073, 2017-003
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Correspondence and Interviews

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Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1995–2005
Scope and Content
This series consists of correspondence with other activists, scholars working on transgender-related research, and friends, family, and lovers. This series includes substantial correspondence between Ms. Ross and Viviane Namaste, Christine Tayleur, Margaret Deirdre O’Hartigan, Dallas Denny, and Xan…
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1995–2005
Part Of
Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Fonds Number
F0033
Series Number
1
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records, 2 Hi8, 1 VHS, and 1 photograph.
Scope and Content
This series consists of correspondence with other activists, scholars working on transgender-related research, and friends, family, and lovers. This series includes substantial correspondence between Ms. Ross and Viviane Namaste, Christine Tayleur, Margaret Deirdre O’Hartigan, Dallas Denny, and Xanthra Phillipa MacKay. This correspondence ranges from long letters related to political issues, to personal letters and birthday cards. The series also includes transcripts of interviews various researchers conducted with Ms. Ross, many of which were eventually published in different forms.
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Series
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Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
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Series
Date Range
1992–2004
Scope and Content
This series contains materials related to Ms. Ross’ expansive, multi-disciplinary art-practice, including both solo and collaborative work. Significant works represented include Yapping Out Loud (2002), G-Sprout (2000), Madame Lauraine’s Transssexual Touch (2001), and Gendertroublemakers (1993). Th…
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1992–2004
Part Of
Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Fonds Number
F0033
Series Number
2
Physical Description
26 cm of textual records, 10 posters, 33 VHS, and other material.
Scope and Content
This series contains materials related to Ms. Ross’ expansive, multi-disciplinary art-practice, including both solo and collaborative work. Significant works represented include Yapping Out Loud (2002), G-Sprout (2000), Madame Lauraine’s Transssexual Touch (2001), and Gendertroublemakers (1993). The series also contains documents related to work by other artists, mostly those working in video or on trans or queer themes in contexts where Ross herself was personally involved in some way.
Notes
Includes 3 CD’s, 4 ¼” open reels, 4 Hi8, 4 Video 8, 2 U-matics, and 13 Beta.
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Series
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Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1992–2004
Scope and Content
This series contains records related to Ms. Ross’ activist work, focused on transexual activism, sex-work activism, HIV, and animal rights, along with the intersections between these issues. Some organizational records are including Association des TS du Québec, The National Committee on TS, Prosti…
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1992–2004
Part Of
Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Fonds Number
F0033
Series Number
3
Physical Description
34 cm of textual records and other material.
Scope and Content
This series contains records related to Ms. Ross’ activist work, focused on transexual activism, sex-work activism, HIV, and animal rights, along with the intersections between these issues. Some organizational records are including Association des TS du Québec, The National Committee on TS, Prostitution HIV, and Meal Trans (run out of the 519 community centre). The records span both activist and more service-oriented community work, including records related to community workshops Ms. Ross conducted on trans representation, and for trans women using the shelter system in Toronto.
Notes
Includes 2 Audio cassettes, 1 ¼” open reel, 1 poster, 4 Hi8, 2 Video 8, 1 MiniDV, and 5 VHS.
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Series
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Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1992–2004
Scope and Content
This series consists of records representing work by Ms. Ross and Xanthra Phillipa McKay on Gender Trash, a zine "devoted to the issues and concerns of transsexuals," produced by the duo in collaboration with community members from 1993–1995, totalling 4 issues. Records also relate to Gender Press,…
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1992–2004
Part Of
Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Fonds Number
F0033
Series Number
4
Physical Description
26 cm of textual records, 14 photographs, 2 Audio cassettes, and 1 ¼” open reel.
Scope and Content
This series consists of records representing work by Ms. Ross and Xanthra Phillipa McKay on Gender Trash, a zine "devoted to the issues and concerns of transsexuals," produced by the duo in collaboration with community members from 1993–1995, totalling 4 issues. Records also relate to Gender Press, the small press run by Ms. Ross and Ms. McKay to circulate the zine amongst other small publications. Organizational files, including financial records, correspondence with subscribers, and work-in-progress drafts of articles and paste-ups of the zine in production are included.
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Series
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Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1992–2004
Scope and Content
This series consists of clippings, notebooks, and agendas kept and collected by Ms. Ross. These records document the background work that went into her art and activist practices, including the kind of materials she was watching, reading, and thinking about.
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1992–2004
Part Of
Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Fonds Number
F0033
Series Number
5
Physical Description
52 cm of textual records, 60 7” vinyl records, 41 VHS, and other material.
Scope and Content
This series consists of clippings, notebooks, and agendas kept and collected by Ms. Ross. These records document the background work that went into her art and activist practices, including the kind of materials she was watching, reading, and thinking about.
Notes
Includes 3 Audio cassettes, 4 CDs, 3 posters, 8 Beta, and 7 photographs.
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Series
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Archives
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Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1997-2002
Scope and Content
This series gathers records related to the Counting Past 2 festival. The festival was organized by Ms. Ross with support from Mark Karbusicky and Xanthra MacKay, and ran in the years 1998, 1999, and 2002. The focus of the festival was screening film and video work by trans artists, but the festival…
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1997-2002
Part Of
Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Fonds Number
F0033
Series Number
6
Physical Description
7 cm of textual records, 55 VHS, 10 posters, and other material.
Scope and Content
This series gathers records related to the Counting Past 2 festival. The festival was organized by Ms. Ross with support from Mark Karbusicky and Xanthra MacKay, and ran in the years 1998, 1999, and 2002. The focus of the festival was screening film and video work by trans artists, but the festival also included a number of live performances and discussion panels. The paper materials include correspondence with participants, promotional materials, financial documents, and information on the works and artists. AV materials include screening copies of many of the films, recordings of other events, and promotional materials.
Notes
Includes 3 Audio cassettes, 1 ¼” open reel, 2 Hi8, 6 Video 8, 1 U-matic, 2 Beta, and 1 DVD.
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Series
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Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1996-2001
Scope and Content
This series consists of records from Mirha-Soleil Ross’ work on Animal Voices, an animal rights show on CIUT 89.5 FM that she ran from 1996-2001, and related animal rights focused work. Ross’ approach to animal rights informed her approach to transsexual and sex work issues (and vice versa); this m…
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1996-2001
Part Of
Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Fonds Number
F0033
Series Number
7
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records, 83 Audio cassettes, and other material.
Scope and Content
This series consists of records from Mirha-Soleil Ross’ work on Animal Voices, an animal rights show on CIUT 89.5 FM that she ran from 1996-2001, and related animal rights focused work. Ross’ approach to animal rights informed her approach to transsexual and sex work issues (and vice versa); this may be most visible in her clippings on HIV research and animal testing, but is a theme throughout. The records consist of some clippings, correspondence, and publicity materials, and a large number of audio recordings (mostly of the show itself).
Notes
Includes 1 ¼” open reel, 3 posters, and 1 Video 8.
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Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
2002-2004
Scope and Content
This series consists of records related to Yapping Out Loud, an hour-long series of character-based monologues on sex work written by Mirha-Soleil Ross. Yapping Out Loud was performed by Ross (in part or whole) multiple times; notable performances include April 26 - May 6, 2002, as a part of the Ma…
Collection
Archives
Date Range
2002-2004
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Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Fonds Number
F0033
Series Number
8
Physical Description
11cm of textual records and other material.
Scope and Content
This series consists of records related to Yapping Out Loud, an hour-long series of character-based monologues on sex work written by Mirha-Soleil Ross. Yapping Out Loud was performed by Ross (in part or whole) multiple times; notable performances include April 26 - May 6, 2002, as a part of the MayWorks festival, and November 23 - December 5, 2004 at Buddies in Bad Times theatre. During both of these performances she was accompanied by Reena Katz on violin and a “video environment” created by Mark Karbusicky. A published recording of the 2002 Mayworks performance exists; there are multiple copies among this collection and it continues to be distributed by V-Tape. Included in the records are scripts, drafts, working notes, publicity materials, correspondence, annotated books, audiovisual materials, and a substantial number of artifacts (consisting of props and costumes used in Yapping Out Loud performances).
Notes
Includes 1 ¼ open reel, 1 CD, 2 Audio cassettes, 1 poster, 1 Hi8, 1 Video 8, 4 VHS, and 2 photos.
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Assorted Personal Documents

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Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Description Level
File
Date Range
1983-2005
Scope and Content
Personal items, correspondence, Christmas cards, sketches, bus ticket, event brochures etc. Also includes one small printout of a photo of Ross taken by Karbusicky taken mid-2000s (received in the 2017 acquisition). Title is based on the content of the file.
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1983-2005
Part Of
Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Fonds Number
F0033
Series Number
1
File Number
F0033-01-01
Physical Description
Textual records Photographs
Scope and Content
Personal items, correspondence, Christmas cards, sketches, bus ticket, event brochures etc. Also includes one small printout of a photo of Ross taken by Karbusicky taken mid-2000s (received in the 2017 acquisition). Title is based on the content of the file.
Storage Location
Box 1
Access Restrictions
Restricted 25 years, no direct quotes.
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