Paul Petro Multiples + Small Works 962 Queen West, 416-979-7874, www.paulpetro.com
How to express your pride is a personal choice, but might we suggest downsizing your annual take of rainbow-striped wares and spending the savings supporting some of the city's queer creative types? The Paul Petro Multiples + Small Works gallery boutique is loaded with mini-sized and less expensive visual art by local art 'mos and gay-positives who mix media and pump out crafty, kitschy work. The store is an offsite gift shop for the Paul Petro Gallery at 980 Queen West and opened last fall to offer the main space's big-name and large-scale-work-producing artists a retail outlet for their downsized souvenir pieces.
A giant pink bristol-board heart with an upholstery-batting seal pup centre by Paris, Ontario, band Ratsicule sends up the shop's playful vibe. Janet Morton 's tweed soft sculpture tools, a library of video art DVDs and a doe-shaped basket wrapped in multicolour pipecleaners by Nick Payne would be gay additions to any campy collection. Paul Petro picks: Allyson Mitchell does textile taxidermy with her set of needlepoint and plastic deer heads, $500; return to Oz with Trixie and Beever's snowglobe featuring a pair of ruby red slippers, $150; Will Munro 's black and orange felt turntable mat keeps LP-less record players cozy, $100.
Look for: Scott McEwen and Andrew Harwood 's Max Attitude vs. Skinny Divine show, featuring photos, buttons and Ts marrying drag and wrestling themes, up until July 9.
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday noon to 6 pm.