Proclamations of The Imperial Court of Toronto
Reign 29: By Proclamation of: Empress 29 Morgan James
On: October 8, 2016
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT: The Dowager Monarch(s) shall annually be responsible for producing a State Picnic between June 1 and August 31 utilizing a budget set by The Executive. This event shall be designed as a social, non-persona event for the members of The Imperial Court of Toronto and our allies in the Community.
Failure to produce this event shall result in the revoking of The Final Walk of the Dowager Monarchs at the Out of Town show and the Dowager Walk of Presentation to the Reigning Monarchs at Coronation Ball at The Coronation Ball following their reign.
Reign 29: By Proclamation of: Emperor 29 Hunter James & Empress 29 Morgan James
On: October 8, 2016
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT: Those Monarchs celebrating an Anniversary Walk (Decade, Double Decade, Triple Decade, etc) shall receive the option to purchase one (1) Coronation ticket at cost for themselves to attend the Coronation Ball at which their Anniversary is being celebrated. This ticket is non transferable. Should an Anniversary Monarch be deceased, purchase a full price ticket for themselves in support of the event or otherwise not be in a capacity to attend the Coronation Ball a discounted ticket will not be given.
Reign 29: By Proclamation of: Emperor 29 Hunter James
On: October 8, 2016
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT: The King Father named may wear a diadem of no more than two (2) inches in height during his tenure as King Father. This may include the diadem that is part of the State Regalia or a personal diadem. Once the tenure of King Father is over the individual may not wear a diadem unless they hold or have held the rank and office of Imperial Crown Prince or Emperor.
Reign 28: By Proclamation of: Empress 28 Lauren Michaels: No Proclamation was offered.
Reign 27: By Proclamation of: Emperor 27 Big Kris & Empress 27 Teran Blake: PROCLAMATION(S) TO BE INSERTED
Reign 26: By Proclamation of: Emperor 26 Ricky Lake Ontario
On: Oct 12, 2013
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT The Imperial Court of Toronto shall initiate and maintain a TICOT College of Monarchs Emergency Fund. This Fund is to commence by the end of Reign 26.
Past Monarchs have a wealth of knowledge, history and experience to which they have an opportunity to share with the current Reign, and to a larger extent, with the International Court System and the Canadian Lesbian Gay Archives. At times, past Monarchs may be limited in their participation due to finances and/or health.
The TICOT College of Monarchs Emergency Fund (COMEF) can assist in providing one-time financial support to past Monarchs, or long term TICOT Members, who have shown a continuing positive interest in TICOT and have shown through personal participation and on-going support for the current reign and past reigns.
• 5 year TICOT Membership (minimum), in good standing
• Letter prepared by Member, or their representative on behalf of the Member, to the CMC detailing need(s)/reason(s) for the funds
• Proof of medical/health receipts (invoice, prescription, doctor’s note, etc)
• Financial Assistance may be offered to a Decade or Double Decade Monarch to attend their Coronation Gala, Dinner and Ball, or to participate in state events in the current reign (ie entrance fee). Cost sharing should be considered, and allows the Member to Pay What They Can with the additional funds required being paid by the COMEF (Example: Member pays $10 for Coronation Ball Ticket and COMEF pay $115). If a Monarch is requested to be at a Special Anniversary Coronation (ie Coronation XXX), then consideration may be given for sharing the cost of the purchase of the ticket.
• Payment will be capped at $300 per Member’s request.
• College of Monarchs Council will determine, on a case by case basis, the eligibility of the financial request from the College of Monarchs Emergency Fund (COMEF)
TICOT Executive will be responsible for:
• Deposits (cash or cheques) are payable to “TICOT” and deposited into TICOT’s main bank account. A separate bank account is not necessary.
• Cheques - The College of Monarchs Council will determine when payments are to be paid from this Fund, and the College Representatives will notify the Executive at the Executive Meeting that a motion for a cheque is requested. The signed cheque should be given to the College Representative who will contact the Member and arrange for delivery of the cheque.
• Reporting – The financial statements will report the Fund as being separate and distinct on the Balance Sheet, under Retained Earnings, listed as TICOT College of Monarchs Emergency Fund. Summary information of the consolidated payments is reported in the Financial Statements for the COMEF which allows information regarding individual requests and disbursements of the COMEF to be protected as private information
COMEF shall not exceed $5,000, to be determined at the time of the annual College of Monarchs Show. Funds over $5,000 will be directed to the Emperor I Sergio Apolloni Memorial Scholarship Fund (Mark S Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies – University of Toronto Endowment Fund). (Example: At the end of Reign 28, the Oct 31, 2015 Financial Statements will report a balance for the COMEF fund. If there was $6,250 in the COMEF, then $1,250 (amount over $5,000) will be transferred to the Scholarship Fund at the Reign XXIX College of Monarchs Show).
Annual Fundraiser for COMEF (first 5 years):
• For the next 5 years (Reigns 25 to 30), Emperor 26 Ricky Lake Ontario will host a TICOT Social Meet & Greet. Invites will be sent to past and current Monarchs, Sponsors and Donors. Funds will be raised by having an entrance fee of $20/person, raffle draw and requesting attendees bring a cheque, knowing all funds raised will go to the TICOT College of Monarchs Emergency Fund. Donations are NOT eligible for an income tax receipt. I personally guarantee a minimum of $500/year raised at this event over the next 5 years.
Reign 25: By Proclamation of: Emperor 25 Ron DaMae Bouvier & Empress 25 Candice Kelly-Roseland
On: Oct 2012
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, from this day forward at every Coronation Ball of The Imperial Court of Toronto, there will be a Remembrance/Reflection Table*. This table will be our way of remembering our commitment to our fellow mankind, those that need our help, and our brothers and sisters who are not here with us.
* This table will be a small round table in a place of honour, with a white tablecloth. It will be set for one with a single yellow rose, in a vase, tied with a pink and a red ribbon. The table will also have a Crown Pin on display, and a single candle. On the bread plate will be a slice of lemon, and a pinch of salt, and the water glass will be inverted. There will be a single empty chair at the table. A toast will be made at the beginning of the evening to all those that are no longer with us. A page describing this table will be in the ball program opposite the In Memoriam Page.
Reign 24: By Proclamation of: Empress 24 Dusty Balfour
On: Oct 2011
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, stepping down Monarchs shall provide the Canadian Gay Lesbian Archives (C.L.G.A) with materials (pictures, posters, pins, ball book etc) pertaining to their Reign yearly in order to maintain the history of TICOT and provide reference to the homophile and homophile friendly community commencing Reign 24.
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, a new award, the “Garland Award”, shall be awarded once yearly to an individual of the community by the Reigning Monarch(s) at a State Event, according to the guidelines* written by its creator, Empress 24 Dusty Balfour, commencing Reign 24.
* Guide lines for the Garland Award are as follows:
a) Outstanding overall entertainment,
b) supports and nurtures growth in fellow performers
c) contributions made consistently to the community throughout the year.
The award shall be no larger than 5.5 inches wide by 7.5 inches tall, and the inscription with the inclusion of the name of the recipient, reign number and year given, shall be as follows, without interpretation: “For Outstanding performance, the nurturing of fellow entertainers and contribution made to the community”.
Reign 23: By Proclamation of: Empress 23 Thelma: No Proclamation was offered.
Reign 22. By Proclamation of: Emperor 22 Hunter James
On: Oct 2009
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, I declare the adoption of an ‘Imperial Crown Prince (ICP) Coronet’ to the State Regalia of the Imperial Court of Toronto to be worn at the discretion of the ICP. The Coronet shall be a full circle headband and shall not exceed three (3) inches in height.
22. By Proclamation of: Empress 22 Tiffany Louise-Charles
On: Oct 2009
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, The Imperial Court of Toronto initiate the inauguration of a TICOT Legacy Fund. This Fund is to commence by the end Reign 23.
Reign 21: By Proclamation of: Empress 21 Bitsie Vanderbilt: No Proclamation was offered.
Reign 20. By Proclamation of: Emperor 20 Mr. David Beauchamp & Empress 20 Nikki LeBlanc
On: Oct 2007
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, The Mr. & Miss Trillium Pageant shall become a State Event within the realm of the Imperial Court of Toronto. The State Event will be held in the month of May each year.
Reign 19. By Proclamation of: Emperor 19 Nelson Jeronimo
On: Oct 2006
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, the Dowager Monarchs shall be granted a Walk of Presentation to the Reigning Monarchs at Coronation Ball at The Coronation Ball following their reign.
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, The Final Walk of the Dowager Monarchs shall be presented at the OUT-OF- TOWN show, the day prior to Coronation Ball.
Reign 19. By Proclamation of: Empress 19 Madame
On: Oct 2006
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, Her Imperial Highness, Thelma, A.K.A. Mr. Tom Williamson, shall from this day forth be known as Sister for Life to Empress XVIII & XIX of Toronto Madame.
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, Her Imperial Highness, Myrna a.k.a. Mr. Steven Roy, Shall from this day forth be known as Sister for Life to Empress XVIII & XIX of Toronto, Madame.
Reign 18. Proclamation of: Empress 18, Madame
On: Oct 8, 2005
LET IT BE KNOWN, throughout the Empires that Maria Del Monte shall have the following title bestowed upon her. Her Imperial Highness, the ‘Pineapple Princess’ Ultima.
Reign 17. Proclamation of: Empress 17 Candice
On: Oct 2004
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, from this day forward, that Entertainer of the Year Pageant shall be held in the month of August.
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, The winner of Entertainer of the Year shall Co-Host a minimum one (1) TICOT Charity Event, with the Dowager Empress, that is the Empress that reigned when she/he did win the title of Entertainer of The Year.
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, in the event that the above is not met, that the Entertainer of the year shall forfeit his/her final walk as Entertainer of the Year.
Reign 17. Proclamation
On: Oct 2004
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, all life time and paid members of The Imperial Court of Toronto in good standing at the time of publishing of the Coronation Souvenir Program shall have their names listed with their respective title held for that reign.
Reign 16. By Proclamation of: Emperor 16 Nelson Jeronimo
On: Oct 2003
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, Persons who have held the Station and Position of Imperial Crown Prince, and Imperial Crown Princess, that seek election for the Position of Emperor or Empress, and that are elected, shall be crowned by the Monarch that did so appoint them as Imperial Crown Prince and Imperial Crown Princess.
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, in the event of death, abdication, of the Monarch
That said Prince or Princess served, they shall have the choice, with advice of the College of Monarchs and the Executive of the Imperial Court of Toronto as to which Monarch shall confer the crowning of Office of Monarch on said Person/s.
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, upon successful completion of duties as Imperial
Crown Prince and Princess, and that in their year as such appointed did uphold, Defend the constitution of the Imperial Court of Toronto, represent the Crown of the Imperial Court of Toronto, within the Realm and beyond the Realm’s Sovereign Borders, shall retain the number of the year that they served, with the Approval of the College of Monarchs and the Executive Board of The Imperial Court of Toronto. Being so approved, they shall receive their number at The Coronation Ball of the Step Down Monarchs, after their Final Walk as The Imperial Crown Prince or Imperial Crown Princess.
Reign 15. Proclamation
On: Oct 12, 2002
LET IT BE KNOWN, a proclaim that annually the Queen Mum shall name a house of 6 “Jewels”, and at the same time the King Father shall name 6 “Daddy’s Boys” as counterparts for the Jewel titles.
Reign 14. By Proclamation of: Emperor 14 Chris Holmgren
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, the Imperial Crown Prince to the Fourteenth Reign, Christopher Evans, will be known forthwith from this time forward as “The Prince of Dedication, Duty and Dungeons Ultima.”
Reign 13: PROCLAMATION(S), if any, TO BE INSERTED
Reign 12: PROCLAMATION(S), if any, TO BE INSERTED
Reign 11. By Proclamation of: Empress 11, Rose
On: Nov 1998
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, throughout the Realm a Regent may be a Past Monarch of either gender. Further, the Regent shall be granted Regent Monarch Status and assigned a numerical designation upon completion of a successful year. The title shall be announced at the start of the annual coronation ball and inscribed in the permanent records of TICOT and the College of Monarchs, thereafter.
Reign 10: PROCLAMATION(S), if any, TO BE INSERTED
Reign 9: PROCLAMATION(S), if any, TO BE INSERTED
Reign 8. By Proclamation of: Emperor 8, Andre Heasman & Empress 8, Dusty
On: May 20, 1995
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, throughout the Realm that The Imperial Court of Toronto proclaims the elevation of Our Barony, the Barony of Hamilton/ Wentworth, to the Imperial Court of Hamilton/Wentworth, Inc.
On: Oct 7, 1995
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, at any official or state function at which it is appropriate that my station as Empress 8 of The Imperial Court of Toronto be present, should I be unable to attend, I hereby decree that Douglas Thompson, and only Douglas, shall forthwith have the privilege of carrying my personal crown. Should neither of us be able to fulfil this task, then either Douglas or myself shall appoint a representative. As it is said so shall it be.
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, to honour the life and the contribution to Our Court by the founder of The Imperial Court of Toronto, Carlos Misseri, I hereby decree the establishment of the “Carlos Misseri Memorial Project”. Initially, said project will produce an annual memorial show to celebrate the lives and contributions made by current members that we lose within that year. Under the guidance of both the Executive and the College of Monarchs, said project will also look in the future at providing a variety of support services to members in need. I hereby appoint His Imperial Highness, Prince of the Exchequer, Ultima, Mr. Gary Fair, as the administrator of the project and charge him with full responsibility for and ownership of the aforementioned project.
Reign 7. By Proclamation of: Emperor 7, Art Tomlin & Empress 7, Mr. J.J. Murray
On: Nov 17, 1993
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, from this day forward, each member of the College of Monarchs, shall at the Victory Brunch following Coronation have the privilege of giving 1 (one) award of their choosing and their financing, to any individual that they consider has helped them personally, in their contribution that year as a past monarch of The Imperial Court of Toronto.
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, the following are Competitive or Appointed titles given out by The Imperial Court of Toronto each year. Henceforth, the following and any new titles shall be designated in one of two categories. A) Those deemed TICOT titles open only to members, and B) those open to the public (i.e. not requiring membership)
Category A) The current titles requiring membership status:
• Queen Mum
• Lady in Waiting to Queen Mum
• Miss Dot/Mr. Dot
• Miss Trillium
At no time may any person be the bearer of two or more of these titles. Once the title is turned over to a new recipient, said individual may then compete for another title.
Category B) The current titles not requiring membership are:
• Beaver Queen/Beaver King
• Miss Club Baths/Mr. Club Baths
• Entertainer of the Year
• Hooker of the Year
All new Competitive or Appointed titles proposed from this day forward shall designate which category they will reside in and shall be negotiated with the Reigning Emperor & Empress.
Reign 6. By Proclamation of: Emperor 6, Bob Toane & Empress 6, Michelle DuBarry
On: Dec 2, 1992
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, all Subject who have “the TITLE” of “Imperial Crown Prince or that of Imperial Crown Princess” conferred upon them, shall further be so designated with a Numeric Distinction corresponding with the Numeric Distinction of the Reigning Monarchs who shall have APPOINTED THEM. They shall be known by Name and Number for that Reign only and for No other. Because it pleases us and those before us, it has been proclaimed, so let it be done.
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, the ”Royal Order of Common Bar Trash” henceforth, to be known as “CBT”. A member of this Order shall be commonly known as “CBT” or “Common Bar Trash”. This Order is to remain the Exclusive Domain of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor VI, Bob Toane, aka Thelma Toronto “In Perpetuity”. Because it pleases us and those before us, it has been proclaimed, so let it be done.
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, the “Royal Order of Parks, Parking Lots, Back Alleys, Stairwells, Patios, Balconies, Bushes and Graveyards” (PPLBASPBB&G), henceforth, to be known as “The Parks Department”. A member of this order shall be commonly known as “Parks Dept.” This Order is to remain the Exclusive Domain of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor VI, Bob Toane, aka Thelma Toronto “In Perpetuity”. Because it pleases us and those before us, it has been proclaimed, so let it be done.
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, creation of “The Emperor’s Ponies” for the purpose of assistance and public relations at the request of His Most Imperial Sovereign Majesty, Emperor VI, Bob Toane, aka Thelma Toronto; to benefit the Community and TMS/Imperial court of Toronto. Henceforth, these Ponies, individually, are to be known as “a Pony”, and shall wear the Insignia thereto designated at all functions so requested. Because it pleases me, it has been decreed. So it shall be done.
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, her Most Imperial Sovereign Majesty, the Jewelled Serpent Cowboy Empress, Empress II, Kate Central Parkway, CBT, of The Court of Growth and Prosperity in the Buckeye Empire shall be known as “Sister Empress for Life, to His Most Sovereign Majesty, Emperor VI, Bob Toane, akaThelma Toronto. Because it pleases me, it has been decreed. So it shall be done.
On: 01 Aug, 1993
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, the Imperial Court of Buffalo, New York has been granted “SOVEREIGNTY” and all privileges of self-determination from The Imperial Court of Toronto, Canada, Sponsor court to “The Imperial Court of Buffalo, New York”. Because it pleases us and those before us, it has been proclaimed, so let it be done.
On: Oct 9, 1993
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, the “Miss Trillium Pageant” will be held on an “Annual Basis” for the benefit of The Imperial Court of Toronto. Because it pleases us and those before us, it has been proclaimed, so let it be done.
Proclamations of The Trillium Monarchist Society
Reign 5. By Proclamation of: Emperor 5, Paul Hearson & Empress 5, Sophie De Lee
On: Dec 7, 1991
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, all subjects who shall have conferred upon them a title of recognition and who shall be designated as those of distinction, shall be entered in the roses of that reign as registered and members in full, by payment and dedication to Their Most Imperial Sovereign Majesties, heart and soul and with no exception, for it pleases us and those before us. It is therefore decreed, that all titled subjects shall become paid members of the Trillium Monarchist Society by the prescribed method and that such membership be effected no later than sixty days after the date a title of distinction has been conferred.
On: Dec 17, 1991
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, at the beginning of each Court year, a Circle of Excellence will be created to honour those who have demonstrated to Their Majesties, exceptional dedication in ongoing support for the Imperial Court System and the Trillium Monarchist Society. Subjects of the Court and members in good standing in The Trillium Monarchist Society, may be nominated by either Their Majesties or any subject of the court and members in good standing in the Trillium Monarchist Society. The decision to induct these nominees into the Circle of Excellence will be made by Their Majesties, with no exceptions, because it pleases us and those before us.
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, in this year, On Mother’s Day, that the Annual Queen Mum Event shall become an annual Trillium Monarchist Society event, and that Queen Mother, Ultima, Michelle Dubarry, shall sit in State to preside. All subjects who shall have conferred upon them the title of Queen Mum shall be designated as those of distinction, and be subjects who have made a significant contribution to the Art of Drag and to the Empire, for it pleases us and those before us.
On: Feb 5, 1992
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, their Most Imperial Sovereign Majesties have designated that portion of the Empire known as Hamilton, St. Catharines and the Niagara Region as a Barony. Their Majesties shall call before them all subjects deemed worthy of being considered for the noble and distinct position of Baron and Baroness. Following this shall be a review of the lineage, bloodline and reputation of those called before them. When Their Majesties have completed their consideration, an Imperial Crier shall go throughout the Empire, declaring Their Majesties’ choice and a day of feasting and celebration shall be set aside, for it pleases us and those before us.
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, Their Most Imperial Sovereign Majesties, Emperor 5, Paul & Empress 5, Sophie De Lee have disassociated themselves and their Court from the House of Bondage of the Trillium Knights of the Urban corral as currently controlled by Lord Knight, James (Bryant) Nero. It is requested by Their Majesties that all individuals who have had a title of distinction conferred upon them in this Court, also disassociate themselves. This action has been prompted by an avert act of disobedience and a breach of the Lord Knight’s oath of allegiance to Their Majesties. We have said it and it shall be so because it pleases us and most of those who have gone before us.
On: May 3, 1992
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, on this day Wally (Walter Diamond) and Stella (Doug Parsons) shall be affirmed as the Baron and Baroness of the Barony of Steel Knights and Ladies of the Golden Harvest, because it pleases us and those who have gone before us.
On: Aug 15, 1992
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, the Imperial Queen City Court of the Buckeye Empire shall follow the same pattern of Monarchial ascent as the Imperial Sovereign Court of Toronto, Sponsor Court to The Imperial Queen City Court of the Buckeye Empire. It is therefore commanded that Regent Empress, Miss Buffy shall hereafter be known as Her Imperial Majesty, Empress I, Appointed, Miss Buffy, and that Their Most Imperial Majesties, Emperor I, Billy Bolyard & Empress I, Angela St. James shall be known as Emperor & Empress I, Elect ant that all future Monarchs shall follow this numerical ascent. With the ascent to the throne of all future Monarchs, the designation of “Elect” shall be dispensed with. Because it pleases us and those before us, it has been proclaimed, so let it be done.
On: Nov 7, 1992
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, no future monarch, ruling over this Empire, shall designate more than one other individual as His or Her Half. No other percentage designation will be permitted and the recipient must be a current or past reigning Monarch of an Imperial Court. This decree shall also apply to our Sponsored Courts in Cincinnati, Ohio and Buffalo, New York, until such time as Sovereignty is granted to them and they receive the privilege of self-determination in this matter. Because it pleases us and those before us, it has been proclaimed, so let it be done.
Reign 4: PROCLAMATION(S), if any, TO BE INSERTED
Reign 3: PROCLAMATION(S), if any, TO BE INSERTED
Reign 2. By Proclamation of: Emperor 2, Jeep Guillette & Empress 2, Veronica Blake
On: Feb 15, 1993
LET IT BE KNOWN THAT, throughout the land for all time that “Magical Make-overs” will be an annual event, for the purpose of charitable fund raising, and that it shall be conducted by the Reigning Imperial Crown Princess according to the manual as written by its creator, then ICP Dawn Blake, now Empress 3, Dawn Valley Parkway. It has been written and shall be so. By permission of Her Imperial Majesty, Empress 2, Veronica Blake, this proclamation was made on the event of the first Toronto “Magical Make-over” for Imperial Crown Princess Dawn Blake.