The Trip! Project is a youth-led harm reduction health information service for the dance music scene and youth who use drugs. The project had its start in 1995 as The Toronto Raver Info Project (TRIP!) operating out of the Queen West site during the height of the rave dance scene and was later integrated as a project of Queen West in 2000.
The project provides safer sex and safer drug use education, information and supplies, as well as counselling and referrals to Toronto’s diverse dance music operators and other downtown youth communities. TRIP! trains a peer-educators and volunteers to educate and inform youths in the dance scene about harm reduction strategies and how to handle drug-related emergencies. They also offer onsite outreach booths, a vendor-style setup which offers a display of safer drug use and safer sex information and supplies. All of our onsite services are FREE to the community, and TRIP! receives free admission to events by event organizers.
TRIP! works with youths (16-29) from across Toronto and use technology to actively engage with partiers. Trip!Wire is a service for community members to directly text questions to the project around drug use, sexual health and harm reduction. The questions asked are later used to generate blog posts providing more in-depth answers.
TRIP! provides the community a variety of workshops outside the party environment on safer drug use, safer sex, and safer partying to other organizations and schools by request. All workshops are tailored to the demographic at hand.
If you are interested in volunteering for Trip!, want to book Trip! to run a workshop or booth or want more general information, please call the Trip! Coordinator at (416) 703-8480 ext. 125 or by e-mail.
You can text the Trip!Wire at (647) 822-6435 with your TRIP! question, but keep in mind that it may take up to 24 hours to receive a response. For drug related emergencies such as overdose don’t hesitate to contact 911!