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Gay Toronto

The world’s longest-running and largest queer theatre
Weekends at Buddies

Every Friday is something different – drag performances, cabarets, strip spelling bees and everything in between. On Saturdays the DJs at Tallulah’s spin your favourite top 40, house, pop and hip hop. All proceeds from the bar go directly to the theatre, which makes a night at Buddies the most fun you’ve ever had supporting the arts.
Practice what you have learned in a relaxed & friendly environment
Role Neutral Salsa + Bachata at Steps Dance Studio

Weekly Fridays 7pm-9pm at Steps Dance Studio, 1 Gloucester St, 2nd floor, SE corner Yonge/Gloucester. Role neutral Salsa + Bachata classes; great for higher level students who want to learn opposite roles. Everyone rotates partners throughout the class. Classes LGBTQ+ friendly --each student decides if they want to learn to lead or to follow.

Sep 18 - Sep 18, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Host: Sofonda Cox
Best Men’s Ass Contest

SWEETASS SATURDAY NIGHT AT Woody’s/Sailor Toronto, Sofonda Cox and Mahogany J Browne with the Men’s ASS Contest with $300 cash prizes, DJ Chris Steinbach and Toronto’s hottest staff.
Where the bears play
Bears, the Baths and Beyond + more

Every 4th Saturday night, 1-6pm at Steamworks, with DJ Danny White, music, food and hot hunky men ~ The Official Bathhouse of the Men of Toronto Leather Pride. Next: October 24th. See more events such as Thursday Lights Out, Sunday Spin Cycle, CumUnion (2nd Mon + 4th Fri), and First Fridays D.I.L.F. at their website:
Enjoy being naked with other men
TNT Men | Naked Events

Last Saturday of each month, 4-9pm NAKED DANCE at Club 120 + 2nd Tuesday/ month, 7-11pm NAKED IN EXCESS at Spa Excess. TNT! MEN members who dine at 120 Diner get a permanent 15% discount. Other TNT naked events include swims, wrestling, yoga, bowling, house-parties, game nights, book club, art showings, drawing group, retreats, and other gatherings.
The East End's newest form of retail therapy
The Leslieville Flea

3rd Sundays of each month June through October 2016, 10am-5pm at Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St E -across from Streetcar Yards. Curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and select artisans; 37 vendors, hundreds of items from vintage clothing to mid century furniture, hand crafted designs, photography and more. Also Saturday June 25th.
Sofonda Cox hosts
So You Think You Can Strip?

Tuesdays, Varsity weekly amateur strip contest, with a $100 cash prize. 11pm at Remington’s, 379 Yonge, Toronto's only hot spot for totally nude guys! Cover $5, no cover for those with student ID.
Alternative, Body Mod & Fetish Club

Alternative lifestyle monthly bash at The Opera House for all things fetish, kink, body-mod, BDSM, dancing, socializing + serious play. Dungeon areas equipment, welcoming/ supervised environment, large dance room, fantastic sounds from the finest DJs. Mandatory Fetish Attire: leather, PVC, latex, uniform except camo, wet look, uber goth, formal, lingerie, rubber. See website:
Wanna Play?
Parties for Women in Toronto

Dance parties for women from Girl Play Toronto - recent venues have included: SmithGarage, Toastr/White Elephant, The Solarium, House | Maison; with DJs Annalyze, Vivi Diamond, Lucie Tic, KLR, Tizi, Sticky Cuts, Miz Megs, and Stix  - with thousands of women. See upcoming dates at their website:
Compelling theatre experiences
The Shaw Festival 2017

Now ongoing through October 29, 2017 at The Shaw Festival Theatre and Royal George Theatre. Annual festival of 11 plays on 4 stages by George Bernard Shaw and Shavian playwrights, in the Village of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Known for beautiful scenery, the area has historic hotels, world-class vineyards and wine tastings, plus art galleries to visit. See website for details and full program:
Stratford Festival 2017

Now ongoing through October 29, 2017. Located in Stratford, Ontario, the Stratford Festival is North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company. Presenting each season a dozen or more productions in four distinctive venues; classics, contemporary dramas and musicals, with special emphasis on the plays of Shakespeare. See the full program at their website as announced:
Kurt & Trevor: perfect gay couple – young prince charming + charming silver fox
It’s All Tru

May 3-14, 2017, 8pm. A marriage is threatened by the appearance of a sexy street boy named Gideon. Did Gideon have condomless sex with Trevor? Did Trevor give him permission? And did Trevor take his PrEP? In the tradition of I Have AIDS!, this provocative new work takes on contemporary issues in a darkly entertaining story steeped in sex, love, jealousy, and pharmaceuticals.
...COME DANCE! First Thursdays
Electric Ladyland

May 4, 2017, 10pm-2am. the Beaver. Queer synthy sexy dance party, all/only electronic ladies! With excellent visual stylings from Olenka Szymonski!  Celebrate being fucking punky queer weirdos with us / bringing back a bunch o' old parties and people that made the place what it is. Share any memories or pictures you have pon de wall / 19+ / All free events wooo. Next: June 1.
Four DJs. Four different sounds. Four wyld hours.
Wyze Gyal

May 5, 2017, 10pm-2am at The Beaver. Feet stomping, walls sweating, bodies whining; all of the tunes again: Afro-beats, Soca, Techno, Baltimore Club, momma’s favourite old school jams, Hip Hop, House, Ballroom. Host: Lalique. DJs K, frshprspctiv, okaybashe, angie-lala. WYZE GYALS DJ collective merges best music with deep love for queer and trans communities of colour. Next: June 2.
Totally Naked Toronto
TNE! Totally Naked Excess

May 9, 2017, 7pm at Spa Excess. Come get naked with a really awesome and friendly group of guys, enjoy a game of pool, some free eats, and casual, relaxing man to man fun! Door prizes, $4.50 Flying Horse Draft, and Q&A for men new to TNTMEN. Members enjoy FREE 8hr lockers or 50% of standard rooms to enjoy this event, every second Tuesday of each month: June 13; July 11, Aug 8.
Second Fridays Recurring Event
Puppy Love

May 12, 2017, 10pm-2am at The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. Queer + sex positive dance party. live porn screenings, go go dancers, impromptu strip shows, byoboard games, patio, DJ dang kids. Open to any and all: hetero, homo, queer, trans, kinky, lesbian, gay, vanilla, bi, flexible, poly, asexual + open minded young people (or young at heart). Puppy Love for everyone. Next: June 9th.
The finest queer dudes this side of Yonge
Skank Top

May 12, 2017, 10pm-2am, at The Steady Cafe & Bar, 1051 Bloor St W, Toronto. A body pride dance party with the finest queer dudes west of Yonge. No shame - no attitude - no sleeves. $5.
Toronto's Leather Denim Cruising Bar
Naked Night

May 18, 2017, 10pm, No cover. Black Eagle’s well established Naked Night continues to draw out fresh faces each month. A diverse group of men mix, mingle and get to know each other in the buff. Clothes check: $2 Separate Area for clothed folks. Next date: TBA. See more leather/fetish nights throughout the month at their website:
The 3rd Saturday of every month
Pup Nights

May 20, 2017, 9pm at The Black Eagle, Toronto. Events have incuded: Naked Puppy Twister, Sticks & Balls, Pup Nosh, Pup Mosh. Now moved to the 3rd Saturday of every month. Next Pup Nights: June 17th, July 15th, August 19th.
Directed by Lloyd Bacon - Choreographer Busby Berkeley
TIFF Cinematheque: 42nd Street

May 23, 2017, 6:30pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The first of Warner Bros.' wildly successful run of 1930s backstage musicals with outrageously lavish (often outrageously sexualized) production numbers, with a memorable turn from Ginger Rogers. Warner Baxter, as hard-driving Broadway director Julian Marsh, mounts a make-it-or-break-it musical extravaganza during the Depression.
Inside Out | Annual queer screenings
Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival 2017

May 25 - June 4, 2017, 11-day festival, the largest event of its kind in Canada and one of the top five LGBT film festivals in the world. Screenings, artist talks, panel discussions, installations and parties to highlight more than 200 films and videos from Canada and around the world. See dates and programming online.
No time for losers…. its gonna be a kinda Magic this month!
Spooky Bitch: Freddie Edition!

May 25, 2017, 10pm-2am. March into Spring rejecting Gender Norms and celebrate the Almighty and Eternal Queen of Queen Freddie Mercury!! so if all you are hearing is Radio GaGa…come have a Bohemian Rhapsody with us and break free with Allysin Chaynes on the dj set and Fat Bottomed Girl Jacklynne Hyde!! we are the champions….
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity
TNT!Men Naked Dance | One With Nature

May 27, 2017, 4-9pm, at Club 120. April showers bring May flowers, but the One With Nature Naked Dance brings men in abundance! Last Saturdays of the month. Hot beats, finger foods, company of friendly, outgoing guys hanging out naked, having fun!  DJ Nyte Hawk will get your blood pumping for Pride week in style as numbers keep growing and membership swells! $5-15.
United by a shared spirit of sex-positivity
Hump Film Festival by Dan Savage

May 27, 2017, 8:30pm, Hot Docs Ted Rogers. A new kind of porn: short dirty movies, each less than five minutes, not by porn stars, but people who want to be for a weekend. Filmmakers/ stars show what they think is hot, sexy, creative and kinky, their turn-ons/ craziest fantasies. Carefully curated cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes.
Celebrate & Demonstrate!
Pride Toronto 2017

June 1-25, 2017, Sunday June 25th Parade 2pm from Church/Bloor, Yonge to Yonge-Dundas Sq, Toronto’s LGBTQ communities get OUT across a dozen blocks of the Gay Village. Music from open air stages, food, artisan/craft stalls, etc Friday through Sunday of the final weekend.
AX Toronto

June 3, 2017, 10:30pm-3am at Club 120. ASIANXPRESS (AX) great big GAYASIAN TORONTO boys night out starring SOFONDA with DJs Sumation + K-pop Queen Jolin Starr - Top 40 remixes, vocal house, club anthems, JPop and KPop + with Nikki Chin, Sofonda and the AX MAXIMUS all-Asian go-go dancers. A 19+ event. Entry: $5 before 11:30pm, $10 after. Next date: June 22nd AX Pride at Fly 2.0.
North America’s largest gay circuitmusic festival - 5 Days of Events
Prism Toronto

June 22 - 26, 2017. Five-day weekend party nights at clubs/ venues around town. THU PeepShow, 10pm-5am at Coda; FRI Aqua Pool Party 3-11pm at Cabana + Bootcamp 10:30pm-6am at Fly 2.0; SAT Resist 9pm-6am at Nest; SUN Revival 9pm-6am at Rebel; MON Afterparty 6am-noon at Fly 2.0.
The 15th annual Prism event
Revival Main Event

June 25, 2017, 9pm - 6am at Rebel, 11 Polson St. Prism Toronto, one of the most celebrated parties in the North America with “Revival” in Toronto. With DJs Rosabel (US), Alain Jackinsky (CAN), and GSP (Greece). Tickets $60-75.
fringe & next stage theatre festivals
Fringe Festival Toronto

July 5-16, 2017. Celebrating under-represented voices and those on the margins of the performing arts world. A festival where anyone can put on any show, without having to pass through a jury – where emerging artists can get their big break, and established artists can test new work. See also January, 2017 Next Stage dates and details at website:
The not-to-miss festival during Toronto’s LGBT pride celebrations
Green Space Toronto

June - July, 2017. Four-day festival events, high caliber productions featuring national and international artists; DJs, live music, and dance performances span electro, house, folk, hip hop, and international music genres. Outdoor free of charge shows, tree-lined venues, 40,000+ revelers expected. Fundraising for The 519 Church Street Community Centre hub of LGBTQ community life.
Canada's Premier Leather Event
Toronto Leather Pride Week

Early August, 2017 (TBC). Annual events typically include: Tribute Reception, VIP RECEPTION, MEET THE CONTESTANTS, FULL FETISH PARTY, TLP COMPETITIONS (Mr. Leatherman Toronto, Ms Leather Toronto & Toronto Puppy 2017 Contests), LEATHER BALL, VICTORY LEATHER BRUNCH, LEATHER PRIDE MARCH, TLP AFTER PARTY, Tickets on sale in early May. More details at website:
Queering Boundaries
Queer West Film Festival

October 2017. Film festival of 3 days to screen at Innis Town Hall. Produced by the Queer West Arts Collective, working for more inclusive & complex queer identities, creating larger queer space & community in Toronto '"West End." Dates & Location TBA January 1, 2017.
The leading public film festival in the world
Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF17

September 7-17, 2017. Screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries each year. With a reputation for excellence, a diverse array of films are shown: Hollywood galas, complete with red carpet glamour; the best in international cinema, the latest homegrown comedies… and everything in between. Also an ongoing film series throughout the year. See details online at:
Celebrating its 41st anniversary
Cabbagetown Festival

September 9-10, 2017, SAT 11am-10pm + SUN 11am-7pm on Parliament St, Wellesley south to Gerrard + Carlton from Berkeley to Parliament. Sixteen local restaurants + ten pop-up street food vendors and more, including Made-in-Canada artisan section featuring outstanding work from talented local artists. General vendors have something for everyone: clothing, jewellery, everyday services.
At the heart of the Queer Village
Church Street’s Halloween Night Party

October 31, 2017, three blocks of Church Street close from 6-11pm for five hours of costumed revelry and buckets of eye-candy. Even though the temperature doesn’t always go with the more daring outfit choices, the street is soon packed with thousands of scantily attired locals and visitors, making this Canada’s largest Halloween event.
David Mirvish Presents the Hope and Hell Theatre Co production by Ayad Akhtar

November 11-26, 2017, various times, at the Panasonic Theatre. A New York dinner party. A shattering cultural collision. When discussion turns to politics and religion, the match is lit on a combustible powder keg of identity politics.
Amnesty International Toronto Human Rights Film Festival
Reel Awareness Film Festival 2017

November 16-18, 2017 (TBC) at Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St. Three days in November screenings of some of the best human rights documentaries and feature films shown around the world; 8-12 films presented by Amnesty International, the worldwide movement of people dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights. See website for details: