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Gay Toronto

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

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 at Steps Dance Studio - On Hold

Weekly Fridays 7pm-8pm at Steps Dance Studio, 1 Gloucester St, 2nd floor, SE corner Yonge/Gloucester. Role neutral Salsa 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.
Hosted by Boner & Brother by Nigel March Events
BONER - On Hold

First or second Saturdays, 10pm-5am. Toronto's hottest dance party w/ DJ NOKU on the dance floor + refreshment tables stocked with all your favourite treats, so you can really pig out in every way possible. The dress code is simple, get into WHATEVER makes you feel sexy and comfortable. EVERYONE with positive energy is welcome! Club 120 has closed permanently.
Where the bears play
Bears, the Baths and Beyond + more - On Hold

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. Sreamworks is closed for the duration of the emergency.
Host: Sofonda Cox
Best Men’s Ass Contest - On Hold

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.
Naked Yoga for Men at the Awaken Studio
Naked Yoga - Asana Practice for Men - On Hold

Saturday mornings 10-11:30am + Tuesday & Thursday evenings 8-9:30pm at Awaken Studio. Join a group of whole hearted men gathering to share asana-focused yoga practice while naked to focus on gentle/ safe exploration through posture and alignment-based practice. All 19+ men are welcome to this quiet, warm and private space. See details:
Every second Thursday of the month
Home Turf - Black Eagle’s Monthly Gear Night! - On Hold

Second Thursdays each month, 10pm-2am. The Black Eagle welcomes leather folk, rubber lovers and kinksters of all stripes No cover. All 19+ welcome. Fetish gear highly encouraged but not mandatory. From June 26th, Black Eagle’s patio is open daily from 3pm to midnight with social-distancing guidelines.
Toronto's Leather Denim Cruising Bar
Naked Night - On Hold

Third Thursdays each month, 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. From June 26th, Black Eagle’s patio is open daily 3pm-12am with social-distancing guidelines.
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity - Every Friday (from Mar 20th)
Deep, Dark & Naked

Fridays, 8pm. TNTMEN Members can present their Membership Card at check-in and receive a FREE 8 hour locker between 8pm and 4am to enjoy this Spa Excess event. Some blackout dates apply, such as Pride Weekend and some Holidays. Check with Spa Excess for details. There is no discount on rooms for members on weekends.
Hosted by Flamingo Market, OUTtv and Glad Day Bookshop
Flamingo Online Market

September 28-30, 2020. Loud, Proud, and Online 24/7/365 with incredible artists, makers, small businesses, and community organizations! Shop local/ support the community from home! LGBTQ2SIA+ Makers, Artists, Entrepreneurs, and Service Providers from across Canada and beyond - visit + shop!
Inside Out | The Annual queer screenings
Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival 2020

October 1-11, 2020, 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.
A television series on OUTtv and Amazon Prime
DRAG HEALS Watch Party on GDTV - Hosted by Cyril Cinder

October 2 - December 11, 2020, 9pm. Hybrid stage workshop/ documentary TV series follows 8 drag artists in an intensive 10-day workshop to build their own show. Guest coaches join Tracey Erin Smith to explore required techniques, talents and skills. Cast includes: Cyril Cinder, Lady Kunterpunt, Juwanna Dewitt, Spectra Vaganza, Rose Dior, Dank Sinatra, Sasha Me, and Ocean Giovanni.
Back and Ready for Business
The Leslieville Flea

October 4, 2020 10am-5pm at Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St E. Also: returning in 2021 to Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St. An awesome mix of items at over 30 vendors selling the BEST Vintage and Handcrafted goods. PLUS! Brewery, shops and restaurants.
Every Sunday, until Nov 29
Sunday Drag Brunch (not) at GLAD DAY

October 4 - November 29, 2020, 11am. Every Sunday famous DRAG BRUNCH! Delirious performances from Erin Brockobić and her rotating cast of drag guest stars ensure you spend your Sundays with good company, great food, and amid a vibrant, welcoming community in a queer, accessible, and affirming space!
Hosted by Gay AF and Canadian Comedy Award winner Robert Watson
Gay AF: New Recruits

October 13, 2020, 8-9pm at Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W. Toronto's finest queer comedians! Monthly showcase for gay male and queer comedians. Ft: Alex Miguel, Keegan Charles, Matthew Martineau / Messy Margaret, Mikael Melo, Peter Knegt and Gay AF's Best Girlfriend TAMARA SHEVON. Gay AF is unapologetically gay and unapologetically funny. Normally every second Tuesday/ each month.
At the heart of the Queer Village
Church Street’s Halloween Night Party

October 31, 2020, annual event; three blocks of Church Street close 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.
Annual 14 plays on 3 stages, plus countless events & activities
The Shaw Festival - A Christmas Carol

November 8 - December 23, 2020 at Royal George Theatre. Ebenezer Scrooge is back! Nestled in the heart of the ultimate Christmas village, the charming holiday favourite A Christmas Carol returns to the Shaw Festival’s Royal George Theatre. It’s the perfect annual reminder of what Christmas is all about. The rest of the 2020 Season was annulled. See details and updates:
The premiere winter theatre event in the city. Produced by the Toronto Fringe
NSTF - The Next Stage Theatre Festival

January 13-24, 2021. Annual 12-day platform. Past NextStage Theatre Festivals have featured: Powerhouse performances, genre benders, boundary pushers, musicalvirtuosos, and visionaries of the future - 150 productions from around Canada and the world.
“The wildest theatre fest in town” - Toronto Life
The Rhubarb Festival

Mid-February, 2021 (TBC). Canada’s longest-running new works festival transforms Buddies into a hotbed of experimentation. Artists explore new possibilities in theatre/ dance/ music/ performance art. Rhubarb is the place to see the most adventurous ideas in performance and to catch your favourite artists venturing into uncharted territory. No two nights of Rhubarb are ever alike.
Back again lovers
The Red Dress Ball 3.0 - New Dates

April 10, 2021, 8pm-1am at Daniel's Spectrum, 585 Dundas St E. Dress in red or wear a red dress - a celebration fund-raiser for HIV/AIDS awareness! A night full of great ways to contribute, starting at the bar! All proceeds, including drink sales will go directly to the bike rally. Also a silent auction, featuring amazing items from partners across the city!
Stratford Festival 2021

June - December, 2021 (TBC). 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. Cancelled in 2020. See the 2021 updates at their website:
Originally Scheduled as Prism Pride 2020
Prism Festival

Late June, 2021 (TBC). Prism Pride Festival. Past year (cancelled) was to feature: THU Bootcamp. FRI Aqua. SAT 10pm Revival at Rebel. SUN 10pm LA LECHE at Toybox, 473 Adelaide St. W.
The not-to-miss festival during Toronto’s LGBT pride celebrations
Green Space Toronto

Late June, 2021 (TBC). Five-day festival events. Past year: Starry Night opening event at Meridian Hall. Barbara Hall Park is Green Space Festival’s true home, with events: THU Disco Disco; FRI One World; SAT Lipstick Jungle; and SUN TreeHouse. Fundraising for The 519 Church Street Community Centre hub of LGBTQ community life. Cancelled for 2020 - see 2021 updates at:
Celebrating the history, courage and diversity of our community
Toronto Pride Festival Weekend

Late June, 2021 (TBC). More than 200 groups typically march in Pride Toronto’s Pride Parade, one of the largest in North America. Performances, floats and thousands of marchers from 2pm at the corner of Church and Bloor St. down Yonge Street to the Dundas Square stage. See FB updates.
The 2021 Toronto Fringe festival
The Fringe Collective Festival

Early July, 2021 (TBC). Toronto Fringe. Featuring 50+ companies slated to present works - in 2019: 151 shows at 37 venues. In 2020 a virtual festival took place online. See updates at:
The leading public film festival in the world
Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF21

September, 2021. Eleven days, screening 300+ films from 60+ countries each year - a diverse array of films; Hollywood galas; red carpet glamour; international cinema; homegrown comedies… and everything in between. Ongoing film series throughout the year. Both drive-in and Bell Digital Cinema online screenings - see schedule, venues and links at:
Toronto's ComedyFestival
JFL43 - Just For Laughs

September 23 - October 3, 2021. Hilarious, riveting and relevant comedians; headliners plus 42 other amazing comedy acts to experience. Previous events: Carol Burnett; Margaret Trudeau. Headliners: John Mulaney + Pete Davidson, John Mulaney, Abbi Jacobson + Ilana Glazer, Jonathan Van Ness, Nick Kroll, Marc Maron, Eric Andre, Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael.
Filmmakers, activists, artists, scholars + new independent queer/trans films
Toronto Queer Film Festival 2021

Early November, 2021 (TBC). Four days. Past year screenings included: A Splendid Frame; In the Shadows of Fences; Migration + Diaspora; Samra Habib: We Have Always Been Here; So Pretty; Porn is So Boring; Being Other Elsewhere; Surfacing; Don’t Believe the ‘69 Hype!; Reaching Toward the Horizon; Queer Rebels; Pier Kids + TQFF After Party.