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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 is back w/ DJ NOKU to take care of you 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!
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.
Enjoy being naked with other men
TNT Men | Naked Events - On Hold

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.
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 - On Hold

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. Events suspended during Covid-19 emergency.
Stratford Festival 2020 - Cancelled

June 2 - December 31, 2020. 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:
The not-to-miss festival during Toronto’s LGBT pride celebrations
Green Space Toronto - Cancelled

June 24-28, 2020. Five-day festival events. Starry Night opening event at Meridian Hall. Barbara Hall Park is Green Space Festival’s true home, with events: Disco Disco THU June 25th; One World FRI June 26th; Lipstick Jungle SAT June 27th; and TreeHouse SUN June 28th. Fundraising for The 519 Church Street Community Centre hub of LGBTQ community life.
"Working hard to deliver Pride celebrations in new, creative, and unique ways.."
Toronto Virtual Pride Festival Weekend

June 27-28, 2020. A line up of virtual programming set to stream on our main channels and embedded onto our website. The Virtual Pride Festival Weekend programming serves as a representation of what would have taken place on the physical footprint Pride Festival Weekend. See FB updates.
The 2020 Toronto Fringe festival (July 1-12) was cancelled due to Covid-19
The Fringe Collective Digital Festival

July 1-12, 2020. Digital experience features 50+ companies slated to present work at the (not happening) 2020 Toronto Fringe Festival - thus the Fringe Collective was born. Offerings are grouped into four Acts. Each includes content from a crosssection of artists, available for 3 days (72 hours). Purchase one act at a time or the whole festival: become a Fringe Collective Member.
Hosted by Flamingo Market, OUTtv and Glad Day Bookshop
Flamingo Online Market

July 1-31, 2020, 1-7pm. 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!
Back and Ready for Business
The Leslieville Flea

July 19 + August 9 + September 13, 2020 10am-5pm at Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St E. Also: July 25th, 11am-6pm at 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

July 26 + August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 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!
14 plays on 3 stages, plus countless events & activities
The Shaw Festival 2020

August 1 - December 23, 2020. Aug 1 -Gypsy. Aug 1 -The Devil’s Disciple. Aug 1 -The Playboy of the Western World. Aug 1 -Flush. Aug 1 -Assassins. Aug 1 -Desire Under the Elms. Aug 2 -Charley’s Aunt. Aug 4 -Trouble in Mind. Aug 7 -Sherlock Holmes and The Raven’s Curse. Aug 11 -Prince Caspian. Aug 15 -Mahabharata. Nov 8 -A Christmas Carol. Nov 13 -Me and My Girl.
At Glad Day
Harry Potter Drag Brunch

August 8, 2020, 11:30am-1:30pm. A magical morning host Harry Potter (ZacKey Lime) and arch nemesis (and part-time lover?) Draco Malfoy (QAPTAIN) with enough magic in their wands to knock your sox off and put them back on. An all-you-can eat Vegan or Gluten Free brunch buffet, stacked with options for everyone. FREE show with $25 Brunch - or show-only: $15. Polyjuice Potion + Butterbeer.
Hoping to be back to give you the laugh break you need
Gay AF: Staying Alive!

August 11, 2020, 8-9:30pm at Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W. Toronto's finest queer comedians! Hosted by Canadian Comedy Award winner Robert Watson. A monthly showcase for gay male and queer comedians. Hosted and produced by Robert Watson, Gay AF is unapologetically gay and unapologetically funny. Gay AF normally takes place the second Tuesday of every month.
The leading public film festival in the world
Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF20

September 10-20, 2020. 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. With uncertainty about how things will look like in September, both onsite and digital innovations are being considered.
Toronto's ComedyFestival
JFL43 - Just For Laughs

September 24 - October 3, 2020. 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.
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.
At the heart of the Queer Village
Church Street’s Halloween Night Party

October 31, 2020 (TBC), 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.
Filmmakers, activists, artists, scholars + new independent queer/trans films
Toronto Queer Film Festival 2020

Early November, 2020 (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.
The premiere winter theatre event in the city. Produced by the Toronto Fringe
NSTF - The Next Stage Theatre Festival

Early January, 2021. Annual 12-day platform. The 2020 NextStage Theatre Festival featured: Powerhouse performances, genre benders, boundary pushers, musicalvirtuosos, and visionaries of the future - 150 productions from around Canada and the world.
Originally Scheduled as Prism Pride 2020
Prism Festival - New Dates

February 12-15, 2021. Prism Pride Festival. THU Bootcamp. FRI Aqua. SAT 10pm Revival at Rebel. SUN 10pm LA LECHE at Toybox, 473 Adelaide St. W. Now rescheduled for Family Day Weekend 2021 (mid-February).
“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!