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The Xtra Monthly Events Calendar

See all the events or narrow your results by cost, venue, organizer or by one of these four Canadian cities:

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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.

buddiesinbadtimes.com/events
Practice what you have learned in a relaxed & friendly environment
Role Neutral Salsa at Steps Dance Studio

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. info@stepsdancestudio.com

stepsdancestudio.com/events/
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:

www.steamworksbaths.com/toronto
Host: Sofonda Cox
Best Men’s Ass Contest

SWEETASS SATURDAY NIGHT AT Woody’s/Sailor Toronto, Sofonda Cox and Mahogany J Browne with the Squirt.org Men’s ASS Contest with $300 cash prizes, DJ Chris Steinbach and Toronto’s hottest staff.

www.woodystoronto.com
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.

tntmen.org
Naked Yoga for Men at the Awaken Studio
Naked Yoga - Asana Practice for Men

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:

www.phillipcoupal.ca/Naked-Yoga-for-men-Awaken-Studio-Toronto
Alternative, Body Mod & Fetish Club
Subspace

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:

www.subspacelive.ca
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:

www.girlplaytoronto.com
Compelling theatre experiences
The Shaw Festival 2019

Through December 22, 2019. The Horse and His Boy/ CS Lewis. Brigadoon/ Lerner + Loewe. The Ladykillers/ Graham Linehan. Man and Superman w/ Don Juan in Hell/ Bernard Shaw. Mahabharata: Origins experimental performances. Rope/ Patrick Hamilton. Getting Married/ Bernard Shaw. The Russian Play/ Hannah Moscovitch. Cyrano de Bergerac/ Edmond Rostand. The Glass Menagerie/ Tennessee Williams.

www.shawfest.com/2019season
ALL THE WORLD'S OUR STAGE
Stratford Festival 2019

Ongoing through December 31, 2019. 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:

www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/ThePlays
Hosted by Heckin' Queer
Night of the Living QUEERS - Halloween Competition

October 28, 2019, 7pm-12am. Ghouls of All Shapes/ Sizes: bring your best spook-tacular act; put the boo in booty; amaze all the ghoulfriends. CASH PRIZE, TRICKS, TREATS and title; SATANIC SUPREME 2019. Runner-Up + Swapwater B itch Award for Badassery! TAKE THE CROWN FROM REIGNING GHOUL Kurt Cumstain. HOSTS Archie Maples + Babia Majora. DJ Sofia Fly. JUDGES Seyoncé + Lizzie Renaud.

www.facebook.com/events/757790811339549
At the heart of the Queer Village
Church Street’s Halloween Night Party

October 31, 2019, 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.

churchwellesleyvillage.ca/events/eventdetail/5/-/hallowe-en-on-church
With Diego Armand & Phillippe
Halloween Night at the Eagle

October 31, 2019, 7pm-3am. The second biggest night of the year on Church St! Two of queer Toronto’s favourite DJs throw down a marathon eight hours of frighteningly good dance music from 7pm to 3am! FREE ENTRY ALL NITE! DIEGO ARMAND (Jelly, New Ho Queen, Yohomo) + PHILLIPPE (Tapette, Fit, Yohomo).

www.facebook.com/events/840636176351186
A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Tribute - Back for a 3rd year
A Night at the Bronze - Costumes Encouraged!

October 31, 2019, 7pm + 9pm. Calling all Buffy fans + theatre lovers! All Hallows Eve live read of Joss Whedon’s most beloved show! Comedians + actors read/ sing-through the Once More With Feeling episode. Sing along? Absolutely! The performance of the cult classic becomes a party at the iconic Bronze teen bar. Dance with your favourite Scoobies to 90s classics spun by DJ Xander.

buddiesinbadtimes.com/event/a-night-at-the-bronze-a-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-tribute
Late night somewhat improvised Murder Mystery w/ drag queens! ALWAYS A NEW SHOW
SLAY!

October 31, 2019, 9:30pm. Also Nov 2nd + Dec 7th, 11pm. Show hosted by comic drag queen extraordinaire Hillary Ooos! Read: famous. New mystery is crafted by Ms Ooos every month. Are you sleuthy enough to figure out whodunnit? Prizes for winners, one (un)lucky audience member will be our victim. Cast from a rotating retinue of some of the best drag queens and improvisers in Toronto!

baddogtheatre.com/calendar
The 8th Annual Halloween on Church Street
MOJO WEEN 2019

October 31, 2019, 10pm-2:30am at Mega Flash. Featuring: DJ POSTAL (Liam Grebanier) spinning top 40, dance and hip hop all night long on BOTH FLOORS; Drag Monster Extravaganza by Jada Hudson, Alexandher Brandy and Jacklynne Hyde; MC Barbie Jo Bontemp; Hosts Brett Mills + Tan Vaillancourt. HAPPY MOJOWEEN! BOTH FLOORS OPEN ALL NIGHT!

www.facebook.com/events/2451022241887991
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity
Deep, Dark & Naked

November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019, 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. Next: Dec 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th....

www.tntmen.org/calendar
Tragedy plus time… plus tequila
Dead Parents Society: A Dark Sketch Comedy Revue, directed by Kirsten Rasmussen

November 1 + 2, 2019, 8pm. Created by comedians who each lost a parent at a young age. Losing a parent is hard. Especially when peers complain about how their mom calls them too often. That's brutal. But the experience of grief, in a society that teaches us to put sadness away into little drawers, taught us the aftermath of tragedy can be funny AF. About love and loss and mortality.

www.facebook.com/events/512056966222658
Hosted by Super Gay Comedy and Glad Day Bookshop
Super Gay Friday November

November 1, 2019, 9pm-midnight. Toronto's monthly, almost always sold out LGBTQ2S+ comedy showcase! Hosted by: Anasimone George. Featuring: Isabel Zed Tee, Dustin George and Meg MacKay. Super Gay Saturday returns December 14th with the 2 YEAR Anniversary!

www.facebook.com/events/549258905615373
GHOUL, you know it's BOO! The HEY GIRL HEY third annual Halloween Bash w/ CANDY!
HEY GHOUL HEY: A Halloween Spooktacular!

November 1, 2019, 10pm-2:30am, The Garrison, 1197 Dundas W. CREEPY/ KOOKY/ MYSTERIOUS/ SPOOKY. The Garrison is the queerest haunted house on the block! Costume contest cash prize. Coven Supreme Beardoncé conjures legendary Hey Ghoul Hey Floorshow! Apparitions: Special Ghost Stars Bonbon Bontemps + Halal Bae! DJ Orange Pekoe. Hip-hop/RnB by female/non-binary artists!

www.facebook.com/events/928334730861124
The night after Halloween Wolfpack, Get Rugged returns to The Black Eagle
Wolfpack - Post-Apocalypse

November 1, 2019, 10pm-3am. Post-Apocalypse themed night. Host Robbie Kuddles warms up in the den + judges costume contest. DJ Noku returns to the Wolf den with sexy tech house. Resident Wolf Daddy DJ Neill MacLeod plays dirty filthy tribal tech til late. Men's Room Toronto pop-up store will sell cock-rings, lube, harnesses and more. Midnight Post-Apocalypse costume contest prizes.

www.facebook.com/events/2172331056204400
OMG didn't you hear? The summer never needs to end...
Künst Kids present: California Dreamin'

November 1, 2019, 10pm-2am. The Künst Kids make it happen w/ the most tubular party. Everything California, from dry ass desert to balmy shores. Dress: Hollywood star, tech giant or red-eyed free-spirit hippie. Prize for the best runway look! Razzies hosts: Kasper Ghøst + Uglyy Onee w/ centerfold Bunny Sapphire Titha Reign + deep-fried beach corn dog and DJ, Allysin Chaynes.

www.facebook.com/events/2613169042074785
For LGBTQ+ PEOPLE
Big Primpin - November Edition

November 1, 2019, 10:30pm-3am at ROUND venue, 152a Augusta Ave. Hip-Hop and Hot Tunes for LGBTQ+ people and their guests, with residents BLACKCAT & CRAIG DOMINIC, plus special guest VAUGHAN. Hosted by JADA + JEREMY.

www.facebook.com/events/422099608493519
Years after you thought they were locked away and Toronto was safe...
HOUSE of FILTH presents: a QUEERican Horror Story, 198whore

November 2, 2019, 10pm-2am. HOUSE of FILTH escaped! Back at Camp Beaver to terrorize the campers with unspeakable acts of Filth. Who's hiding big secrets? Who will be safe? Who will make it to sunrise? Who will lose their V-Card?! A campfire talent show featuring: Dottie Dangerfield, Nancy Bocock, Allysin Chaynes, and Igby Lizzard, with DJ Aeryn Pfaff! Door: Maha Rishi.

www.facebook.com/events/2330961527031229
Hosted by Lavender and Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
Lavender x Scorpio Edition

November 2, 2019, 10:30pm-2:30am. Lavender is a party for lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer women, non-binary folks and trans people - everyone welcome! This month celebrating our favourite Scorpio, Anasimone George! Hosted by Anasimone George w/ DJ Zehra spinning the best SOCA, dance hall, ‘90’s RnB and Reggaeton. Performers TBA. Entry 19+, $10 or PWYC.

www.facebook.com/events/438304997043686
Queer Comedy Showcase
Working Women Comedy - Happy October Witches

November 5, 2019, 8-10pm. November - the bleak in-between time between autumn and winter? Cheer up Sally! We have the city's best queer/ ally comedians on stage once again! Headlining: Adrienne Fish. Featuring: Tom Hearn, Guled Abdi, Brendan D'Souza, Jas Pants, Blaire Golledge, Rachelle Lauzon, Coko Galore, Isabel Zed Tee and Marissa Cristiano.

www.facebook.com/events/415539945819203
Selena Vyle takes over The Beaver every Tuesday!
VYLE Tuesdays at The Beaver

November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019, 10pm. Hosted by She's So Vyle. Bringing you her unique brand of exciting dance and lip-sync performances, hilarious comedy, powerful social message, and so-so looks in this all new one-woman drag show. Next: Dec 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st....

www.facebook.com/events/518328692008023
Filmmakers, activists, artists, scholars + new independent queer/trans films
Toronto Queer Film Festival 2019: Stonewall 50

November 7-10, 2019. THU: 6:30pm A Splendid Frame; 8:30pm In the Shadows of Fences. FRI: 2pm Migration + Diaspora; 4pm Samra Habib: We Have Always Been Here; 7pm So Pretty; 9:30pm Porn is So Boring; 11pm TQFF After Party. SAT: 11am Being Other Elsewhere; 2pm Surfacing; 2pm Don’t Believe the ‘69 Hype!; 4pm Reaching Toward the Horizon; 4:30pm Queer Rebels; 7pm Pier Kids + more.

www.facebook.com/pg/torontoqueerfilmfest/events
With Boy Pussy (Wet Trax) & Scooter McCreight
Trade: Jock & Harness

November 8, 2019, 10pm-3am. This month a big guest host from Berlin: the tattooed instagram hot boy @fkfbrln. Suggested dress code: jock and harness. (We all need something to grab onto). DJs Mind Bath + Scooter McCreight. The iconic go-go duo Rify Royalty and Beardoncé will make sure the old guard has something to talk about. Jacklynne Hyde on the door.

www.facebook.com/events/428235904757529
DJ Phil V plays at Tapette, Fit, Big Primpin'...
Romeo

November 8, 2019, 10pm-3am at The RED Light, 1185 Dundas St W. HomoHouse + VocalHouse by DJs Jeremy Glenn & Phillippe B 2B - CUMDANCE! No Cover.

www.facebook.com/events/696143940789765
Hosted by Boner & Brother - Nigel March Events
BONER with Marcus Stephens

November 9, 2019, 10pm-3am. BONER‘s BACK this Saturday with big/ beautiful Marcus Stephens. Everyone is welcome. DJ Jeremy Khamkeo will be here to take care of you on the dance floor and the refreshment tables will be stocked with all your favourite treats, so you can really pig out in every way possible. The dress code is simple: whatever makes you feel sexy and comfortable.

www.facebook.com/events/533378694124628
Presented by Kero Saleib and Dwayne Minard
Thirst Trap Premier Party

November 9, 2019, 10pm-3am. An all-inclusive dance party for everyone belonging to the 2SLGBTQ + community. Sexy Go-go dancers + hot beats by the sexy Dwayne Minard.

www.facebook.com/events/2499759310093858
Hosted by Toronto Queer Film Festival & Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre
New Queer Canadian Cinema

November 10, 2019, 9pm at OCAD, 100 McCaul. Documentary + narrative works; a glimpse into a dynamic spectrum of queer and trans communities in our Canadian settler society. Program of short films: Another Feather in Her Bonnet by Aki Pagratis; Interphase by Kenny Tran; Hole by Gil Goletski; Farm Boy by Kalil Hadad; Behind Doors by William Vitória; and Battle Cry by Kyle Reaume.

https://www.facebook.com/events/868596600202432
Totally Naked Toronto sex-positive social event
TNE! Totally Naked Excess + Aquarius Naked Swim

November 12, 2019, 7-10pm. Monthly naturist social event at Spa Excess. Come out/ enjoy meeting our members and guests with ice breaker activities, a slice of pizza and beer specials. Come out and find out what all the talk is about. Discover you are beautiful just the way you are! Next: Nov 20th, 8:15pm TNTMEN Aquarius Naked Swim at Harrison Pool Community Centre, 15 Stephanie St.

www.tntmen.org/calendar
Etes-vous intéressé·e à pratiquer le français ou l'anglais?
Café Bilingue – Queer bilingual discussions

November 13 + 27, 2019, 6-7:30pm, alternate Wednesdays this month. Learn French or English in an LGBTQ positive and safe environment at FrancoQueer Discussion Circles for the casual learner in a social environment. Discussion circles take place at Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Next dates: Dec 11, 25.

www.facebook.com/events/403751670385083
FSU: Trans + Non-binary Performer Cabaret - Hell no you can’t erase us!
F*ck Sh*t Up - November

November 14, 2019, 7-10pm. EPISODE 13. Back with another night of great performances and good times! HOSTS Babia Majora + Fluffy Soufflé. PERFORMERS: TBA (see facebook link). After cabaret tunes and more good times.

www.facebook.com/events/3028481774043594
Every second Thursday of the month
Home Turf - Black Eagle’s Monthly Gear Night!

November 14, 2019, 10pm-2am. The Village's all-inclusive kink and debauchery monthly leather, rubber & gear night. No cover. All 19+ welcome. Fetish gear highly encouraged but not mandatory.

www.facebook.com/events/2445589142382060
BEAUCOUPS de tickets available at the door
Le 7th Annual Celine Dion Dance Party!

November 15, 2019, 10pm-3am. The Tapette all-Céline Dion dance party extravaganzahhh - one night seulememt. Five HOURS of Céline hits, misses, rarities and remixes for your mind, body and soul w/ DJ Phillippe. Performance by Amanda Roberts + Miss Moço warmup show. Sexy Céline go-go twin dancers Spencer Fowlie + Dillon Duran Duran!

www.facebook.com/events/609345252932421
Every third Saturday of the month thru February 15, 2020
Glad Day Drag Bingo

November 16, 2019, 7pm. The bingo cage is spun on a rotating line-up of kings, queens, and performers for a queer-positive, inclusive, and affirming evening. Doors 6:30pm for pre-show, drinks, and food - performances and games from 7pm. Seats at tables: $15. Bar seats are free. Bingo cards are also free. Next dates: Dec 21; Jan 18; Feb 15.

www.facebook.com/events/344569786214097
Prism’s Halloween Event
Prism presents MusicBox

November 16, 2019, 10pm-5am. Prism presents the new series MusicBox - a new experience on an exceptional sound system! With Toronto power houses: Manzone & Strong, alongside Leo Franco, Amalia Leandro, and Aeryn Pfaff.

www.facebook.com/events/421447565440613
That was a scary month without us, wasn't it?
Freak Like Me at The Black Eagle

November 16, 2019, 10pm-3am. The nightmare is over and FREAK LIKE ME returns to The Black Eagle for a dark intimate night of slippery techno and hard hitting club. Resident DJs: Karim Olen Ash + Babygirl with Special Guest: Sofia Fly. Hosts: Nima Mardaneh + Mark-Ché Devonish AKA Silky Stash and Antonio Siriano.

www.facebook.com/events/488337188560830
10 artists working with film, performance, music, and drag
QueerCab: within an emotional world

November 21, 2019, 7:45-11pm. Themes/ topics: processing sexualities, improvisation + environment, re-imagining heartbreak, navigation consent. Projects ask how our bodies exist in the world - specifically a world where desire is an obstacle? Featuring: DJ Sonia, William Vitória, Anita Otter, XDR, Aaliyah Spress, Mars Alexander, Jade Walker, DADDY, Davrielle, Fannie Fullenweider.

www.facebook.com/events/1448628721941871
Hosted by The Black Eagle Toronto and DJ Kris Steeves
Balls Deep Disco w/ JKriv

November 23, 2019, 10pm. Hailing from Brooklyn, DJ JKriv - producer, DJ, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, co-label head of Razor-N-Tape Records, and co-producer/guitarist of live disco band Escort. Also resident DJs Kris Steeves + The Robotic Kid playing classic + new disco and disco house. All 19+ welcome.

www.facebook.com/events/2338430143152813
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity
TNT!Men Naked Dance

November 30 + December 28, 2019, 4-9pm. Celebrating the softer, warmer side of masculinity w/ DJ Blackcat. What beats a bunch of friendly, outgoing guys hanging out naked, having fun? It's always better naked! TNT! Men's Naked Dance, last Saturday every month; body positive, sex positive, respecting each other, and our community. That's what TNT! is all about.

www.tntmen.org/calendar
Hosted by Middle Eastern Nights and Club 717
Middle Eastern Nights - Durham Edition

November 30, 2019, 9pm-2am. Celebrate Pride of the Middle East. We are LGBTQ+ and proud. Dance to amazing house and Middle eastern music. INCLUSIVE OF EVERYONE/ safe space to the whole LGBTQ2S+ community. Unique sounds of the Middle East will take you to another world. Hosted by Kero Patra. A bus leaves at 8pm from Maitland and Church (Churchmouse and Firkin) and returns 1:45am.

www.facebook.com/events/560063211405498
$100 cash for best black light glow outfit
AfterWerk Neon Glow Black Light Party

November 30, 2019, 10:30pm-3am. DJ Sofia Fly on the beats. Performances by Sofonda Cox. Contest MCed by Barbie Jo Bontemps.

www.facebook.com/events/409246393098823
A chill is in the air, the hot chocolate is on...
Flamingo Market - Winter Wonderland Edition

December 1, 2019, 1-7pm. Warm up at Toronto's only independent bi-monthly market for LGBTQ2SIA+ business owners and makers! FREE admission market that is an all inclusive, child friendly market. All are welcome to attend!

www.facebook.com/events/379703046019164
Hosted by Prism
Prism presents Abel all night long!

December 6, 2019, 10pm-5am. Abel returns for a special holiday party with an open to close set! It’s going to be A Ho Ho Ho of a time!

www.facebook.com/events/426538244675185
At the Jimmie Simpson Community Centre
The Leslieville Flea HOLIDAY MARKET

December 7-8, 2019, 10am-5pm, two day Holiday Market at the Jimmie Simpson Community Ctr. The Leslieville Flea: A Curated Flea Market in Toronto Selling Vintage and Handcrafted Goods. Next: Feb 16 + Apr 26, 2020 WINTER MARKETS IN THE DISTILLERY, an awesome mix of vendors at the Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane, in the Historic Distillery District.

leslievilleflea.com
Toronto's Leather Denim Cruising Bar
Naked Night

December 19, 2019, 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. See more leather/fetish nights each month at their website:

www.blackeagletoronto.com
The premiere winter theatre event in the city. Produced by the Toronto Fringe
NSTF - The Next Stage Theatre Festival

January, 2020. Annual 12-day platform: past Fringe artists take groundbreaking work to the next level – and a gathering place for discerning culture lovers in the city. While some shows have appeared at previous Fringe Festivals, most are new works by established Fringe artists who have demonstrated the passion and tenacity to take their work to the next stage. See more info:

fringetoronto.com/festivals/next-stage
One of the most important platforms for launching new work in Canada
Progress International Festival: Dance, Live Art, Music, Parties, Theatre

January 30 - February 16, 2020. Among the most important platforms for launching new work in Canada, continuously re-imagining and innovating the possibilities of performance - how it is created, presented and experienced. Two SummerWorks each year: the Jan-Feb Progress International Festival of performance and ideas; and the SummerWorks Performance Festival in Early August.

summerworks.ca
Canada’s longest-running new works festival returns for a 40th year
The 41st Rhubarb Festival

Mid February, 2020 (TBC). 11-DAY Hotbed of experimentation; artists explore new possibilities in theatre, dance, music, and performance art. the most adventurous ideas in performance as your favourite artists venture into uncharted territory. Artists and audiences experiment together, trying new things/ testing boundaries. More than one show (often 3 or 4) a night; no two nights alike.

buddiesinbadtimes.com/show/the-40th-rhubarb-festival
Hosted by PinkPlayMags and MoJo Toronto
Pride in Love - 1st Annual

February 29, 2020, 4:30pm-1:30am at Fantasy Farm Event Centre & Banquet Hall, 50 Pottery Rd. ROMANCE, LOVE, MATRIMONY, and a whole lot of SEXY. Fabulous Exhibitors + Fashion Show + Dance Party AND a chance to WIN your wedding. Presented by INspired Media, Fantasy Farm, Rainbow TravelMarketing, and MOJO Toronto.

www.facebook.com/events/530623111058633
Back again lovers
The Red Dress Ball

April 12, 2020 (TBC), 8pm-2am. Dress in red or wear a red dress - a celebration of Day Three of the 6-day ride to raise funds and 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!

www.facebook.com/pg/thereddressball/events
Inside Out | Annual queer screenings
Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival 2020

Late May, 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.

www.insideout.ca/initiatives/toronto
The not-to-miss festival during Toronto’s LGBT pride celebrations
Green Space Toronto

Late June, 2020 (TBC). 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.

www.greenspaceto.org
North America’s largest gay circuitmusic festival - 5 Days of Events
Prism Festival 2020

Late June, 2020. Five-day weekend of party nights. Past year: THU Boot Camp at Fly 2.0; FRI AQUA at Cabana Pool Bar; FRI Resist at Noir/ Rebel; SAT Electric Island at Woodbine Park; SAT Sweat at CODA; SUN Revival at Rebel Night Club; MON Closing Party at Fly 2.0. For details and updates see:

www.facebook.com/pg/prismfest.to/events
Celebrate & Demonstrate!
Pride Toronto 2020 Festival Weekend + Parade

Late June, 2020. Sunday 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.

www.torontopride.com
Fringe & next stage theatre festivals
Fringe Festival Toronto

Early July, 2020. Twelve days 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. Showcasing 150+ productions at 30+ venues around town.

fringetoronto.com/fringe-festival
The 38th season of outdoor theatre magic
Shakespeare in High Park

July through September, 2020, 8pm alternatiing performance nights at High Park Amphitheatre, 1873 Bloor St. W. Adventurous adaptations of two of the Bard's most popular and enduring works. This past year featured Much Ado About Nothing, and Measure For Measure. See updates:

https://www.canadianstage.com/Online/default.asp
The leading public film festival in the world
Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF20

Early September, 2020. Eleven days, 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:

www.tiff.net/tiff
Toronto's ComedyFestival
JFL43 - Just For Laughs

Mid-September, 2020. Ten days of hilarious, riveting and relevant comedians; headliners plus 42 other amazing comedy acts to experience. Past year 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.

www.jfl42.com