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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
The only woman director to successfully transition from silent to sound cinema
Working Girls: The Films of Dorothy Arzner

January 12 - February 10, 2019. The Hollywood pioneer provided glittering showcases for such top female stars as Katharine Hepburn, Clara Bow, Lucille Ball, and Maureen O’Hara in the films: Christopher Strong; Dance, Girl, Dance; Merrily We Go to Hell; The Bride Wore Red; The Wild Party; and Working Girls.

www.tiff.net/calendar.html?series=dorothy-arzner&list
Hosted by Steers & Queers: Gay Ole Opry
Steers & Queers

January 31, 2019, 9pm-12am. Steers & Queers Gay Ole Opry gets back to its roots at the Dakota Tavern. Starring Darlin' Dainty Box, Dusty Donny Crosswell, Bustin' Babia Majora ....and more to come. Variety show followed by dance party with DJs Joe Blow and Sigourney Beaver. Dress code: Full fringe fantasy. $10 advance, $12 at the door.

www.facebook.com/events/295034137702728
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity
Deep, Dark & Naked

February 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: Mar 1st, 8th....

https://www.tntmen.org/calendar
Remember what your mom told you? "That stuff will rot your teeth"
KÜNST KIDS Presents: Bowl of Surreal

February 1, 2019, 10pm-2am. With artistic duo, the Max Ernst + Leonora Carrington. Old friendly ghost, Kasper Ghøst + the Uglyy Onee! Guests: Toronto artistic powerhouse Jord Camp + the melted clock of distorted show tunes, Alexandher Brandy. Künst Kids runway competition in full effect. Turn a look that screams art and you could walk away with the prize!

www.facebook.com/events/286934335357822
Can’t get enough Beef?
Prism - Beef-ink w/GSP

February 1, 2019, 10:30pm-5am. Beef returns for a third installment with global super star GSP from Greece. The Beefiest and sexiest dancers and performers await you! Opening sets by Toronto DJ favorites Neill Macleod and Aeryn Pfaff. Ready to show off your Ink?

www.facebook.com/events/373245089905576
One night "French fag dance party" - The first Tapette of 2019 is très spécial!
Tapette - édition AMOUR

February 2, 2019, 10pm-2:30am, Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave, our favourite little Kensington Market dance spot. Good sound, no lights, French house + disco from DJ Phillippe + stunning French drag performance from Champagna Drag! Time to kiss, hug and dance without pretending you can't for some strange reason. A bientôt, les homos! Handlebar, Champagna, Monsieur Scott, Phillippe.

www.facebook.com/events/2421971151210192
Hosted by Working Women - Queer Comedy Showcase
Working Women - February Edition

February 5, 2019, 8-10pm. Another frigid month without your fave queer comedy show? NEVER. WE'RE BACK! With Toronto's best queer and ally comedians! LUCAS IS BACK! w/ guest host, the amazing, handsome, tall, loveable Karis Anderson! Headliner: Monica Heisey. Featuring: Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Aba Amuquandoh, Hoodo Hersi, Nour Hadidi, Brad Graham, Aidan O'Loughlin, Marito Lopez.

www.facebook.com/events/2287175394834996
The 2018-19 Season
Canadian Stage

February 6-24, 2019, various times, Prince Hamlet - Ravi Jain's remixed, reimagined, bilingual Hamlet: cross-cultural, gender-flipped cast challenges conventional ideas of who tells the story. Feb 21-24 Who We Are in the Dark - Peggy Baker. Mar 7-16 - Revisor.

www.canadianstage.com/Online/default.asp
Friday Recurring Event
Puppy Love

February 8, 2019, 10pm-2am at The Beaver, 1192 Queen Street W, Toronto. 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 and open minded young people (or young at heart). Puppy Love for everyone.

www.thebeavertoronto.com/event/puppy-love-12
Hosted by Toronto's sweetest Sapphire Titha Reign
Trade: Dickeys

February 8, 2019, 10pm-2am. A sweater is too hot, going naked is too cold. Be modest but sassy in a DICKEY! As always, TRADE welcomes all members of the community regardless of gender/ orientation. If you are a lover, you are welcome to play, dance, or fuck anywhere in the club. DJs Scooter McCreight + Joshua Reid. Door: Matt Muir + Jacklynne Hyde.

www.facebook.com/events/2242018426126220
Toronto's original daddy party returns to The Black Eagle Toronto
Daddy Next Door ft. Teddy Bear!

February 9, 2019, 9:30pm-3am. This month's guest host: the super furry, super sexy, porn star, Teddy Bear! Birthday boy DJ Dwayne Minard will celebrate his 49th with a headlining set of awesome house tunes for all you hunky daddies + daddy chasers to get down to! it'smikeyboy on opening dj duties + Robert Miller on the go go daddy box!

www.facebook.com/events/616641455418904
Early bird tickets until January 15th
Testostérone Underwear Jockstrap Party - Toronto

February 9, 2019, 10pm-3am. Testostérone Party International returns to Toronto for a hot night of fun and dancing to the best underground beats by DJ Guy DeGiacinto. Hot dancers and always a few surprises. Free glow swag and body painting.

www.facebook.com/events/285247845671907
Catch Super Gay Saturday beforehand with Anasimone George!
LAVENDER 12.0

February 9, 2019, 10:30pm-2:30am. A party for lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer women, non-binary folks and trans people - everyone welcome! Hosted by Anasimone George, with DJ Zehra spinning the best SOCA, dance hall, ‘90s RnB and Reggaeton
Doors 10:30pm/ last call 2am.

www.facebook.com/events/2769555559936129
Totally Naked Toronto sex-positive social event
TNE! Totally Naked Excess

February 12, 2019, 7-10pm. Monthly naturist social event at Spa Excess. Come out and enjoy meeting our members and guests with our ice breaker activities and enjoy 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: Mar 12th.

www.tntmen.org/calendar
With OPEN STAGE
House of Kings & Queer Meet Cute: King Meet Cute!

February 13, 2019, 9:30pm-1am. OPEN STAGE + Fay Ruse's Queer Meet Cute have teamed up this February (just in time for V-Day!) to give you.... KING MEET CUTE! A collaboration between the House of Kings: Open Stage and Fay Ruse's Queer Meet Cute! Begins with a Queer Mixer and end with HoK Open Stage! DJ: LilyJayRob.

www.facebook.com/events/254049015492085
Canada’s longest-running new works festival returns for a 40th year
The 40th Rhubarb Festival

February 13-23, 2019. 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
official media sponsors and supporters: On the Couch and The BUZZ
Middle Eastern Nights - 3rd Year Anniversary

February 16, 2019, 10pm-3am. Amazing house beats that celebrate all the Middle East. Last one was epic. Keep it up, show Toronto our love for our culture. House Music Middle Eastern style all night by resident DJ Louay. For the 3rd year anniversary dance to music from everywhere in the Middle East.

www.facebook.com/events/1148344435339466
Hosted by HEY GIRL HEY and The Baby G - 4am Last Call!
HEY GIRL HEY - Happy ValenTWINS

February 16, 2019, 10:30pm-2:30am. Get into the TWINtrigue, girl! This Valentine's, why not stay up TIL 4AM with two TWINteresting, TWINtense, TWINternational beauties who always keep it FebruHAIRY? TWINcredible Floorshows ft BFF Beardoncé + 100% biological identical twin Bonbon Bontemps!  DJ Orange Pekoe. CANDY HEARTS!

www.facebook.com/events/401798620576272
In The Distillery District
Leslieville Flea at The Fermenting Cellar

February 17 + April 28, 2019, 10am-5pm at the Fermenting Cellar. Back at this beautiful and historic location for 2 special dates! The Leslieville Flea: A Curated Flea Market in Toronto Selling Vintage and Handcrafted Goods.

leslievilleflea.com
What better way to celebrate Family day than with the return of SWEAT
Prism- SWEAT - Family day

February 17, 2019, 10:30pm-5am at CODA, 794 Bathurst St. Come in from the cold and shake off those winter blues with International DJs Isaac Escalante + Anne Louise!

www.facebook.com/events/295914701078821
Select retrospective honours the legacy of an icon
Fearless: The Films of Katharine Hepburn

February 18 - April 21, 2019. Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) ceaselessly challenged Hollywood’s prescriptive gender roles and helped define the mid-century idea of the modern woman. Films: Adam's Rib; Bringing Up Baby; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner; Holiday; Little Women; Stage Door; Summertime; The African Queen; The Lion in Winter; and The Philadelphia Story.

www.tiff.net/calendar.html?series=katharine-hepburn&list
Monthly Trans + Non-binary performer cabaret
F*ck Sh*t Up - Episode Three

February 21, 2019 at 6:30-11pm. Hell no you can't erase us! We're trans + non-binary performers and we're ready to Fuck Shit Up - at Gladstone Hotel's new Thursday night cabaret series. Performances by: MANGOSASSI, Pickles LaVey, Axel Blows, Quik Lewinsky, and Harmeet Rehal. Hosted by: Babia Majora + Fluffy Soufflé. Go-go dancer extraordinaire: Naomi Shambles.

www.facebook.com/events/402272830547558
Toronto's Leather Denim Cruising Bar
Naked Night

February 21, 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. Next date: Mar 21st. See more leather/fetish nights each month at their website:

www.blackeagletoronto.com
An Exhibition of Erotic Art presented by Super Wonder Gallery + Oasis Aqualounge
Super Naughty Show - 2019

February 22-24, 2019, 8pm, Super Wonder Gallery, 584 College St. The most popular show of the year! Hundreds of sexually explicit paintings and sculptures. Delve into the deepest regions of your depraved minds to explore the diversity of human sexuality in all its zesty persuasions! If it makes you blush, you need to own it! EROTIC PERFORMANCES + FRI and SAT OPENING RECEPTIONS.

www.facebook.com/events/2202059680121335
Our annual winter party is back - Dance until the sun comes up
Yohomo - Late Night

February 22, 2019, 10pm-4am, The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W. Two rooms, Installation artist Sikh Knowledge, 300 bodies. Bring a look, bring a twirl, ignore winter together. DJs Chippy Nonstop, Sammy Rawal, Babygirl, Slater Manzo, Yohomo DJs and Vaughan. Raphael Sanchez (Discoraphy). Hosts Yovska, Justin Toast Gray, Luna DuBois, Beardoncé, Zymbul Fkara, and Steph Small.

www.facebook.com/events/393582351208599
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity
TNT!Men Naked Dance

February 23, 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. Next: March 30th.

www.tntmen.org/calendar
Northbound Leather and Pitbull Events are combining forces to present
Fetish

February 23, 2019, 9:30pm-4am. The ultimate Toronto Kink Event. All Kinks are welcome and wanted so make sure you get your wildest self ready for an unforgettable night. DEKO-ZE will be on the deck all night. The Parlour side room will be turned into a dungeon for those wanting to explore new kinks under the watchful eye of professional dungeon masters. Fetish Dress Code reccomended.

northbound.com/event-seminar-tickets
Toronto's hottest party for Men Only is back
Boner

February 23, 2019, 10pm-3am. The dress code is simple, get into whatever makes you feel sexy and comfortable. Boner’s in house DJ, Jeremy Khamkeo will take care of you on the dance floor and we will have the refreshment tables stocked with all your favourite treats, so you can really pig out in every way possible.

www.facebook.com/events/424858844923350
How far would you go to be Queen Bee?
School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, by Jocelyn Bioh

March 5-24, 2019. Paulina, reigning Queen Bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, set her sights on the Miss Universe pageant. But a new student Ericka, with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. Buoyant, biting comedy exploring universal similarities + glaring differences facing teenage girls.

buddiesinbadtimes.com/show/school-girls-or-the-african-mean-girls-play
One insane night – The Pitbull 9 Year Anniversary
Pitbull - 9 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

March 9, 2019, 9:30pm-11am. World class DJs + Queens, amped up light/ sound system + surprises. Legendary DJ / Producer Barry Harris (Thunderpuss 2000) with the hardest beats after Toronto superstar DJ Noku gets the party started. The sensationally beautiful Naomi Smalls (RPDR All Stars 4) returns after her insanely successful Toronto Pride appearance with multiple shows.

www.pitbullevents.com/upcoming-events
Hosted by The Black Eagle Toronto
Balls Deep Disco

March 23, 2019, 10pm. Classic Disco. Nu Disco. Disco House by resident disc jockeys: Kris Steeves + The Robotic Kid. $5 at the door. All 19+ welcome.

www.facebook.com/events/437725560135036
Gonzo true-crime docu-play about homophobia, violence, sex, and mystery
Shove It Down My Throat

March 30 - April 14, 2019. Portrayed by the media as a maniac on a stabbing spree, Luke O’Donovan was arrested after a knife fight at a 2013 NYE party. In letters from prison, to theatre artist Johnnie Walker, he claims to be a queer-bashing victim who fought back. Walker puts queerness, identity, and complicity through a theatrical kaleidoscope, in search of an ever-elusive truth.

buddiesinbadtimes.com/show/shove-it-down-my-throat
Compelling theatre experiences
The Shaw Festival 2019

April 6 - 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

April 16 - 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
Inside Out | Annual queer screenings
Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival 2019

May 23 - June 2, 2019, 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
6th annual festival of queer-focused art and performance
Nuit Rose

June 15, 2019. A free annual festival of queer-focused art and performance that takes place during Toronto Pride. Provocative, cutting edge work by diverse local and international artists, engaging LGBTQ communities, art lovers, residents and visitors to Toronto in unique experiences with art across the city.

www.nuitrose.ca
The not-to-miss festival during Toronto’s LGBT pride celebrations
Green Space Toronto

June 19-23, 2019. Five-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 Toronto

June, 2019. Five-day weekend party nights at clubs/ venues around town. Toronto's biggest party weekend/ Pride Weekend. Thousands of gay party revelers from around the globe make this one of the crown jewels of Toronto Pride. International DJs, Toronto's best venues and major productions.

prismtoronto.wixsite.com/prism-toronto
Now in its 37th season of outdoor theatre magic
Shakespeare in High Park

June through September, 2019, 8pm 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 Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. See 2019 updates:

https://www.canadianstage.com/Online/default.asp
Celebrate & Demonstrate!
Pride Toronto 2019 Festival Weekend + Parade

June 21-23, 2019. Sunday June 23rd 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

July 3-14, 2019. 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 leading public film festival in the world
Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF19

Early September, 2019. 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:

tiff.net
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
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