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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.

buddiesinbadtimes.com/events
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. info@stepsdancestudio.com

stepsdancestudio.com/events/
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.

www.facebook.com/pg/nigelmarchevents/events
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.

www.steamworksbaths.com/toronto
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 Squirt.org Men’s ASS Contest with $300 cash prizes, DJ Chris Steinbach and Toronto’s hottest staff.

www.woodystoronto.com
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:

www.phillipcoupal.ca/Naked-Yoga-for-men-Awaken-Studio-Toronto
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. Black Eagle’s patio is open daily 2-10pm with social-distancing guidelines.

www.blackeagletoronto.com
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. Black Eagle’s patio is open daily 2-10pm with social-distancing guidelines.

www.blackeagletoronto.com
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity - Every Friday
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.

www.tntmen.org/calendar
Every Sunday
Sunday Drag Brunch (not) at GLAD DAY - On Hold

Sundays 11am. 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!

www.facebook.com/events/913907005691153
Returning in 2021
The Leslieville Flea Markets

To return in 2021: A Curated Flea Market in Toronto Selling Vintage and Handcrafted Goods 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.

leslievilleflea.com
Reading and responding to LGBTQ2S writings together
QueeReading Together

February 28 + March 7, 2021, 1pm Sundays. Hosted by The 519, a four-session virtual intergenerational series

www.facebook.com/events/197101528779609
Hosted by Flamingo Market, OUTtv and Glad Day Bookshop
Flamingo Online Market

March 1 - December 31, 2021. 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!

flamingomarket.ca
We've been around for over a year and WHAT A YEAR IT HAS BEEN!
Sapphic Sunday

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2021, 8pm. THE INCREDIBLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF TWO GIRLS IN LOVE, starring Nicole Ari Parker and everyone’s favourite L word wet blanket, Laurel Holloman a.k.a Tina Canard. Sapphic Sundays (weekly) are a time to revel and commiserate over all things lesbian/that we wish had lesbians/that “didn’t” but like totally did involve lesbians!

www.blogto.com/events/sapphic-sunday-toronto
Online: us02web.zoom.us
HER MOVIE NIGHT: The United States vs. Billie Holiday

March 4, 2021, 6:30pm. Amazingly queer short films for Black History Month - the HER Social App is screening black queer movies every Wednesday on our weekly free movie nights all month long: Holiday during her career was targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

www.facebook.com/events/343152570262810
Straight it - Hate it - Gay update it - Masturbate to it
Smut Peddlers: An Evening of LGBTQ Erotica

March 5, 2021, 8:30-10pm. Sexy writing from young queer, trans, non-binary writers at the world's oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore. A tribute to our history of sexual liberation + sexually charged art with stories intended to titillate and tantalize. Limited edition zines from select authors. READERS: Seán Carson Kinsella, Sica Saconne, Hollie Sterling, Kel hardy, and laura q.

www.facebook.com/events/801719033766327
Event by Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion - CLGS
Queer Palestinian Solidarity: An ONLINE Lavender Lunch with Tarek Abuata

March 9, 2021, 3-4pm.A Lavender Lunch on the topic of Queer Palestine Solidarity. Join us in conversation and dialogue with guest speaker Tarek Abuata as PSRT and CLGS create space for Palestinian voices to be heard in and through our community - and beyond!

www.facebook.com/events/252414436391826
An Online CLGS Jewish Queeries Series E
Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context with Golan Moskowitz

March 11, 2021, 1-2:15pm ET. Jewish American artist Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) changed the face of children’s literature, paving the way for reconsiderations of monstrosity and Otherness that pervade contemporary media, from Sesame Street to Stranger Things. Emotionally isolated, unruly, and ethnically particular protagonists use fantasy to resist social coercion and self-erasure.

www.facebook.com/events/1067495710430724
A blockbuster retrospective organized by Tate Modern, London
Andy Warhol Toronto

March 21, 2021, 10:30am-5:30pm. Charting his unique take on popular culture and rise to fame, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and Dallas Museum of Art. Spans four decades of the Warhol career, including early drawings, iconic Marilyn Monroe images, experimental films, Silver Clouds (1966), and Christ $9.98 (positive) (1986) from Museum Brandhorst, Munich.

www.blogto.com/events/andy-warhol-toronto
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!

www.facebook.com/events/198340208038125
Tim Carroll, Artistic Director + Tim Jennings, Executive Director
The Shaw Festival at The Festival & Royal George Theatres

May 1 - December 23, 2021. GYPSY; Bernard Shaw - THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - THE RAVEN’S CURSE; Brandon Thomas - CHARLEY’S AUNT; Virginia Woolf - FLUSH; Eugene O’Neill - DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS; Alice Childress - TROUBLE IN MIND; Charles Dickens - A CHRISTMAS CAROL; Irving Berlin - HOLIDAY INN. Plus: A SHORT HISTORY OF NIAGARA.

www.shawfest.com/2021-season
ALL THE WORLD'S OUR STAGE
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:

www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/ThePlays
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.

www.facebook.com/prismfest.to
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:

www.greenspaceto.org
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.

www.pridetoronto.com
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:

www.facebook.com/pg/torontofringe/events
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:

www.tiff.net/tiff
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.

www.jfl42.com
Inside Out | The Annual queer screenings
Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival 2021

October, 2021 (TBC), 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.

insideout.ca/festival
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.

www.facebook.com/pg/torontoqueerfilmfest/events
At the heart of the Queer Village
Church Street’s Halloween

October 31, 2021. Annual event during which three blocks of Church Street close 6-11pm for five hours of costumed revelry and buckets of eye-candy. Though temperature don’t always go with more daring outfit choices, the street is soon packed with thousands of scantily attired locals and visitors, making this Canada’s largest Halloween event.

www.churchwellesleyvillage.ca
“The wildest theatre fest in town” - Toronto Life
The Rhubarb Festival

Mid-February, 2022 (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.

buddiesinbadtimes.com/show/the-rhubarb-festival-2020