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Emergency measures in the wake of Covid-19
Venues Closed & Events Cancelled/ Postponed

The Ontario Government ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces, effective March 24, 2020, to remain in effect until May 12th. Bars, clubs, restaurants, theaters, cinemas and other entertainment venues had already closed their doors until further notice. Many events below have been cancelled or postponed. Later dates may take place. See their links for updates.
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.
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.
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:
Host: Sofonda Cox
Best Men’s Ass Contest

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

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

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:
Alternative, Body Mod & Fetish Club

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:
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:
Due to COVID19, all Leslieville Flea markets have been cancelled until June 30th
The Leslieville Flea

Back and ready for business in person when it's safe. See Instagram, FB and Twitter for future dates/ info. An awesome mix of vintage and handcrafted vendors at Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane, plus STACKT MARKET Studio and North Hall. Over 30 vendors selling the BEST Vintage and Handcrafted goods. PLUS! Brewery, shops and restaurants.
Every second Thursday of the month
Home Turf - Black Eagle’s Monthly Gear Night!

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. On hold during Covid-19  shut down.
Toronto's Leather Denim Cruising Bar
Naked Night

Third Thursdays each month, 10pm. Closed during the Covid-19 emergency. 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:
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. Events suspended during Covid-19 emergency.
A digital performance and blog series
Queer, Far, Wherever You Are

April 1-24, 2020, 5pm. Quality queer content in the comfort of your home (er, phone) on the Buddies Instagram account with nine queer artists who share intimate performances from their homes - burlesque to readings, and DJ sets to makeup tutorials. See the program at:
The 38th season of outdoor theatre magic
Canadian Stage + Shakespeare in High Park - Cancelled

April 7 through September 6, 2020, at Canadian Stage. A magical theatre experience against the beautiful backdrop of High Park: Always Still the Dawn, Crypto, Kelly v. Kelly, Shakespeare in High Park (at High Park Amphitheatre, 1873 Bloor St. W), Art Explored: Shakespeare Family Feast.
FSU: Trans + Non-binary Performer Cabaret - Hell no you can’t erase us!
F*ck Sh*t Up: April (Postponed from March)

April 23, 2020, 6-9pm. Great performances and good times - this time w/ all youth performers! ALL AGES. Hosts: Babia Majora + Fluffy Soufflé aka Kaleb Robertson aka Deborah. Headliner: Tygr Willy. It's All A Drag performers: Gayram Masala, Pack Man, Brendon Urethra. Plus some of Toronto's trans, non-binary and ally KID performers! After-cabaret tunes + good times.
Mikiki presents ROSE BEEF - A Golden Girls Fan Frenzy Extravaganza + Glad Day
ROSE BEEF turns to the internet with: PETS

April 27, 2020, 8-11pm every MON, Zoom Roomz. Mikiki w/ new + old issues of Rose Beef, TAKES IT TO THE INTERNEEETS. Reading from Sherwin L Nuland’s How We Die. ROSE BEEF screening, sermon, hijinks. comfort food + uncomfortable conversations about the Golden Girls! Toronto’s aging-outest Drag Queen sermon highlights the week's issue/ Contemporary Queer Realities.
Zoom link will be posted 1 hour before showtime
BoylesqueTO presents: Naked Boys Eating

April 27, 2020, 10:30pm. Eating our feelings and feeling HUNGRY + thirsty. Tasty snacks: Beefcakes, Hot dumb twink-ies, Nuts, Fruitcake, Eggplant, Buns! Buns Buns!, Peaches n' Cream. All you can eat in the buff-et! A genuine smorg-ass-board sausage-fest! Sticky, gooey and delicious! Do-nut miss it! It's gonna be gouda! Pay what you can. Support independent queer artists donation:
Glad Day TV Zoom Show - Hosted by Tygr Willy
Thirsty 2-Spirit Tuesdays

April 28, 2020, 8:30-10:30pm. Celebrate/ witness Indigenous Queer and 2 Spirit during the Quarantine. A FREE duality show of queer performance/ talk show by Tkaronto 2-Spirit / IndigiQueer. Indigenous Queer life, sexuality, liberation and life across Turtle Island. HOSTS: Sita Moon + Weird Alice. PERFORMERS: Brian Solomon, Rhinestone Chickadee, Gogo Tygr Willy. Welcome by Quanah Style.
Livestreaming to support our communities in extraordinary times
TQFF Presents: Queer Emergencies | Short Film Screening

April 30, 2020, 8-11pm. A livestream of new short films by featured artists and filmmakers: Amanda Ann-Min Wong, Evelyn Pakinewatik, Samay Arcentales Cajas, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Natalie King, and Catherine Jones. See details at:
Back again by popular demand! One day only.
GH Marketplace: Legends Vintage Fashion Market IV

May 24, 2020, 10am-6pm. Vintage fashion specialist Andrea Lalonde from Nouveau Riche Vintage is inviting style forward vendors to deliver another dream shopping experience - with extended hours - just in time for spring and summer, aimed at seasoned vintage collectors and anyone serious about expressing their personal style through unique fashion pieces. Curated by: Andrea Lalonde.
Stratford Festival 2020

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.
Prism Pride 2020
Prism Festival: REVIVAL + LA LECHE + Aqua + Resist

June 25-28, 2020. To be confirmed. Prism Pride Festival. THU Bootcamp. FRI Aqua. SAT 10pm Revival at Rebel. SUN 10pm LA LECHE at Toybox, 473 Adelaide St. W. Save the dates, details and tickets at:
"Working hard to deliver Pride celebrations in new, creative, and unique ways.."
Pride Toronto 2020 Festival Weekend + Parade - Cancelled

June 26-28, 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 of Pride Month 2020. See FB updates.
14 plays on 3 stages, plus countless events & activities
The Shaw Festival 2020

June 30 - December 23, 2020. Two magnificent Sondheim musicals! An epic story out of India. The continuing battle for Narnia. A devil of a rebel straight out of the American Revolution. A dog more Casanova than canine. An Irish classic, an American classic and a forgotten classic. Plus, the return of Sherlock Holmes! See program at:
Hoping to be back to give you the laugh break you need
Gay AF: Staying Alive!

July 14, 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 takes place the second Tuesday of every month.
Hosted by Boner & Brother by Nigel March Events

July 18, 2020, 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! Next: Aug 15; Sep 5.
Back again lovers
The Red Dress Ball 3.0

July 25, 2020, 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!
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.
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.
“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.
The 2020 Toronto Fringe festival (July 1-12) has been cancelled due to Covid-19
Fringe Festival Toronto

June 30 - July 12, 2021. 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.