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See link below for daily Toronto events, followed by editor's pick of events throughout the year. Also see Hamilton, Warkworth and Newmarket ON events.
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 + Bachata at Steps Dance Studio

Weekly Fridays 7pm-9pm at Steps Dance Studio, 1 Gloucester St, 2nd floor, SE corner Yonge/Gloucester. Role neutral Salsa + Bachata 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.

Sep 18 - Sep 18, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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.
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:
Enjoy being naked with other men
TNT Men | Naked Events

Last Saturday of each month, 4-9pm NAKED DANCE at Club 120 + last 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.
The East End's newest form of retail therapy
The Leslieville Flea

3rd Sundays of each month June through October 2016, 10am-5pm at Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St E -across from Streetcar Yards. Curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and select artisans; 37 vendors, hundreds of items from vintage clothing to mid century furniture, hand crafted designs, photography and more. Also Saturday June 25th.
Sofonda Cox hosts
So You Think You Can Strip?

Tuesdays, Varsity weekly amateur strip contest, with a $100 cash prize. 11pm at Remington’s, 379 Yonge, Toronto's only hot spot for totally nude guys! Cover $5, no cover for those with student ID.
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:
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:
Fast/ funny fusion of improv, theatre & clown takes 1st-ever queer romantic leap
Blind Date

Ongoing through October 9, 2016 at Buddies. Performed for the first time with queer couples, celebrating and exploring the peculiarities of queer romance. Sexy French clowns revel in our quirky queerness in a way that is sure to make you fall in love with them and their audience-member-turned-romantic-hero. Julie Orton and David Benjamin Tomlinson take turns in the starring role.
Compelling theatre experiences
The Shaw Festival 2016

Ongoing through October 16, 2016 at The Shaw Festival Theatre and Royal George Theatre. Annual festival of plays by George Bernard Shaw and Shavian playwrights, in the Village of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Known for beautiful scenery, the area has historic hotels, world-class vineyards and wine tastings, plus art galleries to visit. See website for details and program:.
Multi award-winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company & Dodgers

Now ongoing through October 16, 2016 at the Mirvish. Inspired by the Roald Dahl novel. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
Stratford Festival 2016

Ongoing now through October 23, 2016, MacBeth; until Oct 16 Shakespeare in Love; until Oct 30, A Chorus Line; until Sep 25 All My Sons; until Oct 22 The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe; until Oct 22 As You Like It; until Oct 23 A Little Night Music; until Sep 24 Breath of Kings: Rebellion; Aug 2 -Sep 23 John Gabriel Borkman; Aug 2 -Sep 25 The Aeneid; Jul 29 -Sep 24 Bunny. Full details online:
...COME DANCE! First Thursdays

October 6, 2016, 10pm-2am. the Beaver. Queer synthy sexy dance party, all/only electronic ladies! With most excellent visual stylings from Olenka Szymonski!  Come celebrate being fucking punky queer weirdos with us / bringing back a bunch o' old parties and people that made the place what it is. Share any memories or pictures you have pon de wall / 19+ / All free events wooo.
Created for PRISM Festival Toronto
Peepshow at Fly2.0

October 9, 2016, 10:30pm-5am at Fly 2.0. Dance party featuring international superstar DJ ABEL. Opening set by Abel Aguilera. Peepshow Dancers all night Special cover: $20 before 1am, $25 after - tickets at the door only.
Body positive, sex positive, respect for one another, and for our community
TNE! Totally Naked Excess

October 11, 2016, 7-10pm, at Spa Excess, 105 Carlton St. Get naked with a really awesome and friendly group of guys, enjoy a game of pool, some free eats, and casual, relaxing man to man fun! Door prizes, $4.50 Flying Horse Draft, and Q&A for men new to TNT! Lockers 50% off for members every second Tuesday of the month (ask about other benefits).
The 2nd Thursday of every month
Pup Nights

October 13, 2016, 9pm at The Black Eagle, Toronto. Events have incuded: Naked Puppy Twister, Sticks & Balls, Pup Nosh, Pup Mosh. Next Pup Nights: Nov 10th, Dec 8th.
Second Fridays Recurring Event
Puppy Love

October 14, 2016, 10pm-2am at The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. 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.
Director Justin Kelly’s (I Am Michael) shockingly dark gay porn saga
insideOUT: King Cobra

October 17, 2016, 7:30pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W. The story of Brent Corrigan’s (Garrett Clayton) meteoric rise to gay porn stardom and the rival porn producers (James Franco and James Salter) who want a piece of the action. With performances by Alicia Silverstone, Molly Ringwald and Keegan Allen, King Cobra - an all-you-can-eat buffet of sex, secrets and murder.
Toronto's Leather Denim Cruising Bar
Naked Night

October 20, 2016, 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: November 17th. See more leather/fetish nights throughout the month at their website:
AX Toronto - Halloween

October 21, 2016, 10pm-3am at FLY 2.0. ASIANXPRESS (AX) great big GAYASIAN TORONTO boys night out starring SOFONDA with guest DJ Sumation + VaChina - Top 40 remixes, vocal house, club anthems, JPop and KPop + with Nikki Chin, Sofonda and the AX MAXIMUS all-Asian go-go dancers. Costume contest with cash prizes. A 19+ event. Entry: $10 advance, $15 at the door.
Annual fundraising event in support of TIFF

October 27, 2016, 9pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Building-wide, multi-sensory adventure, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series. A talented crew of emerging Toronto filmmakers, artists, musicians and dancers on a mission to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no one has gone before.
It’s that time of the month again!
TNT!Men Halloween Naked Dance

October 29, 2016, 4-9pm, at Club 120. Biggest Costume Prizes TNTMEN has ever offered! A bunch of friendly, outgoing guys hanging out naked and having fun! Enjoy yourself with good music and a chance to meet other people interested in naturism. DJ Relentless. Normally on last Saturdays each month. Tickets: members $10 / non-members $20. Members dining at 120 Diner get 15% discount.
At the heart of the Queer Village
Church Street’s Halloween Night Party

October 31, 2016, three blocks of Church Street close from 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.
Beautifully rendered, heart-wrenching story of first love in rural Pennsylvania
insideOUT: AWOL

November 17, 2016, 7:30pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W. Writer-director Deb Shoval’s debut feature - a delicately crafted love story about Joey (Lola Kirke), a high school grad who contemplates joining the army to pay for college, and Rayna (Breeda Wool), an unhappily married mother of two.
Amnesty International Toronto Human Rights Film Festival
Reel Awareness Film Festival 2016

November 17-19, 2016 at Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St. Three days in November screenings of some of the best human rights documentaries and feature films shown around the world; 8-12 films presented by Amnesty International, the worldwide movement of people dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights. See website for details:
CANADIAN PREMIERE of Kevin Elyot’s Olivier Award-winning comedy
My Night With Reg

January-February 2017 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. At Guy’s London flat, old friends and new gather to party through the night in the summer of 1985. For Guy and his circle the world is about to change forever. Deliciously funny and bittersweet, MY NIGHT WITH REG perfectly captures the fragility of friendship, happiness and life itself. Mature content/ strong language/ nudity.
Winter escape to the Caribbean, enjoying luxurious service and gourmet food
Pitbull/ Bearracuda/ Heretic Caribbean Cruise

February 19-27, 2017. Fourth annual PITBULL Caribbean Cruise aboard the Celebrity Silhouette departs Fort Lauderdale for a full week of unforgettable memories with an incredible gorup of guys. Beautiful destinations, mind blowing social activities, nightclub events, tea dances, underwear parties, dirty trivia, world class entertainment, plus Pitbull parties on the high seas.
Inside Out | Annual queer screenings
Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival 2017

May - June, 2017, 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.
Celebrate & Demonstrate!
Pride Toronto 2017

June 23 - July 2, 2017 (TBC), 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 - see the DX Utlimate Pride Guide: HERE
North America’s largest gay circuitmusic festival - 5 Days of Events
Prism Toronto

June - July, 2017. Five-day THURSDAY - MONDAY party nights at clubs/ venues around town. Past year: THU Boot Camp, 10pm-5am at Fly 2.0; FRI Main Event Matinée Circuit 10pm-7am at New Sound Academy; SAT Aqua noon-9pm at Sunnyside Pavillion + Resist 10pm-8am at Nest; SUN Revival 10pm-7am at Maison Mercer; MON Dip Recovery Pool Party 3-11pm at Rooftop Pool.
fringe & next stage theatre festivals
Fringe Festival Toronto

July 5-17, 2017. 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. See also January, 2017 Next Stage dates and details at website:
The not-to-miss festival during Toronto’s LGBT pride celebrations
Green Space Toronto

June - July, 2017. 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.
Canada's Premier Leather Event
Toronto Leather Pride Week

Early August, 2017 (TBC). Annual events typically include: Tribute Reception, VIP RECEPTION, MEET THE CONTESTANTS, FULL FETISH PARTY, TLP COMPETITIONS (Mr. Leatherman Toronto, Ms Leather Toronto & Toronto Puppy 2017 Contests), LEATHER BALL, VICTORY LEATHER BRUNCH, LEATHER PRIDE MARCH, TLP AFTER PARTY, Tickets on sale in early May. More details at website:
Queering Boundaries
Queer West Film Festival

October 2017. Film festival of 3 days to screen at Innis Town Hall. Produced by the Queer West Arts Collective, working for more inclusive & complex queer identities, creating larger queer space & community in Toronto '"West End." Dates & Location TBA January 1, 2017.
The leading public film festival in the world
Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF17

September 7-17, 2017 (TBC). 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:
Celebrating its 41st anniversary
Cabbagetown Festival

September 9-10, 2017 (TBC), on Parliament St from Wellesley south to Gerrard, and Carlton St from Berkeley to Parliament. Sixteen local restaurants, plus ten pop-up street food vendors and more, including the Made-in-Canada artisan section, featuring outstanding work from highly talented local artists. General vendors have something for everyone: clothing, jewellery + everyday services.