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Gay Toronto

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.
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 + 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:
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.
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:
The leading public film festival in the world
Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF17

September 7-17, 2017. 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:
Scotty Bowers recalls his highly unorthodox life as sexual procurer to the stars
TIFF17: Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

September 7-17, 2017. Fresh from the Marines after World War II, 23-year old Scottie was pumping gas in 1946, not far from Paramount Pictures. One day Walter Pidgeon drove up in his Lincoln and propositioned him - he accepted. From his base at the gas station he arranged "similar stuff” for many Hollywood stars, along with writers, set designers, hairstylists and others.
Luca Guadagnino's languorous, sun-filled, empathetic tale of first love
TIFF17: Call Me By Your Name

September 7-17, 2017. Elio, a smart, musically gifted 17-year-old hangs out in the summer of 1983 with his parents at their villa in northern Italy. His father’s brash and handsome American research assistant sets local hearts aflutter and irritates Elio, but the two increasingly find themselves together. A dance of attraction and retreat begins and gradually consumes them both.
Celebrating its 41st anniversary
Cabbagetown Festival

September 9-10, 2017, SAT 11am-10pm + SUN 11am-7pm on Parliament St, Wellesley south to Gerrard + Carlton from Berkeley to Parliament. Sixteen local restaurants + ten pop-up street food vendors and more, including Made-in-Canada artisan section featuring outstanding work from talented local artists. General vendors have something for everyone: clothing, jewellery, everyday services.
The finest queer dudes this side of Yonge
Skank Top

September 9, 2017, 10pm-2am, at The Steady Cafe & Bar, 1051 Bloor St W, Toronto. Primarily a jam for dude-identifying folks, but proud to be shamelessly queer. This is a BODY PRIDE NOT PRIDE BODY event. All shapes, sizes, genders and colours are loved. DJs MICEBERG and MICHAEL K. No shame - no attitude - no sleeves. $5.
Dog Friendly Patio - Bring your pups!

September 21, 2017, 9:30pm-2:30am at Brooklynn, 1186 Queen St West. Miss the days when the Olsen twins threw the best ragers? Bananas in Pajamas will be coming down the stairs. Come rewind with HER/ snuggle into the pajama party of your dreams! Come dressed to impress in your jamers of choice. Quirkiest PJ contest prizes. Pre-Party Meet Up at Track & Field Bar, 8-9:45pm. Door $20.
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity
TNT!Men Naked Dance - Back to Skool

September 30, 2017, 4-9pm, Club 120. Dance off the school yard blues and practice your moves for the Halloween Dance next month! DJ Relentless will get your blood pumping in style as numbers keep growing and membership swells! $5-10. Last Saturdays each month.
...COME DANCE! First Thursdays
Electric Ladyland

October 5, 2017, 10pm-2am. the Beaver. Queer synthy sexy dance party, all/only electronic ladies! With excellent visual stylings from Olenka Szymonski!  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. Next: TBA.
FrancoQueer offers four types of linguistic immersion activities
Film: Embrasse-moi + FrancoQueer Café Bilingue

October 6, 2017, 9pm, screening at Imagine Cinemas Carlton, 20 Carlton St. Brimming over with life, friends, and ex-girlfriends, Océanerosemarie just met Cécile, the woman of her dreams! Also weekly Sunday 2-5pm discussion groups in French/ English, French courses, Presentations in French focus on French-Canadian history/culture at Glad Day Books.
Totally Naked Toronto
TNE! Totally Naked Excess

October 10, 2017, 7pm, Spa Excess. Come 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 TNTMEN. Members enjoy FREE 8hr lockers or 50% of standard rooms to enjoy this event, every second Tuesday of each month. Next: Nov 14.
Second Fridays Recurring Event
Puppy Love

October 13, 2017, 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 + open minded young people (or young at heart). Puppy Love for everyone. Next: TBA.
The East End's newest form of retail therapy
The Leslieville Flea

October 15, 2017, 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, vintage clothing, mid century furniture, hand crafted designs, photography + more. Also Sept 24th, 11am-6pm at the Broadview Hotel.
Toronto's Leather Denim Cruising Bar
Naked Night

October 19, 2017, 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: Nov 16th. See more leather/fetish nights throughout the month at their website:
AX Toronto - Halloween

October 20, 2017, 10:30pm-3am at Fly 2.0. ASIANXPRESS (AX) great big GAYASIAN TORONTO boys night out starring SOFONDA with DJ Sumation - Top 40 remixes, vocal house, club anthems, JPop and KPop. Special Guest of Horror JOLIN STARR and her Crew + the AX MAXIMUS all-Asian go-go dancers. COSTUME COMPETITION CA$H PRIZES. 19+ event. Entry: $5 before 11:30pm, $10 after. Next date: Nov 18th.
The 3rd Saturday of every month
Pup Nights

October 21, 2017, 9pm at The Black Eagle, Toronto. Events have incuded: Naked Puppy Twister, Sticks & Balls, Pup Nosh, Pup Mosh. Now moved to the 3rd Saturday of every month. Next Pup Nights: Nov 18; Dec 16. Puppy Pride Toronto 2018: June 20, 2018 (TBC).
When the knife is dull, it has no face | A concert and a conversation
Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools

October 24 - November 5, 2017, 8pm. Meeting place of two people, North/South Canada. Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory + queer theatre-maker Evalyn Parry met on an Iqaluit to Greenland Arctic expedition. Two powerful storytellers map new territory together giving voice and body to histories, culture, and climate we’ve inherited; asking how we reckon with these sharp tools.
No time for losers…. its always gonna be kinda Magic!
Spooky Bitch

October 26, 2017, 10pm-2am. Jenna Syde and her coven of dark queens pay tribute to a variety of pop culture icons each month; Come into the sad sack oblivion that is The Beaver for a night of drag visions, performances, and DJs. Details TBA:
Compelling theatre experiences
The Shaw Festival 2017

Ongoing through October 29, 2017 at The Shaw Festival Theatre and Royal George Theatre. Annual festival of 11 plays on 4 stages 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 full program:
Stratford Festival 2017

Ongoing through October 29, 2017. 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 as announced:
At the heart of the Queer Village
Church Street’s Halloween Night Party

October 31, 2017, 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.
David Mirvish Presents the Hope and Hell Theatre Co production by Ayad Akhtar

November 11-26, 2017, various times, at the Panasonic Theatre. A New York dinner party. A shattering cultural collision. When discussion turns to politics and religion, the match is lit on a combustible powder keg of identity politics.
Amnesty International Toronto Human Rights Film Festival
Reel Awareness Film Festival 2017

November 16-18, 2017 at Imagine Cinemas Carlton, 20 Carlton St. Three days of screenings - 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:
Three friends. Two high schools. One lunch hour.

November 17-18, 2017, 7pm. Students trace back roots of trauma after a violent homophobic act tears a school community apart. Written during the rise of Gay/Straight Alliances: issues of depression, violence, bullying, and suicide from the perspectives of young people who deal with it every day. A rare opportunity for the general public to see a powerful and moving piece of theatre.
Should women abandon religion?

November 23 - December 10, 2017, 8pm. Four female panelists face off in a wild, whip-smart public debate about religion and misogyny. With opinions flying from across the religious and political spectrum, a hilarious, no-holds-barred look at contemporary women in organized religion. Diane Flacks is an Emmy, Gemini and Dora nominated writer/performer, known for her theatre work.
Part of Weesageechak Begins to Dance
2-Spirit Cabaret

November 24, 2017. Back for a second year, a celebration of the unrelenting strength, beauty, and talent of queer and 2-Spirit Indigenous people. Buddies and Native Earth Performing Arts presents an evening of performances, music, and spoken word as part of Weesageechak Begins to Dance – Native Earth’s 30th annual festival of Indigenous works.
The premiere winter theatre event in the city. Produced by the Toronto Fringe
NSTF - The Next Stage Theatre Festival

January 2018. A platform for past Fringe artists to 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 dates + venues:
Inside Out | Annual queer screenings
Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival 2018

May - June, 2018, 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.
5th annual festival of queer-focused art and performance
Nuit Rose

June 15-16, 2018 (TBC). 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.
The not-to-miss festival during Toronto’s LGBT pride celebrations
Green Space Toronto

Mid-June, 2018. 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.
North America’s largest gay circuitmusic festival - 5 Days of Events
Prism Toronto

Mid-June, 2018. Five-day weekend party nights at clubs/ venues around town. Past year included: THU PeepShow, 10pm-5am at Coda; FRI Aqua Pool Party 3-11pm at Cabana + Bootcamp 10:30pm-6am at Fly 2.0; SAT Resist 9pm-6am at Nest; SUN Revival 9pm-6am at Rebel; MON Afterparty 6am-noon at Fly 2.0.
Celebrate & Demonstrate!
Pride Toronto 2018 Festival Weekend + Parade

Late June, 2018, 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.
fringe & next stage theatre festivals
Fringe Festival Toronto

July, 2018. Celebrating under-represented voices and those on the margins of the performing arts world. An 11-day 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.