The Ontario Government ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces, effective March 24, 2020, to remain in effect for at least 14 days. 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.
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.
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. email@example.com
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:
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.
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.
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 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:
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:
February 27 - March 8, 2020, 8pm (also 2pm SAT + SUN). In total, Brian received 25 responses but there were 13 letters he never responded to. Now, at a much different stage in life, Brian has written replies to those letters. Featuring a cast of 13 queer actors, Box 4901 is a hilarious, strange, sweet, and awkward look back at how gay men used to find one another.
March 1, 2020, 3-6pm. A classic afternoon Tea Dance with a twist! Come out after Miss Moco’s weekly Drag Brunch as we keep the party going in the Melody Bar w/ DJ Phillipe spinning tunes + performances/ hosting by Miss Moco. $6 TEQUILA shots all TEA-QUILA dance long! NO COVER. Finish your weekend with the best party in town and be home in bed by 8!
March 1, 2020, 7pm, The Queen. Mar 2nd, 7:30pm, Fox and His Friends. Mar 3rd, 6pm, Zero Patience. Mar 4th, 9pm, Bound. Mar 6th, 9pm, Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell. Mar 8th, 4pm, Olivia. Mar 10th, 6pm, Drunktown's Finest. Mar 14th, 2pm, Tomboy. Mar 15th, 8pm, Different from the Others. Mar 16th, 6pm, The Watermelon Woman.
March 1, 2020, 8-11pm. Nerdy, reserved bookworm Needy Lesnicki, and arrogant, conceited (or confident, sexually-liberated) cheerleader Jennifer Check are best friends, though they share little in common (except for being attracted to each other). They share even less in common when Jennifer mysteriously gains an appetite for human blood after a disastrous fire at a local bar.
March 2, 2020, 11pm-2am. DROP THE DRAMA - JOIN THE PARTY! Featuring: DJ Craig Dominic playing all the best hip hop, top 40, and dance! The weekly FML Drag Extravaganza feat: Felix Femina + Newfound Lad (Josh Murphy)! NO COVER! EVER! BE SCENE - 9 Years of FML Mondays Inside Flash on Church!
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2020, 10pm. Selena Vyle takes over The Beaver every Tuesday! Bringing you her unique brand of exciting dance and lip-sync performances, hilarious comedy, powerful social message, and so-so looks in this all new one-woman drag show.
March 6, 2020, 8:30-10pm. Super Gay Friday is BACK after selling out during all of 2019! Toronto's LGBTQ2S+ Comedy showcase in the heart of church street. FEATURING LINE UP TBA!
March 6, 2020, 10pm-3am. Back in the village for one wild night only! Tapette welcomes special Montreal guest, the most joli garçon, DJ Ian Jackman! Get your body prêt for French house, disco and classics. Two go-go garçons, French Porn and baguettes. Two-floors of plaisir avec vous. $5 before/$10 after midnight. Dance+French kiss everyone! A bientôt, les homos!
March 6, 2020, 10pm-2am. Square off w/ the Künst Kids for the title of RUFFLE MANIA! Main tag team: Uglyy Onee + Full Blown Father, The John Cena of drag yelling his way into the ring, ZacKey Lime, and the 12ft undertaker, drop kicking your butts, Bom Bae. After midnight show your best WWE / Ruffle Runway look for a chance at the world title + prize! After dance w/ Allysin Chaynes.
March 7, 15, 19, 2020, 10:30pm-3am. Lavender party for lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer women, non-binary folks and trans people. Everyone welcome! Hosted by Anasimone George. DJs Zehra + Sofia Fly. Performances by: Fatima Noor El Deen Mahmoud, Manghoe Lassi and Manny Dingo. Mar 15, Lavender X Sapphic Sundays: Spiceworld. Mar 19, Lavender: Flux Thursdays. Next: Apr 4 + 5; May 2 + 23.
March 7, 2020, 10:30pm-3am, The Shop at Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St W. At Super sexy party we ACTUALLY DJ LIVE OFF PEOPLE'S BUTTS! A different one every 30 minutes! Smooth as a dolphin? Hairy/ jungly? Bubble butts, pancake booty, fuzzy peaches, jelly, flabby, perky, juicy or hard as a rock - we love ALL BUTTS. DJ Phillippe spins house, bounce and RnB for rump shaking all night!
March 7, 2020, 11pm. Show hosted by comic drag queen extraordinaire Hillary Ooos! Read: famous. New mystery is crafted by Ms Ooos every month. Are you sleuthy enough to figure out whodunnit? Prizes for winners, one (un)lucky audience member will be our victim. Cast from a rotating retinue of some of the best drag queens and improvisers in Toronto!
March 10, 2020, 8-10pm. March already? Take time for laughs + love by Toronto's best queer + ally comedians! Working Women's cheeky night of comedy, games + whatever gets conjured up. Host: Sam Sferrazza + special guest Ievy Stamatov! HEADLINER: The incredible Laura Leibow (JFL!) Featuring: Sandra Battaglini, Anna Aleksanyan, Clif Knight, Jennifer Hsiung, Greg Houston, Bo Makri.
March 10, 2020, 8-9:30pm at Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W. A knockout lineup of Toronto's finest queer comedians! Featuring the Gay AF talents of: JORDAN POWER, VONG SHOW, ALICE ROSE and CANDY SURPRISE, Headliner: RICHARD RYDER. Hosted by Canadian Comedy Award winner Robert Watson. Gay AF (And Funny) is a monthly showcase for gay male and queer comedians.
March 12, 2020, 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. Next: April 9th.
March 13, 2020, 10pm w/ resident DJs Kris Steeves + The Robotic Kid playing classic and new disco plus disco house. Hosted by David Kraft. All 19+ welcome.
March 15, 2020, 12-3pm. The ladies are back w/ the BEST afternoon filled with amazing drag performances, lip sync battles, prizes and more! HOSTED BY Priyanka Love w/ DJ Phillippe Edward Villeneuve. Ft: Miss Steak, Tash Riot, The Virgo Queen. Cost: $49 per person w/ choice of delicious brunch dish, coffee, bubbly mimosa + the show! BOTTOMLESS MIMOSA UPGRADE for only $15 pp.
March 15, 2020, 7-11:30pm. SPICE UP YOUR LIFE! Hang on to your knickers, pump up your platforms, fasten the seat belts, as the Spice Girls take center stage in their feature film debut Spice World. Platforms, little black dresses, lip smackers and ‘90s chokers encouraged! Next: Mar 19th, Lavender presents: Flux Thursdays party celebrating all sexual and gender identities.
March 18, 2020, 6pm, Moonlight. Mar 19th, 8:30pm Double Bill: Knife and Heart + Equation to an Unknown. Mar 23rd, 7:30pm, Shortbus. Mar 24th, 9pm, Tangerine. Mar 28th, 2pm, Desert Hearts. Mar 31st, 6pm, The Wedding Banquet. Coming up: May 21-31, the InsideOut LGBT Film Festival.
March 18, 2020, 9pm-12am. Whether you're a new or experienced Drag King or Gender Performer, there are 10 SPOTS open for people to see what you've been working on. House of Kings is a drag collective event hosted by ZacKey Lime + Alexandher Brandy, w/ DJ Manny Dingo.
March 19, 2020, 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: April 16th; May 21st; Jun 18th; Jul 16th. See more leather/fetish nights each month at their website:
March 20 + 27, 2020, 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: April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29...
March 20, 2020, 10pm. Abel returns for a special Open to close set at Coda! Also celebrating Abel’s Birthday.
March 21, 2020, 7pm. The bingo cage is spun on a rotating line-up of kings, queens, and performers for a queer-positive, inclusive, and affirming evening. Doors 6:30pm for pre-show, drinks, and food - performances and games from 7pm. Seats at tables: $15. Bar seats are free. Bingo cards are also free. Next date: Apr 18.
March 21 - April 5, 2020, 8pm (SUN 2:30pm). When the life they built together starts to collapse, two women plunge into a fantastical and tumultuous journey into their shared past attempting to recapture the magic in their relationship. Set on an imaginative stage design of memories come to life, Mine is a poetic contemplation of what happens to queer love when the lovers grow apart.
March 21, 2020, 10pm-5am. Toronto's hottest dance party is back. DJ NOKU will be here to 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. The dress code is simple, get into WHATEVER makes you feel sexy and comfortable. EVERYONE with positive energy is welcome!
March 28, 2020, 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.
April 24, 2020, 10pm-3am. FLM is a sex positive, freak forward, gender inclusive party. everyone is a VIP, loved and welcome. I CAN BE A FREAK EVERY DAY OF EVERY WEEK! Featuring: CHIPPY NONSTOP, KARIM OLEN ASH, and BABYGIRL. Hosted by: SILKY STASH. Next date: May 22nd.
March 27, 2020, 7-10pm. A titillating queer literary salon featuring sexy, unclothed literary buffs reading, in the buff, to you. Drummer magazine, Los Angeles 1975-1999 (relaunched as quarterly Oct 2019), the largest American leather magazine, is said to have created the leather movement as we know it today. These boys are naked and hot, and they want to read to YOU! Host Mike Miksche.
March 27, 2020, 10pm at Nest, 423 College St. Prism, WLP and Embrace present Horse Meat Disco (UK). Horse Meat Disco DJs Kris Steeves + John Caffery.
March 28, 2020, 10:30pm-2:30am. Purchase a ticket to this event to support DJs, producers, and performers. Get your shine on! Sounds by: DJs ACE DILLINGER (resident), TAMIKA (sweet angel), and BOSTON CHERI (Brooklyns very own!). Performance at 12am.
April 1 - 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:
April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2020, 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: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
April 5, 2020, 1-7pm. Toronto's only independent bi-monthly market for LGBTQ2SIA+ business owners and makers! Featuring, promoting and fostering the diverse small business and artisan talent that the LGBTQ2SIA+ community has to offer.
Proudly hosted at the historic Buddies In Bad Times Theatre in the heart of Toronto's Gay Village. Next date: May 23rd.
April 11 - 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:
April 12-26, 2020, 8pm. Explosive feminist text unfolds as a series of provocations, tearing apart language/ structures/ ideas keeping women trapped within a patriarchal system. A Discord and Din Theatre fresh perspective on the irreverent, experimental, celebrated play: a bawdy, ferocious, galvanizing call to action for a new feminism, to redefine the way we think about womanhood today.
April 13-14, 2020, 8:30pm-2am. Dress in red or wear a red dress - a celebration of Day Three of the 6-day ride to raise funds and 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!
April 16, 2020, 6-7:30pm at Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. HIV is still largely conceived to be a gay men's disease due to decades of stigma, despite more women than men living with HIV around the world. Discussing all things woman and HIV as Stella Osagie, the Women’s Community Development Coordinator at ACT presents on experiences of Toronto women living with HIV.
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.
April 26, 2020, 10am-5pm. The Leslieville Flea will be bringing an awesome mix of vintage and handcrafted vendors to the beautiful Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane. May 10th, 11am-5pm, MOTHER'S DAY FLEA at STACKT MARKET - in the Studio and North Hall. Over 30 vendors selling the BEST Vintage and Handcrafted goods. PLUS! Brewery, shops and restaurants.
May 21-31, 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.
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.
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.
July 1-12, 2020. 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.
July 4 through September 6, 2020, 8pm at High Park Amphitheatre, 1873 Bloor St. W. A magical theatre experience against the beautiful backdrop of High Park: The Comedy of Errors, one of Shakespeare’s most enduring and beloved comedies, with mischievous wordplay and complex mix-ups as two displaced twins, Antipholus and Dromio, search for their respective brothers.
September 10-20, 2020. 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:
September 24 - October 4, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.