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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, 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. Dates: September 21, October 19.
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.
Tuesday night gathering for friends with no jobs - (or who just wanna get laid)
LAID OFF with Scooter: Who's Dyick Is This?

Every Tuesday at The Beaver. Educational nightlife series exploring sounds from the ambassadors of international queer nightlife. Been paying attention to local boners? Dyick pics from some favourite Toronto heartthrobs will be projected on the wall... guess the most and win a (yet to be determined) prize. DJ Poundcloud. No Cover. Let's celebrate no responsibilities - Love Scooter.
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:
By Jordan Tannahill. Directed by Matjash Mrozewski & Estelle Shook
Botticelli in the Fire + Sunday in Sodom

April 26 - May 15, 2016, Canadian Stage. Apocryphal re-telling of two events: one historic, one mythic: Painting The Birth of Venus, the artist/bon-vivant is snared in sexual/political brinkmanship with more than a masterpiece at stake; Unnamed In the Bible, except as Lot's Wife, Edith recounts how her husband welcomed two visitors to their house, and the destruction of Sodom.
The LGBTQ Middle Eastern dance party is happening again
Arabian Knights - Arabic dance night

April 29, 2016, 10pm-4am at Club 120, 120 Church St.A sexy night - dance to amazing Arabic music and drink the night away. EVERYONE is welcome. Entrance $5 until 11pm/ $10 after.
What is unique about LGBTQ community knowledge, experiences, and attitudes?
What's So Queer About Dying?

April 30, 2016, 2:30-5:30pm at The 519 Community Center. In this world of possibilities for queer bodies, minds, and spirits, it is necessary to consider death and end of life transitions. The 519, with The Senior Pride Network, will host an intergenerational panel/ community gathering to discuss end of life concerns and to explore this shared future in a supportive environment.
Rupert Everett reprises his role of Oscar Wilde in the play by David Hare
The Judas Kiss

Ongoing through May 1, 2016, at Ed Mirvish Theatre. Set in the Cadogan Hotel, in 1895, where Wilde gathers his thoughts after losing a libel suit against the Marquess of Queensbury, the father of his lover Alfred Douglas, aka Boisie. The defeated writer must decide: flee to France to escape persecution, or stay and stand his ground, even when Boisie's love is fickle and inconstant.
Stratford Festival 2016

May 3 - October 23, 2016. MacBeth; Apr 29 -Oct 16 Shakespeare in Love; Apr 19 -Oct 30, A Chorus Line; May 10 -Sep 25 All My Sons; May 10 -Oct 22 The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe; May 16 -Oct 22 As You Like It; May 21 -Oct 23 A Little Night Music; May 30 -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:
The world’s largest Marijuana March - among 300+ cities across the world
Annual Toronto Global Marijuana March

May 7, 2016, noon gathering/ 2pm kick-off, at Queens Park North, Toronto. Bring your buds to the Annual Global Marijuana March. 40,000 expected to attend. Join the parade. Legalization is almost here! March in downtown streets to end cannabis prohibition, and please, SHARE like a DOOBIE. See
The 2nd Thursday of every month
Pup Nights + PUPPY PRIDE

May 12, 2016, 9pm at The Black Eagle, Toronto. Events have incuded: Naked Puppy Twister, Sticks & Balls, Pup Nosh and Pup Mosh. Next event: June 9. On June 29, 2016 - The PUPPY PRIDE PARTY - come in pup gear for a doggie-style Pride celebration with other pups from around the world, or just as you are to meet them. Pup Nights continue: July 14; August 11; and September 8.
Second Fridays Recurring Event
Puppy Love

May 13, 2016, 10pm - 2am at The Beaver, 1192 Queen Street W, Toronto. 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.
The Empty Whole Group presents a new play by Salvatore Antonio
S h e e t s

May 17-29, 2016, 8-10pm (Sa/Su 2pm). Contact with intimacy is never fully erased. There is a trace of every soul that has come into contact with anyone, any place, anything. Explores charges of intimacy left in a motel room from various occupants over time; incongruities/ intricacies of intimate relations of individuals together/ alone; sexually raw, dark, emotionally complex, fragile.
Toronto's Leather Denim Cruising Bar
Naked Night

May 19, 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: June 16th, 2016. See more leather/fetish nights throughout the month at their website:
Come early, play Twister, Dominoes, checkers, Cards Against Humanity, Uno, Jenga

May 21, 2016, 10pm at The ROUND, 152a Augusta Ave. Queer it up again "....we want you to party with us... Dance, Sweat and Cruise all night." DJs Cozmic Cat + Denise Benson (co-founder/residents) and hundreds of hotties. LOVE House music/ play it ALL/ something for everyone. No attitude. plenty of dancefloor space. Come early play pool; stay late find a date. $5-8, 19+
Inside Out | Annual queer screenings
Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival 2016

May 26 - June 5, 2016, 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.
It’s that time of the month again!
TNT!Men Naked Dance

May 28, 2016, 4-9pm, at Club 120, last Saturdays. Enjoy yourself with good music and a chance to meet other people interested in naturism - an afternoon of great fun! Tickets: members $8 / non-members $10 / students $5. Members dining at 120 Diner get 15% discount.

June 2, 2016, 10pm-2am at 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.
Presented by MaxMara
Power Ball 2016

June 2, 2016 at Power Plant. Fundraising event provides for exhibitions and public programs at The Power Plant, setting the standard as one of the most influential and vibrant art galas in Toronto. Attracting a sophisticated ‘Who’s Who’ of guests, and bringing together the worlds of fashion, film, media, finance, advertising, music and the visual arts.
Open your eyes to all the possibilities of partying
Bestival Toronto 2016

June 11-12, 2016, at Woodbine Park. Besti-love bursts out of the UK again with their trademark triumvirate of music, magic and mayhem - 2 days of incredible live acts, dancefloor mayhem and a whole world of wonder going far beyond the music. Headliners: Tame Impala, Odesza, Jamie XX, The Cure, Grimes, Daughter... one of the world’s most innovative festival experiences…
Celebrate & Demonstrate!
Pride Toronto 2016

June 24 - July 3, 2016, Sunday Parade 2pm from Church/Bloor, Yonge to Yonge-Dundas Sq, Toronto’s LGBTQ communities get OUT and play 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
fringe & next stage theatre festivals
Fringe Festival Toronto

June 29 - July 10, 2016. 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:
AX Toronto - Toronto Pride

June 30, 2016, at Maison Mercer, 15 Mercer St. ASIANXPRESS (AX) great big GAYASIAN TORONTO boys night out starring SOFONDA with guest Va China - Top 40 remixes, vocal house, club anthems, JPop and KPop + with Nikki Chin, Sofonda and the AX MAXIMUS all-Asian go-go dancers. $20 advance, $25 at the door - a 19+ event.
Bearracuda Canada
Bearracuda Toronto - UNDERWEAR NIGHT!

June 30, 2016, 10pm-late at Black Eagle, 457 Church St. Thursday night Toronto PRIDE Underwear Party Night for bears, cubs and friends, with DJ DEL STAMP (Vancouver).
The not-to-miss festival during Toronto’s LGBT pride celebrations
Green Space Toronto

June 30 - July 3, 2016. Four-day festival events include 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, over 40,000 revelers expected.
North America’s largest gay circuitmusic festival - 5 Days of Events
Prism Toronto

June 30 - July 4, 2016. THURSDAY - MONDAY party nights at clubs/ venues around town - this past year during Toronto Pride, at: Fly; Muzik Beach; The Carlu; and Muzik. See their website for plans in 2016 as announced.
The biggest PITBULL Pride yet - 3 huge parties to blow you away & wanting more!
Pitbull - 2016 Epic PRIDE!

July 1-4, 2016. So many sexy men you won't know what to do! FRI LeatherLove at the Opera House, 735 Queen E - the kinkiest/ roughest party during Pride. SAT Carnival Pride at the Phoenix, 410 Sherbourne - the hottest party of Pride, inspired by southern street parties. SUN Hot Mess Pride at Fly 2.0, 8 Gloucester - wild as you want - to close Pride with a bang w/ Jacklynne Hyde.
Canada's Premier Leather Event
Toronto Leather Pride Week

Early August, 2016 (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 2016 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

August 12-14, 2016. 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."  The Deadline for all entries: April 1st, 2016. Final selections to be made in May 2016.
The leading public film festival in the world
Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF16

September 8-18, 2016. 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:
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:.
At the heart of the Queer Village
Church Street’s Halloween Night Party

October 31, 2016 (TBC), 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.
Amnesty International Toronto Human Rights Film Festival
Reel Awareness Film Festival 2016

Late November, 2016. Four days in late November 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 screening venue.