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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:
Gonzo true-crime docu-play about homophobia, violence, sex, and mystery
Shove It Down My Throat

March 30 - April 14, 2019. Portrayed by the media as a maniac on a stabbing spree, Luke O’Donovan was arrested after a knife fight at a 2013 NYE party. In letters from prison, to theatre artist Johnnie Walker, he claims to be a queer-bashing victim who fought back. Walker puts queerness, identity, and complicity through a theatrical kaleidoscope, in search of an ever-elusive truth.
workshop for LGBTQ2S+ folks exploring death and legacy
Write Your Own Obituary: A Queer Futurism Workshop

April 1, 2019, 6-9pm. Through the lens of queer utopian futures, explore how queer communities in the future memorialize the dead and what grief and mourning can look like in an imaginative, speculative context. Ask yourself how you want to be remembered? Work produced in the workshop can be included in Kate McDermott's OCAD University’s GradEx installation in May.
Hosted by Working Women - Queer Comedy Showcase
Working Women - The Taping

April 2, 2019, 8-10pm. DOING A TAPING Y'ALL! Working Women brings together HEAVY HITTERS for an incredible night full of laughs and cackles; an incredible line up of superstars, and it's all going to be TAPED - so you get to be our STUDIO AUDIENCE! FEATURING: Ben Sosa Wright, Anasimone George, Jackie Pirico, Taylor Rivers, Tamara Shevon, and Brandon Ash-Mohammed.
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity
Deep, Dark & Naked

April 5, 2019, 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 12th, 19th, 26th....
Hosted by I.C.E Entertainment Group and Club 120
QUEER POP: LGBTQ+ Music & Arts Festival

April 5, 2019, 10pm-3am. Returning for a second year BIGGER + QUEERER than ever! AMAZING performances + SEXY dancing by HOT male/female GoGo Dancers with top DJs playing the best in queer music. Featuring Ariel Versace, Aeryn Pfaff, Priyanka Love, Casey MQ, BIITCH SAIIGON + PARTY ANIMAL, DJ Scooter McCreight, Sapphire Titha Reign, R Flex, HADARA + MORE. Host: DAVID ROBERT.
Monthly performance events
Künst Kids: Hair Me Out!

April 5, 2019, 10pm-2am. Is it worth it? Let me toss it. HAIR ME OUT! Everything hair, the bigger the better. Join us/ show us what you got! Hosting this month: Uglyy Onee + Kasper Ghøst with guest stylist Juiceboxx (Jo Primeau) + Beardoncé (Sean Beardoncé). Künst Kids runway competition in full effect! Show us your best look and walk the runway to win prize!
"French fag dance party" - Tapette is très spécial!
Tapette - édition été bébé

April 5, 2019, 10pm-3am, Tapette takes our cul to the village for one hot night only! We invade the Dirty Bird with French disco and house, gogo garçons and French Porn on all screens (allo Francois Sagat!). Expect lots of big baguettes swingin and Phillippe on the decks orchestrating a French kissing marathon.
Join us for the next dance party!
AfterWerk Green Means Go Traffic Light Party

April 5, 2019, 10:30pm-2:30am. Category is: Traffic Light Party! Meet your spring fling. Wear to signal SINGLE (Green), OPEN (Yellow), TAKEN (Red); stickers + glow sticks. MCs Barbie Jo Bontemps + Baby Bel Bel will werk the stairs for show STOPing performances you’ll GO crazy for! DJ Sofia Fly w/ Top 40 hits, remixes + bangers. Mitchel Raphael +  photo booth pics.
Compelling theatre experiences
The Shaw Festival 2019

April 6 - December 22, 2019. The Horse and His Boy/ CS Lewis. Brigadoon/ Lerner + Loewe. The Ladykillers/ Graham Linehan. Man and Superman w/ Don Juan in Hell/ Bernard Shaw. Mahabharata: Origins experimental performances. Rope/ Patrick Hamilton. Getting Married/ Bernard Shaw. The Russian Play/ Hannah Moscovitch. Cyrano de Bergerac/ Edmond Rostand. The Glass Menagerie/ Tennessee Williams.
Totally Naked Toronto sex-positive social event
TNE! Totally Naked Excess

April 9, 2019, 7-10pm. Monthly naturist social event at Spa Excess. Come out and enjoy meeting our members and guests with our ice breaker activities and enjoy a slice of pizza and beer specials. Come out and find out what all the talk is about. Discover you are beautiful just the way you are!. Next: May 14th.
Hosted by House of Kings and Glad Day Bookshop
House of Kings: Colour Me Now!

April 10, 2019, 9pm-1am. House of Kings BIPOC Show - first show not run by white people! Bask in melanin glory, unique stories + explosive performances from STACKED lineup of Kings, Queens and Gender Performers: Babia Majora, Manghoe Lassi (Humza), Sydney Quest (ImogenQuest), Amian Black, Phil Atioh, Sebastian, Tini Tittie Ellie. Producer Nesta Brown, w/ co-host Tygr Willy! DJ Kai Zhou.
The 2018-19 Season
Canadian Stage: Bigre - 887 - I Swallowed a Moon Made of Iron

April 11-28, 2019 - Bigre - Pierre Guillois - brilliant physical comedy in the tradition of Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati. May 3-12th - 887 - Robert Lepage - social and political moments that shaped both our country and his own identity. May 16-26 - I Swallowed a Moon Made of Iron - Xu Lizhi - giving voice to millions of migrant workers around the globe. See details:
Hosted by DJ Scooter McCreight
Trade: Big Tree Energy

April 12, 2019, 10pm-2am. Rosebuds are forming and pussy willows will be bursting. Spring has returned. Time to get naked, suckle on nectars and get closer to nature. Big tree energy fantasies w/ dreamboat arborist Dillon. What to wear ideas: Arborist, Lumberjack, Wood Nymph. DJs Karim Olen Ash + Scooter McCreight. Door Host: Jacklynne Hyde. EVERYONE is welcome.
Back again lovers, with our favourite wonder from Down Under, Kitty Glitter!
The Red Dress Ball 2.0

April 13, 2019, 8pm-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!
Super Gay Saturday

April 13, 2019, 8:30-10pm. HOSTED BY: Aba Amuquandoh. FEATURING: Cormac McGuinness, Bougie B Bougé, Monica Garrido, Isabel Zed Tee and Tamara Shevon. Headliner: Greg Brown. Followed by: Lavender: Aries Edition.
Toronto's original daddy party returns to The Black Eagle Toronto
Daddy Next Door: the Return of Colby Jansen!

April 13, 2019, 10pm-3am. Dwayne Minard with returning porn superstar Colby Jansen - a night of HOUSE music, HOT DADDIES & DADDY CHASERS! Music by: it'smikeyboy (opening set) + DJ Dwayne Minard! Go go daddy Robert Miller + go go zaddy: Zack Acland.
Party for lesbian/ bisexual/ pansexual/ queer women/ non-binary/ transfolk
Lavender: Aries Edition

April 13, 2019, 10:30pm-2:30am. Going all out to celebrate DJ Zehra’s birthday so come on out and bring your looks and love! Hosting and comedy by Anasimone George with DJ Zehra spinning the best in SOCA, dance hall, ‘90s RnB and Reggaeton. Catch Super Gay Saturday beforehand with Anasimone George (SHADE, short, and full of rage).
“I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man”
Fearless: The Films of Katharine Hepburn

April 14, 2019 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Katharine Hepburn with Spencer Tracy (who died days after after filming was completed), and Sidney Poitier. Apr 19 - Woman of the Year - Hepburn began her long professional (and personal) relationship with Spencer Tracy in this delightful opposites-attract romantic comedy. Apr 21 - The Lion in Winter - w/ Peter O’Toole. 1pm shows.
FrancoQueer presentsQueer bilingual discussions
Café Bilingue Cercles de Discussion Circles

April 14, 21, 28, 2019, 3:30-5:30pm, every Sunday through December 22nd. Learn French or English in an LGBTQ positive and safe environment at FrancoQueer Discussion Circles for the casual learner in a social environment. Discussion circles take place at Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Next: May 5, 12, 19, 26....
Stratford Festival 2019

April 16 - December 31, 2019. 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:
Trans + Non-binary performer cabaret
F*ck Sh*t Up: APRIL

April 16, 2019, 6:30-10:30pm. Hell no you can't erase us! We're trans + non-binary performers and we're ready to Fuck Shit Up - at Gladstone Hotel's Thursday night cabaret series. Performances by: MANGOSASSI, Ravyn Wngs, Robbie Ahmed, Ben Agiter, and Velvet Earl. Hosts: Babia Majora + Fluffy Soufflé. After cabaret tunes and more good times with new friends!
Toronto's Leather Denim Cruising Bar
Naked Night

April 18, 2019, 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: May 15th. See more leather/fetish nights each month at their website:
Easter Weekend Prism with Phil Romano and Ben Bakson
Prism Presents BOYTOY

April 18, 2019, 10pm at Toybox, 473 Adelaide St. West (former Uniun Nightclub). LGBT dance event featuring Powerhouse DJs Phil Romano and Ben Bakson.
At the Blake House
Easter Weekend Feast

April 19-21, 2019. Easter Special: Turkey Roast with all the trimmings and mango, blackberry crumble - $24! See their website for more:
2 Night Easter Extravaganza! Hosted by Boner & Brother by Nigel March Events
Boner & Brother

April 19 + 20, 2019, 10pm-5am. FRI BONER Club 120. Dress sexy and comfortable. DJs Babygirl + Neill MacLeod. SAT BROTHER costume, 794 Bathurst. DJs Jeremy Khamkeo + Deko-ze. Performers: Tynomi Banks, Priyanka Love, Miss Fiercalicious, Devine Darlin, Baby Bel Bel, Halal Bae, Allysin Chaynes, Fisher Price, Sapphire Titha Reign, Juice Boxx, Ash Ashley Warchild, Dottie Dangerfield.
Hosted by David Kraft and John Caffery

April 19, 2019, 10pm-2:45am. DFMO turns 6 years old! Man they grow up so fast. Come celebrate with our original duo DJs John Caffery and The Robotic Kid! Funds from the door will go to support artists at the ILGBTArtistResidency. $5 COVER ALL NIGHT LONG! Happy Birthday DFMO!
Hosted by Middle Eastern Nights
M.E.N - Spring FLING

April 20, 2019, 10pm-3am. Amazing house beats celebrate the spring flings of the Middle East. Golds, reds, yellows, teals, greens and whites. Show us your spring look. Dare to be different! Everyone is welcome. House Music Middle Eastern style all night by Resident DJ Louay + gogo dancers that will make you wet and ready to go.
Bring it to the Runway With TRINITY T...

April 20, 2019, 10:30pm. Featuring Rupaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 4 Win Trinity Taylor and Season 11 Queens Suga Cain + A'keria Davenport! Plus local talent including: DJs Cajjmere Wray + Summation; Devine Darlin'; Beardoncé; Scarlett Bobo; Priyanka and House Of Magnifique! A 19+ event.
Hosted by OUT the play and Buddies In Bad Times Theatre

April 24 - May 5, 2019, 8pm (Sat/Sun 2:30pm). The power of Disco. The wisdom of The Village People. The search for love and identity. Greg Campbell brings 22 characters to life in this hilarious and heartwarming story about coming out in 1970s Montreal. Written/ performed by Greg Campbell. Direction and dramaturgy by Clinton Walker
Hosted by MoJo Toronto - Featuring Aaron, Michala & Charlotte
Showtime! Disney Edition

April 24, 2019, 8-10pm. Live DISNEY MUSIC showcase featuring performances by Aaron Bell, Michala Todd + SPECIAL GUEST CHARLOTTE FERRAREI! From show tunes and musicals to contemporary pop and jazz with talented Canadian singers - sure to charm with their smooth vocals.
Hosted by CODA
Horse Meat Disco - Extended Set

April 26, 2019, 10pm-5am at Coda, 794 Bathurst St. The return of international Disco sensation Horse Meat Disco (London) - Direct form London the very popular duo will be serving up a disco set alongside DJ Phillippe. Kitchen Open Late - A 19+ event.
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity
TNT!Men Naked Dance

April 27, 2019, 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. Next: May 25th; June 29th.
SPRING IS HERE and so is SIN - Hosted by SIN and The Black Eagle Toronto

April 27, 2019, 10pm-3am. DJ Jeremy Khamkeo with Sexy Beats to make you wanna take it ALL OFF! SPRING is finally here and things will be only get HOTTER at The Black Eagle where MEN will party inside and in the OUTDOOR BACK ROOM/ 2nd Floor Patio (SIN events exclusive) this Spring/Summer season. EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED; expect to witness/ join in some XXX on the Dance Floor + GET OFF!
In The Distillery District
Leslieville Flea at The Fermenting Cellar

April 28, 2019, 10am-5pm at the Fermenting Cellar. Back at this beautiful and historic location for 2 special dates! The Leslieville Flea: A Curated Flea Market in Toronto Selling Vintage and Handcrafted Goods.
Followed by an amazing dance party with some top Toronto talent!
Inside Out 2019 Launch Party

May 3, 2019, 8:30pm-1am at Artscape Daniels Launchpad, 130 Queens Quay East. Celebrate the Official Program announcement for Inside Out, the 2019 Toronto LGBT Film Festival, with food and drinks, grab the Program Guide and get ready for 11 days of the best LGBTQ cinema from around the world!
Hosted by The Black Eagle Toronto
Balls Deep Disco w/ Eli Escobar

May 11, 2019, 10pm. Classic Disco. Nu Disco. Disco House by guest DJ Eli Escobar (Classic, NYC) and resident disc jockeys: Kris Steeves + The Robotic Kid. $10 at the door. All 19+ welcome.
Inside Out | Annual queer screenings
Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival 2019

May 23 - June 2, 2019, 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.
NYC’s sexiest dance party makes its Toronto debut

May 24, 2019, 9pm-3am. Leave all your inhibitions behind, step onto the dark dance floor and let your senses guide you! Dress to dance and to play! Gear is encouraged plus anything else that makes you feel sexy. DJ Aeryn Pfaff, plus resident DJ Eric Bloom serving up the dark and sexy HARDER sound. HARDER is a queer party for everyone, no matter your age, gender, sexuality, or fetishes.
6th annual festival of queer-focused art and performance
Nuit Rose

June 15, 2019. 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

June 19-23, 2019. Five-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

June 20-24, 2019. Five-day weekend party nights at clubs/ venues around town. Toronto's biggest party weekend/ Pride Weekend. Thousands of gay party revelers from around the globe make this one of the crown jewels of Toronto Pride. International DJs, Toronto's best venues and major productions.
Celebrate & Demonstrate!
Pride Toronto 2019 Festival Weekend + Parade

June 21-23, 2019. Sunday June 23rd 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 3-14, 2019. 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.
Now in its 37th season of outdoor theatre magic
Shakespeare in High Park

July 4 through September 1, 2019, 8pm at High Park Amphitheatre, 1873 Bloor St. W. Adventurous adaptations of two of the Bard's most popular and enduring works. This past year featured Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. See 2019 updates:
Naughtical Naughtiness with Northbound Leather's Annual Kinky Cruise #11
Kinky Cruise XI

July 20, 2019, 7pm boarding. Eleven years of kinky pleasures in the summer air, sailung along the lake with the beautiful Toronto skyline as the backdrop. BBQ, Hors d'oeuvres - Floating Dungeon - DJ On the Obsession III. All tickets ordered online after July 16th, will be held for pick-up in store or at the boat upon boarding.
The leading public film festival in the world
Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF19

Early September, 2019. 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:
At the heart of the Queer Village
Church Street’s Halloween Night Party

October 31, 2019, 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.
The premiere winter theatre event in the city. Produced by the Toronto Fringe
NSTF - The Next Stage Theatre Festival

January, 2020. Annual 12-day platform: past Fringe artists 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 more info:
Canada’s longest-running new works festival returns for a 40th year
The 41st Rhubarb Festival

Mid February, 2020 (TBC). 11-DAY Hotbed of experimentation; artists explore new possibilities in theatre, dance, music, and performance art. the most adventurous ideas in performance as your favourite artists venture into uncharted territory. Artists and audiences experiment together, trying new things/ testing boundaries. More than one show (often 3 or 4) a night; no two nights alike.