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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:
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
Hosted by House of Kings and Glad Day Bookshop
House of Kings: Open Stage

April 30, 2019, 9pm-1am. Open Stage is back! Do you have a routine you've been working on? We want to see it!!! Whether you're performing or supporting, come hang with the community and support the fierce, local talent! Thunder Bucks will be available to tip with!
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity
Deep, Dark & Naked

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 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: June 7th, 14th....
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!
Monthly performance events
KÜNST KIDS Presents: The First Friday In May everything MET GALA

May 3, 2019, 10pm-2am. What…are you wearing? Did you smoke one of your ponchos? Kämp! Put on your best flamingo headpiece or Rihanna gown and walk the runway. Hosts: The 6yr-old Prada shoes, that are just okay, The Ugly One, the Viktor+Rolf gown, you just can’t ignore, Kasper The Queer Ghost. Guests: FischerPrice + Miss Moço. DJ Allysin Chaynes.
Bring that appetite because BEEF is on the Menu
Prism presents BEEF + Prism Sweat

May 3, 2019, 10:30pm-5am. The next epic night of beefy boys and bassey beats to satisfy that hunger and working out your KINKS all night long! Grab tickets at the door, and meet DJs Josh Karmin + Danny Verde on the dance floor. $15 before midnight, increasing to $20 after midnight! May 18th, 10pm at CODA, 794 Bathurst St - Prism Sweat Las Bibas from Vizcaya w/ Josh Karmin Coda.
A queer masterpiece, reimagined - by lemonTree creations
Lilies; Or, The Revival of a Romantic Drama

May 4-26, 2019, 8pm. In 1912, two schoolboys fall in love performing a play about Saint Sebastian. Their passion is interrupted when one is unjustly sent to prison. Decades later, several inmates agree to stage this story of young love in search of their own redemption. Michel Marc Bouchard masterpiece revived. Walter Borden leads a cast of predominantly Indigenous and Black artists.
Hosted by Green Space Festival
Just a Taste with Yvie Oddly

May 4, 2019, 9pm-2am, at The Ballroom, 519 Church. Green Space Starry Disco Night live sneak peek: Tynomi Banks, Fay Slift, and Jada Hudson performances. Psychedelic twist w/ DJ couple The Illustrious Blacks (Manchildblack + Monstah Black, NYC) serving freaky grooves. Yvie Oddly (RPDR S11) live entertainment.
"French fag dance party" - Tapette is très spécial!
Tapette - édition bonne fête

May 4, 2019, 10pm-3am at Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave, Toronto. Tapette's annual bonne fête party is for all the queer Taurus babies, include DJ Phillippe, whose birthday is tonight! French disco and house. French kissing. Dancing. Scott on the door. Surprises on the floor.
After Werk Events is excited to be hosting this Queer event, ALL are welcome
Star Wars AfterWerk May The Fierce Be With You

May 4, 2019, 10:30pm-2:30am at ROUND venue, 152a Augusta Ave. Get ready to Werk! Juice Boxx will be our slave for some performances she learned in another galaxy! MC for the night: the Jeidi Master Barbie Jo Bontemps. DJ Sofia Fly will be playing Top 40 hits, remixes and bangers that are out of this world!
FrancoQueer presentsQueer bilingual discussions
Café Bilingue Cercles de Discussion Circles

May 5, 12, 19, 26, 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: June 2, 9, 16, 23....
Toronto launch with Proust & Company - Glad Day reading series
This One Looks Like A Boy

May 6, 2019, 7-9pm. An evening of luminary authors, music and drinks. This month, trans-identified and non-binary authors come together to celebrate the Toronto launch of Lorimer Shenher's "This One Looks Like A Boy: My Gender Journey to Life As A Man". Join Lorimer along with poet and author Gwen Benaway, author Tom Cho, and more!
Hosted by Working Women - Queer Comedy Showcase
Working Women Comedy - May Edition

May 7, 2019, 8-10pm. A year of Working Women already? Your favorite queer n' ally comedy show is BACK at the Gladstone to do the b-day right - with another diverse line up of Toronto's best comedians! Headling Salma Hindy - with Greg Houston, Preeti Torul, Andrew Johnston, Jialu Wang, and Allie Pearse.
Hosted by DJ Scooter McCreight
Trade: 6-yr anniversary

May 10, 2019, 10pm-2am. Turning the club red to celebrate - and bringing sex back to the dancefloor with equipment to get crazy on. Babygirl Summer DJ residency launch! Hunk DJ William Francis (NYC)! Host: Saef! Scooter McCreight opening set! Jacklynne Hyde on the door. Everyone welcome except misogynists, transphobes, racists, and body shamers. No photos - so be comfortably slutty.
Super Gay Saturday

May 11, 2019, 8:30-10pm. Monthly comedy show at Glad Day Bookshop that showcases LGBTQ+ comedians. Followed by: Lavender x May.
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.
Party for lesbian/ bisexual/ pansexual/ queer women/ non-binary/ transfolk
Lavender x May

April 13, 2019, 10:30pm-2:30am. A party for LGBTQ+ women, nonbinary and trans people - everyone welcome! Hosted by Anasimone George. DJ Zehra spinning us the best SOCA, dance hall, ‘90s R&B and Reggaeton.
Totally Naked Toronto sex-positive social event
TNE! Totally Naked Excess

May 14, 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: June 11th.
Toronto's Leather Denim Cruising Bar
Naked Night

May 15, 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: June 12th. See more leather/fetish nights each month at their website:
Get to know Las Bibas From Vizcaya! - With Josh Karmin Coda
Prism Sweat Las Bibas

May 18, 2019, 10pm-5am at CODA. Unique Brazilian Drag Queen DJ, Electronic Music Producer and Singer, Las Bibas From Vizcaya produces every track to every set, adding a unique touch to their music and biggest characteristic: JOY! A mix of electronica, house, tribal and progressive songs for LGBT dancefloors.
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.
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity
TNT!Men Naked Dance

May 25, 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: June 29th; July 27th.
Hosted by Boner & Brother by Nigel March Events - Everyone is welcome at BONER!

May 25, 2019, 10pm-3am. Get into whatever makes you feel sexy and comfortable, clothes check is available. Boner in-house DJ, Jeremy Khamkeo will take care of you on the dance floor and there will be refreshment tables stocked with your favourite treats, to really pig out in every way possible. Friendly folks at another party where you can do whatever you damn well please!
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 20-23, 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.
Hosted by Boner & Brother by Nigel March Events and CODA
Toronto PRIDE 2019 - Boner & Brother

June 21-22, 2019, 10pm-8am. Two Nights, siix DJs, 20 Special Guests + the hottest crowd Toronto has to offer. A costume party and celebration of creativity! This year’s theme: ALL THAT GLITTERS. Cover yourself in Diamonds, Crystals, Rhinestones, Sparkles and everything that shimmers for a fabulous night of Dancing at CODA. DJs, performers, and special guests TBA.
Hosted by Green Space Festival
TreeHouse Party XI + Afterparty

June 23, 2019, 1pm - 12am at CNE Bandshell. Hottest party of the queer summer at Toronto’s Art Deco jewel, surrounded by greenery on Exhibition Place grounds. DJs: Danny Tenaglia, The Black Madonna w/ heavenly beats, techno, disco and house tracks; Isaac Escalante with house beats + sexy tech; and Addy is ready w/ classic underground Toronto flavour, After, 11pm-6am at ONE LOFT.
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.
Back again lovers
The Red Dress Ball

April 12, 2020 (TBC), 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!