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DailyXtra Bar & Events Listings

Daily list of everything queer going on in Toronto area bars and other venues - over 20,000 listings from our DailyXtra events pages.
Host: Sofonda Cox
Best Men’s Ass Contest

Ongoing every Friday and Saturday, midnight at Woody's, 467 Church Street. March 10, 2012, DJ Jade Elektra. Thursdays feature Best Chest nights and Sundays are for Big Ass Talent.
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.
Sofonda Cox hosts
So You Think You Can Strip?

Varsity Tuesdays 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.
The east ends 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: June 15, July 20, Aug 17, Sep 21, Oct 19.
Elaborate decadent dance parties

Coming, to Club 120, 120 Church St. After the huge success of the February Vampire Love Ball V: True Blood Edition, the Sodom crew is busy concocting the next epic theme and will announce the date of the next party soon.
Compelling theatre experiences
The Shaw Festival 2014

April 4 - October 26, 2014 at The Shaw Festival Theatre and Royal George Theatre. An annual festival of plays by George Bernard Shaw and Shavian playwrights, in the Village of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The area, known for beautiful scenery, has historic hotels, world-class vineyards and wine tastings, plus art galleries to visit. See their website for details and festival schedules.
Madness: Minds Pushed to the Edge
Stratford Festival 2014

May 3 - October 12, 2014. Season to include a dozen plays that "explore minds driven out of balance by a variety of forces: love, war, poverty, age, and sexuality." Coincides with 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, the program includes five Shakespeare productions, including two versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. See their full program online at:

May 15 - 18, 2014. Simultaneous release of Hungry Bottom Comics 3 + The Collected Hungry Bottom Comics - final releases from Eric Kostiuk Williams' queer memoir project. Special 4-day exhibit, 60+ original comic book pages spanning 3 issues and 2 years work. OPENING: May 15, 7-9 pm. Books/ original artwork for sale; reading, awesome tunes, performance by Allysin Chaynes.
Inside Out | Annual queer screenings
Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival 2014

May 22 - June 1, 2014, 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.
An invaluable historical document of the struggle for gay rights...
Queer Pagan Punk: The Films of Derek Jarman

June 12 - July 5, 2014 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Personal, poetic and political, the work of legendary British filmmaker and activist. Screenings include: Derek introduced by Isaac Julian; Glitterbug; Jubilee; The Garden; Sebastiane; Edward II; The Last of England; The Angelic Conversion; Blue; Wittgenstein; Caravaggio; Aria; War Requiem; and The Tempest.

June 13-22, 2014. In its 20th year, North by Northeast Festivals and Conference is the Canadian festival destination for emerging artists, major-label headliners; filmmakers; comedians; visual, sound, and other artists; innovators bridging the gap between technology and the arts. International headline performers, huge free outdoor concerts.10 days/nights, over 350,000 attendees.
Curated by Noah Cowan and Kathleen Pirrie Adams
Queer Outlaw Cinema

June 13-17, 2014 at HSBC Gallery. Internationally renowned artists working at the intersection of film and the visual arts open debate about alternative sexual, romantic and aesthetic practices, celebrating the possibilities and origins of contemporary queer identity. FEATURED ARTISTS: Derek Jarman, Isaac Julien, Bruce LaBruce, Ulrike Ottinger and Scott Treleaven.
2014 WorldPride Toronto: TIFF & Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival present
Bent Lens

June 17, 2014, 6:30-11pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvre, music, performances and art on the rooftop patio. Proceeds to support film, education and community programs at TIFF and Inside Out. Films to screen June 12th - August 17th.
A leader in contemporary realism
Ross Watson Exhibition

June 18-29, 2014, at IX Gallery, 11 Davies Ave. Distinctive, eye-catching artworks with a passionate global following. A display of some of the artist's most iconic paintings and editions, including the 010:COAST images of sexy surf twins and life guards; plus gay icons Stephen Fry, Matthew Mitcham, Jake Shears, Francois Sagat and Marco Da Silva portraits. Reception June 19, 6-8pm.
Toronto's Leather Denim Cruising Bar
Naked Night

June 19, 2014, 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.
His inimitably steamy, seamy, scandalous and subversive oeuvre...
The Films of Bruce LaBruce

June 19 - July 3, 2014 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Canada's queercore treasure with multiple screenings, including: No Skin Off My Back; Bruce's Bits; Super 8 1/2; Skin Flick; Hustler White; The Raspberry Reich; Otto; or, Up with Dead People; Carte Blanche: Act of the Heart; and LA Zombie. Some films introduced by Bruce LaBruce.
More Bent Lens
Under the Stars: Free Outdoor Screenings

June 20-23, 2014 at David Pecaut Square. Four nights of classic LGBT favorites under the stars for audiences of all ages, complete with special guests, live performances, music and audience participation.
Celebrate & Demonstrate!
World Pride Toronto 2014

June 20-29, 2014, one of this year's biggest international LGBTQ events. Parade and Streetfair on Church and Wellesley Streets across a dozen blocks of the Gay Village, with music from open air stages, food, artisan/craft stalls, etc. See our Pride 2013 photos.
Academy Award nominated African American filmmaker
In Conversation With... Lee Daniels

June 22, 2014, 2pm Writer-director Lee Daniels, Out100's 2013 Artist of the Year, joins GLAAD National Spokesperson Wilson Cruz onstage to look back at a career that includes some of the most arresting American films of the last decade: Shadowboxer, Precious, The Paperboy, and Lee Daniels' The Butler.
Mesmerizing docu-essay + raucous sing-a-long
Broken Hearts Film Club: Inside Out Favourites

June 24 & 26, 2014 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Bask in the golden glow of certified queer classics at special screenings of past Inside Out hits Tarnation and Hedwig and the Angry Inch -- with directors Jonathan Caouette and John Cameron Mitchell in attendance - as well as a special 10th-anniversary spotlight on Inside Out's Toronto short-film showcase, Local Heroes.
The not-to-miss festival during Toronto’s LGBT pride celebrations - for The 519
Green Space Toronto

June 26-29, 2014. Four-day festival events include: Starry Night, One World, Lipstick Jungle, Disco Disco and TreeHouse Party -- 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 Summer Circuit Event - Canada Day Weekend
Prism Festival 2014

June 26-30, 2014. International DJs/porn stars/performers. THU College at Fly; FRI Boot Camp at Government. SAT Aqua at Yonge/Dundas Sq + Main Event Matinee La Leche -Sound Academy/Cabana Pool Bar, DJs Tony Moran, Phil Romano, Javier Medina, Jeremy Khamkeo, Sofonda Cox. SUN Peepshow at Maison Mercer. MON Revival at Government.
One of the biggest all-round events ever, as WorldPride takes over Toronto
WorldPride Dyke March Toronto

June 28, 2014. The Saturday afternoon Dyke March will stride from Carlton Street to Yonge Street: a huge, colourful procession of women on foot, on bikes, on scooters and on top of the world. That night the party continues at Cherry Bomb Pride: Out of This World at the Mod Club. Tickets at Glad Day or Soundscapes for the hottest night on the Toronto women’s summer calendar.
Where the bears play
Bears, the Baths and Beyond

June 28, 2014, and 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.
Alt, Body Mod & Fetish Club
Subspace | Black-Light Tentacle Ball w/Squid Lid

June 28, 2014, 10pm-3am at The Opera House, 1087 Queen West. All the Black Light deco and UV body painting you can handle! Black-light party with amazing stage display (put on by Squid Lid), plus upper level play areas and rest areas with normal lighting. DJs Saucy Miso, Warmuffin. DRESS CODE: Kinky, Burner, UV Reactive, etc... NO JEANS / T-SHIRTS - a 19+ event.
The Toronto Fringe...
Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival

July 2-13, 2014 at CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst Street. The Creation Lab is home to the Toronto Fringe and the indie arts community. See updates on Twitter, fb, or website below:
Canada's Premier Leather Event
Toronto Leather Pride Week

August 3-10, 2014. TLP to include the 25th anniversary Mr. Leatherman Toronto, and the 29th Anniversary Leather Ball at the Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne St) - Aug 9th. Hosts: Richard Ryder (103.9 ProudFM and This Week on OUTtv), plus Mr Leatherman Toronto 2008, Matthew Pavelich. Leather Ball 20 DJ Neill MacLeod. Tickets on sale in early May. More details at website:
The leading public film festival in the world
Toronto International Film Festival

September 4-14, 2014. Screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September. 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 with an ongoing film series throughout the year. See details online at:
A celebration of fetish fashion, human relationships & technology

Mid-October, 2014, The world's largest single night fetish party, Show starts 11pm. Full dungeon. See website for more information as announced.
At the heart of the Queer Village
Church Street’s Halloween Night Party

October 31, 2014, three blocks of Church Street close from 7pm until 2am for seven 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.
Toronto Fringe Theatre
Next Stage Festival 2015

January, 2015. Eight jury selected plays from Toronto Fringe, begin each January, among the best indie offerings of the year. A diverse selection of works: musicals, political dramas, dystopian futures, urban dance show.... Most are new works by established Fringe artists. See their Vimeo Page for Fringe-y videos from 2014, and the 2015 lineup on the website:
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