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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:
One of the most important platforms for launching new work in Canada
Progress International Festival: Dance, Live Art, Music, Parties, Theatre

January 30 - February 16, 2020. Among the most important platforms for launching new work in Canada, continuously re-imagining and innovating the possibilities of performance - how it is created, presented and experienced. Two SummerWorks each year: the Jan-Feb Progress International Festival of performance and ideas; and the SummerWorks Performance Festival in Early August.
A television series on OUTtv and Amazon Prime
Drag Heals

January 31 - February 1, 2020, 8pm. Exploring gender through the art of drag - live performances (filmed for S2) of the Drag Heals cast on stage. Eight drag kings, queens and genderqueer performers in an intensive 10 day workshop build their own show. Each day, a guest coach joins Tracey Erin Smith to explore techniques, talents and skills required in a drag performance.
Hosted by Super Gay Comedy and Glad Day Bookshop
Super Gay Saturday February

February 1, 2020, 8-10pm. The Super Gay is BACK with a Satuday special edition after selling out all 2019! Toronto's LGBTQ2S+ Comedy showcase in the heart of church street. Usually on first Fridays of the month. LINE UP TBA:
Hosted by Anasimone George
Lavender x Aquarius Edition

February 1, 2020, 10:30pm-2:30am. A party for lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer women, non-binary folks and trans people - everyone welcome! Hosted by Anasimone George. Lineup TBA.
Late night somewhat improvised Murder Mystery w/ drag queens! ALWAYS A NEW SHOW
SLAY! A Somewhat Improvised Murder Mystery

February 1, 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!
Church Street's only Monday Night Dance Party
FML Mondays: DJ Craig Dominic, Lucy Flawless & Deus Sex Machina

February 3, 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: Lucy Flawlwaa (Eric Rich) + Deus Sex Machina (Elijah Miley)! MC MAMA MOJO Barbie Jo Bontemps! NO COVER! EVER! BE SCENE - 9 Years of FML Mondays Inside Flash on Church!
Got V-day plans? Now you do... Hosted by Working Women - Queer Comedy Showcase
Working Women Comedy - February Show

February 4, 2020, 8-10pm. The queer date night of your dreams w/ a HOT queer/ally lineup sure to warm freezing limbs. Broken hearted? How Moody and contemporary of you. Come laugh it off with EXTRA SPECIAL GUEST HOST Aba Amuquandoh (a virgo queen) + Brandon Ash-Mohammed. Comedic talents Emily Ferrier, Anna Menzies, Bougie B Bouge, Velvet Wells, Luba Magnus, Arianne Tong, Clare Belford.
Selena Vyle takes over The Beaver every Tuesday!
VYLE Tuesdays at The Beaver

February 4, 11, 18, 25, 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.
House of Kings February Open Stage is upon us!
House of Kings: Open Stage

February 5, 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. Hosted by ZacKey Lime + Alexandher Brandy w/ DJ Manny Dingo.
Hosted by Inside Out LGBT Film Festival
Inside Out presents: And Then We Danced

February 6, 2020, 7:30-10:30pm. Passionate, exceptionally crafted tale of love and liberation set against backdrop of Georgian traditional dance! Goal-oriented rule-follower Merab, who trained most of his life for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble, is thrown off balance by Irakli, a naturally gifted dancer with a rebellious streak, who awakens both rivalry and desire in Merab.
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity
Deep, Dark & Naked

February 7 + 14, 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: Feb 21 + 28; Mar 6.
In sweaty tanks/tshirts, cutoffs, belt buckled ripped jeans & trucker caps
Wolfpack - Dirty Truckers

February 7, 2020, 10pm-3am. Dirty Trucker Sliverfoxes, Wolves/ WolfDaddys and Pups! Dance party theme night. Guest DJ Joshua Reid in the Wolf den with sexy tech house. Resident Wolf Daddy DJ Neill MacLeod plays dirty filthy tribal tech til late. Pop-up store. FB
An all queer, all weird, love fest pre-valentine's day party
Künst Kids presents: X X X O O O

February 7, 2020, 10pm-2am. Come covered in chocolate and just a harness? Sure! Or the entire box of chocolates? FUCK YEAH! Or your best look that screams red and ravished! Dress up/ down as you want! Star crossed lovers, Kasper Ghøst + the Uglyy Onee hold down the tunnel of love. Tasty/ creamy Rubi Strange. Sex siren Lucinda Miu. Songstress/ monthly rebel girl Allysin Chaynes.
Hosted by Daddy Next Door and The Black Eagle Toronto
Daddy Next Door ft. Wade Wolfgar

February 8, 2020, 10pm-3am. Toronto's ORIGINAL Daddy party returns to The Black Eagle Toronto with DJ Dwayne Minard on the decks spinning funky, grooving, jackin' house all night! Plus DJs smikeyboy (opening set) and Dwayne Minard! Guest host Wade Wolfgar. Go-go daddies: Zack Acland + Robert Miller.
Totally Naked Toronto sex-positive social event
TNE! Totally Naked Excess + Aquarius Naked Swim

February 11, 2020, 7-10pm. Monthly naturist social event at Spa Excess. Come out/ enjoy meeting our members and guests with ice breaker activities, 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: Feb 19th, 8:15pm TNTMEN Aquarius Naked Swim at Harrison Pool Community Centre, 15 Stephanie St.
Let's face it, us Gays don't do winter that well...
Gay AF: Is It Summer Yet?

February 11, 2020, 8pm. Let's make it feel like summer! Heating things up with some red hot stand up by everyone's favourite peppery comedian KYLE BROWNRIGG! Wear your favourite summer shirt - lets get Hot AF! Featuring: KARIS ANDERSON, JAMES AHMED, TAMARA SHEVON and DAN UDY. Hosted by Robert Watson. A 2nd Tuesday monthly showcase for gay male comedians that puts the G in LGBTQ.
“The wildest theatre fest in town” - Toronto Life
The Rhubarb Festival

February 12-22, 2020. Canada’s longest-running new works festival transforms Buddies into a hotbed of experimentation. Artists explore new possibilities in theatre, dance, music, and 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.
Glad Day's own wildly successful evening of erotica and sexy writing
Smut Peddlers: An Evening of LGBTQ Erotica

February 13, 2020, 7-9pm. Sexy writing from young queer, trans and non-binary writers at the world's oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore. A Glad Day tribute to our history of sexual liberation + sexually charged art with stories intended to titillate and tantalize. Limited edition zines from select authors. READERS: Tianna Henry, Taylah Harris Mungo, J.M. Frey. Host MJ Lyons.
The Diet Ghosts return to haunt the halls of the Gladstone hotel
Trouble In Paradise: An Anti-Valentine's Cabaret

February 13, 2020, 8-11pm. We're madly in love and crimes of passion are on the rise. Take a break from the terminally lovesick on the Darkside of the honeymoon for an anti-Valentine's you won't forget. Roses are red, your love life is dead, they left you on read, so come drink instead. Favourite homewreckers: Aura Nova, Lucinda Miu, Kitty Creäture, and Łady Kunterpunt.
Every second Thursday of the month
Home Turf - Black Eagle’s Monthly Gear Night!

February 13, 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: Mar 12th.
The Valentine's edition
Strangelove - Hearts of Glass

February 14, 2020, 10pm-3am. Strangelove returns to Black Eagle for a 'Hearts of Glass' Valentine's edition of Synthpop/ New Wave/ Post Punk w/ DJ Lazarus & Castelvi. Hosted by Brett Murden.
Third Saturdays of each month thru February 15, 2020
Glad Day Drag Bingo

February 15, 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 dates: Mar 21; Apr 18.
Hosted by Boner & Brother by Nigel March Events
BONER 3 Year Anniversary!

February 15, 2020, 10pm-5am. BONER‘s BACK this Saturday. Everyone is welcome. DJ TBA, dance floor and refreshment tables will be stocked with all your favourite treats, so you can really pig out in every way possible. The dress code is simple: whatever makes you feel sexy and comfortable. Next Boner: March 21st.
Back at The Black Eagle Toronto
Middle Eastern Nights

February 15, 2020, 10pm-3am. Middle Eastern dance and amazing house beats to celebrate Pride of the Middle East. We are LGBTQ+ and proud. Come dressed in your best ugly Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanaza sweater. The most inclusive village event. Everyone is welcome. Sounds of the Middle East are unique and will have you dancing all night. Sexy Gogo Dancers will make you wet and ready to go.
At the Fermenting Cellar in the Historic Distillery District
2020 Winter Markets in the Distillery

February 16 + 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.
Hosted by Better Than Ted: Talking HIV Research
ILL-egal Bodies: Xenophobia, Immigration & HIV

February 19, 2020, 6-7:30pm at Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. Immigrating or escaping violence are already difficult due to xenophobic, racist and inequitable immigration policies. The hardship thickens for immigrants and refugees with HIV. Dr. Josephine Pui-Hui Wong + Gerardo Betancourt on the xenophobic and serophobic experiences of immigrants and refugees living with HIV in Canada.
Hosted by SHADE - at a new venue!

February 20, 2020, 8-11pm, Melody bar. SHADE: The show that celebrates and represents: Black/Indigenous/People of colour, women, and people from the LGBTQ2S+ Community. FEATURING lineup TBA:
Toronto's Leather Denim Cruising Bar
Naked Night

February 20, 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: Mar 19th. See more leather/fetish nights each month at their website:
FSU: Trans + Non-binary Performer Cabaret - Hell no you can’t erase us!
F*ck Sh*t Up: February 2020

February 25, 2020, 7-10pm. Performances by: Midnite Wolverine, Amian Black (Naima Dabaws), Blue Wild Rye, Lucinda Miu, and Nesta Brown. With hosts: Babia Majora + Fluffy Soufflé aka Kaleb Robertson aka Deborah. Stick around after the cabaret for tunes and more good times. Mix and mingle with new friends!
In 1992, novelist Brian Francis placed a personals ad in the newspaper...
Box 4901

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.
Freak Like Me at The Black Eagle

February 28, 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 dates: Mar 27th; Apr 24th; May 22nd.
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity
TNT!Men Naked Dance

February 29, 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.
Hosted by PinkPlayMags and MoJo Toronto
Pride in Love - 1st Annual

February 29, 2020, 4:30pm-1:30am at Fantasy Farm Event Centre & Banquet Hall, 50 Pottery Rd. ROMANCE, LOVE, MATRIMONY, and a whole lot of SEXY. Fabulous Exhibitors + Fashion Show + Dance Party AND a chance to WIN your wedding. Presented by INspired Media, Fantasy Farm, Rainbow TravelMarketing, and MOJO Toronto.
Hosted by Super Gay Comedy and Glad Day Bookshop
Super Gay Friday

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!
Hosted by Lavender
Lavender x 2 Year Anniversary

March 7, 2020, 10:30pm-3am. Lavender is a party for lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer women, non-binary folks and trans people - everyone welcome! Hosted by Anasimone George. LINE UP + INFO TBA.
Love is a battlefield

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.
Compelling theatre experiences
The Shaw Festival 2020

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:
Hosted by Flamingo Market and Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
Flamingo Market - Spring Has Sprung Edition

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.
Stratford Festival 2020

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:
“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

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.
Back again lovers
The Red Dress Ball

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!
Inside Out | Annual queer screenings
Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival 2020

Late May, 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.
The not-to-miss festival during Toronto’s LGBT pride celebrations
Green Space Toronto

Late June, 2020 (TBC). Four-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 Festival 2020

Late June, 2020. Five-day weekend of party nights. Past year: THU Boot Camp at Fly 2.0; FRI AQUA at Cabana Pool Bar; FRI Resist at Noir/ Rebel; SAT Electric Island at Woodbine Park; SAT Sweat at CODA; SUN Revival at Rebel Night Club; MON Closing Party at Fly 2.0. For details and updates see:
Celebrate & Demonstrate!
Pride Toronto 2020 Festival Weekend + Parade

Late June, 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.
Fringe & next stage theatre festivals
Fringe Festival Toronto

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.
The 38th season of outdoor theatre magic
Shakespeare in High Park

July through September, 2020, 8pm alternatiing performance nights 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 Much Ado About Nothing, and Measure For Measure. See updates:
The leading public film festival in the world
Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF20

Early September, 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:
Toronto's ComedyFestival
JFL43 - Just For Laughs

Mid-September, 2020. Ten days of hilarious, riveting and relevant comedians; headliners plus 42 other amazing comedy acts to experience. Past year 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.
At the heart of the Queer Village
Church Street’s Halloween Night Party

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.
Filmmakers, activists, artists, scholars + new independent queer/trans films
Toronto Queer Film Festival 2020

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

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.