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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

Through 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.
Stratford Festival 2019

Ongoing through 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:
Hosted by SIN and The Black Eagle Toronto
SIN - Fetish Night - 8th Anniversary

September 28, 2019, 10pm-3am. SIN is back with DJ Jack Chang (Frankfurt). MEN-ONLY NIGHT. The 2ND FLOOR Outdoor Backroom will be set up for the night - Exclusive to SIN events Only! And remember...EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED!; expect to witness/ join in some XXX on the Dance Floor + GET OFF!
The diverse, eclectic, intersectional voices of the 2SLGBTQQIAA+ Rainbow
Lez is More: the Musical!

October 1, 2019, 8-10pm at Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W. Extra special MUSICAL EDISH, featuring an all queer lineup of musical acts including drag, solo performances, burlesque and musical comedy! Guaranteed to leave you feeling pretty, witty and gaaay! FEATURED ACTS: Sarah Ashby, Jade Niles Craig, Rush Kazi, Susan Waycik, Lauren Scratch, Jas Pants, Johleen. GUEST HOST: Marisa Rosa Grant.
Etes-vous intéressé·e à pratiquer le français ou l'anglais?
Café Bilingue – Queer bilingual discussions

October 2, 16, 30, 2019, 6-7:30pm, alternate Wednesdays this month. 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 dates: Nov 13, 27; Dec 11, 25.
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity
Deep, Dark & Naked

October 4, 11, 18, 25, 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: Nov 1st; 8th....
Toronto's monthly French pop, disco & house dance party for queers & friends
Tapette turns 7 w/ special guest DJ Le Couleur (MTL)

October 4, 2019, 10pm-3am. Taking over Black Eagle one hot night seulement. Guest DJ Steeven Chouinard (Le Couleur, Montreal) + DJ Philllippe! Host Travis L'Henaff! Go-go Garçons! Lipstick station - get Tapette'd! Special édition prints! $10 before 12am, $15 après. Dance + French kiss everyone! Queer dance moves + French culture! A bientôt, les homos!
MoJo Toronto presents
As If Fridays w/ DJ Postal & Penelope Strange - Happy Bday Joey!

October 4, 2019, 10pm-2:30am. From the team behind FML Mondays each and every single Friday night at Church Street's weekly TGIF dance party! Featuring: DJ POSTAL (Liam Grebanier) slaying all the best new + old skool dance, top 40, hip-hop, remixes and mashups!
Performance by Penelope Strange! Hosted by Taquirra-Zana Johnson. Celebrating Joey A Gaulton's Birthday!
Something.... Seems different about you...
Künst Kids present: DEEP SPACE 69

October 4, 2019, 10pm-3am. Explore far reaches of the cosmos. Encounter new life and civilization! Take Dilithium crystals and find courage to walk our gravity plated catwalk! Prize for the best runway look. Host: Captain + #2 - Uglyy Onee Kasper Ghøst. Featuring: Anne Alien + Weird Alice Yankadic! with Molly Kewl as quest collaborator! Queen cantina band: Allysin Chaynes!
Hosted by Boner & Brother - Nigel March Events

October 5, 2019, 10pm-3am. BONER‘s BACK this Saturday. Everyone is welcome. Bring good energy and be respectful! Dress Code: Get into whatever makes you feel sexy and comfortable, it’s up to you. Clothes check upstairs. DJ NOKU is back from months of travel to headline the night. The refreshment tables will be stocked with treats, so pig out, in every way possible.
Hosted by Lavender and Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
Lavender x Libra Edition

October 5, 2019, 10:30pm-2:30am. Lavender is a party for lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer women, non-binary folks and trans people - everyone welcome! This month we are celebrating the birthday of Sica Saccone! Hosted by Anasimone George w/ DJ Sofia Fly spinning the best SOCA, dance hall, ‘90’s RnB and Reggaeton. Performers TBA. Entry 19+, $10 or PWYC.
At Ashbridge Estate + Jimmie Simpson Community Centre
The Leslieville Flea

October 6, 2019, 10am-5pm at ASHBRIDGE ESTATE, 1444 Queen St E. Also: Dec 7-8th, 10am-5pm, two day Holiday Market at the Jimmie Simpson Community Ctr. The Leslieville Flea: A Curated Flea Market in Toronto Selling Vintage and Handcrafted Goods.
Totally Naked Toronto sex-positive social event
TNE! Totally Naked Excess + Aquarius Naked Swim

October 8, 2019, 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: Oct 16th, 8:15pm TNTMEN Aquarius Naked Swim at Harrison Pool Community Centre, 15 Stephanie St.
Queer Comedy Showcase
Working Women Comedy - Happy October Witches

October 8, 2019, 8-10pm. Get spooky with some of the city's best diverse, queer + ally talent. Andrew Johnston (Video On Trial), back from LA along with co-host - heart-throb, producer and comedian Karis Anderson! PERFORMANCES by: Bobbi Summers, Emma J Davey, Lauren Mitchell, Jade Niles Craig, Bee Bertrand, Taylor Rivers, and Rayhan Jabbar.
Selena Vyle takes over The Beaver every Tuesday!
VYLE Tuesdays at The Beaver

October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019, 10pm. Hosted by She's So Vyle. 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. Next: Nov 5th, 12th....
Every second Thursday of the month
Home Turf - Black Eagle’s Monthly Gear Night!

October 10, 2019, 10pm-2am. The Village's all-inclusive kink and debauchery monthly leather, rubber & gear night. No cover. All 19+ welcome. Fetish gear highly encouraged but not mandatory.
Big Primpin - October Edition

October 4, 2019, 10:30pm-3am at ROUND venue, 152a Augusta Ave. BIG PRIMPIN HBD BLACKCAT edition, with residents BLACKCAT + CRAIG DOMINIC, special guest TAMIKA plus host JADA HUDSON.
With Boy Pussy (Wet Trax) & Scooter McCreight
Trade: Darkroom Demons

October 11, 2019, 10pm-3am. Something evil lurks behind the glory holes. This month we keep it dark and spooky and let the demons enter the darkroom. Bringing qtpup666 to host his first Toronto trade party after Vancouver Pride and hosting the after party there. DJs Boy Pussy (Wet Trax) + Scooter McCreight. Jacklynne Hyde on the door.
The Toronto launch event
HER Toronto: Love BITE

October 12, 2019, 8pm-1:30am. Mixer + Drag Performance + 19+ dance party. Bringing passion to take a BITE of the local scene - for queer womxn, non-binary and trans folks, and all those cute friends/ allies who love them. A night of lively, energetic queer celebration, kicking up some heat to forget about the weather cooling down! HOSTS: ZacKey Lime + Alexandher Brandy (House of Kings).
Toronto's original daddy party returns to The Black Eagle Toronto
Daddy Next Door w/ Manuel Skye!

October 12, 2019, 9:30pm-3am. Toronto's original daddy party returns to The Black Eagle Toronto. This month w/ DJ Dwayne Minard + guest host Manuel Skye for a night of HOUSE music, HOT DADDIES & DADDY CHASERS! Resident DJ it'smikeyboy with opening set.
DJs Aeryn Pfaff, Scarett Bobo, Ashlee Warchild + GoGo Kahmpers. Free Cockrings!
Dahnce Kahmp-Cocktoberfest w/ Men's Room

October 12, 2019, 10:30pm. YumEee! (yes,m that tasteless zine) presents a party without conscience. Music to make you bounce off the walls, shows to have you climbing the walls, GoGo Kahmpers that will lower your walls, and decor to make you glad you were inside our walls. Cover $7 before midnight. Parents, please pick-up your children at 2:30am. Sausage deepthroating contest. 19+ event.
The annual "All Black Everything" event
GO HARD NOIR - All Black Everything (With Gold)

October 13, 2019, 10:30pm-4am. NOIR turns 6 this year. Everyone looking nice In their ALL BLACK is special. This is also the BLACK CAT birthday party.
Let Nina Flowers take you on a journey, across the universe
Prism Presents Ninaverse

October 13, 2019, 10pm. Prism’s MASSIVE THANKSGIVING EVENT, featuring a special performance by Lena Love + an opening set by DJ Josh Karmin. Get ready to be blown away!
Hosted & Produced by ZacKey Lime and Alexandher Brandy
House of Kings: Open Stage

October 16, 2019, 9pm-12am. The air is crisp. House of Kings Open Stage is BACK! New or experienced Drag King or Gender Performer? We've got 10 spots open to see what you've been working on! Hosted by ZacKey Lime + Alexandher Brandy. Numbers do not need to be Halloween themed! Audience Mini-Challenge: show up in your best look for a chance to win a prize!
Toronto's Leather Denim Cruising Bar
Naked Night

October 17, 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. See more leather/fetish nights each month at their website:
Dance Floor Make Out - Hosted by David Kraft

October 18, 2019, 10pm-2:30am. DJs John Caffery + Dwayne Minard bring you a pre-Halloween dance floor love fest haunt!
Every third Saturday of the month thru February 15, 2020
Glad Day Drag Bingo

October 19, 2019, 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: Nov 16; Dec 21; Jan 18.
Hosted by POSI VIBEZ and Handlebar
Spooky Vibez II

October 19, 2019, 9pm-2am at Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. POSI VIBEZ and Feel Your Fantasy. BOO! We’re back baby and ready to get ooky up in here. Kick off the haunted season correct. Don't be afraid... Host ZacKey Lime. Drag by ANNE ALIEN + MS NOOKIE GALORE. Noise by Poster Boy + DJs The FranDiscos. POSI VIBEZ is a registered nonprofit/ interdisciplinary art collective.
Celebrating lunar new year at the Black Eagle
Middle Eastern Nights

October 19, 2019, 10pm-3am. Amazing house beats to celebrate Pride of the Middle East. We are LGBTQ+ and proud of it. Most inclusive event in the village. Everyone is welcome. The Sounds of all of the Middle East are unique and will have you dancing all night long to the House and Middle Eastern dance music. Sexy Gogo Dancers will make you wet and ready to go.
Brace yourself for a LONG weekend of HARD labour
Rangeela presents: Khilona

October 19, 2019, 10pm-4am. Toys, meet boys! North America’s biggest gay, Bollywood event returns for our final night of the year. A toy-themed wonderland of childhood nostalgia, where life is plastic (and fantastic). DJ Aman will pump out fun Bollywood beats for a night packed with surprises - it's bound to have your inner kid chuckling. A night that's all werk, all play.
FSU: Trans + Non-binary Performer Cabaret - Hell no you can’t erase us!
F*ck Sh*t Up - October

October 24, 2019, 7-11pm. EPISODE 12. Back with another night of great performances and good times! HOSTS Babia Majora + Fluffy Soufflé. PERFORMERS: Nookie Galore, Jord Camp, Weird Alice Yankadic, yes, Kurt Cumstain. After cabaret tunes and more good times.
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity
TNT!Men Naked Dance

October 26, 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.
Prism’s Halloween Event
Prism presents Scream w/ Tom Stephan

October 26, 2019, 10pm-5am. SCREAM with DJ Tom Stephan. Opening set by DJ Christopher Mortagua. Performance by Sofonda Cox will be spooky, sexy and unforgettable. Dress to impress - Best Costume will win cash prize of $250.
Hosted by After Werk Events and Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
After Werk Monster Mash

October 26, 2019, 10:30pm-2:30am. It’s Halloween! After Werk Events just celebrated their One Year Anniversary. It was a blast! Keep the party going with Monster Mash! $200 prize for best costume. $100 prize for runner up. DJ Sofia Fly playing favorite beats - get ready to dance! Special guests performer: the Funny Queen; Boa and our wonderful MC Barbie Jo Bontemps. A 19+ event.
osted by Heckin' Queer
Night of the Living QUEERS - Halloween Competition

October 28, 2019, 7pm-12am. Ghouls of All Shapes/ Sizes: bring your best spook-tacular act; put the boo in booty; amaze all the ghoulfriends. CASH PRIZE, TRICKS, TREATS and title; SATANIC SUPREME 2019. Runner-Up + Swapwater B itch Award for Badassery! TAKE THE CROWN FROM REIGNING GHOUL Kurt Cumstain. HOSTS Archie Maples + Babia Majora. DJ Sofia Fly. JUDGES Seyoncé + Lizzie Renaud.
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.
Late night somewhat improvised Murder Mystery w/ drag queens! ALWAYS A NEW SHOW

October 31, 2019, 9:30pm. Also Nov 2nd + Dec 7th, 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!
Tragedy plus time… plus tequila
Dead Parents Society: A Dark Sketch Comedy Revue, directed by Kirsten Rasmussen

November 1 + 2, 2019, 8pm. Created by comedians who each lost a parent at a young age. Losing a parent is hard. Especially when peers complain about how their mom calls them too often. That's brutal. But the experience of grief, in a society that teaches us to put sadness away into little drawers, taught us the aftermath of tragedy can be funny AF. About love and loss and mortality.
A chill is in the air, the hot chocolate is on...
Flamingo Market - Winter Wonderland Edition

December 1, 2019, 1-7pm. Warm up at Toronto's only independent bi-monthly market for LGBTQ2SIA+ business owners and makers! FREE admission market that is an all inclusive, child friendly market. All are welcome to attend!
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:
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.
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!
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

Early July, 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.