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See link below for daily Toronto events, followed by editor's pick of events throughout the year. Also see Hamilton, Warkworth and Newmarket ON events.

dailyxtra.com/lgbt-events/city-Toronto
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.

buddiesinbadtimes.com/events
Host: Sofonda Cox
Best Men’s Ass Contest

SWEETASS SATURDAY NIGHT AT Woody’s/Sailor Toronto, Sofonda Cox and Mahogany J Browne with the Squirt.org Men’s ASS Contest with $300 cash prizes, DJ Chris Steinbach and Toronto’s hottest staff.

www.woodystoronto.com
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.

www.remingtons.com
The East End's 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: September 21, October 19.

leslievilleflea.com
Elaborate decadent dance parties
Sodom

Every few months at Club 120, 120 Church St, periodic dance party six-years running, mixed gay dress-up costume theme nights every few months with performers and special guests, top DJs.

www.sodom.ca
Compelling theatre experiences
The Shaw Festival 2015

April 17 - November 1, 2015 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.

www.Shawfest.com
General Public Ticket Sales from January 2, 2015
Stratford Festival 2015

May 1 - October 11, 2015. Hamlet; The Taming of the Shrew; Love's Labours Lost; The Adventures of Pericles; Rogers & Hammersteins Carousel; The Sound of Music; The Diary of Ann Frank; She Stoops to Conquer; The Physicists; Oedipus Rex; The Alchemist; Possible Worlds; The Last Wife. See the full program online:

www.stratfordfestival.ca
A workshop performance
Charisma Furs by Katie Sly with Jonathan Seinen

May 20, 2015, 8-9pm at Videofag. A first time submitting to a dominatrix. A surprise win in a schoolyard soccer game. A barely-attended poetry reading that changes everything. A party that plays Ginuwine’s Pony every hour, on the hour. Sly’s personal history of infatuation, abandonment, desperation, and ecstasy; a performative archive of her difficult relationship with love.

www.facebook.com/events/669897653137735
Inside Out | Annual queer screenings
Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival 2015

May 21-31, 2015, 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.

www.insideout.ca/initiatives/toronto
Enjoy being naked with other men
TNT Men | Naked Events

May 30th 4-9pm NAKED DANCE at Club 120 (last Saturday/ month) + June 30, 2015, 7-11pm NAKED IN EXCESS at Spa Excess (normally 4th Tuesday/ month). Admission: members $8; non-members $10; students $5. Other TNT naked events include swims, wrestling, yoga, bowling, house-parties, game nights, book club, art showings, drawing group, retreats, and other special interest gatherings.

tntmen.org
Italian Contemporary Film Festival
ICFF: Just Say Yes

June 11-19, 2015 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Annual film program that promotes and supports Italian language and culture. Including June 14th at 3:45pm - Lei Disse Sì (Just Say Yes) by Maria Pecchioli, co-presented with Inside Out - Two women decide to publically display the happiest day of their lives in this docufilm.

icff.ca/blog/2015/04/09/lei-disse-si/
Open your eyes to all the possibilities of partying
Bestival Has Gone International!

June 12-13, 2015, Hanlan’s Point Beach, Toronto Island. Besti-love bursts out of the UK with their trademark triumvirate of music, magic and mayhem to land in Toronto for the first ever Bestival abroad! Known for creative vision, amazing/ eclectic music, big-name headliners, insane sideshows and immersive experiences from Josie da Bank’s creative team.

www.bestival.ca
Toronto's Leather Denim Cruising Bar
Naked Night

June 18, 2015, 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 up: July 16th. See more leather/fetish nights throughout the month at their website:

blackeagletoronto.com
Boys-Music-Dance-Shows
AX Toronto - Pride 2015 part 1

June 19, 2015, at Fly 2.0. ASIANXPRESS (AX) great big GAYASIAN TORONTO boys night out - the most fun you can have in your underwear!. DJs Alex and Alvin Lin play Top 40 remixes, vocal house, club anthems, JPop and KPop + Sofonda, Nikki Chin AX MAXIMUS all-Asian go-go dancers + performances TBA. Next date: June 26th Pride part 2 Party Cruise on the tall ship Empire Sandy.

www.aznxp.com
Five Days, Six Parties... Wanna Play?
Girl Play Toronto Pride 2015

June 24-28, 2015. WED - Play @ Smith w/ DJ Annaylze (NY); THU - Tune Up @ Garage w/ DJ Vivi Diamond; FRI - GirlPlay X Cream X Tomboy LookBook @ The Solarium Huge space, thousands of women, DJs KLR, Tizi, Tickt Ty, Recklezz!, Tomboy GoGos; SAT - Toastr @ White Elephant w/ DJs Lucie Tic, Sticky Cuts, Miz Megs, Stix; SUN - T-Dance patio party + Wrap Party - both at House | Maison.

www.girlplaytoronto.com
The not-to-miss festival during Toronto’s LGBT pride celebrations
Green Space Toronto

June 25-28, 2015. Four-day festival events include 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.

www.greenspaceto.org
North America’s largest gay circuitmusic festival - 5 Days of Events
Prism Toronto

June 25-29, 2015. THU - Prism College at Fly w/ Micke Hi, Sumation; FRI - Bootcamp at Maison Mercer w/ Paolo, Erez Ben Eshay; SAT - noon Aqua Pool Party at Muzik Beach w/ Micky Friedmann, Eddie Martinez, Josh Karmin + Matinee Klubberdome (Main Event) at The Carlu w/ Phil Romano, Renato Cecin, Deko-Ze, Manzone, Chez; SUN - Revival at Muzik w/ Marc Falco: MON - Ápres w/ Cindel.

www.prismtoronto.com
Where the bears play
Bears, the Baths and Beyond + more

June 27, 2015, 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. Next: July 25th. See more events such as Thursday Lights Out, Sunday Spin Cycle, and First Fridays D.I.L.F. at their website:

www.steamworksbaths.com/toronto
Alternative, Body Mod & Fetish Club
Subspace | Pride

June 27, 2015, 10pm-3am at The Opera House, Toronto. Black Light/ UV body paint + Pride Colour Everywhere! An amazing stage show by Squid Lid and additional areas; upper levels normal lighting for play/ rest areas. 19+ Fetish Dress Code event. $20 before midnight $25 after. Dungeon Rules posted or speak with the ChiefDM. See website:

www.facebook.com/events/774448252669756
Totally Naked Toronto
Show Your Pride Naked Dance

June 27, 2015, 4-9pm at Club 120. Annual Pride Dance. Check the clothing and get naked. Members $8 / Non-Members $10 / Students. On Sunday for the parade join TNT at 1pm, corner of Bloor and Ted Rogers Way.

tnt.org
Celebrate & Demonstrate!
Pride Toronto 2015

June 28, 2015, Sunday 2pm from the corner of Church and Bloor all the way down Yonge to Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto’s LGBTQ communities will get OUT and play across a dozen blocks of the Gay Village Music from open air stages, food, artisan/craft stalls, etc - see details online:

www.torontopride.com
Bearracuda Canada
Bearracuda Toronto - Pride Sunday

June 28, 2015, 10pm-late at Fly 2.0, 6 Gloucester St. Underwear Party Night for bears, cubs and friends, with DJs JOHN LEPAGE (San Francisco) and STEVE SHERWOOD (San Francisco). Sponsored by Steamworks and Scruff.  $15 advance tickets at The Men's Room, or online:

www.bearracuda.com/toronto
Toronto Fringe Theatre
Fringe Festival 2015

July 1-12, 2015. 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. See also January 2016 Next Stage details at website:

fringetoronto.com/next-stage-festival
...with a Key to the Scriptures
The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism

July 11 - October 10, 2015, Studio Theatre Shaw Festival. Gus Marcantonio, retired Brooklyn longshoreman and family patriarch, has been behaving very oddly. An intervention staged by his sister, 3 children and various spouses and exes leads to a rollercoaster ride of argument and revelation as family, political and personal values are wrestled noisily and passionately to the ground.

www.shawfest.com/playbill/the-intelligent-homosexual/story
Canada's Premier Leather Event
Toronto Leather Pride Week

August 3-9, 2015. TLP to include the 26th anniversary Mr. Leatherman Toronto, and the 30th Anniversary Leather Ball. Tickets on sale in early May. More details at website:

torontoleatherpride.ca
Queering Boundaries
Queer West Film Festival

August 7-9, 2015 film festival of 3 days, plans to screen at TIFF or Rainbow Cinemas, from the Queer West Arts Collective, working for more inclusive & complex queer identities, creating larger queer space & community in Toronto '"West End" - art, dance, music, poetry, spoken word, stage, comedy, film, community fairs, conferences. 

www.queerwest.org
The leading public film festival in the world
Toronto International Film Festival

September 10-20, 2015. 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:

tiff.net/thefestival
At the heart of the Queer Village
Church Street’s Halloween Night Party

October 31, 2015 (to be confirmed), three blocks of Church Street close from 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.

churchwellesleyvillage.ca/events/eventdetail/5/-/hallowe-en-on-church
Amnesty International Toronto Human Rights Film Festival
Reel Awareness Film Festival 2015

November 19-22, 2015. Four days in late November of some of the best human rights documentaries and feature films shown around the world - 8-12 films presented by Amnesty International, the worldwide movement of people dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights. See website for screening venue.

www.aito.ca/reelawareness