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Gay Toronto

The world’s longest-running and largest queer theatre
Weekends at Buddies - On Hold

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 - On Hold

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

Ongoing screenings + spring festival. Past year 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.
Hosted by Boner & Brother by Nigel March Events
BONER - On Hold

First or second Saturdays, 10pm-5am. Toronto's hottest dance party w/ DJ NOKU on the dance floor + refreshment tables stocked with all your favourite treats, so you can really pig out in every way possible. The dress code is simple, get into WHATEVER makes you feel sexy and comfortable. EVERYONE with positive energy is welcome! Club 120 has closed permanently.
Where the bears play
Bears, the Baths and Beyond + more - On Hold

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. Sreamworks is closed for the duration of the emergency.
Host: Sofonda Cox
Best Men’s Ass Contest - On Hold

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.
Naked Yoga for Men at the Awaken Studio
Naked Yoga - Asana Practice for Men - On Hold

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:
Every second Thursday of the month
Home Turf - Black Eagle’s Monthly Gear Night! - On Hold

Second Thursdays each month, 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. Black Eagle’s patio is open daily 2-10pm with social-distancing guidelines.
Toronto's Leather Denim Cruising Bar
Naked Night - On Hold

Third Thursdays each month, 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. Black Eagle’s patio is open daily 2-10pm with social-distancing guidelines.
Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity - Every Friday
Deep, Dark & Naked - On Hold

Fridays, 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.
Every Sunday
Sunday Drag Brunch (not) at GLAD DAY - On Hold

Sundays 11am. DRAG BRUNCH! Delirious performances from Erin Brockobić and her rotating cast of drag guest stars ensure you spend your Sundays with good company, great food, and amid a vibrant, welcoming community in a queer, accessible, and affirming space!
Returning in 2021
The Leslieville Flea Markets

To return in 2021: A Curated Flea Market in Toronto Selling Vintage and Handcrafted Goods at Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St. An awesome mix of items at over 30 vendors selling the BEST Vintage and Handcrafted goods. PLUS! Brewery, shops and restaurants.
Stratford Festival 2021

Ongoing through November, 2021 online presentations. Normally in Stratford, Ontario, North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company. A dozen or more productions each season in four distinctive venues; classics, contemporary dramas and musicals, with special emphasis on the plays of Shakespeare.
Hosted by Flamingo Market, OUTtv and Glad Day Bookshop
Flamingo Online Market

Ongoing through December 31, 2021. Loud, Proud, and Online 24/7/365 with incredible artists, makers, small businesses, and community organizations! Shop local/ support the community from home! LGBTQ2SIA+ Makers, Artists, Entrepreneurs, and Service Providers from across Canada and beyond - visit + shop!
Inside Out | The Annual queer screenings - Ontario-wide online
Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival 2021

May 27 - June 6, 2021. 11-day festival, the largest event of its kind in Canada and one of the top five LGBT film festivals in the world. Making the world a better place through the power of stories, where inclusion and innovation are championed and lives are changed. See dates and programming online.
`a reading group devoted to modern and classic works of LGBTQ literature
Violet Hour Book Club: Real Life, by Brandon Taylor

May 29, 2021, on ZOOM. Almost everything about Wallace is at odds with the Midwestern university town where he works toward a degree. A black, queer, introverted young man from Alabama, he left his family without escaping long childhood shadows. An unexpected encounter with a straight, white classmate fracture his defenses and expose hidden currents of community hostility and desire.
Tuesdays 3pm, Wednesdays 10:30am, Thursdays 4:30pm
Online EarlyON Queer and Trans Family Circle

June 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 + July 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 2021. Come with the little ones in your life for LGBTQ2S circle time with loads of song, dance, activities, and stories.
This Week’s Episode: Desi with Mango Lassi
Beauty in our History

June 1, 2021, 4-5pm on IGTV + YouTube. A celebration of the history of our varied and diverse communities. Learn about traditional South Asian attire and the significance of cultural hairstyles. Drag focus of Queer Canadian-Pakistani Mango Lassi brings awareness of queer Desi folk and breaks chains of toxic masculinity that hold back so many queer Desi’s from expressing themselves.
In partnership with Harbourfront Centre
Speak, Surge, Amplify: We Exist in the Future

June 2, 2021, 12-5pm, online. Bringing together Black, Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous artists and activists to engage in conversations on systems of change and the creative process - moderated by Syrus Marcus Ware. What does change look like. What do we dream for our transformed futures?
Be a guest of TIFF and enjoy access to one film for free
Queer Becoming

June 4-30, 2021, online all day. A series of films that resist a “coming out” narrative and instead focus on the process of “coming into” queer identity, community, and family. Films available include: Cowboys, A Fantastic Woman, The Heiresses, No Ordinary Man, Pariah, Rafiki, Spa Night, Tongues Untied, and The True Adventures of Wolfboy.
Presented by Glad Day
S & L – First Fridays Dance Party with Swags and Lee

June 4, 2021, 10:30-11pm, free on GDTV. Church Street’s longest running queer women’s party continues – online! Join DJ Swags, DJ Lee and Simply Leah tha MC for a night of soca, hip hop, dancehall and old school jams.
Kick off Pride 2021 at our queer Jewish drag cabaret
Queer Jewish Drag Cabaret

June 5, 2021, 9-10pm on Zoom + Facebook. A fabulous, free affair. Bring your outrageous, authentic selves, and bask in some queer Jewish wonky wonder! Presented by Alex Richler, Community Builder in partnership with LGBTQ+ at the J, Miles Nadal JCC, JQT.
Celebrate Pride with a virtual Incredible Edible Paint Party: Rainbow Pride!
Flamingo Market Presents: Edible Paint Party with Hot Shot Chocolate

June 6, 2021, 3:30-4:30pm, online. Join the fun as we share our pride and create rainbow themed edible chocolate paintings using cocoa butter colours to paint on a chocolate canvas! Follow along virtually with Kelly of Hot Shot Chocolate or let your creativity fly! Enjoy fun storytelling and leave with a fully edible chocolate painting! Suitable for ages 10+ and any experience levels.
Presented by Glad Day
Mandy Goodhandy Presents: A Proud Musical & Mystical Salute to the Theatre!

June 11, 2021, 7-8:30pm. Watch GDTV on ZOOM. Mandy's Variety Show: The Pride Edition! Featuring: Sebastian Ellis, Jeni Walls and Joey Wargachuk!
Masturbation for People of All Genders and Abilities by Vic Liu
Book Launch: Bang!

June 12, 2021, 7-8pm on ZOOM. Presented by Glad Day. A brand new book that is going to keep you coming back for more. Want to know how to masturbate? Here’s your guide. Whether jerking the gherkin, flicking the bean, or something in between, masturbation doesn’t have to be a taboo topic. Join us for the launch of this open and honest book.
Grab a cold beer on Glad Day's patio & enjoy the artistic stylings of Tygr!
Tygr Willy's GoGo Window Set!

June 12, 2021, 8:30-9:30pm. Toronto's Them Fatale HausBoat drag artist, Tygr Haus Drag-rent, FSU Stage/ PrideTO's Stay Home Saturdays, Categorie Is.., BoylesqueTO's Stay Homo + Naked Boys Eating GDTV shows, and Are You Smarter Than... on SpeakEasy Channel. Current: Nostalgia weekend morning cartoon-themed show + Thirst Nation Show Indigi-Queer/ 2-Spirit Variety show.
Celebrating the history, courage and diversity of our community
Pride Toronto Month

June 1-30, 2021. Flag Raising; Beauty in our History; Speak, Surge, Amplify: We Exist in the Future; Wellness Weds; Drag Queen Storytime; Queer Becoming; Sex Talk; Rainbow Challah; Toronto Pride Millennials; Anti-Oppression Training; Sipz+Snax; SnL Dance; Queer Career Workshops; Queer Jewish Drag Cabaret; Queer Shopping Channel; Bang! Book Launch; F*ck Shit Up!; Bear Necessities Patio...
Pride Toronto’s Youth Conference
Courageous Conversations: Today’s 2SLGBTQ+ Youth, Tomorrow’s Thought Leaders

June 13, 2021, 1-4pm. Hosted by the LGBT YouthLine. An opportunity for 2SLGBTQ+ youth to gather for knowledge and agendas to take back to their schools to create change.  at this Conference focus: self-care in leadership, imagining a Queer future and building an anti-Racist society. Youth must be ages 14-18. To register contact
special virtual Pride edition presented by The Toronto Society of Architects
IDEAS Forum: Queer Space

June 22, 2021, 12-1pm. Does queerness have spatial expression? What does it look like? Who makes it? What of the future? Is it ephemeral or can queerness find permanence in the built environment? A group of artists, designers, and architects will explore queer space in Toronto - past, present, future - in presentations - to be followed by a discussion led by Evan Pavka (Azure Magazine).
Apay what you can event
Boylesque: Pride Edition!

June 22, 2021, 8:30-10:30pm at GDTV on Zoom. Support independent queer artists - send money via Paypal.
Curated by: Babia Majora and Fluffy Souffle
F*ck Shit Up! A Trans and Non- Binary Cabaret

June 25, 2021, 4:30-5:30pm at A Trans and Non-Binary Cabaret of drag, burlesque, music and more, produced and hosted by Babia Majora and Fluffy Soufflé.
Digital parade
Toronto Pride Parade

June 27, 2021, 2-3pm online. It’s been 40 years of Pride in Toronto! The digital parade will be a one hour production honoring our history, highlighting key Toronto talent and fostering community. Hosted by Priyanka. Guests: iskwē, Allie X, Nathan Nicholas, Gary Beals, with DJ Kow.
Presented by Glad Day
The Bear Necessities Patio

June 28, 2021, 7:30-8:30pm on Zoom and at Glad Day. A friendly, relaxed night on the patio for bears and bear admirers. This is guys of all size taking up space on Church Street – no body shaming, all accepting, no attitude, all chill. No cover. Check our website from info about reserving a table.
Tim Carroll, Artistic Director + Tim Jennings, Executive Director
The Shaw Festival at The Festival & Royal George Theatres

July - December, 2021. GYPSY (cancelled); Bernard Shaw - THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - THE RAVEN’S CURSE; Brandon Thomas - CHARLEY’S AUNT; Virginia Woolf - FLUSH; Eugene O’Neill - DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS; Alice Childress - TROUBLE IN MIND; Charles Dickens - A CHRISTMAS CAROL; Irving Berlin - HOLIDAY INN. Plus: A SHORT HISTORY OF NIAGARA.
The ArQuives presents the latest trivia night in a monthly queer trivia series!
Queer Trivia Night: Queer Establishments

July 15, 2021, 8pm. Many have closed, many are still open – can you identify the bar from the matchbook? Where did that establishment get its name? Can you name the first Canadian queer bar? The FREE event will be hosted over Zoom and requires pre-registration.
The leading public film festival in the world
Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF21

September 9-18, 2021. Among the most prestigious international film festivals in the world. For 10 days, film lovers, filmmakers, industry professionals, and media watch the best in new cinema from established masters and new talent. See schedule, venues and links at:
Toronto's ComedyFestival
JFL43 - Just For Laughs

September 23 - October 3, 2021. Hilarious, riveting and relevant comedians; headliners plus 42 other amazing comedy acts to experience. Previous 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

October 31, 2021. Annual event during which three blocks of Church Street close 6-11pm for five hours of costumed revelry and buckets of eye-candy. Though temperature don’t always go with more daring outfit choices, the street is soon packed with thousands of scantily attired locals and visitors, making this Canada’s largest Halloween event.
Indie producer's platform showcases theatre/ performing arts creators
Toronto Fringe: Next Stage

January 19-30, 2022. Toronto Fringe. A hybrid series of in-person and digital productions. The festival will be presented at Daniels Spectrum’s Ada Slaight Hall. Ten productions will be presented in total: six productions in the Theatre Performance Series and four productions in the Digital Performance Series.
“The wildest theatre fest in town” - Toronto Life
The Rhubarb Festival

Mid-February, 2022 (TBC). Canada’s longest-running new works festival transforms Buddies into a hotbed of experimentation. Artists explore new possibilities in theatre/ dance/ music/ 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.
The not-to-miss festival during Toronto’s LGBT pride celebrations
Green Space Toronto

Late June, 2022 (TBC). Five-day festival events. Past year: Starry Night opening event at Meridian Hall. Barbara Hall Park is Green Space Festival’s true home, with events: THU Disco Disco; FRI One World; SAT Lipstick Jungle; and SUN TreeHouse. Fundraising for The 519 Church Street Community Centre hub of LGBTQ community life. Cancelled for 2020 - see 2021 updates at:
Originally Scheduled as Prism Pride 2020
Prism Festival

Late June, 2022 (TBC). Prism Pride Festival. Past year (cancelled) was to feature: THU Bootcamp. FRI Aqua. SAT 10pm Revival at Rebel. SUN 10pm LA LECHE at Toybox, 473 Adelaide St. W.