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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
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 email@example.com.
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).
June 22, 2021, 8:30-10:30pm at GDTV on Zoom. Support independent queer artists - send money via Paypal.
June 25, 2021, 4:30-5:30pm at PrideToronto.com/watch. A Trans and Non-Binary Cabaret of drag, burlesque, music and more, produced and hosted by Babia Majora and Fluffy Soufflé.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.