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
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 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 1 - December 23, 2021. GYPSY; 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.
May 1, 2021, on ZOOM. A reading group devoted to modern and classic works of LGBTQ literature. A discussion of the 2020 book by Kevin Lambert. Si vous préférez, vous êtes invité à lire le texte dans la langue d'origine (Tu aimeras ce que tu as tué, 2017).
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 312021, 8pm. THE INCREDIBLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF TWO GIRLS IN LOVE, starring Nicole Ari Parker and everyone’s favourite L word wet blanket, Laurel Holloman aka Tina Canard. Sapphic Sundays (weekly) are a time to revel and commiserate over all things lesbian/that we wish had lesbians/that “didn’t” but like totally did involve lesbians!
May 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, 2021. Come with the little ones in your life for LGBTQ2S circle time with loads of song, dance, activities, and stories.
May 4, 2021, 8pm, online. Discuss the best new Non-Fiction books! This month, we'll be discussing Gay Bar: Why We Went Out by Jeremy Atherton Lin. Strobe lights and dark rooms; throbbing house music and drag queens on counters; first kisses, last call: the gay bar has long been a place of solidarity and sexual expression. But in urban centers around the world, they are closing.
May 11, 2021, 12:15-1:15pm, online. Fáwárìnwa Huff, an Iyanifa (initiated IFA priest), discusses understandings of sexuality, gender, and play in Ifá Yoruba religion. Drawing on ancient/ vibrant proverbs, poems, and stories of Ifá tradition she explores ways in which gender, sexuality, and play interact in this ancient, living religious tradition.
May 18, 2021, 7pm on Zoom. Readings from the forthcoming book, Here & Now: An Anthology of Queer Italian-Canadian Writing (edited by Licia Canton). With Domenico A. Beneventi, and readings by Jessica Carpinone, Elio Iannacci, Anna Nobile and others. Hosted by Liana (Luca) Cusmano and Christopher DiRaddo.
May 27, 2021, 7pm. Christopher DiRaddo's much anticipated second novel, featuring a reading by Christopher DiRaddo and conversation with Canadian Journalist Rachel Giese, author of Boys: What It Means to Become a Man, winner of the 2019 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Questions from the audience will cap off the live online event.
June - December, 2021 (TBC). 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. Cancelled in 2020. See the 2021 updates at their website:
Late June, 2021 (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, 2021 (TBC). More than 200 groups typically march in Pride Toronto’s Pride Parade, one of the largest in North America. Performances, floats and thousands of marchers from 2pm at the corner of Church and Bloor St. down Yonge Street to the Dundas Square stage. See FB updates.
Early July, 2021 (TBC). Toronto Fringe. Featuring 50+ companies slated to present works - in 2019: 151 shows at 37 venues. In 2020 a virtual festival took place online. See updates at:
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, 2021. Eleven days, screening 300+ films from 60+ countries each year - a diverse array of films; Hollywood galas; red carpet glamour; international cinema; homegrown comedies… and everything in between. Ongoing film series throughout the year. Both drive-in and Bell Digital Cinema online screenings - 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, 2021 (TBC), 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.
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.
Early November, 2021 (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.
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.