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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.

buddiesinbadtimes.com/events
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. info@stepsdancestudio.com

stepsdancestudio.com/events/
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.

www.facebook.com/pg/nigelmarchevents/events
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.

www.steamworksbaths.com/toronto
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 Squirt.org Men’s ASS Contest with $300 cash prizes, DJ Chris Steinbach and Toronto’s hottest staff.

www.woodystoronto.com
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:

www.phillipcoupal.ca/Naked-Yoga-for-men-Awaken-Studio-Toronto
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.

www.blackeagletoronto.com
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.

www.blackeagletoronto.com
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.

www.tntmen.org/calendar
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!

www.facebook.com/events/913907005691153
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.

leslievilleflea.com
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!

flamingomarket.ca
Tim Carroll, Artistic Director + Tim Jennings, Executive Director
The Shaw Festival at The Festival & Royal George Theatres

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.

www.shawfest.com/2021-season
Violet Hour Book Club + Never Apart
Violet Hour Book Club: You Will Love What You Have Killed

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).

www.facebook.com/events/142875560992316
We've been around for over a year and WHAT A YEAR IT HAS BEEN!
Sapphic Sunday

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!

www.blogto.com/events/sapphic-sunday-toronto
Tuesdays 3pm, Wednesdays 10:30am, Thursdays 4:30pm
Online EarlyON Queer and Trans Family Circle

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.

www.facebook.com/events/218098569976527
Hosted by Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
True Reads Book Club - Gay Bar: Why We Went Out

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.

www.facebook.com/events/1868987373250978
An ONLINE Lavender Lunch with Fáwárìnwa Huf
Sexuality, Gender & Power in Traditional IFÁ Religion; Its Diasporic Renditions

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.

www.facebook.com/events/135569584973598
An evening of poetry readings from the forthcoming book
Here & Now: Queer Italian Canadian readings

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.

www.facebook.com/events/299984404984346
Online Event Hosted by Véhicule Press and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
Book Launch: Christopher DiRaddo’s The Family Way

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.

www.facebook.com/events/2906485406273354
ALL THE WORLD'S OUR STAGE
Stratford Festival 2021

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:

www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/ThePlays
Originally Scheduled as Prism Pride 2020
Prism Festival

Late June, 2021 (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.

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

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:

www.greenspaceto.org
Celebrating the history, courage and diversity of our community
Toronto Pride Festival Weekend

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.

www.pridetoronto.com
The 2021 Toronto Fringe festival
The Fringe Collective Festival

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:

www.facebook.com/pg/torontofringe/events
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.

arquives.ca/program/online-queer-trivia-queer-establishments
The leading public film festival in the world
Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF21

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:

www.tiff.net/tiff
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.

www.jfl42.com
Inside Out | The Annual queer screenings
Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival 2021

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.

insideout.ca/festival
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.

www.churchwellesleyvillage.ca
Filmmakers, activists, artists, scholars + new independent queer/trans films
Toronto Queer Film Festival 2021

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.

www.facebook.com/pg/torontoqueerfilmfest/events
“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.

buddiesinbadtimes.com/show/the-rhubarb-festival-2020