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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.
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.
Host: Sofonda Cox
Best Men’s Ass Contest

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.
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.
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.
Elaborate decadent dance parties

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.
Celebrating 25 years!
Inside OUT Retro Screening Series

March 11, 2015. The Children's Hour - Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn, accused of having ‘unnatural’ relationship. March 25th: The Wedding Banquet - Ang Lee’s hilarious/ heart-warming film. April 8th: Show Me Love (Fucking Åmål) - Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson's edgy lesbian coming of age movie.
Toronto's Leather Denim Cruising Bar
Naked Night

March 19, 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: April 16th. See more leather/fetish nights throughout the month at their website:
Around 100 choristers between ages ten & fourteen, in four touring choirs
Vienna Boys Choir

March 22-28, 2015. Six concerts in Ontario this Spring - in Guelph, Midland, Brampton, Burlington, Kingston, and St Catherines. The Vienna Boys Choir makes up one part of the tradition of imperial musicians: as Hofmusikkapelle they provide the music for the Sunday Mass in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel, as they have done since 1498. Follow the website links for details about each event.
Enjoy being naked with other men
TNT Men | Naked Dances

March 24 + 28, 2015. Series of monthly naked dances; 4th Tuesdays 7-11pm at Spa Excess and last Saturdays 4-8pm at Club 120, 120 Church St, last Saturdays of every month. Admission: members $8; non-members $10; students $4. Other TNT naked events include swims, yoga, bowling, house-parties, game nights, art showings, retreats, and special interest gatherings.
Alternative, Body Mod & Fetish Club
Subspace | Easter Ball

March 28, 2015, 10pm-3am at The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St, Toronto. A rare colour-full event with Bad Bunny Contest in the play area and best costume contest - and yes, we'll have candy! DJs Saucy Miso and Warmuffin! Fetish Dress Code $10 before midnight $20 after midnight. Dungeon Rules posted in Dungeon or speak with the ChiefDM Next date: April 25. See website for details:
Bearracuda Canada
Bearracuda Toronto

April 17, 2015, 10pm-late at Club 120, 120 Church St. Underwear Party Night for bears, cubs and friends, with DJ HIFI SEAN (London). Sponsored by Steamworks and Scruff. $20 at the door, $15 advance tickets available online:
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.
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:
Inside Out Retro Screening Series
The Hanging Garden

May 6, 2015 7:30pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W. One of the most crucial Canadian films from the New Queer Cinema age: Thom Fitzgerald’s The Hanging Garden. Having won every audience award possible at festivals back in 1997, as well as multiple Genie Awards (now Canadian Screen Awards), the time is right to revisit the story of Sweet William and his family.
The not-to-miss festival during Toronto’s LGBT pride celebrations - for The 519
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.
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:
...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.
Canada's Premier Leather Event
Toronto Leather Pride Week

Early August, 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:
Queering Boundaries
Queer West Film Festival

August, 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.
The leading public film festival in the world
Toronto International Film Festival

Early September, 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:
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.
Amnesty International Toronto Human Rights Film Festival
Reel Awareness Film Festival 2015

November, 2015 (to be confirmed). 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.