Think queer Toronto. Think Queer West. Hip. Cool. Excellent Listings for October 2016

Complied by Yours Truly. I round up the best events (well balanced with parties and cultural things and not just gay bars), from the city’s queer culture scene.

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Thursday October 1-4, 2015 - Toronto Fall Home Show over 300 retailers. New for 2015 the Toronto Fall Home Show has a green twist with a dedicated ‘Green Living’ section and for condo owners ‘Small Space Living’. Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, 151 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto, ON Adults: $15.00 at the door / $12.00 online, Senior (65+):$13.00 at the door / $10.00 online Website: http://www.fallhomeshow.com
 
Thursday October 1, 2015 - Reenie @ Musideum. The REENIE acoustic duo are a lesbian folk-pop duo who find their home in Toronto. Guitarist, singer & veteran tunesmith Reenie Perkovic https://reenie.bandcamp.com/draws on her decade of bandleading with powerhouse, bluesy vocals. 8PM - $20 (students/artists $10) Reenie Perkovic, guitar / vox and Lea Kirstein, viola / vox Musideum - A World of Musical Instruments Store and concert venue, 401 Richmond St. W., Suite 133, Toronto, Ontario (416) 599-7323 http://musideum.com/

Thursday October 1, 2015 - Women & Trans Board Game Night @ Women on the Move (The Junction) We are holding a semimonthly Women & Trans Gaming Night hosted by BoardAgain's Michelle Isocianu and Tianna Henry. We will be teaching and playing some awesome board games, so feel free to bring yourself, your enthusiasm and any other lovely folks that are into fun. *$5 to play, not wheelcair assessible. 8 pm to 11 pm Women on the Move, 2111 Dundas Street West, Queer West, Toronto Ontario https://www.facebook.com/events/459609630866598/

Thursday October 1, 2015 Electricladyland @The Beaver. A queer synthy sexy dance party playing all and only electronic ladies! (Expect lots of Le Tigre/Bjork/Kate Bush/Broadcast/Robyn/Erykah Badu/Elastica/Madonna/The Knife/Kylie Minogue/M.I.A./Lykke Li/FKA Twigs/Santogold/Glasser...and on and on, because there are too many awesome electrified women to name.) Very tiny dance floor 20 people tops...No Cover 10 pm. The Beaver 1192 Queen St W, 416-537-2768 beavertoronto.ca/ (Gay Owned) Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Thursday October 1, 2015 - Disco Nights Dj Nasty and Miss Things Cover $5 10 pm Miss Thing’s Bar (next door to Wrongbar) a Pan Asian restaurant and cocktail bar under the same ownership as next-door neighbour Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St W.416.516.8677 http://www.missthings.com/ DJ Nasty https://www.facebook.com/DasNasty Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Thursday October 1, 2015 - Buffet @ The Ossington, A big serving of vinyl featuring everything from old rock ‘n’ roll and punk to ’60s garage/psych, disco, ’80s stuff, soul, and whatever else! 10 pm The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. 416-850-0161 The Ossington Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Friday October 2, 2015 - Meden Glas @ Musideum. Guitarist Jamieson Montgomery Eakin, played Toronto Queer Arts Festival in 2014. Meden Glas (meaning “sweet as honey” or “a “silvery, metallic timbre”) is a Toronto-based band and project that joins like-minded singer-instrumentalists who share a passion for grassroots music from the Balkans (Bulgaria, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Greece, and Turkey) in addition to peripheral musical cultures (Italian, Russian, Kurdish, and Romani [gypsy]). Based on their own individual research activities and regional areas of musical expertise, the members of Meden Glas strive to present diverse audiences with rural-based musical traditions as well as arranged and more contemporary and innovative repertoire. Reserve your tickets in advance: http://musideum.com/concerts/meden-glas/ See you there! A World of Musical Instruments Store and concert venue, 401 Richmond St. W., Suite 133, Toronto, Ontario (416) 599-7323 http://musideum.com/

Friday October 2, 2015 - Gay French Dance Party Tapette - edition transformation @ Double Double Land, A very special edition of Tapette this month featuring the debut performance from Jezebel Bardot. As tall of as the Eiffel Tower and lean as a baguette, her show is not to be missed. We're also throwing this month's gay French bash at Double Double Land in Kensington market. DJ Phil V spins French pop, disco and house for the hungry francos. Filipe Vintena on the door. Arrive early to get in to this sweaty little venue. 10pm $5 10:30 PM - 3:00 AM Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave. (down the alley, first door on your right) DDL is regrettably not a wheelchair accessible venue. We are on the second floor (21 steps) https://www.facebook.com/events/1637701796477722/1639369502977618/ Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Friday October 2, 2015 - Wedding Night @ The Piston. A ruckus of unimpeachably guiltless proportions! Strangers in first-rate finery make tequila-fuelled matrimony with a pleasure-packed soundtrack to this dance party. Overdressing for the occasion is very much encouraged. Yacht rock, Leo Sayer, pop, Kool & the Gang, soul, Nina Simone, funk, Mystikal, and hip-hop. Bad decisions are likely to befall all. 10 pmish The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. (West of Ossington Beside the Long & McQuade) Close to the Ossington Subway Station Toronto, Canada 416 532 3989 http://thepiston.ca/press/ Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Friday October 2, 2015 - HEY Q Toronto! - Queer Dance Party @ Holy Oak Cafe. 10 pm A rager waiting to happen. Hiphop / Electro Pop / Dance Hall / and Indie Remix Djs/Joe Blow & Mary Mack & Sigourney Beaver (Of Steers & Queers Fame) , PWYC ($5 suggestion) Holy Oak Cafe, 1241 Bloor St. W. 647-345-2803 http://holyoakcafe.com/ Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Friday October 2, 2015 - SoulSkank @ Handlebar, Funk, soul, reggae, ska, and dancehall in its most raw form! A vinyl-only dance party with DJs Gramera and Parkdale Funk on the decks + Dennis P on the sax. Free before 11 pm, $5 after. Handlebar 159 Augusta Ave, (Kensington Market) 647) 748-7433 http://www.thehandlebar.ca/HandleBar/HOME.html Queer West, Toronto Ontario


Friday October 2, 2015 - Yacht Rock @ The Boat, A night of dancing to the smooth
est music you’ve ever heard in your life. 10 pm $5 to step aboard. The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave (Kensington Market) 416-593-9218 http://www.theboatkensington.com/ Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Friday October 2, 2015 - Toronto Lesbians gather for a night of Cream @ 120 Diner. Cream Toronto, Toronto’s newest monthly girl party DJ's K LR https://soundcloud.com/thesoundsofklr, and special guest all come together to bring you cheap drinks and goooood music! 120 Diner seats 60, get there early 120 Diner 120 Church Street, south of Richmond. Dinner reservation - Phone: 416-792-7725 or Text: 416-706-4237 http://120diner.com/
 
Friday October 2, 2015 - Big Primpin' @ The Wrongbar Bills itself as "hiphop for ho's and mo's," and attracts art scenesters, hipster kids, anarchist fags and others unfulfilled by both mainstream and underground approaches to dance music. The girls who come get glammed up because they feel safe, the fags go all out even though it's Parkdale, and the straight boys are well-behaved and generally well-dressed. Regularly features local DJs Rory Them Finest, Phil V and Tuff Luv, and is hosted by Miss Margot; 10pm. Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St W. $5. 416.516.8677 Queer West Village Toronto, Ontario.

Friday October 2, 2015 - Stones Place Friday Nights @ Stones Place. DJ Blush and Stones Place are throwing a brand new Friday night party! Dance all night to the best of ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and pop at one of Toronto’s most legendary dance venues in the city of Toronto. Bring those dancing shoes – you’ll be sure to leave sweaty and smiling. $5 10 pm ish http://stonesplace.ca/ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Parkdale Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Friday October 2, 2015 - A Summer Fling Dance Party @ The Steady. Sweaty, unabashed dancing with new friends, naughty projections, disco balls, and donuts. The Summer Fling DJs play great songs from all of the eras: classic rock, funk and disco, modern indie, and a sprinkle of other dance floor favourites.The Steady Cafe and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W. (416) 536-4162 Just East of Dufferin St /thesteadycafe.com/ (Gay Owned) Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Saturday & Sunday October 3/4, 2015 - Toronto Vintage Clothing Show. The Show, has quickly grown to be Canada’s largest sale of vintage and retro clothing, accessories, jewellery and designer vintage.From Streetwear to Chanel, get ready to discover rare finds and one-of-a-kind vintage fashion! Two adrenalin filled days – October 3 & 4, 2015 at the Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place, 180 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto, M6K 3C3. Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. Admission: $10. Discount pass at http://www.TorontoVintageClothingShow.ca

Saturday October 3, 2015 - Hi, Dickweed! One man down east comedy Show @ Buddies, Award winningTV writer, novelist and comedian, Ed Macdonald takes to the stage with an outrageous, hilarious one man show. In this not to be missed comedy, the cape breton native covers everything from Star Trek to the mating habits of the Royals to the self-importance of some pop culture icons. It's a wild 90 minute ride with no intermission and it's in the cabaret space, so there's beer! Prudes be warned, there will be coarse language and mirth. 8:00 PM - 12:44 PM Tickets $10 Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Cabaret Space, 12 Alexander St, Toronto, ON http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/event/hi-dickweed/

Saturday October 3, 2015 - Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington. The west side’s longest running, glam-positive dance party blowout spectacular. Party jams and freedom! The Ossington, 11 pm 61 Ossington Ave. 416-850-0161 The Ossington Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Saturday October 3, 2015 - Really Really Free Market @ Campbell Park Community space for sharing clean and usable items. No money, no trade/barter – everything is free. 10 am-4 pm (bring items before 3 pm). Campbell Park & Playground 225 Campbell, Toronto, Ontario Street Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Lw84YdPXZpA2

Saturday October 3, 2015 - Scotiabank Nuit Blanche @ All over Toronto. 6 pm to 6 am FREE all-night contemporary art event. Celebrating its 10th edition in 2015, the festival will transform downtown Toronto with more than 110 art projects created by hundreds of artists. This year's event will feature four exhibitions including 50 City-produced contemporary art projects and 60 arts community produced Independent Projects. Scotiabank Nuit Blanche brings more than a million people to the streets of Toronto every year. For more info, visit: http://www.snbto.ca/
 
Sunday October 4, 2015 - Parkdale Flea @ Goodfellas Gallery, 1266 Queen St. W Parkdale . Antiques, vintage, collectables, designer objects, local artisans, crafts, food + drink, and more. Free entry for all! Noon until 5 pm. No web site. Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Wednesday October 7, 2015 - Scarcelli Quartet: Four Celli – Four Centuries @ Hogtown Cure Cafe. Join us on a musical journey from the late renaissance to the present; from classical to ragtime to rock. The foursome offers a bouquet of favorite musical themes and also explores the less familiar. The distinctive voice of four celli provides a unique musical setting. Moving from quiet elegies to syncopated rag, the quartet explores both well-known works adapted for chamber settings; as well as, intimate pieces written specifically for this medium. Cover charge: P.W.Y.C /pass the hat Dinner seating for 6:30, performance starting at 7:30. Reserve your table at http://www.TheHogtownCure.comor call 647-725-5550 Corner of Dufferin St and Dundas W. (Gay Owned) Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Wednesday October 7, 2015 - Pivot Queer Book Readings @ The Steady. 8 pm Pivot has a really good one lined up for the first Wednesday in October. Two-headed poetry monster Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli are in from Vancouver with their bittersweet book about romantic comedies. They are joined by Liz Worth’s Andy Warhol appreciation and the work of All Time Pivot Favourite, Margaret Christakos. The Steady Cafe and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W. (416) 536-4162 Just East of Dufferin St /thesteadycafe.com/ (Gay Owned) Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Thursday October 8, 2015 - A Haunted Fountain @ The Fountain Gallery. The Fountain is more of a gallery with a liquor license than a bar with local art on its walls. It began, though, as just a gallery, opened by OCAD graduate Maggy Perry and situated right in the heart of Little Portugal on Dundas West near Ossington The Fountain tonight, becomes a Halloween bar/installation! Oils, magical baths, and room sprays by Nicole Madame Phoenix; astrological candles and goods by Sweet Bree Black Bird Esoterix; crystal necklaces, stud earrings, ID bracelets, and mood rings galore by Ashleigh Goldeen; tarot by duo Fox and Crow. The Fountain, 1261 Dundas St. W https://www.facebook.com/Fountain Queer West, Toronto Ontario 

Thursday October 8, 2015 - Book Launch Queer Lovers & Captive Genders @ Another Story Bookshop. double book launch for: Queer Lovers and Hateful Others: Regenerating Violent Times and Places by Jin Haritaworn (Pluto Press) and Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, revised and expanded second edition, edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith (AK Press) With Jin Haritaworn, Eric A. Stanley, Ralowe T. Ampu and Toshio Meronek 7pm Another Story Bookshop 315 Roncesvalles Avenue (at Grenadier) Free - all welcome. Our entrance is wheelchair accessible but not our bathroom http://www.anotherstory.ca/ Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Friday October 9, 2015 - 120 Diner little queer dinner night club hosts Vincent Bertucci 6 pm to 9 pm His ability to blend old school jazz phrasing with a smooth and breathy texture, creates a contemporary sound that is truly his own. With roots firmly planted in Rock&Roll and R&B, the improvisational concepts presented by the jazz idiom are what drew him to that genre. His attention to a soulful and truthful lyrical delivery, are what continue to inspire and captivate his audiences. 120 Diner 120 Church, Toronto, Ontario Phone: 416-792-7725 http://120diner.com/

Friday October 9, 2015 - TRAMP Girl Party @ Steady our monthly GIRL party 10:00 PM The Steady Cafe & Bar Calling all: Dykes, Rug Munchers, Fems, Hussies, Lezzies, Queers, Butches, Sluts, Bisexuals, Hags, Riot Grrrls, Finger Bangers, Freaks, Studs & TRAMPS! The West Ends HOTTEST, new GIRL dance party! This is a party for ALLLLLL female identified folks, but all respectful people are welcome. Music by Fawn BC & Linguist The Steady Cafe and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W. (416) 536-4162 Just East of Dufferin St /thesteadycafe.com/ (Gay Owned) Queer West Toronto Ontario

Friday October 9, 2015 - Bey Bey Beyonce Dance Party @ Studio Bar( Little Italy) . a Beyoncé-themed dance party, is rolling into Studio Bar this Friday and bringing all of Bey's best jams with it. DJs Sacha Foster, Max Zimmerman, and Jimmy C will be crafting the night's soundtrack, playing B's most danceable songs (which is essentially all of them). With Bey Day just having passed and her face gracing the cover of Vogue's September issue, there is no better time to celebrate the reigning Queen of Pop. Expect to find die-hard Yoncé fans getting down to her complete discography, from Crazy in Love to Drunk in Love. Over a thousand people have RSVP'd, get there early 9 pm Cover $10 Studio Bar 824 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON https://www.facebook.com/StudioBarToronto Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Friday October 9, 2015 - Stones Place Friday Nights @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush and Stones Place are throwing a brand new Friday night party! Dance all night to the best of ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and pop at one of Toronto’s most legendary dance venues in the city of Toronto. Bring those dancing shoes – you’ll be sure to leave sweaty and smiling. $5.http://stonesplace.ca/ Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Friday October 9, 2015 - Synthesexer @ The Piston. A wet and drippy, catch my eye-y, shake my body, bite my lip-y, sexy synthy dance party! Expect to hear stuff like Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. DJs Digits, Little Kicks, and special guest Maylee Todd will be present to sex you up (music-wise). Free before 11 pm, $5 after. The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. (West of Ossington Beside the Long & McQuade) Close to the Ossington Subway Station Queer West, Toronto Ontario 416 532 3989 http://thepiston.ca/press/

Saturday Oct 10 & Sunday October 11, 2015 - Short hop from Toronto to Woodbridge Country Fall Fair. The Woodbridge Fall Fair, first hosted in 1847 has transformed from a rural agricultural fair into a family oriented fall fair which attracts thousands of guests every Thanksgiving Weekend due to its proximity to Toronto (just 1km north of Steeles) and easy access via public transit. 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Admission: Adults: $8.00, Students ages 6 to 14: $2.00 , Children 5 & under: FREE and Parking: FREE For a full list of events & times please visit out website Woodbridge Fairgrounds location: 100 Porter Avenue.Call TTC Customer Information at 416-393-4636, between 8am-6pm daily except statutory holidays to find best bus route.http://www.woodbridgefair.com/

Saturday October 10, 2015 - Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston It’s time to take your monthly trip to disco city; that inclusive, amorous space soundtracked by transcendent tunes of positivity and of matchless dance floor magnificence! Residents A Digital Needle and Cyclist bring a mixed bag of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rap, rare groove, reggae, gospel, and proto-house and serve it up to a beautiful bevy in the best sounding bar in town. Opening the party is Andrew Lochhead. 10:30 PM The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. (West of Ossington Beside the Long & McQuade) Close to the Ossington Subway Station 416 532 3989 http://thepiston.ca/press/ Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Saturday October 10, 2015 - Bump N’ Hustle Fall Launch Party @ The Rivoli. Paul E Lopes and Mike Tull kicking the best in house, soul, funk, hip-hop, disco, reggae, and everything else that bumps.Hosted by Carl (Hot Stepper). $10 Cover, 10 pm  Queer West, Toronto Ontario  The Rivoli (upstairs), 334 Queen St. W. http://www.rivoli.ca/

Saturday October 10, 2015 - Git Down: The Final Chapter @ Junction City Music Hall, DJs Splattermonkey https://www.mixcloud.com/splattermonkey/and OH16 bring you the best soul and funk night in the Junction, one last time! The hits you love and plenty of rare groove as well, all on vinyl. http://www.junctioncitymusichall.com/ 10:30 pm Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Saturday October 10, 2015 - Turning Point @ The Garrison, Resident selector A Man Called Warwick and special guest Señor Vishal share a top-notch selection of vintage tropical dance floor shakers from all over the map. Dress to move and sweat! $10. 10:30 PM The Garrison 1197 Dundas St W, Telephone: 416-519-9439.garrisontoronto.com/ Queer West, Toronto Ontario

 Saturday October 10, 2015 - Nitty Gritty II (a queer soul dance party!) @ The Steady 10 pm A queer vintage dance party! Featuring motown, soul, rhythm and blues, with DJs Lana Leprich and Natalie Simons on the ones and twos. Not wheelchair friendly. The Steady Cafe and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W. (416) 536-4162 Just East of Dufferin St /thesteadycafe.com/ (Gay Owned) Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Saturday October 10, 2015 - Toronto Queer Slow Dance @ Dovercourt House. You do not have to be queer to attend this party, but you must have an open mind, an open heart, and have open arms.
This event is MIXED and for EVERYONE: queer, straight, bi, poly, non-gender-binaried, those who identify as Complicated and those who are late-onset awesome. PS. Fabulous and inspired attire, while desired, is not required. But it would be AWESOME and HAWT.

We are always looking for designated dancers for our evenings. If you are outgoing, warm, and willing to undertake the very serious duty and responsibility of inviting wallflowers out onto the dancefloor - if in fact, such a prospect gives you great joy - then please contact the organizers at inconsolablecat@hotmail.com
 
The Details: Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. (1 block North of Bloor, 3 blks. West of Ossington) ((Street Map http://g.co/maps/u2kc3) Doors at 9:30, Dance from 10 PM – 2:30 AM. $10 admission includes your Dancecard-booklet!http://www.dovercourthouse.com Regretfully, the Dovercourt House is not wheelchair-accessible. 19+ Queer West Village, Toronto Ontario.

Saturday October 10, 2015 - Business Women's Special Hocus Pocus edition @ The Round. I put a spell on you and now you're mine! Come have a queer pre-Halloween dance with us.Guest DJ Vanity AlaMode makes her BWS debut. Regular DJs tonight include; Sammy Royale, Nino Brown and Diego Armand will be working their magic. Cover ...it's $6 10 pm The Round. (Not wheelchair accessible) 152a, 2nd floor Augusta Ave., Queer West, Toronto Ontario (416) 451-6346 http://roundvenue.com/ The party is one of the now many queer events taking place outside the Church and Wellesley Village, in the west end of the city

Wednesday October 14 to Sunday October 18, 2015 - 16th annual imagine NATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival @ Various downtown Toronto locations.. The world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing innovation in film, video, audio and digital media. This year features the premiere of a documentary by Zacharias Kunuk, a Maori-language action film, interactive digital media works, Welcome Gathering at the Native Canadian Centre (16 Spadina), an art crawl at 401 Richmond, dance party with DJ Pow! Wow! and more. Various venues and prices, some events free.http://www.imaginenative.org/home/

Wednesday October 14, 2015 - Liquid Karaoke @ Bambi’s Colin Bergh, James McDonough, Nadia Belerique, and Jeff Hayward are your hosts. $4 Jameson and $5.50 pints before midnight. Bambi's is downstairs on the Southeast corner of Dovercourt and Dundas, across from the 24 hour 7-11 and just on the edge of the strip of bars that spills over from Ossington. Owner, DJ Mikey Apples, has been a fixture on the Queen West Queer scene for years and Bambi's has been packed since opening as a result. 10:30 pm Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Gay Owned (Dundas and Dovercourt,) 647.351.1100 Also at this location Mr. Flamingo Restaurant. http://www.mrflamingo.ca

Thursday October 15 to Sunday October 18, 2015 - Toronto Russian Film Festival @ Innis Town Hall. A film festival with a focus on the films of Alexey Serebryakov including features and shorts. Serebryakov will be in attendance and will participate in Q&A sessions following screenings. All films in Russian w/ English subtitles. $18, srs/stu $10. See website for schedule. Innis Town Hall 2 Sussex, Toronto, Ontario Website in English & Russian http://torontorussianfilmfestival.ca/

Thursday October 15, 2015 - “Pretty & Flawed” Opening Reception @ Analogue Gallery. An exhibition of incredibly raw and intimate portraits by L.A .photographer, Myriam Santos that spans more than three decades of her work in music and film. Featuring images of David Bowie, Tommy Lee, George Clooney, Robert Smith, Marilyn Manson, Trent Reznor, Willie Nelson, Ozzie Osbourne, Spike Jonze, and many more. Analogue Gallery, 673 Queen St. W. 6 PM to 10 PM Exhibit runs to Nov. 12th. http://www.analoguegallery.com/

 Thursday October 15, 2015 - Queer & Trans Artist of Colour Book Launch @ Glad Day. A collection of sixteen unique and honest conversations you won’t read anywhere else. In this collection of interviews, Nia discusses fat burlesque with Magnoliah Black, queer fashion with Kiam Marcelo Junio, interning at Playboy with Janet Mock, dating gay Latino Republicans with Julio Salgado, intellectual hazing with Kortney Ryan Ziegler, gay gentrification with Van Binfa, getting a book deal with Virgie Tovar, the politics of black drag with Micia Mosely, evading deportation with Yosimar Reyes, weird science with Ryka Aoki, gay public sex in Africa with Nick Mwaluko, thin privilege with Fabian Romero, the tyranny of “self-care” with Lovemme Corazón, “selling out” with Miss Persia and Daddie PlaStik, the self-employed art activist hustle with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha, and much, much more. 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Glad Day Bookshop, 598A Yonge Street, not wheelchair friendly. https://www.facebook.com/events/107047806314482/ Church St Gay Village Toronto, Ontario

Thursday October 15, 2015 - “Moving Right Along” Opening Reception @ Typology Projects Gallery The first solo exhibition of work by Nicolas Fleming in Toronto. “Appropriating the visual language and syntax of design-build practices, Fleming’s new artworks and site-specific installation transform the exhibition space, exploiting the inherent imperfections and irregular marks characteristic of construction sites to challenge the white cube environment in which they are situated.” Typology Projects Gallery, 180 Shaw St., Suite 302. 6pm to 8 pm. http://typology.ca/

Thursday October 15, 2015 - Ages 50+ do Historical Hurricane Hazel Walk @ Meet outside Old Mill Subway Station Follow part of the path of one of the greatest natural disasters in Canadian history at this walk led by Toronto Heritage Heroine, Activist & Artist Madeleine McDowell. 10 am-noon. Free. Starts at Old Mill subway, ends at Lambton House. 416-767-5472

Friday October 16 to Sunday 18th., 2015 - National Women's Show @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre Shop ‘til you drop at over 450 exhibits and find the best selection of the newest products and services to hit the market for women! Find products and services you can’t find anywhere else! October 16, 17 and 18, 2015 Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd. http://www.nationalwomenshow.com

Friday October 16, 2015 - Disrupting Queer Inclusion Book Launch @ Buddies. 8:00pm - 10:00pm Glad Day Bookshop presents the Book Launch for OmiSoore H. Dryden and Suzanne Lenon's edited collection, Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging. ( UBC Press) 12 Alexander Street Church St Gay Village Toronto, Ontario

Saturday October 16, 2015 - Toronto Queer Zine Fair @ Trinity-St Paul's United Church 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Toronto Queer Zine Fair seeks to make space for traditionally marginalized voices in the zine community. While accepting applications from all self-identified queer/trans* folks, TQZF chooses to prioritize the voices of trans women, trans women of colour, queer people of colour, indigenous/two-spirited folks, and non-binary folks. Toronto Queer Zine Fair is an alternative zine fair focusing on the radical and political history/philosophy of zines and giving a platform to those often under-represented in zine culture. This is event is all ages and childcare will be provided on site. * Trinity-St. Paul's is a wheelchair accessible venue. * ASL interpretation services have been booked for the following times: two interpreters from 11 AM – 3 PM and one interpreter from 3 PM to 7 PM Location: 427 Bloor St West Toronto,
Ontariohttp://www.trinitystpauls.ca/ Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/448618611986630/ Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Saturday October 16, 2015 - Afternoon of Queer Zine Readings @ D-Beatstro (All ages Punk Vegan place) 3:00pm - 6:00pm Return of Saturn: An Afternoon of Queer Zine Readings is happening! We’ll be reading about astrology, Tarot, trauma recovery, chronic illnesses, disability, making magic, & more! Identical twins Maranda Elizabeth and Amber Dearest will be launching a split zine together to celebrate their 30th birthday, and Maranda will be offering PWYC Tarot readings afterward! D-Beatstro Vegan Restaurant, 1292 Bloor St W, a few doors east of Lansdowne subway station. Queer West, Toronto Ontario https://www.facebook.com/events/1544185912523083/

Friday October 16, 2015 - Shadows of Motown @ The Boat. Shadows of Motown is a dance party that plays the biggest and best Motown, doo wop, booty shakin’ hits! With DJs Slater, Well Said, and Ty. 10 PM Cover $5. The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave (Kensington Market) 416-593-9218 http://www.theboatkensington.com/
 
Friday October 16, 2015 - Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest Nightclub Hey Everyone...we're back...why isn't our flyer orange for Halloween you ask?....Well...it's Pink...Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month...sometimes...these things are more important :) DJ's Kristie Muller (GloryHole) and Josh McIntyre (half of Prince Innocence) spinning tonight at Toronto's biggest, baddest, queerest, hip hop/dancehall/rnb jam took over new space at Ryze on College. New Guest DJs every month. This location is now wheelchair accessible. 10 PM 19+ COVER $6 bucks before 11:30 pm. $10 after 11:30 pm extremely difficult to get tickets at the door! Nest Nightclub 423 College St. & Bathurst 416-792-9488 https://www.facebook.com/NestToronto | Queer West Toronto Ontario. https://twitter.com/YesYesYall416

Friday October 16, 2015 - Fuzz Nugs @ Handlebar. DJs Christoph Duft, Jeremiah Knight, and Evan Lewis play a collection of danceable ’60s pop junk from their record collections. Girl group, garage, psychedelica, beat, and surf! 10 PM Handlebar 159 Augusta Ave, (Kensington Market) 647) 748-7433 http://www.thehandlebar.ca/ Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Friday October 16, 2015 - Disrupting Queer Inclusion Book Launch @ Buddies. 8:00pm - 10:00pm Glad Day Bookshop presents the Book Launch for OmiSoore H. Dryden and Suzanne Lenon's edited collection, Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging. ( UBC Press) 12 Alexander Street Church St Gay Village Toronto, Ontario.

Friday October 16, 2015 - Boogie Fever @ 76-A An evening of afro disco, tropical funk, kwaito house, and zulu jive with selectors Alister Johnson, Niall Kirk, and LIvely.Ones. $10 before 1 am. Goes late. (Formerly Encore Rehearsal Studios), 76-A Geary Ave https://www.facebook.com/76ageary Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Friday October 16, 2015 - Regretro: Fantasy Edition @ The Steady. This month’s Regretro is dedicated to all of our favourite divas, but especially Mariah. Girl anthems all night and Regretro classics. It’s DJ Wei Back’s Birthday, so give her birthday bumps when you hear “Fantasy.” Time to turn back time. As always, requests welcome. No Cover 10 PM The Steady Cafe and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W. (416) 536-4162 Just East of Dufferin St /thesteadycafe.com/ (Gay Owned) Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Friday October 16, 2015 - Rebel Hop @ The Piston,. Soul, funk, reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, and their relative disciples with DJs Gramera and Linx on the decks + Dennis P on the sax! Free before 11 pm, $5 after. The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. (West of Ossington Beside the Long & McQuade) Close to the Ossington Subway Station Toronto, Canada 416 532 3989 http://thepiston.ca/press/ Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Friday October 16, 2015 - Sweat Pants @ The Ossington. DJ Coolin spins the ultimate smooth party groove. Hip-hop, dancehall, soul, RnB, reggae – everything you need. 10 PM No Cover. The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. 416-850-0161 The Ossington Queer West, Toronto Ontario


Saturday October 17, 2015 - Seth and Sheila Stayed Behind: Book Launch @ Art Metropole. Seth and Sheila Stayed Behind pairs a short story by Sheila Heti with photographs by Seth Fluker. “Seth” and “Sheila” are the main characters of Heti’s abstract narrative of longing and transition, one which sets the stage for Fluker’s photographs of a wintry Toronto landscape, filled with anthropomorphized automobiles and embankments of dirty snow. 4 pm to 7 pm, two doors away from the gay owned Hogtown Cure Cafe. Art Metropole, 1490 Dundas St W, 416-703-4400. Queer West, Toronto Ontario Artist-run contemporary art centre for artists books, video, audio, multiples, and other multiple media artworks http://artmetropole.com/

Saturday October 17, 2015 - Drunk Feminist Films Presents Horror Flick: Twilight @ Revue Cinema. Tickets $14 Seniors $11. Drunk Feminist Films is a collective of feminists who would rather laugh than cry their way through representations of gender in Hollywood films. Revue Cinema 400 Roncesvalles, Toronto Parkdale (doors 8:45pm, show 9:30) https://www.facebook.com/events/1499946523651402/

Saturday October 17, 2015 - Chronologic @ The Garrison. A dance party through the ages! Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2015, played in chronological order). $5. 10 PM The Garrison 1197 Dundas St W, Telephone: 416-519-9439.garrisontoronto.com/ Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Saturday October 17, 2015 - Beam Me Up’s Édition Spéciale: The World of Disco @ The Piston. Caribbean funk, afro-disco, and mediterranean chic are the order of the day, with sovetik sleaze, japanese groove, brazilian boogie, and other worldly sounds thrown in for good measure! Residents A Digital Needle and Cyclist take the reins on this planet-spanning party and will be joined for an opening set by Rowan Cuddy. 110 PM No Cover. The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. (West of Ossington Beside the Long & McQuade) Close to the Ossington Subway Station Toronto, Canada 416 532 3989 http://thepiston.ca/press/ Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Saturday October 17, 2015 - Uma Nota Festival: Saturday Jamboree @ Geary Lane. Toronto’s newest hub for culture and creativity. Nestled away on a seemingly industrial stretch of Geary Avenue at Dufferin & Dupont, the Geary Lane studio is centrally located in an area of the city that is ripe with creative drive and youthful energy. The last time Uma Nota and Dub Connection Soundsystem took over Geary Lane, it was a beautiful Winter Nite. They’ve joined forces again to bring you a night of uninhibited dancing to the best music for another amazing Saturday night at the warehouse space that’s off the beaten track (but closer than you think). The two live bands for the night represent between them music from Brazil, Haiti, west Africa, and various parts of Latin America. DJ General Eclectic and Selector K Zar will be holding down the reggae, dub, MPB, and vintage vinyl on all 15,000 watts of the mighty Dub Connection Soundsystem. 3000 square feet of dance space. $10 advance tickets available online. 10 PM Geary Lane, 360 Geary Ave. http://gearylane.com/ Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - Book Launch – Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Colour Dreaming Her Way Home @ Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre (Mirvish Village behind former Honest Ed's). Meet Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, author of her own autobiographical poetry book, Dirty River. If you’re not familiar with Leah and her work, she a radical tarot reader, social justice activist, performance artist queer, disabled femme of colour based in the US. Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre. http://beitzatoun.org/events/ 7 pm to 9 pm Includes some music from 1990s BIPOC hits by DJ Syrus Marcus Ware. Free - all welcome! 647-726-9500 612 Markham St., Not a wheelchair Friendly Bathroom Queer West, Toronto Ontario.

Sunday October 18, 2015 - Uma Nota Festival: Community Cultural Fair @ Lula Lounge. Uma Nota’s popular Sunday afternoon-into-evening hang out and live show is back for a fifth year of music, dance, food, drink, games, and family-friendly fun. Featuring a live painting session in a first-ever collaboration between two local artists, Coco de Roda (music/dance workshop), DJ sets by Tupi Collective (Montreal) and Erick Paredes (Miami), and more. $10 advance tickets available 3 PM to 10 PM Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W, 416-588-0307, lula.ca Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Sunday October 18, 2015 - Seinfeld Trivia Night @ Kitch Bar Think you know Seinfeld? Well it’s not a lie if you believe it, and if you can prove you’re the master of your domain, then it’s next stop Pottersville. This is the Famous ORIGINAL Ray’s of monthly Seinfeld trivia, not some knock-off with their own case at the end of the aisle. Come for the trivia, stay for the episode and the JuJy Fruits! Maybe you’ll win a contest. Trivia at 8 pm. Kitch Bar, 229 Geary Ave. http://www.kitchbar.com/ Queer West, Toronto Ontario


Monday October 19, 2015 - Election Day Wake @ The Garrison. Polls close at 8 pm, it will be all over in less than 45 minutes. Go Vote! Then com e and CHEER or JEER at the Federal Election results on the big screen! 7:PM $No Cover$ The Garrison 1197 Dundas St W, Telephone: 416-519-9439.garrisontoronto.com/

Tuesday October 20, 2015 - Peaches @ Phoenix Concert Theatre. Provocative electro-punk singer and performance artist Peaches returned to the music scene this year with her first album since 2009, and will be celebrating the release with a 27-city tour. Badass rocker chicks Deap Vally will be opening the show. $25 tickets available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and Ticketmaster, Phoenix Concert Theatre 410 Sherbourne St. Toronto Ontario

Wednesday October 21, 2015 - Pivot Reading Series with Méira Cook, Kevin Hardcastle, & George Murray @ The Steady. Pivot moves into the middle of its fall session with some new books and some visitors. We bring you retired bookninja George Murray, multi-disciplinary writer and poet Meira Cook, and exceptionally well-bearded Kevin Hardcastle, a part of the extraordinary fiction line-up from Biblioasis. Come and be autumnal. 8 PM Free. The Steady Cafe and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W. (416) 536-4162 Just East of Dufferin St /thesteadycafe.com/ (Gay Owned) Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Thursday October 22 to Sunday October 25, 2015 - Feature Contemporary Art Fair @ Imperial Oil Opera Theatre. The fair will occupy spaces on the first and second floors and will welcome 30 galleries, each selected by an advisory committee comprised of leading curators and collectors, with an exclusive VIP preview on Wed., Oct. 21st. Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, (416) 841-4220 227 Front Street E Toronto ON. http://www.featureartfair.com/

Friday October 23 to Sunday October 25, 2015 - 16th Everything To Do With Sex Show Toronto @ Direct Energy Centre. North America's largest sex and romance consumer show, invites you to celebrate its 16th anniversary in Toronto. The show runs from October 23 to October 25, 2015, at the Enercare Centre (formerly the Direct Energy Centre), Exhibition Place. Packed with seminars, stage shows, celebrities, erotic art, shopping, and kink, the Everything To Do With Sex Show is geared towards singles, couples, and groups looking to spice up their lives. Direct Energy Centre 100 Princes' Blvd. Toronto, ON. CNE Grounds. Price: $19.99 Age: 19+ Fri, Oct 23, 03:00 pm to Sun, Oct 25, 06:00 pm. http://toronto.everythingtodowithsex.com/ Queer West, Toronto Ontario

Saturday October 24, 2015 - Get you bathing suit Downtown Toronto Gay & Lesbian Swim Club's Open House @ Regent Park Aquatic Centre. House at Regent Park Aquatic Centre!! We are Toronto's Gay, Lesbian and Diverse Masters Swimming Club since 1987. The Open House is from 6 pm - 8:30 pm followed by an after party from 9 pm - 11 pm at Church on Church nightclub (504 Church Street). From 6 pm - 7:30 pm we will have a lane swim practice followed by games and relays from 7:30 pm -8:30 pm. Come meet our club's members and fabulous, talented coaches through our Open House! http://www.dsctoronto.ca/


Saturday October 24, 2015 - Lightsaber Battle Toronto 2015 Join us for a massive battle of Jedi vs. Sith in downtown Toronto. Pick a side of the force and use that venerable, ancient, glowing tool: the lightsaber, in the ultimate nocturnal showdown. In the past we have attracted up to 1000 warriors, and we can expect more this year :) For every $5 you contribute, we will reserve one lightsaber for you. Each lightsaber changes up to 6 colors is about 3' long, and you will be able to pick them up at the event. The price will increase to $10 after half the sabers have been reserved. 8:00pm - 11:00pm https://www.facebook.com/events/1467544046888448/

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