The best queer event listings in the City of Toronto 24/7 for May 2016

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Sunday May 1, 2016 - Opening Day at Canada's Wonderland Entertainment Park. Get ready for live entertainment, thrills and a whole season of family fun! Join us for all the fun and excitement as we begin our 36th season and get great discounts in the Park! There are ‪#‎CW100Reasons‬ to get a Season Pass, including No. 36 Riding Leviathan, Canada's Biggest and Tallest Coaster. This Giga Coaster climbs to 306 feet and then drops at a 80 degree angle and reaches a speed of 148km/h. for all 100 reasons. Canada's Wonderland is located in Vaughan, ON, just north of the City of Toronto off Highway 400. Exit at Rutherford Road. By TTC The 165A Weston Rd North bus route operates to the Park on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, from Sunday, May 3 to Saturday, October 31, 2015. MORE INFO

Sunday May 1, 2016 - Bed, Bathhouse and Beyond @ Oasis Aqualounge The West End deviants invite you to invade Toronto’s only inclusive bathhouse for a night of underwater excess. $20 Gender Neutral Pricing / Includes Locker, Unlimited Towels, Unlimited In-and-Outs / Quite possibily the lowest price that will ever be offered at Oasis. Oasis Aqua Lounge features a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, showers, sauna, a full fledged dungeon, and lotsa room where 'things' can 'happen'. Performance by Allysin Chaynes, where her curly breasthair will soil a towel and float atop the pool, islands in the stream. Pole Dancer Extraordinaire Axel Blows will be all up and down zee pole all night. DJ Cam Lee will provide tunes all night with lampshade hair 7 PM Cover $20. 416-599-7665 231 Mutual St, Toronto, ON

Sunday May 1, 2016 - When Doves Cry: Prince Tribute Party @ The Drake Hotel. Celebrate the life and times of the Prince of Funk, His Royal Badness, The High Priest of Pop; Prince Rogers Nelson. Enjoy curated visuals and Prince all night long on the decks. Costumes encouraged! 9 PM The Drake Underground, Phone: (416) 531-5042 1150 Queen St. W. Queer West Toronto ON

Sunday May 1, 2016 - Nite Comfort @ Handlebar. The ongoing search for genre-defying, boundary-pushing music, and other hidden gems in the heart of the city. This month, Nite Comfort welcomes their first international act, onewayness, from Erie, PA, and the return of the G Group. PWYC. 8 PM Handlebar 159 Augusta Ave, (Kensington Market) 647) 748-7433 | Queer West Toronto ON

Sunday May 1, 2016 - Gluten Free Garage @ Artscape Wychwood Barns. Toronto’s original pop-up gluten-free marketplace for all foodies is kicking off Celiac Awareness Month on May 1st with the city’s best gluten-free eats, drinks and more! Come hungry for one-stop shopping and sampling and discover more about happy, healthy gluten-free living. With 65 exhibitors, guest speakers, food trucks and beer cider tasting, GFG is proof that gluten free has come a long way, baby! Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Toronto ON Sun, May 1 at 10:00am - 4:00pm Limited Space: $11.50 Ticket includes access to guest speakers (space is limited) and beer + cider tasting. GET TICKETS

Monday May 2 and Tuesday May 3, 2016 - Tangled Art Gallery Launch Party: Disability Constructed. @ TAG Gallery. TAG will be open to the public starting at 12pm on May 2nd. Artist Talk: May 2, 2:00-4:00 pm* Public Reading: May 3, 2:00-4:00 pm* Audio description of the materials discussed in the artist talk will begin at 2 pm. Audiences can expect to engage with art that reshapes understandings of disability, encounter disability artists who invigorate the art world, and interact with inclusive technologies that reimagine how we experience art. In Constructed Identities, The Artist Blackbridge uses mixed media wood-carving with found objects to question how disability is framed as a fracturing of ordinary life rather than a normal, expected part of it. The Exhibition runs May 4 - July 6, 2016 647 725 5064 TAG is located in studio 122 on the main floor on the 401 Richmond Building.

Monday May 2, 2016 -Trampoline Hall lecture series Jordan Tannahill Curates! @ The Garrison. All speakers this month are chosen by Jordan Tannahill It will go as follows: Shaista Latif: Punks Max Mohenu: Sade Barbara Fingerote: Conundra and Misha Glouberman hosts, as always. The show's location is the Garrison, at 1197 Dundas St W. The doors open at 7:40 and the show starts promptly at 8 p.m.Cover $5 The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON (416) 519-9439 Queer West Toronto ON

Tuesday May 3 to Saturday May 7, 2016 - The Toronto Rock.Paper.Sistahz Festival 2016 @ Various Locations. We're presenting the 14th edition of the rock.paper.sistahz Festival! We dare Black, Indigenous, and Artists of Colour to share what HIGHER POWER means to them in a serious game of play. This curated festival of new works kicks off b current’s 25th Anniversary Season! See web site festival locations and event times and tickets.

Tuesday May 3, 2016 - Belleville-Ville Monthly Improv-Soap Opera about small town Canada in 1976 @ Monarch Tavern. As always it is hosted by Dave McKay and features a slew of talented Toronto performers. 8 pm is our door for preshow, our Improvisors take the stage at 9 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Monarch Tavern 12 Clinton St, Toronto, ON

Wednesday May 4, 2016 - Meow Meow queer social @ Holy Oak Cafe. This isn't a loud dance party. It's a change of pace, and a chance to converse. Bring your partners, bring your pals, meet old friends and make new ones. No pretences, no posturing - just good vibes and good people. Meant for queers to meet, hang, and conspire with other queers, and awesome allies are welcome! Lana Leprich sets the soundtrack with some cosmic, nostalgic, earthy sounds to get you in the mood. ...come unwind with your chosen queer family at the coziest bar in town! Holy Oak Cafe, 1241 Bloor St. W. 647-345-2803
Wednesday May 4, 2016 - Brockton Writers Series @ Full of Beans Coffee House. Featured authors will be: Pushpa Raj Acharya, Shari Kasman, Larissa Lai and Melanie Mah. Our special guest speaker will be Shannon Whibbs, Acquisitions Editor at Dundurn. on: “Shall We Dance? The Importance of the Author-Editor Relationship” The reading is PWYC (suggested $3-$5) and features a Q&A with the writers afterward. Books and treats are available for sale. Full of Beans, 1348 Dundas St. West Phone:(647) 347-4161 Regretably, the washrooms are not wheelchair accessible, as they are located in the basement. Queer West Toronto, ON

Thursday May 5, 2016 - Launch Party for lesbian artists and sometimes DJs Mary Tremonte & Sigourney Beaver @ Fountain Gallery Featuring DJ Sigourney Beaver with prints, zines, hand-drawn and silkscreened hankies, embroidered badges, and other merch available for purchase too. Mary Tremonte is an artist, educator, and DJ based in Toronto via Pittsburgh. A founding member of Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, a decentralized group of printmakers making work in support of movements for social and environmental justice. The title of the show reflects an intersectional, beyond binaries approach to life and creative practice. Her work harkens towards queer utopias and the joy and pleasure in our current realities, utopia as, José Munoz puts it, as “the not quite here,” a horizon we are ever reaching towards and working towards together in the here and now.Notes on accessibility: there are six steps from the street to enter the Fountain. Washrooms are non-gendered and on the same level as the bar. 8:00pm-close f Fountain Gallery, (416) 262-4986 - 1261 Dundas St W, Queer West Toronto ON MORE DETAILS

Thursday May 5, 2016 - Cinco de Mayo @ The Drake Hotel Chef Donnie Masterton returns bringing the flavours of San Miguel de Allende’s newest hot spots: Taco Lab Birdies Burgers. Get into this Cinco De Mayo jam with tequila shakes, inventive Mexican classics, delicious burgers, and DJ Unkfunk spinning vinyl 8 PM The Drake Phone: (416) 531-5042 1150 Queen St. W. Queer West Toronto ON

Friday May 6, 2016 - Wedding Night @ The Piston. A guiltless pleasure jam that spans Phil Collins to Mystikal, Leo Sayer to Biggie, Christopher Cross to Mousse T, Talking Heads to Pete Rock. You may not be getting married, but they’re playing dance music like you just did! Basement soul, dad rock, freak-filled funk, R&B, new-wave, disco, and hip-hop. 10 PM The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. (West of Ossington Beside the Long & McQuade) Close to the Ossington Subway Station, Queer West Toronto ON 416 532 3989

Friday May 6, 2016 - SoulSkank @ Handlebar. Soul, funk, soul, reggae, ska, dancehall, and Motown in its most raw form! A vinyl-only dance party with Parkdale Funk and DJ Gramera on the decks + Dennis P on sax. Free before 11 pm, $5 after. Handlebar 159 Augusta Ave, (Kensington Market) 647) 748-7433 | Queer West Toronto ON

Friday May 6, 2016 - Yacht Rock @ The Boat. A night of dancing to the smoothest music you’ve ever heard in your life. 10 PM $5 to step aboard. The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave (Kensington Market) 416-593-9218 Queer West Toronto ON

Friday May 6, 2016 - Opening Day for Kayaking & Canoeing Lessons & Rentals @ Humber River. Looking to learn something new this Spring & Summer or just looking to refresh your skills? Join us on our Intro to Kayaking & Canoeing Lessons & Rentals located right here on the scenic calm water of Toronto’s Humber River, a 5 minute walk from The TTC (Toronto’s Public Transit)! Our Intro to Kayaking & Canoeing Adventure is an all inclusive program that includes everything you’ll need for your paddling adventure including the boat you select, paddles, lifejackets, and our experienced TA Instructors to provide a beginners lesson before embarking on our scenic paddle of Toronto’s wildlife packed Humber River! Season runs May to October,

Friday May 6, 2016 - Glitter Box w/ DJ Kitty Glitter @ The Steady. Glitter Box is the best retro rock, pop and indie dance party, playing all your favourite guilty pleasures from the 80s / 90s / 00s! No Cover. The Steady Cafe and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W. (416) 536-4162 Just East of Dufferin St / (Gay Owned) Queer West Toronto ON

Friday May 6, 2016 - Big Primpin' Boy Bye edition @ Miss Thing's 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. BOY BYE! Chuck those deuces up with djs NINO BROWN tonight! and COZMIC CAT If you’re a fan of Dancehall, dancey hip-hop, or straight up dancing, you'll probably love Nino Brown. Her mixes always get us up and moving. When she founded “Yes Yes Y’all,” her arsenal of talent allowed it to grow into one of the city’s most lively parties. Block rockin' dj Cozmic Cat has dropped bombs on dancefloors worldwide, from hotels in Australia and Puerto Rico, to clubs in Las Vegas, D.C. and New York City. skills10pm. Cover $5 buxxs 1279 Queen St W.416.516.8677 Queer West Village Toronto, Ontario. For line bypass email:

Friday May 6, 2016 - Femme Identified Open Studio & Art Fair @ Studio Huddle. Hey! We're hosting an open studio for you all to come check out what we do in our space, buy some art work, drink with us and maybe dance. We'll also be launching our literary space which is made up of zines donated by artists from Toronto, London, NYC and beyond. The literary space also includes a bunch of great stuff on sale, like Polyester Zine, Sister Magazine, prints by Ayqa Khan, zines from Bunny Collective, goodies by Femme Crimes Distro, to name a few! 97 Niagara is an entirely femme identified multidisciplinary art space. The space seeks to foster a community hub for other femme identitied artists in Toronto and hosts a library of zines created by women and qtpoc in art. Regretfully this venue is wheelchair inaccessable. 97 Niagara has one gender neutral washroom. Street Map
Friday May 6, 2016 - Toronto Lesbians gather for a night of Cream @ 120 Diner. Cream Toronto, Toronto’s newest monthly girl party DJ's KLR, Recklezz, Matt Priestess & Levi all come together to bring you Cream's first back to school bash! We'll have some great prize give aways and as drinks and goooood music! 120 Diner seats 60 get there early 120 Church Street, south of Richmond. Dinner reservation - Phone: 416-792-7725 or Text: 416-706-4237
Friday May 6, 2016 - Electric Glow Part 2 - Toronto's Largest Glow Party! @ The Fricton Club. High-Energy Music, Ultraviolet Dancers, Fire Performers, Soaring Ariel Acts, CO2 Shows, Blacklight, Glow in the Dark Wear, Glow Sticks, Into One Mind Blowing Combination. Experience a perfect balance of Sound Systems mixed with a spectacular Laser Light show! Cover $10 Time 10 PM Ficton Club, 180 Pearl Street, Toronto, ON

Saturday May 7, 2016 - Racks & Bands @ The Drake Lounge, Canadian Music Week w/ Racks & Bands a party focused on one thing and one thing only: bringing booty back to the Underground. Turn up with resident DJs Johnny Hockin and Vanity Muscles as they motivate the winin’ and grindin’, playing only the hottest in current rap and RnB. 10 PM to 4 $10. The Drake Lounge, Phone: (416) 531-5042 1150 Queen St. W. Queer West Toronto ON

Saturday May 7, 2016 - Lay These Knight @ The Drake Underground,. Lay These Knight, returns for Canadian Music Week with an actual, honest-to-goodness banger of sweaty R&B anthems from the ’90s to the ’10s. Featuring Kardinal and Combat Jack, with resident DJs Famous Players holding it down before and after. 10 PM to 4 AM . $10.The Drake Lounge, Phone: (416) 531-5042 1150 Queen St. W. Queer West Toronto ON

Saturday May 7, 2016 - 18th Annual Toronto Global Marijuana March @ Queens Park. 2 pm The 18th annual Toronto Global Marijuana March (GMM) is set for Saturday, May 7th, 2016 in well over 100 cities across the globe! The Toronto GMM is one of the world’s largest marijuana marches attracting upwards of 20,000+ medical and recreational cannabis supporters and enthusiasts to downtown Toronto. The GMM crowd gathers behind the provincial Queen’s Park legislature at HIGH NOON before the parade at 2pm north of the park. The peaceful celebration has never had an arrest in the event’s 17 year history. The GMM is the City’s largest spring outdoor gatherings generating millions of dollars to the local economy.VIDEO 2015 Parade route Quueen's Park 2 pm to Bloor w to Yonge St. South to Wellesley and back to Queen's Park.

Saturday May 7, 2016 - Wet Trax Party w/ Boy Pussy, Dirty Daddy Don, CGI Asian and Neøprene 9 @ The Beaver. Ain't no party like a wet trax party.DJS: Boy Pussy [Wet Trax] ( and Dirty Daddy Don [Wet Trax] ( and CGI Asian [Wet Trax] with special performance by Neoprene 9[Wet Trax] ( Everybody get wet tonight. 10 PM Cover $5 Free before midnight The Beaver 1192 Queen St W, 416-537-2768 (Gay Owned) | Queer West Toronto ON

Saturday May 7, 2016 - Toronto Flower Market Season Launch @ On the Grounds of CAMH. Come join us as we launch our 4th season on Mother's Day weekend. Find us on the south west corner of Shaw & Queen St West on CAMH grounds in the trees of Shaw Park. May 7th from 10am - 3pm. Free for everyone to attend. Toronto Flower Market is an outdoor market that celebrates locally grown flowers, the growers that cultivate them and the florists that style them. Walk the stalls, explore the abundance of colour & pick your seasonal favourites.

Saturday May 7, 2016 - Artsy-Fartsy queer POP Montreal/NeXT@CMW: @ Silver Dollar POP Montreal, Dan Burke and NeXT Shows @ Canadian Music Week Saturday May 7th, 2016 Silver Dollar Room $10 in adv Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8 PM Extended Bar Service to 4am / 19+ The Silver Dollar Room, 486 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON MORE DETAILS & BAND LIST

Saturday May 7, 2016 - Toronto Queer Slow Dance 90s Edition @ Dovercourt House. With a lending library of designated dancers for all you wallflowers, and a dancecard-booklet to set up dances in advance (should you choose to), Toronto Queer Slowdance has all slow songs, all night long! (Except for the occasional intermission when we play the fastest songs we can find!) It's high school with a happy ending. Come and experience why slow is beautiful, and why love is not ironic.

 The Details: Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. (1 block North of Bloor, 3 blks. West of Ossington) ((Street Map Doors at 9:30, Dance from 10 PM – 2:30 AM. $10 admission includes your Dancecard-booklet! Regretfully, the Dovercourt House is not wheelchair-accessible. 19+ Queer West Toronto Ontario.

Wednesday May 11, 2016 - Patio Session with music by Billie Holiday @ Harlem Underground. Soak up some sun and spring weather while enjoying music to wake your soul. Its Springtime and the livin' is easy. Listen to an entire evening of the majestic vocalizing of legendary jazz musician Billie Holiday. 7pm Free Harlem Underground 745 Queen St West Location Map

Wednesday May 11, 2016 - Serbian Pop Artist ENSH (Milenko Vujošević) @ The Drake Underground. Vujošević is just coming off his Balkan Boy tour in Serbia and the UK and hitting a few hotspots in Canada. Vujošević parents immigrated to Canada when he was one. His first language is Serbian. His early perspective was shaped by a decidedly Serbian outlook albeit his parent’s version of it. Growing up he got a heavy dose of the Canadian side of things, while spending his summers in Serbia. “To be honest I’ve never completely fit in to either country. I’m what’s referred to as a “third culture kid”. He told Fabrizio Belluschi a UK writer for famemagazine. Vujošević had love/hate relationship for Canada. He decided to move back to Belgrade (He still has his Canadian citizenship). Serbia is a place that young people generally try to leave. Unemployment is ridiculously high, the economic situation is unstable and the political situation is questionable.

You can watch the delightful (NSFW) Video of Vujošević Brother, Aleks romping nude, through Serbia countryside in Fiks, with music by Vujošević ENSH will be kicking off his five day Canadian, tour in his second home, Toronto. Each night will feature live performances of tracks from the current release as well as the North American debut of his upcoming single LGBTQ anthem, “Gender Bending”. Ensh on Soundcloud 

The Details: Drake Hotel Underground, Time is 8:30pm, and cover is $10. The Drake Underground, Phone: (416) 531-5042 1150 Queen St. W. Queer West Toronto ON

Thursday May 12 to Thur May 19, 2016 - ReelAbilities Film Festival @ Various Locatons in Toronto. The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNJCC) launches Canada’s first annual ReelAbilities Film Festival (RAFF) in Toronto. RAFF is the largest film festival in North America, with 14 Festivals taking place in cities across the U.S. and now Canada, dedicated to promoting the awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and art of people with disabilities and Deaf people. Select programmes will be followed by post-screening panel discussions featuring various scholars and experts from the film, disability and Deaf communities. Toronto City Hall will be lit orange, the Festival’s official colour of inclusion, in recognition of the talents and stories of people with disabilities and Deaf people on Thursday, May 12.

The Details: RAFF is proud to work with 27 community partners. Festival information can be found at http://www.toronto.reelabilities.orgTICKETS: Regular tickets are $12. To ensure the Festival is financially accessible, community tickets. Sudents, seniors and those on fixed incomes are $8. in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St. W.), daily from 10am-10pm or over the phone at 416-599-8433, from 10am-7pm
Thursday May 12, 2016 - Loads of Fun as Men Walk a Mile in Her Shoes @ Yonge-Dundas Square. We invite the men and women of Toronto to show some swagger in their most fabulous footwear at the 7th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. Get pumped and help raise awareness and funds for White Ribbon, the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women. Get a pair and join in the world’s biggest walk in support of White Ribbon and the women you love (rain or shine). To register for the event, and for more information, visit 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Yonge-Dundas Square 1 Dundas St E, Toronto ON

Thursday May 12, 2016 - FRESH MEAT: A Boylesque Recital @ Rivival Bar. The Toronto School of Burlesuqe and James & The Giant Pasty are proud to present: FRESH MEAT: Doesn't get any Gayer than this A Boylesque Recital. Just out of Boylesque 101 and 102, Professor James & the Giant Pasty and School Mistress Red Herring are serving you the juiciest cuts of brand new Boylesque performers. Plus a special performance of the Femme Diagrams, the TsoB student troupe! Doors 8pm, Show 9pm Cover $20 at the door. Revival Bar 783 College Street, Little Italy Toronto ON

Friday May 13, 2016 - La bande dessine francophone @ Alliance Française de Toronto - Centre culturel This event will be conducted primarily in French. II existe une longue tradition franco-belge en bande dessine dont atteste la profusion de chefs duvres issue de ces deux pays. Mais la langue franaise dpasse largement le continent europen, et de nouvelles traditions de cration et de narration mergent travers le monde francophone. Dans le cadre du Toronto Comic Arts Festival, cette soire spciale en franais runira des auteurs du monde entier travaillant principalement en langue franaise, qui tmoigneront de leur exprience de cration en bande dessine, et de lunicit de leur style. Vendredi 13 mai 2016 19h, @ Alliance Franaise de Toronto, 24 Spadina Road 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM FREE More Detail
Friday May 13, 2016 - Synthesexer @ The Piston 10 PM Toronto’s only sexy synthy alternative electro 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 ARP 2600, Digits, and Little Kicks will be present to sex you up (music-wise). $5 early, $10 later. The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. (West of Ossington Beside the Long & McQuade) Close to the Ossington Subway Station, Queer West Toronto ON 416 532 3989

Friday May 13, 2016 - Stones Place Friday Nights @ Stones Place, 10 PM Friday night party with DJ Blush! 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. Stones Place, 1255 Queen St W, Queer West Toronto ON (416) 536-4242 Parkdale Rolling Stones memorabilia decorates this laid-back nightspot, which offers a dance floor & sofas. Friday & Sat best nights

Friday May 13, 2016 - Sissydude Dance Mix '16 @ The Steady. DJ Phil V, Beardonce (Dancing Queen), and Toronto Parkdale artist John Sissydude what a dance party! 10 PM Free The Steady Cafe and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W. (416) 536-4162 Just East of Dufferin St / (Gay Owned) Queer West Toronto ON

Friday May 13, 2016 - - Fundraiser for Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club @ Buddies. A Big Ass Fundraiser for Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club Hosted by Maggie Cassella, Shannon McDonough and Samantha Lauzon. Okay peeps it's time to support the women who supports, well everybody. Savoy Howe (Coach Kapow) the pugliest purveyor of the TNGBC has been putting herself out like a social worker while somehow managing to keep a business afloat without any help from the place social worky places usually get help from. So we're stepping up and stepping in (even though Savoy didn't ask us) and trying to capitalize on the amazing recent publicity Savoy received from THE NEW YORK TIMES! Please read and share the article!

Starting Line-up: Maggie Cassella, Shannon McDonough, Katie Ford, Jennifer Walls, Savoy Howe, Devon Hubka, Anna Gutmanis and more to come!

The Details: Doors 6:30pm Show at 7:30 PM. Tickets : $20 or $100- all of it going directly to Newsgirls Gym. (A $1 Buddies building fund fee will be added to each ticket) LINK FOR TIX: and DONATION ONLY LINK: In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Toronto ON

Saturday May 14 and Sun May 15 , 2014 - Super Butch LGBT Music and Fashion show. @ The Supermarket & Great Hall. Through live music, a fashion show, a panel, projected photographs, and a dance party, Superbutch looks at the many past meanings of butch— including the history of working-class butch-femme culture in Toronto—and (re)presents contemporary female masculinities, Two-Spirit women, trans masculinities, and bois as desirable, powerful, and complex. Free panel 6:00-7:30pm. Live music and fashion show 8:30-10pm. Dance party to follow featuring DJ Cozmic Cat. Saturday, May 14 take place at The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West. The Great Hall is fully wheelchair accessible and offers all-gender washrooms for this event. A pop-up shop is taking place from 1-5pm at Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue on Sunday, May 15th Superbutch is serious and playful, one small show and larger than life. Against Dinah Thorpe’s hot voice and cool beats, local superqueeroes will walk the runway in clothes for queers made by queers. After the fashion show, the audience will have its chance to strut on the dance floor and in a photo booth. , to give Torontonians a unique opportunity to meet the designers and buy clothes from designers that understand and fit their identities. Advance Tickets Web Site:

Saturday May 14, 2016 - A Sneaky Dee’s Motown Night @ Sneaky Dee’s, 10 PM Dust off your dance shoes and come twist and shout with Sneaky Dee’s! Featuring all the jams from The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Marvelettes, and more. $3.50 drinks before midnight. Free before 11:30 pm, $5 after. Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. at Bathurst St., (416) 603-3090 Queer West Toronto ON

Saturday May 14, 2016 - Afro Franco Rum Party features New Orlean's Sarah McCoy and Alyssa Potter @ The Cadillac Lounge. Our long awaited spring Afrofrancorum dance is on! The party will be kicked off by a special and unique concert by the one and only - SARAH McCOY, straight from New Orleans and accompanied by her partner in awesomeness, Alyssa Potter! Come prepared to be bulldozed over by the powerhouse that is this duo!! Then dance it all off with fresh and old tunes prepared by Sarah's manager, and yours truly dj Nono (a.k.a. Bruno Moynie). Cover: $15 (concert + dance party); cash bar Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St W, Toronto, ON

Saturday May 14, 2016 - Format Sound x Lab.Music Presents: John Barera @ Bambi’s, 10 PM “Supply Records co-founder John Barera has dedicated his life to the 4×4 pulse, from bumping house to high-flying techno and everything inbetween. As a resident of Boston’s Make It New party and New York’s Bossa Nova Civic Club, Barera has played alongside many of electronic music’s luminaries, at home and away.” With support from Basic Soul Unit, J-ul, Xavier G, and Yohei Saka. $10. Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W.(Dundas and Dovercourt,) 647.351.1100 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. Also at this location beneath is Mr. Flamingo Restaurant. Bambi's not your usual dive. Starts jumping at midnight Queer West Toronto ON

Saturday May 14, 2016 - Business Woman’s Queer Special: Beauty Kween Edition @ Round 10 PM This party is for the pageant kween inside us all. Grab your tiara and sashes and hit the dance floor. (DRESS CODE IS TIARAS AND FULL LASHES). DJs Sammy Royale, Nino Brown and Diego Armand will be serving it in kween supreme. Special performance by Boa. $6. All welcome. The Round. (Not wheelchair accessible) 152a, 2nd floor Augusta Ave., Queer West Toronto ON (416) 451-6346

Saturday May 14, 2016 - Toronto Brockton Triangle Annual Yard Sale and Art Crawl. Join us in the streets around Dufferin, Dundas W, Landsdowne and the railroad tracks. McCormick Park too! (south on Brock Avenue, just below Dundas W.) Dozens of sales and artists.MORE DETAILS 9 AM to 2 PM Rain Date May 15

Saturday May 14, 2016 - Whatchu Know Bout Lemonade? @ The Steady 10 PM Queer dance party featuring the ladies of hip-hop and R&B. This month, Whatchu is celebrating Queen Bey’s latest gift to universe: Lemonade! They’ll be playing every track from the album plus Yoncé classiques and some other bangers. With a special performance by the bey-witching, bey-guiling, and bey-dazzling Beardoncé! $5. The Steady Cafe and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W. (416) 536-4162 Just East of Dufferin St / (Gay Owned) Queer West Toronto ON

Sunday May 15, 2016 - Superbutch POP UP Shop @ The Supermarket. Loved what you saw at the Superbutch Fashion show, then head on down to Supermarket - meet the local and international designers from the show. We will have a host of other local queer crafters there too. Can you never find a shirt, casual wear, suit or shoes that fit you? SUPERBUTCH has your covered. Come shop, eat and drink till your queer heart is content. More information on the designers can be found at The Supermarket 268 Augusta Ave (Kensington), Toronto, ON Queer West Toronto ON

Sunday May 15, 2016 - Trigger by Lesbian Author Jessica Webb - Book Launch @ Glad Day Book Shop. Lesbian romance hits a fever pitch when two women must race against the clock to diffuse living bombs and discover why someone would create human bombs that are triggered by touch. Join author Jessica Webb as she launches her debut novel TRIGGER, Free, not wheelchair friendly, 3 pm to 4 pm Glad Day Bookshop 598a 2nd Floor Yonge St Toronto , ON

Monday May 16, 2016 - 1st Annual Toronto INDIE Softball evening @ Trinity Bellwoods Park. In the spirit of comunity and competition we're pleased to announce: THE 1st ANNUAL TORONTO INDIE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT Pack your your picnic baskets and enjoy a beautiful day in the park with us!! Cheer on you local hero's as they slugg it out!! The Store Front Theatre Short Short Team VS Unit 102 Theatre team, Gods for Hell. Free Trinity Bellwood Park, Toronto ON - Diamond #1 (located in the North end of the park beside the hockey rink)

Tuesday May 17 to May 19 , 2016 - Urinetown The Musical @ Toronto Centre for the Arts. Urinetown is a musical comedy that hilariously handles such serious topics as unsustainability, corruption, and greed. This three time Tony award winner gets a three show midweek run in support of local charity. Toronto Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre 5040 Yonge Street Toronto , ON Canada Price: $30 Adult, $27 Student/Senior/Arts Worker Tickets:
Tuesday May 17, 2016 - Pucking Fuppets 2 @ Club 120. Due to overwhelming feedback Pucking Fuppets is back for round 2! Come for a silly, dirty, sexy, crude, and hella fun party to fundraise for Adam and Kira's new play: Does Not Play Well With Others. We're getting together the best puppeteers we know to do their favourite 'after hours' performances. 8 PM We are located at 120 Church Street, which is just south of Richmond Street East, on the west side of the street, on the 2nd floor above the 120 Diner Restaurant, and next door to McVeigh’s Irish Pub. Just enter the glass door and proceed upstairs, if visiting. $20 cover TICKETS

Wednesday May 18, 2016 - Boards & Booty Why play at home with yourself? @ The Steady. BoardAgain's Monthly Date Night event! Flicking your tinder getting very few flames? Cupid's arrow not performing ok with it's accuracy? Board Again Events offers you salvation with our monthly date night. Boards (as in games) will be mixing with Booty (as in not pirate treasure) when Board Again Events helps take the awkwardness out of first encounters. 7 pm to midnight to meet, and play with, some new friends. $5.00* will get you in the door, and also a discount on any (non-sale items) games your wish to purchase. Games For Sale The Steady Cafe and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W. (416) 536-4162 Just East of Dufferin St / (Gay Owned) Queer West Toronto ON

Wednesday May 18, 2016 - PIANO PIANO: Jeffery Straker & Mike Evin (double-bill) @ Monarch Tavern. Jeffery Straker is a Canadian gay pop singer-songwriter, who is based in Toronto, Ontario and Regina, Saskatchewan. His piano-based pop musical style has drawn comparisons to Elton John, Neil Young, and Rufus Wainwright. http://jeffstraker.comand Mike Evin The joyous spirit of piano-pop songwriter Mike Evin pulses through his music, uplifting and soulful. He’s earned a devoted following throughout North America, and among some of Canada’s most renowned musicians - like Barenaked Ladies and Ron Sexsmith. Wednesday, May 18 doors 7:30pm show 8pm Tickets $15 at the door Monarch Tavern 12 Clinton St, Toronto, ON

Thursday May 19, 2016 - LGBT Franco Fierté 2016 - Fundraiser night @ The Garrison. The Fundraiser Night for Franco Fierté 2016 invites you to share a friendly, festive and enjoyable moment in a francophone environment. It will be the opportunity for the FrancoQueer team to unveil the program of the Franco Pride 2016 festival and to thank all our supporters and our parteners in this great project ! If your French is rusty, this will be a good event to to practice.

What's on Tap - From 7pm, the first act will be performed by the Francophone singer and musician, Kyris Mignolet, a music style emerging at the crossroads of slam, folk, and funk / rock. - Then DJ Philip Edward Villeneuve will take over to make you dance in a crazy atmosphere! He throws a French pop party called Tapette once a month . - DJ Yung Bambii will ensure the last but not least round of the evening with elegance on electro and retro tunes. New face of Toronto's electro scene, this is the DJ of the moment to discover! If you live in Toronto and haven't seen Kirsten Azan (aka Bambii) perform yet, you're missing out on some of the best, musically diverse DJ sets in the city. Jezebel Bardot will host our night on May 19th!, On vous promets une French touch de folie! 

Queer West Film Festival will be co-presenting with FrancoQueer, seul organisme LGBTQIA francophone en Ontario screening the film "Homogène" in June at the Carlton Cinema, during Franco Fierté 2016. 

The Details: Raffle, silent auction and other door prizes are awaiting you "Pay what you can" - suggested donation: 10$ From 10$ donated, receive a free gift! 15$ after 11pm. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON (416) 519-9439 Queer West Toronto ON More Details

Thursday May 19, 2016 - Bubblegum punk with Peach Kelli Pop • Twist • Bueller @ The Smiling Buddha. Buzz Records and Smiling Buddha Present...Peach Kelli Pop (Burger Records) Raised in Ottawa and currently based out of Los Angeles is Allie Hanlon, the driving force behind Peach Kelli Pop. Their sound has been described as “bubblegum punk.” The band are set to release their third album this spring and will be performing throughout Canada and the U.S. before touring Japan in May. and Twist (Buzz Records) and Bueller http://www.buellerbueller.bandcamp.com19+ http://www.thesmilingbuddha.caPhone:(416) 516-2531 961 College St, Toronto, ON

Friday May 20 & Sat May 21, 2016 - Wig and Lipstick presents Surplus Humans @ Artscape. Based on the writings of Philip Dimitri Galas and Carrie Fisher (Wigs & Lipstick). Triptych of stories about people who have an overabundance of cunning, privilege, unexpected hair and other surplus human characteristics. May 20-21, Fri-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm. $15-$18. Artscape Youngplace 180 Shaw, Toronto, Ontario
Saturday May 21, 2016 - BOY PROBLEMS: a Carly Rae Jepsen Queer Dance Party @ The Steady. 10:30 PM or everyone who has had it officially with canadian national treasure and literal angel of pop music carly rae jepsen not getting the recognition she deserves, or even a headlining tour boy problems is here for you. on may 21st make the most of the night and feel all the ehomotions at boy problems: the ultimate CRJ queer dance party. let's get lost and give ourselves whiplash to the opening sax of run away with me, because we didn't just come here to NOT dance to carly rae jepsen. if you know what i mean...The Steady Cafe and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W. (416) 536-4162 Just East of Dufferin St / (Gay Owned) Queer West Toronto ON

Saturday May 21, 2016 - North American Indigenous Pow Wow @ Downsview Park. The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto ENAGB Youth program presents our 1st Annual North American Indigenous Cultural Festival May 21st & 22nd at Downsview Park, Toronto! With over $90,000 in awards, a cultural pavilion, delicious food, Indigenous vendor market, entertainment and music this weekend promises to be one to remember! Daily Admission Prices General - $16.00, Seniors 65 - $5.00 and Children 5 and under - Free Weekend General Admission - $25.00 Time: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM STREET MAP Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Rd. North York ON /north-american-indigenous-cultural-festival/
Saturday May 21, 2016 - Pink Dot Toronto Chinatown Pride March. Celebrating Toronto's Asian LGBTQ Community. Join us and many others as we march and chant for Love, Freedom, and Support through Chinatown. Pinkdot is a non-profit movement originating in Singapore by a group of individuals who care deeply and support the belief that everyone deserves the freedom to love. We are gathering in Chinatown to show there is support and love in our community for LGBT Asians who are still trying to find a place where they feel comfortable to be themselves. It is an event for everyone; straight, gay, and allies, who support the belief that everyone deserves the freedom to love.

The Details: Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM = Speakers 1:00PM - 1:45PM = March 2:00PM - 2:45PM = Performers Location: Market 707 (707 Dundas W Start of Parade Dundas/Bathurst) Wear: Pink Friends, family and allies are welcome!

Sunday May 22, 2016 - Third Annual Trinity Bellwood's Park Bed-In 11 AM - 8 PM The Bed In is a day of peace, a day to show ourselves and communities that peace is easily obtainable, in small actions, in simple smiles and nice gestures, and in the simplicity of gathering, sharing, collectivizing and loving together! The gathering point will be just south of the dog bowl, in that open field space where those crayon posts are, sandwiched between the playground and the soccer field and expanding outwards from there as numbers grow :-) Our sound system is minimal in order for us to not need a permit so if you're coming for the live music in the afternoon make sure to snag a patch of grass (or blanket) near the big tree (it will be noticeable which tree I mean ;-p) ****Sometime before the live music at 4pm there will be Drum Circle Expect yoga!, Expect art! And come with your blankets, your pillows, your PJ's and your open heart! More Detail
Sunday May 22, 2016 - Feminist Art Residency Open House (Toronto Centre Island) 19 Artists from 10 cities! ONE EVENING ONLY! May 22nd 7:00 to 10:00 Celebrate, meet the artists and socialize in the beautiful island Artscape Gibraltar Point Residency! PWYC Donation at the door Cash bar and party snacks! Artscape Gibraltar Point 443 Lakeshore Avenue., Toronto Centre Island, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2W2
Things to Do on Victora Day Monday May 23, 2016 - Victoria Day fireworks are a city tradition! There are many places you can catch the lights, including a show at Ashbridges Bay on Monday at 10:15 p.m., Canada’s Wonderland on Sunday at 10 p.m. and Niagara Falls on Monday at 10 p.m.

Monday May 23, 2016 - Celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday at Fort York. Toronto’s top historical site has planned special activities for everyone on the holiday, including demonstrations of Georgian cooking, English country dancing and soldiers’ drills. admission to Fort York (Adults: $9, Seniors (65+): $5.50, Youth (13–18 yrs.): $5.50, Children (6–12 yrs.): $4.25 Children (5 and under): Free

Monday May 23, 2016 - Victoria Day Electric Island Concert & Picnic @ Hanlan's Point Island (Toronto Harbor) Hanlan’s Point will be transforming into an Electric Island this weekend, with a massive concert and picnic featuring electronic music. Grab a blanket and some comfortable shoes for this dance party. Victoria Day Weekend Featuring: SVEN VÄTH - JAMIE JONES - DJ TENNIS - JOB JOBSE Gates Open: 1:00pm Tickets are on sale Electric Island is accessible via the Hanlan’s Point ferry, which can be boarded at 9 Queens Quay West, near the Westin Harbour Castle hotel. The ferry runs generally every 30 minutes Pay as you would on TTC.

Tuesday May 24, 2016 - Toronto Bartenders Competition @ Miss Thing's 16 competitors will compete against each other in a head to head knock-out format. Drinks are picked from a pre-determined list of 50 classics which every bartender should know. Competitors will be judged on speed, quality of drinks and barate skills style & cleanliness. 3 judges, max 9 points each round per competitor.Keep in mind, this is fast and intense, but this also celebrates what we do best- making GOOD drinks, FAST. $50 buy in, winner takes all. 8 PM Miss Thing’s & Wrongbar same location a Pan Asian restaurant, cocktail bar and huge dance space 1279 Queen St W Queer West Toronto ON at Brock Parkdale.416.516.8677
Friday May 27, 2016 Queer Nation @ The Garrison. Featuring; DJ Cozmic Cat & DJ John Caffery with Projections by Roxanne Lucha. This seasonal bash returns for the first edition of 2016 and is for all the freaks, femmes, stone cold butches, baby dykes, bears, cubs, otters, pups, art fags, jocko homos, genderqueers, twinks, daddys, owls, and people who love to get down to house music! Cover $5 19+ w/I.D. This event is wheelchair accessible. 10 PM The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON (416) 519-9439 Queer West Toronto ON

Friday May 27, 2016 - Feministry @ The Holy Oak. Resident DJ Cam Lee (SISTEM) joined on the turntables by LAURA MCCOY - MAX MOHENU Queer Femmes 2 The Front. Feministry an ongoing project that grows from music, fashion, writing, conversation, ideas exchange, centred by feminism; acknowledgement of difference, assertions of self-love and respect. I'm Cam Lee, and together with our host Holy Oak, invited guest Djs and I want a feminist space; a site where guests can be themselves, take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, share stories, ideas, feelings.. PWYC or $5 before 12PM // $10 After The Holy Oak Cafe, 1241 Bloor St. W. 647-345-2803 Queer West Toronto ON

Friday May 27, 2016 - 6th Annual LGBT INSPIRE Awards @ University of Toronto Hart House. Michel F. Paré Interim President of Queer West was nominated for award, but turned it down, suggesting they give it to more deserving recipients. The Awards celebrate the achievements of Person of the Year, Youth of the Year, Positive Business of the Year, Inspiring Community Organization for the Year, LUX Award for the Arts, Charles Roy Award for Activisim in HIV/AIDS, and Lifetime Achievement Awards plus International Icon Awards. Ton of special guest, DJs, cocktails galore, smooching and schmoozing 6PM to Midnight. Tickets $40 and Up7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON

Saturday May 28, 2016 - Toronto Brockton Triangle Annual Yard Sale and Art Crawl. Join us in the streets around Dufferin, Dundas W, Landsdowne and the railroad tracks. McCormick Park too! (south on Brock Avenue, just below Dundas W.) Dozens of sales and artists Date change from May 14 - Today...MORE DETAILS
Saturday May 28 & Sun May 29, 2016 - Lift Cannabis Expo @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Canada's largest cannabis trade show is coming to Toronto for the first time. Over 120 exhibitors from across Canada, the US, and Europe. PLUS two full days of presentations and panel discussions from industry experts. The event is held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door, one ticket good for both days. 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 225 Front St. West, Toronto ON

Saturday May 28, 2016 - ♀ WIMMIN ♀ @ The Holy Oak. A raging queer dance party, playing music from all and only female rock goddesses. Expect...Patti Smith / X-Ray Spex / PJ Harvey / ESG / Hole / Janis Joplin / Betty Davis / Slits / Bush Tetras / Thao / The Gossip / Sleater Kinney / Le Tigre / Garbage / L7 / ...and so much more! Bathroom Not wheelchair friendly. While the tunes are female, please note that attendance is open to everyone. Come early, dance out your feminist rage, stay late! PYWC, $5 suggested (no one turned away for lack of funds) The Holy Oak Cafe, 1241 Bloor St. W. 647-345-2803 Queer West Toronto ON

Saturday May 28, 2016 - Toastr welcomes: The Golden Pony (NYC) @ The Wayla Bar. Enjoy some of their funky, deep, jackin' brilliance here and get excited for May 28th:'re back at our favourite east end hot spot to get sloppy and squished by happy strangers, Wayla!Lesbian and queer Women's night. Resident DJ Sticky Cuts is usually joined by various guest DJs Doors 9: 30 PM Cover $10 Wayla Bar & Lounge 996 Queen St. E , Leslieville at Carlaw 416-901-5570. Queer East Village Toronto ON.

Sunday May 29, 2016 - Code:mobile Kickoff Party for Kids at Trinity Bellwoods Park! 12 PM - 4 PM This summer, Ladies Learning Code sets out on our most ambitious initiative yet: travelling across Canada in a travelling computer lab on wheels (aka the code:mobile!) to teach 10,000+ kids to code! We are kicking off this incredible initiative with a fun party in the park for kids and adults of all ages! LOCATION NOTE: We will be located in the grassy area just north of the gates on Queen West and just south of the community centre. WHAT IS THE CODE:MOBILE? In partnership with Microsoft Canada, the code:mobile, a customized and retrofitted truck, will embark on a cross-Canada journey in 2016 teaching 10,000+ kids to code along the way. MORE DETAIL

Sunday May 29, 2016 - Toronto Christie Pits 4th Annual Arts Crawl Friends of Christie Pits Park 4th Annual Art Crawl at Christie Pits Park. Enjoy great local art with tasty food, drinks and live music. Over 60 Art Crawl artists will be setup at the south end of the park from 10am to 4pm. This is a rain or shine event. Christie Pits, Toronto Bloor W at Christie Subway Station. FREE 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM More details
Sunday May 29, 2016 - Kensington Market Art Fair The Kensington Market Art Fair@ Nassau Street. KMAF is an annual curated outdoor art fair in Torontos historical neighbourhood, focusing on original art and craft. KMAF features artists working in painting, drawing, illustration, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and more! The KMAF has seen a huge success in attendance and sales in 2015 and we hope you will join us for our third year! FREE 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM 77 Nassau Street, Kensington Market Just north of Dundas W or South of College St.

Wednesday June 1 to Sunday June 5, 2016 - aluCine 16th Latin America Film+Media Arts Festival @ Various locations in Toronto. aluCine Latin Film+Media Arts Festival celebrates its 16th anniversary with the first-ever retrospective on Latin Canadian cinema, a comprehensive official selection of awarded Latin American films with a focus on the environment, and a series of ompanion events such as panels and performances. Price: $8 - $15 Online tickets sales and More Info: