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Outexpressions is a different Gay and Lesbian Media Publication, we round up the best events (Well balanced with variety of parties, cultural things and not just the same bars, every week), from the city’s queer culture scene. Updated every Saturday & Wednesday Note on meaning of Queer in listings: Mixed crowd, not everyone is gay or lesbian. Listing complied by Michel F. Paré, Publisher


MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVALS in Ontario - Runs to April 23, 2017. Maple syrup festivals and sugar bush tours continue through March and April. Don’t miss the Canadian rite of spring. See the boiling of the maple sap, (sweet water) and the making of the maple syrup after a sugar bush tour in resort destinations north, north east and north west of Toronto GTA. Go if you can, the festivals are fun. http://www.400eleven.com/touring/maple-syrup-festivals

RUNS TO Sunday March 26 - New Ideas Festival @ Alumnae Theatre 2017- Alumnae Theatre presents a juried festival of new writing, works-in-progress and experimental theatre. Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $15, free staged readings Sat at noon. Alumnae Theatre 70 Berkeley, Toronto, Ontario alumnaetheatre.com/new-ideas-festival-2017.html

Wednesday March 22 to Sun March 26, 2017 - Opening night for Vigils the Play @ RED Sandcastle Theatre. A tragically humorous tale that reflects upon the many layers of grief, and the depths we will go to in order to keep the memory of our loved ones alive. 922 Queen St E, Toronto, ON http://redsandcastletheatre.com/

Thursday March 23, 2017 - I Want To Dance With Faith, Faith Images Film Festival 30th Party @ OffSite Concept Space 6 PM - 1 AM Come dressed in your best 1987 style - your Whitney Houston, your George Michael. Featuring the Queer DJ stylings of Lana Leprich! 6pm - 8pm: Drink and Chats, 8 pm - 8:30p m: Remarks from Hope Peterson and Amy Fung. 8:30pm - onward: Dance and Celebrations Catalogues will be available. A limited number of festival passes will be available for purchase at a special discounted rate! FREE OffSite 867 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario https://offsiteconceptspace.com/

Friday March 24 & Sat March 25, 2017 - 2nd annual Toronto Winter Beer Festival @ Enercare Centre. Toronto’s biggest indoor beer festival. If you’re a beer lover, you won’t want to miss out: over 40 breweries from Ontario and Quebec, all in one room. Breweries include Amsterdam, Beau’s, Brickworks Ciderhouse, Creemore, Great Lakes, Left Field and more. And over 150 beers will be available for sampling, including IPAs, Porters, Stouts and Sours, plus ciders, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages.BUY TICKETS The Enercare Centre, is an exhibition complex located at Exhibition Place 100 Princes' Blvd #1, Toronto, ON enercarecentre.com/

Friday March 24 to Sun Mar 26, 2017 - Canada's Ballet Jorgen's Swan Lake @ Betty Oliphant Theatre Bengt Jorgen reimagines Swan Lake in this upcoming production, set in the picturesque seascape of the Fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. Jorgen’s reflection on Canadian identity will engage modern audiences with this classic tale. Sat & Sunday 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM and Sunday Matinee. $34.25 - $52.00 2 PM A Dinner package available for March 24 & 25 – Dinner from 5:00 PM at The Blake House & Show at 7:30 PM at the Betty Oliphant Theatre Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON, Tickets & More Details

Friday March 24, 2017 - LETZTO Queer Women's Board Games Night @ Riddle Room 8 pm to 11 pm We are a community of LGBT women who want to bring other LGBT women in Toronto together! We believe that by connecting women together we will unite and strengthen the LGBT community as a whole. So if you happen to be looking for the girl version of Church street, look no further. https://www.facebook.com/letzTO/They have a cafe that is full of delicious treats and good coffee. If we get a group together of 2 to 6 people who are interested, we can also sign up for one of the escape rooms, they are really fun!!! Come join us! Riddle Room, 579 Yonge Street Toronto ON http://www.riddleroom.ca/

Friday March 24, 2017 - RuPaul's Drag Race Premiere @ Lipstick & Dynamite 8:30-11:30pm The House of Filth is bringing the premiere of Drag Race season 9 to Lipstick & Dynamite for ONE NIGHT ONLY! We will return to The Gladstone for the rest of the season. Drink specials all night, and kitchen open until 11PM with performances at 8:30PM and viewing at 9PM once the online stream is available to the public. Hosted By: Allysin Chaynes and Champagna Enemea Lipstick & Dynamite 992 Queen Street West Toronto, ON (416) 535-4554 just east of Ossington Queer West Toronto ON No web site Yet!

Friday March 24, 2017 - Forte Toronto Gay Men's Chorus Unzipped: Bad Romance @ Buddies. The fourth event in our on-going Unzipped cabaret series is dedicated to bad romance: bad dates, bad divorces, bad hookups... ro mah, ro mah mahhhh. Doors 9pm. Show 10pm. Tickets $15 at door only. 19+ Stay with us after and forget all your bad romances with drinks, dancing and debauchery with the Forte men and our awesome supporters... and some of our exes... who we'll either ignore or go home with. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 12 Alexander Street Toronto, ON, http://fortechorus.com/

Goodies x Intercessions @ The Steady, 11 PM A super special Goodies, celebrating Intercessions’ one-year anniversary! DJs Chippy Nonstop, B2B, Sexton, Ace Dillinger https://soundcloud.com/ace-dillinger and Lulu Wei fill your ears with pop, RnB, house, and club. The Steady Cafe and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W. (416) 536-4162 Just East of Dufferin St /thesteadycafe.com/ (Gay Owned) Queer West Toronto ON

Friday March 24, 2017 - Hot Jazz with DIANE Roblin's Reconnect @ Lula Lounge. A hot jazz-funk band with Diane Roblin, composer, grand piano; Richard Underhill, saxes (Shuffle Demons) , John PIttman, trumpet (Heavyweights Brass Band), Rob Clutton, upright bass, (Nojo) Mark Zurawinski, drums. (Alanaris) RECONNECT plays high energy music from the heart! Don't miss it!! www.dianeroblin.com Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W, 416-588-0307, lula.ca | Queer West Toronto ON

Friday March 24, 2017 - Party Machine @ The Piston, 10:30 PM Video dance party with DJs Caff and Law playing the best in dance floor classics, club bangers, and future anthems – all projected on screen. $10. 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 http://thepiston.ca/

Friday March 24, 2017 - Beam Me Up Disco & House @ The Beaver Beam Me Up explores the Connection between Disco & House, both through songs that laid the groundwork for House music and those modern and classic edits and remixes that blurred the line between two of dance music’s most revered movements. While residents A Digital Needle & Cyclist https://soundcloud.com/adigitalneedle may hold the reins on this latest musical wandering, their Disco heat is matched by a crowd of congregants that converge to make this party what it really is: a warm, inclusive experience! 10 PM No Cover The Beaver 1192 Queen St W, 416-537-2768 beavertoronto.ca/ (Gay Owned) | Queer West Toronto ON

Friday March 24, 2017 - Queer Melaza X Latin Tropical Bass @ Handlebar. A very queer friendly tropical dance party featuring stuff like Latin Tropical Bass, Reggaeton, Soca, Salsa, Trap, Latin House, Moombahton, Merengue, Champeta, Cumbia, Latin Funk, Hip-Hop, Jungle Terror, Dancehall and much more! 10 PM DJs Capella | Andres Orbegozo | Juan Siez Swift of New Tradition, No cover Handlebar 159 Augusta Ave, (Kensington Market) 647) 748-7433 http://www.thehandlebar.ca/HandleBar/HOME.html | Queer West Toronto ON

Friday March 24, 2017 - MoJo's RuView - RuPaul's Drag Race S9 Premiere Viewing Party @ Erotico Lounge. PLUS- Premiere After Party to follow, celebrating the birthday of Christopher Doucette! Hosted by fierce MoJo Queens themselves: Scarlett BoBo & Juice Boxx (Joseph Primeau) Snatch that wig! Inside Erotico Lounge [461 Church St] a private gay guy skin club above Flash on Church. http://www.erotico.ca/ Sponsored by The Men's Room Toronto

Saturday March 25, 2017 - Hotnuts and from House of Detroit singer Diviniti @ The Garrison. Divinti makes her Toronto debut thanks to the weird and wonderful world of Hotnuts. Make sure to listen to her latest single'I'm The Best' as this is truly going to be Detroit in the house Watch her song The Best https://www.youtube.com/watchThere are few extremely talented singer-songwriters in the world of house music, and Diviniti is certainly one of them. A true lady of Detroit house, she writes uplifting songs and has a distinctive vocal style, which incorporates eloquent wordplay and an angelic grace. http://www.thisisdiviniti.com/ We're also very excited that our friend Cosima von Bonin is in town for the first time. And she's bringing very special WTD Chickens to Hotnuts. DJs Produzentin & Das Hussy spinning, 10 PM Cover $15 The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON (416) 519-9439 http://www.garrisontoronto.com/ Queer West Toronto ON

Saturday March 25, 2017 - Bey Bey vs RiRi Dance Party @ Studio Bar. We've got Love On The Brain this month Come celebrate the amazing work of THE queens #Beyonce, #Rihana and friendsall night. The dance floor is sure to be Jumpin Jumpin with Sacha Foster on the 1's and 2's!!! Get Drunk....In Love with us! Cover $10 Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W just West of Bathurst. http://www.studiobartoronto.ca/ Queer West Toronto ON

Saturday March 25, 2017 - Good Times @ Swan Dive, 10: 30 PM . DJ Misty http://www.djmisty.com/(Misty McKenzie-Hill) playing Motown, rock ‘n’ roll, punk, soul – stuff that will make you wanna shake! Good times guaranteed. Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. at Brock Ave, Phone number (647) 347-0099 A non-divey dive bar. What we mean is, its got cheap beer and whiskey, great music, welcoming bar tenders, a mixed crowd of cool but unpretentious people, and its clean. this place has free pool (one table in the back), board games to play, weird toys on the bar to amuse yourself with http://www.blogto.com/bars/swan-dive-toronto/

Saturday March 25, 2017 - Parkdale and Roncesvalles Villages Candle Light Earth Hour Walks 8:30-9:30 pm The annual candlelight walk is a symbolic gesture in support of climate action. This year, two village walks, one west along Queen St. and one south down Roncesvalles Ave. will converge at the intersection of King, Queen, and Roncesvalles. Group 1. Parkdale Library–QueenWest and Cowan Group 2. Roncesvalles Dundas Peace Garden Walks End as two groups of walkers meet Queen West, King West, Roncesvalles, Queensway intersection. Bring your own candle. The walk will be cancelled if it rains. To follow any updated notices: https://www.facebook.com/EarthHourRoncyParkdale/

Saturday March 25, 2017 - Toastr: 90s Night! @ Wayla Bar (Leslieville) We're slanging 90s tunes all night at our favourite east end gay spot! DJ Lucie Tic https://soundcloud.com/lucieticand Resident DJ Sticky Cuts https://soundcloud.com/stickycuts pair up for a musical journey that includes 90s hop hop, dance, alt rock, rap, freestyle and all such music that will make your head poltergeist spin with excitement when you hear it. Wayla Bar & Lounge Toronto East end 996 Queen St. E , Leslieville at Carlaw 416-901-5570., http://www.waylabar.ca

Saturday March 25, 2107 - One Off - High Power Manifesto March Queer Dance Party @ Show Space on Dundas West HIGH POWER is back for 2017, but we're moving to a DIY space that will be dark, foggy and JAMMED with lasers. It's lit. DJs Ace Dillinger | Nino Brown | Dre Ngozi Playing: Hip Hop, Soca, Fire, Dancehall, Reggea and Afrobeats $5 before 11, $10 after | Coat check? we're not sure 10 pm-2:30 am All profits support the MANIFESTO Festival **Venue is accessible. Washroom can be entered with a mobility device, but is not equipped with toilet grab bar. Formerly Cooper Cole Gallery, (Next door to Subway Sandwiches, few doors west of Ossington. 1161 Dundas Street West STREET MAP Queer West Toronto ON.

Saturday March 25, 2017 - Free Galleries Tour of Bloor and Lansdowne Art District A casual Free Saturday afternoon tour of the Bloor and Lansdowne Art District and several of the galleries that have relocated to this neighbourhood in recent years. We'll be starting with Daniel Faria Gallery at 188 St. Helens Ave. at 12 and moving on to view more shows by 1pm This is a free tour of contemporary art and all are welcome, please RSVP and share with your friends. This event is organized by our MeetUp.group: www.meetup.com/ArtView/ Join, it's free, we have over 860 members at this time. Queer West Toronto ON

Sunday March 26 - Public Discussion w/ Black Coffee & Pie Speaker Series @ Drake Hotel (Roof Sky Yard) . Join host Ivy Knight for a monthly series of talks on topical + timely issues w/industry pros. Topics include human rights, branding, booze, how to write a James Beard Award winning cookbook + much more! We're also serving up a damn fine cup of coffee + home made pie on the house. Alcohol - The Good, The Bad + The Ugly with Guest Speaker Dr. Vera Tarman Dr. Vera Tarman, will speak about how exposure to alcohol works on us over time. Space is limited, Pie available while supplies last.. Rush seating at 6pm sharp. Free. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/black-coffee-pie/

Sunday March 26, 2017 - Gardening with Native Plants @ Howard Park Tennis Club Author and native plant advocate Lorraine Johnson speaks on how to connect our own gardens with High Park by growing native plants, and best practices for successful gardening. 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Free. Howard Park Tennis Club 430 Parkside, Toronto, Ontario

Sunday March 26, 2017 - Big like 100,000 Vinyl Records Sale @ 958 Broadview Ave, 11 AM - 4 PM. over 100,000 records on sale.Over 50 tables in 2 rooms from all different sellers, and all filled with the best slabs of wax you need. Also, look for the return of the $5 ROOM. 90 crates of records all priced at $5 each. All Fresh unseen crates full of finds. The madness starts at 11am. $5 to get in. $25 for early admission at 9am. Don't sleep in, because after this... it's 7 months until we do it again. 958 Broadview Ave, Toronto East York, ON http://www.therecordguys.com/show.html

Monday March 27, 2017 - Book Launch W/ Emily Schultz & Grace O'Connell @ Type Books. Joyland co-founder, and author of The Blondes, Emily Schultz launches her new novel, Men Walking on Water (Knopf) in Toronto. She's joined by Grace O'Connell, author of the national bestseller, Magnified World, and the forthcoming, Be Ready for the Lightning. EMILY SCHULTZ is the co-founder of Joyland Magazine, host of the podcast Truth & Fiction, and creator of the blog Spending the Stephen King Money. GRACE O'CONNELL is the author of the national bestseller Magnified World and 2014 winner of the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award. She holds an MFA in creative writing, and her work has appeared in various publications including The Walrus, Taddle Creek, The Globe and Mail, National Post and Elle Canada 7 pm to 9 pm Type Books, 883 Queen St. W. | 427 Spadina Rd., Toronto, Ontario http://www.typebooks.ca/

Tuesday March 28, 2017 - LGBTQ Book Club Discussion Group @ Parkdale Library. 6:30 to 8pm. Join us in a discussion of How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler's Memoir by Amber Dawn! http://www.amberdawnwrites.com/ All are welcome and it's a totally inclusive, safe space. Registration is required, call the Parkdale branch at 416-393-7686.The meeting is held in a program room in the basement, below the main library level. Stairs and elevator available for those mobility issues. FREE 1303 Queen Street West, Street Map Queer West Toronto, ON. 501 Streetcar stops in front of Library and West bound, across the street at Brock Avenue. More About Book Club

Tuesday March 28 - Grounds For Thought on How many Yazidis should Canada Take? @ The Green Beanery Cafe. Canada has recognized the ISIS genocide of the Yazidis yet capped the number of refugees we will welcome this year at 1200. More needs to be done. Special Guests: Mirza Ismail (Chair, Yazidi Human Rights International), Geoffrey Clarfield (Director, Mozuud) and Debbie Rose (Coordinator, Project Abraham) describe the genocide and what now needs to be done. Free admission. Event guests enjoy a complimentary coffee. $5 beer and wine servings are available between 5:30 and 7:30 PM prior to the event start at 8 PM.. Green Beanery continues this age old tradition by hosting a series of thought-provoking discussions at our popular café-roastery. 8 pm Free Green Beanery store and cafe, 565 Bloor St West at Bathurst St. Free. Toronto ON https://greenbeanery.ca/pages/grounds-for-thought

Wednesday March 29, 2017 - Love literature Gay or Straight? Sure you Do @ The Steady We’re hosting our first ever reading event, featuring new work from the contributors of You Care Too Much, a collection of writing and art on the question of self care. We’re thrilled to be hosting Inuit writer and designer Adina Tarralik Duffy (Coral Harbour, Nunavut) and long-time community organizer Jessika Hepburn (Lunenburg, NS), as well as locals Brooke Manning (owner of Likely General) and Sofia Mostaghimi (Past curator of the Emerging Writer Reading Series). Just like YCTM, the readings will be as diverse as their authors, ranging from creative non-fiction to poetry to short fiction. 7 PM - 10 PM Readers will be mic’d. Doors @ 7pm / We’ll get into it @ 8pm. Event is free to attend but we'll be selling books & merch. Hosted By: withoutpretend.com/ The Steady Cafe and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W. (416) 536-4162 Just East of Dufferin St /thesteadycafe.com/ (Gay Owned) Queer West Toronto ON

Thursday March 30, 2017 - Book Launch: Azadi: Sexual Politics and Postcolonial Worlds by Tara Atluri @ Another Story Bookshop. In December of 2012 in Delhi, India a woman was gang raped, tortured, and inflicted with such bodily violence that she died as a result of the injuries. The case caused massive public protests in Delhi and throughout the Indian subcontinent. These large scale public mobilizations lead to attempts to change national laws pertaining to sexual violence. One year after this case, The Supreme Court of India made the contentious decision to uphold Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Author Tara Atluri has a PHD in Sociology. During her time as a post- doctoral researcher, she conducted research in India regarding the 2012 Delhi gang rape protests and the 2013 protests that followed the decision by the Supreme Court of India to uphold Section 377 of the Indian penal code, criminalizing diverse enactments of sexuality in the Indian subcontinent. The protests that emerged were remarkable examples of postcolonial sexual politics that inspired the writing of this book. 7 PM Another Story Bookshop 315 Roncesvalles Ave Toronto ON Free - all welcome anotherstory.ca Our entrance is wheelchair accessible but not our bathroom.https://anotherstory.ca/

Friday March 31. Gay Board Gamers Night @ Death In Venice Gelato Company Toronto's original LGBT* social group for geeks and gamers of all stripes. http://torontogaymers.ca/wordpress/Toronto Gaymer's Board Games Encore Night is a great way to learn some new games and to meet new friends! Our amazing friends from Board Again Games can teach you some new games that you may have always wanted to play. So this is your chance to learn games like Fluxx, Master Fox, Quntam and many more. The event is hosted at Death in Venice Gelato. Queen and Bathurst (536 Queen West). There is coffee, teas, sandwiches, pizza and most importantly gelato offered! $6 to play! ($5 can go towards a purchase of a game!).http://www.deathinvenice.ca/

April

Saturday April 1, 2017 - The Deadstock Depot Streetwear Flea Market @ 502 Adelaide St W(Toronto) Noon to 7 PM The Deadstock Depot is Toronto's first-ever retail flea market catering exclusively to vintage and urban streetwear aesthetic. With over 20 vendors in attendance, we are happy to provide a platform for the general public to shop one of North America's largest selection of curated streetwear garments. 502 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON STREET MAP

Saturday April 1, 2017 - Electrique Queer 90s/2000s drag dance party @ The Studio Bar. 9 PM - 3 AM Electrique is an Electric Circus-themed monthly dance party that combines drag with the dance anthems of the 90s and 2000s. Join hosts Gina Toniq & Minhi Wang alongside performances from Pepper Mache and Wilma Checklear. DJ KeeN on the 1s and 2s. Performances at 11:30 pm and 1 am. Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W just West of Bathurst. http://www.studiobartoronto.ca/ Queer West Toronto ON

Friday April 7, 2017 - Celebrate George Michael @ Wayla Bar. 10 PM A tribute night to the late, great George Michael and all of his pop glory. It's a video dance party so there'll be lots to dance to and look at, beyond all the gays. Spinning tonight is Corey Bagdan, a.k.a. DJ Doctor Baggie, of his legendary dance parties. He's the man behind the Purplelectricity Prince parties, the Can't Stop Esther Madonna marathons, Jackson Family Values and Gaga 4 Gaga dance-offs. https://www.facebook.com/doctorBAGGIE/ No Cover. Wayla Bar & Lounge Toronto East end 996 Queen St. E , Leslieville at Carlaw 416-901-5570, http://www.waylabar.ca

Saturday April 8, 2017 - Newbie LGBT rock climbing day @ Toronto climbing academy 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Hey climbers and wanna-be climbers! After a long hiatus, we're throwing another newbie day. If you've never rock climbed, or you're a seasoned pro, come out to join the fun and festivities. We've arranged for a group lesson for everyone that needs one. We'll try to have as many experienced climbers around to make sure that nobody kills themselves once the lesson is over. The cost is $40, which will get you the lesson, a week's pass at Toronto Climbing Academy, and free shoe and harness rentals for that entire week! Toronto climbing academy 11 Curity Avenue East York, ON, http://www.climbingacademy.com/

BTW Every Tuesday, 2017 - Crag Crux Climbers @ Joe Rockheads. Providing queer fun, rock-climbing with 22,000 square of indoor walls. Meets every Tuesday 7:30 pm at Joe Rockhead's at 29 Fraser Avenue (south of King just east of Dufferin). The group also meets outdoors at Milton area, the Collingwood area, and at Lion’s Head on the Bruce Peninsula. At Easter and Thanksgiving, there’s generally a trip down to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. All levels welcome; all you need to know is how to belay using a gri-gri and how to tie a figure-eight knot. No club fees: see www.joerockheads.com for gym fees.

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