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Outexpressions newspaper published since 1995, is owned by Gay West Community Network Inc. (Queer West) a not-for-profit organization. Queer West publishes event listings and provides some community resources as a courtesy to our Friends, who supported GWCN's many Arts and Film Festivals we produced over the past 17 years. OUTexpressions News has now become one of Toronto's leading Gay and Lesbian media publications, with the hottest happenings in the coolest Places. We are not an exclusive gay publication. Queerwest.org is consistently ranked #1 (Page One) in Bing and Google, for most Search returns. (Masthead) Copyright 2017. All Rights Reserved. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook Thank you for your interest in QueerWest.org. SUBMIT AN EVENT


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Want to learn how to run and manage a queer film festival? About 3 to 6 (18+) people needed, with a commitment of one year. You don’t need a university degree or attendance at a film school, it helps, but is not necessary. Queer West Film Festival has had eight years of successful film festivals (2008-2016) If interested send your resume to queerwestfilmfestival@gmail.com

Ontario Fall Colour Progression Report: - The Fall colour in Central and Northern Ontario is on it’s way … so be patient. Fall colour reports usually begin in early September. https://www.400eleven.com/seasons/fall/colour-progression-report Fall colour season is beginning in Algonquin Park! Sugar Maple fall colour is strengthening with each passing day and is currently showing a greenish-yellow colour. Typically, late September to early October offers the best Maple Tree viewing, while early to mid-October offer the best Poplar (aspen) colour. Best places close to Toronto and a two hour drive. http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/best-places-to-see-fall-colours-in-the-toronto

RUNS TO Friday Oct 20, 2017 - Toronto After Dark Cult Film Festival @ Scotiabank Theatre Toronto. Fifty thrilling new Feature Films and Shorts will be showcased over nine thrilling nights in front of 10,000 attendees including over 100 Press and Industry representatives. Beyond film screenings, attendees can also look forward to lively Q&A sessions with visiting filmmaker guests, the popular Zombie Themed Night, and Pub After Dark, the festival’s nightly after-screening social event where fans get to mingle with filmmakers and other guests. Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St West, Toronto, Canada! Full Schedule & Tickets

RUNS TO Sun Oct 22, 2017 - The 18th Annual imagine NATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival @ Various Toronto Locations. With multiple world, international, Canadian and North American premieres, imagineNATIVE will present over 100 feature films, documentaries, shorts, and music videos created by Indigenous filmmakers with almost three quarters of the films (72%) made by Indigenous female directors. Highlights include the opening night gala Waru, the closing night gala The Road Forward, and Our People Will Be Healed, the 50th documentary in 50 years from revered filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. http://www.imaginenative.org/

RUNS to October 31, 2017 - Murder At The Lighthouse Boat Cruise /w Spooky Tall Stories @ York & Queen's Quay.This Halloween season, journey into Toronto Island’s past. Take an evening boat ride into the “Spooky Lagoons” and warp back in time with an evening boat cruise to hear Toronto Island stories told by 85-year-island-resident, Jimmy Jones (the Unofficial Mayor of Toronto Island). Tales of a 107-year-old sunken ship, Babe Ruth, Hurricane Hazel, diving horses, Toronto’s most famous ghost, J.P. Radelmüller, and more. Most stories are accompanied with archival photos.One-hour trip with a portion on island itself. DATES: Oct 6-31, Fri-Sun plus Oct 30 and 31, first boat 7:40 pm, leaving every 10 min till 11:40 pm. $25. The ride is approximately 1 hour long and includes a portion on the island itself. Meet at the basin behind the Beaver Tails building. Dress for weather. York & Queen's Quay 99 Harbour Sq, Toronto, Ontario https://spookylagoon.com/ Tickets are $25 per person.

Friday October 20, 2017 Amateur Strip Night Judged by Drag Queens: Halloween @ The Round. We invite you to a night of amateur stripping / performance art for cash - as spooky as you can make it, with fierce judgement rendered by drag queens. Doors at 9pm / FIRST 10 PEOPLE ARE FREE Performances from your homofascist hosts at 10pm Amateur Stripping at 11pm + 12pm Winners announced at 1am. Dance throughout! $100 to the winner $50 to the shoulda been winner & Prizes to Dishonourable Mentions. Fierce Judgement rendered by Allysin "Boy George" Chaynes Jacklynne "Human Centipede" Hyde & Adam "Hiding Under The Bed" the DJ $5 b4 midinght, $10 after. Security on-site. The Round. (Not wheelchair accessible) 152a, 2nd floor Augusta Ave., home to Cherry Bomb, Queer West Village, Toronto ON (416) 451-6346 http://roundvenue.com/

Friday October 20, 2017 - Book Launch: Policing Black Lives @ A Different Booklist Store. Hosted by Black Lives Matter - Toronto Join us for the Toronto book launch of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the President, by Black feminist author & activist Robyn Maynard and launch of the 2016/2017 Freedom School Workbook by BLMTO Organiser and Educator Leroi Newbold and Illustrator Janine Carrington. The launch will feature a reading off of both books, art, food, and Freedom School children’s programming. Books will be available for purchase 6:30 PM to (:30 PM A Different Booklist- ttps://adifferentbooklist.com 777 Bathurst St very close to Bloor West. *ABD is wheelchair-accessible. About The Book

Friday October 20, 2017 - Opening Night For Villains: An 80's Musical Cabaret @ Buddies - by Melly Magrath & Caitlin Turner (Small but Mighty Productions). An original musical cabaret about a place to reform criminals with superhuman abilities set to 80s hits. Opens Oct 20 and runs to Oct 29, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm (and Oct 29), mat Sat 1:30 pm (and Oct 22). $22. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 12 Alexander, Toronto, Ontario http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/event/villians/

Friday October 20, 2017 - Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest Nightclub .Toronto's biggest, baddest, queerest, hip hop/dancehall/rnb jam TONIGHT DJ Tasha Rozez https://soundcloud.com/tasharozez and DJ Tamika https://soundcloud.com/tam-ika This location is now wheelchair accessible. Come early Speakers go zoom at 10pm COVER 19+ $10 all night . extremely difficult to get tickets at the door! Guest DJs every month. Nest Nightclub 423 College St. & Bathurst 416-792-9488 Queer West Village, Toronto ON. http://nest.to/ .

Friday October 20, 2017 - Birthday Sex @ The Shop under Parts & Labour. Diego Bros and DJ Black Cat (Mykel Hall) Toronto - https://soundcloud.com/dj-blackcat play your favourite throwback and new RnB/hip-hop jams all night long!10 PM Cover $5. Parts & Labour and The Shop Under 1566 Queen St W, 416-588-7750 http://www.partsandlabour.ca Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Friday October 20, 2017 - Sweet Fantasy @ Less Bar. 10:30 PM Katie Hunks and Deidre host a night of art pop and electronica at the new Less Bar. Water infused lighting. Weirdos only. Less Bar (Queer managed) washrooms wheelchair accessible, live music venue 834 Bloor West (at Shaw St, 2 BLKs east of Ossington) – Less Bar specific emphasis is on a space for people of colour, female-identified, trans and queer people. Managed and run by Carmen Elle and owned by Kevin B Kennedy, man behind Craft Beer House (838 Bloor W.) and manager of band, Army Girls. Less is a small space with a capacity of about 45 people. https://www.lessbar.ca/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Friday October 20, 2017 - DJ Blush’s ’80s Mix Tape Dance Party: Halloween Edition @ Stone’s Place. Where my ghouls at? Join DJ Blush http://djblush.tumblr.com/ (Brittney Townson) for a very spooky edition of ’80s Mix Tape Dance Party! 10 PM $5. Stones Place, 1255 Queen St W, (416) 536-4242 Parkdale Rolling Stones memorabilia decorates this laid-back nightspot, which offers a dance floor & sofas. Friday & Sat best nights http://stonesplace.ca/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Friday October 20, 2017 - HER Toronto Music Showcase @ The Great Hall. Her - The App for LGBTQ Women is thrilled to launch our FIFTH official HER Toronto event, TORONTO MUSIC SHOWCASE! After our incredible Pajama Jam at Brooklynn this September, we couldn't wait to get you all together, comfy cozy again just in time for Halloween! Kick off the Fall season on October 20th and join HER Toronto at The Great Hall Toronto to support artists identifying as women, trans and non-binary/fluid as they perform their hearts out while you shake your groove thang. Everything from hard electro-rock, hip-hop and pop from the best Toronto has to offer. They'll keep your head spinning and your body rockin LINEUP & TICKETS The Great Hall,1087 Queen Street West at Dovercourt, Toronto, ON

Friday October 20, 2017 - Slaughterhouse @ Double Double Land. We head deep inside Double Double Land on Friday, October 20th with Frustra, Youngr Boy and OKAAY for all things dark, heavy and horrifying. Bring a look, bring a friend. The slaughterhouse awaits. $4 shooters B4 12. $6 drinks afturrrrrr house / garage / breaks / bass $5 cover / 209 Augusta Aven in Kensignton Market / 19+ 10 PM.

Friday October 20, 2017 - Dinner/Theatre in Toronto with Queens of King Cabaret @ The Red Tomato. King street is getting a fabulous make over! The QUEENS are taking over! Scarlett BoBo and Friends and The Red Tomato are bringing together drag queens and burlesque performers from the west and the east to put on a fierce new weekly cabaret. LAST WEEK took King st. by STORM! Full house, standing room only! We are THRILLED to be back again! You do NOT wanna miss this gorgeous show. THIS WEEK our cast will feature the ghoulishly beautiful HELENA POISON as our fabulous queen! From Les Femmes Fatales, we have the stunning, BETSY SWOON as our burlesque performer.Queens on King will feature the best performers from the drag and burlesque world. We will have a featured cocktail menu and a full food and dessert menu to provide you the highest class of dinner theatre right in the heart of the entertainment district. https://www.facebook.com/queensonking/T he new weekly cabaret will run on Fridays from 8-10 pm with sassy yet classy acts of all shapes and sizes. The Red Tomato, 321 King St W, Toronto, ON (416) 971-6626 Street Map

Friday October 20, 2017 - Metatron X Feminist Art Gallery: Fall Book Launch. FEATURED READINGS BY: Sennah Yee launching 'How Do I Look Cason Sharpe launching 'Our Lady of Perpetual Realness & Other Stories' Marcela Huerta launching 'Tropico' SPECIAL GUESTS: Kalale Dalton-Lutale A Zachary (author of 'The End, by Anna') ? Zoe Sharpe Readings @ 7:30pm Dress code: 70s! Entry by donation at Feminist Art Gallery 25 Seaforth, Toronto, Parkdale Ontario M6K 1N4

Friday October 20, 2017 - Tough Love @ Baby G. Tough Love comes back hungry Submit. Queer Femmz to the front. Spinningg tonight: DJ Chippy Nonstop (Oakland) https://soundcloud.com/chippynonstop DJ Myst milano. https://soundcloud.com/mystmilano DJ J.LAI https://soundcloud.com/j_lai DJ Witch Prophet (88 Days of Fortune) https://soundcloud.com/witchprophet and with MC Jeannitta Cheffy Funeus (Omit Limitation) HOUSE • CLUB • MAGIC • YOU $5<<<MIDNIGHT>>>$10 10% of proceeds will go to Sistering, a womxn's shelter and provider of support. http://www.sistering.org/ Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W at Brock Ave., Little Portugal (416) 555-5555 http://www.thebabyg.com/ owned by Shaun Bowring - the same guy behind The Garrison Queer West Toronto ON

Saturday October 21, 2017 - Award Winning Canadian Gay Musician Jeff Straker returns to PH8 Lofts in Toronto. Jeff Straker returns to PH8 after releasing his album Dirt Road Confessional! Jeff last played at PH8 back in April 2016 and won everyone over with his catchy tunes and great story-telling. We're thrilled to have him back after releasing and touring his latest album (yay! a new CD to pick up!) As usual, we will provide some light snacks and plenty o' delicious beer. Contributions of food and bevvies are appreciated but not at all required. Total strangers are welcome - bring nothing but cash for the tip jar, but COME! Any fan of Jeff Straker is a friend of ours. Please be reminded that all PH8 events are SCENT-FREE. Doors 7:30 pm Show 8 pm 2 sets Pay What You Can ($20/person suggested) 388 Richmond Street West,Street Map Loft Unit PH8, Buzz 245 Visit https://www.jeffstraker.com/ to see and hear why we love Jeff so much!.

Saturday October 21, 2017 - Save our Youth (SOY) Bowling afernoon @ Bowlerama Etobicoke. Everyone is welcome! Form a team, join a team, give some support and come out for a colourful, vibrant, fun-filled afternoon of cosmic bowling! Time: 1PM-4PM Bowlerama West, 5429 Dundas Street West Sign Up Today With your support, we can help the over 250 LGBTQ youth every week that come to SOY for support, guidance and community. SOY provides tangible support, runs groups, programs and events, and creates opportunities for queer, trans and questioning youth aged 14-29. Poster and More Info

Saturday October 21, 2017 - Cherry Bomb w/ guest DJ Chiclet @ The Round. A party for queer women and friends Hosted by Resident djs ★ Denise Benson https://soundcloud.com/denisebenson and ★ Dj Cozmic Cat https://soundcloud.com/djcozmic The duo brings their talents to the tables and are notorious for dropping diverse, high-voltage sets of house,funk, hiphop, dancehall, party anthems and other dancefloor burners all mixed, mashed and played with love. This time 'round with special guest DJ Chiclet, Toronto - https://soundcloud.com/dj-chiclet in the mix! Long time friend, super talented DJ and a CB regular, Chiclet has been holding it down for years with her high energy mixes, tight selections and positive party vibes - both behind the decks and on the dancefloor. We welcome her back to join us for a fun, funky, four-to-the-floor fall edition of CB. Come get hot 'n sweaty with us! Don't believe the hype that its a women's only event, the event is pack with men too. 10 pm Cover 19+ W proper I.D *$5 before 11p, $8! The Round. (Not wheelchair accessible) 152a, 2nd floor Augusta Ave., Queer West Village, Toronto ON (416) 451-6346 http://roundvenue.com/

Saturday October 21, 2017 - Queers for Brunch @ Visit Canzine then Munch Munch at The Village Idiot Pub, We took a bit of a break in September, but we're back with a double event, a yummy brunch followed by a visit to the Festival of Zines at the Art Gallery of Ontario (admission is free). Enjoy some great conversation over classic brunch favourites and then skip across the street for a look at some of the great zines and comics on offer from small press companies. Please make sure you sign up to reserve your spot! Price: $15-20 Village Idiot Pubm 126 McCaul Street, Toronto ON Vegetarian Options: Yes, Payment: Cash / Debit / Credit Sign up for this event Today! The Hosts For This Event are Grant and Sarah.

Saturday October 21, 2017 - Another Story Bookshop's 30th Anniversary Party. From 11 AM in the Store; will feature readings by over 20 local authors, including Kenneth Oppel, Sarah Meehan Sirk, Kyo Maclear, Ayub Nuri, Alissa York, Carrianne Leung and others. Our entrance is wheelchair accessible but our bathroom is down a narrow flight of stairs . We will have book bag giveaways throughout the day, and 20% off (almost) every book in the store. The party will be followed by a tribute to Sheila Koffman, founder and owner of Another Story Bookshop and social-justice activist, who passed away on September 15th, 2017 and leaves behind a huge legacy that we will celebrate that evening. At 6pm there will be a New Orleans style procession (with brass band) starting at Another Story Bookshop and going down Roncesvalles to PARC (1499 Queen St West), where we will have a tribute to Sheila Koffman, founder and owner of Another Story Bookshop. The tribute will begin at 7pm. There will be food and a cash bar. 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave Queer West Toronto ON https://www.anotherstory.ca/anniversary_party

Saturday October 21, 2017 - The festival of zines and independents arts @ The AGO. The festival of zines and independents arts returns inside the AGO and it's absolutely free. Check out hundreds and zine, book, and comic creators and well as talks and workshops. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West Queer West Toronto ON http://www.brokenpencil.com/canzine-toronto

Saturday October 21, 2017 - Fall 2017 Movie Wardrobe Sale @ 721 Eastern Ave,The CAFTCAD Movie Wardrobe Sale offers fabulous fashion treasures for men, women, and kids from over 30 vendors, as well as some fantastic Halloween finds, all under one roof. Visit one of Toronto’s film studios and scoop up unique finds from an eclectic mix of contemporary, designer, vintage clothing, accessories, handcrafted goods, deadstock, samples, one-of-a kind pieces, fabrics, notions, wardrobe supplies and more. Meet CAFTCAD members, stylists, industry professionals, and local retailers offering their best picks of the season including an array of goods sourced from film and television productions shot in Toronto. Happy Shopping!

Driving Directions... Going eastbound on Lakeshore after Carlaw, turn left (north) onto Leslie Street and then left onto Eastern Avenue. Continue driving for another 200m and the sale will be located on the left (south) side clearly marked by yellow signs.....TTC Directions.... 501 Queen St Streetcar from Yonge subway. Exit on Leslie Street, walk south 3 minutes and turn right onto Eastern Avenue. Walk another 220m and you will see the entrance for the sale on the south side of the street. $5 Admission. Free for Members, Children and Seniors. There is an ABM on site as most vendors accept cash only. Bring your own bags. Cinespace Studios, 721 Eastern Ave, Toronto ON

Saturday October 21, 2017 - QTPOC Dance Party Rude presents SISSY 2.0 @ Less Bar. 10 PM Cute ///Cxnt /// Femme Realness Sissy is RUDE's way of celebrating the iconic and inspirational Ballroom culture and Toronto's very own Kiki Ballroom scene. Ballroom and the Kiki scene was and STILL IS responsible for a majority of popular queer culture now popularised, celebrated and even appropriated everywhere. SISSY beats provided by Toronto's very own: DJ Vaughan https://soundcloud.com/its-vaughan and Bliptor Expect: VOGUE BEATS, AFRO BEATS, DANCE BEATS, TECH HOUSE, SISSY BEATS, TRAP BEATS, FUNK and more... $5 Before midnight. $10 after midnight./ PWYC $5 ALL night for members of Ballroom Houses. Video Installations by: The Rude Collective Design Team Less Bar (Queer managed) wheelchair accessible, live music venue 834 Bloor West (at Shaw St, 2 BLKs east of Ossington) – Less Bar specific emphasis is on a space for people of colour, female-identified, trans and queer people. Managed and run by Carmen Elle and owned by Kevin B Kennedy, man behind http://tallboyscraft.com/ – Craft Beer House (838 Bloor W.) and manager of band, Army Girls. Less is a small space with a capacity of about 45 people. https://www.lessbar.ca/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Saturday October 21, 2017 - Gay West Community Network Inc. (Queer West Film Festival) is delighted to partner with the 18th annual Planet in Focus, Canada’s largest Environmental Film Festival to co-present DENIAL Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Al Green Theatre Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 12:30 PM Q&A following the film. http://planetinfocus.org/events/denial/For a full list of films and to order tickets visit: For a full list of films and to order tickets visit: http://planetinfocus.org/film-fest/2017-program/ The festival this year runs from Oct. 19th – 22nd, and features over 50 films.

Sunday October 22, 2017 - The Elephant Girls Play based on a true story @ The Commons Space Studio and Theatre One Night Only "The Forty Elephants" was a gang that terrorized London, England for over 100 years. Their members were 100% women. With a pint glass in hand, Maggie Hale--the gang's suit-wearing, bloody-knuckled, girl-chasing,"Enforcer"--tells the forgotten tale of how the Girls lived high on a lifetime of crime, and how it all came crashing down. Written and Performed by: Margo MacDonald. Directed by: Mary Ellis Tickets $20 includes a drink ticket and at the door. Previously Performed: Ontario Street Theatre: Southern Ontario tour 2017, Hamilton Fringe 2017, Winnipeg Fringe 2016, Edinburgh Fringe 2016, Ottaway Fringe 2015 Show at 4 PM The Commons Space: Studio and Theatre, 587a College Street 2nd Floor Toronto, ON M6G 1B2

Sunday October 22, 2017 - Gladstone Flea Fall Clothing Swap @ The Gladstone Hotel Swap your gently used clothing and accessories for some sweet new finds! For each item you bring, you’ll be given one ticket (each item can also be purchased for $1). All leftover items will be donated to Sistering: A Woman’s Place. More details here. 11 am to 3 pm. http://www.gladstonehotel.com/fall-clothing-swap-2/ Gladstone Hotel Ballroom 1214 Queen W Toronto, ON

Sunday October 22, 2017 - The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall (lower level). Join the Trinity Bellwoods Flea for a day of local vendors and artisans, sweet treats, and delicious eats. Featuring the best handmade, locally crafted goods, beauty, home decor, art, and vintage. Four-legged friends welcome! 10 am to 5 pm. The Great Hall (lower level), 1087 Queen St. W. Queer West Village, Toronto ON https://www.trinitybellwoodsflea.com/

Sunday October 22, 2017 - The 7th annual Ossington Village Alleyway party. Join neighbors, friends, musicians, families and more for one of the best local parties of the year. The party is in the back alley behind Foxley and Argyle and Ossington and Dovercourt. This annual event brings together neighbors and friends in the back alley, with free musical performances by many popular local Toronto bands as organized by musician and Communist’s Daughter bartender Michael Louis Johnson. The music schedule is still being planned. On top of the music, there will be arts and crafts and games for children and adults, dancing, food, and socializing. The event is free, so you are invited to donate on site to help pay for costs like music equipment. The party starts at 2pm on Sunday. See you there!

Sunday October 22, 2017 - Award Winning Out Gay Ori Dagan performs Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole - Visual Album Launch! @ Lula Lounge. Featuring a live performance by the Ori Dagan Trio and guests; and the world premiere screening of Ori's crowdfunded jazz visual album, featuring 12 music videos directed by filmmakers from Canada, Columbia, Mexico, United States and United Kingdom. Not only did Ori (who is out and married!) https://www.oridagan.com/ just pick up “Outstanding Achievement” silver medal win at the Global Music Awards, but his vast selection of original and wildly creative visual album picks for ‘Nathaniel’ are also receiving world-wide attention — including “Bibimbap” as an official selection for the Paris Music Video Underground Festival, and a quarterfinalist for ‘Best Animated Music Video.’ Dragan lives in Toronto. Doors Open: 6:00 pm , Show Starts: 7:00 pm Admission: $30 in advance (includes CD). $32 at the door (includes CD). Buy your Advance TICKETS Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas West, Toronto, Ontario Album Preview

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