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Tuesday April 25, 2017 . Grounds For Thought Confab: Campus Politics: Anti-Semitic and Anti-free speech @ The Green Beanery Cafe. University campuses, once hotbeds of free speech and free thought, have done a 180 to become hot spots of anti-Semitism and thought policing. Facilitators Aedan O’Connor, student activist and Daily Wire contributor, describes the poisonous politics at Ryerson and other Canadian campuses. Hosted by David Cayley (author and broadcaster).. 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

Tuesday April 25, 2017 - LGBTQ Book Club Discussion Group @ Parkdale Library. 6:30 to 8pm. This month we're discussing Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin. The book focuses on the events in the life of an American man living in Paris and his feelings and frustrations with his relationships with other men in his life, particularly an Italian bartender named Giovanni whom he meets at a Parisian gay bar. Giovanni's Room is noteworthy for bringing complex representations of homosexuality and bisexuality to a reading public with empathy and artistry, thereby fostering a broader public discourse of issues regarding same-sex desire.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

Thursday April 27 to Sunday May 7, 2017 - Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival. Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, will present its 24th edition, screening 200+ films from across the globe and welcoming hundreds of international filmmakers and industry delegates to Toronto! Tickets : Single tickets – $17 for regular tickets $22-24 for premium tickets Packages, passes and single tickets on sale now! Free tickets for all screenings before 5:00 p.m. are available for seniors (60+) and students with valid photo I.D. at the venue box offices on the day of the screening (subject to availability). How to get tickets? https://www.hotdocs.ca/p/box-office

Thursday April 27, 2017 - Peaces Night Market @ Stones Place. 7 pm to 11 pm Peaces Night Market strives to bring Ontario's most exclusive eco-conscious Artisans , Entrepreneurs, Artists & Non-Profit Organizations together under one roof for an experience much deeper then shopping & good tunes. We give you the opportunity to invest in your community & network with your neighbors all while creating local awareness. 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. http://stonesplace.ca/

Thursday April 27, 2017 - Spooky Bitch - Goldfrapp edition @ The Beaver. 11 pm DJs Allysin Chaynes, Jacklynne Hyde | Jenna Syde No cover The Beaver 1192 Queen St W, 416-537-2768 beavertoronto.ca/ (Gay Owned) | Not wheelchair friendly, washrooms and teeny tiny dance floor for 20 peeps. up a flight of stairs, it's more about ambience and mingling at the front bar. Queer West Toronto ON

Friday April 28 – Sunday May 7, 2017- Mayworks Festival at various locations in Toronto. Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is an annual multidisciplinary arts festival that celebrates the culture of all working peoples. The Festival was built on the premise that workers and artists share a common struggle for decent wages, healthy working conditions and a living culture. Mayworks operates within an anti-oppression framework that allows for representation and participation of First Nations people, people of colour, queer and trans people, people with disabilities and young people as artists and audiences. PROGAM GUIDE OF EVENTS

Friday April 28, 2017 - Toronto's First NishDish Restaurant Grand Opening. NishDish is a business built on traditional Anishnawbe (Nish) food and is excited to launch a historical new community landmark and Aboriginal restaurant. We are proud to be the first-ever First Nations owned and operated food emporium specializing in Native cuisine and culture in T’karonto.Come enjoy an outdoor evening celebration with Native Chef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette and his team, community leaders and Elders and incredible performances from 6pm-7pm by: ***Thunder Jack, Josh Smoke and the All Nations Singers & Dancers in traditional regalia. Free, 690 Bloor Street West near Christie Subway Stop, Street Map Toronto ON 416-835-7484 https://www.nishdish.com/

Friday April 28, 2017 - BoardAgain's Queer Game Night @ Death in Venice Gelato. 7 pm to 11 pm 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 Ticket to Ride, Dominion, Arctic Scavengers, 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!). This is an accessible, safe and judgment-free space. http://www.deathinvenice.ca/

Saturday April 29, 2017 - Free Pie Day @ North Shore Pie Co.(Parkdale) Specializing in authentic savoury handmade New Zealand pies as well as other baked goods and fresh Pilot coffee. To celebrate the opening of their new location in Roncesvalles, North Shore Pie Co. will be giving out free mini pies from 10:30am to 4:00pm on Saturday, April 29th 2017. North Shore Pie Co. 43a Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON http://www.northshorepies.com/

Saturday April 29, 2017 - After Hours A Cappella Doo-Wop Harmony - Roar! Concert @ Winchester Theatre (Cabbagetown, Toronto) 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM All seating is general admission. Doors will open at 7:30pm sharp. While there are no bad seats, we suggest arriving early for the best choice of seating. Please observe and respect any reserved seating. Food, drinks and smoking are not allowed in the theatre. Flash photography and use of phones during the show is forbidden.The show will begin at 8pm sharp, latecomers will be seated at a suitable time in the show at the discretion of the Winchester staff. After Hours A Cappella Harmony puts on what could be considered a "family friendly program" but the show does not cater to young children and we also ask, please, no babes in arms. Please note, there are stairs to the entrance of the theatre and also to the washrooms. Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester Street, Toronto, Ontario http://www.afterhoursharmony.com/buy-tickets.html

Saturday April 29, 2017 - Let's do some Spring Queening @ Buddies. DQ Katinka Kature hosting a fabulous floorshow featuring Beardra Bidness, Kenadie St. James, and Jacklynne Hyde. This Saturday at 10:30PM, day prices until 11PM. Cover $7 Spinning top 40 for bottoms til late into the night. http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/saturday-night/ Doors always open at 10:30. Legal Government Issued Photo ID required. Must be 19+ to attend. 12 Alexander Street, which is just north-east of Yonge and College. Toronto ON

Saturday April 29, 2017 - DJs: Honey Dijon (NYC) w/ The Revah Brothers (Montreal) @ Coda. Over the last five years, nearly every reveler visiting the nexus of art, fashion and night life has boogied down to the sounds of Miss Honey, as she is sometimes known (her legal name is Honey Redmond), whether it be in a basement with smoke machines or at a formal party for the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The fact that Honey Dijon is transgender has caused barely a shrug in the widening circles that have embraced her. https://soundcloud.com/honeydijon and Revah Brothers (Montreal) https://soundcloud.com/revah-brothers Born and raised in Montreal Canada, The Revah brothers are a true sibling duo who share both a family resemblance and a sincere passion for electronic music. They are known for their groovy and unique blends of house and tech house, sure to make any crowd work the dance floor. Their sets are never conservative and often touch a wide range of genres, from funky and upbeat to deep and energetic. $20 Early Bird Tickets
On sale now 10 PM-5 AM CODA | 794 Bathurst Street at Bloor W, Queer West Toronto ON: http://codatoronto.com/honey-dijon-4

Saturday April 29, 2017 - QTPOC Dance Party w/ DJs Raven Necole | Ace Dillinger | J Lai @ Harlem Underground. A night of House, Club, Grime, R&B and Dancehall with local faves and NYC's Raven Necole. https://soundcloud.com/ravennecole Harlem Underground 745 Queen Street West Queer West Toronto ON http://www.harlemrestaurant.com/

Saturday April 29, 2017 - Ladies Night for Toastr @ The Riverside Ballroom We're taking Toastr on the road and dropping it in beautiful venues across the city because there is no reason why we shouldn't.. Lesbian and queer Women's night. We found this sweet wedding spot in Riverside that we think sets the mood for our fun little dance party. So lets go have one! Resident DJ Sticky Cuts https://soundcloud.com/stickycuts is in a throwback mood these days, so expect her to play old jams mixed with some new new. The always outstanding Dj Recklezz https://soundcloud.com/dj-recklezz joins her with her big bag of hip hop, r & b, dancehall, pop and remixes. (647) 880-5683 Doors 9: 30 PM 19+ Cover $10 The Riverside Ballroom 672 Queen Street East Street Map Second Level Toronto, ON https://www.facebook.com/theriversideballroom/

Sunday April 30, 2017 - Journey to Belong @ Alliance Française de Toronto 2 PM - 4 PM Journey to Belong features the drag performance Sarap, the short film The Sunflower Man, and the visual exhibit My Journey on the "Pathway". These bold and beautiful works are brought together for their common thread of migrant activism, their shared investigation of the power of art to empower, express, and create change, and their connection to our deep desire to belong. Full Details & Tickets Alliance Française Theatre, 24 Spadina Road Toronto, ON.

May 2017

Wednesday May 3, 2017 - Rinaldo Walcott and Andrea Fatona in conversation about "Queer Returns" @ Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. 7 pm to 10 pm Queer Returns returns us to the scene of multiculturalism, diaspora, and queer through the lens of Black expression, identity, and the political. The essays question what it means to live in a multicultural society, how diaspora impacts identity and culture, and how the categories of queer and Black and Black queer complicate the political claims of multiculturalism, diaspora, and queer politics. These essays return us to foundational assumptions, claims, and positions that require new questions without dogmatic answers. Rinaldo Walcott is an Associate Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto and Wednesday, Andrea Fatona is an assistant professor in the Criticism and Curatorial program at OCAD University in Toronto. May 3rd @ 7pm Gladstone Hotel - Ballroom 1214 Queen St West Free- all welcomeThe venue is fully wheelchair accessible Queer West Toronto ON

Wednesday May 3, 2017 - Good Enough Punk Karoake! @ Baby G. starting at 9pm going to 12:30 or 1am. Over 100 "punk" songs from '69 to '85 to choose from! Complete songlist can be found on the Good Enough Live Karaoke Facebook page. The Baby G 1608 Dundas St W at Brock Avenue queer west Queer West Toronto ON. (416) 555-5555 http://www.thebabyg.com/

Thursday May 4, 2017 - UK R& B Singer NAO @ The Phoenix. Neo Jessica Joshua, better known as Nao is a British singer-songwriter and record producer ... making a big room stop in Toronto to satisfy all our nu R&B soul needs. Get tickets to this baby, it'll sell out. https://soundcloud.com/thisnao 8 pm Tickets $25-$50 The Phoenix Concert Theatre 410 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON

Thursday May 4, 2017 - AGO First Thursday: Gender Trouble @ Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto’s biggest art party celebrates the legacy and influence of Georgia O’Keeffe with Maylee Todd, Catherine MacTavish, Madelyne Beckles and more... Georgia O’Keeffe once declared “I am not a woman painter!” Demanding that art be considered for its merit, not for the gender of its creator, the May First Thursday brings together artists who play with the connections and contradictions between gender, art and politics. The night will also feature artist projects by Madelyne Beckles and Catherine MacTavish in collaboration with Julius Poncelet Manapul. Working across generations, these two artists embody different perspectives on the feminine and feminist art practices. Since the 1970s, MacTavish has worked in Toronto and elsewhere. Her painting Arms Race is featured in the exhibition Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971–1989. Beckles on the other hand, still in her 20s, presents a critical race-based feminist framework through the use of her body and ready-made objects. Beckles is a long-term collaborator with Toronto artist Petra Collins, with whom she most recently presented work at MoMA’s PopRally. Author Julie Cameron Gray, whose recent collection of poems was recommended by Lena Dunham on LennyLetter, and artist and illustrator Kendra Yee will present hands-on O’Keeffe-inspired interactive projects.

The Details: First Thursday Admission + exhibition entry to Georgia O’Keeffe, Advance Tickets: $23 / $11 AGO Members At the Door: $26 / $14 AGO Members *Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. First Thursdays consistently sell out, and tickets are not held back for at-the-door purchase. GET TICKETS AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4

Friday May 5, 2017 - Big Primpin' @ 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. with Dj s TBA 10pm. 1279 Queen St W.416.516.8677 http://www.missthings.com/ $5. 416.516.8677 Queer West Toronto ON

Friday May 5, 2017 - Queer Political Theologies Colloquium @ U of T Jackman Humanities Building. All are invited to a conference on queer political theologies, featuring a keynote by Ashon Crawley (UC Riverside): "The Lonely Letters (Or, Blackness and Mysticism)". Please find a full program below. We hope to see you there! Friday, May 5, 2017, Jackman Humanities Building, Rm. 100A University of Toronto Convened by Ricky Varghese, David Seitz, and Fan Wu This event is free and open to the public and the venue is wheelchair accessible. 8:45 AM - 6 PM Full Program Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5R 2M8 Phone: 416-978-7415.

Saturday May 6, 2017 - Electrique V.5 - A Monthly 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

Saturday May 6, 2017 - 19th Global Marijuana March @ Queen's Park. March Starts at Noon. The 19th annual Global Marijuana March (G.M.M.) will take place in hundreds of cities across the globe as a protest to end marijuana prohibition. The Toronto chapter has participated from the beginning and is expected to once again organize the largest march in the Canada! With over 20,000 marchers in Toronto, and hundreds of thousands more participating around the globe.

Saturday May 6, 2017 - Really Really Free Market @ Campbell Avenue Park. 10 AM to 4 PM. Everything is free. No money. No swapping. Basically, it's a community-space for sharing – where people bring what they have to give, take what they need, and leave the rest. It’s kind of like a potluck, but for goods and services! during cold weather RRFM will be held inside Campbell Park Community Centre on 255 Campbell Ave, south of Dupont and west of Lansdowne, and about a 10 to 15 minute walk from Lansdowne Station. Toronto ON http://rrfmarket.blogspot.ca/

Saturday May 6 to May 28, 2017 - New Gay Art Exhibition "Rubies, Emeralds and Diamonds" by Bateman & Cairns @ Arcadia Art Studio. Opening reception is on Saturday, May 6 from 1 to 6 pm.. David Bateman is an actor, playwright, visual artist, and performance poet currently based in Toronto. In 1981, Philip Cairns started to exhibit his paintings and drawings, and in 1983 he started performing his own writing in public.His art has been displayed at Urban Gallery, Chroma Zone, Queer West Fest, Nuit Blanche, A Space, YYZ, Idee Gallery and the Secret Handshake Gallery. This is his fourth exhibition at Arcadia Art Studio .Past Art Works by Cairns. Arcadia Studio 680 Queens Quay W, Toronto, Ontario

Sunday May 7, 2017 - LETZTO Queer Women's Book Club @ Glad Day Book Shop on Church St.. 2 PM Let'z book club in collaboration with Glad Day Bookshop! Every month Glad Day will give us some book recommendations to choose from and we as a group will pick one to read that month! 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. 499 Church St, Toronto, ON. http://letzto.com/events

Saturday May 13, 2017 - Toronto Queer Slow Dance Fresh 90's Edition! @ Dovercourt House. FRESH 90s edition, you are encouraged to dress to impress with plaid, slap bracelets, and random tamagotchis hanging from your one-strap overalls. Also, 90% of the songs played during the night will be from the 90s. You do not have to be queer to attend this party, but you must have an open mind, an open heart, and have open arms. This event is MIXED and for EVERYONE: queer, straight, bi, poly, non-gender-binaried, those who identify as Complicated and those who are late-onset awesome. 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 http://www.dovercourthouse.com Regretfully, the Dovercourt House is not wheelchair-accessible. 19+ Queer West Toronto Ontario.

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