Queer West - Serving West Toronto, Ontario

What's on: In queer Toronto today?

queer west outexpressions official logo 2017, artwork by michel pare, toronto ontario

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 2018. All Rights Reserved. Thank you for your interest in QueerWest.org.

Think Gay Toronto. Think Queer West. Hip. Cool. Excellent Listings

Doing different daily, with panache in Toronto!

vancouver pride festival; artwork 2018; artwork by MFP

Runs to Sun Jan 21, 2018 - My Funny Valentine @ Buddies. In February 2008, a fifteen-year-old boy asked another boy in his class to be his valentine. The next day, that boy shot and killed him during first period. My Funny Valentine enters the minds of people on the fringes of a murder that will forever affect them and examines the ripple effect of hatred in a community. Haunting, moving, and at times strangely comedic, My Funny Valentine cracks open the greater humanity of a town trying to heal. Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, Cabaret Space 12 Alexander Street Runs January 10 – 21, 2018 Evenings 8:00 pm, matinees 2:30 pm Tickets $20 - $30 available in person, online or call 416-975-8555 http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/show/my-funny-valentine/

Runs to Monday January 28th, 2018 - Niagara Ice Wine Festival 2018. For three weekends in January the Niagara region is transformed into a wintry wonderland, in celebration of one of Canada’s most cherished products, Ontario Icewine. The 23rd edition of the Niagara Icewine Festival offers plenty for every taste – glamour and indulgence at the Niagara Icewine Gala, unique wine and food pairings at over 35 wineries, and vibrant outdoor street festivals. If you’re looking for luxury, you can’t miss Canada’s most lavish evening, the Niagara Icewine Festival Gala at Fallsview Casino Resort on January 12. Our “Authentically Canadian” theme promises incredible dishes from each of Canada’s provinces and territories, in addition to over 100 VQA Icewines and table wines to sip and sample. http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/icewine-festival

Monday January 15 to 21, 2018 - Toronto Design Offsite Festival. @ Various locations. The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design with over 100 free exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week, See the full schedule of events: http://todesignoffsite.com/2018-schedule/

Monday January 15, 2018 - Community Consultation: Trans* Pride @ Artscape Youngplace. Pride Toronto is inviting members of our communities to join us throughout the month of January to share their thoughts about the programming, events, resources, etc. that we should consider including in our 2018 Pride Festival. Space is limited and registration through Eventbrite is required to attend. The link to register for this session is included above. 6:30 PM Venue is accessible. ASL interpretation available upon request; Register to attend Here Artscape Youngplace 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, Ontario

Wednesday January 17, 2018 - In Conversation With Alanis Obomsawin @ TIFF Theatre. Join us for an intimate on-stage conversation with Indigenous director, tireless social activist, and revolutionary artist Alanis Obomsawin. Throughout her extraordinary career, revered filmmaker and musician Alanis Obomsawin has been a leading voice of Indigenous resistance. Through such films as Incident at Restigouche, Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, Hi-Ho Mistahey!, and this year's Canada's Top Ten selection Our People Will Be Healed, she has reinvigorated Indigenous identities in Canada while advocating for truth and reconciliation. 6:30 PM TIFF 350 King Street W., Toronto, Ontario. Get Your ticket

Thursday January 18 to 21, 2018 - Come Up To My Room 2018 Design Show @ Gladstone Hotel. $10 General | $5 Student (on Jan 19 with ID) | $25 School Group (must book in advance) | $25 Family of 4 Exhibition Hours: Thursday Jan 18 7-10pm | Friday Jan 19 11am-10pm | Saturday Jan 20 11am-10pm (Opening) | Sunday Jan 21 11am-5pm http://www.gladstonehotel.com/spaces/cutmr2018/

Thursday January 18, 2018 - The Basics of Live Sound with Greyson Gritt of Quantum Tangle @ Unit 2. Come learn the basics of sound, and use it to your advantage. We will go over the functions of a mixing board, how a mic works and tackle any questions you might have about live sound. $5-$20 NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS! We are trying to prioritize QT2S / Non Binary/ Women / BIPOC Identified and / or underemployed folks! 10-15 people please email: unit2booking@gmail.com for registration if there's a high demand then we'll add a second session! 7pm to 9 pm Unit 2, 163 STERLING ROAD Queer West Toronto ON

Thursday January 18, 2018 - Canadian queer singer and song writer Jeffery Straker & Sara Kamin @ The Burdock. Singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker performs over 100 shows per year across Canada. Hes recorded for CBC radios Canada Live, had a music video chart in the top 10 on Much Music and has toured internationally playing pianos in places as far away as Mexico, Chile, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. His folk-pop hooks and rootsy story-telling have been featured in Film, TV, and theatrical productions while he maintains a touring schedule in venues ranging from house concerts to theatres and festivals, including shows with symphony orchestras. Sara Kamin's powerful voice has been compared to incredible female artists like Jann Arden, Patty Griffin, Adele, India.Arie and Bessie Smith. A regular performer both in Canada and the UK 6 pm to 8 pm Burdock, (brewery/Bar and Music Hall 1184 Bloor Street West $15 in advance, $20 at the door Tickets Doors at 6pm, Show at 6:30pm http://burdockto.com/

Thursday January 18, 2018 - Club House @ The Beaver. CLUB HOUSE is a fun and inclusive, queer friendly dance party at the Beaver. This month will be featuring DJs J. Lai and Koko, playing house, reggaeton, club (Jersey, Bmore), latin pop and cumbia. No Cover 10 PM. 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 Village, Toronto ON

Thursday January 18, 2018 - Adding a Little Queer to Your Fiction: The Dos and Don'ts @ St Thomas Anglican Church, Bracebridge Ontario 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM PWYC or $20 donation https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/adding-a-little-queer-to-your-fiction-the-dos-and-donts-

Friday January 19, 2018 Yes Yes Y'all January ft Tha Yellow R KEL @ The nest For only living in New York City for 4 years, DJ THA YELLOW R KEL has made quite a name for himself in NYC's club circuit. His unique style of DJing, combined with 8 years experience behind the decks, have allowed him to open up for acts like Divine Council and AJ Tracey, and earned him cosigns from major brands like Hypebeast and Nike. https://m.soundcloud.com/fka-thayellowrkel Toronto's biggest, baddest, queerest, hip hop/dancehall/rnb jam New Guest DJs every month. This location is now wheelchair accessible. Come early Speakers go zoom at 10pm COVER 19+ $6 before 11:30 and $10 after. 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 January 19, 2018 - Toronto Design Off-Site Festival Dance Party @ The Garrison. With DJs Joe Blow and Fly Lady Di. 10 PM Cover $10 cash only The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON (416) 519-9439 http://www.garrisontoronto.com/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Friday January 19, 2018 - QTPOC Tropic of Funk @ The Gladstone Hotel. Tropic of Funk is an attempt to reconnect the roots of disco to a more contemporary and experimental sound while being aware of Disco and Funk's underground nature. Disco was popularised at a time where Black, LatinX, Queers, Femmes, Trans and gender diverse individuals felt the need for a haven. Spinning tonight: DJ Phillippe (Toronto), http://www.philvilleneuve.com/ and DJ Myst Milano (Big Sis - Toronto) https://soundcloud.com/mystmilano and dj Valeroo Disco Funk | Nu Disco | Soul | Disco House | Italo | Electrodisco | Groove Soul $5 before 1130pm | $10 or PWYC after 11:30pm .gladstonehotel.com/event/tropic-funk

Friday January 19, 2018 - Amateur Strip Night Judged By Drag Queens: Club Kids @ The Round. As always, In terms of ‘strip’ – we are open to wide interpretation. Acts that adhere to the theme are given a leg up in judging, but you don't have to limit yourself! The more ridiculous the better. All genders & orientations encouraged. It's body-posi, queer-posi, all posi. Show Begins at 10 Acts –> Intermission –> Acts $100 to the winner $50 to the shoulda been winner & Prizes to Dishonourable Mentions Fierce Judgement rendered by Allysin "Romy" Chaynes Jacklynne "Michelle" Hyde & Adam "Nomi" 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/

Saturday January 20, 2018 - lgbt Gamers meetup @ Centre of Social Innovation (Annex) Our first board games extravaganza of the new year. Few points to note: 1) Theme of the evening is "Holiday Recovery". We will bring out everyone's favourites that we didn't get to play over the holidays! Cover for the event is $5. 2) Inclusivity: In the new year it is very important for our entire LGBTQ+ family to have safer spaces for gaming! Your feedback and invitation to diverse friends makes us all stronger - please send us your advice on how gaymers can do better! 3) Our new venue is at Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), Annex location at 720 Bathurst St. 4) The venue is fully wheelchair accessible, and the facilities have all gender washrooms. 5) Just take line 2 to Bathurst Station, walk south 2 blocks and CSI is on the west side of the street 6) The cafe may be open - we will confirm and update here - so you might be able to get yummy foods & beverage :) 6 pm to 10 pm.

Saturday January 20, 2018 - Cherry Bomb @ The ROUND Nightclub 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. 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/ Location Map https://goo.gl/maps/seZvX

Saturday January 20, 2018 - Women March On Toronto: Defining Our Future @ Nathan Phillips Square. Hosted on behalf of the Women's March Toronto Committee. Women's March Toronto Committee invites you to gather, one year on to discuss what kind of future we (committee, speakers and you) want. Noon-2 pm. Free. Nathan Phillips Square 100 Queen W, Toronto, Ontario https://www.facebook.com/events/167970267122615


toronto queer event happenings page 2


© Copyright 2018 Gay West Community Network Inc.