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,RUNS TO Friday November 24, 2017 - SOFT: Transformative Queer love and care Art Exhibit @ Artscape Youngplace. The exhibit examines queer nightlife as a site of reclamation. “Queer bars have long been spaces of protest, performance and mobilizing community,” writes Sears-Williams. “It holds the voices, sounds, words and spaces of our queer lives and how we share, care and love for each other.” This exhibit is weaving in photos of queer nightlife, portraits of chosen families, text and audio from queer people expressing their different versions of queer love and care. It’s important to know that queer nightlife is rooted in protest, in performance and in occupying spaces often denied to queer folks. Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw St) Hallway Gallery, 2nd Floor. http://artscapeyoungplace.ca/exhibitions/#Soft Queer West Village, Toronto ON

RUNS TO November 25, 2017 - 5 Guys Chillin' a Gay Play @ Kensington Hall. Using real words found on on the gay app Grindr, this play looks at the dark and often dangerous subculture of gay men who engage in risky sexual behaviour while under the influence of recreational drugs (PnP/Party 'n' Play/chemsex).Presented by https://theatretopikos.com/ Previews Nov 15, opens Nov 16 and runs to Nov 25, Tue-Sun 8 pm. Tickets $20 Kensington Hall 56 Kensington, Toronto, Ontario https://kensingtonhall.ca/

RUNS TO Sun Dec 23, 2017 - Toronto Christmas Market 2017 @ Distillery District.The Distillery District is transformed into a winter wonderland leading up to Christmas with food and drinks vendors, carollers, elves, lights, and one of the city's largest Christmas trees. http://www.torontochristmasmarket.com/

Monday November 20, 2017 -Transgender Job Fair @ TIFF Lightbox Theatre. Trans Workforce will hold the Worlds First Job Fair specifically geared towards people who identify as trans and gender nonconforming at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto. A very big thank you to our hosts, the Toronto International Film Festival, who have also committed to attend as employers. Not to mention Indigo, Chapters and Coles, Toronto-Dominion Bank and... Canadian Armed Forces just to name a few! A space will be created, where trans identifying job seekers can interact without fear of discrimination, with employers who are seeking to give equal opportunity to qualified talent. 10:30 am to 4 pm
TIFF Theatre, 350 King Street W., Toronto, Ontario https://www.facebook.com/transworkforce/

Monday November 20, 2017 - T.O Gaymers' D&D Adventures! @ CSI Cafe, Toronto Gaymers begins teaching D&D both 4th and 5th Edition via one-off and short campaigns. No experience or supplies required. The fee is a nominal $8 for participants and $6 for onlookers/viewers, who are also welcome to play some other fun, fantasy-themed boardgames that we'll provide! CSI Caf is fully accessible to all, and located just south of Bloor on Bathurst. Please arrive a bit early if you can, although space is not an issue. The caf will be open to the public for 1 hr then it's just us for the 3 hr balance. 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CSI Cafe, 720 Bathurst St https://socialinnovation.org/csicafe/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Monday November 20, 2017 - Call For LGBTQ Art Submissions @ Jinks Art Factory. Attention visual artists! A call for submissions for a show that hangs Dec. 1st - Dec. 31st, opening party on the 16th. If it hangs on a wall, they want to see it - painting, photography, drawing, mixed media, etc. There will be limited room for small sculptures, crafts, jewelry, etc. Art must have an analogue component- nothing strictly digital. $20 per accepted entry, four entries max per person. 20 “ x 20” max size for submitted works. Accepted artists pay entry fee at hanging. Submission is free. Artist takes home 100% of earnings- no commission goes to the gallery. Submission deadline is Nov. 20th. Please email info@jinksartfactory.ca with the subject line ART SUBMISSIONS, clear photos of your submitted work and the following fields filled out: If accepted, works must be ready to hang with proper hardware and dropped off at the gallery by Nov. 30th. We will notify accepted artists via email by Sunday, Nov. 26th. Jinks Art Factory is an independent tattoo/coffee shop/art gallery 1664 Queen St. West. in Parkdale, Queer West Village, Toronto ON.

Tuesday November 21, 2017 - Friends Pub Quiz @ The Beaver. Revisit your favourite sitcom at Friends Pub Quiz Maximum 5ppl/team, - BYOP (Bring Your Own Pen), - $5/person Cash Only No reservations, so come early. 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

Tuesday November 21, 2017 - FrancoQueer présente/presents La Cage aux Folles @ Revue Cinema. FrancoQueer is proud to present our new queer film series as part of our Bilingual Café programming. The series consists of 6 film screenings throughout the year with talk-back after the film. For our third film, we are very excited to present La Cage aux Folles. The film tells the story of a gay couple – Renato Baldi and Albin Mougeotte without much history, aside from the recurring shenanigans of Albin. They run a transsexual cabaret, La Cage aux Folles, where Albin is the star under the pseudonym Zaza Napoli. 9:30 pm at The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Blvd, Toronto. In French with English subtitles. $7. Get your tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/FQpresentsLaCageauxFolles We look forward to seeing you all there for a night of queer film and popcorn

Wednesday November 22, 2017 - Rainbow Railway Ticket to Freedom Fund Raiser @ Glad Day Book Shop Get ready for a night of dynamic drag for a good cause! The event will include a drag show with two amazing performers - Baby Bel Bel and Devine Darlin, a silent auction, guest speakers, appetizers, and drinks available for purchase. You will also hear more about this charity, Rainbow Railroad, and all of the great things they do. All profits raised for Ticket to Freedom will go towards Rainbow Railroad, a charity committed to helping LGBTQ+ people escape violence and persecution in their home countries. There is no ticket fee, however we would appreciate if attendees could make a donation. Any money raised above and beyond event costs will be donated to Rainbow Railroad. Also please RSVP to the free event via Eventbrite so we can estimate numbers - https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ticket-to-freedom-tickets-39451701100 This event is hosted by a team of postgraduate students in the Corporate Communications and Public Relations program at Centennial College. 7 PM to 9 PM Glad Day Bookshop 499 Church Street Toronto, ON

Thursday November 23 to Sun Dec 3, 2017 - One Of A Kind Christmas Show & Sale @ Enercare Centre Unique items crafted by local makers across Canada, plus seminars, fashion shows, DIY workshops and more. Nov 23-Dec 3, Mon-Sat 10 am-9 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm. $15, stu/srs $7.50, child 12 & under free. CNE Enercare Centre 100 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, Ontario https://www.oneofakindshow.com/

Thursday November 23 to Sunday Dec 10, 2017 - Nightwood Theatre Unholy by Diane Flacks @ Buddies Should women abandon religion? Four female panelists face off in a wild, whip-smart public debate about religion and misogyny. With opinions flying from across the religious and political spectrum, Unholy delivers a hilarious, no-holds-barred look at contemporary women in organized religion. Diane Flacks is an Emmy, Gemini and Dora nominated writer/performer, known for her theatre work, her four smash hit solo shows, her TV series, and her book: Bear With Me. Diane has been doing new work at Buddies for almost 25 years, including her solo show, Random Acts, produced by Nightwood and most recently, Body Politic. http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/show/unholy/ Buddies in Bad Times: Simultaneously a bar and the world’s oldest queer theatre company (416) 975-8555 12 Alexander Street (Church-Wellesley Village)

Thursday November 23, 2017 - Salacious! Book(s) Launch @ Glad Day Book Shop. Salacious stories, provocative performances plus uncovered footage from Grasp Erotica Bar (St. Marc’s Spa) opening party. BOOKS ON TAP: The boy who brought down a bathhouse by Rolyn Chambers and Raid: operation soap By Raymond Helkio with David Bateman. 8 pm to 11 pm No Cover Glad Day Bookshop/ Cafe & Bar at night. 499 Church St, Toronto, ON (416) 901-6600 https://www.gladdaybookshop.com/

Saturday November 25 to Sunday Nov 17, 2017 - All Ages Santa Train @ York-Durham Heritage Railway. Enjoy live entertainment on our decorated and heated heritage train. A visit from Santa makes the trip complete. Best of all, Santa will visit each child at their seat. This is a great photo opportunity! Each child also receives a gift bag upon departing the train. This is a great family holiday experience! Each one-hour round trip train ride departs from Uxbridge at 11am, 1 pm and 3pm. $25 + HST for all passengers (infants under 1 not occupying a seat will ride free).all most sold out - http://ydhr.ca/train/santa-train/

Saturday November 25, 2017 - Wavelength Monthly: PONY / Luge / Bonnie Trash @ Bike Pirates. We're back at Bike Pirates for ALL AGES D.I.Y. vibes and community spirit at our next monthly Wavelength show! A night of fun and creative indie rock'n'roll, in a volunteer-run, do-it-yourself BIKE SHOP! Bike Pirates - 1416 Queen St. W. Parkdale
9pm - $10 - All Ages! Licensed - affordable imbibements. Physically Accessible Venue Sliding scale at the door / No one turned away due to lack of funds Limited capacity, however, so we recommend getting advance tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1575552

Saturday November 25, 2017 - Pride Niagara LGBT Night: Detour Music Hall: Sat.Nov.25th w. host Raven S. Klawe 88 St. Paul Street Saint Catharines. Doors open at 10:30pm | $5.00 cover | 19+ | W. special guest performers https://www.facebook.com/events/189365164970532/

Saturday November 25, 2017 - Toastr: Retro Boogie @ Wayla Bar. Mostly music from the 70s and 80s with some 90s and new stuff thrown in because why not. Feel good music to dance, sway, sing, pick up and get drunk to played by the execllent duo of DJ Fawn Big Canoe, Toronto - https://soundcloud.com/fawn-big-canoe and DJ Sticky Cuts (Tania Morano Toronto) https://soundcloud.com/stickycuts. Come early cuz there's a lot of music that we have to play early that you shouldn't miss. Plus - the whole line up thing...sometimes that happens. $10 all night doors at 9:30 $5 shot specials + a $5 craft beer special Wayla Bar & Lounge Toronto East end 996 Queen St. E , Leslieville at Carlaw 416-901-5570.Inspired by the nightlife in France and underground lgbt clubs of NYC, http://www.waylabar.ca

Saturday November 25, 2017 - Cavalcade of Lights, Fireworks, Music and Skating Party at Nathan Phillips Square (Toronto) The Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square is an annual holiday tradition featuring the first illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas Tree, live musical performances by some of Canada’s top performers, a spectacular fireworks show and skating parties on the iconic outdoor rink. All free! 7 PM Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen Street West at Bay Street. Fireworks show 2016

Saturday November 25, 2017 - RUDE's QTPOC One Year Anniversary Party @ WareHouse 191 Geary Ave. RUDE celebrates one year of music, art, community, culture, and Rudeness. Who's the Rude Collective? They are mostly associated with Pride Toronto Blockorama and Black Lives Matter Toronto. If you even hint at Toronto Police marching in uniforn in Pride Parade your on their shit list. Still the queer people of colour community for years has had a very low profile, almost no-existent outside of Pride. This event seems to welcome everyone one and that's a good thing and more a diplomatic approach. Being rude wears thin after a while, beside more money in the Kitty for your next event.. Plus You get a great listings like this one!!! Tonight's event: Performers: Rap Headliner: DAI BURGER https://soundcloud.com/daiburger(Queens New York) http://www.daiburgerworld.com/ Rap Opener: MYST MILANO DJ sets: DJ Bambii (Kirsten Azan Toronto) https://soundcloud.com/bam_bii. DJ Vaughan (Chantelle Findlay ) https://soundcloud.com/its-vaughan and DJ Myst Milano (Big Sis - Toronto) https://soundcloud.com/mystmilano Visual Installation by: AMIKA Video Installations by: The Rude Collective Design Team.

The Details Tickets limited Early Bird: $10, Regular: $15 $20 after 1:00am, Get TicketsVenue is wheelchair accessible. 191 Geary Avenue WareHouse, Toronto, ON North of Dupont and east of Dufferin TTC Dufferin Bus #29 Northbound, then half a block walk to event Street Map or take a Cab.

Sunday November 26, 2017 - Christmas Chocolate + Pastry Fair @ Artscape Wychwood Barns. A new signature event of the Toronto Chocolate Festival, the Christmas Chocolate + Pastry Fair features a chocolate and pastry marketplace with a number of interactive events including: Chocolate Eating Contests, Demonstration Stage, Jr. Chocolympics, Painting With Chocolate, Free Draws for chocolatey prizes, and more. All general ticket holders (15 and over) get a free gift from Santa. Every ticket holder gets a free spin at the Wonka Wheel to win a Golden Ticket. GET TICKETS Artscape Wychwood Barns 601 Christie Street near St Clair, Toronto, ON

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