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WHO WE ARE - OUTexpressions is an online paper, owned by Gay West Community Network Inc. (Queer West) A Non-Profit Organization. Published as a courtesy to our Friends, Sponsors and Supporters, we list a few of their community events and have provided some community resources since 1995. OUTexpressions, 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 family of websites receives 40,000 hits a day, from within Canada and abroad. Queer West is consistently ranked #1 (Page One) in Bing and Google, for most search returns. (Masthead) Copyright 2017. All Rights Reserved. Thank you for your interest in QueerWest.org ~ For event submissions, email Michel at queerwestinfo@gmail.com

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Outexpressions is a different Gay and Lesbian Media Publication, we round up the best events (well balanced with different variety of parties and 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.


RUNS To Sun Feb 19, 2017 Toronto Black Film Festival @ Various Toronto Locations. Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to celebrating the very best in cinematic work dealing with the varied experiences of black people from diverse communities. Toronto Black Film Festival opens with Emmy award winning director, Stanley Nelson’s film, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story Of Historically Black Colleges And Universities. $10-$20 www.TorontoBlackFilm.com.

RUNS To Sunday Feb 19, 2017 - Wavelength Music Festival @ The Garrison, Gladstone & Monarch Tavern. Wavelength cuts through the deep freeze to bring you out of hibernation, straight to the 17th annual Wavelength Music Festival. It's our 17th birthday, and we're spending the whole Family Day long weekend. More location event details

RUNS To Sunday Feb 19, 2017 - TIFF Next Wave Film Festival. Free movies. Special guests. A full day of industry talks and workshops. The 24-hour Film Challenge (sleep is for the weak). Battle of the Scores. Free WiFi in the building. A fort to hang in between movies. Oh, and did we mention the movies are FREE? What's not to like? TICKETS Regular Screenings: Free for ages under 25 ($14 adult) Special Screenings + Events: $11.50 under 25 ($14 adult) Full Lineup + Schedule: http://www.tiff.net/next-wave/

RUNS To Monday Feb 20, 2017 - The Spring Fishing & Boat Show a Family Day Weekend Tradition! From informative seminars to quality exhibitors the Spring Fishing & Boat Show really does offer something for the entire family! Loads of activities and awesome retailers the Spring Fishing & Boat Show is a destination for outdoor lovers! The International Centre , 6900 Airport Road Mississauga ON. http://springfishingandboatshow.com/

RUNS To Sun Feb 26, 2017 - The Canadian International Toronto AutoShow is the BIGGEST and BEST AutoShow in Canada. With over 300,000 visitors each year in a 650,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, this is the largest consumer show in the country. The industry looks to the AutoShow as a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive, and has a media program that reaches more Canadians than all other auto shows in the country combined MTCC, 255 Front Street West, Toronto https://www.autoshow.ca/ Sunday Feb 26, 2016 - The 38th Rhubarb Festival @ Buddies. Canada’s longest-running new works LGBTQ festival returns for a 38th year. Rhubarb transforms Buddies into a hotbed of experimentation, with artists exploring new possibilities in theatre, dance, music, and performance art. Rhubarb is the place to see the most adventurous ideas in performance and to catch your favourite artists venturing into uncharted territory. http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/show/the-38th-rhubarb-festival/ 12 Alexander Street, which is just north-east of Yonge and College. Toronto ON

RUNS To Sun Feb 26, 2017 - The Canadian International Toronto AutoShow is the BIGGEST and BEST AutoShow in Canada. With over 300,000 visitors each year in a 650,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, this is the largest consumer show in the country. The industry looks to the AutoShow as a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive, and has a media program that reaches more Canadians than all other auto shows in the country combined MTCC, 255 Front Street West, Toronto https://www.autoshow.ca/

Saturday February 18, 2017 - Stop In The Name of Love - Motown Valentines! @ Studio Bar. Featuring: DJ Misty http://www.djmisty.com/(Misty McKenzie-Hill) & Dj Caff https://soundcloud.com/caff Come shimmy, shake your tail feathers!! We'll be playing Supremes, Otis Redding, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and more of the best and brightest music from the Motown, Northern Soul, Stax labels troughout the night, played by some of this city’s best DJs Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W just West of Bathurst. http://www.studiobartoronto.ca/ Queer West Toronto ON

Saturday February 18, 2017 - The Cherry Bomb Queer Winter Beach Party! @ The Round. What could more queer (and awesome!) than a beach party in February? Shake off your winter blues and come get your summer on as CHERRY BOMB does up The Round in lovely beachy-keen. Come get lei'd and soak up the tropical vibes. Better still, participate! Dress for the surf, sun and sand as everyone who dresses in theme gets in for just $5 all night long. It's the queer stay-cation of the season! 10 pm Cover 19+ W proper I.D *$5 before 11p, $8! The Round. (Not wheelchair accessible) 152a, 2nd floor Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario (416) 451-6346 http://roundvenue.com/ Location Map https://goo.gl/maps/seZvX

Saturday February 18, 2017 - Sweetback @ Cadillac Jenkins, 10 PM . Sweetback returns to the cozy confines of Cadillac Jenkins to fill the dance floor with the funktastic sounds of disco love. DJs JChameleon and David James take you on a voyage into the roots of modern dance music, exploring the outer reaches of funk, disco, soul, acid-jazz, and space-disco. Cadillac Jenkins, 930 Queen St. W just east of Ossington Ave, https://cadillacjenkins.com/ Queer West Toronto ON No Phone number.

Tuesday February 21, 2017 - Beaver Winter Customer / Staff Appreciation Party @ The Beaver. The Beaver celebrates 11 years of life with their annual staff and customer appreciation party, which is always a very wild come. 8 PM No Cover No Coat Check. DJs Phil V | Adam the DJ | Ghostwolf | Caleeb The Beaver 1192 Queen St W, 416-537-2768 beavertoronto.ca/ (Gay Owned) | Queer West Toronto ON

Thursday February 23 to Sat March 18, 2017 - Feministry is Here Art Show & Launch Party @ Mercer Union Art Gallery. Buzz is an emerging fashion thing who runs a label called ReBaie by Rebée with co-creative director Cameron Lee. Buzz is on the bored of some stuff and never salts her driveway before she tastes it. Jazmine V.K. Carr is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores human behaviour using sculpture and installation, Victoria Cheong is a multi-disciplinary artist working across music, video and performance including site-specific installation and cross-disciplinary art happenings. She makes solo music as New Chance, DJs and organizes events with the Toronto-based collective Boop! Marcelline Mandeng is a Cameroonian-born artist using their body as a primary medium and subject alongside video, sound and sculpture to create ephemeral installations artworks. Lido Pimienta (b.1986) is an Indigenous to Colombia interdisciplinary artist-curator and musician based in Toronto. Her work explores the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American Diaspora and vernacular. Zoe Solomon aka Effie Eff aka Fresh Flesh aka DJ Diva Cup aka Cathy’s Cleaners is an interdisciplinary artist born in 1985 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto Cameron Lee is a Toronto-based artist, curator, and DJ. Cameron performs as Marilyn Mansion, an alter ego who builds installations, collects ephemera, combining these with humour, making familiarity feel strange

THE DETAILS: Opening Reception and Performance: Thursday 23 February 2017, 7PM with performance by Marcelline at 8PM A space to strut through the limited definitions for queer femmes. The entrance is also an exit. It is a negotiation of space by non-binary artists, who DJ, make objects, music, fashion, perform online, and IRL; sloughing cells of categorization, shifting, working, and sharing. MERCER UNION, a centre for contemporary art 1286 Bloor Street West Toronto, Ontario, (One block east of Lansdowne TTC Station) Gallery is open 11AM – 6PM, Tuesday – Saturday (Closed Sunday & Monday) http://www.mercerunion.org/feministry-is-here/

Thursday February 23, 2017 - Award-Winning Canadian Lesbian Singer/Songwriter Anna Gutmanis @ Urban Folk Art Salon (Mount Pleasant Library). 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. In the cozy and venerable upstairs activity room, which has a 70 person capacity. Anna Gutmanis http://www.annagutmanis.com/ as well as singing is a keyboardist and will likely have her keyboard with her. She entwines her brave, edgy lyrics with deep, blues-style vocals. Her latest releases, “Lately It’s Cold” and “Diamonds and Stiletto Shoes”, charted on iTunes, and “Diamonds” also appeared on the Roots Music Report 2014 Top 100 Pop Song and Album charts. Performing tonight with Anna will be Brenda Clews whose ingenious video-poetry is making waves in both underground and more conspicuous art scenes.Jennifer Hosein ( Artist/poet), Jovan Vuksanovich (Poet), Mark Rinu (Poet) and Nadia Buckmire. Stage name: NADIA HIGH singer/ song-writer based out of Toronto Canada., with Thomas Gannon Hamilton hosting Gannon is a poet and noted Violinist. It will be a fun and exciting evening! FREE Mount Pleasant Library, Phone: (416) 393-7737 at 599 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Toronto ON STREET MAP

Friday February 24, 2017 - Birthday Sex @ Parts and Labour. 10pm-2am Special guest DJ Blackcat | Diego Bros DJs (Diego Armand + Don Diego) $5 cover | coatcheck available Parts & Labour and The Shop Under 1566 Queen St W, Toronto, ON Parkdale 416-588-7750 http://www.partsandlabour.ca

Friday February 24, 2017 - Feministry: Pinky @ The Round 10 PM Marcelline (Philedalphia) | Vic Cheong | Buzz | Glit Clit aka Lido Pimienta PWYC | $10 suggested | Coat check available. house, club, hyper-pop, techno and weird stuff Oh and bring your sisters PWYC // $10 suggested FEMINISTRY is an ongoing dance party series The project was started by Cam Lee in 2015 at the Holy Oak Café and grows from music, fashion, writing, conversation, and idea exchange, expressions of intersectional feminism; acknowledgement of difference, assertions of love & respect. The Round. (Not wheelchair accessible) 152a, 2nd floor Augusta Ave., Queer West Toronto ON (416) 451-6346 http://roundvenue.com/

Friday February 24, 2017 - The Rocket Queens - All Female Tribute Bands @ The Rockpile. Rockpile presents: A world-class, all-female tribute to Guns N Roses. Comin at ya from NYC The Rocket Queens - All Female Tribute to GnR https://www.facebook.com/rocketqueensnyc/ From Chick Jagger / Tribute To Rolling Stones,Limitless / Tribute To Pat Benatar The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St W Toronto, Ontario http://www.therockpile.ca

Saturday February 25, 2017 - Toastr with Guest DJ Dekoze @ Bunda Lounge. DJ Dekoze (Michael Babb) https://soundcloud.com/deko-ze is back at Toastr to play music you like. Resident DJ Sticky Cuts https://soundcloud.com/stickycuts provides the warm up and the cool down - also likely stuff you will like. Classic House, Funky Stuff, Dancehall, Hip Hop and Other Such Jams Doors 9:30 PM Cover $10 Bunda Lounge, 1108 Dundas St. W east of Ossington, north side, Queer West Toronto ON. No web Site - 505 Dundas TTC Streetcar to Ossington.

Sunday February 26, 2016 - 89th Academy Awards @ Wayla Bar 7 PM Come watch the 89th Academy Awards at Wayla Bar! Starting at 7pm for the red carpet arrivals! There will be great drink specials, as well as a one time party menu put together especially for the night. Will "La La Land" sweep the night, or is there room for others to take home the golden statue? Pick the winners in all categories with the provided ballot and there's a chance to win some great prizes! Be sure to share this invite with all your movie-loving friends- cheers to another great year in film! Wayla Bar & Lounge Toronto East end 996 Queen St. E , Leslieville at Carlaw 416-901-5570.Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Straight & Bisexual safe environment where we have a zero tolerance policy for any intolerance., http://www.waylabar.ca

Tuesday February 28, 2017 - New Monthly LGBTQ Book Club @ Pakdale Library. 6:30 to 8pm. We are reading Fun Home: A Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. 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 east bound stops in front of Library. West bound, across the street at Brock Avenue. More About Book Club

March 2017

RUNS TO - Sunday March 12, 2017 - Toronto Light Festival Festival of light art by local and international artists outdoors as a visual journey. Sun to Wed, sundown to 10 pm. Thu-Sat, sundown to 11 pm. Free. The Distillery District 55 Mill, Toronto, Ontario http://www.torontolightfest.com/

Friday March 10, 2017 - World Premier of Joshua Beamish's Saudade @ Harbourfront Centre (Fleck Dance Theatre) Saudade is a vague, constant desire for a reality that does not, and probably cannot, exist. It is the love that remains after someone is gone and describes a deep emotional state of profound melancholic longing, often carrying a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return. To feel saudade is to feel a deep incompleteness and recognize it as familiar.

FEATURING : Saudade features six male dancers, with collective recent credits of Netherlands Dance Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, Ballet BC, La La La Human Steps, Twyla Tharp, Sasha Waltz and Sharon Eyal/L-E-V, and music by Icelandic composer Hildur Gudnadottir. Choreography: Joshua Beamish and Music by Hildur Gudnadottir..Video Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_ds2C4BLHo The work will specifically explore these themes as relative to gay relationships, making it my first production to centre entirely on gay characters and identity.

THE DETAILS: Friday, March 10, 2017 8:00 PM Prices $35 BUY TICKETS Fleck Dance Theatre at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto ON, DIRECTIONS

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