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RUNS TO Monday May 22, 2017 - HarbourKIDS: Circus @ Harbourfront. For the second year in a row, we’re teaming up with Adam Lazarus and Femmes de Feu’s Holly Treddenick, to help fill our site with contemporary circus acts that will have you gasping in awe, doubling over with laughter and perhaps even joining in! Full festival information >>> bit.ly/2oI5cvU

RUNS TO Saturday May 27, 2017 - Toronto Vocal Arts Festival @ Club 120 (Church St gay village) : 6.00pm 120 Diner Supertonic, May 20, 2017, Early show 6 pm, late show 8.30 pm 120 Diner We are family. Hampton Avenue & the Ault Sisters , PWYC and May 27, 2017, 9.00pm 120 Diner 4SKÖR "The Big Reveal" concert . PWYC Club 120, 120 Church St, Toronto, ON Phone: (416) 706-4237 who comes here? Church St regulars, devotees of the live music theme nights, after-hours hungry people. http://www.club120.ca/ for other locations and dates see http://www.singtoronto.com/

RUNS TO Sunday 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

Monday May 22, 2017 to Sunday May 28, 2017 - Paprika Festival @ Daniels Spectrum CC. New plays, dance performances, workshop productions, experimental art and more by young artists and companies including the AMY Project, Celia Green, Jimmy Zhao and others. Opens May 22 and runs to May 28, see website for schedule. $10, staged readings free. Daniels Spectrum 585 Dundas E, Toronto, Ontario http://paprikafestival.com/

Monday May 22, 2017 - Toronto Victoria Day fireworks @ Woodbine Beach. At 10 p.m. on May 22, the City of Toronto’s Victoria Day firework display will light up Ashbridges Bay Park (Best Viewed from Woodbine Beach). The pyrotechnic wonder features more than 2,000 fireworks. TTC service will be increased between Queen Street East and Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) on the 22A Coxwell, 64 Main and 92 Woodbine South bus routes. Members of the public are urged to use public transit and leave personal vehicles at home.

Monday May 22, 2017 - Electric Island Victoria Day Celebrations @ Due flooding the event has moved from Halan's Point to Woodbine Park. Electric Island returns for its 5th Season. This year will showcase a second stage and over 20+ International artists from across the globe, on two stages. 1:00 pm 11:00 pm. General Admission Ticket ($49.99 plus HST) $56.49. 1695 Queen Street East Toronto - Woodbine Park For more information please visit https://www.residentadvisor.net/

Wednesday May 24, 2017 - 22 International Feminist Artists Exhibition and Social @ Moved to New Location NOT Wards Island. Hosted by Feminist Art Conference. Featuring the work of 22 international feminist artists. The vision for the Feminist Art Conference is to curate a group of artists and speakers that are using their creativity to communicate the feminist issues that affect women every day. We aim to showcase like-minded, multi-disciplinary art, including: visual art, film, theatre arts, music, dance, and literature. Daniels Spectrum Community Cultural Hub at 585 Dundas Street East in the Regent Park neighbourhood, Three blocks east of Parliament St. at Sackville Street Map7 pm to 10 pm PWYC. Snacks and cash bar , all artists in attendence. http://danielsspectrum.ca/

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Launch night for play Bad Jews @ Small World Music Centre 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM The Koffler Centre of the Arts presents the Toronto premiere of Joshua Harmon’s “exhilaratingly abrasive” play, Bad Jews (Daily Telegraph). After the death of their beloved grandfather, three cousins gather in a cramped Manhattan apartment to fight over a precious family heirloom, learning there is much more at stake than who gets what. Bursting with crisp, fast-paced dialogue, Bad Jews is “delicious, nasty fun” Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw Street TICKETS: $30 adult | $25 youth/senior/arts workers Purchase tickets & more info: http://kofflerarts.org/programs-events/2017/02/27/bad-jews/

Thursday May 25, 2017 - Same Pop-up gallery dedicated to showcasing the work of young Toronto artists @ old Dufflet Factory. The opening night is May 25th at the Dovercourt location, there will be drinks, cotton candy, live music and more! The event is open to the public. 41 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, below Queen St West ON, 7:00 PM – 12:03 AM The event will be held at the old Dufflet Factory. Street Map

Friday May 26, 2017 - Rub Shoulders at the Dirty Talk Art Show @ The Round. 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM. The people attending this party will be mostly artists, gallery owners, musicians, dancers, curators, writers, fashion bloggers, fashion designers, photographers, videographers, filmmakers, actors and models. Arrive early to take advantage of the networking & social reception of artists 10pm-12am Connect with Dirty Talk...Website - http://dirtytalkofficial.com/ MUSIC BY: DJ Cherriep (techno/hip hop) https://soundcloud.com/cherriep The Round. (Not wheelchair accessible) 152a, 2nd floor Augusta Ave., Queer West Toronto ON (416) 451-6346 http://roundvenue.com/

Friday May 26, 2017 - Rude (QPOC) Dance Party @ Harlem Restaurant. Everyone welcome. Leave #WorkWorkWorkWorkWork and come celebrate bad girl RiRi ! A night dedicated to Rihanna & Friends, all their hits pushin' thru di system ALL NIGHT LONG! Promoter, Legendary dj & House Of Monroe DJ Blackcat https://soundcloud.com/dj-blackcat spins all our favourites giving you a chance to Shine Bright Like a Diamond on the dance floor $7.00 Ragtime Rum Punch and late night eats. 10 PM No Cover. Harlem Underground, 745 Queen St West Snug back-alley spot with patio for Afro-American & Caribbean fare, with art deco & graffiti-style decor. Queer West Toronto ON http://www.harlemrestaurant.com/

Friday May 26, 2017 - AIDSbeat annual battle of the bands between a bunch of Toronto lawyers @ Berkeley Church This year’s battle will be the most epic AIDSbeat yet, as bands pay tribute to rock legends we lost in 2016: David Bowie, Prince, and George Michael. In addition to the fantastic live music, AIDSbeat will feature amazing items in a silent auction and the chance to join in the balloon pop fun – every balloon is a guaranteed winner! AIDSbeat battle of the bands: Many bands enter, but the court will rule in the favour of only one. 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM Berkeley Church 315 Queen Street East https://aidsbeat.ca/

Friday May 26, 2017 - Covenant House Sleep Out Women Unite @ Covenant House Toronto. Experience a Girls Night Out with purpose on May 26. Our sleep outs are unique and memorable. We convert our gym into an event space and sleepers have the chance to engage with current and alumni Covenant House Toronto youth along with our front-line staff. Mocktails and dessert will be prepared and served by the youth in our Cooking for Life culinary arts program and there will be ample opportunity to connect and make a genuine impression on our youth. Many past sleepers have found this to be a very impactful part of the evening. It is a tangible experience that strengthens every sleeper’s resolve to fundraise by spending a night sleeping on the street. At-risk, homeless and trafficked youth are particularly vulnerable in our society. Often, through no fault of their own, they’ve been made to endure abuse and neglect. Then, after finally fleeing their situation, find themselves alone, desperate and with no place to call home. Imagine a kid that you know needing to go through this. It’s just not right. We know that women have a unique strength that is rooted in the perseverance to break through barriers. It is that shared experience that makes us more powerful together. We can direct that force today to help homeless kids move forward. Covenant House Toronto. 20 Gerrard St. E. 6 pm to 7 am Register Today http://bit.ly/2rChqGa

Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28, 2017 - Doors Open event: Tim McCready eclectic DIY event @ 159 Manning Ave. BTW No alcohol served. Tim McCready hosts some of Toronto's most eclectic DIY events from the comfort of his home, turning his personal space into a performance venue, and creating unforgettable experiences in the process. For over 12 years, 159 Manning has been an important centre of cultural activity in Toronto. What initially grew out of friends moving to the city to play music and have the occasional get-together, has grown into well-known bi-annual 'house parties'. McCready's New Year's Eve and the summertime 159 Manning BBQ have featured Canadian and International top-tier and underground performers.

There will be a fantastic roster of family-friendly musical artists from a wide range of genres. The backyard features a stage surrounded by a canopy of trees. Visitors are invited to view the library and an exhibition of the history of 159 Manning documented through concert posters, photographs and albums. https://www.facebook.com/159manning/

The Details: 159 Manning Toronto, (Map - House with Car) 416-523-7223 Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Last Admittance: 5:00 pm. Musical acts every hour. No alcohol allowed at 159 Manning during Doors Open, but come party at the Garrison 6pm to midnight with Good Enough LIVE KARAOKE!! on Sunday May 28th! https://www.facebook.com/events/630991877092098

Saturday May 27 and Sun May 28, 2017 - Woofstock North America's Largest Festival for Dogs 2017 @ Woodbine Park. Its a one stop doggie shopping extravaganza, with all things canine! Free Surf Lessons, Free Lure Courses, Fashion Shows, Best Costume and the Crowning of Mr. & Ms. Canine Canada Pageant ! New this year the Woofstock Games, Olympic-style Sporting games for dogs! Family friendly! Bring the kids on 2 legs and 4! Cost: $10 10 AM to 6 PM For more information call 416-234-WOOF or go to https://www.woofstock.ca/

Saturday May 27, 2017 - Hey Gay Men Fit May Yass @ The Beaver. We're bringing back our annual Spandex party for a special Birthday Edition of FIT! It's Summer, wear something tight! DJ Phil and Kris play the tunes.$5 cover & $4 vodka drinks before 12. 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

Saturday May 27, 2017 - The Canadian premeire for Punk Film Scumbag @ CineCyle Underground Theatre. There are 2 screenings: 4 pm and 6 pm. The 6 pm screening is sold out. 4 pm screening gets you a Day Pass to see the other films playing that day but it's first come, first seat so make sure you are there extra early to ensure a seat (there are only 80 given on a first basis).https://www.scumbag-movie.com/ Q & A with filmmmaker Mars Roberge, lead actress Debra Haden and co-producer, Ken Shaw to follow each screening. Canadian punk legend, Steven Leckie (Viletones), will be introducing the film at the 6 pm screening. Following the final screening, there is an official after party will be Catch 22 Scumbag Reunion Party where Mars Roberge (aka Die J! Mars) will be spinning along with Gio, Iain, Michael X, Shawn MacDonald, Hannah, Jeff C, Jurgen and Paul Dhingra at One Loft (292 College Street) which is within walking distance from CineCycle. $10 Tickets are sold separately for both events. Scumbag After Party CineCycle, (Cinecycle entrance located in alley behind Zipcar office) @ 129 Spadina Ave b/w Richmond & Adelaide) Toronto, ON http://www.super8porter.ca/CineCycle.htm

Saturday May 27, 2017 - Stephen Chen’s award-winning LGBT film Contentus Triptych @ Cinecycle (Screening at 12:05 PM opening the festival.) A film which subverts typical LGBT festival themes and representations and utilizes Queer as Allegory - connecting the isolation and everyday cruelties through an unseen gay escort’s clientele, domestic violence between a man and his immigrant muslim lover, and an encounter between a young banker and his older homeless doppelgänger. This film is part of the Censured In Canada underground film festival screening today and tomorrow. http://censured.info/2017-festival/ Noon to 6 PM. Advance Tickets $10 or at the door CineCycle, (Cinecycle entrance located in alley behind Zipcar office) @ 129 Spadina Ave b/w Richmond & Adelaide) Toronto, ON http://www.super8porter.ca/CineCycle.htm

Saturday May 27, 2017 - Wimmin: queer rock and roll dance party @ The Steady. For the first time since our beloved Holy Oak closed, WIMMIN rides again: a heavy, queer rock n' roll dance party, featuring music by only female and gender-expansive punkers and rockers.Expect tunes by bands like: Patti Smith / X-Ray Spex / PJ Harvey / The Cliks / ESG / Hole / Against Me! / Janis Joplin / Betty Davis / G.L.O.S.S. / Slits / Bush Tetras / Thao / The Gossip / Sleater Kinney / Le Tigre / Garbage / L7 / ...and many many more with DJ Alana Leprich PYWC, $5 suggested (no one turned away for lack of funds) The Steady Cafe and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W. (washroom Not wheelchair accessible) (416) 536-4162 Just East of Dufferin St /thesteadycafe.com/ (Gay Owned) Queer West Toronto ON

Saturday May 27, 2017 - Fabulous Book & Junk Sale @ CLGA Come on over to the CLGA, the world's largest independent LGBTQ2+ archive, where we will be selling books, picture frames, and other paraphernalia from our duplicate collections on LGBTQ2+ culture and history. Whether it's a queer photography coffee table book, an Oscar Wilde bibliography, or a pin from a historically significant parade or protest, we are likely to have what you're looking for - all at very reasonable prices! Noon to 4 PM The Fabulous Book & Junk Sale. Noon to 4 PM Canadian Gay & Lesbian Archives, 34 Isabella Street, Toronto, Ontario

Saturday May 27, 2017 - Toastr: Early 2000's Edition! @ Wayla Bar (Leslieville) Newcomer to our little party, DJ ChanlMarshl https://soundcloud.com/chanlmarshl Lesbian and queer Women's night. Resident DJ Sticky Cuts https://soundcloud.com/stickycuts and like us, she has a penchance for elminatng lettrs. So alrdy we're aligned. Let's dance and scream-sing songs at the top of our lungs together, at the lovely and wonderful WAYLA Bar! Doors at 9:30 Cover: $10 Wayla Bar & Lounge Toronto East end 996 Queen St. E , Leslieville at Carlaw 416-901-5570. http://www.waylabar.ca

Saturday May 27, 2017 - Motown Party: Marvin Gaye Edition @ The Studio Bar. Guest DJ Eric Simon Pearce (Motown Wednesdays @ Hamilton's Club Absinthe) joins the stage alongside resident DJ Fawn Big Canoe https://soundcloud.com/fawn-big-canoe as they spin the best and brightest music from the Motown, Northern Soul, Stax labels throughout the night, with a special focus on Marvin Gaye. Both talents as always will be flanked by our gorgeous MOTOWN GO-GO DANCERS!!! 10 PM Adv tix $5-$15 :http://bit.ly/2oYI5u5 Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W just West of Bathurst. http://www.studiobartoronto.ca/ Queer West Toronto ON

Sunday May 28, 2017 - Christie Pits Art Crawl @ Christie Pits Park. Over 60 Art Crawl artists will be setup at the south end of the park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., alongside food vendors, a beer and wine tent, a musical parade and all kinds of community organization pop-ups. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Christie Station, Bloor Subway Bloor and Christie, Toronto, Ontario

Sunday May 28, 2017 - Vintage Clothing Sale @ The HandleBar. Noon to 6 pm. Vendors will bring you an epic selection of clothing and accessories hand picked from every era; including designer, one of a kind and plus size pieces. Be sure to come early to get the best selection! Atm on site. $5 pints all day long. Handlebar 159 Augusta Ave, (Kensington Market) 647) 748-7433 http://www.thehandlebar.ca | Queer West Toronto ON

Sunday May 28, 2017 - 416-LGBT Spring Basket Ball Classic @ Wellesley Community Centre. This event is FREE OF CHARGE to attend, and just $5/person to play!!! We are looking for a maximum of 16 teams, and each team must have 5 players!! The winning team will receive a trophy and prizes!! The event will have music provided by the Legend himself, DJ BlackCat https://soundcloud.com/dj-blackcat I n January, Danger Zone came out victorious. Will they be the champs again or will another team take them off the top??!! A group for black trans and queer youth is currently organizing our 5th Pride Black Trans & Queer Stage. At the WINTER basketball tournament, we raised $380 for the TKBA 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne Street Toronto ON

Sunday May 28, 2017 - C'est Moi Canadian Toronto Black History Film Premiere @ CineCyle. C'est Moi explores the collision of the past as it meets the present in the forgotten story of a lost figure in Black Canadian History, Marie Joseph Angelique who was tried, tortured and killed for allegedly burning down the city of Montreal in 1734. The film stars Montreal native Jenny Brizard (who recently starred in the successful show about the same history entitled "Angelique" by Lorena Gale and produced by Black Theatre Workshop and Tableau D'Hôte Theatre).https://www.howardjdavis.com/c-est-moi Tickets Advance Tickets $10 or at the door CineCycle, (Cinecycle entrance located in alley behind Zipcar office) @ 129 Spadina Ave b/w Richmond & Adelaide) Toronto, ON http://www.super8porter.ca/CineCycle.htm

Sunday May 28, 2017 - Lesbian & Trans Folk Sapphic Aquatica Evening @ Oasis Aqualounge Private Club. Celebrate 4 years of sex and body positivity at Sapphic Aquatica -an exclusive event for women/trans people. Sorry, no cis men: cis folks identify with the gender that they were assigned with, at birth. Produced/hosted by Miss F. At 10pm, visit the Oasis Ballroom for live entertainment by lesbian porn star and dapper Daddy SportyN’Charge. Sporty will be performing live sex in a unique and theatrical fashion in front of an appreciative audience. Do not miss this exciting show and bring your umbrella! Music by DJ Lesbian Menace Enjoy spa facilities such as the hot tub and outdoor heated pool. Swim under the start-clothing optional, if you wish. $20 for women and trans folks. MORE DETAILSOasis Aqualounge will be open from 11:00am-8:00pmfor women and couples. Sapphic Aquatica starts at 8:00pm to 3am.Oasis Aqualounge 231 Mutual Street Toronto, ON

Tuesday May 30, 2017 - LGBTQ Book Club Discussion Group @ Parkdale Library. 6:30 to 8pm. Join us in a discussion of Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown! Rubyfruit Jungle is the first novel by Rita Mae Brown. Published in 1973, it was remarkable in its day for its explicit portrayal of lesbianism. The novel is a coming-of-age autobiographical account of Brown's youth and emergence as a lesbian author. The term "rubyfruit jungle" is a term used in the novel for the female genitals. All are welcome and it's a totally inclusive, safe space new LGBT book discussion every month. 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

June Events

Thursday June 1 to Sat June 3, 2017 - 'Be A Star or Get The F*#% Out! @ Bad Dog Theatre. The newest revue from inimitable sketch troupe, Panacea (Gillian Bartolucci, Marshall Lorenzo, Nicky Nasrallah, Allana Reoch) directed by Carly Heffernan (The Second City). Members of The Second City National Touring Company, The Sketchersons, and Songbuster: The Improvised Musical, this ensemble of comedians is no stranger to shining brightly in the spotlight. In this new revue where the bar is high and the stakes are higher, four ego-driven comedians invest their self-worth in validation and praise from strangers by giving it their all to outshine one another to win the audience’s favour. 9:30 PM to 11 PM Cover $10 Bad Dog Theatre Company, 875 Bloor Street W., Toronto, Ontario http://baddogtheatre.com/panacea

Friday June 2 to Sun June 4, 2017 - No Elephant Show comes to the Toronto Festival of Clowns @ Factory Theatre. Following successful runs in the Montreal and Milan clown festivals, Yury Ruzhyev returns as Blini in No Elephant Show: http://ruzhyev.wixsite.com/necsa clown’s journey into oneself. This playful meditation on the life of a struggling artist is an uproarious whirlwind of ingenuous emotions, unpredictable audience play, splattering paint, hilarious seduction, and extreme whimsy. Watch Blini laugh, cry, obsess, search for love, crack himself open, and release the circus inside. Watch the undisguised transformation under the mask of a clown and join in on the beautiful, melancholy, and riotous journey for self-discovery. Written and performed by Yury Ruzhyev, a trained theatre actor and circus performer When: June 2 at 6:45pm, June 3 at 3:45 pm, and June 4 at 2pm, 2017.Where: Factory Theatre (studio space), 125 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON Tickets: $16.50 http://www.torontofestivalofclowns.com/ticket-information/

Saturday June 3, 2017 - Forte Toronto's gay Men's Choir @ 519 Church St Ballroom. Join us and celebrate our first 20 years in style with a look back at our greatest hits, performances from our members, stories from our alumni, awards for our biggest supporters and a gay choir anniversary party to end all gay choir anniversary parties. 2nd Floor Ballroom at the 519 Church Street, - $20 online advance/ $25 at door - Cocktail Reception 7pm / Showtime 8pm - Cash bar / 19+ only http://fortechorus.com/new-events/2017/5/10/forte-turns-20

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