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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 and/or sponsored GWCN's many Arts and Film Festivals we hosted and 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 2017. All Rights Reserved. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook Thank you for your interest in QueerWest.org. SUBMIT AN EVENT


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 bars, every week), from the Toronto’s queer culture scene. Updated daily around 3 PM. Note on meaning of Queer in our listings: Mixed crowd, not everyone is gay or lesbian.


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Saturday July 29 and Saturday August 5, 2017 - Indigenous Star Mapping Along Toronto's Humber River. First Story Toronto is offering 2 FREE public walking tours along the Humber River on Saturday, July 29th and August 5th, from 8-11pm starting at the Old Mill Subway Station. Rain or shine. The tour will begin with an interpretive sneak peak of Resurge: First Timeline mural project which illuminates 13,500+ years of Indigenous people’s history and cosmology on Turtle Island. First Story Toronto guides will share stories of the historical significance of the area, Indigenous understandings of celestial bodies and their connection to terrestrial bodies. Participants will be invited to create and share their own star maps and hopes for the future.Spaces are limited so get your free tickets ASAP! http://bit.ly/2uWLPDn

Saturday July 29, 2017 - GRIND a Brand new Queer Party @ Lucky Shrike formerly the Press Club. 10 PM Offering house, disco and dancing. NO COVER, drink promos, did we say dance party? Their back patio is a must. It's intimate and Incredibly serene. About Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St W, Queer West Village, Toronto ON https://www.facebook.com/luckyshrike/

Saturday July 29, 2017 - Roncy Flea Market @ Roncesvalles United Church. This upscale retro, vintage flea wil feature over 50 vendors selling antiques, collectables, kitsch and other creative items. Roncesvalles United Church. 214 Wright Ave. Toronto Parkdale Location Map of Church 10am – 4pm

Saturday July 29, 2017 - Scream @ Beaver. A night DEADicated to all things HORROR and things the go bump in the night! Host Jacklynne Hyde brings new sacrifices to the alter, who's performance will slay and who will end the night in a bloody mess Performance Victims: Victim 1 Brendan Halama IGBY LIZZARD mother monster of the The House Of Filth will surely have a bloody brillant number. Victim 2 Dolly Berlin Torontos burlesque babe is sure to tear out your heart and eat you soul. Victim 3 DJ Aeryn Pfaff, Toronto - https://soundcloud.com/djaerynpfaff who's deep dark and witchy vibes will keep us dancing and howling all night long. Doors 10pm $5 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 Village, Toronto ON

Saturday July 29, 2017 - Toastr: Summer of House v.1 @ Wayla Bar. The fabulous and hunky DJ Neill MacLeod https://soundcloud.com/dj-neill-macleod is joining the party with his blend of fabulous and hunky house music. Always a Toastr favourite and we're excited to have him back. DJ Sticky Cuts (Tania Morano Toronto) https://soundcloud.com/stickycuts will play house music and remixes of popular tracks peppered into the house beats, so even if you don't love house music, you will still maintain the ability to dance and sing at the same time. ints ints ints. $10 cover. Doors at 9:30 Wayla Bar & Lounge Toronto East end 996 Queen St. E , Leslieville at Carlaw 416-901-5570.Inspired by the nightlife in France and underground clubs of NYC, http://www.waylabar.ca

Saturday July 29, 2017 - QPOC Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance (TKBA) Vogue Dance Contest & Fund Raiser @ Steelworkers' Hall. TKBA 4th Kiki Awards Ball "Once Upon A Kiki"Steel workers' Hall. Underground drag ball culture surfaces in Toronto. The ballroom scene, a long-time queer subculture found mostly in cities in the United States, has finally gained a real foundation here. Some believe the underground drag balls took place as early as the 1930s in New York City gay bars. They have been growing ever since. In the past year, the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance (TKBA) acquired more than 75 new members between the ages of 15 and 29. VIDEO ABOUT TKBA Kiki ball is to bring the FUN back to the kiki scene!! With this being said, there are NO cash prizes, only trophies!! The categories are ALL fun. Our last awards ball was May 2015, at York University and it was spectacular.

REGULAR TABLES 6 tables are going for $50 each - Seat 8 people Comes with a case of water Fruit platter VIP TABLES 2 only are going for $100 each- The members of the TKBA have come up with categories that allow for a lot of creativity!! As this is the AWARDS ball, we are asking all walkers to please respect the themes provided and come in the proper effects. 8 PM - Awards Ceremony 9 PM - LSS & BALL and 12 PM - 3AM - After Party organized by Miss Opulence ENT Categories for the ball: 1. Performance Virgin - BQVF - RWT- FF-Legendary. 2. Runway Virgin - MF European - MF All American - FF - Legendary. 3. Realness Schoolboy, Thug, Exec, Drags, FQ, Butch, Transman. 4. Face BQ, Drags/FQ, Women, Butch/Transman. 5. Sex Siren Male Figure, Female Figure. 6. Body Male Figure, Female Figure. 7. Best Dressed MF, FF. 8. Bizarre. 9. Commentator vs Commentator. 10. Designer's Delight. Plus many more.

The Details: Steelworkers' Hall 25 Cecil Street, STREET MAP 8:00 PM – 3:00 AM. 1st Awards Ball that is SELF-FUNDED !! ALL SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED. www.facebook.com/events/

Saturday July 29, 2017 - Toronto Queer Slow Dance Mid Summers Night Edition @ Dovercourt House. 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. PS. Fabulous and inspired attire, while desired, is not required. But it would be AWESOME and HAWT. As this is our Midsummer's Night edition, you are encouraged to dress to impress, in something flowy. Host and DJ Sherwin Sullivan Tjia (Montreal) CHAT PERDU PRODUCTIONS creates stimulating, quirky, and all-natural events in Montreal & Toronto.

The Details: 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 Village, Toronto ON

Saturday July 29, 2017 - Happy Holi Festival Colour & Love Toronto @ CNE Grounds. World's Biggest Music and Colors Festival is coming to Toronto Saturday, July 29th 2017. Holi is a Hindu spring festival in India and Nepal also known as the festival of colors or the festival of sharing love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. (All Ages Event & 19 + VIP Alcohol Licensed Area) Each Purchased Ticket will include (3 / 100 grams Color Bags) Start Time: 1PM End: 10PM 180 Princes' Blvd, Queer West Toronto ON, Canada Ticket Information, Location and More details

Sunday July 30, 2017 - Momo Crawl T.O. 2017 @ Little Tibet, Toronto Momo Crawl TO is back and bigger and coming to Little Tibet, Parkdale in Toronto! Students for a Free Tibet Canada is pleased to host you Toronto foodies on a steamy savoury crawl for the top momos. What’s a Momo you ask? Momos are delicious Tibetan (and Nepalese) dumplings (meat or veg) mixed with a balanced blend of herbs and spices, hand-wrapped in dough and steamed to perfection. 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Buy a Momo passport for Little Tibet for $20, and open your gates to Little Tibet. You may think the passport is just a green card, but it grants you a total of 10 Momos from 11 Tibetan and Nepalese restaurants in Parkdale. MORE INFO Restaurant Locations

Sunday July 30, 2017 - The 2017 London Ontario Pride Parade. Download the 2017 PRIDE GUIDE Here Pride Parade Sunday, July 30th, 2017 \The 23rd Annual Pride Parade formation will take place in the Western Fair District parking lot. Parade begins at 12:30pm The parade will travel north on Ontario Street to Queens Ave; West on Queens Ave to Wellington Street; North on Wellington Street to Wolfe Street; The parade will disperse at Victoria Park.http://pridelondon.ca/events/parade

Sunday July 30, 2017 - Kensington Market Art Fair The Kensington Market Art Fair (KMAF) is an annual curated outdoor art fair in Toronto’s historical neighborhood, focusing on original art and craft. KMAF features artists working in painting, drawing, illustration, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and more! we are happy to announce additional programming, including tours of the market, and featured artist talks. http://keep6.ca/kmaf/ Noon to 7 PM Free.

Sunday July 30, 2017 - TransLadies Free special screening at the MCC LGBTQ Church Toronto. Shelagh, Daudeth, and Nadya are three transgender women who live in different countries with different cultures. Despite their differing styles, they share the same struggle to find comfort in life and within themselves as transgender people and fight the adversity and negative response to their life choice. Family, work, love and happiness; these three women examine how certain aspects of life are affected by their transition. TransLadies brings a positive message in favor to the LGBTQ community in which gender rights and stigmas around gender identity are often questioned. Film Teaser MCC Toronto, 115 Simpson Ave. 1:00 PM https://www.facebook.com/events/1497436233654156

Sunday July 30, 2017 - Christie Pits Park Outdoor Film Night BEE NATION 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM Hot on the heels of its world premiere as the Opening Night film for Hot Docs 2017, Bee Nation tells the story of First Nations kids competing at the highest level in the provincial and national spelling bees. Eschewing stereotypes and cliches about life on the reserve, the kids and their families of Bee Nation are presented as they are: ordinary people doing the best they can in the face of overwhelming social and economic disenfranchisement. Eats & Treats @ 6pm. Films @ Sundown Free / PWYC film comes on at Dusk. BYO Blanket, Christie Pits Park is an accessible venue, Films are screened with captioning whenever possible Park across from Bloor/Christie Subway Station https://www.christiepitsff.com/bee-nation

Sunday July 30, 2017 - 6th. annual Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show @ Trinity Bellwoods Park. Hosted by Community Bicycle Network (CBN) Whether you’re a bike fan, a vintage veteran or family looking for a fun day out there’s going to be something for everyone. Highlights: Vintage Parts Swap; There’ll be a huge collection of rare and hard to find parts. Vintage Photo Booth; Get your photo taken in the vintage photo booth! Vintage Bike Repair; Our trained mechanics are going to be on site tuning up bikes, fixing niggling issues and keeping your rides in tip-top condition. Vintage Clothing Display; There’ll be vintage clothing on display from local vintage shops along West Queen West. Pick out the perfect outfit for your perfect ride! Local Food Vendors and Vintage Retailers; Bellwoods and the surrounding West Queen West is world famous for its fabulous independent stores. Many of them will be represented at the show. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM... FREE 790 Queen St W, Toronto, ON at Strachan Ave. Park Location Map #501 Queen Streetcar.

Tuesday August 1, 2017 - Opening Night for 12 Angry Men @ Bluma Appel Theatre by Reginald Rose (The Toronto Stage Company). Personal issues rise to the surface as members of a jury debate a death-penalty case involving an inner-city teen. runs to Aug 6, Tue-Sat 8-11 pm, mat Sat 2 pm, Sun 3 pm. $35 & up. Bluma Appel Theatre 27 Front E, Toronto, Ontario TICKETS

Thursday August 3 to Sunday August 13, 2017 - Toronto Summer Works Festival @ Various locations. Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, live art and interdisciplinary forms. With 52 unique projects this year, there’s no shortage of interesting things to do and see. as well our SLIP series of artist workshops, a collection of new performance experiments in the SummerWorks Lab, and nightly parties. Ticket Prices $15 to $35 http://summerworks.ca/

Thursday August 3, 2017 - Baregyal Caribana Celebration for Queer Women of Colour in Toronto @ Phoenix Concert Theatre No Misogyny. No Homophobia. No Transphobia. No Hate. Love only. *For Non-Binary + Queer-identifying friends, message within for our code word to alert security.* We apologize but Phoenix Concert Theatre is not a wheelchair accessible venue. Guest DJs - DJ Lissa Monet (Toronto) https://soundcloud.com/heylissamonet DJ Bambii (Kirsten Azan Toronto) https://soundcloud.com/bam_bii. Dj Ohso Amram https://thehandofhope.wordpress.com/music/dj-ohso/ DJ Shannon Supreme https://www.facebook.com/djshannonsupreme/ DJ Summer Knocks https://www.facebook.com/kwame.boison and Dj Paul Souljoyce (Berlin) Playing: Dancehall, House, Vogue, Trap, Soca, and 90s Advance Tickets $25 Doors Open at 10:00 P.M. 19+ | ID REQUIRED $30 at the door. Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St, Toronto, ON http://thephoenixconcerttheatre.com/

Friday August 4 to Saturday Sept 2, 2017 - Ida Lupino: Independent Woman film showcase @ TIFF Bell Lightbox. Lupino as an independent director-writer-producer, she created a series of bold, challenging films on then-taboo subjects — including out-of-wedlock pregnancies, sexual assault, and bigamy. She was the only woman who worked as a director and producer within the 1950s Hollywood studio system.The showcase will include five of the films she directed, including Outrage (1950), a sensitively study of a young woman’s psychological fallout in the wake of a sexual assault; Never Fear (1949), which draws upon the director’s own painful personal experience with polio; and The Bigamist (1953), starring Edmund O’Brien as the eponymous two-timer, and Lupino and Joan Fontaine as the hapless wives. Get the full schedule and tickets HERE TIFF Bell Lightbox is located in Reitman Square. Our address is 350 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario,

Friday August 4 to Sunday Aug 6, 2017 - Opening Night for Outdoors Play Catacomb @ Trinity Bellwoods Park. Stopgap Theatre presents a new work by Laena Brown as part of SummerWorks Experimental Environments Initiative. An addict and born-again naturalist seeks redemption through a honey bee in this play set in a working greenhouse. Aug 4-6, Fri-Sun 8:15 and 9:45 pm. Pwyc. Trinity Bellwoods Park 790 Queen W, Queer West Village, Toronto ON http://summerworks.ca/artists/catacomb/

Friday August 4, 2017 - Global Village at Shakespeare in High Park. Kick off the August Civic long weekend with this FREE family festival devoted to the stories and experiences that make up our Global Village. Join us at the High Park Amphitheatre for a day-long celebration of the land we share with immersive activities including live musical performances, DIY workshops, delicious food tastings, storytelling and more. Opening performance from Woodland Cultural Centre • Steelpan drum workshop with Taurean Clarke • Ukrainian craft workshops with Folk camp • Amai Kuda & Y Josephine • Not Far From The Tree cider pressing and kimchi demo with Sang Kim • Kamancello • Blue Dot Band • more to be announced! 11 am to 4 pm Free. More Info: http://bit.ly/csGlobalVillage No ticket is required for entry | All ages welcome

Friday August 4, 2017 - Jerk: LGBT Caribana Edition @ Velvet Underground 10 PM Jerk is back Just in time for Caribana! Four years ago, Toronto DJ/producer Kirsten Azan, aka Bambii, started JERK as a way to improve her developing DJ skills and give eclectic music fans a place to hear diverse sounds. The dance party turns four this weekend, with a celebration that falls during Caribana. Guest DJs -- Debby Friday (MTL) https://soundcloud.com/debbyfriday | Paul Souljoyce (Berlin) | DJ Bambii (Kirsten Azan Toronto) https://soundcloud.com/bam_bii. Surprize Guest DJ expected too. Free chicken while supplies last, cuz whining makes you hungry.Cover $10 | Partial proceeds go to the transwomen of color collective http://www.twocc.us/ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W Queer West Village, Toronto ON (647) 351-9001 .http://thevelvet.ca/

Sunday August 6, 2017 - High Power LGBT Caribana @ Mod Club. First, before we say anything, just remember: Caribana Sunday is like a Saturday cause Monday's a blood claat civic holiday fammmmmm. We bringing the one and only HIGH POWER (Manifesto's nomadic monthly party) back to the Mod Club and our best friends are coming!: DJ Nino Brown https://soundcloud.com/yes-yes-nino-brown DJ Dre Ngozi https://soundcloud.com/drengozi Ms. Nix http://www.ms-nix.com/(NYC) and DJ Tasha Rozez https://soundcloud.com/tasharozez with Soca, Dance Hall, Afrobeats, Hip Hop, Global House, Fire. It's gonna be a fête so plan your looks, and don't worry, we'll have paint ready and waiting for your skin! 10 PM to 3 AM The venue is wheelchair accessible. There will be lasers, flashing lights, loud music and fog/haze machines in use at this event. Cover $5 **Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds, please be honest . Mod Club 722 College St, Toronto, ON http://themodclub.com/

Sunday August 6, 2017 - Blockobana LGBT Black Pride Caribana in Regent Park. Caribana is one of the city's most over the top, bright, beautiful and joyous festivals. It takes over the city's waterfront, bars, party spaces and parks with music, community, food and music and it stands up with Pride as one of the largest and loudest festivals Toronto hosts. Where it doesn't stand up with Gay Pride is its inclusiveness and overall love-fest vibe.While thankfully there's been no documented acts of homophobia or violence LGBT community has historically and generally felt uncomfortable attending major Caribana events, including the parade. Celebrating Trinidad and Tobago, St.Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana and Jamaican cultures can be a tricky balance as historically many of these places aren't so gay friendly. It's hard to say where the festival officially stands on LGBT inclusiveness and safety If there are any LGBT caribana type events held in Toronto they are private affairs, not officially recognized by "Toronto Caribbean Carnival Festival" it's official name, now that Scotiabank is no longer it's major sponsor.

Blockobana should not be confused with Sunday Blocko an official Caribana Toronto event happening on same day. Toronto Blockobana will be Hosted by Blockorama & Blackness YES. Blackness Yes! is a community-based committee that works year-round to celebrate Black queer and Trans history, creativity and resistance. Our mandate is to create a space for LGBTTI2QQ folks of African decent and their friends, loved ones and supporters. Blockobana is a labour of love for Blackness Yes. We strive every year to bring queer, family style picnic vibes to Caribana weekend. Join us in 2017 for our 7th event Blockobana, 5 hours of black love!

The Details: Blockobana aims to spend the day celebrating Caribana weekend and the Caribbean and African diaspora! All are welcome! Please feel free to bring picnic items, beverages (non alcoholic) and lime with us in the sun, but please be aware that all trash must be cleared from the park before we leave and any help on that matter is appreciated. We are happy to announce that the market place will return! Bring some funds and support local artists and orgs from our communities! And get some fresh gear while you are at it! We have booked Ada Slaight Hall inside Daniel Spectrum (which is HUGE) in case of Rain. The event will feature acclaimed DJ, artist, producer Osunlade. Now known for his legendary dj sets, remixes and albums including several mix cd’s, Osunlade has placed himself on solid ground maintaining his reputation of unparallel quality in music. https://soundcloud.com/osunlade On Sunday, August 6, 2017. If no rain, event to be held in Regent Park We are holding the event in Regent Park (the actual "Regent Park" park- just across the street from Daniels Spectrum 585 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON ) ON, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM More details coming soon.

Sunday August 6, 2017 - QPOC Caribana Festival do Urban Jungle @ Club 120. Celebrating Toronto Caribana Festival and weekend. The Award winning & BIGGEST urban LGBT Caribana party is BACK. Here is the rundown so far. Plz check back.. Dress code is: colourful African and floral prints, Military Tribe welcome too. . The party dont stop with DJ Black Cat (Mykel Hall) Toronto - https://soundcloud.com/dj-blackcat DJ Pleasure, Toronto - https://soundcloud.com/djpleasur3 DJ Prestige https://soundcloud.com/djprestige_diladyassassin/hot-nigga-freestyle-mix and DJ JJ Rock (Toronto) https://soundcloud.com/dj-jj-rock giving you an urban underground flava with Soca, R&B, Reggae, Hip Hop & Trap 10 PM to 4 AM. Doors Open @ 10:30pm. Plus a new mixtape "In We Blood "$15 cover till Midnight and $20 cover after 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/

Monday August 7 to Sunday August 13, 2017 - Dusk Dances @ Withrow Park. Outdoor dance featuring eclectic works in different areas of the park. Performers and choreographers include Sashar Zarif, Rhodnie Désir, Bouchardanse and others. Times, Mon-Sun 7:30 pm, mat Thu and Sun 2:30 pm (live band & YogaDance class starts 30 min earlier). Pwyc ($15 sugg Withrow Park 725 Logan, Toronto, Ontario http://duskdances.ca/

Thursday August 10, 2017 - Montreal Trans Singer Michele Nox @ Baby G. In vice interview Montreal's Michele Nox talks about coming out as a women and her new album http://michelenox.com/ Also on the ticket are: Molly Nilsson a Swedish singer and producer, currently based in Berlin, Germany. Her magical melodies and touchingly clever lyrics grow on you as you find yourself listening to them over and over again. Nyssa is the producer and performer of her own sequin-encrusted beats, powerhouse vocals, and picaresque persona. Raised on the glitz and glam of yesteryear, Nyssa flips the script on masculinity in rock and roll, blitzing the boys’ club to pave the way for all of the bad girls https://soundcloud.com/thisisnyssa 19+ $10.00 9 PM Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W at Brock Ave., Little Portugal (416) 555-5555 http://www.thebabyg.com/ owned by Shaun Bowring - the same guy behind The Garrison. Queer West Toronto ON

Friday August 11, 2017 - Opening Night for Broken Images @ Red Sandcastle Theatre. by Girish Karnad (Neeraja Ramjee). An Indian woman gets flak from her community for a book she wrote in English that succeeds internationally. runs to Aug 20, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun Aug 13 at 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $25, adv $20. Red Sandcastle Theatre 922 Queen E, Toronto, Ontario TICKETS $20A or $25 at Door

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