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Tuesday November 28, 2017 - LGBTQ Book Club @ Parkdale Public Library This month our discussion will be about Shani Mootoo's queer-identified book; Walking Forward Sideways, the award winning Trinidadian author, was born in Ireland. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario. Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab portrays the beautiful (yet often tense) bond between a parent and child, the complexities of immigration, the fluidity of gender, and provides a juxtaposition between two extreme climates, Toronto and Trinidad. It is a gorgeously written novel, typical of Mootoo’s poetic gifts, which leaves readers to ponder the stories we are told, how we perceive narrative, digest information, disguise our true selves and eventually need to tell our own story A youtube Review and A Globe and Mail book review All are welcome at this Book Club, which is a totally inclusive, safe space..

The Details: The meeting is held in a program room in the basement, below the main library level. Stairs and elevator available for those mobility issues. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM FREE 1303 Queen Street West, Street Map Queer West Village, Toronto ON. 501 Streetcar stops in front of Library and West bound, across the street at Brock Avenue. Registration is required, call the Parkdale Library branch at 416-393-7686.

Tuesday November 28, 2017 - Hot Damn It's a Queer Slam Feat Kai Cheng Thom @ Buddies We are back in our wonderful accessible Toronto/Tkaronto Buddies in Bad Times Theatre! As always th, 50 bucks! We're also waving the door fee for those who here is a sign up for our two round slam and anything goes open mic. Open to all ages, we have a general content warning. Some new things? A CASH PRIZE is now up for grabsit our stage. Lots of great new things are afoot starting with our incredible feature. Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performer, social worker, wicked witch and lasagna lover based in Montreal and Toronto, unceded Indigenous territories. 7:30 PM Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street, Toronto, Ontario

Tuesday November 28, 2017 - Golden Girls pub quiz @ The Beaver. It's all about Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, Sophia and a good time on the lanai. Top performers in each category will compete for a full cheesecake. Maximum 5ppl/team, - BYOP (Bring Your Own Pen), - Wear your finest pearls, flowing Dorothy moo moo or Blanche cocktail dress. - Cellphones forbidden 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 28, 2017 - SODA Underground improvised play @ Hashtag Gallery. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM SODA School of Dramatic Acting presents an improvised play with music in the basement of an art gallery. http://sodaimpro.com/Artists from at least 3 different disciplines – including musicians, visual artists, poets, filmmakers, etc – collaborate with actors to create a new theatrical experience around the audience. Show up at 7:30 for beer & wine! The play will begin at 8pm. PWYC In the Basement of Hashtag Gallery, 830 Dundas St W https://www.hashtaggallery.com/ Happens again December 19.Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Wednesday November 29, 2017 - Toronto Book Launch of You Are Alice in Wonderland's Mum @ Page & Panel. The host of Toronto And Montreaal Queer Slow Dances, Sherwin Sullivan Tjia is launching a new book at Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop. Please come celebrate the launch of my new Choose Your Own Adventure style book from the POV of Alice in Wonderland's Mum! Page & Panel, 789 Yonge St (and Bloor) Inside the Toronto Reference Library 6-8 PM FREE More Info

Thursday November 30, 2017 - World AIDS Day Vigil w/ Toronto Singing Out LGBTQ choir, @ St. Anne's Anglican Church 7:30 PM Free This is a time when we remember people who have died from AIDS-related illnesses and people who are living with HIV; a time to give thanks for the progress that has been made and to reflect on what still needs to be done. It is an opportunity for people around the world to unite to eradicate AIDS and show support for people living with HIV. It is a time to commit anew to ensuring that no one is left behind. St. Anne's Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue, one east of Dufferin, short walk north of Dundas W., Queer West Village, Toronto ON https://www.evensi.ca/world-aids-day-vigil-st-annes-anglican-church

Frday December 1, 2017 - Opening night for DeClute Light Up The Beach @ The Beach Boardwalk. Toronto east end DeClute Real Estate dedicates an enormous amount of resources and hours every year carefully stringing Christmas lights as high as 65 feet above the Boardwalk through mature oak, maple and willow trees lining the shores of Lake Ontario. More than 80,000 individual LED bulbs on 20,000 linear feet of wire are hung every Fall and removed every Spring. The result has attracted attention from people around the world who come to marvel the sight. The lights will sparkle nightly from December 1st at 7pm until mid-February along the Boardwalk from the Leuty Lighthouse to The Balmy Beach Club http://www.lightupthebeach.com/

Friday December 1, 2017 - 'Twas the Cab Before Christmas @ Buddies. 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM all ages. Presented by Silverberg & Finn, in Association with Bygone Theatre. Twas the Cab before Christmas, when all through Bad Times All the people had gathered to enjoy festive rhymes. The glasses were filled by the bar staff with care, In hopes that Finn ‘n’ Friends soon would be there. When up on the stage, will arise such a clatter Of singing and dancing and humorous chatter. Comics and crooners, all with a part Thrice increasing the size to the Grinchiest heart. So spring from your work, to a cab give a whistle, Get over to Buddies like an eggnog-fuelled missile. December 1st will be a festival of light Merry Christmas to all, come join us that night Doors Open @ 7pm, Show @ 7:30 // Tickets: $17 Online/$20 Door ($15 @ Door for Arts Workers) Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 12 Alexander St. Toronto ON. TICKETS

Saturday December 2, 2017 - TORONTO QUEER SLOWDANCE - Winter Formal EDITION! @ Dovercourt House. As this is our Winter Formal edition, you are encouraged to dress to impress in something festive and formal, whatever that means to you! 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. 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

Sunday December 3, 2017 - Christmas at the Allan Gardens, Wagon Rides & Flower Show @ Allan Gardens Park. Maybe it's too early for Christmas, but I've had so many people asking about this I might as well post it. Join us at the Toronto Steampunk Society, for the third year in a row at the Allan Gardens for the opening of the Christmas Flower Show. There will be free cider and cookies with a wagon ride around the park. As before we will meet on the North Side of the building, near Jarvis and Carlton, at 1 pm. We can then take turns on the wagon ride while enjoying some cider. We will gather for the group picture at the main entrance on the West-side at 2 pm. Costumes Recommended but not mandatory.https://www.facebook.com/AllanGardensTO/

Friday December 8, 2017 - Pêle-Mêle French Night— With DJ Jef Ellise Barbara Montréal @ Glad Day. Toronto FrancoQueer presents Pêle-Mêle ! Come groove in a queer and positive space, to Francophone beats from around the globe. Let’s celebrate the Francophonie in music together! DJ TS Ellise is a Montréal-based DJ, better known as Jef Ellise Barbara in the capacity of an author-composer-performer, avant-guarde artist and thinker. Jef Ellise Barbara est une chanteuse créole. Arising from self-administered artistic places like La Brique and Drones Club, she's been dedicating herself to the rallying of the LGBTQ+ community in Montréal https://jefellisebarbara.bandcamp.com/ Cover $7 – Nobody will be excluded by lack of funds. Glad Day Bookshop/ Cafe & Bar at night. 499 Church St, Toronto, ON (416) 901-6600 https://www.gladdaybookshop.com/

Sunday December 17, 2017 - The very Popular annual Tafelmusik's Sing-Along Messiah. @ Massey Hall. Grab a score and join a cast of thousands for Toronto’s annual Hallelujah event! “Herr Handel” conducts his beloved Messiah with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, guest soloists, and YOU at historic Massey Hall. Bring your whole family, lift your voice, and be part of this iconic and annual holiday favourite, featuring Joanne Lunn (soprano), James Laing (countertenor), Rufus Müller (tenor), and Brett Polegato (baritone). From novice to pro, first timers to sing-along experts, everyone is welcome! 2 PM Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street Toronto, ON M5B 1T7 (Shuter Street just east of Yonge Street) Phone: 416-872-4255 https://www.masseyhall.com/tickets/tafelmusik-sing-along-messiah/ Tickets sell out fast Get yours today. Concert run time: Our best estimate at this time is approximately 3 hours including intermission.


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