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We checked all the listings on this page...Sept 2/17... Some removed, as no longer happening and others good to go. If not, let us know?


What's On: Out of Town?

Brampton LGBT Cafe - Not an actual cafe more of a meet up. More information can be found HERE

Hamilton Queer Pub Night (Last Thursday of Every Month) - @ Gallagher's Bar & Lounge, 69 Augusta St. Hamilton ON, https://goo.gl/maps/tz4deiWaTzG2 Hamilton Looking for a chill LGBTQ+ friendly hangout? Join us at Queer Pub Night, 7pm to 2 am Hamilton's biggest inclusive community event on the last Thursday of every month at Gallagher's Bar and Lounge. We aim to create a welcoming friendly space to the best of our ability. Gallagher's is a mostly-accessible space (street-level entrance, all-gender washroom on main floor, however there is no automatic door at entrance). No web site Yet . https://www.facebook.com/gallaghersaugusta/ See also: Queer Outta Hamilton is all about bringing people together and making space for queers and our friends to have great times with great folks. We aim to create space that is inclusive and open. Queer Outta Hamilton on Facebook

Mississauga West Side’s LGBTQ Meetup group around 400 members (Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Milton & Caledon, and beyond.) https://www.meetup.com/West-Side-LGBTQ-Group/

Oshawa LGBT Pub Nights - Every Friday & Saturday - LGBT Club Night @ Club 717 (Oshawa ON) A wide range of entertainment from drag shows, to Fetish nights, Burlesque and many other fun, entertaining performances., 19+ $5 cover. One off's no membership needed, otherwise $40 per year. https://www.club717.ca/events We have been a part of the community for over 25 years.


What's on this month: in Queer Toronto?

Every Third Sunday - Church Street Pub Comedy Hour @ Pegasus Bar. Toronto's only LGBTQ Comedy Showcase, located right in the heart of the Village, Hosts Chantel Marostica and Adrienne Fish bring you a packed line up of the cities best and brightest comedic talents. Doors: 7:30PM, Show: 8PM, PWYC. Pegasus On Church (489 Church), upstairs neighborhood bar, games galore, pool tables, big TVs screen sports and gay-faves.http://pegasusonchurch.com/

Monthly on Saturday - Toronto Queers for Dinner (Supper club). Various dates during the month; see web site for details, Queers for Dinner helps to organize meals at local restaurants. The dates are posted on the website with details on the location, payment options, and washroom situation. Once you find a meal you like, simply RSVP and write a short bio to introduce yourself to other guests. Each meal will have no more than 4-6 guests so that people get a chance to talk to each other. Queers for Dinner will e-mail each guest to confirm the meeting place and time before the scheduled date. Meals will last one to two hours depending on the guests at each meal. Queers for Dinner is about creating new friendships based on a mutual love of good food and good conversation.http://www.queersfordinner.com

First Saturday of Every Month - Really Really Free Market @ Campbell Avenue Park. 10 AM to 4 PM. Everything is free. No money. No swapping. Basically, it's a community-space for sharing – where people bring what they have to give, take what they need, and leave the rest. It’s kind of like a potluck, but for goods and services! during cold weather RRFM will be held inside Campbell Park Community Centre on 255 Campbell Ave, south of Dupont and west of Lansdowne, and about a 10 to 15 minute walk from Lansdowne Station. Toronto ON http://rrfmarket.blogspot.ca/

First Saturday of Every Month - Toronto Queer Slow Dance @ 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. 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

First Tuesday of Every Month - Belleville-Ville (Improv' @ Monarch Tavern) The Monthly Improv-Soap Opera about small town Canada in 1977 is back! As always it is hosted by Dave McKay and features a slew of talented Toronto performers. 8pm is our door for preshow, our Improvisors take the stage at 9pm. AllTickets are $10 at the door. Monarch Tavern downstairs 12 Clinton St., Toronto, Ontario MORE DETAIL

Second and last Tuesday of every Month - Grounds For Thought Confab @ The Green Beanery Cafe. A discussion series hosted by the Green Beanery store and cafe on the last Tuesday of every month: free coffee and provocative perspectives. Coffee houses have historically served as meeting places for the exchange of fresh and often provocative ideas. Green Beanery continues this age old tradition by hosting a series of thought-provoking discussions at our popular café-roastery. 8 pm Free Green Beanery store and cafe, 565 Bloor St West at Bathurst St. Free. Toronto ON https://greenbeanery.ca/pages/grounds-for-thought NO events since June 5, 2017 check website, it may have petered out for lack of interest?

Last Tuesday of Every Month - LGBTQ Book Club at Parkdale Library All are welcome and it's a totally inclusive, safe space new LGBT book discussion every month. Tuesday September 26. We will be reading Jeanette Winterson's Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Book Review: Globe and Mail by Sarah Barmak

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 branch at 416-393-7686.

Second Wednesday of Every Month - Gay Cheap Wings Night @ Striker Sports Bar. (New) Once a month. a mixed bunch of gay men, meet at a bar for 1/2 priced wings and great and not so great conversation. 7:00pm 10:00pm Striker Sports Bar (Church Street Gay Village) (416) 929-9595 31 Saint Joseph Street Toronto, ON, http://www.strikertoronto.com/

Second Thursday of the Month. - Board Again Women + Trans Game Night @ See-Scape Bar/Cafe (New Location in the Junction). We are holding a Monthly Women & Trans Gaming Night hosted by BoardAgain's Michelle Isocianu and Tianna Henry. We will be teaching and playing some awesome board games, so feel free to bring yourself, your enthusiasm and any other lovely folks that are into fun. *$5 to play This is an anti-oppressive space and a judgement -free zone. This location offers food and drinks for sale! Please support these folks if you can, they are super awesome! There is also Karaoke starting at 10pm! So stick around after games to sing along!.7 pm to 10 pm See-Scape 2840 Dundas St. West, (647) 853-9892 Queer West Village, Toronto ON. https://www.seescapeto.com/

Last Thursday of every Month - Trans & Gender Diverse Community Friendly Group Meetings @ LAMP South Etobicoke. 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at LAMP Community Health Centre on 185 Fifth Street, two blocks east of Islington Ave and south of Birmingham St.. STREET MAP It is on the 3rd floor in room 301. Meetings are structured based on participation. All involvement in the meetings is voluntary. No tasks are required. Tasks like setup & cleanup, minute taking, chairing, etc. is dependent on whoever volunteers to do each task. Light refreshments will be provided (coffee, tea, chips, crackers & cheese, etc.) http://genderdiverselamp.wixsite.com/working-group/meetings

First Friday of every Month - Big Primpin' @ Miss Thing's Bills itself as "hiphop for ho's and mo's," and attracts art scenesters, hipster kids, anarchist fags and others unfulfilled by both mainstream and underground approaches to dance music. The girls who come get glammed up because they feel safe, the fags go all out even though it's Parkdale, and the straight boys are well-behaved and generally well-dressed. Regularly features local DJs...1279 Queen St W.416.516.8677 Miss Thing's http://www.missthings.com/ Doors at 10:30 - Cover $7 - For bypass email: bigprimpin@gmail.com 416.516.8677 Queer West Village Toronto, Ontario.

Third Friday of every month - Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest Nightclub .Toronto's biggest, baddest, queerest, hip hop/dancehall/rnb jam New Guest DJs every month. This location is now wheelchair accessible. Come early Speakers go zoom at 10pm COVER 19+ $10 all night . extremely difficult to get tickets at the door! Guest DJs every month. Nest Nightclub 423 College St. & Bathurst 416-792-9488 Queer West Village, Toronto ON. http://nest.to/ .

Last Friday of every month - 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 Village, Toronto ONhttp://www.harlemrestaurant.com/

Second Saturday of every month - Business Women's Special @ The Round. Regular DJs tonight include; Sammy Rawal; https://soundcloud.com/sammy_rawal, Nino Brown https://soundcloud.com/yes-yes-nino-brown and Diego Armand https://soundcloud.com/diego-armand will be working their magic. Cover ...it's $7 10 pm The Round. (Not wheelchair accessible) 152a, 2nd floor Augusta Ave., Queer West Village, Toronto ON (416) 451-6346 http://roundvenue.com/ The party is one of the now many queer events taking place outside the Church and Wellesley Village, in the west end of the city

Third Saturday of Every Month - Cherry Bomb @ The ROUND Nightclub A party for queer women and friends Hosted by Resident djs ★ Denise Benson https://soundcloud.com/denisebenson and ★ Dj Cozmic Cat https://soundcloud.com/djcozmic The duo brings their talents to the tables and are notorious for dropping diverse, high-voltage sets of house,funk, hiphop, dancehall, party anthems and other dancefloor burners all mixed, mashed and played with love. Don't believe the hype that its a women's only event, the event is pack with men too. 10 pm Cover 19+ W proper I.D *$5 before 11p, $8! The Round. (Not wheelchair accessible) 152a, 2nd floor Augusta Ave., Queer West Village, Toronto ON (416) 451-6346 http://roundvenue.com/ Location Map https://goo.gl/maps/seZvX

Last Saturday of every month - Ladies’ Night Toastr @ (New Location every month) We're taking Toastr on the road and dropping it in beautiful venues across the city because there is no reason why we shouldn't.. Lesbian and queer Women's night. Resident DJ Sticky Cuts https://soundcloud.com/stickycuts is usually joined by a guest DJ Doors 9: 30 PM Cover $10.....


What's on this week: in Queer Toronto?

Every Sunday (New sumer and fall) Queer West Soccer (No association with us) Queer West Soccer is a weekly, friendly pick up game that happens on Sunday afternoons at 4pm in Dufferin Grove Park big sports field. It's not a trans specific space, but we def do our best to prioritize trans folks. We tend to get a range of skill levels, from people who have played their whole lives to folks kicking the ball for the first time. Some people play in cleats, some people play in combat boots. More details and private Facebook group. http://queerwestsoccer.tumblr.com/ The park is located across from Dufferin Mall and one block south of Bloor St W. (Dufferin Subway Station)

Every Saturday & Sunday - Dr. Flea's Flea Market @ (Highway 27 & Albion Road) One Stop Shopping for over 30 years! Fun for the Whole Family! Incredible Deals! Free Hourly Giveaways! Super Discounts! Something For Everyone! Everything In A Mall ... And More! 1000's of Products and Services!Open Saturday & Sunday · 10am to 5pm. TTC From Downtown Toronto - Take the Bloor Subway West to Royal York Station, get off and go upstairs and catch the Royal York Bus #73. Let the bus driver know that you are going to Dr. Flea's Flea Market at Westmore Dr. and he will let you off almost at the door. http://www.drfleas.com/

Every Saturday - TIKI DISCO - Saturday Nights after Dinner @ Miss Thing's! Saturday Nights after dinner in the Coconut Room! Special Guest DJ's to make you MOVE! No Cover before Midnight Miss Thing’s & Wrongbar same location a Pan Asian restaurant, cocktail bar and huge dance space 1279 Queen St W Queer West Village, Toronto ON at Brock Parkdale.416.516.8677 http://www.missthings.com/ Miss Thing's is our new restaurant in the front, while Wrongbar remains in the rear. It's much better than it used to be. Much more interesting of a space with spots for conversation and smaller intimate hang outs. 10 PM

Every Tuesday - Crag Crux Climbers @ Joe Rockheads. Providing queer fun, rock-climbing with 22,000 square of indoor walls. Meets every Tuesday 7:30 pm at Joe Rockhead's at 29 Fraser Avenue (south of King just east of Dufferin). The group also meets outdoors at Milton area, the Collingwood area, and at Lion’s Head on the Bruce Peninsula. At Easter and Thanksgiving, there’s generally a trip down to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. All levels welcome; all you need to know is how to belay using a gri-gri and how to tie a figure-eight knot. No club fees: see www.joerockheads.com for gym fees. Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Every Wednesday in October & November , 2017 - Laughing Gigi Queer Standup Comedy Show @ Saving Gigi A weekly gender- and LGBTQ-friendly comedy show in an eco-friendly cafe/bar, hosted by Camille Cote. Wednesdays 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Pwyc. Saving Gigi 859 Bloor W, Toronto, Ontario https://www.facebook.com/laughinggigi

Every Wednesday - Music Bingo @ The Gladstone Hotel, 7 pm to 10 pm Hosted by Queer DJ Kaleb Robertson. A FREE weekly event combining the love of music with the traditional bingo format. Each player receives a Music Bingo card which consists of an assortment of songs. Instead of calling out numbers, they play the music! Singing along encouraged. The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W Queer West Village, Toronto ON http://www.gladstonehotel.com/event/music-bingo

Every Wednesday in the Summer - Toronto LGBT Lawn Bowling @Cosburn Park Lawn Bowling Club. Looking for a fun way to spend your Wednesday evenings this summer? Try lawn bowling, in Toronto's LGBT-friendly lawn bowling league, one of only a few of its kind in the world! The Rainbowlers Club will have coaches on hand to teach the game, you'll get to play, and, if you like, you can even register for the entire year for the low price of $100! Can't come to the open house, but interested in playing? Toronto Rainbowlers 525 Cosburn Avenue, Toronto, CA http://torontorainbowlers.ca/

Every Thursday - Perfectly Queer Scope Radio a division of Ryerson University Radio, A collection of amazing music, old and new, by members of the LGBTQ community! Hosted by Daryl Nicholas. Plays every Thursday 8-9 EST, and replays 8-9 EST on Saturdays. You can also listen to on your smart phone via the App TuneIn or You can listen to it on the internet. http://www.thescopeatryerson.ca/

Mark Tara's Rainbow Country CIUT 89.5 FM every Wednesday from Midnight to 1 am. a show that offers a blend of music & interviews giving voice to the LGBT community.! rainbowcountry@ciut.fm or visit /www.ciut.fm/shows-2/spoken-word/rainbow-country/

Every Friday (Starts October 20/17) - Dinner/Theatre in Toronto with Queens of King Cabaret @ The Red Tomato. King street is getting a fabulous make over! The QUEENS are taking over! Scarlett BoBo and Friends and The Red Tomato are bringing together drag queens and burlesque performers from the west and the east to put on a fierce new weekly cabaret. LAST WEEK took King st. by STORM! Full house, standing room only! We are THRILLED to be back again! You do NOT wanna miss this gorgeous show. THIS WEEK our cast will feature the ghoulishly beautiful HELENA POISON as our fabulous queen! From Les Femmes Fatales, we have the stunning, BETSY SWOON as our burlesque performer.Queens on King will feature the best performers from the drag and burlesque world. We will have a featured cocktail menu and a full food and dessert menu to provide you the highest class of dinner theatre right in the heart of the entertainment district. https://www.facebook.com/queensonking/T he new weekly cabaret will run on Fridays from 8-10 pm with sassy yet classy acts of all shapes and sizes. The Red Tomato, 321 King St W, Toronto, ON (416) 971-6626 Street Map

Every Friday - Beam Me Up! Disco @ Piston. 10 PM Beam Me Up Disco https://soundcloud.com/beammeupdisco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel & proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence in the best sounding bar in town, supplied by residents the DJs Patchouli Brothers https://soundcloud.com/thepatchoulibrothers(f.k.a. A Digital Needle) & DJ Cyclist (Mark in Toronto) https://soundcloud.com/cyclist who go back to back all night! The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. (West of Ossington Beside the Long & McQuade) Close to the Ossington Subway Station, Queer West Village, Toronto ON 416 532 3989 http://thepiston.ca/

Every Friday - Stones Place Friday Nights @ Stones Place, . DJ Blush http://djblush.tumblr.com/ (Brittney Townson) and DJ Misty http://www.djmisty.com/(Misty McKenzie-Hill) and Stones Place are throwing a brand new Friday night party! Dance all night to the best of ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll, soul, and pop at one of Toronto’s most legendary dance venues in the city of Toronto. Bring those dancing shoes – you’ll be sure to leave sweaty and smiling. $5.http://stonesplace.ca/ 1255 Queen St W, Queer West Village, Toronto ON 9pm, near Brock Avenue

The Best of Toronto's Outdoor Farmers' Markets

A decade ago, Toronto had 10 farmers’ markets. Now we have 3 dozen! We’re not listing them all, just the best.

Dufferin Grove Farmers' Market - Every Thursday 3:00-7:00 pm all year around. Dufferin Grove Park rink house (875 Dufferin, S of Bloor), across from the Dufferin Mall. The rink house is in the northwest corner of the park, just off Dufferin. The closest subway stop is Dufferin Station (one block north). The Dufferin buses, both northbound and southbound, stop every three minutes right outside the rink house. http://www.dufferingrovemarket.ca/

Evergreen Farmers Market - Wide variety of local and seasonal food. Saturdays 8 am-1 pm till Nov 4, 2017. Free admission. Evergreen Brick Works 550 Bayview, Toronto, Ontario https://www.evergreen.ca/get-involved/evergreen-brick-works/farmers-market/

Junction Farmers' Market - Local, sustainably produced fresh foods. The Market is OPEN 9am – 1pm every Saturday from May 27 - November 4, 2017!. . Free. Green P Lot, 385 Pacific, http://junctionmarket.ca/

Leslieville Farmers' Market - Meats, dairy, baked goods, fruits and veg offered by local producers May 22, 2016 – October 30th, 2016, every Sunday from 9am-2pm in Jonathan Ashbridge Park., 20 Woodward (btwn Queen & Eastern), http://leslievillemarket.com

Liberty Village Farmers’ Market (Liberty St – Atlantic Ave) Sundays, 9 am - 2 pm, June 1 to October 31, There is three other differnt locations on this listing check times on web site. http://www.my-market.ca/

Montgomery's Inn Farmers' Market ( Year Round) Local, organic and naturally produced foods, fresh bread from the wood-fired oven, prepared foods and live music in the picnic area. Wednesdays 2-6 pm. Free..4709 Dundas W, 416-394-8113 Outdoor season: May to October, Indoor season: Starts November 2nd & continues all winter. Please note: No market December 28, 2016 http://montgomerysinn.com/farmers-market/

Sherway Farmers' Market - This west-end market has been running for 20 years and offers large-pot perennials and hanging baskets, fruits & veggies, Ontario honey, baked goods, fresh eggs, European deli meats and cheeses and more. Runs May to October, Every Friday | 8am – 2pm. Now in the parking lot of the Church on the Queensway, 1536 The Queensway, Etobicoke, Ontario, Toronto, Ontario http://farmfreshmarkets.ca/sherway-farmers-market/

Souraren Park Farmers’ Market (Parkdale) - Every Monday - May to October, 3pm - 7pm. Sorauren Park (Souraren & Wabash). https://westendfood.coop/farmers-market

Toronto Botanical Garden Organic Farmers’ Market Year-round market offering food, flowers and VQA wines. Thursdays 2-7 pm. Free admission & parking. 777 Lawrence E, Toronto, Ontario http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/enjoy/special-events/tbgmarket/

Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market - Tuesdays May to Oct 3-7 pm - rain or shine. Please respect the market start time to begin your purchases. We love the fact that as of late many people have been arriving early ready to shop, but the Vendors need this time before 3pm to set up and be prepared for you. Please do not ask Vendors to sell before 3pm. Thank you for understanding. North end of Park at Shaw and Dundas W. http://www.tbfm.ca/




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