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The Best of Queer West Toronto Regular Events for this week

Outexpressions is a different Gay and Lesbian Media Publication, we round up the best events (well balanced with parties and cultural things and not just gay bars), from the city’s queer culture scene. Updated every Weekend & Wednesday. Note on meaning of Queer in listings: Mixed crowd, not everyone is gay or lesbian.

Monthly Queer Events in Toronto

February 9, 2017 - LETZTO a New Toronto Group just for LGBT Women. We are a community of LGBT women who want to bring other LGBT women in Toronto together! We believe that by connecting women together we will unite and strengthen the LGBT community as a whole. So if you happen to be looking for the girl version of Church street, look no further. By hosting an event every week. So every first Sunday of the month we have a book club at Glad Day book shop; every second Thursday of the month we host pool game at Pegasus; every 3rd Sunday of the month we have an activities group (various locations); and every fourth Friday we host a board games night at the Riddle Room. More information: http://letzto.com or they can be found here to: https://www.facebook.com/letzTO/

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/

Every Sunday Jazz Fest in Kensington Market. @ Trinity Common. Cover $12, kids under 16 free 12-3pm, 303 Augusta Ave. (just south of college) Toronto ON. Reservations are highly recommended, but not holding your feet to fire- 647-346-3030 http://www.kensingtonjazz.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 - Electrique V.5 - A Monthly 90s/2000s drag dance party @ The Studio Bar. 9 PM - 3 AM Electrique is an Electric Circus-themed monthly dance party that combines drag with the dance anthems of the 90s and 2000s. Join hosts Gina Toniq & Minhi Wang alongside performances from Pepper Mache and Wilma Checklear. DJ KeeN on the 1s and 2s. Performances at 11:30 pm and 1 am. Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W just West of Bathurst. http://www.studiobartoronto.ca/ Queer West Toronto ON

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.

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 Toronto Ontario.

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

Third Wednesday of every Month. - Queer/Lesbian Munch @ The Church Street Garage. Come on out and join the Queer/Lesbian Munch, as we kick off the fall 2016 season with some great food, good fun and a bunch of laughs! The Queer/Lesbian Munch is for kinky and queer, female-identified individuals, to come together on the third Wednesday of every month in order to meet and enjoy each other’s company in a safe and inclusive space.We are a very friendly group of kinky women who enjoy welcoming new and curious kinksters into the lifestyle. After the munch, feel free to join some of us, as we head over to Oasis Aqua Lounge for some taste-ee, kinky-fun-filled, dessert…yummy!!! If you’re feeling shy, don’t worry, we will be happy to take you around and make some introductions. Hosted by Michelle Basha 6 pm - 9 pm Church St Garage, 477 Church Street, Toronto, ON http://www.churchstgarage.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 Toronto Ontario. https://www.seescapeto.com/

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 Rory Them Finest, Phil V and Tuff Luv, and is hosted by Miss Margot; 10pm. 1279 Queen St W.416.516.8677 http://www.missthings.com/ $5. 416.516.8677 Queer West Village Toronto, Ontario.

Third Friday of every - House of Commons - launch party! (LGBTQ Event) @ Stori Aperitivo Bar. Attention all house music lovers in the LGBTQ community! I've got a fresh new house music party for ya'll! Join me and DJ Mavis at the stylish and cozy STORI lounge on January 20th as we drop the latest and greatest in tech, deep, future, and classic house! DJ KLR https://soundcloud.com/thesoundsofklr and DJ Mavis https://soundcloud.com/mavistoronto Normally queer events are not held here, so could be just a one off? This place isn't really sure if it's a bar or a lounge. Dark and loud. Portions are huge but overall the food isn't worth going back for.(Yelp, lots bad review food and staff wise) http://stori.ca/Cost $10 at the door Stori Aperitivo Bar, 95 King St E., very close to Church St. Stay for the music and skip the food.

Last Friday of every month - Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest Nightclub .Downstairs is the 330 seat Den Restaurant.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+ $6 before 11:30 $10 after . extremely difficult to get tickets at the door! Guest DJs every month. Nest Nightclub 423 College St. & Bathurst 416-792-9488 Queer West Toronto Ontario. http://nest.to/ . SEE: "What's on Today" to find out location & Guest DJs, arts and performers each month.

Last Friday of every month - HotHouse @ 499 Church St. A House Music Night for queer people and their friends.  Come pump your fists and get your shimmy on to the sounds of resident DJ Chiclet, https://www.facebook.com/djchiclet/ Spinning nu-disco, classic jams and deep-house all night long.https://www.mixcloud.com/chiclet/This event will feature local queer brand PDA Lifestyle. A clothing and accessories brand with a goal to make real life connections easier. Wear your heart on your sleeve by displaying your unique sexual orientation through their gendergram language. Get there early for a chance to grab a goody from their table and find out more! 10 pm-2:30 am NO COVER 19+ 499 Church St, gay village neighbourhood, Toronto ON.

Second Saturday of every month - Business Women's Special @ The Round. Regular DJs tonight include; Sammy Royale, Nino Brown and Diego Armand will be working their magic. Cover ...it's $7 10 pm The Round. (Not wheelchair accessible) 152a, 2nd floor Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario (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., Toronto, Ontario (416) 451-6346 http://roundvenue.com/ Location Map https://goo.gl/maps/seZvX

Last Saturday of every month - Out of Town - Hamilton Queer Pub Night at Gallagher's Bar & Lounge, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton 7 PM Join us for the first of what will hopefully be a monthly queer pub night for a chill, friendly LGBTQ+ hangout! All ages (19+) and identities are welcome. 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). facebook/hamontqueerpubnight/

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 See our Toronto Today listing for next edition and location.



Weekly Queer Club Scenes around town

Every Saturday till February 18, 2017 - DJ Skate Nights at Harbourfront Centre Skating with local and international DJs spinning house, funk, soul, pop, reggae and more. Sharpen your skates and skills as Toronto's number one outdoor winter party returns with another stellar lineup of DJs that will bring the heat to your Saturday nights. The rumours are true, DJ Skate Nights is the best party in town and a surefire cure for the winter blues! Yes you can rent skates too! Saturdays 8-11 pm, Free. http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/djskatenights/

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 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

Thursday January 19 to Feb 16, 2017 - Six week's course on Queer Swing Dancing @ The 519 Community Centre. Swingin'OUT teaches Lindy Hop to the LGBTQ community, friends, and allies. Beginner classes begin January 19. No partner or experience required. 6:45 pm. Check website for schedule. $6, or $28 for the 6-week series.6:45 PM to 7:30 PM 519 Church Street Community Centre north of Wellesley, Toronto, Ontario http://www.swinginout.ca/

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.

Every Wednesdays and Thursdays in summer- Toronto Girls Longboarding @ Christie Pits. Longboard AKA Skate Board. There are about 20 or so “regulars” who organize and come out to meets and events. If you were to get a longboard, I’d highly suggest coming to the Christie Pits skating rink on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings. It’s a very safe, flat area where you can learn the basics (stance, pushing, foot breaking, carving). https://www.facebook.com/TorontoGirlsLongboarding/ Christie Pits Park is near Christie Subway Station on the Bloor Subway Line.

Every Wednesday - Meow Meow queer social @ Holy Oak Cafe.This isn't a loud dance party. It's a change of pace, and a chance to converse. Bring your partners, bring your pals, meet old friends and make new ones. No pretences, no posturing - just good vibes and good people. Meant for queers to meet, hang, and conspire with other queers, and awesome allies are welcome! Various DJ's thoughout the year...come unwind with your chosen queer family at the coziest bar in town! Holy Oak Cafe, 1241 Bloor St. W. 647-345-2803 http://holyoakcafe.com/

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 Toronto ON http://www.gladstonehotel.com/event/music-bingo

Every Wednesday evening - Queer Eucharist @ St John's Anglican Church. Queer Eucharist is an opportunity to explore God through words, images, music, thought, theology and liturgy as it is expressed by our LGTBQ+ communities. Come and explore God in an informal, conversational liturgy that welcomes your thoughts and questions! Then stay for refreshments and more conversation. 7 pm to 8 pm St John's Anglican Church 288 Humberside Ave, Queer West, Toronto Ontario http://www.sjwt.ca/

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? Drop us a line, and we'll work with you to make alternative arrangements! We play Wednesday nights at 7 pm. https://www.facebook.com/TorontoRainbowlers torontorainbowls@gmail.com! Toronto Rainbowlers 525 Cosburn Avenue, Toronto, 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 - 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, Toronto Parkdale 9pm, near Brock Avenue

The best Toronto 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 5. 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 28th to November 5th, 2016!. . 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 at the Corner of Queensway and Sherway Gardens Rd, 25 The West Mall, Toronto, ON 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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