Hun­dreds of ways to cel­e­brate Pride, cul­mi­nat­ing with the spec­tac­u­lar pa­rade on July 1

NOW Magazine - Pride - - Events Pride Guide - Com­piled by LES­LEY MCALLISTER and JU­LIA HOECKE

Thurs­day, June 21

AIDS CAN­DLE­LIGHT VIGIL Com­mu­nity memo­rial to hon­our, re­mem­ber and cel­e­brate the lives of peo­ple who have died of AIDS, and to rec­og­nize and hon­our those af­fected by and liv­ing with HIV/AIDS. 9-10:30 pm. Green Space on Church (Cawthra Square Park, 519 Church). the519.org. BEAUTIFULME GROUP SHOW Bez­pala Brown Gallery, 17 Church. 416-907- 6875. BERENICE AB­BOTT: PHOTOGRAPHS An ex­hi­bi­tion of works by the Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher runs to Aug 19. Free w/ ad­mis­sion. Art Gallery of On­tario, 317 Dundas W. ago.org. THE BEST BROTHERS Strat­ford Fes­ti­val presents Daniel MacIvor’s play about brothers who learn about each other and their mother after her death. In pre­views to Jul 11. Opens Jul 12 and runs in rep to Sep 16. $30-$70. Stu­dio The­atre, 34 George E, Strat­ford. 1-800567-1600, strat­ford­fes­ti­val.ca. BEST CHEST CONTEST Com­pe­ti­tion for the best man’s chest. Woody’s, 465 Church. 416-9270887, woodys­toronto.com. EMNOWAANGOSJIG/COM­ING OUT: THE SHIFT­ING AND MUL­TI­PLE SELF GROUP SHOW To Jun 24. Toronto Free Gallery, 1277 Bloor W. 416913- 0461. FRENCH WITH­OUT TEARS Shaw Fes­ti­val presents Ter­ence Rat­ti­gan’s com­edy about men vis­it­ing France to im­prove their lan­guage skills. Runs in rep to Sep 15. $24-$90. Royal George The­atre, 85 Queen, Ni­a­gara-on-theLake. 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com. GET OUT: GAY MUD­DERS BOOT­CAMP The LGBT out­door club holds an eight-week train­ing pro­gram for Tough Mud­der com­peti­tors. 7 pm. $10. Riverdale Park, Broad­view N of Dundas. Pre-reg­is­ter getout­canada.com. THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA? A mar­ried man falls in love with a goat in Ed­ward Al­bee’s play about so­ci­etal taboos. To Jun 24, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $25. Tar­ragon The­atre, 30 Bridg­man, Ex­tra Space. 416-531-1827, at­icpro­duc­tions.com. HIRSCH Strat­ford Fes­ti­val presents Alon Nash­man and Paul Thomp­son’s play about the­atre di­rec­tor John Hirsch, who came to Canada as an or­phaned Hun­gar­ian refugee. In pre­views to Jul 11. Opens Jul 12 and runs in rep to Sep 14. $30-$70. Stu­dio The­atre, 34 George E, Strat­ford. strat­ford­fes­ti­val.ca. ICON­O­CLASM: CA­ROLE POPE The art rocker per­forms from her new­est al­bum, Land­fall, with fem rock­ers Slanty Eyed Mama. 8 pm. $20. Bud­dies in Bad Times Cham­ber, 12 Alexan­der. 416-975-8555.

Kent MonKMan: Paint­ings. Cen­tre Space, 65 George. cen­tre-space.ca. naKed night Cash prize for the best bod. Black Ea­gle, 457 Church. black­ea­gle­toronto.com. PaM ann – around the World Co­me­dian Pam Ann re­turns with her solo show. Runs to Jun 23, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $35-$55. Pana­sonic The­atre, 651 Yonge. mirvish.com. Present laugh­ter Shaw Fes­ti­val presents Noël Coward’s com­edy about an ac­tor and the var­i­ous peo­ple vy­ing for his at­ten­tion. Runs in rep to Oct 28. $35-$110, stu/srs mats $24-$45. Fes­ti­val The­atre, 10 Queen’s Pa­rade, Ni­a­garaon-the-Lake. 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com. retro night Dress up and dance to the sounds of the 70s, 80s and 90s ev­ery Thu. Rem­ing­ton’s, 379 Yonge. 416-977-2160. rocKin’ thurs­days Kick off the week­end with drag king Clint Ly­ck­her and Nikki Chan (9 to 11 pm), plus Darma Queens with Hero­ine Marks and guest (11 pm to 2 am). Crews/ Tango, 508 Church. crewsand­tango.com. shaWn hitchins: Fire(crotch) sale! Hitchins gives a farewell cabaret per­for­mance fea­tur­ing older ma­te­rial from his solo shows, new laughs and spe­cial guests. 8 pm. $20. Bud­dies in Bad Times, 12 Alexan­der. 416-975-8555, bud­diesin­bad­times.com. that’s so gay: girls Who are Boys Who do Boys liKe they’re girls The an­nual Pride art show, cu­rated by Sholem Krishtalka, opens to­day (7 pm) and runs to Jul 29. Free. Glad­stone Ho­tel, 1214 Queen W. 416-5314635, glad­stone­ho­tel.com. toP gun! the Mu­si­cal A di­rec­tor tries to keep his mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion of the film afloat in this mu­si­cal play by De­nis McGrath and Scott White. To Jun 29, Thu-Sat 8 pm. $35. Lower Ossington The­atre, 100A Ossington. 416-9156747, loweross­ing­tonthe­atre.com. trou­Ble in tahiti Shaw Fes­ti­val presents Leonard Bern­stein’s one-act opera about the 1950s Amer­i­can dream. In pre­views to Jul 6. Opens Jul 7 and runs in rep to Oct 7. $32. Court House The­atre, 26 Queen, Ni­a­gara-on­the-Lake. 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com. Wan­der­lust Strat­ford Fes­ti­val presents Mor­ris Panych and Marek Nor­man’s mu­si­cal com­edy based on the life and po­ems of Robert Ser­vice. In pre­views to Jul 10. Opens Jul 11 and runs in rep to Sep 28. $49-$106, srs $41$66, stu $19-$29. Tom Pat­ter­son The­atre, 111 Lakeside, Strat­ford. strat­ford­fes­ti­val.ca. the Wizard oF oz Dray­ton En­ter­tain­ment presents the stage mu­si­cal based on the 1939 film. Runs to Jun 23, Thu and Sat 7:30 pm, mats Thu-Sat 2 pm. $40, stu $20. Huron Coun­try Play­house, 70689 B Line, Grand Bend. 1-888-372-9866, dray­to­nen­ter­tain­ment. com.

Fri­day, June 22

av­enue Q A col­lege grad moves to NYC and works through the tran­si­tion to adult­hood in this pup­pet show mu­si­cal. Runs to Jul 23, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm, Sun 4 pm. $45-$60. Lower Ossington The­atre, 100A Ossington. 416-915- 6747, loweross­ing­tonthe­atre.com. Best ass contest Com­pe­ti­tion for the best man’s ass in town. To­day and to­mor­row. Woody’s, 465 Church. 416927- 0887, woodys­toronto.com. dance caMP – Pride edi­tion DJ Mark Falco and VJ Gary White. $10. Fly, 8 Glouces­ter. 416410-5426. david toM­lin­son: Me­Moirs FroM cracK­toWn The com­edy writer per­forms his au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal solo show. 7:30 pm. $15-$20. The Fly­ing Beaver Pubaret, 488 Par­lia­ment. 647347- 6567, pubaret. com. Pass­ing & Priv­i­lege: a di­a­logue Dis­cus­sion on what it means to be “pass­ing” (gen­der, race, sex­u­al­ity, etc) and the priv­i­lege that comes with it. 6 pm. Pwyc. Glad Day Book­shop, 598A Yonge. glad­day­book­shop.com. PuB­lic sins/Pri­vate de­sires – trac­ing les­Bian lives in the ar­chives 1950-1980 Event cel­e­brat­ing the 20th an­niver­sary of Lynne Fernie and Aer­lyn Weiss­man’s For­bid­den Love: Unashamed Sto­ries Of Les­bian Lives. 7 pm. Free. Cana­dian Les­bian and Gay Ar­chives, 34 Is­abella. clga.ca. WorK it! MC Jazz hosts a queer hip-hop showcase, with DJ Nix. 9 pm. $7 or free be­fore 10 pm. Bud­dies in Bad Times Cabaret, 12

Alexan­der. 416-975-8555.

Satur­day, June 23

air­shiP Femmes du Feu present a sexy steam­punk cir­cus and aerial dance show. 8:30 pm. $15-$20. Bud­dies in Bad Times, 12 Alexan­der. 416975-8555, femmes­dufeu.com. Broad­Way shoWstoPPers The Vel­vet Cur­tain vo­cal en­sem­ble per­forms hits from Rent, Chicago, Evita, Mamma Mia and more. 8 pm. $25. Met­ro­pol­i­tan United Church, 56 Queen E. thevel­vetcur­tain.ca. Bud­dies aFter hours Fea­tur­ing Don­narama and guests DJs K-Tel and Triple-X.

Sun­day, June 24

all strung uP: un­Plugged Spe­cial Pride edi­tion with acous­tic per­for­mances by Jen Calder and Amy Lewis. 7 pm. $10 sugg. Fly­ing Beaver

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