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