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JOHN CAFFERY, modelling in a club kid runway show as part of The Monstrous Ball at Buddies, June 28; DJ at Mighty Real at Cold Tea, June 29; performing with Kids on TV on Pride’s Alterna- Queer Stage, July 1 HIV-positive activists of colour. 6 pm. Free. U of T Health Sciences Building, rm 610, 155 College. firstname.lastname@example.org. dIrty BInGo PrIde 2012 edItIon Outrageous night of bingo hosted by Lena Over and Gloria Hole with guest Roxy Rollover. 8:30 pm. Zelda’s, 692 Church. 416-922-2526. GLBt runnInG GrouP Get Out Canada hosts free running for members. 9 am. Church Street Junior Public School, Church and Alexander. getoutcanada.com. PoetrIx: KIrK demataS/jordaan maSon/ SamIra mohyeddIn/BrocK heSSeL/mIchaeL erIcKSon Evening of poetry and spoken word. 7 pm. Free. Glad Day Bookshop, 598A Yonge. 416-961-4161, gladdaybookshop.com. rehaB mondayS Glitz and glam with Carlotta Carlisle (9-11 pm), plus Candice’s Star Search talent show (11 pm-2 am). Crews/Tango, 508 Church. crewsandtango.com
Tuesday, June 26
Beyond BorderS: the StruGGLe for LGBt human rIGhtS In the BaLKanS Panel discussion with lawyer Douglas Elliott and others. 6 pm. Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, 475 Yonge. pridetoronto.com. Born thIS red!: communISt dance Party Celebrate Pride at a night of dancing with the Proletarian Revolutionary Action Comm. Performances by a communist drag artist and revolutionary dance tunes from DJ Hamma-nSickle. 9 pm-1 am. $4. Hen House, 1532 Dundas W. practoronto.wordpress.com. cIty cInema: the adventureS of PrIScILLa, Queen of the deSert Outdoor screening. 9 pm. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square. ydsquare.ca. the cruSh Project Panel discussion on the queerness of fat activism, fat/queer arts and poetry and a party. 6:45 pm-2 am. $5-$10 sliding scale. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. kalebrobertson.ca/crushproject. the GayeSt ShoW on earth WIth darcy mIchaeL Pride at the Gaystone presents the queer comic plus stand-up, sketch, improv, music and drag performances. To Jun 27, TueWed 9 pm. $20-$25. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. gladstonehotel.com. the GLam! PrIde Game ShoW revue GLAM Cabaret presents a benefit for queer youth program SOY with comic Andrew Johnston and others. To Jun 27 Tue-Wed 9 pm. $10. The Flying Beaver Pubaret, 488 Parliament. glamcabaret.blogspot.com. InduStry tueSdayS Toronto Imperial Court benefit, with Candice Kelly and Nikki Chan (9-11 pm), plus Bittersweet with Honey Brown and Olivya Chin (11 pm-2 am). Crews/ Tango, 508 Church. crewsandtango.com LeSBIan Sex Women-only workshop. 7-9:30 pm. $33. Good for Her, 175 Harbord. Preregister 416-588- 0900. marKetInG to the LBGt communIty Business forum to provide marketing expertise to corporations on diversity. 8 am-noon. $249. Velma Rogers Theatre, 333 Bloor E. Pre-register marketingmag.ca/microsite/lgbt-2012. a mIdSummer nIGht’S dream Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park presents the classic comedy performed outdoors. Runs to Sep 2, Tue-Fri and Sun 8 pm. Pwyc, 14 and under free. High Park Amphitheatre, Bloor W and Parkside. canadianstage.com. mILe hIGh tueSdayS DJ Turt McGurt spins house, top 40 and requests. 9 pm-close. Free. Boutique Bar, 506 Church. 647-705- 0006. SceneSterS & StoryteLLerS Evening of dramatic readings, featuring Teneile Warren, Ryan C Hinds, Sarah Bertrand, Evan Vipond and others. 7 pm. Free. Glad Day Bookshop, 598A Yonge. gladdaybookshop.com. So you thInK you can StrIP Amateur night. Remington’s, 379 Yonge. 416-977-2160.
trailer trash karaoke Belt out some tunes with host Onya Knees and D’Manda Tension, and guest Gloria Hole. 8 pm. Zelda’s, 692 Church. 416-922-2526. varsity tuesday Students drink specials. Remington’s, 379 Yonge. 416-977-2160.
Wednesday, June 27
bursts with pride! Music from the 90s plus top 40 with a twist, with cabaret performer Chris Tsujiuchi and friends. 9:30 pm. Statlers, 487 Church. 416-922- 0487. Freaks aNd Geeks: the draG MusiCal This glamorous musical celebrates all that is outcast, awkward, unusual and beautiful. 8 pm. Pwyc. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander. buddiesinbadtimes.com. huMp wedNesdays Church Street pros Jada Hudson and Nicolette Brown take to the stage (9-11 pm), plus Fireplay with Farra N Hyte and guest (11 pm to 2 am). Crews/ Tango, 508 Church. crewsandtango.com iNtro to burlesque daNCiNG Classes with Coco LaCreme and Mickey D Liscious. 7:30 & 9 pm. $5-$10 sliding scale. Glad Day Bookshop, 598A Yonge. gladdaybookshop.com. lauGh @ slaCk’s Pride edition of the weekly comedy open mic w/ Dawn Whitwell, Martha Chaves, Phil Luzi, host Marco Bernardi and others. 8 pm. Free. 562 Church. slacks.ca. libido: dyke MarCh FuNdraiser 8 pm. $15, adv $10. Tickets at Toronto Women’s Bookstore. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. 416531-4635. Mr leather pride 2012 Judges including Alex Canning and cash prizes for the best man in leathers. Black Eagle, 457 Church. blackeagletoronto.com. ride with pride Fundraiser in support of People with AIDS and the Friends For Life Bike Rally. 8 pm-close. No cover. Boutique Bar, 506 Church. 647-705- 0006. spirits CoMedy pride show Scott Thompson, Paul Bellini, Debra DiGiovanni, Martha Chaves, Richard Ryder, Andrew Johnson and Cal Post perform. 9 pm. Free. Spirits Bar & Grill, 642 Church. 416-967- 0001 thoM verNoN Vernon reads from his debut novel, The Drifts. 7 pm. Free. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge. 416-961-4161. youNG, GiFted aNd blaCk: (re)telliNG stories oF survival aNd thrival For youNG blaCk MeN Black CAP, Project: Humanity and Ontario HIV Treatment Network present a reading of a new play about the experiences of black gay and bisexual youth. 8 pm. Pwyc. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander. 416-9758555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
Thursday, June 28
aNNual white party DJ Madeline spins his eclectic mix of electro and house music. 7 pm-close. $5, no cover in white. Boutique Bar, 506 Church. 647-705- 0006. best Chest CoNtest Competition for the best man’s chest. Woody’s, 465 Church. 416-927- 0887, woodystoronto.com. bouNCe Big Freedia and Brenmar play for this sissy bounce party. Doors 10 pm. $10. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen W. 416-531-5042. briNGiNG your whole selF to pride Rainbow Health Network interactive workshop for LGBTQ+ identified individuals. 7 pm. Free. 31 Wellesley E. facebook.com/events/ 311673395582011. CaNadiaN iMMiGratioN For saMe-sex Couples Info and applications for permanent residency and family-class sponsorship. 6 pm. Free. 519 Church Community Centre. email@example.com. CoMe baCk, little sheba Shaw Festival presents William Inge’s play about a couple who married young and must confront their past. In previews Jun 28-Jul 5. Opens Jul 6 and runs in rep to Oct 19. $35-$90, stu mats $24. Royal George Theatre, 85 Queen, Niagara-on-theLake. 1-800-511-7429, shawfest. com. dJ Cory aCtivate 70s-90s gay anthems at this retro party. 10 pm. $5. Waylabar, 996 Queen E. 416901-5570.
DJ Blackcat Come to Pride this year. Hell, march in the parade. It’s good cardio. Chris Tsujiuchi Have you been on a bike lately? Don’t knock it till you try it! Maggie MacDonald draG-a-liCious pride editioN Dinner and drag, hosted by Tara Hole, Roxy Rollover and Zelda Angelfire. 9 pm. Zelda’s, 692 Church. 416-922-2526. FuCkiNG stepheN harper Rob Salerno performs a Pride edition of his hit solo show. 9 pm. $20. The Flying Beaver Pubaret, 488 Parliament. pubaret.com. lGbt FilM trivia NiGht (TIFF Pocket Fund/Inside Out) Test your skills and prepare for thrills. 7 pm. $10. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. tiff.net/ membership/trivianight. Julie MiChels Pride Week jazz performance. 7 pm, $20, adv $15. The Flying Beaver Pubaret, 488 Parliament. pubaret.com. the MoNstrous ball Lady Gaga is the inspiration for a night of art, fashion, music and performance by Nina Arsenault, Tyson James and others. 10:30 pm. $10. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-9758555, buddiesinbadtimes. com. Naked NiGht Cash prizes for the best bod. Black Eagle, 457 Church. blackeagletoronto. com. paul hutChesoN’s pride paCkaGe ii This stand-up comedy cabaret features Hutcheson w/ Kristen Becker, Susan Fischer, Mike Albo, D’yan Forrest and others. 8 pm. $10-$20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com. prisM: ColleGe All-night party with DJ Mickehi and Cajjmere Wray, with a performance by porn sensation Brody Wilder. $20. Fly, 8 Gloucester. 416-410-5426, prismtoronto.com. 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. sCissor sisters aNd rye rye 8 pm, all ages, $32.50-$42.50 (Rotate This, Soundscapes, Ticketmaster). Sound Academy, 11 Polson. sound-academy.com. speed datiNG Make new friends & lovers of all genders. 7 & 9 pm. $5/session. Glad Day Bookshop, 598A Yonge. gladdaybookshop.com. starry NiGht 2012 Night of music, drinks, friends and flirtations for the LGBTQ community, with Toronto All-Star Big Band and Sofonda Cox. 7 pm-midnight. Green Space on Church, 519 Church. the519.org. steers & queers: NiGht oF a thousaNd dollys Dress up as Dolly for this party. 10 pm, $10, adv $8. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen W. gladstonehotel.com. 10 x 10 photoGraphy exhibitioN An exhibition by LGBT photographers of people who have contributed to the arts opens today (7 pm) and runs to Jul 20. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. gladstonehotel.com. this is My biGGest oNe yet Nathan Carroll performs queer anthems and tells stories of his youth. 8:30 pm. $10. Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen W. gladstonehotel.com. thuMper: sCissor sisters aFter-party DJS Sammy Jo, Scooter and Travis. $5, free with concert ticket stub. Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas W.