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Out in Toronto: April 23–29, 2015

Choice events in the city this week


Toastr: Tricky and Sticky

Ladies and their allies shake a little butt while exchanging mildly amused smirks over the fortuitously rhyming names of the DJs — Tricky Moreira and Sticky Cuts — at Toastr’s Tricky and Sticky edition. The former, a Toronto staple for decades, spins tech and deep house; the latter serves up hip hop, R&B and dancehall. And Robyn. For some reason, Robyn.  

Saturday, April 25, 9:30pm. White Elephant, 366 Queen St E.


SheDot Festival

Margaret Cho. That name’s all that’s really required to sell this lady-focused comedy festival, but in case more than the headliner’s name is for some reason required, this celebration of the “femmes of funny” also includes performances by such local luminaries as Dawn Whitwell, Mandy Goodhandy and Adrienne Fish, and not only features standup, sketch and improv acts, but has several panels and workshops.

Runs Thursday, April 30–Sunday, May 3, various times.


Slam 2015: Real

Asian Community AIDS Services hosts a forum on sex, health and lifestyle for gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning Asian men. This is billed as a fun, safe event where men can discuss their experiences. To register, visit

Saturday, April 25, 10am. Society of Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave.


Encore Board Games Night

It may be hard to imagine, but these gatherings are all but bursting with sexual tension. It seems innocent enough — queer nerds reschedule their Dungeons and Dragons dates in favour of a night of playing such board games as The Resistance and Sushi Go —  but just try to focus on your game-pieces, cards or dice with an adorable cosplayer sitting in your lap. 

Friday, April 24, 7pm. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge St.


Launch of The Affinities

Testing is expensive, but those accepted into an Affinity are part of a community tight-knit enough to replace family, church or political affiliations, and efficient enough that life goals are easily accomplished. Not because members are all the same, but because they complement one another. Polyamory becomes easy, and attraction to the same sex is an asset. Hugo award-winning science-fiction author Robert Charles Wilson launches his latest novel, The Affinities

Saturday, April 25, 3pm. Bakka Books, 84 Harbord St.


OUTtv’s Queens Care Gala  

In what promises to be a dangerous overdose of rhinestones, stilettos and glitter, 11 of Toronto’s fiercest drag queens put on a show in support of The 519 Church Street Community Centre. Performers include Nikki Chin, Michelle Ross, Fay Slify, Ivory Towers and RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Darienne Lake. Between acts, attendees enjoy music by DJ Craig Dominic and a dance performance by the gorgeous Scott Fordham.

Saturday, April 25, 8pm. Pantages Hotel, 200 Victoria St.

Between the Cheeks: Boylesque TO Exposed

You watched the guys of BoylesqueTO grow from plucky, fresh-faced performers just trying to create art into grizzled old hags fighting over stripper money. Now, in this live burlesque special — nay, burlesque exposé! — all of the secrets behind their spectacular rise to fame and grim downfall are revealed.

Friday, April 24, 9pm. Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St W.

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Main image for this article was taken by Magnus Hastings