Arts & Entertainment
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Out in Toronto: Aug 3–9, 2017

Choice events in the city this week

Thursday, Aug 3

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Based on American singer-songwriter Carole King’s rise to stardom, this musical features such King fan favourites as “I Feel the Earth Move,” “One Fine Day” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” The venue is mostly accessible.

Runs until Sunday, Sept 3, various showtimes. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical runs until Sept 3, 2017 at Ed Mirvish Theatre. Credit: Courtesy Cylla von Tiedemann

A Laugh a Minute Comedy Extravaganza

Comedian and lovely hostess Mandy Goodhandy presents a night of standup comedy and music. More than 30 performers do quick, five-minute sets. To make a reservation to have dinner during the show, call 416-792-7752.

9pm–midnight. 120 Diner, 120 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Mandy Goodhandy will perform at A Laugh a Minute at 120 Diner on Nov 23, 2017. Credit: Courtesy Joey Wargachuk

Baregyal: Caribana

At this annual Caribana party for women of colour, the watchword is “no misogyny. No homophobia. No transphobia. No hate.” Features music by Lissa Monet, Bambii, DJ Shannon and others. For accessibility information, contact

10pm–3am. The Phoenix, 410 Sherbourne St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Saturday, Aug 5

Fly 2.0’s 3rd Anniversary

The latest iteration of the big, legendary dance club where shirtless guys gyrate against each other while waving water bottles over their heads celebrates three years serving up premium beats and drag. Entertainment for the night includes an appropriately legendary DJ: Barry Harris. The venue is not accessible.

10:30pm–5am. Fly 2.0, 6 Gloucester St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Sunday, Aug 6


One of Caribana weekend’s biggest annual queer and trans parties returns in a new location, Regent Park (across from Daniels Spectrum). DJs Osunlade, Blackcat, Nik Red, Craig Dominic, Prestige and others, spin everything from soca to hip hop. This outdoor event is accessible.

Noon–11pm. Regent Park. For more info, visit Facebook.

Blockobana takes place on Aug 6, 2017, at Regent Park. Credit: Courtesy Craig Dominic

The Urban Jungle

The popular recurring Go Hard and Big Primpin parties come together to present this massive queer Caribana party. Features DJs Blackcat, Pleasure, Prestige and JJ Rock spinning dancehall, soca, R&B, hip hop and trap. Dress code: “colourful floral/prints” or “military/army/combat/tribal.” The venue is not accessible.
10pm–4am. Club 120, 120 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.