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Out in Toronto: Dec 15–21, 2016

Choice events in the city this week

On Dec 19, 2016, Sharron Matthews and her partner George Masswohl put on an evening of song and story for the holidays at Buddies. Credit: Courtesy Mike Bickerton

Friday, Dec 16

Arabian Knights LGBTQ Holiday Edition

One of the Village’s newest dance parties holds its first ever holiday edition. The queer Middle Eastern event is all about dancing, drinking, flirting and enjoying Arabic music. Everyone is welcome. DJ Louay spins. Toy donations will be donated to Middle Eastern refugee children.

10pm–3am. Club 120, 120 Church St. 

Saturday, Dec 17

Queer and Trans Family Event: Light Fantastic Children’s Party 

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice — whatever your belief system, and whatever your family looks like, there’s a place for you and your children here. Activities include craft making and games. This is part of a series of monthly events when families come together to celebrate diversity. For more information, contact

11am–2pm. The 519, 519 Church St.

Brown Rice: Two-Byte Brownies 

The new dance party focused on queer and trans people of colour is back. It features three women DJs — Wei Back, No Cops and Ace Dillinger — and includes drag performances by Franny and Lady Sparkle Boy. Allies are welcome. Come early to get a brownie (while supplies last).

10pm–2am. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook

Sunday, Dec 18 

Church Street Comedy with Headliner Elvira Kurt 

One of the city’s few queer comedy showcases — which just celebrated its first anniversary —  features Canadian comedy legend Elvira Kurt headlining its Christmas show. Hosted by Chantel Marostica and Adrienne Fish, this evening of standup comedy also includes the hilarious Maryeve Gervais, Patrick Riso, Brian Millward, Jess Beaulieu and Phil Luzi. 

8pm. Pegasus, 489 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Monday, Dec 19 

Sharron and George’s Super Fun Christmas Sing-Along 2016 

Each year, cabaret-legend-in-the-making Sharron Matthews and her partner George Masswohl put on an evening of song and story for the holidays. And this is the fifth annual sing-along. It’s got special guests, prizes, tree-trimming, Christmas carols and a whole lot of cookies (possibly too many cookies). 

7pm. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St.