Thursday, Feb 2
Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience
To mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, Cree visual artist Kent Monkman tells the story of Canada while in the guise of his drag alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle. Monkman’s first major solo exhibition at this location includes paintings, drawings, sculptural works and historical artifacts. The story goes back well before confederation and includes a humorous and searing critique of Canada’s colonial past and present.
Runs until Saturday, March 4. Art Museum at the University of Toronto, 15 King’s College Cir. artmuseum.utoronto.ca
Spark: Friends and Allies Night
Spark, The 519’s trans youth sports program, hosts a multi-sport night for trans youth. While this weekly event, which takes places in a local gym, is typically only open to trans, genderqueer, gender fluid, two-spirit, agender, non-binary and gender questioning folks between the ages of 16 and 29, this edition welcomes allies as well (within the same age range). For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
6–8pm. Central Neighbourhood House, 349 Ontario St. For more info, visit Facebook.
Friday, Feb 3
Butch Femme Salon: Splash!
Butches, femmes, machos, bois — everyone can be themselves at this party. Hosted by drag king Titus Androgynous and burlesque performer Belle Jumelles, this edition of the recurring event has an aquatic theme. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as mermaids, sea creatures, divers, sailors — you get the idea. The evening begins with a low-key salon, followed by some performances and then dancing later on.
9pm–midnight. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. buddiesinbadtimes.com
Wimmin: A Queer Rock and Roll Dance Party
This queer rock and roll dance party features music by only female and “gender-expansive” rockers. That means music by the likes of Patti Smith, X-Ray Spex, PJ Harvey, The Cliks, Hole, Janis Joplin, Slits, Bush Tetras, Thao, Le Tigre, Garbage, Against Me! and many more. Everyone is welcome to attend, but as billing for the event says, “queers to the front.” This will be the last Wimmin party for a while, so get your fill while you can.
10pm–2am. Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St W. For more info, visit Facebook.
Hardcover: A Bookshop Disco
Dance among some books at one of Church Street’s newest parties. Whether you’re a dancing queen or a book club princess, a disco diva or a gay pulp aficionado, DJ Orange Pekoe invites you to get down with your bad self to a soundtrack of disco, funk, Motown and pop. Welcoming the whole community, this takes place at Glad Day Bookshop’s new and improved location in the village.
10pm–2:30am. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.
Sunday, Feb 5
The Jeni Show
Anyone who’s spent any amount of time at the Statler’s or the Toronto Fringe Festival knows that local luminary Jennifer Walls loves to talk, sing and watch Chelsea Handler. Now she’s combining those elements and launching her own onstage variety show in the Village. This edition’s guests are performance artist Kit Boulter, TV personality Allison Mang and radio producer Megh Walls-MacBurnie.
6–7:30pm. 120 Diner, 120 Church St. 120diner.com