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Out in Toronto: Jan 26–Feb 1, 2017

Choice events in the city this week

Cree visual artist Kent Monkman puts on his first major solo-exhibition, Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, at the University of Toronto on Jan 26, 2017. Credit: Courtesy Kent Monkman

Thursday, Jan 26 

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. 

Opening reception 6:30–8:30pm; Exhibit runs until Saturday, March 4. Art Museum at the University of Toronto, 15 King’s College Cir.

The Stars Reach Out to PWA 

In honour of Chris Edwards, who was known for his charity work, a slew of local queens — Amanda Roberts, Sofonda Cox, Bunny Leblanc, Devine Darlin, Jada Hudson, Michelle DuBarry, Donnarama, Jade Elektra, Teran Blake and Sylvia — perform a heel, wig and lash-bestrewn concert for a good cause. All proceeds from the event will go to the People With AIDS Foundation.  

9pm. Blyss, 504 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook

Friday, Jan 27

Hutch and Friends Comedy 

Comedian Paul Hutcheson hosts a stand-up comedy show which, if the event billing’s imagery and name are any indication, is probably cowboy-themed. Hutcheson, a veteran of many Pride comedy shows at Buddies in Bad Times, is joined by Chantel Marostica, Nile Seguin, Hoodo Hersi and Stephen Sharpe for an evening of giggles, laughs, chuckles and whatever word describes how cowboys laugh (guffaws?). 

8pm. The Steady, 1051 Bloor St W. 

Comedian Paul Hutcheson hosts a stand-up comedy show at The Steady on Jan 27, 2017.
Courtesy David Hawe

Kings and Classics 

Here’s a rare chance for new drag kings to get their start. The inaugural edition of Spencer Munny and Pretty Riikkii’s new recurring event includes performances from both new and seasoned kings, and a special musical number by Ivory. The performance segment of the night is followed by mingling and dancing to the music of DJ Johnny B Goode. To perform at future events, contact

10:30pm. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St.

Spencer Munny (left) and Pretty Riikkii’s (right) new recurring drag king event takes place Jan 27, 2017, at Buddies.
Courtesy Johnny B Goode and Stefanie Monroe

The Original Fly Nightclub’s 18th Anniversary 

It’s a night of old school gay clubbing in honour of Fly’s 18th anniversary. Appropriately, the legendary DJ Barry Harris (the singer, songwriter DJ and remixer who gave us such hits as the best-known dance remix of Whitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay”) supplies a soundtrack of Fly classics from 1999 to 2014 for you to dance your highlights off to. DJs Mark Falco and Shawn Riker are also spinning.

10:30pm–4am. Fly 2.0, 6 Gloucester St. 

Saturday, Jan 28

Toastr: Mostly ’80s 

Finally, an excuse to wear a velour leotard or a jeans that for some reason have stirrups (or whatever people wore in the 1980s). This dance party for queer women is all about music from the decade that gave us Gremlins and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. DJs Sticky Cuts and Dawn Big Canoe spin old school stuff, sprinkled with some new stuff. It’ll be an evening of classic house, rock ‘n’ roll, reggae and more. 

9:30pm–2am. WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen St E.

Toastr’s hosts a Mostly ’80s dance party for queer women on Jan 28, 2017, at WAYLA Bar.
Courtesy Chantelle Wright