Arts & Entertainment
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Out in Toronto: July 23–29, 2015

Choice events in the city this week

Clubbin

AX Balls

Because no justification for getting boys to wear sexy clothing is too feeble, this edition of Toronto’s “gaysian boys night out” is Pan Am Games-themed. Sofonda performs and DJ Alex spins top 40, k-pop and house for sweaty, dancing guys. Shirts are discouraged.

Friday, July 24, 11:30pm. Fly 2.0, 6 Gloucester St. meetmeatax.com

Toastr

Because it’s been so long, DJs Sticky Cuts and Delicious are together again to tag-team a crowd of sexy ladies. They take turns spinning hip hop, house, R&B and dancehall for more women than you can shake a stick at. Disclaimer: no girls will be menaced with sticks at this event.  

Saturday, July 25, 9:30pm. White Elephant, 366 Queen St E. facebook.com/toastrto

Literature

Then and Now: Book Launch Party

The godmother of the club scene, Denise Benson (pictured above, photographed by Jonni Super), has written a book chronicling four decades of Toronto nightlife. The launch party for Then & Now: Toronto Nightlife History features Benson in conversation with Stuart Berman, and DJs spinning club anthems from the last 40 years.

Thursday, July 23, 7:30pm. Nest, 423 College St. threeoclockpress.com/titles/then-and-now

Stage

Flaunt

We all knew it. The signs were there. The Harbourfront Centre has finally admitted it’s not straight, and you’re invited to its coming out party. This festival is all about self-expression, both on stage and in the crowd. Includes drag acts, fashion shows, ballroom events and dance parties.

Friday, July 24–Sunday, July 26. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com

Pride Never Ends

Ultra-queers gather for a bash to “remind people of the struggles that queer, trans and non-male identifying people face year round.” Entertainment includes live music by such queer and ally talent as Boy Pussy (pictured above, photo by Alex Lee), Big Yellow, New Company, Man Simply Is and Space Case.  

Friday, July 24, 9pm. The Central, 603 Markham St.

OUTrageous: Straight Boys Gone Wild

This recurring gay stand-up comedy night is so inclusive that this edition features only straight comedians. That’s so gay, right? Well, at least they’re cute and likely to strip off for a couple of drink tickets. Performers are Nigel Grinstead, Danny Martinello, Kyle Hickey and Matt O’Brien.

Wednesday, July 29, 8pm. Yuk Yuk’s, 224 Richmond St W. yukyuks.com

For more event listings, visit dailyxtra.com/lgbt-events