Arts & Entertainment
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Out in Toronto: March 2–8, 2017

Choice events in the city this week

The Bodyguard runs until May 14, 2017, at Ed Mirvish Theatre. Credit: Courtesy Paul Coltas

Thursday, March 2

Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience 

To mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, Cree visual artist Kent Monkman’s exhibit of paintings, drawings and sculptures gives his take on the story of Canada. The story goes back well before confederation and includes a humorous and searing critique of Canada’s colonial past. 

Runs until Saturday, March 4. Art Museum at the University of Toronto, 15 King’s College Cir. 

The Bodyguard 

When bodyguard Frank Farmer starts protecting superstar Rachel Marron from a stalker, they both get more than they expected — in the love department. Based on the well-loved movie, this musical includes Whitney Houston power ballads and shirtless male backup dancers. The venue is mostly accessible (visit website for more information).

Runs until Sunday, May 14, various showtimes. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St. 

Friday, March 3

Toronto Queer Slowdance: FEMMEnomenon Edition 

Attendees are invited to “femme it up” (whatever that means to you) for this edition of Queer Slowdance. The event typically draws a diverse and open-minded crowd of people who want to spend their Friday swaying gently with strangers. The venue is accessible for most people with disabilities. 

10pm–3am. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W. For more info, visit Facebook

Big Primpin: Link Up 

Party people come together and hook up at this recurring hip hop dance party. DJs Sikh Knowledge and Nino Brown spin for LGBT people and their guests. Takes place the first Friday of each month at the venue formerly known as Wrongbar. For line bypass, email

10:30pm–1:30am. Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St W. For more info, visit Facebook

Saturday, March 4

Hot Damn It’s a Queer Slam 

Folks express themselves loudly and earnestly (I know you all love to do that) at this queer poetry slam. Includes an open mic portion for attendees who want to give it a shot. The venue is mostly accessible (there are no buttons to open the front door or the accessible washroom door). 

7:30–11pm. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook

The Book of Mormon

AIDS, religion; no topic is too sensitive or off-limits for this smash musical returning to Toronto. From the creators of South Park, The Book of Mormon follows a pair of missionaries sent to Uganda to spread their faith. 

Runs until Sunday, April 16, various showtimes. Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St W. 

Monday, March 6

Mindful Crochet 

Trump. Mumps. Rent. We have a lot of reasons to feel stressed. At this event, folks take refuge from the rigors of daily life in the repetitive and soothing activity of crochet. No experience or materials required. Everyone in the LGBT community is welcome. The venue is accessible for more people with disabilities.

5–7pm. The 519, 519 Church St.