Friday, March 4
V is for Variety
Maggie Cassella of the late Flying Beaver Pubaret (and a whole bunch of other things) hosts a variety show with Shannon McDonough. It includes musical guests Jennifer Walls and Michael O’Hara and the comedy stylings of such luminaries as Katie Ford, creator and writer of the movie Miss Congeniality.
9pm. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. buddiesinbadtimes.com
Billing for this seasonal party makes a point of mentioning that it welcomes “freaks, femmes, stone cold butches, baby dykes, bears, cubs, otters, pups, art fags, jocko homos, genderqueers, daddies, owls, and people who love to get down to house music.” In other words, it’s inclusive. DJs Cozmic Cat and John Caffery spin.
10pm. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W. For more info, visit Facebook.
Cream: Spring Break
Those girls who aren’t going elsewhere to go wild this spring are invited to take their shirts off in the village instead. This edition of the monthly girl party features the gorgeous and talented DJ Arts & Crafts spinning hip hop, trap, old school and more. And DJ KLR will be there too, probably running around stealing shirts.
10:30pm. Club 120, 120 Church St. facebook.com/creamtoronto
Saturday, March 5
Don’t Tell Mama
Queer choir Singing Out’s annual cabaret fundraiser is rather enticingly themed, Don’t Tell Mama. Sadly, it’s too early to know what the theme will entail, but you can expect quality from a choir known for showing its pride through music, and covering everything from the sacred to the silly. And alcohol is available too, so you can’t lose.
7 and 9pm. The 519, 519 Church St. singingout.com
Hey QT: Queer Dance Party
With so few details for this event yet available to the public — except that it’s billed as a “rager waiting to happen” — it’s hard to say what it’ll be like. But it has DJs Sigourney Beaver (of Steers and Queers), Joe Blow and Mary Mack spinning hip hop, electro, pop, dancehall and more, so it’s gotta be good, right?
10pm. Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St W. For more info, visit Facebook.
Monday, March 7
Drag Race at The Gladstone
A couple of the drag queens from the insidious House of Filth host one of tonight’s many public screenings of the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8. Folks who arrive early can get dinner first, then barf it up as the terrifying Allysin Chaynes and Champagna Enemea assume their roles as hosts for the evening.
8pm. The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W. gladstonehotel.com
Tuesday, March 8
A Line in the Sand
Morgan David Jones stars as a queer Canadian soldier in a production of a revised version of a 1995 play. It highlights Canada’s involvement in war overseas, and covers such themes as acceptance of queer people in the armed forces. He plays a repressed homosexual whose desires lead to violence, destruction and death.
Runs until Sunday, March 27, various showtimes. Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst St. factorytheatre.ca