That Choir: Canadiana
That Choir, perhaps Toronto’s most glamorous-spy-like choir (at least in appearance), presents a concert of works by Canadian composers. Each season, they present four concerts that combine choral music and storytelling. This, the final event of their 2014/2015 season, includes pieces by such luminaries as Imant Raminsh, Healey Willan, Kathleen Allan and Jim Duff.
Sunday, May 24, 8pm. Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St E. thatchoir.com
Gitch Underwear Party: White Undies Edition
This edition of Gitch invites boys to put on their whitest jockstraps, briefs and thongs for an evening of bulgy dancing. You can almost taste it — but you shouldn’t, because gagging on a pair of some guy’s briefs on the dance floor is frowned upon. Those inclined to show off even more can compete for prizes at midnight. Stripping down isn’t mandatory, but it does mean free entrance. Clothes check is available.
Friday, May 22, 10pm. Club 120, 120 Church St. club120.ca
Testo(sterone) Party Toronto
The men who attend this party are so manly that it’s easy to imagine them in furs, grunting and swinging an axe in a scene from Game of Thrones. They would look at home in a lumber camp. If they asked you to walk a plank, you would. Actually, their testosterone levels are anyone’s guess, but this party clearly has a particular — axe-swinging and vaguely piratical — demographic in mind. DJ Ron Hamelin spins techno and house for a crowd of rough, sexy guys and their admirers.
Saturday, May 23, 10pm. The Black Eagle, 457 Church St. facebook.com/testosteroneparty
Inside Out Opening Gala
The Inside Out LGBT Film Festival kick-off event is so crammed with activities, attendees may not make it to the next 11 days of films. Following a reception that features a performance by award-winning composer Bryce Kulak, folks head to a screening of the film Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin. Later is an afterparty with music by Bruce LaBruce and JD Samson, and pop-up performances by the thespians from Storefront Theatre.
Thursday, May 21, 5:30pm; Festival runs until Sunday, May 31. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W. insideout.ca
You spend time thinking up pick-up lines. More to the point, you actually think pick-up lines work. You arrange to spend a lot of time near people you’re attracted to, but you never say anything. You think Facebook stalking is cute (if you “like” enough of their statuses, they’ll notice you, right?). You poor, sad creature. You need some pointers. Burlesque performer Coco La Creme imparts more than a few tips in this five-hour intensive on the ins and outs of friendly and romantic flirtation.
Sunday, May 24, noon. Good for Her, 175 Harbord St. goodforher.com
Toronto Soulo Festival
Tracey Erin Smith’s theatre festival includes a variety of workshops, panels and plays such as James Judd’s Killer Quack, in which he plays a handsome con artist who poses as a dermatologist, kills one of his clients and has to flee to Costa Rica; Shaista Latif’s The Archivist, based on her reflections about her time living at Covenant House; and Izad Etemadi’s Love with Leila, a comedy about a charming, bearded Persian woman.
Runs Thursday, May 21–Sunday, May 24, various showtimes. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St E. soulo.ca
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