Arts & Entertainment
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Out in Toronto: May 4–10, 2017

Choice events in the city this week

The PepTides perform at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre on May 5, 2017. Credit: Courtesy Ming Wu

Thursday, May 4

It’s All Tru

Everything’s fine in the life of Kurt and Travis, a perfect gay couple, until one of them has unprotected sex with a stranger. Written and directed by Sky Gilbert, this new play explores such issues as the use of PrEP and the criminalization of HIV. The cast included the Dora Award–winning David Coomber. The venue is accessible (visit website for more information).

Runs until Sunday, May 14, various showtimes. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. buddiesinbadtimes.com 

David Coomber and Caleb Olivieri star in It’s All Tru, which runs until May 14, 2017 at Buddies.
Courtesy Seanna Kennedy

Contain/Collect 

This month-long interdisciplinary art show and performance lab is all about queering history. Features talks, performances and work by more than 25 artists. Includes original pieces for sale by such artists as Ulisa Deskaj, Melissa Florence and Michael McGlennon. The event is run by Elephant in the Attic, a print gallery and design shop.  

Runs until Sunday, May 14. 1544 Dundas St W. elephantintheattic.ca/contain-collect

Contain/Collect runs until May 14, 2017.
Courtesy Marcela Boechat

Sh!t Show: Queer Comedy Night 

The village gets a new comedy night. This edition features the comedy stylings of Jess Beaulieu, David Tomlinson, Johnnie Walker, Kinsey Fail, and others. Stay late for  an afterparty with music by DJ Orange Pekoe. The venue is mostly accessible (there are no buttons to open the front door or the accessible washroom door).

9pm–2am. Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Friday, May 5

Inside Out 2017 Launch Party 

Pick up your program guides for the upcoming 2017 Inside Out LGBT Film Festival at this sweaty dance party kick-off. There is food, drinks, and DJ sets by hey! dw, Mary Mack and Jules Bangsworth. Inside Out is the largest event of its kind in Canada, with artist talks, panel discussions, and thousands of film screenings every year. 

7:30pm–12:30am. St James Cathedral Centre, 65 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook

The PepTides Live at Buddies 

The PepTides, the eclectic and very queer musical group, puts on a concert at the theatre in the Village. The group, consisting of men and women, gay people and straight people, and people of all backgrounds, puts on a performance full of live vocals and tunes you can definitely dance to. The venue is accessible (visit website for more information).

10pm–1am. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Saturday, May 6

BMO Presents Martha Chaves at We’re Funny That Way 

Martha Chaves, one of Canada’s most successful comedians, hits the stage for some standup. The Nicaragua-born queer comedian covers just about every topic, and her biting political commentary is current, accessible and unique. The performance is part of We’re Funny That Way, a comedy festival produced by Ford Cassella Productions. 

9–10pm. Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Just a Taste: The Green Space Festival Launch Party

The Green Space Festival, a multi-party extravaganza that takes place every Toronto Pride, kicks off this year with a huge ballroom-style bash. DJs Deko-Ze and Hector Romero spin. Scott Fordham choreographs an army of dancers. And folks show off their looks on the runway. Proceeds from the festival benefit The 519. The venue is accessible.

9pm–2am. The 519, 519 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Sunday, May 7

Warning, Trigger: A Cabaret by Heath Salazar 

The Dora Award–winning Heath Salazar teams up with their drag alter ego Gay Jesus for a cabaret. They perform and share their experience of mental illness and being a transgender performer. Presented by Jennifer Walls, the evening also includes performances by special guests Kevin Vidal and Chiano Panth.

8:30–11:30pm. 120 Diner, 120 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Warning, Trigger: A Cabaret by Heath Salazar takes place on May 7, 2017, at 120 Diner.
Courtesy Heath Salazar