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Out in Toronto: May 5-11, 2016

Choice events in the city this week

Thursday, May 5

Refashioning Masculinity Fashion Show

An event which, according to billing, “demonstrates how fashion can reimagine men’s gender identities and foster diversity.” It includes an exhibit on how individuals and organizations can help reinterpret masculinity, and a reception, and culminates in a very unconventional fashion show. RSVP required.

7pm. Ryerson Recreation and Athletics Centre, 350 Victoria St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Friday, May 6

Inside Out Launch Party

The massive annual queer film festival launches with music from DJs Craig Dominic, Blackcat and Nik Red, a performance by the House of Monroe and an art installation by Leuwebb. The 11-day-long festival — the largest event of its kind in Canada — begins May 26. It includes screenings, talks, panels and parties. 

7:30pm. St James Cathedral Centre, 65 Church St. insideout.ca

Just a Taste: Disco Disco

Pride is soon upon us, and that means the return of Green Space, the popular series of outdoor dance parties. Green Space’s Disco Disco happens twice this year: once at Pride and once now, as a kick-off. It includes bellbottomy disco beats from Horse Meat Disco and others, and drag performances by Judy Virago and Igby Lizzard.

9pm. The 519, 519 Church St. greenspaceto.org

Saturday, May 7

DND Fifth Anniversary

If you love crows-feet, a furrowed brow and big hands that were made for spanking, you probably have a daddy fetish. And you should probably be at this party. The party that began at Joy Bistro, Daddy Next Door, hosts its fifth anniversary party with by DJs Dwayne Minard and it’smikeyboy spinning house music from the 1990s and early 2000s.

10pm. WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen St E. waylabar.ca

Wet Trax Party

With a roster of mostly queer and transgender artists, the record label Wet Trax is dedicated to celebrating the queer roots of dance music. Now a year old, the label showcases some of its talent with a huge dance party. It includes music by DJs Boy Pussy, Dirty Daddy Don and CGI Asian, and vocalist and producer Neoprene.

10pm. The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. For more info, visit Facebook.

Wednesday, May 11

Le Placard

François Pignon is an accountant for a condom factory — for now. When he learns that he’s going to be fired, he nearly jumps out of a window. A neighbour stops him, and suggests a scheme for keeping his job: pretend he’s gay and the company will keep him on, for fear of being thought homophobic. This is a production of a hilarious play by Francis Veber.

Runs until Sunday, May 29, various showtimes. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St. theatrefrancais