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Out in Toronto: Nov 17–23, 2016

Choice events in the city this week

Dottie Dangerfield's vagina-themed party, Beef Curtains: Dottie’s Big Opening, takes place on Nov 19, 2016, at The Steady. Credit: Courtesy Lorelei Photography

Thursday, Nov 17

Sharron Matthews Naked

Cabaret star Sharron Matthews, former (and the first ever) cabaret artist-in-residence at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, returns for a night of moving songs and stories. This final night of the engagement at the local queer theatre includes singular arrangements of tunes by such artists as Amy Winehouse, Beyoncé, Annie Lennox and Serena Ryder.

8pm. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St.

Cabaret star Sharron Matthews’s last performance of Sharron Matthews Naked at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre takes place on Nov 17, 2016.
Courtesy Sharron Matthews

Saturday, Nov 19

Toronto Bear Bash

The Village has a new bear party. Hosted by Glad Day and, the gathering begins with a boozy social, and this is followed by a DJ’d bash. Bears and their admirers won’t want to miss it, because as the song goes: For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain, because today’s the day the teddy bears have their piiiiiicnic (errr, dance party).

9pm–2am. Bar 499, 499 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Beef Curtains: Dottie’s Big Opening 

Bio queen (that is, a drag queen who is a cisgender woman) Dottie Dangerfield is producing her own variety show, and the theme is her lovely vagina. The event, billed as a celebration of “the most holy of holes,” features drag, burlesque and live music. It includes such performers as Igby Lizard, Allysin Chaynes, Beardonce, Boa and Cherry Poppins.

10pm–2am. The Steady, 1051 Bloor St W. For more info, visit Facebook.

Bio queen Dottie Dangerfield celebrates her vagina with drag, burlesque and live music on Nov 19, 2016, at The Steady.
Courtesy Lorelei Photography

Sunday, Nov 20

Trans Day of Remembrance: Existence is Resistance 

In light of the recent US election, it is perhaps more important than ever for the community to come together for the Trans Day of Remembrance at the local queer community centre. It’s a gathering focused on remembering those trans lives that have been lost, and celebrating those that are still here. Child care and peer support are available for attendees.

4pm. The 519, 519 Church St.

Wednesday, Nov 23  

All Boylesque Revue

Burlesque isn’t just about mesmerizing breasts anymore — now it’s about gyrating and twirling boy parts too. For years now, boys have thrown their hats (and genitals) into the ring as performers in the long and storied tradition of burlesque. Hosted by Madam Poynter, tonight’s event features such sexy, silly performers as Layton Desire, Kage Wolfe, El Toro and Dew Lily. 

9pm–1am. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St.

Dew Lily (pictured) and others perform at All Boylesque Revue at Buddies on Nov 23, 2016.
Courtesy Photolena