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Out in Toronto: Oct 20–26, 2016

Choice events in the city this week

Songs and Screams 2 hosts a Halloween event starring Nathaniel Bacon on Oct 25, 2016 at The Social Capital Theatre. Courtesy Mitchel Raphael

Thursday, Oct 20

The (Post) Mistress 

Marie-Louise Painchaud, the endearing Métis postmistress of the fictional village of Lovely, Ontario, has the ability to read the townspeople’s mail through the envelopes. She turns what she learns into songs. The Toronto premiere of acclaimed playwright and musician Tomson Highway’s musical includes songs with Cree lyrics. 

Runs until Sunday, Nov 6, various showtimes. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St. theatrefrancias.com 

Patricia Cano plays the lead role of Marie-Louise Painchaud in the Toronto premier of The Post Mistress, taking place at the Berkeley Street Theatre on Oct 20, 2016.
Courtesy Bryan McNally

Friday, Oct 21

Arabian Knights Halloween 

The new inclusive dance party returns with a Halloween edition. A henna tattoo artist is on site, and there are belly dancing performances. This is a queer Middle Eastern dance party, but it’s open to everyone — you just have to be ready to dance to some amazing Arabic music. DJ Louay spins gyration-inspiring beats. Costumes are encouraged, of course. 

10pm–3am. Club 120, 120 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.

AX Halloween 

The queer Asian club night, Asian Xpress, returns with, according to billing, “ectoplasmic beats” for Halloween. DJ Sumation spins, and drag performer Sofonda Cox is joined by VaChina Dynasty on the stage. The AX Maximus go-go dancers shake their little butts for an audience of ghoulishly-attired revelers who are vying to win cash in the costume competition.

10:30pm–3am. Fly 2.0, 6 Gloucester St. aznxp.com 

Saturday, Oct 22

Northbound Leather Fetish Fashion Show: XXX 

It’s the time of year when a host of sexy guys and girls put on slutty leather outfits and strut up and down a runway. This year, the leather and fetish shop’s annual fundraiser includes a special appearance by bondage expert Midori. It’s also the store’s 30th anniversary, so the festivities include a retrospective of the apparel and accessories that the shop has churned out over the years. 

9pm. The Phoenix, 410 Sherbourne St. northbound.com 

Northbound Leather Fetish Fashion Show gears up to showcase sexy leather outfits on Oct 22, 2016 at The Phoenix.
Courtesy Tony Fong

Trade: Cocks and Caftans 

Just when you think you’ve left a particular icky fashion trend behind, it makes a horrifying return. But in this case, at least there are penises involved. The filthy club night for guys is back and this time it has a caftan theme. According to billing, attendees are encouraged to wear caftans, but “keep your junk free underneath.” DJs Jeffrey Sfire and Scooter McCreight spin.

10pm–3am. The Black Eagle, 457 Church St. facebook.com/getsometrade 

Trade’s theme is caftans with nothing underneath. DJ Jeffrey Sfire (pictured) spins at this event on Oct 22, 2016 at The Phoenix.
Courtesy Jeremy Deputat

Tuesday, Oct 25

Songs and Screams 2: The Halloween Show 

Dirty Bird Theatre hosts a Halloween event with horror-enthusiast, (and a guy who’s almost annoyingly pretty) Nathaniel Bacon as the star. He is joined by Dora Award–winning actor Elley Ray for a spooky, eclectic cabaret with live music and theatre and — most terrifying of all — poetry.  It’s complete with a 50/50 draw and hair-raising costume contest. 

8pm. The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Ave. For more info, visit Facebook