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Out in Toronto: Oct 6-12, 2016

Choice events in the city this week

DJ Blackcat celebrates his birthday at his annual dance party at Club 120 on Oct 9, 2016. Courtesy Christopher J Cushman

Thursday, Oct 6

Discover Toronto: A Drag Musical Living Anthology  

There are many ways to tell the story of Toronto — including through the heavily made-up eyes of a drag queen. Produced by Krafty Queers, this drag musical gives a glamorous take on some of the city’s better known historical events and landmarks.

7pm. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W. ago.net

Friday, Oct 7

Balls Deep Disco w/ Sleazy McQueen

Florida-based DJ and producer Sleazy McQueen is known for combining the dirty fun of ’70s funk with the hypnotic rhythm of deep house. This filthy name edition of the recurring dance party features McQueen spinning alongside locals Kris Steeves and Cyclist.

10pm–3am. The Black Eagle, 457 Church St. blackeagletoronto.com

Florida-based DJ Sleazy McQueen will spin at Balls Deep Disco, which takes place at The Black Eagle on Oct 7, 2016.
Courtesy Lola Brandt

Cream x October

Fall and winter, organizers of this party say, is when lesbians prefer to be in serious relationships. To be tied down, or “cuffed.” And the latest edition of this monthly queer girl party is a great place to find a girl to be cuffed to for the long, cold months. DJs KLR and Sticky Cuts provide the soundtrack.

10:30pm–2:30am. Club 120, 120 Church St. facebook.com/creamtoronto

Queer girl party Cream x October takes place at Club 120 on Oct 7, 2016.
Courtesy Chantelle Wright

Saturday, Oct 8

Coronation 30: Celestial Ball

The Imperial Court of Toronto hosts its biggest charity fundraiser of the year. The science fiction-themed party features a salute to the outgoing emperor and empress, the crowning of the new titleholders and a drag tribute to the late Chris Edwards. All proceeds go to PWA and Rainbow Railroad.

5pm–midnight. Marriott, 525 Bay St. For more info, visit Facebook.

The Imperial Court of Toronto’s biggest charity fundraiser will pay tribute to late Toronto drag queen Chris Edwards at the Marriott on Oct 8, 2016.
Courtesy David Hawe

Pitbull: Face-Off

The party for macho guys with tattoos and facial hair gets even more manly this time around with a hockey theme. That’s because participants in the Eastern Canadian Gay Hockey Tournament are in attendance, all sporty and probably bruised sexily. DJ Dwayne Minard spins.

10pm–3:30am. The Gates, 66 Gerrard St E. pitbullevents.com

Sunday, Oct 9

Chubs at the Tubs

Before going into hibernation for the winter, bears (and their admirers) lumber over to the bathhouse. It’s an afternoon full of door prizes, socializing and naughtiness in the venue’s many rooms and dark areas. This is one of the very few bear-focused bathhouse nights in the city.

1–6pm. Spa Excess, 105 Carlton St. facebook.com/bearsinexcess

Go Hard Noir: All Black Everything

DJ Blackcat likes to make a big deal of his birthday, so once again he’s celebrating it at his annual dance party. DJs Pleasure, Craig Dominic, Lissa Monet and Prestige spin. The birthday boy gives out copies of his latest mix-tape over the course of the night. Dress code: see the event title, silly.

10:30pm–4am. Club 120, 120 Church St. club120.ca

DJ Blackcat’s birthday dance party returns on Oct 9, 2016 at Club 120.
Courtesy Christopher J Cushman

Tuesday, Oct 11

Spotlight: Shady Queens

It’s RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Bob the Drag Queen and Courtney Act performing. It’s others too. It’s like drag just blew up all over this event. So, if that’s your thing, then do this. All proceeds go to Fife House, which provides services and housing for people living with HIV/AIDS.

7–10pm. The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. For more info, visit Facebook.