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Out in Toronto: Sept 8-14, 2016

Choice events in the city this week

  Courtesy Nush Bodhi

Thursday, Sept 8

Queer ‘Singles’ Euchre

It’s speed dating with a twist and it involves perhaps the sexiest game ever devised — euchre. For each game, you play with (and get to know) a new partner, and must play a minimum of five games. And take the definition of “singles” lightly; this night is for anyone looking to meet new people. Think polyamory, folks.

8–10pm. Bar 499, 499 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Season Launch Party

The local queer theatre is about to embark on another season of art, experimentation and silliness. While celebrating the new season, attendees can meet both the new resident artists and the winner of the Queer Emerging Artist Award, have a shot with Patricia and see lady bear Fay Slift do something to make your jaw drop. Oh, and there’s cake.

9pm. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. buddiesinbadtimes.com

Friday, Sept 9

Back to Church: So You Think You Can Drag

Now and then, this recurring queer girl party gets all drag-happy — with the wigs and the fake sideburns — and holds a drag competition you won’t want to miss. Drag king Maddox and queen Natalia Rayne compete somehow or other for the audience’s enjoyment, and DJ Delicious will spin hip hop, house, top 40, mash-ups and more.

10:30pm. Church on Church, 504 Church St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Courtesy Dylan Neil

Steers and Queers: Dolly After Party

Everyone’s favourite country drag queen is in town, and we’re not going to pass up this opportunity. Now and then, the recurring country-themed queer party adds an extra theme: Dolly Parton. And she’s actually in town, so this edition of the bar night should be particularly nuts. It includes DJs, drinks and other Dolly-related stuff. Attendees are encouraged to come out in their best Dolly drag.

11pm. Lipstick and Dynamite, 992 Queen St W. facebook.com/snqparty

Courtesy Lauren Hortie

Saturday, Sept 10

Queer and Trans Family Event: End of Summer Celebration

While everyone else is out flirting over euchre and dressing up as Dolly Parton, queer and trans families are over at the local community centre enjoying more wholesome activities. That includes games, singing, craft-making and snacking. This is part of a series of monthly events for queer and trans families. For more information, contact lgibbon@the519.org.

10:30am–1:30pm. The 519, 519 Church St. the519.org
 

Sunday, Sept 11

The Pink List

Each year the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) brings a slew of celebrities, glamorous parties and film premieres to town — and big swinging cock. Can’t forget the big swinging cock. As part of a week of TIFF-themed events, the all-male strip club hosts its 12th annual The Pink List party. It’s hosted by Chad Hudson and includes erotic performances, stripping and giveaways.

5pm–2am. Remington’s, 379 Yonge St. remingtons.com

Tuesday, Sept 13

Book Launch: Sad Old Faggot by Sky Gilbert

Sky Gilbert has been around a long time, and he’s cranky and he has some things to say — and it’s all in his new memoir. Some of it may be about you. Some may be about his anus (spoiler: a chapter of this memoir really is about his anus). The launch party includes performances by Nathaniel Bacon and Keith Cole (who gets a submarine sandwich-related favourable mention in the memoir).

7pm. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. buddiesinbadtimes.com