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10 Ways To Have a Big Gay Night Out During The Toronto Film Festival

10 Ways To Have a Big Gay Night Out During The Toronto Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off Thursday and we know you’re probably already stressing out about… where you might be able to get laid while you’re there? Never fear, /bent readers, because this blog is run by a few folks that definitely know a thing or two about being slutty in Canada’s biggest city, and we have more than a few suggestions for how to have a fun night out in the midst of your moviegoing:


Where: Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West)
When: Tuesday the 9th after 10pm
Why: Admittedly, there’s a bias here: This annual queer party is hosted by bent editor Peter Knegt. But ask anyone that’s been to one of its first four incarnations and they’ll (hopefully) tell you it’s a boozy, loose mix of locals and industry blowing off serious steam after 5 straight days and nights of festivalling. More info here.

2. Bruce LaBruce’s TIFF Party

Where: Bambi’s (1265 Queen Street West)
When: Friday the 5th after 9pm
Why: The fact that Toronto queercore legend himself Bruce LaBruce is presenting (and DJing) should be reason enough to head to what they’re calling “the most feared TIFF party of them all.” Moving farther west this year, it promises special guests, “dirty dancers” and a Hornito’s drink special. Just be careful if you have those pesky Saturday 9am screenings… They’re not so easy to go to when you wake up at 8:45 in a stranger’s apartment. More info here.

3. Big Primpin

Where: Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West)

When: Friday the 5th after 9pm
Why: This non-TIFF party might be a perfect partner for the aforementioned Bruce LaBruce shindig, since it’s just a few doors down. A Toronto queer scene staple for a good decade, the monthly “hip-hop for homos” event is themed “baby got back to school” this time around, and will probably feature a a considerable amount of folks fresh to Toronto’s many universities, if that’s your thing. More info here.

4. The Infamous Strip Club Nights

Where: Remingtons (379 Yonge Street) and Flash (463 Church Street)

When: Typically it’s been Sundays at Remingtons and Mondays at Flash and everyone has a story about one time or another (Did you hear the one about Johnny Knoxville going one year?). But it really depends on the year… And that said, there will definitely be festival folks at either one pretty much any night of the festival.
Why: Who doesn’t want to drink overpriced beers while watching drunken film producers and distributors stick colourful Canadian money in hot straight guys’ g-strings?

5. The Village!

Where: In and around Church Street between Bloor and Carlton.

When: Any night.
Why: Though Toronto’s queer party scene has moved all over town, the staple that is the dozen or so bars and clubs in the city’s gay village is still always worth a fun night out, especially Thursday-Sunday. Whether Woody’s (the classic), Buddies (great for dancing on Saturday nights), CHURCH on Church, The Churchmouse, O’Gradys, Crews & Tangos (great drag shows), Byzantium or others… You can kind of sense quickly which bars are worth going into and which aren’t from the street. Though pretentious local queers might be quick to push you in the opposite direction of the Village, don’t be so quick to assume they know what they’re talking about. Especially if you just want some good old fashioned fun.

6. Business Woman’s Special: The White Party

Where: ROUND (152a August Avenue)

When: Saturday the 13th after 10pm
Why: Still around for TIFF’s final weekend? Then monthly party Business Woman’s Special is probably a solid bet to end things off on a dirty note. “Who says you can’t wear white after Labour Day!?!” is the night’s motto. But I’m sure they’ll be fine if you show up in a more conservative shade. Drink specials all night long. More info here.

7. Tapette

Where: Henhouse (1532 Dundas Street West)

When: Saturday the 6th after 9pm
Why: Another regular Toronto queer party, Tapette turns four years old during TIFF, and they’re having a celebration in honor of that on the first Saturday of the festival. DJ Phil V will be playing “french disco and house magic” all night, while Miki Milan will be on the gogo stage. Oh, and they’re giving away tickets to a Yelle concert. Though it’s in Toronto so if you’re not local use it as a flirting tool with someone that is. More info here.

8. Love Saves The Day

Where: The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West)

When: Saturday the 6th after 11pm
Why: From 11pm until “adam decides its over,” this “maximal house, maximal disco” inspired party is another Toronto staple, and yet another potential part of a party crawl (it’s a 5 minute walk from the party above — also note that The Henhouse and The Beaver are fun queer nights out any night of the week — they collectively represent Toronto’s west end queer bars). More info here.

9. Tramp

Where: The Steady (1051 Bloor Street West)

When: Saturday the 6th after 9pm
Why: Though Toronto’s queer girl options are minimal (at least exclusively — though many of the above are very mixed if not even slightly more girl-oriented), there’s one party we’re you can be guaranteed a full-on girls night out. “Calling all: Dykes, Rug Munchers, Fems, Hussies, Lezzies, Queers, Butches, Sluts, Bisexuals, Hags, Riot Grrrls, Finger Bangers, Freaks, Studs & TRAMPS!” Says the night’s promoters. And this edition even has a charitable cause: They’e raising money to bring a friend into asylum from the abuse and ongoing threats she faces in Uganda due to being a transwoman. Have fun and help out.  More info here.

10. DND Leather Daddy Edition

Where: Wayla (996 Queen Street West)

When: Saturday the 6th after 10pm
Why: The first Saturday of the festival clearly has something for everyone, with this leather party waiting for you if you’re into leather. dj’s Dwayne Minard & Mike B. will provide a night of “sexy house grooves to shake your ass to” at east end bar Wayla (which is really great). Leather attire is “encouraged.”  More info here.

Have a fun TIFF all… and we’ll preview the actual movies in a bit, we promise. Oh, and just a reminder as to what party you should go to above all else:

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