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

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

The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow 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:

1. STIFF @ TIFF 6: The Legend of Tom’s Hardy

Where: Handlebar (159 Augusta — much closer to TIFF central than it usually is).
When: Tuesday the 15th after 10pm
Why: Admittedly, there’s a bias here: This annual queer party is co-hosted by bent editor Peter Knegt. But ask anyone that’s been to one of its first five 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: Bovine Sex Club (524 Queen Street West)
When: Friday the 11th 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 a live show from punk rockers VCR and their music video release, hostess Judy Virago performing a “sinematic silver screen show” and erotic dancers Laura Desiree and Caleb King “going hard to get you harder.” 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. 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 (this year there is definitely an opening night party there too)… 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?

4. 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.

5. Trade: Wigs and Heels

Where: The Black Eagle (457 Church Street)

When: Saturday the 12th after 10pm

Why: Speaking of the Village, here’s a specific party to “let your inner drag queen slut it out for a night” (so says the invite). At Toronto’s famed Black Eagle, the night will have “sexual go go boys working their weaves” 

6. Thunderbear!

Where: Wayla Bar (996 Queen Street East)

When: Saturday the 19th after 10pm

Why: Still around for TIFF’s final weekend? Into bears? Are a bear? Just like to be around bears? Toronto legend & international DJ Barry Harris is bringing the party to Thunderbear WAYLA Saturday Sept 19th…  Part of the remixing team Thunderpuss, Barry shot to fame with remixes of Mary J Blige, Aaliya, Britney Spears, Cher, Madonna, Pet Shop Boys, Amber, Enrique Iglesias & many more including the award winning remix of Whitney Houston’s club anthem “It’s not right, but it’s ok.” His first band Kon Kan reached international success with the huge dance single “I beg your pardon” charting top 5 in the UK made Billboard’s Top 20 in the U.S & won him a Juno award (Canada’s Grammy) in 1990…. 

7. Tramp

Where: The Steady (1051 Bloor Street West)

When: Saturday the 12th after 10pm
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.  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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