Saturday, April 20th, 2019 is 4/20. The day we celebrate Marijuana. The day we smoke our face off. The day we laugh at our own jokes. The day we eat everything in the fridge. The day we– wait what day is it again?
Since the much anticipated Legalization day on October 17th of 2018 recreational use of cannabis has been a hot topic. Cannabis focused events are popping up everywhere in the city!
Though we’ve been smoking on this date for years; this 4/20 is extra special nOw ThAt ItS lEgAl, so how should we celebrate it? Here’s a curated list of queer events happening in Toronto on 4/20 *click photo for event details*
Toronto’s Queer comedy scene is huge! From weekly comedy shows to improv shows; this scene is not only diverse but LARGE! Check out what we’ve got going on below!
Working Women Comedy Showcase When: First Tuesday of every month Where: Gladstone Hotel – Melody Bar Contact for spots: Sam Sferrazza or Lucas Loizou Pay: 30$ – 35$ for booked acts, 50$ – 55$ for headliners (depending on audience numbers) Allys also welcome! Wheelchair Accessible!
Lavender throws monthly parties at Glad Day Bookshop. I’ve personally fallen in love with Lavender parties because they’ve created a safe space to be queer without fear!
The crowd was queer as heck! I’ve never walked into a party and have my gaydar buzz as much as it does at Lavender parties! The crowd is predominantly filled with queer women. There was a wide age range, but I’d say most folks were between 20-35. I met a lovely woman who introduced herself to me by shouting to me that she’s 50 and so happy to be there! As you can see in the photos; Lavender is for everyone!
The people who come to these parties are the sweetest and friendliest queers you’ll meet! I accidentally bumped into someone and spilled their drink (I’m very clumsy); you’d expect a dirty look, but instead I was greeted with a warm hug as I apologized profusely!
You can come here with a group, your partner(s) or come alone and still feel like you’re surrounded by friends!
DJ Zehra is Lavender’s resident DJ and they are great at keeping people moving! They play dancehall, soca, and hip hop throughout the night, but still find a way to sprinkle in some top 40 hits to cater to the crowd. I can’t help but whine my waist a “likkle” when DJ Zehra adds some “Fever” by Vybz Kartel in the mix!
Lavender parties are held at The Glad Day Bookshop, right in the centre of the village! Prime location, easy to get-to, and accessible. There are no stairs or steps to get into the front entrance and there is an accessible bathroom on the main floor. There are several bathrooms downstairs that are all genderless.
Glad Day is a fully functioning bookshop with loads of books for you to browse through and buy. I’ve caught a handful of Lavender partiers flipping through the novels on the wall.
A bar with beautiful bartenders who occasionally dance around the party with cups and pitchers of water to keep all the sweet dancers hydrated!
Overall, a very queer and cute venue that complements the event well.
In short, go to a Lavender event! Go with an open mind, and you’ll have a blast. The crowd is a mix, the music makes you move, and the party’s energy will leave you feeling refreshed.
Every Saturday – TIKI DISCO – Saturday Nights after Dinner @ Miss Thing’s! Saturday Nights after dinner in the Coconut Room! Special Guest DJ’s to make you MOVE! No Cover before Midnight Miss Thing’s & Wrongbar same location a Pan Asian restaurant, cocktail bar and huge dance space 1279 Queen St W Queer West Village, Toronto ON at Brock Parkdale.416.516.8677 http://www.missthings.com/ Miss Thing’s is our new restaurant in the front, while Wrongbar remains in the rear. It’s much better than it used to be. Much more interesting of a space with spots for conversation and smaller intimate hang outs. 10 PM
Every Tuesday – Crag Crux Climbers @ Joe Rockheads. Providing queer fun, rock-climbing with 22,000 square of indoor walls. Meets every Tuesday 7:30 pm at Joe Rockhead’s at 29 Fraser Avenue (south of King just east of Dufferin). The group also meets outdoors at Milton area, the Collingwood area, and at Lion’s Head on the Bruce Peninsula. At Easter and Thanksgiving, there’s generally a trip down to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. All levels welcome; all you need to know is how to belay using a gri-gri and how to tie a figure-eight knot. No club fees: see www.joerockheads.com for gym fees. Queer West Village, Toronto ON
Every Wednesday in the Summer – Toronto LGBT Lawn Bowling @Cosburn Park Lawn Bowling Club. Looking for a fun way to spend your Wednesday evenings this summer? Try lawn bowling, in Toronto’s LGBT-friendly lawn bowling league, one of only a few of its kind in the world! The Rainbowlers Club will have coaches on hand to teach the game, you’ll get to play, and, if you like, you can even register for the entire year for the low price of $100! Can’t come to the open house, but interested in playing? Toronto Rainbowlers 525 Cosburn Avenue, Toronto, CA http://torontorainbowlers.ca/
Every Thursday – Perfectly Queer Scope Radio a division of Ryerson University Radio, A collection of amazing music, old and new, by members of the LGBTQ community! Hosted by Daryl Nicholas. Plays every Thursday 8-9 EST, and replays 8-9 EST on Saturdays. You can also listen to on your smart phone via the App TuneIn or You can listen to it on the internet.http://www.thescopeatryerson.ca/
Every Friday – Beam Me Up! Disco @ Piston. 10 PM Beam Me Up Discohttps://soundcloud.com/beammeupdisco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel & proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence in the best sounding bar in town, supplied by residents the DJs Patchouli Brothershttps://soundcloud.com/thepatchoulibrothers(f.k.a. A Digital Needle) & DJ Cyclist (Mark in Toronto) https://soundcloud.com/cyclist who go back to back all night! The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. (West of Ossington Beside the Long & McQuade) Close to the Ossington Subway Station, Queer West Village, Toronto ON 416 532 3989 http://thepiston.ca/