Dyke City Guide to Toronto

Dyke March Toronto loves so much of what goes on in Toronto and the GTA’s queer communities. Here are a few of our favourite resources, places, spaces, and events (please note that these listings are only scratching the surface of what is happening in our community).

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Parties & Events

Cherry Bomb
CHERRY BOMB is: a fun, flirty dance yo’ ass off party for queer women & all of our friends. The CB dance parties explode the 2nd-to-last Saturday monthly.
https://www.facebook.com/CherryBombToronto

Toastr (Atelier – 366 Queen Street East)
Leslieville’s favourite night for women and their friends is the last Saturday of every month at Atelier.
https://www.facebook.com/toastrTO

Yes Yes Y’all
YES YES Y’ALL is a queer hip hop/dancehall/rnb jam that happens the 3rd Friday of every month.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/52141184423/

Sapphic Aquatica (Oasis Aqualounge – 231 Mutual Street)
Sapphic Aquatica is a monthly event exclusively for women/trans-identified people which is held at Oasis Aqualounge. On the last Sunday of every month, guests can enjoy the club’s spa facilities and various play rooms at this up-scale sex club, located in the heart of downtown Toronto. This event encourages a fun and safe exploration of sexuality within a clean and beautiful 4-story space.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sapphic-Aquatica/492504120788430

Uhaul (The Garrison 1197 Dundas Street West)
Queer Nite Every THURSDAYS at the Garrison
10pm – late
COME EARLY FOR TACOS
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Uhaul-Thursday-Nite-Queer-Party/162986720515078

Queer Slowdance Night (Dovercourt House – 805 Dovercourt Road)
With a lending library of designated dancers for all you wallflowers, and a dancecard-booklet to set up dances in advance (should you choose to), Toronto Queer Slowdance has all slow songs, all night long! (Except for the occasional intermission when we play the fastest songs we can find!)

It’s high school with a happy ending. Come and experience why slow is beautiful, and why love is not ironic.

PS. Fabulous and inspired attire, while desired, is not required.

CUE POC (Cold Tea – 60 Kensington Avenue)
CUE POC. Queer Jams. Queer People of Colour. Everyone Welcome. CUE POC is a roving party for Queer People of Colour (QPOC) in downtown Toronto. We hit a new venue in one of Toronto’s many neighbourhoods every couple of months. We are a community oriented party and we collaborate with different queer organizations and feature guest DJ talents within the QPOC community.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cuepoc/

Business Woman’s Special (Round – 152a Augusta Avenue)
2nd Saturday of each month! One of Toronto’s premier LGBT parties. Check us out at Round in Kensington Market. 152a Augusta Ave.
https://twitter.com/BWSToronto

Scissors
Will you make the cut?
Queer West Toronto’s best house music night for ladies who love ladies and all their friends.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/scissors/242402650975

Inside Out Film Festival
In 1991, Inside Out celebrated its first film and video festival with a small community of people who yearned to see film and video created by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people. Over the next two decades, the Festival grew in scope as well as attendance, becoming the largest event of its kind in Canada and one of the top five LGBT film festivals in the world. Taking place over 11 days, the Festival draws crowds of close to 35,000 to screenings, artist talks, panel discussions, installations and parties that highlight more than 200 films and videos from Canada and around the world.
http://www.insideout.ca

Rhubarb Festival
For two weeks artists transform the Buddies neighbourhood into a hotbed of experimentation, sharing new works in contemporary theatre, performance art, dance, and music with adventure-loving audiences.
http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/shows/the-35th-rhubarb-festival/

Pride Festival
Pride Week is one of the premier arts and cultural festivals in Canada. Pride Week is also one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, with an estimated attendance of over 1.2 million people celebrating the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA communities.
http://www.pridetoronto.com/

Stores & Venues

Glad Day Bookshop (598 Yonge Street)
Glad Day Bookshop is the first Canadian and the longest surviving lesbian and gay bookstore worldwide. Serving the queer community since 1970, we specialize in offering the widest possible selection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans literature, both in and out of print, as well as DVD, magazines and novelties.
http://www.gladdaybookshop.com/

Come As You Are (493 Queen Street West)
Come As You Are is Canada’s co-operative sex store. Located on Queen Street West in Toronto, CAYA Co-operative is worker owned and operated and our approach to sexuality is one of respect, openness, humour, communication and responsibility.
http://www.comeasyouare.com/

Good for Her (175 Harbord Street)
A Toronto destination for sophisticated sex toys, tasteful adult DVDs, and educational workshops for everyone. Experience our  unparalleled customer service and quality selection yourself!
http://www.goodforher.com/

Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander Street)
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is a not-for-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to the promotion of queer Canadian culture.
http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/

The Gladstone (1214 Queen Street West)
Internationally recognized as Canada’s favourite Boutique Art Hotel, the Gladstone uniquely blends historical Victorian architecture with contemporary luxury, downtown culture and whole lot of art, making it an iconic Toronto hub for locals and international travelers alike.

Supporting37 artist designed hotel rooms,  over 70 art exhibitions a year, 4 diverse event venue spaces and 2 restaurants, all on a strong values-based mandate, the Gladstone strives to foster an authentic experience for its guests and the local community.
http://www.gladstonehotel.com/

Aslan Leather (135 Tecumseth Street)
Luxe bondage.
http://www.aslanleather.com

Northbound Leather (586 Yonge Street)
Makers of fine leather clothing, lingerie and kinky dungeon gear.
http://www.northbound.com/

Bike Pirates (1292 Bloor Street West)
DIY Volunteer Run Bike Space
http://www.bikepirates.com

Community Spaces & Resources

The 519 (519 Church Street)
The 519 is the hub of community life in Toronto’s diverse Church and Wellesley Village.  For over 35 years, The 519 has been working with our neighbours and our lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities to build healthy, welcoming spaces to meet, participate and celebrate together.

With the support of our staff team, our communities identify and implement solutions to emerging issues through award-winningprograms and services. Under the leadership of volunteers, over 80community-led programs provide peer support, social, recreational, arts and cultural opportunities in ourpublic meeting spaces.
http://www.the519.org/

Sherbourne Health Centre (333 Sherbourne Street)
Sherbourne has community health care roots that go back more than half a century. It is located on the site of the former Central Hospital, which began as an institution to serve the needs of new immigrants to Toronto, therefore it is fitting that newcomers are one of the key client groups served, along with LGBT people and people who are homeless or under-housed.
http://sherbourne.on.ca/

Hassle Free Clinic (66 Gerrard Street East)
The Hassle Free women/trans clinic offers an STI drop-in clinic. Drop-in slots are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am – until full, and every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 pm – until full.
http://www.hasslefreeclinic.org/DirectoryWomen.php

Feminist Art Gallery
The Feminist Art Gallery is – a response, a process, a site, a protest, an outcry, an exhibition, a performance, an economy, a conceptual framework, a place and an opportunity. We host we fund we advocate we support we claim. The Feminist Art Gallery (FAG) is our geographical footprint located in Toronto, Canada and run by Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue.
https://www.facebook.com/FeministArtGallery/info

Daily Xtra
Gay & lesbian news with coverage of: communities, national and global news, sexual politics, arts & culture, lifestyle, travel, & events listings.
http://dailyxtra.com/

LSBN
Toronto’s lesbian social network and resource hub! We feature a comprehensive list of lesbian oriented community resources, organizations, social groups, businesses and current events. Profiles, blogs, photos, chatrooms and group discussions FREE! You can email us at crew@lsbntoronto.com.
http://www.lsbntoronto.com/

Pride Toronto (14 Dundonald Street)
Pride Toronto exists to celebrate the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. Pride Toronto is the not-for-profit organization that hosts Pride Week, one of the premier arts and cultural festivals in Canada. Pride Week is also one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, with an estimated attendance of over 1.2 million people celebrating the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA communities.
http://www.pridetoronto.com/

Cafes & Restaurants & Bars (ohmy!)

The Steady (1051 Bloor West)
http://thesteadycafe.com/

The Beaver (1192 Queen Street West)
http://www.beavertoronto.ca/

The Henhouse (1532 Dundas Street West)
http://henhousetoronto.com/

The Flying Beaver Pubaret (488 Parliament Street)
http://www.pubaret.com/

WAYLA Bar (996 Queen Street East)
https://www.facebook.com/Waylabarnounge

The Hub (1028 Shaw Street and 983 Dovercourt Street)
http://www.hubcoffeehouse.com/

Cardinal Rule (5 Roncesvalles Avenue)
http://www.cardinalrulerestaurant.com/

Neighbourhoods & Public Spaces

The Church-Wellesley Village

Queen West (Queer West)

Dundas West

Roncesvalles

Parkdale

The Annex

Leslieville

Take Back the Night
September

Dyke March
Saturday June 28, 2014
Rally at Allan Gardens, March ends at George Hislop Parkette
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Trans* March
Friday, June 27, 2014
Rally at North Stage at 7:00 p.m.
March at 8:00 p.m.

WorldPride Parade
Sunday June 29, 2014
1:00 p.m.

Sports & Recreation & Hobbies

Lettuce Knit (86 Nassau Street)
http://www.lettuceknit.com/

Kula Yoga Studio (304 Brunswick Avenue)
http://annex.mykula.org/

Toronto Newgirls Boxing Club (388 Carlaw Avenue)
http://www.torontonewsgirls.com/tng_main/index.php

The Bunker (Toronto Roller Derby – 40 Carl Hall Road)
http://torontorollerderby.com/

Want to add your favourite dyke space to this list? Contact us!
Email: dykemarch@pridetoronto.com
Facebook: DykeMarch Toronto
Twitter: @DykeMarchTO
Instagram: @dykemarchto

2 Responses to Dyke City Guide to Toronto

  1. lorigee says:

    this is great! i just wanted to point out a spelling error. i’m sure the deaf queer resource centre is dear, but that isn’t their name. 🙂

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