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There’s no shortage of diversions for LGBTQ visitors to this city. Toronto’s gay-friendly neighbourhoods offer incredible entertainment, art, theatre and festivals throughout the year. Here are the top events on Toronto’s LGBTQ calendar. By Doug O’Neill.

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Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

1. The 37th Annual Rhubarb Festival

February 12 to 22, 2020

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents experimental, edgy and fringe-friendly queer theatre, dance, music and performance art during the annual 10-day Rhubarb Festival.

2. SNAP! Photo Auction & Gala

March 26, 2020

SNAP! is the popular annual photographic fundraiser for the AIDS Committee of Toronto. Expect lots of candy in addition to the live and silent auction and photo competition.

3. Hot Docs Festival

April 30 to May 10, 2020

North America’s largest documentary festival Hot Docs schedules screenings of more than 200 films from Canada and around the world over a 10-day period. Films are shown at various theatres across the city.

Inside Out Film Festival film stills.
Inside Out LGBT Film & Video Festival

4. Inside Out LGBT Film & Video Festival

May 21 to May, 31 2020

Expect no fewer than 180 films and videos at the Inside Out LGBT Film & Video Festival, produced by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from around the globe.

5. Nuit Rose

June 2020 (dates to be announced)

Toronto’s queer version of the world-famous Nuit Blanche festival takes the form of a late-night program of provocative, queer-focused art and performance throughout the city. It’s an edgy way to kick-start Pride festivities.

6. Pride Month

June 2020

All month long there are Pride Events across the city with lots of glitz and glamour. The Pride Parade in particular is one of the more popular events featuring over 120 marching groups and 40 registered floats.

7. TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival

September 2020 (dates to be announced)

Hollywood heads north each September for the world-renowned Toronto International Film Festival. Scores of movie stars (not to mention celebrity-watchers) descend on the city during the eleven-day festival which features 300+ movie screenings.

8. Church Street’s Halloween Night Party

October 31, 2020

The annual Halloween party on Church Street attracts thousands of revellers (many in costume, many scantily-clad) to the pedestrian-only street party in the heart of Toronto’s LGBTQ neighbourhood.