7 can't miss events at the 2017 Naked Heart Festival
Glad Day's Naked Heart Festival is the world's largest LGBTQ literary festival. The world! That's bananas! And it happens in our very own backyard, mostly at Glad Day HQ and sometimes at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
It's a weekend of readings, workshops, performances celebrating language, words, love and most importantly freedom. How lucky are we to have a festival like this?
Below are our top picks to help you navigate the dozens of events happening over the weekend. Make sure to see these but also check out the full program and attend something new, something you're curious or even nervous about.
Follow the fest on Twitter for updates all weekend too!
Friday, Nov 10
Naked Boys Reading - 9pm
A titillating queer literary salon featuring sexy, unclothed literary buffs reading... in the buff in front of a live audience. Up and coming drag artist Atmos Fierce hosts.
Saturday, Nov 11
In Suburbia - 12:30pm
An afternoon of readings about stories from the outer edges of the city. Hear stories from Catherine Hernandez, Casey Oraa, Mary Fairhurst Breen and Mathis Bailey.
Blood, guts, and gore - 2:15pm
A post-Halloween series of stories that are not for the faint at heart. Gruesome tales from authors David Demchuk, Jes Saschse, Jessica L. Webb and Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler.
Bricolage - 8:30pm
A little bit of everything from a stellar cast of artists like Casey Plett, Faye Chisholm Guenther, Jiaqing Wilson-Yang, Michaela Washburn, Nina Nesseth and Troy Jackson!
Sunday, Nov 12
Drag Brunch - Noon
One of our faves, Erin Brockobic hosts Glad Day's Drag Brunch as usual, but this weekend there's a Naked Heart twist. Throughout brunch you'll be treated to readings from Billeh Nickerson, Catherine Hernandez, Peter Dube and Michael V Smith. It's free with brunch!
Sticky pages - 8pm
Pillow talk, sex stories and erotic readings from Christopher Gudgeon, Fan Wu, Pierre Luc Landry and Sky Gilbert.
Blazing Femme - 8:30pm
A night of stories from some of Toronto's best queer, femme writers! Hear words from Alok Vaid- Menon, Arielle twist, Clementine Morrigan, Jody Chan, Kai Cheng Thom, Kama La Mackerel and a bunch more!