Toronto Fringe Festival Gay Guide 2018
It should be said that the very existence of the Toronto Fringe Festival is, in itself, a queer thing. Theatre, music, performance, and the city’s largest pop-up patio situation all create a very homosexual event, with more than 150 shows taking place from July 4 to 15 at venues all over town.
But to help you hone in on the homo, we’re serving the queerest of the queer with this list below. Grab your ticket here (link), social the hell out of it, and support local artists in their journey to superstardom!
Location: The Painted Lady
A Victorian-era queer vampire show featuring burlesque, cabaret, music, dance, and audience participation? Yes! Yes! Yes! It’s a stage adaptation of the Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and slaps toxic masculinity in the face through sex, horror, camp, and drama.
Location: Kink Boutique
Watch as an award-winning kisser, teacher, and sexpert “struggles to navigate sexual education, sexuality, and the mysteries of pleasure. Hopefully, you’ll learn something along the way.”
Location: Factory Theatre
A drag musical documenting “the mostly untrue legend of a cross-dressing misfit who gathers around him four other young gay men to form a madcap, politically motivated drag troupe in early 1990s Toronto.” It was written by Dora-winner Christopher Richards (Molly Wood) and author Gordon Bowness, so you know it’ll be full camp, glamour, and sister vibes.
Location: Tarragon Theatre
Josh Downing – who has had short plays in Gay Play Day, InspiraTO, and HamilTEN – and Fringe fave director Jeff Kennes join forces for this story of eviction, home, family, and belief. Bring tissues.
Location: Randolph Theatre
Travel in time with this tale of queer nightclub performers struggling to find their place and identities in the 1930s. You’ll be shocked by how much their journey parallels that of artists today and echoes our own political climate.
Location: Annex Theatre
An over the top night of music, celebrity gossip, and kinky stage sex collide in this one-man cabaret-style musical. Ryan G. Hinds and his larger-than-life voice return to the Fringe stage with this emotional ride through meeting some of his Broadway heroes – and everything that comes with hugging your heroes.
Location: Fringe Patio (Dundas and Bathurst)
For one night only! Sunday, July 8 starting at 7pm, the Screen Queen crew takes over the Fringe patio for Boop Tube. Join Allysin Chaynes as she walks you through one of her favourite TV shows: Saved by the Bell! There will be special guests, performances and so many drinks.
Check out alllll the Fringe shows on the official website