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Get a taste of the ballroom and vogue scene at OCADU this weekend! 

Tuesday, February 24


Paris is Burning 25th Anniversary Screening and Panel, 6:30pm, Northrop Frye Building Room NF0003, 73 Queen’s Park Crescent, free

Celebrate the ballroom and vogue scene and its evolution at this screening and panel including members of the local ball scene.

Boneshaker Reading Series, 7pm, 1748 St. Clair Ave, free

Mark Truscott and Kate Sutherland read.

Toronto Poetry Slam at the Art Bar, 8pm, Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave, free

Matt Miler, Andre Prefontaine, Estefania throw down.


ChiSeries Ottawa presents The Dark Side II, 7pm, Maxwell’s Bistro and Nightclub, 340 Elgin St

Three of the darkest authors ever to grace the ChiSeries stage! Nick Cutter (Craig Davidson), Rob Pobi and Andrew Pyper.

Wednesday, February 25


Food Justice, Fat Activism, and Body Politics, 7pm, New College Wilson Hall Lounge, 40 Willcocks St, free

Kate Lebosco speaks alongside young respondents to share stories regarding food, fat, and body politics.

Little Brother Magazine presents What We Talk About When We Talk About Putting Out, 8pm, The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St W, $7-$15

Anupa Mistry, Michael Cobb, Adam Nayman speak about putting out. Sold out, though limited tickets may be available at the door.

Walter Scott: Habitual Present, 7pm, 8-11, 233 Spadina, free

The opening of Wendy creator and fabulous creature Walter Scott’s show at 8-11, which runs through March 16. Habitual present is “another chapter in a continuing, untitled narrative that has taken the form of comics, sculpture, performance, and watching Paramore videos from a mattress on the floor.”

Torontaru, 8pm, Get Well, 1181 Dundas St W, free

Torontaru is a monthly meet-up with the simple aspirations of providing a place for friendly, game-inclined ladies and gents to chat and have a pint.

Pivot Reading Series, 8pm, The Press Club, 850 Dundas St W, free

Pivot brings in derek beaulieu, Dionne Brand, Edward Nixon and Elisabeth de Mariaffi. Hella serious line up!

4 Day Pop Up Market, 12pm-8pm, D-Beatstro, 1292 Bloor St W, runs thru March 1

Lots of cool indie vendors post up at D-Beatstro for a few days!

Thursday, February 26


Writing While Black, 6pm, Harlem Restaurant, 67 Richmond St E, free

Writing While Black is a community dialogue series and writing workshop series meant to create a safe space for black writers and develop this community in Toronto. From the Root Zine creator Whitney French leads this 4-part series.

After School Party Showcase Concert, 7pm, the Tranzac, 7pm, 292 Brunswick Ave, PWYC

Girls Rock Camp Toronto’s first after school program shows off what it’s been getting into! Crossing Teas, Hex, and Going 4 Gold play.

Friday, February 27


Queering Black History Month, 5pm-9pm, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould St, Room 115, free

The extremely popular and important event centring the lives and achievements of queer and trans African, Black, and Caribbean people. Speakers and performers include S’Bi young Anitafrika, Tiq Milan, David-Lewis Peart, and Chiedza Pasipanodya.

Rap N Roll: Afro Alternative Music Series, 9pm, The Rivoli, 334 Queen St W, $10

Toronto “urban alternative” concert experience with the theme of Young, Gifted & Black including performacnes from Young Paris, Bonjay, Bakers Club, Junia T & Juice Money Collective, and more.

Saturday, February 28


Knots Disability Studies Journal Launch and Panel, 3:45pm, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould St, free

Knots is the University of Toronto’s first issue of an undergraduate journal in disabilities studies. As a part of the Intermingling Disability Communities conference, join in on the launch party and a panel presenting papers.

Felix Nuance Presents: The Crystal Winter Unicorn’s Ball

Anything is possible in the unicorn kingdom! Come see the local ballroom girls pump the runway and vogue for their lives! Or, if you’re brave, see if you can serve the judges what they need.

Sunday, March 1


Dr. Sketchy’s – Adventures in Gender, 7pm, Wallflower Diner, 2420 Main St, $12

Gender Fluid drawings and librations! Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School throws down in Van.

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