indicates queer-friendly events
Thursday, February 13
BE MEIN VALENTINE! Skin Tight Outta Sight Rebel Burlesque and Boylesque T.O. celebrate the decadence of the Weimar Republic Berlin with a sexy cabaret and after party. Today 8 pm, tomorrow 9 pm. $25-$40. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. bemeinvalentine2014.eventbrite.com.
COMMUNITY (LOVE) CREATES CHANGE Group art show. Runs to Feb 15. Free. Peter MacKendrick Community Gallery, Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie. atthebarns.org.
THE HEART SHOW Group exhibition of art that showcases all matters of the heart by Cyril Williams, Nicola Woods, Dana Green and others. Runs to Feb 16. Gerrard Art Space, 1390 Gerrard. gerrardartspace.com.
HOME & HEART FUNDRAISER Habitat for Humanity and Heart & Stroke Fdn benefit with live music and gourmet food. 7-9 pm. $20. Home & Design Expo Centre, 155 Consumers. 416-915-1511.
JAZZ & ROMANCE: A SWINGIN’ AFFAIR JOHN ALCORN PLAYS. Runs to Feb 15, 9 pm. Thu & Sat $15-$20, Fri package $250 per couple. The Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria. 416-363-5299.
LES FEMMES FATALES VALENTINE BURLESQUE SHOW Entertainment by Dainty Box, sweet treats and hip-hop/R&B beats by DJ Nix. Today and tomorrow, doors 9 pm. $13 sliding scale. Unit 2, 163 Sterling. daintysmith.com.
THE KARPENTERS Tribute to the Carpenters. 8 pm, $49-$54. Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd, Markham. 905-305-7469.
THE LOVELOCKS EP release party for the female alt-country duo. Performance, chocolatier, photo booth, raffles and more. 8 pm. $20 (includes a copy of the EP). Revival Bar, 783 College. thelovelocksband.com.
LOVE YOU MADLY VALENTINE Jacky Bouchard, Richard Whiteman and Jon Meyer perform. 7 to 9 pm. $5. Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington E. reservoirlounge.com.
MILK LOVES POP-UP Pop-up sale with jewellery, shirts, toques and more. To Feb 14. Milk Glass Co, 1247 Dundas W. 416-536-6455.
THE POWER OF LOVE: TRIBUTE TO LUTHER VANDROSS Alana Bridgewater, Carlos Morgan, Wade O Brown, Quisha Wint, Michael Dunston and others perform. Doors 7:30 pm. $40-$50 (eventbrite.com). Armenian Youth Centre, 50 Hallcrown Place. 416-570-4356.
THE SEX SHOW Group exhibition of photography, painting and mixed media curated by Phil Anderson. Runs to Feb 16. Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen W. g1313.org.
SHOW LOVE Charity silent auction, cocktails and music raise funds for a hospital in Haiti. 6 pm. $40. Malaparte, TIFF Lightbox, 350 King W. onexone.org.
VALENTINE’S DAY TRUFFLE-MAKING Class. 7-9 pm. $140/couple. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas W. Pre-register ledolci.com.
VALENTINE GROUP SHOW Art exhibit. Gallery open Wed to Sat noon to 6 pm. To Feb 15. Free. Gallery Hittite, 107 Scollard. 416-924-4450.
Friday, February 14
ACOUSTIC VALENTINE’S Alexander Quail, Martin Rouleau, and Cameron Fraser perform acoustic music. 9 pm. Lake Affect Lounge, 1 Port E (Mississauga. lakeaffect.com.)
ALL THE SINGLE LADIES! (AND MEN) DJ Hey!DW spins top 40, electro, house and retro for those looking to meet their match. Prizes, secret message board and more. 10 pm. $5. WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen E. 416-901-5570.
A SWEETHEART OF A VALENTINE’S CONCERT Performance by Jane Monheit. 8 pm, $64-$69. Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd (Markham). 905-305-7469.
BE MINE Valentine’s dinner and dancing to funk, soul, R&B, disco, reggae and top 40 by Lady Kane and DJ Chad. $55. Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge. 416-481-6865, alleycatz.ca.
THE BONG-A-LONG SHOW: VALENTINE’S DAY PUMPFEST Comedy by Will Noyle, Dan Guiry, Kelly Fanson, Steph Tolev, Kenny Robinson, Matt O’Brien and hosts Sandra Battaglini & Phil Luzi. 9 pm. $15. The Underground Comedy Club, 670 Queen E. 416-732-7761.
CROSS YOUR HEART, HOPE TO DIE Evening of art, poetry and love featuring new work by Apollonia Vanova. Wine, strawberries, chocolate and candlelight. 5-8 pm. Gallery on Wade, 87 Wade, unit 302. Pre-register galleryonwade.com.
FIRST COMES LOVE A romantic dinner, special animal encounter, interactive presentation and tour of the reproductive labs. Today and tomorrow 6:30-9 pm. Toronto Zoo, Meadowvale N of 401. Pre-register 416-392-5929.
FULL MOON VALENTINE: SOUL SONIC DJ NV spins hip-hop, funk, soul, Motown and mashups from 10 pm. No cover. The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington. thepaintedlady.ca.
HEART BEATS DJs Sydney Blu, the Scumfrog, Simon Jain and Ticky Ty spin. Doors 10 pm. $15. CODA, 794 Bathurst. codatoronto.com.
HEARTS OF STONE DJs Trading Fours spin. 10 pm. Free. Detour Bar, 193.5 Baldwin. detourbar.com
HER-TORONTO: METROP-HER-LIS EDITION HER-TORONTO: METROP-HER-LIS EDITION Dance party with hostess Cassandra Moore, DJs Kris Steeves, FORM BYBRASSBAND and OMGBLOG.COM spinning future house and big city disco all night. Doors 10:30 pm. $5. La Perla, 783 Queen W, upstairs. herherher.com.
HORROR REMIX Love program including films Killing Spree, Haunting Fear, Super Vixens, and others. 9 pm. Free with $5 snack bar voucher. My Bloody Valentine plays at 11:30 pm today and at 4 pm tomorrow. The Royal Cinema, 608 College. theroyal.to.
HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE? Valentine event with complimentary bubbly, five-course menu, romantic photobooth with props, candy bar and DJ dancing. 6 pm. Brassaii, 461 King W. 416-598-4730, brassaii.com.
INTIMATE ILLUSIONS – AN EVENING OF MAGIC Magician Dan Trommater creates a unique Valentine’s Day experience. Today and tomorrow at 7 and 9 pm. $40-$50. IndustREALarts Room, 688 Richmond W. dantrommater.com.
KLAPP: VALENTINE’S DAY ROCK & ROLL PARTY DJ Madame Hair. 9:30 pm. Free. The Queen’s Legs, 286 Eglinton W. 416-481-3555.
LEND YOUR LOVE CHARITY GALA Plan Canada’s Because I Am a Girl Initiative benefit Valentine party with entertainment, dinner and a raffle. 6:30 pm. $80. Markham Museum, 9350 Markham. memoryboxevents.ca/lendyourlove.
LOVE AT WINTERFOLK Music by Swamperella, 11 pm, Random Order 10 pm, Ginger St James Band 9 pm, HOTCHA! 8 pm. $12, adv $10. Black Swan, 2nd flr, 154 Danforth. winterfolk.com.
LOVE TRAIN REVUE Black History Month celebration with George St Kitts, Robin Banks, Billy Newton-Davis, Lorraine Scott, Kenni Hite and others performing Motown, jazz, funk, blues, African folk, reggae and more. $45-$50. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge. 905-787-8811, rhcentre.ca.
MASQUERADE BALL Valentine art event with music by Kaminari, Yoshi & Chie, artist Sar Sehgal and DJ Yannick Torres Ariel Bihan. 8 pm. $30-$40 couple, $20-$25 person (eventbrite.ca). LucSculpture School & Studios, 663 Greenwood. lucsculpture.com
THE MCFLIES 80s party band plays unique acoustic folk arrangements for this Valentines dance. 9 pm, $20, adv $18. 3030 Dundas W. mcflies.com.
MY FUNNY VALENTINE’S DINNER AND SHOW Julie McGregor, Mark Kieswetter, Duncan Hopkins, Kevin Dempsey perform as part of The Singer’s Jazz Series. 7:30 pm. Pauper’s Pub Upstairs, 539 Bloor W. singersjazz.com.
90S PARTY: COUPLES EDITION DJs Fawn Big Canoe & Caff spin alt rock/pop/hip-hop and more for dancers. Costume contest, food, glowsticks and more. Johnny Jackson, 587 College. goodkids.ca.
PROMISE HEART PARTY Massive warehouse party with DJs Tone Depth, Tricky Moreira, Ali Black and Chobo, lights and lasers, art installations and more. 10 pm. $30-$40. Tower Automotive Building, 158 Sterling. ilovepromise.com.
PUPPY LOVE VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY Mixed straight/queer dance party with activities and a surprise musical guest. 8 pm. $10. Tranzac Main Hall, 292 Brunswick. tranzac.org.
ROCK OUT AGAINST MS! Seed and Robotman play this benefit concert. Doors 9 pm. $7. The Hideout, 484 Queen W. facebook.com/events/344422272363889.
ROMANTIC DINNERS Tango and Salsa Dinner with tango performance, dance lesson, live salsa band and DJ. Dinner and dancing mixer option also. Reserve. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W. 416-588-0307.
ROOTS & BRANCHES ST VALENTINE’S SPECIAL Bill Heffernan, Bob McNiven, and Howard Willett play country, East Coast, honky tonk, blues and old time. 9 pm. Magic Oven Keele, 347 Keele. magicoven.com.
ST VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE SHOW Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party perform. 11 pm. Cameron House, 408 Queen W. thecameron.com.
TEH INTERNETS QUIZ SHOW: TINDER SURPRISE A panel/quiz comedy show about love in awkward places. 10 pm. $10. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca.
THE SCANDELLES: IT’S NOT A COMEBACK IT’S A RETURN This burlesque revue features Sasha Van Bon Bon, Kitty Neptune, Fay Slift, Coco Framboise and many others. 10 pm. $18-$20. Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor W. ticketfly.com.
THE SEANPOD LIVE! Comedy Bar presents a Valentine’s Day special with Mark Edwards and others. 10 pm. $10. 945 Bloor W. 416-551-6540, comedybar.ca.
SINGLE LADY VALENTINE DINNER Nachos and red wine specials for the independent ladies, single boys and respectful couples. Michelle spins a playlist of all-female artists. 4 to 10 pm. The Beaver, 1192 Queen W. 416-537-2768.
SIXTY SWING LOUNGE: FUN JAZZ FOR FOODIES Acoustic jazz and swing concert series, plus homemade food. Not just for couples, all welcome. 8 pm. $45-$60. Trinity St Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor W. torontojazzbuzz.com.
SWEETHEARTS & SINGLES SPEAKEASY: ELECTRO SWING PARTY Denielle Bassels Quintet, and DJ Medicineman play swing hop for dancers. Doors 9 pm, $15 (eventbrite). Revival, 783 College.
VALENTINES DJs Qdup Foundation, Farbsie Funk and MaddiQwikstepp. Doors 9:30 pm, $10-$15. Round Venue, 152A Augusta. roundvenue.com.
VALENTINE’S CABARET Pop music from 10 pm. Holy Oak Cafe, 1241 Bloor W. holyoakcafe.com.
VALENTINE’S DAY CUPCAKE DECORATING CLASS Today 7-9 pm tomorrow 3-5 pm. $140/couple. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas W. Pre-register ledolci.com.
VALENTINE’S DAY The 45s play 60s pop rock for this party. 9 pm. No cover. Eton House, 710 Danforth. the45s.ca.
VALENTINE’S DAY Andria Simone and Those Guys play pop-infused soul from her new album, Good Lovin’. Doors 8 pm, $15. Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen W. thedrakehotel.ca.
VALENTINE’S DAY RAG BAG CABARET Comedy by Rachelle Elie, Kenny Robinson and Ali Hassan, burlesque by St Stella, music by Sonya Jezebel Cote and guitarist Matt Masotti and others. 8 pm. $25, adv $20 (available at LIT Espresso Bar, 220 Roncesvalles). The Village Healing Centre, 240 Roncesvalles. email@example.com.
VALENTINE’S DAY SOIREE Evening for singles and couples with dance music by DJ Fynntastic and a special menu. $15-$20 (eventbrite.com). Harlem, 67 Richmond E. harlemrestaurant.com.
VALENTINE’S DAY SWEETS & CHOCOLATES TOUR Walk through Kensington Market to sample various delicacies and learn the history of sweets. 5 pm. $30. 321 Spadina. tastytourstoronto.com.
VALENTINE’S PARTY Toby Hughes performs from 10 pm. Grossman’s Tavern, 379 Spadina. grossmanstavern.com.
Saturday, February 15
BEER & CHEESE, A LOVE STORY Talk by fromager Andrew Saksida on why beer and cheese have had our hearts for so long. 7-9 pm. $40. IMA Gallery, 80 Spadina. beerandcheesealovestory.eventbrite.com.
DJ SKATE NIGHTS Yes Yes Y’All Valentines outdoor skating party. 8 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre Ice Rink, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000.
MY BLOODY VALENTINE MASQUERADE BALL Rock concert with bands 8oz Soul, Hork and Raised Emotionally Dead. 8 pm. $15, adv $10. Rockpile East, 2787A Eglinton E. firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEARTBREAK HOTEL DJ dancing. Cinema Nightclub, 135 Liberty. cinemapresents.ca.
LOVE AND OTHER STRUGGLES Evening of poetry, prose, folk and blues with Jennifer Hosein, Bänoo Zan and Tim Maxwell. 8 pm. Free. Hirut Restaurant, 2050 Danforth. 416-551-7560.
PORN PAJAMA PARTY All-genders party. 9 pm-midnight. Come as You Are, 493 Queen W. 416-504-7934.
SONGS OF LOVE Jazz-Tonic Band and Serge Grinkov perform. 7-9 pm. $15. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale. 416-879-8126.
SPACELUST DJs Shamps, Kirk and Pablo play biker disco, boogie electronique, Zulu jive and house. 11 pm. $10. La CasaTropical. Directions available from email@example.com.
VALENTINE BBW PARTY 10 pm, $10. 2 Jerks Caribbean Soul Lounge, 773 Warden, unit 3. 289-505-7251, plussizeadmirers.blogspot.ca.
VALENTINE’S BIG BAND DANCE Glenn Chipkar & the Swing Shift Big Band Orchestra, Larisa Renee, Trio Bella, Vivianna Castell, DJ Ralph & Theresa Yuan provide the music. Doors 7 pm, $50-$100 (ticketweb.ca). Palais Royale, 1601 Lake Shore W. palaisroyale.ca.
VALENTINE’S CABARET Singer-songwriter Will Gillespie hosts this event with burlesque by Gigi Vanilla and Miss Mitzy Cream, belly dance by Raziya, prizes and more. 8:30 pm, $18, adv $12 (eventbrite). Evangeline’s Camera Club, 2094A Dundas W. willgillespie.ca.
VALENTINE’S DANCE Party with dancing to 80s and 90s music. $15, adv $10. Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East. 416-694-4081.
VALENTINE’S DINNER & DANCE Benefit event for New Visions Toronto new wheelchair-accessible van campaign. Buffet dinner, dancing, raffles, silent auctions, door prizes and music by DJ Michael B. 5-9 pm. $25, adv $15. The Older Women’s Network, 115 the Esplanade. firstname.lastname@example.org.
VAMPIRE LOVE BALL DJ Sumation spins for this party. Doors 10 pm $10. Club 120, 120 Church, 2nd flr. club120.ca.
Sunday, February 16
I THINK I HATE VALENTINE’S DAY Juice Comedy Toronto presents a cynical show by eight comics. Two shows: doors 5 and 7:30 pm. $20 adv. Rivoli, 332 Queen W. email@example.com.
KEVIN MORRIS: AN (ANTI) VALENTINE’S SHOW Actor/singer Morris performs alongside Chris Tsujiuchi. 7 pm. $10-$15. The Flying Beaver Pubaret, 488 Parliament. pubaret.com.
MY SISTER MY LOVE Valentine’s Day and Family Day screening of the 1966 film by Vilgot Sjöman plus other shorts. 7:30 pm. $5. CineCycle, 129 Spadina. super8porter.ca/CineCycle.htm.
VALENTINE’S DAY DONE – A DYSTOPIAN RESPONSE Evening of magical realism with author Andrew J Simpson, musician Blake Walters and poet Jill Anne Chouinard. 8 pm. Free. No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College. 416-928-6777.
Wednesday, February 19
HYPNOTIXXX – A SLIGHTLY NAUGHTY COMEDY HYPNOSIS SHOW An interactive comedy hypnosis show by Brandon. 7 pm. $10-$15. The Flying Beaver Pubaret, 488 Parliament. 647-347-6567, pubaret.com.