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Here is a list of PoC, female-identifying/nonbinary, and queer centric shows around Toronto. Please contact mausnerdj@gmail.com to add your monthly/weekly show or alter information about a show below. Also please contact with suggestions of new columns that increase accessibility!!!
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NAME OF SHOWSHOW DESCRIPTIONVENUEWHENFACEBOOK PAGE/WEBSITETICKET PRICEACCESSIBILITY
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Yas KweenYAS KWEEN is a monthly night of comedy that creates a space for those who identify as Women of colour/ethnicity (WOC) to share their voices, develop their craft, and connect with each other. Each month is a different mix of stand-up, sketch, improv, musical, and storytelling performances. (READ MORE ON FB PAGE)Bad Dog Theatrefirst thursday of every month 9:30https://www.facebook.com/YasKweenTO/$10.00narrow staircase with hand rail, 12 or 15 steps, gender neutral washrooms, performers use microphones
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ShadeSHADE is a monthly comedy show that represents and celebrates comedians of colour, comedians from the LGBTQ+ community, and comedians who identify as women. The show continues to sell out every month, so don't forget to get your tickets!Rivoli (sometimes others)monthly (dates vary)https://www.facebook.com/shadetoronto/$15 ONLINE/ $20 DOORWheelchair Accesible Venue, performers use microphones
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Fusion ComedyToronto's premiere POC sketch troupe.Social Cpaital TheatreEvery second tuesday of the monthhttps://www.facebook.com/FusionComedyTO/$5one small step at entry, 12-15 steps to second floor, 10-12 more steps to third floor. handrails for all staircases.
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shows produced by Coko GaloreAn established producer and comedian, Coko produces and performs in shows ranging from improv, to sketch, to story telling. Check out her facebook page for events and updates. ALL SHOWS ARE BIPOC/LGBTQ+ POSITIVE/SAFE & FEATURE BIPOC/LGBTQ+ PERFORMERS.Bad Dog Theatredates and times varyhttps://www.facebook.com/cokogalore/prices vary (usually between $5-15)narrow staircase with hand rail, 12 or 15 steps, gender neutral washrooms. performers may or may not use microphones pending the show.
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The SkullzCome and be a part of an extremely hilarious secret society. Join us in a night of celebration, secrets, and sharing. Sit back as we introduce you to The Skullz and watch as we entertain and perform our very very exclusive rituals and ceremonies and also a lot of improvised comedy. We have some of the best of the best improvisors and years of clandestine comedic experience. So come take a peek behind the curtain. ( all PoC cast)Bad Dog Theatremonthly thursday of the month 8PMhttps://www.facebook.com/events/169194850408856/$10narrow staircase with hand rail, 12 or 15 steps, gender neutral washrooms
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Humans of ImprovA show themed after the internet phenomenon, Humans of New York. Four teams of 6 made up of some of the best up and coming POC improvisers are put together for one night only to weave together a story inspired by a Humans of New York-style anecdote.Bad Dog Theatre8pm • every 3rd Monday of the monthhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/humansofimprov/events/?ref=page_internal$5 online or at the doornarrow staircase with hand rail, 12 or 15 steps, gender neutral washrooms, performers use microphones
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The Ebony TideToronto's best POC comedians do stand up. comedy bar cabaret9:30 monthly (date varies, check events on facebook page)https://www.facebook.com/thecrimsonwave/?ref=br_rs$12 online/$15 doortwo short flights of stairs at entrance, performers use microphones
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The Ethnic RainbowThe best POC LGBTQ stand ups in Toronto showcase!Comedy Bar, Variousseaonal. likely Friday or Saturday. Check facebook.varies, but when at comedy bar two small flights of stairs to get to the venue. Performers use microphones
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Crimson WaveThis weekly show is feminist friendly, LGBTQ positive, and features zero rape jokes.Comedy Bar Cabaretevey sunday 9:30https://www.facebook.com/thecrimsonwave/$8two short flights of stairs at entrance, performers use microphones
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Night Out - A Queer Spectacular For The Ages
Are you ready for your Night Out?! Get down the Bad Dog Theatre Company for this monthly delight. Kinsey Fail (Toronto's Queer Improv Troupe) and The L.O.L Word (The L Word with real lesbians) will hit the stage together in A Queer Spectacle For The Ages!Bad Dog Theatre8PM • every 3rd Thursday of the monthhttps://www.facebook.com/Kinseyfail/$10 or $5 for Bad Dog Students online or at the door
narrow staircase with hand rail, 12 or 15 steps, gender neutral washrooms
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QAPD CollectiveQAPD Collective is Canada’s FIRST weekly lgbtq community open mic brought to you by QAPD Creator, Chantel Marostica and Pegasus on Church! Every week the Collective features 5 Booked Acts and an array of the cities Up and Coming, Amateur and Pro lgbtq identifying comics!Pegasus on Churchevery Monday 8PMhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/qapdproductions/events/?ref=page_internalPWYCperformers use microphones
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The Up and ComersThe Up and Comers features 10 of Toronto’s up and coming Queer Comics Showcasing for Friends, Family, Fans and Industry on the iconic Rivoli stage.The RivoliDoors 8PM // Show 9PM, dates varyhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/qapdproductions/events/?ref=page_internal15$ ADVANCE // 20$ DOORWheelchair Accesible Venue, performers use microphones
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Punch UpPunch Up: A Positive Space Comedy Night - Every Wednesday from 6-8 we've got Toronto's best comics + sign up and drop in spots at The Emmet Ray. Feminist, LGBTQ-positive. women and non-binary folks are prioritized for all signups. List goes up at 5:45pm for signups.The Emmet Ray6PM weeklyhttps://www.facebook.com/PunchUpComedyTO/FreeThe bathroom is down a flight of stairs, and the front door and performance area are up two steps, performers use microphones
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Squad GoalsSQUAD GOALS is a group of powerhouse improvisers doing exactly what they do best. Every month in this no-apologies improv show you’ll get a set with the original SQUAD GOALS crew: Sarah Hillier, Paloma Nunez, Kayla Lorette, Ashely Botting, Jess Bryson, Liz Johnston, Lisa Merchant, and Ann Pornel!Bad Dog Theatremonthly (check website, dates and times vary)https://baddogtheatre.com/calendar/$10 tickets available online and at the door
narrow staircase with hand rail, 12 or 15 steps, gender neutral washrooms
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I'll Be Seeing YouLGBTQ positive and feminist stand up show.I'll Be Seeing YouTuesday weekly show at 8:30pmhttps://www.facebook.com/ComedyNightatIllBeSeeingYou/Freecompletely wheelchair accesible. performers use microphones
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Mega Crazy Crazy FrenzyStand up show no racist shit, no sexism, no homophobia, no transphobia,The Garrison9PM second tues of every monthhttps://www.facebook.com/megacrazycrazyfrenzy/freesteps up to the stage, gender neutral washrooms
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Stoned Up ComedyProgressive, supportive audience doesn’t tolerate homophobia/sexism/racism. 420+ venue, strong chance of a contact highHotbox Cafeweekly- thursday 7PMhttps://www.instagram.com/amandadaycomedy/$5performers use microphones, ramp into venue, accessible bathroom.
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All Access Sketch ShowThe All Access Sketch Show:
- brings Toronto's best sketch comedy to accessible venues
- provides performance opportunities to emerging troupes. producers prioritizes booking female/nb, poc, and queer acts/performers
Cahoots Theatre Projects's physically accessible studiodate varies but usually last friday of the month. 8pm.https://www.instagram.com/allaccesssketch/PWYC (pay what you can)The venue includes a gender-neutral wheelchair accessible washroom. Please feel free to bring pillows, blankets, ice packs, and whatever you need to make this show a comfortable experience. For all other accessibility concerns, please PM Grace or Ophira.
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THE HEADLINERS Canada’s 1st and ONLY Touring lgbtq+ Comedy Showcase “Queer and Present Danger,“ brings you a brand new series of shows highlighting the nations biggest names in Queer Comedy : THE HEADLINERSlocations vary, sometimes Comedy bar, The Rivoli. see facebook page & events tab for detailsdates vary, usually once a monthhttps://www.facebook.com/qapdproductions/15$ Advance/20$ Doorvaries based on location
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Church Street Comedytoronto's LGBTQ comedy showcase.Pegasus on Church (489B Church St)8PM Every Third Sunday https://www.facebook.com/qapdproductions/ PWYC2nd floor, stair access only, performers use microphones.
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Stitch, PLEASE!An anything-goes comedy show in Toronto's cutest yarn store turned comedy venue. Features POC LGBT prioritized lineups and only acceptable shitheads. BYOB and BYOKYarns Untangled in Kensington8PM every second saturday of the monthno website, but there are facebook events for every show. FB search: Stich, PLEASE!$5 online at (https://www.facebook.com/YarnsUntangled/) , $10 at the doorbathrooms are down a narow set of 10-12 steps. gender neutral bathroom.
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Dirty LiarDirty Liar is a high energy, story-telling extravaganza! Every month Toronto’s shadiest comedians try to pull one over on you. Find out who’s totally full of sh*t! |||Comedians come prepared with two stories, one truth and one lie. Before the show we draw out of a hat to see which story they will be telling. At the end of their set the audience votes and if the comedian is caught in a lie they have to chew a pack of Thrills on stage (like washing your mouth with soap). Produced by Shawna Edward (QAPD collective), and always featuring a strong female, LGBTQ+ and POC lead line up.Various (Comedy Bar, Burdock, etc.) Monthly (Various)https://www.facebook.com/dirtyliar/$10Dependant on Venue that month (Burdock Upcoming: Performance Venue is accessible, however long flight of stairs to washroom, flight of stairs up to green room for performers.
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SheDot FestivalToronto’s festival of funny women. Mostly Comedy Bar (is a festival so may have multiple locations)First weekend of May, with one-off shows throughout the year.www.shedotfestival.com$10-15 Dependent on venue, but when at Comedy Bar two short flights of stairs at entrance, performers use microphones.
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IntersectionThis show finds the comedy in and laughs with the remarkable first hand accounts from storytellers from all walks of life. The stories are true and the improvised scenes are performed by a cast who represent different intersections of race, sexuality, gender, faith, ability, and class. Includes an open improv jam at the end!Social Capital TheatreFirst Wednesday of every month
https://www.facebook.com/intersecTO/PWYC- All Proceeds go to Stop Gap Foundation
http://stopgap.ca/
Staircase with handrail performers may or may not use microphones for any accessibility concerns or accommodations please contact carmine@socap.ca
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BUMP A beautiful, loving, monthly comedy/performance art/music house show with a warm, smart, progressive audience. Strict no racism, no sexism, no homophobia, no transphobia, no bullshit policy. Tom's house!monthly on Friday (date varies, check facebook page for more details)facebook.com/bumpisacomedyshowPWYCStaircase with banister, 10-15 steps. gender neutral bathrooms. performers use microphone.
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CommaTea Comedy ShowA positive and welcoming comedy show, featuring at least 50% female lineups every month. Stand-up and storytelling, and also no booze! Bampot Tea HouseThird Thursday of every month, 8pmwww.facebook.com/commateacomedyPWYCBooze free. Stage room accessible through back door for non-motorized wheelchairs (small step), or through the front with a ramp and small staircase (hand rail & 5-6 steps). Stage itself not wheelchair accessible but performing at floor level is welcome! Microphone optional (small room). Gender neutral washrooms. PM Luba Magnus for any questions!
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Hack Couturea fashion-comedy extravagonzo where comedians walk the runway and are judged by a panel of fashion experts. No racism sexism homophobia transphobia or hate of any kind is tolerated. Comedy Barfirst Sunday of every month Facebook.com/hackcouturecomedy10$two small flights of stairs to get to the venue. Performers use microphones
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Hillary's Murder MysteryA late night somewhat improvised Murder Mystery show hosted by comic drag queen extraordinaire Hillary Ooos! A new mystery is crafted by Ms Ooos every month, will you be sleuthy enough to figure out whodunnit? Prizes for winners, one (un)lucky audience member will become our victim, and the cast is made up of a rotating retinue of improvisers and drag performers. (LGBTQ+ positive space)Bad Dog Theatre first saturday of month 9:30https://www.facebook.com/hillarys-murder-mystery/ $10.00narrow staircase with hand rail, 12 or 15 steps, gender neutral washrooms, performers use microphones
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Send NoobsA booked show featuring new and seasoned standup talent with preference given to female identifying, PoC and LGBTQ+ comedians. This show is all about creating a positive space for comedians to hone their craft and get tons of laughs from a supportive built-in audience.Sneaky Dee’sBimonthly (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec)https://www.facebook.com/sendnoobscomedy/$5 (all proceeds split between the comedians)Upstairs. Wide staircase with handrails of about 20 steps to the second floor. Performers use microphone. Washrooms on same floor as performance space.
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Comedy Mixtapea musical comedy show run by Rush Kazi and Sarah Ashby that features acts from all platforms of Comedy and from all backgrounds! This super inclusive show will have you tapping your toes while you giggle!Comedy Bar8pm Second Last Wednesday of the Month
https://www.facebook.com/comedymixtape/$5 at the door two small flights of stairs to get to the venue.
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ShweedShweed is a collective of female identifying and non binary comics promoting the education of Cannabis all while adding their spin of humour to it! All shows feature POC, LGBTQ+ and female or non binary identifying acts! There are lots of prizes and games all throughout the show and people are only encouraged to participate if they want to!The Underground First Saturday of the Month at 8pm
https://www.facebook.com/shweedcollective/ or @shweedcollective on intagram$10 in advance, $15 at the doorwheelchair accessible
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Ladies' NightLadies night celebrates women in comedy and once a month showcases some of the best stand-up comics in the city. You might recognize someone of them from just for laughs, jfl42, SiriusXM and more. All are welcome.670 queen st. E. Underground Comedy Club 9:30PM third Sunday of each month.https://www.facebook.com/ladiesnightcomedy/$10wheelchair accessible
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The Surreal LifeThe Surreal Life is an art movement to establish comedy as art. The Surreal Life brings comedy, art and communities together to showcase the work of POC, femme-identified, LGBTQ+ comedians. The Surreal Life is the dreamscape good vibes party mostly monthly show in a time relative dimension. 187 Augusta Community Gallery Art Space-this space is a community arts spacemostly monthly, check facebook page for dateshttps://www.facebook.com/The-Surreal-Life-449155615478268/$5Wheelchair accessible. There is a gender neutral washroom. Performers use microphones.
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