Romantic, Gay Toronto – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , June 8th, 2018

Romantic, Gay Toronto - The Nomadic Boys

Toronto is an exciting city in Canada to visit. It has over 40 million visitors each year, and is home to 8,100 restaurants and bars. This is one of the most diverse places on our planet, with over 180 languages and dialects spoken.

Toronto is also a very fun place to come as a couple. We loved discovering the many touristic sites here, especially the CN Tower and the massive aquarium. Following our visit, we’ve put together our 5 favourite romantic things to do in Toronto to inspire your trip.

Romantic Dinner at the CN Tower

The CN Tower is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, and when adding in the height of its antenna on top, it’s the tallest freestanding structure in the western hemisphere, standing proud at 553m/1,815ft. It was built in the 1960s by the Canadian National Railway (CN) because they wanted a communications tower tall enough so that any radio or TV communications from it would not be obstructed by the many other high-rise buildings in the city.

As well as being able to visit the tower for the best views across the city, it also has a revolving restaurant to dine at. We had one of our favourite romantic meals here at the tower’s 360 The Restaurant. The food is delicious, with a mix of fresh sea food, steaks and other local classics. Definitely one for a special occasion.

Queer Toronto: Five Must-See Events – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 16th, 2018

Queer Toronto - The Nomadic Boys

Toronto is one of the most exciting gay destinations in Canada. It has an awesome gay scene, and like the gay events in Montreal, it also has its fair share of gay events taking place each year.

These are our 5 best gay events in Toronto you should consider checking out and planning your trip around.

FEBRUARY IN QUEER TORONTO: Rhubarb Festival

The Rhubarb Festival is Canada’s longest-running new works festival, taking place at the awesome Buddies in Bad Times theatre in the gay village of Toronto. It is a 10 days festival every February, which started in 1979. It has since grown from strength to strength each year, and is today funded partly by the government, partly by private sponsors.Rhubarb is a festival where artists explore new possibilities in theatre, dance, music, and performance art. This is the place to come and see the most adventurous ideas in performance. During the festival there are around 3/4 shows taking place, and no two nights of Rhubarb are ever alike.  For more information, check out the Rhubarb archive on the Buddies in Bad Times website.

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Gay Toronto Clubs and Bars – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 11th, 2018

Gay Toronto Clubs and Bars - The Nomadic Boys

We love the scene in gay Toronto. It is home to Canada’s largest gay community and welcomes visitors from all walks of life.

Just like the gay scene of Montreal, the gay village of Toronto is huge. It is located at the intersection of Church and Wellesley Streets, and therefore nicknamed the “Church and Wellesley Village”. This is where the majority of the best gay bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes and clothing stores can be found. It is also ground zero for the annual Pride week in the summer, which is one of the largest pride festivals in the world.

These are our 5 favourite gay Toronto bars and clubs, which you can also check out in our vlog about gay Toronto at the end of this article.

Woody’s

Woody’s is an institution in Toronto. From the outside it looks like 2 separate bars: Woody’s and Sailor’s. Inside, they connect and merge as one. This iss the staple go-to bar to start the night, with some of the funniest drag shows in town. It’s been around since 1989 making it the first bar in the village.

We love their “best” competitions on the weekends like best chest and best ass, where contestants are judged and winners based on who gets the loudest applause from the audience.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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Gay Toronto – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , February 7th, 2018

Gay Toronto - The Nomadic Boys

Watch our weekend in Toronto as we set out to discover the gay scene and the nightlife. We went to gay bars like Woody’s, which have the best drag shows, and we danced at awesome gay clubs like Fly. We also had a yummy brunch at Lola’s Kitchen. All of these places are located in Toronto’s gay village.

We also did some sightseeing in Toronto, such as the CN Tower and the huge Aquarium.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

Toronto Gay Travel Resources

Insider’s Guide to Gay Toronto

Author: , July 31st, 2015

Evan Lacey

Evan Lacey is a 22-year-old comedy writer, stand-up comedian, and avid bird-watcher. As a self-described small-town boy who moved to Toronto, Canada to pursue a performance and writing career, Lacey took a job between performance gigs at the brand-new 46-floor, four-star Delta Toronto. Lacey has always enjoyed working in different facets of the hospitality industry. When he was searching for a new adventure, the Canadian-based Delta’s history of commitment to “above, beyond, and then one step further” customer service, enticed him to apply. Lacey started working in the SOCO Kitchen + Bar in November of 2014, and he enjoys the challenges and joys that working here provides him on a daily basis. Check out his recommendations for what’s hot, hip, new, and fabulous, in always-trendy Toronto.

Where are the coolest places to go for cocktails?

Toronto is definitely a cocktail city. Bar Fancy is the trendy spot in QSW. Look for the entirely gold-plated exterior on Queen St…then follow the neon tiger-head sign down the neighboring laneway and you’ve found one of the city’s cutest new cocktail spots. It’s a snack bar that serves beer and wine but they’ll also make delicious cocktails on request. Geraldine has guest feeling like they’ve stepped back into 1940’s Paris? Geraldine will take you there. Try the Scarlett Carson with jasmine-infused gin and get transported. Come and Get It is a favorite for laid-back cocktails and snacks. There is also chain-link fencing inside, so it’s kind like hanging out in your favorite back alley, sipping liquor…without having to put everything in a brown bag and being outside.

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Visiting Gay Toronto

Author: , August 24th, 2014

Gay Travel: Toronto to Host DREAM Leather Fetish Party on October 13thThe Church Street area in Toronto, Ontario, is a gay hotspot on any given day, but things turned up a notch for WorldPride this year. Over three days in June, the city was overrun with not only a massive parade but separate Dyke and Trans marches plus a street festival complete with eight stages of live entertainment welcoming more than 1.2 million people…

Take a day trip to the Toronto Zoo, which has more than 5,000 animals, or head into the tunnels beneath Niagara Falls, the Hornblower Cruise will take tourists right up close and personal to the water so don a plastic poncho they provide.

On the drive back, stop at Peller Estates Winery for lunch and samples. The staff is knowledgeable and very attentive plus the break in Toronto traffic will be a relief.

There are numerous places to shop in unique stores in the gaybourhood while the Queer West Village offers even more options. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in this area contains collections exploring identity and art combined.

The Ryerson Image Centre is a new cultural destination displaying multi media and photos. Look for international food at Crown Princess Fine Dining for dim sum and decorations of gold bling, or grab meat on a stick at the new Copacabana, which not only offer loads of protein but entertainment as well, in the form of acrobats and Brazilian dancers. La Societe packs a mean brunch so don’t miss this the morning after partying at clubs like Woody’s and Buddies.

By Jerry Nunn – Full Story at Windy City Times | Toronto Gay Travel Resources

Visiting Gay Toronto

Author: , August 15th, 2014

Toronto, OntarioThe Church Street area in Toronto, Ontario, is a gay hotspot on any given day, but things turned up a notch for WorldPride this year. Over three days in June, the city was overrun with not only a massive parade but separate Dyke and Trans marches plus a street festival complete with eight stages of live entertainment welcoming more than 1.2 million people. Being such a close neighbor to Chicago, it’s a breeze to fly to this neck of the woods in fewer than two hours. Air Canada brings Chicagoans right to Toronto’s front door with a quick flight that’s comfortable yet speedy.

A suggested place to stay is Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. It’s artistic, sleek, and quiet with a modern gym and excellent cuisine. For more local bites, try Richmond Station complete with a menu created by Top Chef Canada winner Carl Heinrich or Wish Restaurant on Charles Street with huge portions of tequila battered fish and chips.

Take a day trip to the Toronto Zoo, which has more than 5,000 animals, or head into the tunnels beneath Niagara Falls, the Hornblower Cruise will take tourists right up close and personal to the water so don a plastic poncho they provide. On the drive back, stop at Peller Estates Winery for lunch and samples. The staff is knowledgeable and very attentive plus the break in Toronto traffic will be a relief.

By Jerry Nunn – Full Story at Windy City | Toronto Gay Travel Resources

Gay Travel: Tremendous Toronto, Ontario

Author: , July 14th, 2011

The visit to Canada is over and my travelling companion and I have managed to get through a huge variety of outfits nodding to the past and to a bright future; suffice to say, a good time has been had by the pair of us. Alright, Prince William I ain’t but I’m not long back from The True North Strong and Free with a friend. And we made the decision to go first.

It has surprised me that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge didn’t take the opportunity to visit Toronto, Ontario, which is Canada’s largest city by far – about one third of Canadians call the greater metropolitan area ‘home’. It was, however, our base for exploring the cities and parks of eastern Canada. As our dear Royals have neglected to provide our press with the opportunity to extol Toronto’s virtues, allow me to fill the void.

Our guidebook says that in Toronto gay is the new straight. And there certainly does seem to be something in the water. By chance, rather than design, my friend and I booked ourselves into a B&B that’s run by a gay Canadian called Jeremy. We found Jare’s Place modern, fresh and suitably quiet for that post-flight snooze. Happily convenient for the sights of Downtown Toronto (accessible on streetcars 504 and 505) and the University of Toronto campus and Gay Village (Church-Wellesley) (take the subway at Broadview), it also happens to be in another gay-friendly neighborhood – Greektown. Pretty gardens and tree-lined roads abound throughout the community, with only the black squirrels darting about to remind you that you’re not in Britain anymore.

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What Comes Next for Toronto’s Gay Village?

Author: , February 23rd, 2011

Toronto's Gay VillageWhen Enza Anderson moved to the Village in 1994, the streets were electric. The bars opened up their windows so that drag queens could shout at the crowds in the street. People met and rallied on “the steps” at the southwest corner of Church and Wellesley streets. The theme for Pride that year was: “The best is yet to come.”

Amazing events did come, as did millions of people to celebrate these milestones. But they’ve come and they’ve gone. Sixteen years later, people look at the gaybourhood and wonder if it has lost its lustre, if it is indeed, as local media has declared, dying.

Many community members, who spent years standing up for their rights, are now settling down. They’ve moved out to Leslieville, to Queen West, to the suburbs. (According to Environics Analytics’s “Gaybourhoods” database, 70% of Toronto’s gay men live outside of the Village.) Meanwhile, families, retirees and students are moving in, with more condos being proposed for the area.

Full Story from The National Post

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Toronto: Top Gay Travel Destination

Author: , November 11th, 2010

Gay TorontoNorth America’s fifth-largest city, Toronto ranks among the world’s favorite gay urban destinations, with exceptional art and history museums, superb shopping, two stellar theater districts and a tourist board keen on courting the lesbian/gay market. The name Toronto means “meeting place” in the language of the native Huron Indians, an apt moniker given how easy it is to make new friends in the city’s affable Church Street Gay Village.

Toronto’s popularity in recent decades among immigrants of numerous and far-reaching ethnic backgrounds has helped infuse it with a diverse personality, exceptional culinary offerings, and an eclectic visual and performing arts scene. Adding to the colorful mix is that Toronto has Canada’s largest gay and lesbian population, including openly gay city councilors, school trustees, and other public officials, and in general a highly progressive political climate. The city’s Pride Parade is one of the world’s largest, held each year in late June and early July.

Toronto may be enormous, but it’s still pedestrian-friendly. In the early ’70s, planners debated whether to tear down much of the city’s historic infrastructure and replace it with high-rise housing and concrete office parks. By enlarge, the government decided to keep things as they were, promoting the restoration of many older neighborhoods. This policy has worked out favorably, and downtown now contains a bounty of invigorating neighborhoods filled with well-kept, mostly Victorian and Edwardian homes.

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