Toronto Island – Go Girlfriend

Author: , October 19th, 2018

Toronto Island - Go Girlfriend

The multi-cultural megacity of Toronto, Ontario, Canada can boast a wooded, rural, non-hectic getaway gem just a short ferry ride into Lake Ontario – think New York City with it’s Central Park, but in Toronto, with beaches. While only 300 ft into Lake Ontario with no bridge link, the island’s charm and non-commercialism is a relaxing respite from Toronto’s high rises and city center just a short distance away.

Take a picnic, put on your bathing suit (or take it off at the one of a few of Canada’s official Clothing Optional beaches), rent a tandem bike or family quadracycle or stroll the miles of walking trails in the wooded greenery bird-watching, swimming in Lake Ontario, or exploring Centreville Theme Park. On a summer’s afternoon, there’s a full day of activities to keep yourself and your family busy!

Getting to the Toronto Islands by Ferry is the easy part (it’s a relaxing 15-minute ferry ride), getting into the downtown core to park may be the challenge. Public transit is best if you live in or near Toronto, but for those outside the city, there is ample parking available at the numerous lots (especially on weekends) near the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal. Expect about $20 for the day’s parking.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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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.

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

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Toronto’s West Queen West

Author: , November 19th, 2016

Gladstone Hotel - West Queen West

West Queen West, as locals have dubbed it, is the lesser-explored stretch of Toronto’s main shopping thoroughfare. It remains relatively spared from mega-chain stores while catering to a gayer, art-savvier population.

Start your day at the Gladstone Hotel), a historic landmark and cultural center where you can enjoy a spot of tea — with a scone — while browsing cutting-edge installations on the upper floors.

More eye candy awaits as you head east toward Ossington Avenue. Check out the nearby Twist Gallery — a 5,000-square-foot converted loft space with arched windows and exposed wooden beams — showcasing noteworthy local photographers and art events. Down a few blocks, the Stephen Bulger Gallery (BulgerGallery.com) is one of the most respected photography showrooms in the country. Recent exhibits have included works by Joel Meyerowitz and Vivian Maier, and Bulger also hosts free film screenings every Saturday in their 50-seat projection room and bar, Camera.

By Julien Sauvalle – Full Story at Out Magazine

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Tempting Toronto

Author: , October 2nd, 2016

Toronto

My friend Ming and I had been housemates in London and I was a bit gutted when he decided to move to Toronto. He seemed to settle in quickly to his adopted city, so it didn’t take much persuading from him before I was cashing in my air-miles and making my first visit to Canada.

I’d subconsciously decided not to like Toronto – I was here to remind Ming what he was missing out on in London and, in my own subtle way, encourage him to move back.

I took a taxi from the airport to Ming’s house in the Trinity-Bellwoods neighborhood. After dropping off my luggage, it was straight out to dinner with Ming, his boyfriend Terry, and his friend Moine. It was a short wait for a table at izakaya-style Japanese restaurant Guu but we were soon tucking into tasty sharing plates of chicken, pork, and beef, all washed down with beer. ‘Irasshaimase!’ shouted the happy restaurant staff every time someone arrived – this is a busy, noisy, vibrant place. Undeniably great food.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Insider’s Guide to Gay Toronto

Author: , September 10th, 2015

Concierge Evan Lacey, Delta Toronto

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 (75 Lower Simcoe St. Tel: 416-849-1200. www.deltahotels.com). 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 (1070 Queen St W. Toronto. Tel: 1-416-546-1416. www.barfancy.ca) 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 (1564 Queen St W. Tel: 1-647-352-8815. www.geraldinetoronto.com) 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 (676 Queen St W. Tel: +1-647-344-3416. www.comeandgetit.ca) 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.

By Paul Summers – Full Story at Passport | Toronto Gay Travel Resources

Toronto Like a Local

Author: , June 11th, 2015

Christina Zeidler TorontoAhead of Toronto Pride, which kicks off on the 19 June, Christina Zeidler, the proprietor of The Gladstone Hotel shares her top tips on this cultural melting pot, from rooftop gardens and Caribbean festivals to the city’s thriving alt-queer underground.

I’ve lived here since…

Always. I grew up in the great city of Toronto.

I’ve stayed because…

I love this city. I come from a family of city builders (my father is an architect and immigrant to Toronto). There is an excitement and frustration to city building here – we have so much potential! I also love the queer scene here. I have been privileged to be part of a movement of queers creating safe spaces in our city’s West End for members of the LGBT community. We have a created a cool, artist-friendly, alternative queer scene here.

Here in Toronto, we always look forward to…

Summer! People here treat winters here are like the snowpocalypse, and it’s like the whole city angrily hibernates. But Toronto is amazing when the weather gets warmer. There are so many festivals, cool meet-ups, and amazing things to do, like take a ferry (or fairy) ride to the Toronto Island – which is also very queer!

By Christina Zeidler – Full Story at Gay Star News | Toronto Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Cabbageville B&B, Toronto, Ontario

Author: , December 8th, 2014

Cabbageville B&B - Toronto

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Beautiful Historical Location in D/T Toronto: House built in 1880, set in pretty treed location. 10 min walk to Church street, 2 min walk to transport and loads of excellent restaurants.

See the Cabbageville B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Visiting Gay Toronto

Author: , October 30th, 2014

Toronto, Ontario

I’ve just arrived in Toronto, my first time visiting the much-hyped Canadian city, and I begin walking from my hotel to the University of Toronto where a Human Rights Conference is about to kickoff as part of this year’s World Pride festivities. My hotel, the Four Seasons Toronto (60 Yorkville Ave. Tel: +1-416-964-0411. www.fourseasons.com), is located in Yorkville and my friends and I are surprised by the enormous amount of area establishments that are demonstrating their gay pride. During my walk along Avenue Road, I spot the Church of the Redeemer’s sign “Welcome the World, Happy Pride,” the Royal Ontario Museum’s massive rainbow banner that shows off their sponsorship of the events, HSBC’s rainbow flags, and the national chain Pizza Pizza’s advertisement for “Slice + Coke + Pride Bag” for $5.99. The city’s glass-heavy architecture reflects the street-level life as well as a near-constant ROYGBIV shimmer that glistens to the street, like the rainbow being cast from “The More You Know” star, and I’m beginning to think Toronto itself reflects a spirited, unique diversity.

As the street turns from towering glass to more brick and mortar, we hear a voice shout, “Hey girls.” We see a twinkish boy with a camo backpack equipped with a rainbow flag sticking up. Looking like an overly patriotic, gay-friendly Volkswagen Beetle he asks: “Want to come with me to check out this exhibit?” Our collective look of New York skepticism is obvious. “It’s right here,” he says as he points to The Gardiner Museum (111 Queens Park. Tel: +1-416-586-8080. www.gardinermuseum.on.ca). The large banners advertise the exhibit Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Leopold L. Foulem, Paul Matheieu and Richard Milette, but we’re running late and pass up the opportunity and insist to one another that we may have only traveled one hour to get here from New York City, but must have landed on another planet.

We then enter Victoria Park. “Whew, I think my eyes are still seeing rainbows,” my friend laughs as we adjust to the greenscape. “I spoke too soon,” she says while pointing to a rainbow-hued dome creeping above the trees from the University’s quad. “This city really is so gay,” she coos. “I know, I love it,” I utter.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport | LOCATION Gay Travel Resources