Halloween is about a week away, so Toronto is throwing a bunch of weird, creepy events this weekend in preparation. Start your free days off with a zombie wrestling match that pits the undead again the (still) living. Then get a little freaky with an amateur strip contest judged by drag queens, followed by a Shakespearean burlesque show to cap it all off on Sunday. Just part of the bizarre lineup of events happening in Toronto this weekend, October 21-23.
Zombies vs. Humans vs. Mexican Luchadores. Watch the wrestling dead battle against the living in the ring. Pretty great way to celebrate the upcoming arrival of Halloween.
When to go: Friday, 7:30
Where at? The Great Hall, 1087 Queen W
Feeling the indie dance tunes withdrawls? Here’s your cure: A dance party inspired by the tunes of LCD Soundsystem, CHVRCHES, Miike Snow, Haim, Charli XCX, Empire of The Sun, Purity Ring, Grimes, Cut Copy and tons more.
When to go: Friday, 9 pm
Where at? Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor
Tickets: $12 and up
It’s not degrading if there are drag queens involved, right? The term “strip” is getting a wide berth here and there are cash prizes for the winners, as well as for whoever gets the “dishonourable mention” for the night.
When to go: Friday, 10 pm, contest starts at 12:30ish
Where at? The Beaver, 1192 Queen W
Halloween is coming up, so things are getting weird in TO. Nerd Girl Burlesque is putting on a Bard-inspired strip tease that includes circus performers, dancers and actors, performing in a vaudevillian style.
When to go: Sunday, 7 pm
Where at? Revival, 783 College
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door