Essential Film Festivals: Toronto Queer Arts & Culture Festival

Established in 2000, Toronto International Queer Arts & Culture Festival is held each summer and in 2014 will run from 5th to 10th August. The Queer West International Film Festival will take place on the 9th August at ‘Buddies in Bad Times’ theatre, Toronto.

The 2014 Toronto gay films festival will include films and documentaries. Film festival highlights will include: Foreign Relations, a gay relationship comedy directed by Reid Waterer; Candy Cravings, an Australian dark comedy, starring Saara Lamberg, also the executive producer; Narcissist, a short film directed By Eric Casaccio; Waiting, a Spanish drama showing the stages of a relationship from beginning to end directed by Rhoda N. Wainwright.

Toronto International Queer West Film Festival


Film Festival Location

Toronto, Canada’s largest city is filled with culture and leisure attractions. The Church and Wellesley Gay Village has a wealth of bars and restaurants. The US television show “Queer as Folk” was filmed in the area and so visitors will recognise many of the locations used in the programme.

There are many bars in the Gay Village offering a huge amount of choice: Woody’s a large venue featuring four bars: Sky Bar @ The Drake for a touch of class; and ladies night every Saturday at Snatch Saturdays at Voglie. Nightclubs include the popular Fly and Zipperz/Cellblock, a lively club with a piano bar and dance club.

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Film Festival Accommodation

The Templar Hotel, with its fantastic city centre location, is a distinctive boutique hotel offering a luxurious experience including the indulgence of a Japanese-style spa. Global cuisine is served at Monk Kitchen under Executive Chef Roberto Fracchioni.

Another popular choice is The Eaton Chelsea, Canada’s largest hotel, also offering an unbeatable central location along with stylish rooms and two indoor pools and Toronto’s only indoor waterslide. Four restaurants will suit all tastes: Bb33 Bistro and Brasserie is the hotel’s signature restaurant; TIBar serves a curry buffet; Market Garden offers innovative dining; and Monarchs Pub provides modern pub-style dishes.

Found in Toronto’s Garden District, the Ramada Plaza Toronto is ideally located just a few minutes from the city’s lively gay village.  This first class hotel is a perfect choice providing wonderful rooms and its own fitness centre and swimming pool. Shade is one of Toronto’s best restaurants and serves a wide range of Continental cuisine. A more informal setting can be found in Shade Lounge, where guests can enjoy tapas along with a variety of cocktails.

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