The world’s first queer performance festival returns to Toronto June 12-15, 2019 at the Tarragon Theatre to benefit the We’re Funny That Way Foundation.


The we’re funny that way® festival began in 1996, co-founded by activist (ex-lawyer), performer, writer, producer, and stand-up comic Maggie Cassella and filmmaker David Adkin.  It was the first international queer performance festival in the world.

Over the years the festival has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for queer charities across Canada (go here to see who we’ve helped).  Past performers have included stars like Orange is the New Black star actor/singer/comic, Sag Award Winner Lea DeLaria, Emmy winners Leslie Jordan and Margot Kidder, Tony winner Betty Buckley,  sitcom star Jim J. Bullock, queer comedy pioneers Kate Clinton, Bob Smith, Karen Williams, the late great Steve Moore, and soooo many more.

After a five-year hiatus we’re back with some of our favourite performers and with some of the amazing new talent busting from the seams of our great diverse amazing community.

Shows will be added to the schedule as talent is booked and tix will be available for shows as soon as talent is locked in. So keep checking back because the theatre is intimate and tix will go fast.  Our gala fundraiser is on Wednesday, June 12.  Festival shows are Thursday June 13, Friday June 14, and Saturday June 15.

Go HERE for an interesting video about the history of the fest done after we took our hiatus. Remember we’re baaack!