There’s cards, Uno, checkers, dominos and even Twister on the dance floor.
“We set it up early evening from about 10 o’clock until it’s too crazy on the dance floor.
“But we live all over the city now.”With Cherry Bomb entering its eighth year of monthly hijinks, Benson and co-pilot DJ Cozmic Cat have been introducing even more social elements to the night to create a space where people can have actual conversations before things heat up.“Both of us really work to put a focus on the fact that it’s a queer women’s night that is truly exclusive,” she says.
“Women will actually leave together in groups even though the event is over, and hang out with people they’ve met from the group.As far as a bar for lesbian and bisexual women in the Village, well, things don’t look quite as rosy. There’s a huge number of lesbians in Riverdale and Leslieville. For some reason the boy circuit party lives on, but women don’t go out as much as guys do like that.”So there you have it.Rest assured there is still plenty to do in the city for an enterprising lesbian or bisexual woman.While I don’t miss being woken at 2am with stentorian cries of “motherfucker,” I do feel a real absence of the vibrant, sexy and strong gals whose presence gives so much to any neighbourhood, queer or otherwise. Where are lesbian and bisexual women hanging out these days?Denise Benson — a legendary DJ in the Toronto music scene — has been hosting numerous women’s dance nights around the city since the late 1980s.From her famous Dyke Night at places like The Caribou and the Boom Boom Room, to her red-hot monthly Cherry Bomb at The Round in Kensington Market, Benson is an integral figure in the scene for the city’s gay and bi women.“When I first moved to Toronto, there were more options,” Benson says.Benson also points to the radical changes in Church Street demographics as property values and condo development continue their skyward climb away from the average queer’s reach.“People like to socialize where they live,” she says.Once the event has finished the hostess will collect all match cards.We do ask that you do not ask for other members contact information as we want our members to feel comfortable while we work hard to confirm all mutual matches.I tell people it’s a good way to also make friends and do some networking in the community.Even if you don’t have any romantic matches, you may discover some good friends.”As a performer, promoter and former club owner, Maggie Cassella knows the Toronto scene inside and out.And for those of us wringing our hands at the seeming paucity of double-X chromosomes on Church Street, she offers little sympathy but much-needed perspective.“Oh for fuck’s sake! “Honestly, I feel like I’ve had this conversation for years.