My Gay Toronto - Bellini's 8 1/2

Anniversary Nudes and News

by Paul Bellini

On Thursday, June 11, Remington’s Men of Steel celebrated its 22nd anniversary. Wow. Twenty-two years of naked guys onstage. It made me think about the very first strippers to appear on that stage, and how most of them would be in their 40s and 50s now, and probably still hot. Part of me wished that they were invited to perform on this gala evening, but that’s just because I’m one of those rare gay men who finds older guys attractive.

But fear not, the room was buzzing with 28 dancers. Many were familiar to me from previous visits, and it was nice to see them again. But I did something I have never done before – I sat on the stool closest to the side of the stage. This meant that most dancers made a point of waving their willies more or less in my face. I was floored when Justin, a cute kid with a ball cap and a skateboard, hooked his shoes to the side of the stage and leaned backwards, his rock hard torso and his adorable goatee in my lap. I could have kissed him. Another dude, whose name I forget, basically humped the counter top where I put my drink and didn’t spill a drop. I was also fascinated by bearded Joe and his thrilling endowment. It’s so rare to see beards on the dancers at Remington’s. It reminded me how much I love facial hair and body hair, and how I wish most male strippers would stop with that nonsense manscaping and chest hair removal.

The best news of all came from the MC that evening, a guy called Ash, who said that reports of the club’s demise are premature if not totally false. A recent newspaper article stated that the building was purchased by a developer and may eventually become another one of those annoying condos, but until then the club isn’t going anywhere, and neither are the dancers. Manager Dave Auger assured me that they have every intention of celebrating their 25th anniversary at that location, so rest assured, there will still be plenty of opportunities to see the hottest, hardest, and cutest male dancers in the city.

Remington’s Men of Steel. 379 Yonge St is open seven days a week, 5pm to 2am.