All the events leading to the huge parade
THURSDAY, JUNE 23
BEST CHEST CONTEST Miss Conception and Sofonda Cox host this competition. Midnight. No cover. Woody’s, 465 Church. 416-927- 0887, woodystoronto.com.
BEGINNINGS Mike Mills’s film about a young man whose father’s death sends him into an emotional tailspin has Christopher Plummer playing a gay man. At the Varsity Cinema. 55 Bloor W. 416-961- 6304.
BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL by Lee Hall and Elton John (Mirvish) A working-class boy dreams of becoming a ballet dancer in a grim 1984 northern England mining community. Runs to Sep 3. $36-$130. Canon Theatre, 244 Victoria. 416-872-1212, mirvish.com.
BOYS BARE IT ALL 5 pm. $5 after 9 pm. Remington’s, 379 Yonge. 416-977-2160.
BROTHERHOOD An exhibition of photography by G Elliott Simpson runs to Jul 3. Free. Pentimento, 1164 Queen E. 416-406- 6772.
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF by Tennessee Williams (Shaw Festival). A bad marriage and a looming inheritance create tensions at a Southern patriarch’s birthday dinner. Runs in rep to Oct 23. $24-$106. Royal George Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com.
COCK FIGHT Filthy contests and sexy lads. 10 pm. No cover. Black Eagle, 457 Church. 416-4131219.
DANCE LEGENDS This dance revue pays tribute to Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Bob Fosse and others. Runs to Jul 2. $42, stu $22. Drayton Festival Theatre, 33 Wellington S, Drayton. 1-888-449-4463, draytonentertainment.com
FEMALE IMPERSONATOR SHOWS Divas from Broadway and film perform weekly. Fri-Sat 9 pm. Free. Zelda’s, 692 Yonge. zeldas.ca. .
HAIRSPRAY A quirky 60s teen becomes popular and looks to change the world in this musical. Runs to Jul 2. $42, stu $22. Huron County Playhouse, 70689 B Line, Grand Bend. 1-888-449-4463, draytonentertainment.com.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Stratford Festival). Judas makes a choice between Jesus and the Roman rulers in this Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Runs in rep to Oct 29. $50-$106, stu/srs $25-$66. Avon Theatre, Stratford. 1-800-567-1600, stratfordfestival.ca.
LADYPLUS.COM PARTY Dancing with DJ Todd Klinck. 8 pm-2 am. $10. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church. 416-760- 6514.
L’AMOUR FOU Pierre Thoretton’s film about late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent plays at the Carlton Cinema. 416-494-9371.
LIGHTS OUT PARTY DJ Shawn Riker spins tunes. 4 pm-4 am. Steamworks, 540 Church, 2nd flr. steamworksonline.com.
LOOSE CANNONS Ferzan Ozpetek’s film about the closeted younger son of an Italian family’s pasta empire plays at the Cumberland 4. 159 Cumberland. 416-964-9359. MAE MARTIN: I’M NOT WAVING, I’M DROWNING Martin performs a musical comedy show with opener Marco Bernardi. 7 & 9 pm. $15. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
MARCH OF THE FALSETTOS neXt Theatre Co’s musical by William Finn about a married man who moves in with his lover but hopes a psychiatrist can keep his family happy runs to Jun 26. Sullivan Mahoney Courthouse Theatre 101 King, St Catharines. 1-866- 617-3257.
PARABENS!/O FANTASMA Two films by Joao Pedro Rodrigues, one about a young boy’s 13th-birthday awakening, the other about a sexy young garbegeman in search of anonymous hookups, screen at 6:30 pm (with the filmmaker present). TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King W. tiff.net.
PRIDE 2011 LAUNCH PARTY Music by Creature and the Cliks, drag and burlesque performers, DJ dance and more. 8 pm. Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne. pridetoronto.com.
PROUD CITY Art exhibition on LGBTTIQQ2S activism in Toronto, with works by Eugenio Salas, Eshan Rafi, Natalie Wood and others. To Jul 3. Toronto School of Art, 410 Adelaide. tsa-art.ca.
QUEER COMEDY COLLECTIVE Darryl Dinn, Susan Fischer, Andrya Duff, Robert Keller and Lindy Zucker provide the laughs. Today and tomorrow 8 pm. $12. Bread & Circus, 199 Augusta. glam-glam.com.
RAINBOW ROOM CABARET Donavon LeNabat performs. 9:30 pm. No cover. Statlers, 487 Church. statlersonchurch.ca.
REDISCOVERING OUR PAST Pride Boomers presents open mic storytelling. 8:30 pm. Zelda’s Upstairs, 692 Yonge. 416-922-2526.
RICHARD III by William Shakespeare (Stratford Festival). A ruthless man marries and murders his way to the English throne. Runs in rep to Sep 25. $50-$106, stu/srs $25-$66. Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford. 1-800-567-1600, stratfordfestival.ca.
THAT’S SO GAY: THE NEW QUEER Pride exhibition featuring art by Team Macho, Michael Comeau, Shary Boyle and others. To Jul 10. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. 416531-4635.
TRANS_FUSION CREW Transgender, transsexual, intersex, two-spirit and questioning youth get together to work on activist projects every Thu 6-8 pm. Free. Sherbourne Health Centre, 333 Sherbourne. 416-324-5078, tfc@ sherbourne.on.ca.
URGE Downtown sex maze. To Jul 4, 8 pm-2 am. $9. Urge, 199 Church. urgetoronto.com.
VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM by Charles Busch (Pandemic Theatre). Two vengeful vampires travel through time and feud with each other in this theatrical burlesque play. Runs to Jul 2, Thu-Sat 8 pm (and Sat 11 pm; no show Jul 1). $25-$50. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington. pandemictheatre.ca.
THE WIZARD OF OZ by L Frank Baum (Drayton Entertainment). A twister sends Dorothy over the rainbow in this musical based on the film. Runs to Jul 2. $42, stu $22. King’s Wharf Theatre, 97 Jury, Penetanguishene. 1-888-4494463, draytonentertainment.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24
BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK The film about the eccentric octogenarian style photographer for the New York Times screens to Jun 28. Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor W. 416-516-2331.
BITCHAPALOOZA Daytona Bitch and Amanda Roberts host. DJs Relentless and Roxanne Hector in Tangos. 10 pm. No cover. Crews & Tangos, 508 Church. crewsandtangos.com.
THE CHEAP SHOW Hosted by Miss Conception and Lena Over. 9 pm. No cover. Zelda’s, 692 Yonge. zeldas.ca.
COLOUR ME DRAGG Drag and burlesque celebration of queer diversity. 8 pm. $6-$20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555.
DANCE CAMP PRIDE KICKOFF From past to present, all vocals all night long with DJ Marc Falco. 10 pm-3 am. $5-$10. Fly, 8 Gloucester. 416-410-5426.
FANCY PANTS PRIDE WARMUP 10 pm. Naco Gallery Cafe, 1665 Dundas W. 647-3476499. GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE DANCE PARTY Student DJs Brendan Canning, Cozmic Cat, Steve Rock & Shane MacKinnon spin tunes alongside JAT who performs. 10 pm. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. gladstonehotel.com.
HOT NUTS PRIDE EDITION DJs Produzentin, Das Hussy and host Mary Messhausen. 11 pm. $5, no cover in drag. Beaver, 1192 Queen W. beavertoronto.ca.
LAUGH DRAFT COMEDY TEAM Launch party for the new troupe. 9 pm. $5. Kapisanan Centre for Arts & Culture, 167 Augusta. 416979- 0600.
MUDDY YORK RUGBY CLUB Best jock strap contest and more. 11:30 pm. No cover. Black Eagle, 457 Church. 416-413-1219. PRIDE DISCO QUEEN CUPCAKE DECORATING CLASSES Hands-on workshops with Gaga, bodypaint and cupcakes to take home. To Jun 30. 11 am, 1, 4 & 7 pm. $80. Le Dolci’s Food Studio, King and Portland. Pre-register ledolci.com.
RAINBOW ROOM CABARET Julie Michels and Kevin Barrett perform. 9:30 pm. No cover. Statlers, 487 Church. statlersonchurch.ca.
RANGEELA Party till late with DJ Sexypants. 9 pm-2 am. $10. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church. 416760- 6514. STRIP SPELLING BEE – TORONTO PRIDE EDITION Spelling version of strip poker played in front of a live audience. 10 pm. $10. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555.
THAT’S SO GAY: THE NEW QUEER Opening reception with works by Sholem Krishtalka, Fastwürms and Team Macho. 7-10 pm. Exhibition runs to Jul 10. No cover. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. gladstonehotel.com.
TO DIE LIKE A MAN Joao Pedro Rodrigues’s film about a drag queen living like a woman with her straight boyfriend screens today, Jun 27 & 28 at 6:45 pm. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King W. tiff.net.
SATURDAY, JUNE 25
BEARS, BATHS & BEYOND DJ Danny White. 1 pm. Steamworks, 540 Church, 2nd level. steamworksonline.com.
BUDDIES AFTER HOURS Music by Donnarama and DJs K-Tel and Triple-X. 10:30 pm. $15. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555.
CHINA, CHINA/TWO DRIFTERS Two films by Joao Pedro Rodrigues, one about a young Chinese woman growing increasingly dissatisfied with her traditional role, the other about an unlikely love triangle, screen at 5 pm. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King W. tiff.net.
COCKSUCKER BLUES Queer dance party with everything from rock, punk and glam to disco. Beaver, 1192 Queen W. 416-537-2768.
DJ SHAWN RIKER Pride party with Riker and warm-up DJ Dwayne Minard. 10 pm. $10-$15. Fly, 8 Gloucester. 416-410-5426.
FIERTE TAPETTE FRENCH PRIDE 10:30 pm. Naco Gallery Cafe, 1665 Dundas W. 647347- 6499.
HARD ASS CONTEST Join in the search for the hottest and hardest man’s ass. Midnight. No cover. Black Eagle, 457 Church. 416-4131219.
JADED Jade Elektra, Triple Threat, Jed Hudson, Devine Darlin, Lady G and Robyn DeCradle perform, DJs Quinces, Craig Dominic spin tunes. 7 pm till late. No cover. Crews & Tangos, 508 Church. crewsandtangos.com.
LES DEMIMONDES Performances by Sasha Van Bon Bon, Kitty Neptune and burlesque troupe the Scandelles. 8:30 pm. $20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-9758555. MINORITY REPORT: Representing Gays, Lesbians And The Sexual Other In Sexploitation Films Pleasure Dome presents a lecture by Eric Schaefer focused on the exploitation of queers in 60s and 70s cinema. 7 pm. $8, stu $5. CineCycle, 129 Spadina. pdome.org.
PINK INK SOY’s weekly writing group for queer and trans youth. 2-4 pm. Sherbourne Health Centre, 333 Sherbourne. soytoronto. org.
POP MACHINE PRIDE EDITION DJs Shane Percy and Alessandro play gay anthems for the boys. 10 pm. $5. Wayla, 996 Queen E. whatareyoulookingatbar.com.
PRIDE PARTY DJs Cozmic Cat & Lucie Tic spin for the gals. 10 pm. No cover. Slack’s, 565 Church. slacks.ca. RIGHTEOUSLY OUTRAGEOUS TWIRLING CORPS Flag and rifle rehearsals. No experience necessary. Flag 11:30 am, rifle 2:30 pm. No cover. Church Street Public School, 83 Alexander. rotctoronto.com.
TNT NAKED DANCE Party with DJ Sexy Pants. 8 pm. $8. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church. 416760- 6514.
THE UNHOLY THREE Tod Browning’s silent film classic about a sideshow ventriloquist and a dimwitted strongman screens at 8 pm. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King W. tiff.net.
WHITE EXTRAVAGANZA NAKED DANCE DJ Carson spins for the dance hosted by TNTmen. 6 pm. $4-$8. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church. goodhandys.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 26
BACK TO OUR ROOTS: BREAKING NEW GROUND Ill Nana, ORAD, OCAS and others celebrate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots. 1-9 pm. No cover. 519 Community Centre, 519 Church. the519.org.
THE GREEN DOOR This series features cabaret performances by Michael Burgess, Bruce Dow, Judy Marshak, Adi Braun and others. Runs to Jun 26, Fri-Sat 8 and 10:30 pm. $20. Lower
Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington. 416-9156747, lowerossingtontheatre.com.
SUNDAY BARBECUE Enjoy what’s hot off the grill and cruise sexy men at a patio party. 3-9 pm. No cover. Black Eagle, 457 Church. 416413-1219.
THE LEGENDS OF ZELDA Comedy show with the Eleventh Commandments. 10 pm. No cover. Zelda’s, 692 Yonge. zeldas.ca.
NOSTALGIA DJ Sorrell Scruton spins 90s music. 11 pm. No cover. Beaver, 1192 Queen W. beavertoronto.ca.
SHOWARAMA Pride week kick-off with Miss Conception, Michelle Ross, Georgie Girl, Sofonda and ladies of Sas. 6 pm-midnight. No cover. Woody’s, 465 Church. woodystoronto. com.
STICKY BUNS Breakfast and hot guys. 5-7 am. Steamworks, 540 Church. steamworksonline.com.
STONEWALL T.O. A march and celebration honours the Stonewall riots and the political roots of Pride. Gather at Queen’s Park at noon for a march heading to the 519. StonewallTO on facebook.
MONDAY, JUNE 27
BEST CHEST CONTEST Sofonda Cox and Heaven Lee Hytes host. Midnight. No cover. Woody’s, 467 Church. 416-972- 0887. BRIDGING HUMAN RIGHTS AT HOME AND ABROAD: inclusion of trans rights in law and legislation Panel discussion. 7 pm. Free. 519 Church Community Centre. the519.org.
DIRTY BINGO Play bingo with the naughty Gloria Hole and Lena Over. 8:30 pm. No cover. Zelda’s, 692 Yonge. 416-922-2526.
FML MONDAYS Get Pride heatng up with DJs Craig Dominic and Sticky Cuts. 10 pm. No cover. Vision Lounge, 580 Church.
GLAM! PRIDE EDITION (Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line fundraiser) Variety show with performances by Richard Ryder, Diana Love, Vicki Licks and others. 8 pm. $10. Supermarket, 268 Augusta. glamcabaret.blogspot.com. GRIEF, SPIRITUALITY, DEPRESION, AGING Pride Boomers interactive panel discussion. 2 & 6 pm. 519 Church Community Centre. the519.org. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde (Brant Theatre Workshops). Victorian manners and morals are exposed in this comedy performed in the castle’s gardens. Jun 27-29, Mon-Wed 8 pm. $20. Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. 416-923-1171, casaloma.org.
KICKING AND SCREAMING DJs Patrick Von Ghostwolf and George Burt spin. 11 pm. Beaver, 1192 Queen W. beavertoronto.com.
PRIDE PROM 2011 End-of-year celebration for LGBTQ high school students and their friends. 8 pm. $15. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, soytoronto.org.
RAINBOW ROOM CABARET Performance by AJ Stewart and Matthew Marcoccla. 8:30 pm. No cover. Statler’s, 487 Church. 647-351-0957.
TUESDAY, JUNE 28
ALPHABET SOUP LGBTQ youth under 20 discuss, debate and watch movies every Tue 4- 6 pm. Free. 416-324-4100 ext 5339.
BAD BOYS NIGHT OUT DJ Chris Steinbach spins rock, retro, classic and R&B. 10 pm. No cover. Woody’s, 467 Church. 416-972- 0887.
BENT PRIDE Evening of queer expressions with panelists from community organizations discussing Pride. 7 pm. Free. O’Grady’s Bar, 518 Church. ogradyschurch.ca. CRUISELINE’S BEST MEN’S ASS CON
TEST Hosted by Georgie Girl and Donnarma with DJ Mark Falco. midnight. No cover. Woody’s, 467 Church. 416-972- 0887.
DANCING IN THE DARK Outdoor doublebill of Paris Is Burning and Hairspray. Screening at sunset (approx 7:30 pm). Free. Yonge-Dundas Square. ydsquare.ca.
GAVIN CRAWFORD’S MENAGE The comedian/impersonator presents his new show. 8 pm. $15-$20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555. IN WHOSE INTEREST? How psychiatric survivors can use our stories to change the world Recovering Our Stories presentation with storyteller, poet and critical thinker Eli Clare. 2-4 pm. Free. Ryerson University, 350 Victoria. Pre-register email@example.com.
LESBIAN SEX 101 Women-only workshop. 7-9:30 pm. $33. Good for Her, 175 Harbord. Preregister 416-588- 0900.
MILE HIGH TUESDAYS Pride edition with DJ daVinci. 9 pm. No cover. Boutique Bar, 506 Church. 647-705- 0006. MISS CONCEPTION’S BIRTHDAY SHOW CABARET The singer/dancer/drag performer celebrates being born proud. 8 pm. No cover. Woody’s, 467 Church. 416-972- 0887. NEWCOMER IMMIGRANT YOUTH PROGRAM (EXPRESS) Supportive gathering space for newcomer and immigrant queer youth. 6-8 pm. Free. Sherbourne Health Centre, 333 Sherbourne. 416-324-5080.
PROM NIGHT AT THE REVUE Screening of Mary Young Leckie’s film Prom Queen about Oshawa student Marc Hall’s attempt to take his boyfriend to the prom. 7 pm. $13. Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles. 416-531-9959.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN STRIP? Weekly amateur night. 9 pm. $5. Remington’s, 379 Yonge. 416-977-2160. STONEWALL RIOTS 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF BATH RAIDS IN TORONTO Conversation on queer and trans human rights. 6 pm. Free. 519 Church Community Centre. the519.org.
T- GIRLS GO WILD Party with DJ Cesar. 8 pm. No cover. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church. 416-7606514.
TRASH! DJs Joe Blow and Sigourney Beaver keep it queer and classy. 10 pm. No cover. Henhouse, 1532 Dundas W. 416-534-5939.
ULTIMATE DIRTY BINGO Play and win dirty prizes. 10 pm. No cover. Slack’s, 562 Church. 416-928-2151.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
BEAT THE BEAVER Youth and boomers trivia night with host Maggie Cassella. 7 pm. Cabbage Patch Bar & Grill, 488 Parliament. 416925-3468.
BEST ASS CONTEST Hosted by Miss Conception. Midnight. No cover. Woody’s, 467 Church. 416-972- 0887.
BLACK QUEER YOUTH Safe space to socialize for black, mixed, African-Caribbean youth under 29 every Wed 6:30-8:30 pm. Free. Sherbourne Health Centre, 333 Sherbourne. 416-324-5083.
BOYS BARE IT ALL 5 pm. $5 after 9 pm. Remington’s, 379 Yonge. 416-977-2160. CANDYLAND DJ Quinces spins the Katy Perry after-party. No cover. Crews/Tango, 508 Church. 416-972-1662. GAMES NIGHT WITH BEARS OF TORONTO Hairy night of fun and games. 8-10:30 pm. No cover. Pegasus, 489B Church. 416-9278832.
GRANNY BOOTS Featuring Kate Bornstein. 7 pm. No cover. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635.
HUMP DAY With DJ Mark Falco. 10 pm. No cover. Woody’s, 467 Church. 416-972- 0887. INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES on queer and trans human rights activism Evening with international grand marshall Angie Umbac. 6:30 pm. Sutton Place Hotel, 955 Bay. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org.
MR LEATHER PRIDE Annual competition with host Dwayne Bryk. 10 pm. No cover. Black Eagle, 457 Church. 416-413-1219.
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick (Dancap Productions). Secretaries plot revenge against their sexist boss in this adaptation of the film. Opens Jun 29 and runs to Jul 10 (no show Jul 1). $41-$154. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge. 416- 644-3665, dancaptickets.com.
OUR STORIES, OUR PRIDE Panel discussion with Ayden Scheim and others, a youth performance and art, hosted by Ryan G Hinds. 4:30 pm. Free. 401 Bay, 22nd Fl. 416-325-5669.
PRIDE EDITION – COLLEGE NIGHT DJs Sumation & Cajjmere Wray spin top 40 remixes. 10 pm. No cover. Barn, 418 Church. 416-5939696.
THE PURPLE PARTY Night celebrating equality and an end to bullying. 9 pm. Boutique Bar, 506 Church. 647-705- 0006.
SNAKEPIT Sink your teeth into Pride with DJ Ohbijou. 10 pm. No cover. Henhouse, 1532 Dundas W. 416-534-5939.
SPIRITS OPEN MIC PRIDE SHOW Comedy by Ted Morris, Marissa Gregoris, Richard Ryder, Stephen Sharpe, Doug Taylor, Vicki Licks, Kristen Becker, John Hastings, Marco Bernardi and host Jo-Anna Downey. 9 pm. Free. Spirits Bar & Grill, 642 Church. 416-967- 0001.
T- GIRL NEWBIE NIGHT Party with DJ Todd Klinck. 9 pm. No cover. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church. 416-760- 6514.
U OF T PRIDE PUB Celebrate in the open air with DJ Cozmic Cat. 9 pm. $5. Hart House Quad, 7 Hart House Circle. harthouse.ca/pridepub.
UNPLUGGED Live music and an open stage. 8 pm. No cover. Slack’s, 562 Church. 416-9282151.
VIVA CABARET Watch Yura Ruzhyev transform into Cher, Tina Turner, Liza Minnelli, Madonna and other stars. 8 pm. $15. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-9758555.
THURSDAY, JUNE 30
ASIANXPRESS Ultimate gay Asian Pride party with Sofonda and DJ Alex. $20-$25. Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner. 416-3622337.
BAD BOY WEEKEND KICKOFF DJ Chris Steinbach has army, navy, lether, jocks and full service till 4 am. No cover. Woody’s, 467 Church. 416-972- 0887.
BATTLE BOP: BRITNEY VS LADY GAGA DJ Craig Dominic spins with special performances and all-ages floors. 10 pm. $10. Barn, 418 Church. 416-593-9696.
CAN’T STOP ESTHER Material Girl night with the Madgesty Madonna Tribute Troupe and DJ Doctor Baggie. 10 pm. $7. Vida Lounge, 1345 St Clair W. beavertoronto.com
FIRST ANNIVERSARY WHITE PARTY DJ DaVinci spins Latin-inspired beats. 7 pm. $5. Boutique Bar, 506 Church. 647-705- 0006.
BJ FLETCHER/SEEKING SIMONE Meet the stars and creators of the lesbian webseries at a panel discussion and Q&A. 8 pm. $1-. toronto Women’s Bookstore, 73 Harbord. facingout.ca.
LEGIT TORONTO Info session on Canadian immigration for same-sex couples. 6 pm. Free. 519 Church Community Centre. the519.org.
LIBIDO Pride party with live music, burlesque performances by Dainty Box and Tina Timebalm, and spoken word by Truth Is... and Dlishus. 10 pm-1 am. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635.
MATCH FEVER AND THE DATING GAME Send a Beavergram to someone you want to get to know, then enjoy two rounds of the Dating Game with host Maggie Cassella. 7 pm. $10. Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament. 647-347- 6567.
MEDICINE DJ Ricky spins everything alt from Twin Shadows to LCD Soundsystem. 9 pm. No cover. Naco Gallery Cafe, 1665 Dundas W. 647347- 6499.
1001 STARRY NIGHTS Elegant outdoor soirée with DJ Sylosurf and Antonella, Arabesque Dance Company & Drummers and Sofonda Cox. 7 pm-midnight. Free. Cawthra Square Park, beside 519 Church Community Centre. the519.org.
PRESENT BY HOUSE OF MONROE The Royal Court Ball holds its annual vogueing queen competition. 9 pm. $20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555.
PRIDE LAUNCH PARTY Staff drag show hosted by Miss Zelda Angelfire. 9 pm. No cover. Zelda’s, 692 Yonge. 416-922-2526.
PRIDE PARTY NYC DJ Dasha spins for partiers here. 11 pm. No cover. Beaver, 1192 Queen W. beavertoronto.ca.
PRISM: COLLEGE Performances by porn star Brett Everett and Gia Minaj Cox. 9 pm-4 am. $15. Fly, 8 Gloucester. 416-410-5426.
THE ROYAL COURT BALL Contestants from across North America strut their stuff at this Pride ball with House of Monroe. 10:30 pm. $20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555.
SOFT SERVE DJs Alex M and Peter Ho. 10 pm. $5. Smith, 553 Church. 416-926-2501.
THE VILLAGE RESIDENCY DJ Delicious DJ VS Drummer and other performances. Slack’s, 565 Church. slacks.ca.
VOCAL REHAB KARAOKE Elyse, Heroine Marks, DJ Craig Dominic and Miss Conception. 10 pm. No cover. Crews/Tango, 508 Church. 416-972-1662.
WOMEN’S GOLF DAY 18-hole scramble tournament. $150/player (benefit for Pride Toronto’s Dyke Program). Angus Glen Golf Club, Markham. pridetoronto.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 1
BIG PRIMPIN: THE REALEST HOUSEWIVES OF PARKDALE, PRIDE EDITION DJs Kevin Ritchie, Phil V, Craig Dominic, Rory Them Finest and Blackcat spin hip-hop and hot jams for homos. 10 pm. $5-$10. Wrongbar, 1279 Queen W. 416-516-8677.
BITCHAPALOOZA Amanda Roberts and Daytona Bitch. 11:30 pm. No cover. Crews & Tangos, 508 Church. crewsandtangos.com.
BITCH SALAD GIVES BACK (AIDS Comm of Toronto fundraiser) Comedians including Dini Dimakos, Rebecca Kohler, Allyson Smith and the Cheeto Girls come out to raise money for the cause. 8 pm. $20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555.
BUDDIES AFTER HOURS Featuring Miss Conception and guest DJs K-Tel and Triple-X. 10:30 pm. $15. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555.
CUB CAMP: PRIDE PARTY Boys with beards and tattoos dance party with DJs Scooter, Sammy D, Kevin H and Max Mohenu. 10 pm. $8-$10. Garrison, 1197 Dundas W. 415-519-9439.
DIRTY SEXY PRIDE Sofonda Cox and DJ FoxxTrot. 10 pm. $10. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church. goodhandys.com.
GOTH DRAG DJs Miss Margot, Schramm, David Lush and Alice Skeletalkitten and others. 10 pm. $5. Augusta House, 152A Augusta. GRAPEFRUIT EXTENDED PLAY: PRIDE 2011/CANADA DAY DJ Shane Percy and DJ Aural provide the music. 9 pm-4 am. $15-$25. Fly, 8 Gloucester. 416-410-5426.
HEY REBEL ALL–AGES PRIDE EDITION DJs Vilify, Rolls Royce, Hugsnotdrugs, Smunchy and others. $20. Berkeley Church, 315 Queen E. heyrebel.com.
LOVE YOU – A PRIDE DANCE PARTY Local dance parties Transgressions and Lesbeaux combine to raise funds for YouthLine.ca. 9 pm. Pwyc. Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor W. on.fb.me/loveyouparty.
MEN BY INKEDKENNY Exhibiton of photographic works by Kenny Lee. Opening reception 9 pm. No cover. Black Eagle, 457 Church. 416-413-1219.
O MANADA! Male burlesque show and Pride party with Boylesque T.O. and DJ John Caffery. 9 pm. $5-$20. Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor West. 416-532-1598, boylesqueto.com.
NIGHT CRAWLERS DJs Nik Red, Murr and others. 10 pm. No cover. Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas W. nacogallery.com. ONE WORLD – WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Outdoor party with music by Kaya Bongos, Addy, Deko-Ze, Greg Gow and others. 3 pm-midnight. Free. Cawthra Square Park, beside 519 Church Community Centre. the519.org.
OPEN AT NOON Bands including Tonella, DJs Lissa Monet and Queen of Spades all day. Noon. Slack’s, 565 Church. slacks.ca.
PRIDE FRIDAY NIGHT PARTY DJs Denise Benson, Cajjmere Wray and TNT. 10 pm. $10. The Barn, 418 Church. barnnightclub.com.
PRISM: BOOT CAMP Performances by adult male stars including Marcus Mojo and DJs Manny Lehman and Hector Fonseca. 10 pm- 6 am. $40. Guvernment, 132 Queens Quay E. prismtoronto.com.
PROUD TO BE CANADIAN DJ dance party. 4 pm- 4 am. No cover. Woody’s, 465 Church. woodystoronto.com.
ROCK HARD DJ Sasha Van Bon Bon. 10 pm. No cover. Henhouse, 1532 Dundas W. 416-5345939, henhousetoronto.com.
SCISSORS – PRIDE EDITION Party for women 19 to 35 and gay men, with DJs spinning house music. 10 pm. No cover. Blondie’s, 1378 Queen W. blondiesbar.ca. SPEARHEAD CANADA DAY BOAT CRUISE Toronto Leather Pride cruise. 1 pm. $50. Obsession III, foot of Simcoe. torontoleatherpride.ca.
TNTMEN MEET & GREET Naked men from around the globe meetup. 5-8 pm. $5-$25. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church. goodhandys.com.
TRANS MARCH The march for trans people starts at Church and Hayden and proceeds S on Church. 7 pm. Free. pridetoronto.com.
TRANS MARCH AFTERPARTY 10 pm. No cover. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. gladstonehotel.com.
ULTIMATE PRIDE PATIO PARTY Fancy summer cocktails to celebrate. 2-5 pm. Boutique Bar, 506 Church. boutiquebar.ca.
SATURDAY, JULY 2
THE BEEF BALL DJs Cory Activate and Neill MacLeod get the party rolling. 10 pm- 6 am. $40 adv. Opera House, 735 Queen E. 416-4660313.
BODY AND SOUL DJs Francois K, Joe Claussell & Danny Krivit. Doors 10 pm. $35-$45. Sound Academy, 11 Polson. 416-461-3625.
BUDDIES AFTER HOURS Music by Donnarama and DJs K-Tel and Triple X. 10:30 pm. $15. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555.
CHERRY BOMB PRIDE DJs Cozmic Cat, Denise Benson, Sticky Cuts, Letitcia Love and Candy Coated Killahz. 9 pm. $15. Revival, 783 College. 416-535-7888, cherrybombtoronto.com.
DYKE MARCH March celebrating the diversity and passion of LGBTTIQQ2S women and trans folk. Starts 2 pm at Church and Hayden, heads N on Church to Bloor, W on Bloor to Yonge and S on Yonge to Wood. Free. pridetoronto.com.
DYKE MARCH RALLY Have your say before the official march. Morning till 2 pm. Norman Jewison Park, 13 Isabella.
rFAMILY PRIDE Family-friendly activities and games, kids’ entertainment and more. Today and tomorrow 11 am- 6 pm. Free. Church Street Jr Public School, Church and Alexander. pridetoronto.com.
FRANCO PRIDE Program reflecting the richness and diversity of the city’s French community with performances for adults and kids. Noon11 pm. Free. George Hislop Park, 16 Isabella. GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS FOR QUEERS Art exhibit. Today and tomorrow 11 am-8 pm. Free. Pride Festival Site. pridetoronto.com.
HOMO NIGHT IN CANADA Evening of queer comedy with Kristen Becker, Marco Bernardi, Vivki Licks, Ian Lynch and others. 8 pm. $25. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555.
HOTNESS Two-year celebration of this party. 10 pm. No cover. The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas W. henhousetoronto.com.
LIPSTICK JUNGLE (519 Church Community Centre fundraiser) Get that animal out of you and party outside with Ana Paula, Alyson Calagna, Delicious and Ria. 1 pm-midnight. Free (donations welcome). Cawthra Square park, beside 519 Church Community Centre. the519. org.
LOVE SAVES THE DISCO DJs Jaime Sin, Peter Ho, Alex Mclelland & Luis Jacob. 11 pm. No cover. Beaver, 1192 Queen W. beavertoronto.ca. THE MAIN EVENT! MATINEE WORLD TOUR DJs Javier Medina, Shawn Riker and Mike Viera. 9 pm. $20-$25. Fly, 8 Gloucester. 416-410-5426.
NORTHBOUND LEATHER FETISH NIGHT Party with DJ Jimi LaMort. 10 pm. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church. 416-760- 6514. NORTHBOUND LEATHER’S KINKY
CRUISE II Cruise the harbour with DJ Marty Rotman, a floating dungeon, fireworks and a barbecue. 7 pm. $65. 416-972-1037.
PITBULL: PRIDE Hottest, biggest, sluttiest Pride party with DJ Shane Percy and go-go dancers. 10 pm. $20-$25. Phoenix, 410 Sherbourne. facebook.com/pitbulltoronto.
PRIDE AND REMEMBRANCE RUN (AIDS Comm of Toronto fundraiser) Run to raise money for AIDS research and support. 10 am. Pledges. Starts Church and Wellesley. Preregister priderun.org.
PRIDE LUNCH BUFFET All-you-can-eat breakfast. Today and tomorrow 9:30 am. Zelda’s, 692 Yonge. zeldas.ca.
PRIDE SATURDAY Join DJ Mark Falco for sexy dancing. 10 pm. No cover. Fuzion Vizion Lounge, 580 Church. 416-944-9888.
PRIDE SATURDAY NIGHT BARBECUE Enjoy what’s hot off the grill on the patio. 5-11 pm. No cover. Black Eagle, 457 Church. 416-413-1219.
PRISM: CASINO Performance by Sofanda Cox, DJ Honey Dijon, Rosabel and DJ Aron. 10 pm-8 am. Koolhaus, 132 Queens Quay E. 416869- 0045.
QUEER BAIT DJs Shane MacKinnon and Double K. 10 pm. No cover. Naco Gallery, 1665 Dundas W. beavertoronto.ca.
RETRO T-DANCE Youth and boomers party with music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. 7 pm. Free. Cabbage Patch Bar & Grill, 488 Parliament. 416-925-3468.
SULTRY SATURDAYS DJ Cajjmere Wray pumps it up. 11 pm. No cover. Byzantium, 499 Church. byz.ca. THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: Pride Edition The party that wakes up the neighbours. 10 pm. No cover. The Barn, 418 Church. thebarnnightclub.com.
TRUCK STOP West Hollywood’s and New York’s party for women hits T.O. with DJ Brynn Taylor. 9 pm. $15-$20. The Courthouse, 57 Adelaide E. truckstopgirlz.com.
VAZALEEN NIGHT ONE Burning Love, Spitfist, Bathurst Queens, Kommando, DJs Don Pyle & Mark Pesci. 10 pm. $10. Wrongbar, 1279 Queen W. 416-516-8677, ticketweb.ca.
SUNDAY, JULY 3
ALTERNAQUEER AFTER- PARTY MKW and Michael Venus, and DJ Triple-X. 10 pm. No cover. Flying Beaver Pubaret, 488 Parliament. pubaret.com.
THE LADY OIYE’S TEA DANCE Low-key gathering off the Pride Parade route with DJs K-Tel and Shane MacKinnon. 3 pm. $5, free before 3 pm. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555.
rPFLAG FAMILY BRUNCH parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays holds a pre-parade brunch. 9:30 am. Pogue Mahone, 777 Bay. 416-598-3339.
PRIDE PARADE The annual parade of floats, costumes, marching bands and music. Starting 2 pm at Bloor and Church, heading W on Bloor to Yonge, S on Yonge to Gerrard and E on Gerrard to Church. Free. pridetoronto.com.
PRIDE THERAPY DJs jojoflores & Ultra Naté at this Blockorama afterparty. 11 pm. $25 sliding scale. 99 Sudbury.
PRISM: REVIVAL Performance by Shokra and music by DJs Peter Rauhoffer, Shawn Riker and others. 10 am-8 am. $65. Guvernment, 132 Queens Quay E. prismtoronto.com.
T.G. I. SWAGGER (NoH8 Campaign fundraiser) Pride fundraiser with DJs Designer Imposter and Berri Forde, live nail art, cocktails and more. 9 pm-2 am. $20 sugg. Hotel Ocho, 195 Spadina. weaponoftherevolution.com.
TREEHOUSE PARTY (519 Community Centre fundraiser) Party and dance with Stephan Grondin, Isaac Escalante, Ronen Mizrahi and Jama + Jeremy Khamkeo. 1 pm-midnight. Free (donations welcome). Cawthra Square (beside 519 Church). the519.org.
VAZALEEN NIGHT TWO Ssion, Kids on TV, Lesbians on Ecstacy (DJ set), DJ Kevin H. 10 pm. $10. Wrongbar, 1279 Queen W. 416-5168677, ticketweb.ca.
MONDAY, JULY 4
COME GET YOUR FCUK’IN BEATS – PRIDE
EDITION Keep the party going with Deko-ze and others. 6 am-4 pm. $25. Comfort Zone, 480 Spadina. comfortzonetoronto.com.
RECOVERY PARTY DJ Blue Peter. No cover. Woody’s, 465 Church. woodystoronto.com.
RISE AND SHINE Music by Jeremy Khamkeo and Ronen Mizrahi at this big bash. 8 am-4 pm. $30. Flash, 463 Church. flashonchurch.com.