Pride Week Preview
Complete listings until July 3, Pride parade routes, stage lineups and more
150 Events to get the PARTY STARTED
Thursday, June 23
10 X 10 Photo exhibit features 10 new Canadian queer photographers and 100 new portraits celebrating LGBTTI2QQ Canadians in the arts. Runs to Aug 18, reception/catalogue launch 7 pm Jun 30. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. gladstonehotel.com. A THIRD GENDER: BEAUTIFUL YOUTHS IN JAPANESE PRINTS Art exhibit, runs to Nov 27. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. rom.on.ca. CHERYL POPE AND STUDENTS Objects For Listening exhibition, varsitystyle champion banners with themes of sexual orientation, identity and power. Runs to Jul 4. OCAD U, 100 McCaul. 416 -977-6000. INTERNET DAUGHTER, DJ SUN SUN Proud AF DJ show as part of Pride At The Gaystone. 8 pm. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. gladstonehotel.com. KIRK SUTHERLAND Synesthesia painting exhibition, runs to Jul 2. Urban Gallery, 400 Queen E. urbangallery.ca. NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING Comedy film with Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen playing at Kingsway Theatre, 3030 Bloor W, and other cinemas. See website for details. movies.nowtoronto.com. PINK FLAMENCO Hands-on instructional event with flamenco pros coaching and coaxing through sexy steps. Bring a partner or find a new one. 7 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre Boulevard Tent, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com. QUEER GAME NIGHT Board games
social. 8-11 pm. $5. Board Again Games, 2111 Dundas W. boardagaingames.com. R KELLY CLIPPERTON Memory Bank photo exhibit, runs to Jul 31. Cylinder Sound & Film, 165 John. kellyclipperton.com. RUFUS DOES JUDY Luminato & Pride present Rufus Wainwright’s recreation of Judy Garland’s iconic 1961 Carnegie Hall Show. Jun 23-24 at 8 pm. From $29. Hearn Generating Station, 440 Unwin. luminatofestival.com. SAY YOU’LL BE QUEER: WANNABE – THE SPICE GIRLS TRIBUTE BAND Concert and postshow 90s dance party with DJ M4rs. Doors 9:30 pm. $25, adv $20. Mod Club, 722 College. universe.com/ WannabeSGT. TAPE CONDITION: DEGRADED Installation that looks at the CLGA’s role in preserving and protecting queer desires and sexual subcultures through its collection of VHS tapes. Runs to Sep 18, artist talk & party 7:30 pm-midnight Jul 8 (at Buddies, 12 Alexander). Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 34 Isabella. clga.ca. THE WATERMELON WOMAN Screening of the first feature film directed by a Black lesbian filmmaker. Queer cinema pioneer Cheryl Dunye introduces a new digital restoration of her 1996 film. 8:45 pm. $13, srs $10.50, child $9. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King W. tiff.net.
Friday, June 24
BLINDSPOTS GROUP SHOW; SEBASTIÁN BENÍTEZ Jun 24-Aug 6, reception 7-10 pm Jun 24. Xpace, 303 Lansdowne. xpace.info. ELECTRIC LADYLAND W/ DJ LESBIAN MENACE Go West – Alt-Queer Fest dance party. 10 pm. Pwyc. Cardinal Rule, 5 Roncesvalles. Find event on facebook.com. ENCORE NIGHT WITH TORONTO GAYMERS
Board games night. 7 pm. $6. Board Again Games, 2111 Dundas W. 416-453- 6885, boardagaingames.com. FEMINISTRY Pride week kick-off party with house music. 10 pm. $10. Round Venue, 152A Augusta. roundvenue.com/event/feministry. FNLROM: COLOUR ROMPROUD Friday Night Live art party. Music and entertainment by Divine Darlin, Fay Slift, DJ Craig Dominic, Cozmic Cat, House of Filth Queens, DJ Sammy, DJ Nino Brown and more, glass art by Dale Chihuly. Doors 7 pm. $15, stu/srs $13. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. 416-586-8000, rom.on.ca/fnl. FRED EVERYTHING, KRIS STEEVES, DJ PHIL V Dance party with smooth house from the Montreal DJ. 10 pm. $5. Black Eagle, 457 Church. blackeagletoronto.com. GIRLS ROCK CAMP TORONTO: CAMPY KARAOKE Showcase of young female rockers, followed by feminist anthems, top 40 tunes and classic rock sung by audience members. 8 pm. $10-$15. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. buddiesinbadtimes.com. GLADSTONE QUEERAOKE Get loud and proud with some shameless scream-offs with theme and songs devoted to queer icons like Dolly Parton and with appearances from the Gladstone’s most fabulous Drag Queens. 10 pm. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. gladstonehotel.com. HEY QT Pride kick-off party with R&B and pop music. 10 pm. $5. Holy Oak Cafe, 1241 Bloor W. holyoakcafe.com. NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING Comedy film with Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen playing at various cinemas across the city. See website for details. movies. nowtoronto.com. ROUGH Flying Solo explores the earth element in a dirty circus of art, dance and aerial acrobatics. Part of Queer Pride 2016. 8:30 pm. $20-$25. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. buddiesinbadtimes.com. RUFUS DOES JUDY Luminato & Pride present Rufus Wainwright’s recreation of Judy Garland’s iconic 1961 Carnegie Hall Show. 8 pm. From $29. Hearn Generating Station, 440 Unwin. luminatofestival.com. WOMEN & TRANS LITERARY SPEED DATING Bring a favourite book to discuss and lots of personality for 5-minute chats with other participants. 6:30-8:30 pm. Free. Pre-registration required. Lillian H Smith Library, 239 College. eventbrite.ca/e/24626810453.
Saturday, June 25
BIKE PUMP & SUNDAY BBQ Benefit tea-dance for the Friends For Life Bike Rally in support of Toronto People With AIDS Foundation. Local DJs play top 40 & house. Sportswear or underwear encouraged. 3 pm. Free. Black Eagle, 457 Church. blackeagletoronto.com. BWS: A FUNDRAISER FOR THE PULSE VICTIMS FUND Business Women’s Special hosts the Pride Edition of the dance party to help victims in Orlando, FL. DJs Sammy Royale, Nino Brown & Diego Armand, special performance by Scarlett Bobo. $15. 10 pm. Club120, 120 Church. Find event on facebook.com. CINEMA FORTISSIMO Forte – Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus sings songs made famous on the silver screen. 7:30 pm. $25. Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor W. fortechorus.com. CIRCUS SO GAY Roaming circus performances, DJs, drag queens, contortionists, dance groups and others plus sports activities, kids’ zone and more at this pre-Pride street festival. Sat & Sun 11 am-11 pm. Free. Church and Wellesley. churchwellesleyvillage.ca. DAWN PATROL: GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Queer Pride 2016 presents comedy with Melissa Deleary, Andrya Duff, Adrienne Fish, Chantel Marostica, Regina, JL Whitecrow, host Dawn Whitwell and others. 8 pm. $15$20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. buddiesinbadtimes.com. DIVA / DIVA PRIDE EDITION Drag performance, lookalike contest and dance party with music by DJ Devon S. 10 pm. $5. WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen E. waylabar.ca. DJS REGINA & ORANGE PEKOE Buddies After Hours: Queer Pride 2016, 10:30 pm. $10. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. buddiesinbadtimes.com. GLADSTONE QUEERAOKE Karaoke gets loud and proud with some shameless scream-offs with theme and songs devoted to queer icons like Dolly Parton and with appearances from the Gladstone’s most fabulous Drag Queens. 10 pm. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. gladstonehotel.com. KALIK FUNDRAISER & LAUNCH PARTY Live performances by queer and trans artists, poets and musicians from Armenian & SWANA (South West Asia North Africa) communities, a silent auction, raffle and
artwork for sale. 7:30 pm. $10-$20. Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham. kalik.org/fundraiser. NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING Comedy film with Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen playing at cinemas across the city. See website for details. movies.nowtoronto.com. NUIT ROSE ART SHOWCASE Opening reception for diverse artists exhibition. 7 pm-3 am. Free. Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw. nuitrose.ca. NUIT ROSE LIGHT PARADE Queer art parade featuring participants wearing or carrying a light-emitting object. Begins in the park and proceeds to Church St. Free lantern-making workshops offered before the parade (see website for details). Concert with band MAGT, DJ set from Bruce LaBruce and more. 7 pm-late. Free. Norman Jewison Park, 13 Isabella. nuitrose.ca. PRIDE WALK: DISCOVERING TORONTO’S LGBTQ HERITAGE Second of two Heritage Toronto walking tours celebrating Pride. Part 2: King, Queen and Yonge Streets. 1:30 pm. $20. Pre-register. Meet at NW corner of Yonge & King. heritagetoronto.org. QUEEN’S END PRIDE W/ DJ ZACK ROSEN Go West – Alt- Queer Fest dance party (dance tunes from the 60s-today). 10 pm. Free. The Grand Trunk, 1718 Queen W. Find event on facebook.com. SIN Tech-house and sexy go-go boys with hard beats and a sex-positive vibe. 10 pm. $5, $10 after midnight. Black Eagle, 457 Church. blackeagletoronto.com. STANDING TALL: THE CURIOUS HISTORY OF MEN IN HEELS Tour of an exhibition that challenges preconceived notions about who wears heels and why. Exhbition highlights include John Lennon’s original 1960s Beatle boot and platforms worn by Elton John in the 1970s. Jun 25-Jul 3, daily at 2 pm. Included w/ admission ($14, srs $12, stu $8, 5-17 yrs $5). Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor W. batashoemuseum.ca.
SULTRY SATURDAYS: REINVENTED Pride Saturday main event party with DJ Cajjmere Wray playing hiphop and house music. Doors 11 pm. Free. Byzantium, 499 Church. byz.ca. TOO QUEER: A BI VISIBILITY CABARET Queer Pride 2016 presents art and performance celebrating bisexuality and pansexuality featuring Olive-or- Oliver, Sharrae Lyon and Sofí Gudiño. 7:30 pm. $10-$20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
Sunday, June 26
ALT CNTRL DLT Go West – Alt-Queer Fest presents live rock with Jackie Moore, Lynx, Tomorrow’s Midnight, Bone Donor, Artificial Dissemination, DJs Zack Rosen and Triple X. 9 pm. $10. Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen W. Find event on facebook.com. CHURCH STREET COMEDY PRIDE EDITION: HEADLINERS SHOWCASE Martha Chaves, Dawn Whitwell, Richard Ryder, Paul Hutcheson, Ashley Moffatt, Andrew Johnston and hosts Chantel Marostica and Adrienne Fish. 8 pm. Pwyc. Pegasus, 489B Church. pegasusonchurch.com. CHYUUCH: THE FAMILY GATHERING Sunset Service Toronto hosts a 5th-anniversary celebration of community, creativity and connection with song, dance and spoken word. Noon-3 pm. Free. Harlem Underground, 745 Queen W. sunsetservice.wordpress.com. CRIMSON WAVE COMEDY LGBTQ positive, feminist-friendly, zero rape joke laughs w/ Natalie Norman & Jess Beaulieu. 9:30 pm. $5. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor W. comedybar.ca. AN EVENING WITH GEORGE TAKEI The Star Trek actor reflects on his life experiences and discusses social justice, diverse ethnocultural landscapes, pop culture and the age of social media. Q& A to follow. 7 pm. $25. Ryerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard E. pridetoronto.com/George. FREE JANE Queer Pride 2016 presents Sky Gilbert’s annual show featuring a reading of Smashes by Franny McCabe-Bennett, followed by an open mic. 8 pm. Free. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-9758555, buddiesinbadtimes.com. A NIGHT AT THE AQUEERIUM Party with DJ Kitty Glitter, mermaids Sapphire Titha Reign and Judy Virago among 16,000 aquatic animals. 8 pm. $40-$50. Ripley’s Aquarium, 288 Bremner. ripleysaquariumofcanada.com.
Monday, June 27
FML MONDAYS INDUSTRY NIGHT: CELEBRATING PRIDE MONTH Party with drag shows, DJ, and free entry. Features a show by Sofonda Cox. Doors 11 pm. Flash, 463 Church. flashonchurch.com. PROUD VOICES: POETRIX Queer poetry marathon with readings by 16 poets including Adam Zachary, Cathy Petch, Mikki Delverde, Jasbina Justice, Jim Nason, Teddy Syrette, Davelle Barnes, Vero Diaz and others. 8-10 pm. Free. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge. facebook.com/GladDay.
Tuesday, June 28
AIDS CANDLELIGHT VIGIL Remember the fighters, the advocates, the supporters, the caregivers, the researchers, the ones who have passed away and those who live on. 9-11 pm. Free. Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church. pridetoronto.com. HELIX: LIDO PIMIENTA, CRIS DERKSEN, RODNEY DIVERLUS, BEANY JOHN, FLY LADY DI, DJ BAMBII, BRIAN SOLOMON Queer Pride 2016 presents a night of live curatorial performance DJing featuring Indigenous, Black and POC musicians, dancers and artists. 8 pm. Free. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
Wednesday, June 29
10 MINUTE TALKS: A VERY SHORT HISTORY OF LGBT ISSUES IN TORONTO Four micro talks that will explore the history of LGBT issues in our city. Mackenzie House, 82 Bond. 416-392- 6915, firstname.lastname@example.org. BLACKNESS AND QUEER POLITICS Human rights panel discussion moderated by Beth Jordan, with Rinaldo Walcott, Angela Robertson, Kim Katrin Milan, Rodney Diverlus, Syrus Marcus Ware and Jordyn Samuels. 7 pm. Free. 519 Church Street Community Centre, north of Wellesley. pridetoronto.com. CABANA POOL PARTY DJs Anthony May and Ticky Ty, 6-11 pm. Cabana Pool Bar @ Sound Academy, 11 Polson. pridetoronto.com. LETTERS TO THE UNIVERSE Dance, text and projections tell the story of Shaunga Tagore and her alter ego, Scorpio Rising, on a journey of growth and self-discovery as she learns about madness, magic, survival, healing, home, community and more. 8 pm. $20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander, in the Chamber. buddiesinbadtimes.com. LOOKING 4 DICK BenT performs his comedy show. 8 pm. $15-$17. Club120, 120 Church. bentcomedy.com. MEOW MEOW Electronic + house music dance party with Max Mohenu. 9 pm. Free. Holy Oak Cafe, 1241 Bloor W. holyoakcafe.com. PLAY Classy, yet non-pretentious party with fun, cheeky, top 40 mixed with house music. 10 pm-2 am. $8 at the door. Smith, 553 Church. girlplaytoronto.com. PROUD VOICES: CROOKED GRIN Queer stand-up comedy with Martha Chaves, Brian Millward, Monica Garrido, Lorrie Jorgensen, David Benjamin Thomlinson, JP Larocque and others. 8-10 pm. Pwyc. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge. facebook.com/GladDay. PUPPY PRIDE PARTY Kinky pups and handlers celebrate doggy-style. 9 pm. Free. Black Eagle, 457 Church. blackeagletoronto.com. RAID: OPERATION SOAP Queer Pride and The Reading Salon present Raymond Helkio’s unconventional love story about how the arrest of two men during the 1981 Toronto bathhouse raids changed LGBTQ history. 8 pm. $20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander, in the Cabaret. thereadingsalon.ca/RAID.
Thursday, June 30
10 YEARS OF T-GIRL PRIDE! Trans woman dance party with DJ Todd Klinck. 8 pm-4 am. $15, free cover for ladies. Club120, 120 Church. club120.ca. BEARRACUDA Party with DJ Del Stamp playing circuit, tech-house and house music. 9:30 pm. $10, $5 before 10:30 pm. Black Eagle, 457 Church. blackeagletoronto.com. BUTCH FEMME SALON PRIDE EDITION: SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW An inclusive night of performances and partying hosted by Belle Jumelles and Titus Androgynous, after-party with DJ Johnny B Goode. 9 pm. $10. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander, in the Chamber. buddiesinbadtimes.com. THE ELEPHANT GIRLS Margo MacDonald tells the story of an all-female gang that terrorized 19th century London in her solo show, part of Queer Pride 2016. 7:30 pm. $20. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander, in the Cabaret. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com. GREEN SPACE FESTIVAL: STARRY NIGHT Performance by Kim Richardson & Band and appearance by Kim Chi, Sofonda Cox, Rita Baga, Sapphire Titha Reign, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Donnarama, Devine Darlin and others, DJ set by Adora and more. Doors 5 pm. Free. Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church. greenspaceto.org. LICK IT Nice but trashy Vegas strip club vibe at this party with hip-hop, dancehall, R&B, house and tech music. 10 pm-2 am. $10 adv. Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne. girlplaytoronto.com. NEARLYNUDE Collectif Nude’s DJ dance party and a lineup that will have you taking it off, shaking it off and showing it off. 9 pm. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen W. thedrake.ca. NIGHT OF 1000 DOLLY’S Steers & Queers event hosted by Miss Fluffy Soufflé with live music, a Dolly looka-like contest, drag, burlesque and rowdy dancing, dress code of country wear. Doors 10 pm. $10. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. gladstonehotel.com. PRIDE CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP FOR YOUTH Presentation on the history of Pride and the LGBTQ rights movement followed by a workshop with YA author Robin Stevenson, for ages 13-29. 5-7:45 pm. Free. Room B/C Lower Level. Lillian H Smith Library, 239 College. 416-393-7739. PROUD VOICES: AMPLITUDE CABARET Performance, poetry, power and possibility with Aja Fernandes, Josh Middleton, leslie ramsay-taylor, Johnny Salib, Vanessa Salazar, Roy de Vos and host Troy Jackson. 9-11 pm. Pwyc. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge. facebook.com/GladDay. PROUD VOICES: SHE WRITES! An evening of women’s voices and women’s words, featuring launch of Weekend by Jane Eaton Hamilton and readings by Farzana Doctor, Marnie Woodrow, Sheila van den Heuvel-Collins and Jessica L Webb. 6:30-8 pm. Free. Yorkville Library, 22 Yorkville. facebook.com/GladDay. THAT’S SO GAY: COME TOGETHER Group art show celebrating new works by LGBTTI2QQ artists curated by Syrus Marcus Ware, runs Jun 30-Jul 3, reception 7 pm Jun 30. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. gladstonehotel.com. VIVA CABARET: TRIBUTE TO THE GREATEST DIVAS Yury Ruzhyev presents a musical cabaret tribute to Cher, Tina, Liza, Madonna, Freddy, Gaga and many more. 7 & 10 pm. $20-$25. Rivoli, 334 Queen W. rushow.ru. WORN WITH PRIDE Exhibit of artifacts from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. Jun 30-Jul 24, reception/pop-up museum 7-10 pm Jun 30. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas W. montgomerysinn.com.
Friday, July 1
ALTERNAQUEER Judy Virago, The House of Filth’s The Trash Cabaret, Andrew Awesome, The Countess, Christeene, Vag Halen, JD Samson, 7 pm. Free. PRIDE South Stage, 423 Church. pridetoronto.com. BITCH SALAD Queer Pride 2016 presents a showcase of funny women w/ Heidi Brander, Sara Hennessey, Aisha Brown, Jackie Pirico, headliner Guy Branum, host Andrew Johnston and others. 8 pm. $15-$25. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander, Chamber. 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com. DJS REGINA & ORANGE PEKOE Buddies After Hours: Pride Weekend Kick-off Party, 10:30 pm. $15. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416-9758555, buddiesinbadtimes.com. DJS TED KASPROW & DEKO-ZE Canada Day/ Pride party. 10 pm. Black Eagle, 457 Church. blackeagletoronto.com. FIT PRIMPIN: BANJEE REPORT, DJS PHIL V, BLACKCAT, COZMIC CAT, KRIS STEEVES Pride party, 10 pm. Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner. pridetoronto.com. GLADSTONE QUEERAOKE Get loud and proud with some shameless scream-offs with theme and songs devoted to queer icons like Dolly Parton and with appearances from the Gladstone’s most fabulous Drag Queens. 10 pm. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. gladstonehotel.com. GREEN SPACE FESTIVAL: ONE WORLD Dance party with DJs David Morales, Hector Romero, Dekoze and Jerome Robins. 5 pm. Free. Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church. greenspaceto.org. JUICE BOX Waterfront party with hip-hop, top 40, R&B, tweaky, uptempo remixes and house music. 10 pm-2 am. $40, adv $30. City Bar (Polson Pier), 11 Polson Pier. girlplaytoronto.com. MANDY GOODHANDY’S MUSICAL COMEDY CABARET Comedy Kapow and the Toronto Jazz Festival present the trans woman comic/singer live. 9-11 pm. $15-$20. Club120, 120 Church. 416-792-7725, tinyurl.com/j4u95vb.
MARIPOSA: FROM LATIN AMERICA WITH LOVE Latin rhythms and Indigenous influences by performers Lila Downs, Los Hijos de Tuta with Wilson Acevedo, Papiosco y Grupo Ritmicos Toronto along with DJ Trambo and DJ Jimmy Suave, dancers and queens. 5 pm-2 am. Free. PRIDE Wellesley Stage, 15 Wellesley E. pridetoronto.com. ONE WORLD: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE DJ sets by David Morales, Hector Romero, Deko-Ze and Jerome Robins. Doors 5 pm. Free. Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church. greenspaceto.org. PRIDE TORONTO: MADE IN CANADA Yes Yes Y’All DJs, Moonshine, Diego Armand, Frustra, Chiclet and Craig Dominic. Hosted by Hamilton Elliott. 3 pm-2 am. Free. Central Stage, 508 Church. pridetoronto.com. ROYAL INTRODUCTION TO SQUARE DANCE Pride-affiliated event in the ballroom with no experience necessary, no partner required, no special clothes, all dances taught. 7-9 pm. Free. Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front W. email@example.com. TRANS* MARCH All trans* identified people, their friends and allies march and stand together in solidarity. Begins at Church & Hayden and moves along Bloor, south on Yonge and east on Carlton to Allan Gardens. 8 pm (rally from 7 pm). Free. pridetoronto.com.
THE WOW PROJECT: UNMASKED A night of queer femme storytelling and performances with David di Giovanni, Amanda Cordner and curator Mel Hague. 8 pm. $10. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander, in the Cabaret. buddiesinbadtimes.com.
Saturday, July 2
CHERRY BOMB PRIDE The Official Dyke Day After-Party with Kasey Riot, DJ Recklezz and residents Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson. 10 pm-3 am. $20, adv $15. Mod Club, 722 College. fb.com/CherryBombToronto. CHRISTEENE, DJS PRODUZENTIN & DAS HUSSY Hotnuts Summerwinds Pride Party, 10:30 pm-4 am. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas W. hotnuts.bpt.me. DRAG ON! Drag competition for a chance at the official Guinness Book of World Records title for Largest Drag Stage Performance with Derrick Barry, Lady Bunny, and others. Noon-11:30 pm. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas E. pridetoronto.com. DYKE MARCH Women and trans people in LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities take over the streets. 2 pm. Post-march activities at Allan Gardens (Jarvis & Gerrard) with performances, crafting and dyke-community building more. Free. Starts at Church and Bloor E. pridetoronto.com. FAMILY PRIDE Pride programming geared to children ages 0-12 with different sports, games, crafts, face painting, story time and live performances. Sat and Sun 10 am to 5 pm. Free. Church Street Jr Public School, 83 Alexander. pridetoronto.com. GREEN SPACE FESTIVAL: LIPSTICK JUNGLE Pride dance party with DJs Sandra Collins, Alyson Calagna, Viviana Toscanini and Ticky TY. 1 pm. Free. Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church. greenspaceto.org. HOMO NIGHT IN CANADA Queer Pride 2016 presents a comedy show featuring Martha Chaves, Paul Hutcheson, Ashley Moffatt, Ted Morris, Richard Ryder, Dawn Whitwell, Gareth Lloyd, hosts the B-Girlz and others. 8 pm. $25. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander, in the Chamber. buddiesinbadtimes.com. PRIDE AND REMEMBRANCE RUN A 5K run/3K walk to support The 519, AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), Rainbow Railroad and the Pride and Remembrance Foundation. 10 am-2 pm. Pre-register. Starts at Church and Wellesley. priderun.org. PRIDE FAMILY STORYTIME Authors read from their diverse and inclusive children’s books. 10:30-11:30 am. Free. Yorkville Library, 22 Yorkville. tpl.ca. PRIDE TORONTO: BEAR GARDEN Outdoor Pride dance party with DJs Andy Butler, Vjuan Allure, Blackcat, Nik Red, Kris Steeves and Aeryn Pfaff. 2 pm. Free. Central Stage, 508 Church. pridetoronto.com. PRIDE TORONTO: MUSIC Screening of Madonna’s tour documentary Truth Or Dare (4 pm), DJ Paulo (6 pm), The Cube Guys, Nick Bertossi, Maya Simantov and more. Free. Ryerson University Quad, 43 Gerrard E. pridetoronto.com. PRIDE TORONTO: YALLA BARRA, MASHROU’ LEILA Showcase of traditional meets modern music w/ DJ Louay, DJ Sylosurf, the Narcicyst, and dance by Arabesque Dance Company, Troupe Joy and the Earthshakers. 5 pm-2 am. Free. PRIDE Wellesley Stage, 15 Wellesley E. pridetoronto.com. PROUD VOICES: BRICOLAGE Creative jam with Chase Joynt, Eddie Jude, Justyn Jolie and others. 7:30-9 pm. Free. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge. facebook.com/GladDay. PROUD VOICES: GRITS Readings by writers in the anthology G. R.I.T. S.– Girls Raised In The South, including Blu Young, Akinfe Fatou, T Rochelle Guess and others. 3:30-5 pm. Free. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge. facebook.com/GladDay. TOASTR DANCE PARTY Dance party for queer women and allies with DJs spinning all genres of music from disco-funk to dancehall. 10 pm. $30, adv $25. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. girlplaytoronto.com. VILLAGE MEDLEY Breanna Sinclaire, Too Attached, A Dream A Coast, T. Thomason, The Mohrs, Burlesque A G0-Go and Dr Draw & The Strange Parade on this outdoor stage. 2-10 pm. Free. Village Stage, 77 Wellesley E. pridetoronto.com. YES YES Y’ALL PRIDE: TYGAPAW, OSCAR NÑ, YYY DJS Pride/Queer dance party. 10 pm. Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor W. leespalace.com.
Sunday, July 3
BLOCKORAMA: BLACK IS BACK Blackness Yes! celebrates 18 years of black queer, trans and intersected magic with headliners d’bi.young anitafrika, Alison Hinds, The Prancing Elites, DJ Zehra, DJ Syrus, DJ Andrea Robinson, DJ Bambii, Mars Celina, Naomi Leone, DJ Nik Red, Devine Darlin, Michelle Ross, DJ Craig Cominic, DJ Pleasrue, Jojo Flores & many others. From 12:30-11 pm. Free. PRIDE Wellesley Stage, 15 Wellesley E. pridetoronto.com. DJS REGINA & ORANGE PEKOE Buddies After Hours, 10 pm. $10. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. buddiesinbadtimes.com. THE FINAL PLAY Hit the square after the Parade to see Joe Jonas and DNCE headline along with Well-Strung, Alex Newell, The Prancing Elites and DJ Miss Honey Dijon. 2-11 pm. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas E. pridetoronto.com. GREEN SPACE FESTIVAL: DISCO DISCO Pride dance party with DJs Honey Soundsystem, A Digital Needle, Phil V, Diego Armand, Kris Steeves and Thorgy Thor. 1 pm. Free. Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church. greenspaceto.org. THE LADY OIYE’S TEA DANCE Chill-out party off the parade route, 3 pm. Free. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. buddiesinbadtimes.com. MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO Gus Van Sant’s film with River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as gay hustlers. 3:30 pm. $13, srs $10.50. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King W. tiff. net. MY PRAIRIE HOME Screening of the documentary about transgender musical artist Rae Spoon, and shorts The Little Deputy and Handsome & Majestic. At sundown, approximately 9 pm. Bring your own blanket. Free/pwyc (sugg donation $10). Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor W. christiepitsff.com. PITBULL: HOT MESS Steamy dance party with DJ Deko-Ze. Doors 10 pm. $20. Fly 2.0, 6 Gloucester. pitbullevents.com. PRIDE PARADE Floats, costumed platoons and music in a massive conga line to celebrate T.O.’s love for all things queer. Starts at 2 pm from the corner of Church and Bloor, goes down Yonge to Yonge-Dundas Square. Free. pridetoronto.com. PRIDE TORONTO: FIST DJs Kim Anh, Sigourney Beaver, Sun Sun, Bambii and others. 2-11 pm. Free. Donations welcome. Central Stage, 508 Church. pridetoronto.com. PROUD VOICES: POETIC JUSTICE Poetry by Alex Cafarelli, Gwen Benaway, Kamila Rina, Nicole Tanguay, Johnny Trinh, Joie Lamar and Lynx Sainte-Marie. 5:30 pm. Free. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge. facebook.com/ GladDay. PROUD VOICES: SYNTAXXX Mix of music, readings and performance w/ Kayla Carter, Marusya Bociurkiw, Nathan Adler, Sean Zio and others. 7-8:30 pm. Free. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge. facebook.com/GladDay. TORONTO PFLAG PRIDE FAMILY BRUNCH Gathering for parents, families, friends & allies of Toronto’s LGBTQ* community. 9:30 am-11:30 am. $15. Pre-registration required. Pogue Mahone, 777 Bay. torontopflag.org. TREEHOUSE PARTY Green Space Festival 12-hour dance marathon with The Sexshooters, Yinon Yahel, Alain Jackinsky & Isaac Escalante. 1 pm-1 am. $20. Ryerson University Quad, 43 Gerrard E. greenspaceto.org/treehouse. VILLAGE DRIVE FrancoQueer’s French Rendez-vous from 2-5 pm features Trésor Otshudi, Royal Tribal and Art of Echo, followed by Montreal drag queens, singer-songwriter Jordan Alexander, dance pop artist D!XON, indiepop band Caveboy and electropop outfit Foxtrott. 2-10 pm. Free. Village Stage, 77 Wellesley E. pridetoronto.com.
Let it all hang out at the Pride Parade July 3.