Happy Pride! Here are the parties and events you won’t want to miss this week.
June 22nd-24th Pride Toronto Street Fair @ Church, Wellesley & Alexander Streets. Shop goods from local organizations, artisans, and businesses, with offerings ranging from jewellery to dildos to T-shirts to food. Runs 7 pm to 2 am Friday, 12 pm to 2 am Saturday, and 12-11 pm Sunday.
5 pm Starry Nights @ Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church St. Party under the night sky as Green Space Festival kicks off its 10th anniversary with queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10, rump-shaking beats, and a few extra special surprises. Until 11 pm. Free admission (donations for The 519 are welcome and appreciated).
7 pm Music Bingo @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The perfect warm-up to Pride weekend. Join host Fluffy Soufflé for three rounds of music bingo filled with sing-a-longs and prizes.
5 pm Disco Disco @ Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church St. Channel your inner Bianca Jagger, hop on a white stallion, and party for a cause at Disco Disco. Featuring DJs Eli Escobar, Horse Meat Disco, Kris Steeves, Phil V, Diego Armand, and an extra special appearance by RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 winner, Sasha Velour, ready to serve you brainy disco performance art eleganza. Until midnight.
7 pm 8th Annual 10X10 Exhibition & Book Launch @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Now in its eighth year, 10X10 has become a staple in visual art programming during Toronto’s Pride celebrations. To date, it has featured 80 LGBTQ Canadian photographers who have collectively exhibited 800 portraits of LGBTQ Canadians in the arts. Read more about this year’s photographers here. Until 11 pm. Exhibition runs through August 5th.
7 pm That’s So Gay: Say My Name Opening Reception @ The Gladstone Hotel (2nd, 3rd & 4th floor galleries), 1214 Queen St. W. An annual group show curated by Syrus Marcus Ware that celebrates new works by LGBTTI2QQ artists. This year’s subtitle, Say My Name, refers to the #Sayhername campaign centred around the killings of black women, in particular black trans women, and the massive campaigns around Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) across Turtle Island. Until 11 pm. Exhibition runs through August 5th.
9 pm A Club Called Rhonda @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Los Angeles’s pansexual party palace returns to Toronto for a #TOP2BOTTOM total towering takeover of the Drake Hotel. From the raucous carousing of the open-air rooftop and the titillating techno of the ground-floor discotheque to the bountiful body music of the boisterous basement and the effervescent Absolut Unicorns galloping about, you’ll be making your wide-eyed way through a wigged-out wonderland with hundreds of the most beautiful creatures in Toronto. $30 advance tickets available online.
9 pm Steers & Queers: Night of 1,000 Dollys @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Join Reverend Fluffy Souffle in a night of worship of our personal (gay)lord and saviour, Dolly Parton. With fellow parishioners The Tennessee Mountain Homo Dolly Choir, Suki Tsunami, Nookie Galore, Geordie Gordon, Champagna Enema and Gay Jesus. Dolly dress code in effect (bra stuffing encouraged). $12 advance tickets available online.
10 pm L’Uggs @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. DJ Marilyn Mansion is getting really, really, kinda way too comfortable, someone should say something, but whatever, work it, and bring a bag of chips! Housey techno-ish weird stuff.
5 pm Pride Opening Night featuring Kehlani @ Yonge-Dundas Stage, 1 Dundas St. E. Get out to this star-studded situation and kick off your rainbow-covered weekend right! This free show will include some fab hosts, queens, performers, DJs, and a live performance by Kehlani. Until 11 pm.
5 pm One World @ Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church St. One World, one love, one epic party–what more could you ask for? Carl Craig serving you his unique blend of techno, jazz, and sci-fi vibes; Saeed Younan showing you why he’s a globe-trotting sensation; and Deko-ze hitting the decks with his country-famous house beats. Until midnight. Free admission (donations for The 519 are welcome and appreciated).
6 pm Alternaqueer @ South Stage, Church & Gould St. Think beyond boxes and labels and rethink what it means to be queer. With hosts House of Filth and performances by their hand-picked cast of misfits, including hardcore/electro/dub band Above Top Secret, Montreal’s neo-soul kawaii hip-hop duo Hua Li, and trans Iranian rap superstar Säye Skye. Until 2 am.
7 pm Sweat: Yes Yes Y’all Block Party @ Wellesley Stage, 15 Wellesley St. Yes Yes Y’all is hitting the streets this Pride for the ultimate block party! Carrying you into the night are BBYMUTHA (Chattanooga, Tennessee), Matthew Progress (Toronto), Sydanie (Toronto) and Pony (Montreal).
7 pm Trans March @ Intersection of Church and Hayden St. Toronto’s Trans March is officially one of the largest, most exciting Pride events in the world–not only for the trans and non-binary folks, friends, and allies who rally and march together in solidarity but also for anyone who witnesses this landmark event. Trans women of colour and people with different abilities are encouraged to lead the march.
8 pm Night at the Aqueerium @ Ripley’s Aquarium, 288 Bremner Blvd. Your vibrant, deep-sea adventure awaits with an evening of music featuring DJs Cozmic Cat and Lucie Tic, drag queens Boa and Juiceboxx, refreshments, and a photo booth that will have you feeling like a true sea star. $40 advance tickets available online.
9 pm Fit Primpin’ @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Fit meets Big Primpin’ for this annual Pride mash-up! Featuring DJs Jaime Sin and Club Fitness in The Chandelier Room; Craig Dominic, Recklezz and Sikh Knowledge in The Theatre; and Kris Steeves, Phillippe, and Kim Ann Foxman in The Grotto. Chillout space by Diana Lynn VanderMeulen, sponsored by Tokyo Smoke. Limited $30 tickets available at the door.
9 pm Tinder Tales 2nd Annual Pride Edition + Dance Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Celebrate Pride with an all-LGBTQ+ lineup of comics, including Canada’s Top Comic finalists Kyle Brownrigg, Cara Connors, Ashley Moffatt, and SHADE producer Anasimone George. Stick around after the show for a Club Kids-themed queer dance party with DJ Harmony. Prizes for best dressed! $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
10 pm Scream: Monster Mash @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Indulge in your darker side as Scream celebrates all monsters this Pride! DJ Patrick Von Ghostwolf will keep the beats dark and mood sexy so you live on this dance floor. Performances by Jacklynne Hyde, Seyoncé and Rubi Strange. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
1 pm Dyke March @ Intersection of Church and Hayden St. A political demonstration of critical mass, welcoming all self-identified dykes to create political and visible space, and to celebrate the power, strength, diversity and passion of dyke experiences and identities. Post-march rally in Allan Gardens featuring performances, crafting and even more dyke-community building.
1 pm Too Queer: A Bi Visibility Cabaret @ Buddies In Bad Times Pride Stage, 16 Alexander St. Curated by Katie Sly, Too Queer brings you bi+ art from across Canada and the U.S., with performance art, spoken word, dance, and music, headlined by Toronto operatic soul/alternative R&B legend Witch Prophet. Until 5 pm.
1 pm Lipstick Jungle @ Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church St. The jungle comes alive this Saturday at Barbara Hall Park. Kicking off the party is deep-house master Tracy Young, followed by Brazilian hot-shot DJ Ana Paula, Morabito, and Misstress Barbara spinning her signature techno. Until midnight. Free admission (donations for The 519 are welcome and appreciated).
2 pm Yohomo @ Pride South Stage, Church & Gould St. Yohomo is bringing some of their very favourite DJs and Kweens from the city to the main stage! Expect feel-good sets and vibes throughout the day and bouncier club feels after the sun goes down, including Vivacious making her Toronto debut with a death droppable ’90s house DJ set. Until 1 am.
2:30 pm Queer Logic: Pride Edition @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. An outdoor afternoon mixer and dance party. Come trip through the ethereal, meet someone new, eat some fresh fruit, and vibe out to selections that embody the warmth of summer–everything from reggaeton, dream house, baile, global dance, ambient, rusted out techno tools, and records that honour the enduring legacies of queer dance floors. Until 9 pm.
6 pm Drag Ball @ Yonge-Dundas Stage, 1 Dundas St. E. Drag Ball will see Yonge-Dundas Square taken over by big hair, big moves, fierce outfits and tight tucks. Expect a non-stop on-stage parade of the city’s best drag queens and kings, as well as Sydney Australia’s drag DJ Kitty Glitter serving a platter of beats for us to eat up. Until 11 pm.
7 pm The Ethnic Rainbow: Pride @ Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W. Canada’s first comedy show featuring exclusively LGBT2Q+ stand-up comics and improvisors of colour returns to Comedy Bar for Pride! Hosted by Brandon Ash-Mohammed, with Tamara Shevon (Against the Collar), Coko & Daphney (Off-JFL/Zoofest), Jade Niles Craig (Make Gigi Laugh), Ajahnis Charley, Bethany Daniels, Brendan D’Souza (Queer and Present Danger Collective, Shade) and Anasimone George (Shade). $10 in advance ($5 for students), $15 at the door.
9 pm Dead Poet: Pride @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Blank Canvas keeps your energy charged at their monthly spoken word and open mic night. Submerge yourself into a vibrant atmosphere of poets, musicians, artists, curators, stylists, dancers and more beatnik vibes! $10.
8 pm Dirty Disco @ Wellesley Stage, 15 Wellesley St. This isn’t just a night of disco balls and Soul Train line dances–it’s a deep-house music moment with DJs Nigel Best, Chiclet, Miz Megs, Ticky Ty, Toronto’s infamous Robb G, the legendary Deko-ze, and the self-proclaimed “bringer of chaos,” DJ Jelo. If you need a serious night of dancing under the stars and need to get down and dirty, this is the spot. Until 2 am.
8 pm Toastr: Pride 2018 @ BerBer Social, 49 Front St. E. Toastr is a club party for LGBTQ women that happens on the last Saturday of every month at various venues in Toronto. For their Pride edition, they’re welcoming DJs Ticky Ty, Sticky Cuts and Jules Bangsworth. $22.60 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Business Woman’s Special: Pride Edition @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. Business Woman’s Special celebrates Pride! DJs John Caffery and Aural spinning your Pride favourites, with special performances by Tynomi Banks and Miss Moço. $15 at the door.
10 pm Hey Girl Hey @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. Get ready for multiple floorshows featuring hostess with the mostess, Beardoncé, the incandescent splendour that is Bonbon Bontemps, and the sacrilicious HGH debut of their holiness, Gay Jesus + DJ Orange Pekoe spinning all-female hip-hop/R&B (’90s to now) and 4 am last call at Hey Girl Hey’s Pride celebration. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
10 pm Cherry Bomb Pride: Love Is Electric @ Mod Club Theatre, 722 College St. Dance, sweat and celebrate as Toronto’s biggest, boldest and most explosive party for queer women and friends celebrates queer love electric at this official Dyke Day afterparty! Dance floor burners with resident DJs Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson + special guest LL Cool Wei downstairs and DJ Recklezz spinning a tight, all-night set of R&B, hip-hop, and dancehall upstairs. $20 advance tickets available at Glad Day Bookshop, Soundscapes, and online; $25 at the door.
10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ Nest, 423 College St. Yes Yes Y’all Pride parties are legendary, and this year’s is no exception. Karim Olen Only, Ace Dillinger, Coco Supreme and Myst Milana on the decks. $10 before 11:30 pm, $15 after.
10 pm Raven’s Vision: Pride Edition @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Raven’s Vision is back and giving you visionary Pride moments at The Beaver! Music selections by Myst Milano, Casey MQ and Bliptor. $10.
11:30 pm Electric Circus @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Di-Di-Da-Da-Da! DJs Pammm and Vanessa play your favourite ’90s house and dance music all night long. Free Glo-sticks and other surprises! 4 AM LAST CALL. Free before 12:30 am, $5 after.
1 pm Treehouse Party @ Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church St. Vibe and vogue as Barbara Hall Park becomes a green space of music, magic and partying. Keep it sexy non-stop with the master of New York’s underground and the man behind Montreal’s legendary Stereo nightclub, DJ Angel Moraes; DEF MIX royalty, DJ Hector Romero; international Circuit-party faves, DJs Isaac Escalante and GSP; and making his big Canadian debut from Berlin, DJ Ben Bakson. Until midnight. Free admission (donations for The 519 are welcome and appreciated).
2 pm 38th Annual Pride Parade @ Intersection of Bloor and Church Streets. Stand loud and proud with more than 120 groups marching in Toronto’s Pride Parade, one of the largest in North America. This is the weekend’s premier event, bursting with performances, floats, marchers with messages, queens, kings, outstanding community groups, and more glitter than you can shake a disco stick at.
2 pm Pride Final Play Featuring Brandy @ Yonge-Dundas Stage, 1 Dundas St. E. End your Pride weekend with a big bang! Head to Yonge-Dundas Square after the Pride Parade for an evening of DJs, singers, dancers, and a special live performance by Brandy. Until 11 pm.