Happy Pride! We’ve rounded up the hottest parties and must-attend events happening across Toronto to help you plan your week.
7 pm Fabulush: Music Bingo @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. As part of the Gladstone’s 2017 Pride programming, their weekly Music Bingo is going even more Fabulush! Join host Fluffy Souffle as she makes her way through all the exs, os, completed lines, and good times. As always, there’ll be three foot-stomping rounds with prizes courtesy of Amsterdam Brewery.
9 pm Sh!t Show: A Night of Queer Comedy @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Sh!t Show is “an event or situation which is characterized by an ridiculously inordinate amount of frenetic activity. Disorganization and chaos to an absurd degree.” Theatre, stand up, music, and more! PWYC, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
7 pm “That’s So Gay” Opening Reception @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. An annual LGBTTI2QQ-themed art exhibition curated by Syrus Marcus Ware that explores themes around migration, disability, sexuality, gender, race, and their intersections. Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until August 17.
7 pm Urban Outfitters Pride: In Conversation @ Urban Outfitters, 235 Yonge St. Featuring Lucah Rosenberg-Lee in conversation with Wayne Burns, Raia Carey, Kusha Dadui, Sean Parsons, and Lena Peters + temporary tattoo station and exclusive Pride giveaways (while supplies last).
9 pm Steers & Queers: Night of 1,000 Dollys @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Dolly-lujah! It’s been 10 years of Steers & Queers: Night of 1,000 Dollys, and this year, it’s an edition as oversized as Dolly’s… hair. Join the Reverend Miss Fluffy Soufflé in worship of our personal lord and saviour, Dolly Parton, featuring The Tennesee Mountain Homos Dolly Choir, a Gay Ole Opry revue of Steers & Queers all-stars, surprise guests, and miracles! Dress code: BYOW (Bring Your Own Wig). $15 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Pride Beach @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Collectif NUDE is bringing the Pride Beach to the Drake all night with a 4 am last call for their official Pride Toronto kick-off. Starring: Lowell, KITTENS, Dai Burger, Birthday Boy, Nino Brown, Baby Blue, Gimmemar, Olenonly, Jay Strut, and Ganbei. $10.
6 pm Sweat: Yes Yes Y’all Block Party @ OLG Central Stage, parking lot between O’Grady’s and Crews & Tango on Church Street. YYY will be in full swing with hip-hop, R&B, dancehall, and soca! Carrying you into the night is the NYC champion of Ballroom, MikeQ, and future slow jamz DJ TYGAPAW, supported by Debby Friday, Coco Supreme, and Murderposse. Dancers Lethal Assassins and House of Monroe will join the event with special performances, and finally, twin sister duo Nina Sky blessing the stage as the headlining act.
6 pm Alternaqueer @ TD Village Stage, Church & Wellesley intersection. Think beyond boxes and labels and rethink what it means to be queer. With burlesque performances by Dainty Smith and Les Femmes Fatales, and Virago Nation + musical performances by Persons, Partner, Lal, and Unbuttoned. Until 11 pm.
6:30 pm Trans March @ intersection of Church and Hayden Streets. Since its community-led beginnings in 2009, the Trans March has sought to provide a place for trans identified people to rally, stand up, and come together in solidarity. All trans and nonbinary folks, friends, and allies are welcome to rally, march, and stand together in solidarity. Rally at 6:30 pm, march at 7. Trans Community Fair before, during, and after in Allan Gardens.
7 pm #FNLROM: Colour ROM Proud @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Continue your Pride Month celebrations with an official Pride Toronto dance party at #FNLROM! $17 tickets available online and at the door.
10 pm Business Woman’s Special: Pride Edition @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. Business Woman’s Special celebrates Pride! DJs Diego Armand and Aural will be spinning all night long + special performance by the one and only Sofonda Cox. Special Pride shots available. $15 at the door.
10 pm Fit Primpin’ @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Fit meets Big Primpin’ for this annual Pride mash-up. Featuring Kiddy Smile, the Parisian DJ/producer/vocalist, in his Toronto debut alongside Fit and Big Primpin’ DJs Blackcat, Tam Ika, Philip Edward Villeneuve, Karim Olen Ash, Kris Steeves, and Max Mohenu. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
10 pm Skank Top Pride: Hanlan’s Beach Body Edition @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Rock that Hanlan’s body – the beach is gonna get whatever you give it! (This is a Body Pride, not a Pride Body kind of jam; all shapes, sizes, genders, and colours are loved.) DJs Miceberg and Michael K on the decks + Igby Lizzard, Wesley Balabam, and Alex on the stage. PWYC ($20 suggested), with all proceeds benefitting Black Lives Matter Toronto.
10 pm MiNK @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. POC to the front! Tunes by DurtyDabz, DJ K, and Coco Supreme. $5.
11 pm Electric Circus @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Di-Di-Da-Da-Da! DJs Pammm and Vanessa play your favourite ’90s dance and house jams all night long. Dress up in your best EC club outfit and bring your dancing shoes. 4 AM LAST CALL. Free before midnight, $5 after.
1 pm Dyke March @ intersection of Church and Hayden Streets. 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 Lipstick Jungle @ Green Space Festival, 519 Church St. A dance party in the park geared towards women and female-identified folks with a stunning lineup of beat makers. Ultra Nate, Morabito, La Fleur, and Sandy Duperval bring their sounds and flare to the stage. Until midnight.
2 pm Drag Ball @ Yonge-Dundas Stage, 1 Dundas St. E. Drag Ball is all about the drag. This year’s event will include top drag kings and drag queens in separate segments, ending with a surprise guest performance you won’t want to miss! Also featuring Sydney’s favourite drag queen, Kitty Glitter, serving up a sexy DJ set to get you moving and MikeQ of Qween Beat bringing his ballroom and voguing-inspired beats to the decks. Until 11 pm.
2 pm Fruit Loopz @ Alexander Street Parkette, 16 Alexander St. Celebrate the 15th year of Fruit Loopz, a festival of arts, words, and ideas for queer and trans youth, by queer and trans youth. Presented by Support Our Youth SOY in partnership with Pride Toronto, Fruit Loopz has become home base for a vibrant community of young artists from across the gender spectrum. Until 8 pm.
2 pm Dirty Disco @ Bud Light Living Room, 508 Church St. This all-day dance marathon pays homage to the warehouse raves of Toronto’s past and to the legacy of the legendary promoter and DJ, Don Burns. This year, JELO, Deko- ze, Robb G, Ticky Ty, Miz Megs, Chiclet, Nigebest, and Dwayne Minard will all be hitting the decks. Get down and dirty! Until 2 am.
3 pm Yohomo Presents: Love On Top @ Mascot Brewery, 31 Mercer St. An afternoon queer rooftop Pride kiki! DJs Diego Armand, John Caffery, Phillippe, and Tamika will spin your heart and soul into a classic dance, house, and club frenzy. Expect kweens, palm trees, drink specials, green turf, picnic tables, and all of Pride Saturday’s finest boys and dolls. $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
8 pm Homo Night In Canada @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Created in 2000 by The B-Girlz, the annual Homo Night in Canada show has become a must-see event of Pride weekend in Toronto showcasing some of North America’s best gay and lesbian comics. Advance tickets are sold out, but there will be a limited number of standing room seats available day of show at the Buddies box office.
9:30 pm Greasy Fruit @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. Weirdos, queerdos, neithers, and inbetweeners welcome to the newest filthiest west end dance party, Greasy Fruit! DJs Andrew Awesome, Miss Fluffy Souffl, and Fawn Big Canoe bringin’ the beats to move your feets + a lineup of performers you will not want to miss. 4 AM LAST CALL. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
9:30 pm Toastr Pride @ The Raq, 739 Queen St. W. Play pool, mingle, and dance to a mix of ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s throwbacks courtesy DJs Lucie Tic and Sticky Cuts. $16.95 in advance, $20 at the door.
10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ The Great Hall, 1087 St. W. Yes Yes Y’all’s Pride parties are legendary, and this year’s is no exception. Big, bashy, heavy, bare vibes. Lineup TBA (top secret ssshhhh). $20 at the door.
10 pm Cherry Bomb Pride @ Mod Club Theatre, 722 College St. Dance, sweat, and celebrate as Toronto’s biggest party for queer women and friends turns 10 and goes extra large to give you the love at this official Dyke Day afterparty! Two floors of music and entertainment with resident DJs Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson, and guest DJ Recklezz spinning an all-night set of RnB, hip-hop, dancehall, and throwbacks. $20 advance tickets available at Glad Day Bookshop, Soundscapes, and online; $25 at the door.
10 pm Drop: Pride Rave @ Studio 56, 56 Kensington Ave. Show your colours Toronto! DJs DTM, Garth Algar, Audi Étoffe, Paul Savage, and Shok bring an exciting night of high energy dance and underground music to Studio 56. $10.
10 pm I Didn’t Know You Swing That Way: Pride Bi Party @ Club 120, 120 Church St. A funk’d up, swung out, psychedelic heaven featuring the infectious and feel-good sounds of vintage vibed electro swing, ghetto funk, drum ‘n’ bass, glitch hop, and the breaks. Although this is a bi-themed event, anyone and everyone is welcome! 4 AM LAST CALL. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
10 pm Born This Way: Lady Gaga & Madonna rDance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Sneaky Dee’s is throwing a Pride party to remember! Come dance to all the Lady Gaga and Madonna tracks you can handle. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Scream. Pride. @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. What better way to spend Pride than to scream and shout and let it all out?! Join host Jacklynne Hyde and DJ Oliver Wickham for a night celebrating horror and sci-fi. $5.
10 pm Wet Banana @ Blyss Bar, 504 Church St. Wet Banana takes over Blyss for Pride Saturday! Special shows by the incomparable Miss Butterfly, musique by Phillippe and Kris Steeves.
12 pm A Love Bizarre @ Ho’s Barbershop, 66 Wellesley St. E. Deep house, garage disco, and electric boogie with DJs Ali Black, Kiki LeFreak, Raf Reza, Benjamin Marchal, Johnny Lopez, Richard Brooks, Dirty Dale, and Paul Revered. Until 11 pm.
1 pm Treehouse Party @ 202 Jarvis St. The Green Space Festival to bring you an unforgettable lineup of the best international DJs, handpicked to get you off: Isaac Escalante, Alain Jackinsky, Alyson Calagna, Oscar G, and Tom Stephan. Proceeds from the event go directly to support The 519 Community Centre and its many essential programs and services. $20 in in advance.
1 pm Disco Disco @ Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church St. A jewel in the Pride Sunday crown, this year’s afternoon-into-nighttime affair features Joey Negro, Horse Meat Disco, Philippe, Diego Armand, Kris Steeves, and A Digital Needle. Until midnight.
2 pm 37th Annual Pride Parade @ intersection of Bloor and Church Streets. With 150-plus participating groups marching, the Toronto Pride parade has become one of the largest in North America. There will be unforgettable performances, floats, marchers, and all the glitter you can handle!
11 pm Supernature: The Ultimate Closing Party @ Nest, College St. After Disco Disco and TreeHouse, party till dawn to the sound of four international acts in two rooms. House Room: Pagano and DJ Vibe. Disco Room: Joey Negro and Horse Meat Disco. $25 advance tickets available online.