It’s that time again! Pride is taking over Toronto and we’ve rounded up our picks for the hottest parties and must-attend events happening across the city.
June 27th-28th Pink Market @ Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. A queer craft, fashion, art, literature fair presented with a little help from NOW Magazine and Parker & Pine. Featuring 15+ vendors and a Something Blue custom PhotoBooth by SDTC’s own Becca Lemire. Open 11-6 pm daily.
9 pm A Club Called Rhonda @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Poly-sexual partiers A Club Called Rhonda are back at Drake with a building-wide takeover and transformation that promises to be one unforgettable night. Music by Robert Owens, Little Boots, Honey Soundsystem, The Black Madonna, Goddollars & Paradise, Scooter McCreight, Members Only, and Gregory Alexander. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.
10 pm Steers & Queers: Night of 1,000 Dollys @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. The Church of Steers & Queers invites you into a deep, personal, living relationship with Dolly. Join in worship with Rev Fluffy Souffle. Dance in the aisles with DJs Katie Richie, Joe Blow, and Sigourney Beaver. Sing praise with the world’s best/only queer Dolly choir, The Tennesee Mountain Homos. Ask, WWDD with hometown hero Dani Nash. Fall into the warm bosom of Fay Slift. Dress code is Dolly drag. $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Tantric Lamar @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Hip-hop, dancehall, and R&B courtesy of Teej and Hoiking. Sexy, sweaty, supreme.
10 pm Realness: The Drag Ball @ The Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. Toronto’s finest Drag Queens turn it out on The Opera House’s legendary stage! Featuring performances by Alisha Van Horne, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Vince Donnarama Pincente, Chantelle Helena Carr (Farra N. Hyte), Heaven Lee Hytes, Jada Hudson, Michelle Ross, Kevin Levesque( Miss Conception), Matthew Cameron (Scarlett Bobo), and Jonathan Cruz Sofonda (Sofonda Cox) alongside the DJ stylings of Mimi Imfurst, alumni of RuPaul’s Drag Race. $30 advance tickets available at The Men’s Room Shop (465 Church St., second floor) and online.
10 pm Sweaty Fuss @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Ring in New Queer’s Eve at The Henhouse! Come done up right. They’ll provide the party favours. With DJs Sweaty and Sissyfus.
6 pm Pride’N’Bass aboard the River Gambler @ Pier 31, 333 Lakeshore Blvd. E. Kick off your Pride weekend with the LGBTTIQQ2SA community on an unforgettable sunset boat cruise. This heavy bass-filled evening will bring together local DJs dropping drum’n’bass, break beats, and ’80/’90s hip-hop in an inclusive, loving, and accepting environment. $40-50 advance tickets available online.
7 pm Trans* Pride Rally & March @ Church & Isabella St. Since it began in 2009, the Trans* March has sought to provide a place for trans identified people to rally, to stand up, and come together in solidarity.
8 pm Trans* March After Party / Essence Brown @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Celebrate, chow down, and drink where all you are loved, supported, and respected for who you are every day of the year – The Steady! They’ll be celebrating with you by giving away FREE HOMEMADE TACOS (one meat, one veg/vegan option, while supplies last)! From 10 pm onwards, Teej, Hoiking, and Sims of Essence Brown will be sexy, sweaty hip-hop, dancehall, and R&B. $5.
8 pm Bitch Salad Pride @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Bitch Salad unites the country’s fiercest female and queer comedians for one unforgiving night of laughter. Back for its seventh all-star Pride edition, this year’s super-sized show guarantees to devastate! Hosted by Andrew Johnston, and featuring Carla Collins, Ted Morris, Emma Hunter, Heidi Brander, Ashley Moffat, and The Cheeto Girls! $25 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Electric Circus @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. This is the rhythm of the night. DJs Pammm and Vanessa pump up the jams and make you sweat. 4 AM LAST CALL. $5.
10 pm Fit Primpin’ @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. Fit meets Big Primpin’ for a Pride mash-up. Featuring the Canadian debut of Brooklyn-based “Blatina Mami” emcee Jay Boogie, with performances by NYC hotties Seth Fornea and Jared LeBlanc + local heroine Tynomi Banks. Two rooms of hip-hop and house music courtesy of DJs Aural, Blackcat, Kris Steeves, Max Mohenu, Nino Brown, and Phil V. Door tickets $30.
10:30 pm Gotta Pay The Rent: Pride Edition @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. When you mix all the colours, you get black. So this month, Gotta Pay The Rent is celebrating all the ways to love by having a black light party. Wear bits of white! Drink G&Ts (they glow)! Get ready with black-light lipstick, body paint, whatever! Aceheaven (A7) and Lobodotcom are your beacons of flashing black light, and your mavens of indie-eletro and nu-disco tune goodness.
10 pm Gaga 4 Gaga: The Pride Ball @ The Marquis of Granby, 418 Church St. Calling all little monsters to this non-stop Lady Gaga video dance party! Prepare to be wowed by Lady Gaga impersonators Ivory Towers and Lavender Blonde. Music by DJ doctor Baggie (Purplelectricity, Can’t Stop Esther, Jackson Family Values). $10.
11:55 pm Step By Step @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. Travel back in time to the ’90s with DJ Fawn Big Canoe and Betti Forde + Dislexia (a.k.a. #entertainment). 4 AM LAST CALL. No cover with Wannabe stamp/stub, $10 otherwise.
1 pm Lipstick Jungle @ The 519, 519 Church St. Lipstick Jungle brings together thousands of lesbian, trans, and gay party-goers from Toronto and beyond. This year’s edition will be no exception to this event’s legacy, bringing some of the most talented DJs of the international scene to the decks including Chicago’s Colette and DJ Heather, and international supermodel Eve Salvail (a.k.a. DJ Evalicious).
2 pm Dyke March @ Allan Gardens, 19 Horticultural Ave. The Dyke March is not a parade – it is a political demonstration of critical mass; a moment seized to revel in the strength, diversity, and passion of LGBTTIQQ2SA* women and trans* people.
8 pm Homo Night In Canada @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Created in 2000 by The B-Girlz (Glam-Glam Productions), the annual Homo Night in Canada show has become a must-see event of Pride weekend in Toronto. Featuring Gavin Crawford, Adrienne Fish, Robby Hoffman, Phil Luzi, Richard Ryder, Stephen Sharpe, Deanne Smith, Carolyn Taylor, David-Benjamin Tomlinson, and Dawn Whitwell. $25 advance tickets available online.
9:30 pm Toastr: Pride Edition @ White Elephant, 366 Queen St. E. Toastr feels like the love child of a classy fem and a charming, yet rough-around-the-edges baby dyke. Joining resident DJ Sticky Cuts om the main floor is multi-award winning DJ Lucie Tic, playing all generes of music from disco-funk to the grimiest of dancehall. For the serious house heads, DJs Miz Megs and Stix are on the top floor giving you all the techy bass love you need. $20 advance tickets available online, $30 at the door.
10 pm CrushTO Pride Party @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Not into the Church St. Pride scene? Come have a big gay disco party with a bunch of queers in the West End! Featuring pop, hip-hop, house, and dance floor classics from Nate Nightcall; burlesque and go go dancers; and a quieter front area for games and make outs. $10.
10 pm Regretro: Pride Edition @ The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St. W. Looking for a bumping dance party that is charging NO COVER this Pride? Look no further. Your monthly favourite is doing Pride judgement-free, hassle-free, and FREE FREE. As always, requests welcome. Time to turn back time.
10 pm Cherry Bomb: Pump Up The Pride @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club, 722 College St. Come out and play Cherry Bomb-style as Toronto’s biggest party for queer women and friends brings you a fun, fantastic Pride celebration. Dance, sweat and cruise in their wicked two-level concert venue, complete with amazing sound and lights. CB resident party rockers Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson blending big-room beats on the main floor, with DJs Fawn Big Canoe and Nix playing soul, funk, dancehall, and hip-hop upstairs. Colourful live performances by Isabella Hoops and Pyrobelle. Limited $15 advance tickets available at Glad Day Bookshop (598-A Yonge St.), Soundscapes (572 College St.), and online. $20 at the door.
10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. The hottest, sweatiest, busiest queer hip-hop/dancehall/RnB jam around! With Yung Bambii, Keita Juma, Progress, and, of course, the YYY crew. $20.
1 pm Disco, Disco @ The 519, 519 Church St. Disco Disco is the newest event to the Green Space series, but is now considered the not-to-miss summer fun party attracting over 10,000 disco queers since its inception only three years ago. Get your dose of disco with the infamous British collective HMD, along with superstar DJ producer Kerri Chandler.
1 pm TreeHouse Party @ Ryerson University Quad, 350 Victoria St. Join Greenspace in the lush gardens of the Ryerson Quad for a full 12-hour dance marathon. Enjoy a ride of pure musical perfection with New York’s Def Mix DJs David Morales and Hector Romero, Mexico’s legendary Isaac Escalante, Montreal’s Alain Jackinsky, and Chicago’s DJ Cindel. $20 advance tickets (in support of The 519) available online.
2 pm Pride Parade @ Church & Bloor St. Toronto celebrates 35 years of Pride! From the corner of Church and Bloor all the way down Yonge to Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA communities are invited to come OUT and play!
2 pm Dirty Disco @ Bud Light South Stage, 411 Church St. The Dirty Disco party makes its triumphant return to Pride Toronto this summer, and they’re inviting YOU to once again get down and dirty with them! Miss Raquel hosts by day, followed by the Juno Award-winning MC Flipside alongside the talents of JELO, Deko-ze, Robb G, Ticky Ty, Jerome Robins, Robb G, and Chiclet.
2 pm Alterna-Queer @ Alexander Parkette (outside Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), 12 Alexander St. The programming at Alterna-Queer consists of both emerging and established artists who create a genre of music for the mind rather than the masses. The day begins with an hour of programming from Girls Rock Camp, featuring Five Good Answers, Come Back Barbara, and Hex. The girl power continues with Beaver Slap, Bone Donor, and Damage Over Time, before the fabulous Divinesque hits the stage with her terrorist-drag, and Jenna Syde brings forth her noir-drag. The afternoon continues with an operatic interlude from the wonderful Helene Ducharme, before No Pants Society drops everything for an hour of titillating performances, and The Judy and Igby Trash Cabaret gets down and dirty. Evening programming includes performances by all-female Misfits cover band Missfats and headliners My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. Until 10 pm.
2 pm A Love Bizarre @ Ho’s Team Lot, 66 Wellesley St. E. Deep house, garage disco, and electric boogie with disc jockeys Ali Black, Ben Marchal, Kiki Lefreak, Dirty Dale, Raf Reza, Paul Revered, and Matt Kowall.
10 pm Business Woman’s Special: Swallow Your PRIDE Edition @ Round, 152-A Augusta Ave. Monday may be a work day, but swallow your pride and party with BWS! Allysin Chaynes and a few other special guests won’t disappoint. DJs Sammy Royale, Nino Brown, and Diego Armand will be spinning all your Pride faves. $10.