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 to help you plan your week.
June 25th-26th Circus So Gay @ Church Street from Gloucester to Wood. Come and join the gayest circus in town! Experience roaming circus performances, fantastic DJs, and epic drag queens (of course). Outsport’s #flexzone and PWA’s high-heel speed strut are just some of the highlights of this fabulous event. 11-11 pm both days.
7 pm Dream Phone: Queer Speed Dating @ Snakes & Lattes, 489 College St. Come find your dream human(s) over games and a drink. The evening kicks off with both F4F and M4M circuits running concurrently, followed by a People4People circuit at 9:30 pm. Participation in gender categories is on a self-identified basis. Participants will be introduced to a variety of ice-breaker games and then guided through a circuit of five-minute dates. After each pairing, participants will fill out their “match” cards and be provided with contact details for participants they matched with the next day. Advance tickets available online ($9.95 for F4F and M4F or $11.95 for F4F/M4M and PFP).
7 pm Human Rights Panel: Blackness and Queer Politics @ The 519, 519 Church St. This panel features seven powerful queer voices discussing the systemic and daily oppression faced by black queer and trans communities, highlighting the ways that anti-blackness is present in LGBTQ spaces.
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 sexuality, gender, and identity as they intersect with experiences of race, disability, class, and multiple identities. “TSG: Come Together” attempts to interrupt the idea of a homogenous queer community and reimagines what it means to talk about our lived experiences as artists from a diversity of backgrounds. Until 10 pm. Exhibition runs until August 17.
9 pm Nearly Nude @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Collectif NUDE is letting it all out at with building-wide art installations to help you bare all and a lineup that’ll have you taking it off. Charlotte Day Wilson, Dullboy, BLAJK, Kimberly Bianca, and host Bobby Bowen upstairs in the lounge; Shagabond, Nino Brown, Olenonly, and Jay Strut in the Underground. 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.
9 pm Butch Femme Salon @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Leave the dull, grey world of ordinary life behind, because at Butch Femme Salon, the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true! Dress in whatever makes you feel most colourful, most confident, most alive. Come early to enjoy the ambiance of the Rainbow Salon, make new friends, and flirt a little. Stick around after the show for an all-night dance party with DJ Johnny B. Goode. $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, Some Random Tall Guy, and Sigourney Beaver. Sing praise with the world’s best/only queer Dolly choir The Tennessee Mountain Homos, featuring Ryan G Hinds. Be pulled into Dolly’s warm bosom with drag and burlesque by Beardonce, Dolly Berlin, Cherry Piqued, and Manchyna. Plus a Dolly look-a-like contest! Dress code is Dolly Drag and Burt Reynolds Realness. $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
10 pm Electric Circus @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. This is the rhythm of the night. DJs Pammm and Vanessa bring you your favourite ’80s and ’90s dance and house jams for their fourth annual Pride edition of Electric Circus! Dress up in your best EC club outfit and bring your dancing shoes. 4 AM LAST CALL. Free before 1:30 am, $5 after.
10 pm Spooky Bitch: Priscilla Edition @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Kick off Pride with a very special trip to OZ. This month, Spooky Bitch pays tribute to the iconic drag film “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.” So get out your platform shoes and jack up those wigs, ’cause they’re serving ’90s drag clown realness with guests Allysin Chaynes, Jacklynne Hyde, and Gina Tonic!
10 pm Wet II @ Milk Glass Co., 1247 Dundas St. W. A monthly queer-based LGBTout and art event. With DJs Lil Fck Boi and Hunks + projection art by Do Na and Helen Nguyen. Come get wet!
2 pm Live Piano Karaoke: CanCon Pride Party @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. Celebrate this nice country and sing anything of your choosing – yes, ANYTHING this vast land has brought to our ears, like a TV theme, amusement park jingle, or gaelic fiddle pop tune your heart palpitates to since childhood. Get your songs in ASAP. PWYC ($10 suggested).
3 pm Made in Canada @ OLG Central Stage, 508 Church St. A massive block party sure to get that maple syrup dripping and those beavers bumping. Headlining this all-day party is Yes Yes Y’all, Toronto’s biggest, bashiest, queer hip-hop/RnB/dancehall jam. Moonshine, an electrifying afterhours party from Montreal, will join the action to light up the rainbow and get all the bodies moving. Diego Armand, Frustra, Chiclet, and Craig Dominic will be kicking it off and rocking the block. Until 2 am.
7 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 identified people, their friends, and allies are welcome to march.
8 pm Bitch Salad Pride @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Canada’s first and foremost showcase of funny women is back again for its annual Pride gala! Featuring Heidi Brander, Sara Hennessey, Aisha Brown, Jackie Pirico, Shirley Whalen, and special guest headliner Guy Branum. $25 tickets available online.
10 pm Fit Primpin’ @ Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner Blvd. Fit meets Big Primpin’ for this annual Pride mash-up. Featuring Chicago’s Banjee Report in their Canadian debut, NYC gogos Tim and Rify Royalty, and two rooms of hip-hop and house music with DJs Blackcat Mykel Hall, Philip Edward Villeneuve, Cozmic Cat, Max Mohenu, and Kris Steeves. Cash bar. Limited $30 tickets available at the door.
10 pm Skank Top @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Get down with the finest boys west of Yonge at a gun show you won’t need a license for. Synthpop dance tunes courtesy of Michael K and Evan Bergstra. No attitude. No sleeves. No cover (but they will be accepting donations at the door for Sprott House, Toronto’s only LGBTQ youth shelter).
10 pm Baby Blue @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Come experience the sounds of summer. DJs Prince Josh, Young Teesh, and Murderposse play global club sounds.
1 pm Lipstick Jungle @ Green Space Festival, 519 Church St. Lipstick Jungle brings together thousands of lesbian, trans, and gay party-goers from Toronto and beyond. This year, get ready to experience the musical genius of Sandra Collins, who has solidified her place as one of the most well-known female DJs in the world. She’ll be joined by Alyson Calagna, Viviana Toscanini, and Ticky Ty. Until midnight.
2 pm Dyke March @ intersection of Church and Bloor Streets. Rain or shine, led by Black Lives Matter Toronto Coalition, the Dyke March will shout their way down Yonge to Carlton, and into Allan Gardens, where they’ll rally around queer local artists, performers, poets, and activists.
2 pm Drag On! @ Molson Canadian Stage, 1 Dundas St. E. This outrageous and unprecedented drag marathon is sure to defy and inspire even the wildest imaginations. Featuring the fiercest looks and freshest routines of more than 50 of Toronto’s reigning queens and kings, plus a backdrop of dramatic beats by Britney Spears impersonator extraordinaire Derrick Barry. You don’t want to miss this, Miss Thing! Until 11 pm.
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. Featuring Martha Chaves, Paul Hutcheson, Catherine McCormick, Ashley Moffatt, Ted Morris, Caitlin Langelier, Ian Lynch, Richard Ryder, Stephen Sharpe, and Dawn Whitwell. Advance tickets are sold out, but there will be a limited number of standing room seats going on sale July 2 at noon – in person only at the Buddies box office.
9:30 pm Toastr Pride @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Toastr celebrates four years of Pride parties! STIX will take you on a musical journey of soulful house and tech music, while Sticky Cuts brings you the hip-hop, dancehall, R&B, soca, and twerky mashups that you know and love. International beatboxer Scott Jackson, runner up on the hit series Canada’s Got Talent, will also be on hand to impress you with his artistic talents. $20 advance tickets available online, $30 at the door.
10 pm Regretro: Pride Edition @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor 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. With DJs Wei Back, Case of Base, and Party McFly. As always, requests welcome.
10 pm Cherry Bomb 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. CB resident party rockers Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson blending big-room beats on the main floor alongside special guest Kasey Riot, with DJs Recklezz spinning a tight, all-night set of RnB, hip-hop, dancehall, and throwbacks in the upstairs lounge. $15 advance tickets available at Glad Day Bookshop, Soundscapes, and online; $20 at the door.
10 pm Yes Yes Y’all @ Lee’s Palace, Bloor St. W. Yes Yes Y’all’s Pride parties are legendary. Big, bashy, heavy, bare vibes. This year, the YYY crew will be joined by NYC’s Tygapaw and Oscar Nñ. $20 cover all night.
12 pm A Love Bizarre @ Ho’s Team Lot, 66 Wellesley St. E. Deep house, garage disco, and electric boogie with DJs Ali Black, Kiki LeFreak, Raf Reza, Ben Marchal, Dirty Dale, Johnny Lopez, and Paul Revered. Until midnight.
1 pm Treehouse Party @ FIDO Quad, 43 Gerrard St E. This signature event is the crown jewel jam of the long weekend a truly epic outdoor dance-fantasy and the climax of your Pride party calendar. This year, Pride Toronto partners with the Green Space Festival to bring you an unforgettable lineup of the best international DJs, handpicked to get you off: real-life couple and sexy duo Sexshooters (London), all-star producer Yinon Yahel (Israel), enfant terrible Alain Jackinsky (Montreal), and circuit king Isaac Escalante (Mexico but really, adorable Isaac is an honorary Torontonian now). Proceeds from the event go directly to support The 519 Community Centre and its many essential programs and services. $20 in advance.
2 pm Pride Parade @ intersection of Church and Bloor Streets. Toronto’s Pride Parade has a glorious 35-year history, and it continues to grow and renew each year. Everyone is welcome to celebrate victories, honour history, continue the fight for justice, and dance in the streets!
2 pm Dirty Disco @ Bud Light South Stage, 411 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. DJs JELO, Deko-ze, Robb G, Ticky Ty, and Jerome Robins are ready to heat up the decks, turn up the volume, and drop all the house you can handle. Hosted by Miss Raquel and the Juno Award winning emcee Flipside. Get down and dirty! Until 11 pm.
2 pm Alterna-Queer @ Bud Light South Stage, 423-425 Church St. Queers of all shapes, sizes, and gender expressions, it’s time to bust down the binary and break outta the box. Join the infamous Judy Virago in an evening of boundary-pushing and gender-bending performances, including The House of Filth’s The Trash Cabaret, Andrew Awesome, The Countess, and Hotnuts presents Christeene. With Toronto’s own Vag Halen tearing up the stage, followed by JD Samson of Le Tigre. Until 2 am.
3 pm The Lady Oiye’s Tea Dance @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. Buddies provides cool respite for the weary and thirsty on Pride Day afternoon, spreading out the welcome mat for a friendly gathering just off the parade route with DJ CRSR spinning vinyl classics all afternoon.
5 pm Disco Disco @ Green Space Festival, 519 Church St. A jewel in the Pride Sunday crown, this year’s afternoon-into-nighttime affair features local disco duo experts A Digital Needle, best known for their Beam Me Up! residencies with Cyclist. Local darlings Kris Steeves, Diego Armand, and DJ Phil V take over the decks for an afternoon of ultra-gay disco classics and edits, while San Francisco’s Honey Soundsystem finish the night off right. Until midnight.
6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W. The Christie Pits Film Festival celebrates its sixth summer season! This week’s screening is My Prairie Home, a musical documentary about the life and art of non-binary transgender musician Rae Spoon presented as part of Pride Toronto’s “You Can Sit With Us” programme. Eats and treats provided by Caplansky’s and Sugar Mama’s. BYOBlanket. Free / PWYC ($10 suggested).