This article was published on June 15th, 2017
June is stock full of fun pride events, and one of the biggest celebrations happens in Canada’s largest city, Toronto. For the second year in a row, Toronto is ushering in Pride and playing host to the largest pride festival in Canada. Get ready, as Toronto Pride is going to be an amazing festival of love and humanity.
Toronto Pride is already well underway. Every day from now until June 25 features delicious events to attend with or without the family. With the decision to include the police in this year’s parade and festivities, Toronto Pride is aiming at healing old wounds and total inclusiveness of everyone in the community.
Highlights of this year’s Pride Toronto include:
Toronto Pride’s first Trans march on Friday, June 23 at 7pm. This is an official pride event directly following the Trans Pride community fair and will be a march to support our transgender brothers and sisters. The march will be the kickoff event to the Pride festival weekend.
Saturday June 24 will be the annual Dyke March, another official event of Pride Toronto. This year’s Dyke March is piggybacking off of the resist marches in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, etc. and therefore will also be a protest march against the government administration in America. Trans women of color have been asked to lead the march, which has previously turned into a block party, welcoming everyone from all walks of life.
Sunday, June 25 will be the official pride parade beginning at 2pm. There are over 150 groups marching in the parade, making it one of the largest in North America. For the first time, this year’s Pride Toronto parade will be emceed by Canada’s own favourite drag queen, Miss Conception.
The annual Street Fair will take place June 23-25 showcasing sponsors and all the organizations that help the LGBT community. Featuring amazing food and products from local artisans, the Street Fair will be your place for sustenance and obtaining wellness and health information.
Just don’t forget about the parties.
Friday from 6pm-2am will have SWEAT: Yes Yes Y’all Party. This 8th annual dance party features NYC DJ MikeQ with slow jamz from DJ TYGAPAW, Debby Friday, Coco Supreme, and Murderposse. The Lethal Assassins and House Monroe will be performing and the show will be headlined by twin sister duo act Nina Sky. Classic Disco will be June 23 from 5:30 -10:30pm and will feature Boney M with Liz Mitchell. Purple Disco Machine will give a funk DJ set and Gavin Turek with Jojoflores are set to perform. In Deep is the official electronic music party with house DJs Josua Reid, Sumation, Diego Armand, Craig Dominic and John Caffery.
Saturday’s festivities kick off with the annual Dirty Disco party. This all-day dance marathon rave will feature DJ JELO, Deko-ze, Robb G, TickyTy, Miz Megs, Chiclet, Nigebest, and Dwayne Minard for the dirtiest DJ sets around. Beginning at 2pm will be the annual Big Love party. This event will showcase DJs Jamal, Black Black, Chris Steinbach, Sumation, Mark Falco, and will be headlined by the UK’s Seamus Haji. From 2pm-11pm will be the annual DRAG BALL. Featuring Sydney’s own Kitty Glitter, DRAG BALL will be a party for celebrating everything DRAG. Saturday night will end with Pan Dulce. This is a party featuring some Latin flair, with DJs I M Brown, Fosforita, LatinX Drag Show, Bruno Capinan, Baoba w/ Victoria Mata & Faciony Patino Cruz, Rico Dalasam, and DJ Relentless, with a special appearance by La Santa Cecilia.
Don’t think you’re getting off easy on Sunday. The 19th annual Blockorama, showcasing African, Carribean, and Black entertainers, will feature hosts Kim Ninkuru and Lali Mohamed. DJs include DJ Blackcat, Craig Dominc, Pleasure, Nik Reid, Carma, and Vaughn. Flex n’ Fluid will be a party hosted by Krafty Queers, Ms. Nookie Galore, and Mr. Chocolate Baby Daddy and will feature DJs Drag King Hour, Wyze Gyal, Ill Nana, Valeroo, DJ Sissyfuss, Shyboi, Mobilegirl, and Jasmine Infiniti. The Final Play party will feature top bands in their prime as the UK’s Years & Years will be headlining. Pop trio KING will be performing along with DJ Emily Sbux, and DJ Lissa Monet. WANNABE, a Spice Girls tribute band, will also perform. Last Dance, the final dance party of Pride Toronto 2017, will feature DJs Ticky Ty, Nicole Albino of Nina Sky, Barry Harris and Sweden’s own Stonebridge.
Pride Toronto is packed with fun and activities. For more information about times and events, visit www.pridetoronto.com.