Pride Toronto 2016 – Schedule of Main Events
Toronto’s Pride Week is an arts and culture festival that celebrates diverse sexual and gender identities, and the lives of Toronto’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, queer and questioning communities.
Pride Parade – Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m.
The annual Pride Parade starts at Bloor and Church.
Dyke March – Saturday, July 2, at 2 p.m.
A grassroots political march for the strength, diversity and passion of LGBTTIQQ2SA women and trans folk.
Trans* Pride March – Friday, July 1 at 7 p.m.
Trans* Pride is celebrated with a march and rally.
Toronto’s 2016 Pride Month kicks into high gear this week. Parades and parties abound, but here are five other events to put on your Pride calendar.
Now in its final week, Toronto’s Pride Month is dishing out the very best of its inclusive, provocative and cheer-inducing programming in the city. While the annual festival famously culminates in a weekend of parades that see Church Street exploding in colour and fanfare, there are plenty of other opportunities to celebrate in advance of the grand finale. Here are some hidden gems and highlights:
10×10 exhibit: (June 30 – Gladstone Hotel)
This popular, visual arts event which annually features portraits of 100 LGBTI Canadians from the arts community, shot by 10 queer Canadian photographers, will be open to the public for the evening starting at 7 p.m. Curator James Folwer as well as all this year’s photographers will be onsite to chat about their work, which will expand to three floors of the Gladstone Hotel.
Viva Cabaret (June 30 – The Rivoli)
A one-man cabaret show that sees impersonator extraordinaire Yury Ruzhyev take on the persona of over 20 of the world’s favourite divas. Channelled femme fatales will include Liza Minnelli, Tina Turner, Cher, Madonna and Lady Gaga, to name a few. Lightning-fast transitions and eye-catching dance routines await.
Two-spirit Rainbow Pow Wow (July 1 – TD Village Stage)
A first for Toronto Pride, this evening of Indigenous art, culture and music programmed by and for Two-Spirit people will engage and inspire into the night. The set will feature Two-Spirit dancers, JUNO award-winning duo Digging Roots and First Nations’ inspired electro dance beats by DJ Shub of A Tribe Called Red.
Family Pride (July 2 & 3 – Church Street Public School)
This family-friendly party on the grounds of an elementary school in the Village is celebrating its 16th year with the festival. The event offers an array of sports, games, crafts, face painting, storytelling and live performances for young festival attendees.
Art Fair (July 2 & 3 – Alexander Parkette)
Visit Alexander Parkette over the weekend to take in the artistic expressions of youth from schools, programs and groups across the city, with themes relating to identity, legal rights and social justice initiatives.