June 2021 festival will include over 70 individual events showcasing more than 130 2SLGBTQ+ artists, 14 party collectives, and seven community committee programs. The full month of programming will begin on June 1, concluding with two Festival Weekends on June 18-19-20 and June 25-26-27.
Pride 2021 Headliners Include
STORRY Juno nominated artist for Adult Contemporary album of the year, STORRY is a seasoned artist trained in classical music who performs Mozart arias with as much confidence as hip hop, R&B, and gospel.
TRP.P (pronounced “trippy”) is an R&B duo hailing from Toronto, Canada. Comprised of Truss (producer, singer/songwriter) and Phoenix Pagliacci (singer/ songwriter), the two had already begun their solo careers when they met in the Fall of 2015. Two years later, they had released their self-titled debut EP.
Tynomi Banks of Canada’s Drag Race With over a decade of experience, Tynomi Banks is a world-class Drag Entertainer. Recognized best for her full production performances, Banks dominates a stage while radiating a powerful, but playful energy.
Shi Wisdom Shi Wisdom is a Black, Bi-sexual, singer-songwriter, musician, vocal coach & music mentor hailing from Toronto’s west end. Her music, a fusion of R&B, Soul & Hip Hop, with hints of Folk & a Caribbean flare, is unique to her sound.
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June 1 to 30, 2021 – Schedule
Flag Raising – June 1 — Hosted by The City of Toronto, Followed by a celebration Presented By OLG. / Pride Month will begin with Mayor John Tory proclaiming June as Pride Month and the virtual raising of the Trans and Rainbow Flags.
Timeless: Fundraising Dinner – June 2 — Presented by Bud Light /
A truly phygital fundraising kick-off event for Pride Month festivities! Join us at Cabana Pool Bar (pending City lockdown regulations being lifted) for a seated dinner and screening of Timeless: our Pride Month Kick-off event. Come with your bubble, complete COVID protocols will be in effect. Tickets available now. Hosted by Damnit Maurie from The Roz & Mocha Show on KiSS 92.5 With Storry
Timeless: Pride Month Kickoff – June 2 — Presented by Bud Light /
Watch online! The kick-off for Pride Month festivities! Pride Toronto is celebrating its 40th year serving the 2SLGBTQ+ community. We’re calling on our community of the past 40 years to come party with us at this Studio 54 inspired virtual showcase. With Storry
Anti-Oppression Trainings – June 4 — Anti-Asian racism and oppression workshop hosted by Alliance for South Asian Aids Prevention (ASAAP). – June 11 // Challenging Fatphobia – Workshop Hosted by Pride Toronto with guests from Body Confidence Canada
BIPOC Healing Circle – June 8 — A contained and safer space for BIPOC 2SLGBTQ+ community members to share, heal and expand with one another.
Courageous Conversations: Youth Conference – June 13 // Presented by Maple Leaf Foods/
An opportunity for 2SLGBTQ+ youth to gather, and be equipped with the knowledge and actionables that they can take back to their schools to create change. Focuses at this conference will be on self-care in leadership, imagining a Queer future and building an anti-Racist society. Hosted by the LGBT YouthLine.
Live Podcast Recording – June 15 — Presented by Deloitte /
Pride Toronto’s Black Queer and Trans Excellence podcast is a space to honour and celebrate the Black experience through the lens of Toronto’s LGBT2Q+ Black community with honest conversations and embracing Black joy.
Indigenous People’s Day Showcase – June 21 –The Indigenous People’s Day showcase will feature a circle discussion led by Elder Blu Waters with 2S & Indigiqueer leaders from 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations Leadership Building Initiative – Kiley May, and Shane Lyon. As well as traditional Anishinaabe singing from Kiyana Johnston and Anishinaabe dancing from Nenookaasi.
Pride Toronto will be hosting weekly segments across digital platforms.
This programming focuses on community engagement and light at-home entertainment.
Queer Shopping Channel — Presented by TSC /
An unboxing of various items available in our online vendor market. Watch Mango D’Licious reveal products and support our local 2SLGBTQ+ makers!
Beauty In Our History — Presented by TD Ready Commitment / A celebration of the history of our diverse communities. Learn about American Sign Language, Indigenous traditions, Black and POC cultures in this four-part IGTV series.
Wellness Wednesdays — Presented by Sportsnet / Metrolinx / City TV / Bromwich & Smith /
Let’s take a few minutes to check in! Have you been moving your body? Do you know how to meditate and get centred? Join us on wellness Wednesday for your weekly self-care checkpoint
Weekly Activities — Presented by CPA / Deloitte / Manulife /
Pride Toronto invites you to attend an engaging activity night to connect with fellow community members and have some virtual fun. With new activities happening each week there is fun for everyone!
Human Rights Panels — Presented by 680 News / YouTube
The Human Rights Panels are a crucial part of Pride Toronto’s annual programming allowing participants the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue. Join us this year for a series of conversations.
Talk and Play! In Studio With — Presented by Kiss FM
Your host Sydanie steps into the studio with some of Toronto’s hottest collectives. Learn their back story in an interview-style show followed by a performance where they show you what they do best.
Sex Talks — Presented by Trojan
Your weekly dose of sexual health info sessions from an intersectional lens, where 2SLGBT2Q+ sex and relationship therapists from varying communities dive into all things sex.
Sipz & Snax — Presented by Smirnoff
Feeling thirsty? Well, get your cocktail (or mocktail) kit ready! Each week a new 2SLGBTQ+ mixologist or chef will walk you through a delicious drink and snack pairing.
2Spirt Pride – June 18 — A celebration of 2Spirit peoples and their incredible contributions to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Join us for a celebration by and for 2Spirit community members.
Sober Pride – June 19 — Join us as we celebrate milestones in sobriety, honour our community and create a safer space for sober 2SLGBTQ+ community members. There is beauty in sobriety!
Bi+ Pride – June 19 — Biphoria! A Celebration of Beautiful Attractions” is an hour-long virtual event in celebration of our beautiful Bi+ community. Join us for an eclectic mix of performances as we toast to everyone who “likes the wine, not the label”. (Bi+ encompasses all non-monosexual identities, including bisexual, biromantic, pansexual, panromantic, omnisexual, polysexual, fluid and queer)
Senior Pride – June 20 — A chance to celebrate all self-identified Seniors, in a virtual setting where we can pay homage to the many years of commemorating the 2SLGBTQ+ Community and provide a space to reflect on the specific concerns, victories, and characteristics of 2SLGBTQ+ Seniors in Toronto.
Family Pride – June 20 — Presented by Maple Leaf Foods / Celebrate the strength and uniqueness of 2SLGBTQ+ families and children. We are honoured to be bringing our community families together for 21 years! Although we cannot gather like we are used to in the school playground, join us online for a fun-packed hour of online entertainment.
Trans Pride – June 25 — Toronto’s Trans Rally and March are officially one of the largest, most exciting Pride events in the world, centred around trans and non-binary folks. We are celebrating in a virtual space for an hour of speakers and performers and community engagement.
Dyke March – June 26 — Join us virtually and hosts an online grassroots political demonstration with critical mass. The Toronto Dyke March has been a landmark of Pride Month for many years and will remain as resilient as ever with a host of performers, speakers, and community activists.
Pride 2021 Festival Weekends
With so much amazing talent we have expanded to two weekends.
Yalla Barra – June 18 — Words that for many middle easterners mean two things. “Get Out”. These words speak true to the lived experiences of many Middle Eastern folks and also for living your best life.
Burlesque Hour – June 18 — Toronto’s burlesque community is a shimmering and tassel twirling world of talented performers. Tune in to watch this vibrant lineup of entertainers show us what the burlesque scene is all about.
Bitch Craft – June 18 — Bitchcraft is a party series for the bad bitches and brujas, the witchy and unholy. Featuring DJs, burlesque, and drag performers.
Opening Weekend Ceremony: Back To The ‘80s – June 18 — Presented by Fido / Celebrating the 80’s with DJ Donovan taking us on a musical journey. A host of A-list 2SLGBTQ+ performers ready to entertain and take us BACK TO THE ’80s for our festival weekend kick-off. With TRP.P
Pride Live – June 19 & 26 — Presented by Fido/ Toronto has an incredible scene of 2SLGBT2Q+ vocalists, musicians and performers. In this one-hour much music video-style production we showcase some of Toronto’s top live talent.
Lavender – June 19 — Presented by Fido / Lavender is a staple party in Toronto’s village for LGBTQ+ women and people of all marginalized genders, voted Silver in NOW’S 2020 Readers Choice Awards for “Best Online Party Series”.
Strapped – June 19 — Presented by Bud Light Seltzer / Strapped is Toronto’s sexiest queer party. To celebrate pride this year we are going back to reminisce on the good times and everything that has carried us through 2020. Strapped Presents “Flashback”.
New Ho Queen Presents: NHTV Pride – June 19 — NHTV contains premium Asian material, strong language and sex-positive content which may be suitable if you aren’t queerphobic or a racist. We are here to spread Queer Asian Love!
ASL Youth – June 20 — A showcase of d/Deaf youth ASL artists and performers.
Bloom– June 20 — Presented by CHFI / The 6ix is home to migrating and transient 2SLGBTQIA+ artists flourishing, elevating, and rising in their creative practice through performance storytelling. Bloom Stage is a space for youth, emerging, and new artists craving a space to bloom into the abundant Queer community of Toronto and share themselves in a creative prideful way!
BQC Toronto Presents: My Black Is Essential – June 20 — A showcase celebrating some Black Queer and Trans Youth in our community.
F*ck Shit Up! A Trans and Non- Binary Cabaret – June 25 — Drag, burlesque, music and more, produced and hosted by Babia Majora and Fluffy Soufflé.
brOWN out – June 25 — A mixtape of adventures. brOWN//out is a community space for south Asian queer and trans artists.
Catalyst – June 25 — Catalyst is a Virtual Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Variety Show showcasing contemporary Indigenous storytelling, art and performance.
Yes Yes Y’all – June 25 — One of Toronto’s most inclusive Queer bashment parties around, a solidified Toronto institution, with a heavy emphasis on Hip Hop, R&B, Dancehall and Soca.
ASL Programming – June 26 — A celebration of our Queer d/Deaf ASL artists.
Alternaqueer: Bathhouse and Body Works – June 26 — Come jump in our dirty pool full of alternative drag and queer performers.
Drag Ball – June 26 — Presented by TD Ready Commitment / Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the most ferocious of them all? Tune and decide for yourself!
Yohomo – June 26 — Presented by OLG / Yohomo celebrates 40 years of Pride with music, dancing, performance, projections and … just being queer.
Closing Ceremony: Revolution – June 27 — Presented by OLG / The Revolution has not been streamed. Looking back at the ’90s through music, poetry and dance. Using what we have learned to move up into the future and to bring us one step closer to ending the BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ struggles we all faced. With Tynomi Banks and Shi Wisdom
Blockorama 23: Black is Love – June 27 — Presented by Bud Light Seltzer / Blackness Yes! has a 23-year history organizing Blockorama, the largest and longest-running stage at Pride Toronto’s annual festival. Blockorama has a vibrant history that celebrates local Black performers and spotlights a focus on Black Love, self-care, harm reduction, and community.
The Invisible Majority – Zahra Siddiqui – June 1-July 1
Hosted at Stackt Market – 28 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 0C6
The Invisible Majority is a body work created by Toronto based photographer/visual artist/storyteller Zahra Siddiqui. This series is meant to speak on the consciousness and civilization of our society. It’s meant to honour the existence of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQ+ and those who lack visibility and representation. I hope these portraits will impact and force future generations to ask “Why did she only photograph people of colour? What was happening for her to focus on these groups of people? Why does she call them The Invisible Majority?”.
Pride is a Protest – Rob Shostak & Dioisios Vriniotis – June 3-July 2
Hosted at Harbourfront Centre – 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Pride is a Protest examines the duality of pride. Placards are mounted at various heights creating a field of colours and history. From one side, the colours and materials are a representation of our various communities coming together in celebration. The parade, the pageantry, the parties. The joy, the love, the celebration, the euphoria. The freedom to be who we are. But behind all that is what made these celebrations possible. The uprisings, protests, marches. The people, the anger, the voices. Our shared history that must find a way to pass from generation to generation of chosen families. Pride came from protest. Pride is a protest. This is our history.
Let It Grow – Terran McNeely – June 3-July 2
Hosted at The Donald D. Summerville Pool in Woodbine Beach Park – 1867 Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto, ON M1P 4N7
This work is a celebration of the most beautiful and vibrant community of people. It is intended to highlight the beauty, joy and resilience our surrounding friends and families bring to the 2SLGBT2Q+ community. We hold our histories, stories and vibrancy within each of us. This energy and strength radiates, demanding respect and encouraging growth. This mural is intended to represent the notion of sharing our collective beauty with the world – it starts with each of us, and grows outwardly as we nurture where we have come from and what we have experienced in order to celebrate who we are.
No Skateboarding – DIY Skate Toronto x Tea Base- June 3-June 31
Hosted at Stackt Market, In partnership with MOCA – 28 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 0C6
No Skateboarding is a pop-up mini ramp installation that challenges us to reimagine our relationship to art, creation and destruction. The juxtaposition of a built-to-skate-feature and the presence of “No Skateboarding” signs, lends itself to a human curiosity, while commenting on the perceived immutable nature of passive, hostile signage. Built by the DIY Skate Toronto Community and painted by Tea Base in residency with the MOCA, No Skateboarding invites people to interact through familiar colorful design, in homage to MOCA’s current exhibition of Michael Lin’s Archipelago.
Return, Seek, Carry – Jocelyn Reynolds – June 15-July 27
Hosted at Buddies in Bad Times, co-presented by Buddies in Bad Times – 12 Alexander St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1B4
Return, Seek, Carry is a growing body of work documenting elder 2SLGBTQIA+ people through portraiture and oral histories. This project aims to witness the lasting cultural, social, and political contributions of queer, trans*, and gender expansive elders, ensuring that their lived experiences and insights remain visible and accessible to future generations. This project aims to act as a catalyst for conversations between past and present, with the hope of building intergenerational community through reciprocal learning. In listening to one another we can discover possibilities, and imagine futures in which we thrive together.
A Reflection on the Invisible – Aude Guivarch – June 3-June 31
Hosted at Underscore Projects – 1468 Dundas St W 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M6J 1Y6
A Reflection on the Invisible is a discussion about the unseen. Daylight renders this mirror sculpture almost invisible. It reflects people and their environment and in a way, fades into its surroundings. At night, the semi-transparent two-way mirror doesn’t reflect as much, thus letting the inner lighting define the shape of the sculpture. The dichotomy of night and day symbolizes how ostracized people might choose to camouflage into society by reflecting what it wants to see. The sculptural shape of this polygonal installation reverences the vulva. Large in size, it is staged as an imposing yet graceful monolith, defying society’s oppression and inculcating respect.
Pride Community Mural – Ness Lee – June 3-June 31
Hosted at Underscore Projects – 1468 Dundas St W 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M6J 1Y6
Ness Lee’s work is an investigation of the human form dealing with notions of intimacy and self-love. Rather than the emphasis on the physical form, the emotional resonance and presence is brought to focus in periods of vulnerability, discomfort and acceptance. Using various mediums, she explores and echoes these emotions, encompassing its tactile experience into one that is filled with a depth of feeling, playing on humourous rhythms and self-exploration.
Come to My Window – Roxanne Luchak – June 25-June 26
Hosted at Underscore Projects – 1468 Dundas St W 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M6J 1Y6
Dykes in the basement presents: Come to my window; FACADE Edition. An outdoor video installation by Roxanne Luchak with special guest performance by the amazing Frosty Valentine on June 26.
LED Screen Art Exhibition – Featuring Yalla Roza, Vivian Rosas, Mitch Duncan, Jenelle Lewis, Erik Kostiuk Williams, Brian Jiang – June 1-June 27
Hosted on LED screens donated by Outfront Media and SMIRNOFF.
Pride Toronto Official Merchandise -Yohomo, Operation Soap, MUKA designs, Annyugenart, Frizz the Kid, the Invisible Majority and Flamingo Market – June 1-July 1
Hosted at Stackt Market – 28 Bathurst St, Toronto
Stop by Stackt Market every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 pm throughout the month of June to shop our official 2021 Pride Festival merch! Created and curated by local, 2SLGBTQ+ owned brands and artists Yohomo, Operation Soap, MUKA designs, Annyugenart, Frizz the Kid, the Invisible Majority and Flamingo Market, the immersive shopping experience at Stackt Market will be the place to be for the best Pride goods this year! Enjoy the outdoor vendor spaces, pride inspired playlist, and receive a free Pride goodie bag with every purchase!
Pride Toronto Virtual StreetFair -June 1-July 1
Online – PrideToronto.com/StreetFair
We will feature 2SLBGTQ+ local businesses, artists and makers for your shopping pleasure! It’s no secret that COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on small businesses, and has had an even greater impact on 2SLGBTQ+ business owners. This year more than ever, spending money with small, local, and independent retailers will have an amazing impact on the community. Whether you have a penchant for handmade candles, a taste for craft cocktails, or just need a new Pride tee to rock during the Festival – the StreetFair will have something for everyone! Live for the entire month of June, be sure to tune in to shop small, support local businesses and the 2SLGBTQ+ community!
Community Connect Programming – June 1-July 1
Directed by Pride Toronto’s community consultation committees, Pride Toronto will be launching a series of select surprise and delight community based programming throughout the 2021 Festival. This initiative was developed in an effort to bridge access to Pride Toronto Festival programming for specific audiences who may otherwise not be able to participate due to a variety of challenges with only virtual based programming. Pride Toronto staff and volunteers will be handing out official Pride Toronto swag bags filled with celebratory items to get the season started. Keep an eye on Pride Toronto’s social accounts to see where the team will be dropping in next to snag yours.
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