Black Queer & Trans Excellence

Pride Toronto’s Co-Program Director, Mykel aka DJ Black Cat “The funky dread” got his start working in Toronto & has been a DJ/Promoter, entertaining the LGBT2Q+ masses for more than 28 years. He has been on TV, radio, and magazines including CBC, City TV, Fab & X-tra, Honey & in such papers as NOW, The Globe & Mail & The Toronto Star. You want it, he can play it. This Toronto Canada native is of Jamaican descent & knows his way around all kinds of Music such as Dancehall, hip hop, R&B, dance, soca & his 1st love House (ballroom) music. Along with spinning for College Night Wednesdays, The Rude Collective, & Yes Yes Y`all, he also has his own regular monthly party in Toronto called “GO HARD” a Hip Hop, Dancehall, Soca, R&B underground type party. He just recently joined the team behind the popular hip hop party BIG PRIMPIN. He has opened for Canadian R&B Superstar & friend Jully Black, City Girls & hard-hitting superstar DJ`s like Vjuan Allure & Mikeq. Recipient of the Inspire Awards “Lifetime Achievement Award'' for his contributions to his community & bringing the urban sound to Toronto`s LGBT2Q scene, this Black Cat never sleeps and neither will you if you're at one of his functions & dare to cross his path

Black Queer & Trans Excellence

The mission of TKBA is to teach youth ballroom arts and to use the ballroom to demonstrate the importance of self-confidence, healthy living, active lifestyle, and bring awareness of the different problems affecting LGBT2Q+ youth and their allies. Officially kicking off in 2010, the TKBA has now 5 active houses and reaches over 75 youth. 

We hope to continue in this spirit, and spread the love throughout this new community we are starting in the city of Toronto.

Black Queer & Trans Excellence

Carving out an alternative and personal voice for himself, James Baley is a Juno nominated, multi-disciplinary performer and music creator from Toronto who’s unapologetic energy magnetizes audiences

James’ musical journey began in church where he was celebrated for his talents as a young vocalist/ performer but exploration of queerness was discouraged.  Yearning to find an inclusive community in which to honour his identity James began sharing his talents in 2013 through the inter-spiritual community of Sunset Service where he was able to develop and unleash his expression as a queer artist.