The City of Toronto will proclaim June as Pride Month and raise the Rainbow and Transgender flags on the podium at City Hall. This annual event brings us together to celebrate the history, courage and diversity of Toronto's 2SLGBTQ+ communities.
Missed out on a event or you want to rewatch a previous event? Check out the list below for events that aren’t available on our YouTube page for replay!
Black Solidarity: A Transnational Conversation on Unity and Decolonization explores themes of Black North-South solidarity in relation to advocacy and Pride programming. Panelists will speak to the dynamics and implications of human rights solidarity.
Moderated by: Hollywood Jade, host of Pride Toronto’s Black Queer and Trans excellence podcast.
Panelists Include: David Nnanna Ikpo (Pride Afrique, Nigeria), Maria Fontenelle (founding member of 758 Pride Saint Lucia), Joëlle Sambi Nzeba (Co-Chair of EuroCentralAsian Lesbian Community) and Carlos Idibouo (Fierté Afrique Francophone)
Yalla Barra- Words that for many middle easterners means two things. "GET OUT". These words speak true to the lived experiences of many Middle Eastern folks and also for living your best life. This year, we have KeroPatra whos coming back with some new looks and music. KeroPatra is a gender queer drag performer and activist for people living with HIV. We also have the incredibly talented Faith (Mona Mousa) who will read something that speak true to the experiences of many Middle Eastern Folks and their journey in finding their identities within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. We will also have Lebanese/Canadian artist el Hashem, who debuted his first release in late 2020, with a combo set of an Arabic and English cover songs. More cover and original songs are dropping throughout 2021, and wrapping up the year will be the anticipated double album “zakerat | memories”. With a cool mix of eastern and western sound and energy, el Hashem is fast gaining praise from industry watchers and music fans. Finally we will have DJ Louay, who's been the resident DJ for Middle eastern nights since the beginning. Bringing arabic pop and house music together that will have us dancing and wanting more. Come join us on this journey of middle eastern love and resiliency.
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”.
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.
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.
A showcase of d/Deaf youth ASL artists and performers Curated by: Deaf Spectrum
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!
A showcase celebrating some Black Queer and Trans Youth in our community. We are unapologetically Black. Our Blackness is what gives us a voice when we think we don’t have one. Our Blackness connects us to our past, present and future. Our Blackness is resilience in times of suffering. Our Blackness protects us. Our Blackness is essential. In honour of all the people we’ve lost this year and all those disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
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.
Age and Access: An Intergenerational Conversation with 2SLGBTQ+ Seniors. The 2SLGBTQ+ community often toils with visibility and access, but age adds another layer to this controversy. What sort of impact does ageism have on visibility and access across generations? This conversation explores the commonalities between youth and seniors as well as the compounded oppression and systemic barriers that 2SLGBTQ+ seniors experience in their struggle for visibility and access. Moderated by: Stephanie Jonsson
Panelists Include: Lezlie Lee Kam, Susan Gapka, Moka Dawkins and Brian Cope
Please enjoy Toronto’s Trans Rally and March, a welcoming space for all Trans people, non-binary people, friends of, and allies who rally and march together. In a typical year, Trans women of colour and people with different abilities are encouraged to lead the march and set the pace for all however, this year, in light of Covid-19, we are celebrating in a virtual space for an hour of speakers and performers and community engagement.
brOWN//out is a mixtape of adventures. Rushing from waters, mountains and plains of homeland(s) through the diaspora and back. Over and over again. brOWN//out is a community space for south asian queer and trans artists: singers, poets, dancers, drag and burlesque artists, musicians and more.
The Toronto Dyke March welcomes all self-identified Dykes, Trans Dykes, non-binary Dykes and any other Dyke to 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.
A celebration of our Queer d/Deaf ASL artists. Closed Captioning will be available for this event. ASL Interpreters can be booked by contacting [email protected] a minimum of five (5) days prior to the event. Pride Toronto thanks the TD Ready Commitment for their support in presenting ASL Interpretation for Pride 2021
Yohomo celebrates 40 years of Pride with music, dancing, performance, projections and ... just being queer for one hour all over your screens at home. Tune in and twirl with Yohomo DJs - Armand Digdoyo and Phillippe - Teesh, a very special performance from MANGO, and wild dancing from Tygr Willy and Ferrera Rose!
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. Join your favourite blocko DJ’s, drag, ballroom and musical performers at Blockorama: Black is Love.