Press Release: Pride Toronto Announces The ArQuives & Breakaway Community Services as 2021 Honoured Groups

Press Release: April 1, 2021 Press Release: Pride Toronto Announces The ArQuives & Breakaway Community Services as 2021 Honoured Groups Pride Toronto is excited to announce that The ArQuives and Breakaway Community Services has been jointly selected as our prestigious Honoured Groups and Charities of Choice for the 2021 Phygital Festival Honoured Groups + Charities of Choice The honourees were selected in recognition of their leadership and achievements in the 2SLGBTQ+ community. They were chosen based on their incredible contributions and important services offered. Pride Toronto will be recognizing both honourees throughout the 2021 Festival programming as well as extending any additional fundraising opportunities available. “This year’s Honoured Groups truly reflect the 2021 Festival. We will be recognizing the history of Pride Toronto as well as the current complex environment in which we find ourselves in 2021. These two components have been incorporated in both our creative direction as well as in our Festival programming.” says Sherwin Modeste, Executive Director. “We look forward to recognizing the important contributions of both The ArQuives and Breakaway Community Services throughout 2021.”A number of fundraising initiatives have been planned in support of both honourees for the 2021 Festival. Stay tuned for the full programming launch on May 3, 2021, for ways you can get involved. About The ArQuivesThe ArQuives is the world’s largest independent LGBTQ2+ archives. Its mission is to collect the stories of our communities, bring them to life, and share them with the world. The ArQuives’ incoming Board President Marcos Persaud speaks to the role of The ArQuives: “We aspire to be a resource for those who strive for a future where all LGBTQ2+ people are accepted, valued, and celebrated. Our vision of the future includes a welcoming new space where our communities can continue to come together, share their stories, and celebrate their heritage.” Executive Director Raegan Swanson explains further: “Our communities have managed to build the world’s largest independent LGBTQ2+ archival collection through the incredible devotion and countless hours of labour of volunteers and staff, over the span of 48 years. We’re thrilled that Pride Toronto has chosen to recognize the significance of this work at a time when COVID-19 has taken such a tremendous toll on LGBTQ2+ communities, our social connections, and culture.” says. “Our aim is to engage more people in our communities in the work of bringing their own LGBTQ2+ stories to life, and we are especially looking to amplify the stories of those who are underrepresented within the collection. In coming months, The ArQuives will provide a platform for more people to actively engage with their own heritage and personal storytelling.” Pride Toronto’s Executive Director Sherwin Modeste calls attention to the history at the heart of our communities: “The ArQuives is the place to go to learn about some incredible LGBTQ2+ history during Pride, as well as year-round. I especially encourage anyone interested in LGBTQ2+ history to visit and head to the Digital Exhibits section, where you’ll find stories reflective of our incredibly vibrant and resilient communities.” You can help keep LGBTQ2+ stories alive by donating to The ArQuives at About Breakaway Community ServicesEstablished in 1989, Breakaway Community Services was designed to meet the treatment needs of youth 12-25 who were struggling with alcohol and drug use. Located in the heart of Parkdale, Breakaway transitioned into providing programs and services for all ages with the mandate to provide comprehensive harm reduction services that factor all aspects of a clients lived situations in. Breakaway currently serves approximately 65 clients and offers 6 programs that are built around understanding and acceptance. The Satellite Opiate Treatment program provides services to people who are facing challenges related to their use of opiates with services ranging from opioid agonist treatment to case management and counselling. The Harm Reduction Outreach program is guided by the principles of harm reduction, which is to reduce any potential barriers that arise for individuals who are using substances. Our Family and Youth Initiative was developed to meet the needs of youth and their families who are struggling with substance use concerns from a supportive harm reduction approach. The Toronto Opiate Support Team operates in locations throughout Toronto as an outreach team to engage with and advocate for people who are using opiates or replacement medications and have little or no access to supportive services. The Addiction Supportive Housing program is for individuals who struggle with their relationship with substances and require stable housing. The first of its kind peer-led initiative, Pieces to Pathways, offers Canada’s only substance use support programs for LGBTQQ2SIA youth. Unlike many other organizations, we don’t see addiction or its implications as linear. As a result, Breakaway adopts a harm reduction approach that allows us to meet our clients where they are, void of stigma and the indoctrinated thinking that drugs are inherently bad. We work with our clients in a way that helps them stay safe while implementing positive change. For more information on Breakaway Community Services please visit us online at 2021 Festival SponsorsPride Toronto is made possible with the support of our many committed stakeholders. We are excited to announce a total of 36 presenting partners who have continued to support us through another transitional year. Pride Toronto will be welcoming 29 returning sponsors as well as 7 new partners to our confirmed list of major partners. This past year has proven to be one of the most challenging yet for Pride Toronto, and especially for the 2SLGBTQ+ communities whom we serve. As a not-for-profit, we are dedicated to extending every available resource possible to supporting the communities we serve. The financial support from partners and stakeholders is how we are able to create the largest Pride Festival in Canada supporting over 200+ 2SLGBTQ+ artists, 100+ community makers, and contributing over $600 million towards the GDP. “In 2020, Pride Toronto lost an estimated $3.5 million in expected revenue. It is only thanks to our dedicated sponsors and granting partners that we have been able to produce

Pride Toronto unveils 40th Anniversary Programming Lineup and Digital Pride Guide

Press Release: May 1, 2021 Pride Toronto Announces Internal Organizational Audit Including 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.
 Centred around community, education, and of course, celebration; Scroll through the full Festival lineup online at to find events important to you. Why Join Pride Toronto? 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. Special EventsPride Toronto will be hosting special events throughout June on digital platforms. 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. Weekly ProgramingPrideToronto 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 / YouTubeThe 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. Community Programming Our community committees, curators and party collectives have put together a number of exciting and engaging celebrations for you to join. This programming

Pride Toronto Announces Internal Organizational Audit

Internal Organizational Audit Festival 2024 Pride Toronto Announces Internal Organizational Audit TORONTO – Today, the Co-Chairs of Pride Toronto’s Board of Directors announced that the organization has launched an internal organizational audit of grant management policies, processes, and practices, as a result of issues raised by several sources. “The Board of Directors takes its fiduciary responsibilities very seriously, and is prioritizing financial accountability at Pride Toronto through this audit,” said Grant Gonzales and Yuri Hernandez, Co-Chairs, Pride Toronto.  KPMG has been selected as the third-party, independent auditor. The purpose of the audit is to conduct a comprehensive audit of internal financial operations and external reporting with respect to grant management to identify any potential exposure to risks, and address any policy or process gaps.   The Board of Directors anticipates that the audit will conclude within the next three months and is prepared to act expeditiously to implement the recommendations. “Pride Toronto plays a critical role in Toronto’s 2SLGBTQ+ community and will always take great care to address any issues raised about the operations of the organization. The Board and staff leadership are working in collaboration to launch this audit and we are determined to strengthen our financial policies and processes,” concluded Gonzales and Hernandez.  Search More than 2 results are available in the PRO version (This notice is only visible to admin users) Menu About Festival 2024 Take Part Partners Donate to Pride Toronto Ri-facebook-fill Twitter Instagram About Pride Toronto Pride Toronto is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to bring people together to celebrate the history, courage, and diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+  communities. Uniting and empowering people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions, the annual Pride Toronto Festival has become a major Canadian Arts and Cultural Event and the largest Pride celebration in North America. Pride showcases Toronto on the world stage with diversity, inclusion and vibrant creativity. Please visit and follow @PrideToronto on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates and more information. Media Inquiries Previous PostNext Post

Pride Toronto Response to the KPMG Compliance Review

The KPMG Compliance Review Festival 2024 Pride Toronto Response to the KPMG Compliance Review Search More than 2 results are available in the PRO version (This notice is only visible to admin users) Menu About Festival 2024 Take Part Partners Donate to Pride Toronto Ri-facebook-fill Twitter Instagram In October 2021, as part of our system-wide review, Pride Toronto engaged KPMG to undertake an independent, third-party “Grant Compliance Review” to review internal grant management processes, assess compliance with the requirements of three federal government grants, and provide recommendations to ensure our processes going forward meet the highest standards. We pledged to release KPMG’s review publicly and to do so without sugar-coating what went wrong. We committed to addressing these legacy issues by fixing our processes to ensure the integrity of our work is of the highest calibre. Pride Toronto has kept in close contact with our impacted funding partners and have proactively shared the KPMG report with them. We have reached out personally and formally in writing to a number of individuals and organizations who Pride Toronto wrongly, and without their permission or approval, made false representations claiming their support for Pride Toronto’s grant applications. While the review did not assess individual cases of misrepresentation, the recommendations provided will ensure that such actions are never repeated in the future. Pride Toronto has offered our apologies to the Indigenous individuals and 2Spirit communities we have harmed. We have requested the opportunity to consult with them on what might constitute an appropriate and acceptable financial resolution for the acts of settler colonialism our organization inflicted upon them. As we told them, words cannot express how sorry we are. The fact that these issues even occurred is beyond explanation or belief. That said, it did happen, and we are very sorry for the trouble this has caused. Pride Toronto is committed to rectifying the harm through concrete actions. We would like to thank KPMG for their findings and recommendations, as well as our staff, who under the leadership of our new Executive Director, have devoted the better part of the past year to put the measures outlined below in place. These actions are just the beginning of Pride Toronto’s work to address the serious issues brought to light, and we will continue to provide further updates of this work at the Special General Meeting on April 7, 2022, and beyond. To our members, partners, and supporters – we understand your trust in Pride Toronto has been violated. While these legacy issues pre-dates the current Board of Directors, we are united in our commitment to do everything in our ability to earn back your trust in Pride Toronto. Sherwin Modeste Executive Director Grant Gonzales Co-Chair, Board of Directors, On behalf of the Board On behalf of the Board Yuri Hernandez Co-Chair, Board of Directors, On behalf of the Board On behalf of the Board Pride Toronto Actions in Response to the KPMG Review Rectifying Harm Caused to Indigenous Individuals and 2Spirit Communities Pride Toronto is committed to ensuring that the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Directors meet with and properly consult the impacted Indigenous individuals and 2Spirit communities directly to ensure that all grievances are heard, understood, and addressed accordingly. We know that harm was caused, and we intend to right those wrongs. All findings, recommendations, and agreed-upon resolutions will be reported back to the membership. Enhanced Governance: Grant Application Review and Approvals All grants that Pride Toronto staff express interest in applying for are to first be presented to the Board of Directors through the monthly Executive Director Report. All members of the Board are given the opportunity to review and advise to ensure that the grants are aligned with Pride Toronto’s Mission, Vision and Values. All grant applications are to be approved by the Board of Directors. Enhanced Governance: Financial Reporting For all grants that Pride Toronto has been awarded, all financial cash flows, activity reports, and timelines are to be reviewed by the Finance and Audit Committee and the Board of Directors before submission to the funder. Day-to-Day Oversight: Grant and Fund Development Manager Position Pride Toronto has hired a Grant and Fund Development Manager. This specialist role has been brought on to ensure that all current and future grants awarded to Pride Toronto are delivered and reported on transparently and in compliance with the requirements. Regaining the trust of our members, partners, and other stakeholders starts with Pride Toronto keeping our promises to those who support and fund us. Our investment in this new role is key to rebuilding that trust. Day-to-Day Oversight: Identifying Issues with Deliverables Once Pride Toronto’s Management became aware of the significant gaps in the promised grant deliverables and Pride Toronto’s ability to meet those commitments, efforts were made to rescale agreements with funding partners for the grants. Pride Toronto was successful in being able to amend the 2Spirit Tales and the Decriminalization grants to provide value for the community and the funding partner. Pride Toronto was unsuccessful in reaching an agreement to amend the Public Safety Grant and as a result, opted to withdraw and conclude the project early to ensure no additional costs were incurred by either party. Transparency: Proactive Information Sharing of Approved Grants Pride Toronto will ensure transparency by posting summaries of all awarded government grants on Pride Toronto’s website. The information will include the purpose of the grant, key project deliverables, and the pledged amount. Once the grant has concluded, a summary of the achieved deliverables will be posted. Organizational Compliance: Capping Pride Toronto Allotments for Administrative Expenses Pride Toronto has introduced a maximum repayment for overhead and administration expenses that Pride Toronto can receive from a grant. With the exception of grants that are provided to cover specific operational and administrative expenses of the organization, Pride Toronto cannot claim more than 5% of these types of expenses under any project-based grant. Organizational Compliance: New Coding System for Grants Beginning fall 2021, Pride Toronto’s Finance and Senior Leadership

Signature Event Series

Pride 2022 program Festival 2024 Pride Toronto announces Pride 2022 Signature Event Series, Additional Festival Weekend Headliners, Charity of Choice, and International Grand Marshal Pride Toronto welcomes Priyanka to the TD Main Stage with her live Taste Test show and Patrice Roberts at Blockorama! Signature Event Tickets are now on sale for Pride 2022! Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) and Lady Phyll announced as Pride 2022 Charity of Choice and International Grand Marshall. Pride Toronto will ensure Pride Month and Festival Weekend will be organized in alignment with the City of Toronto’s Public Health recommendations. Search More than 2 results are available in the PRO version (This notice is only visible to admin users) Menu About Festival 2024 Take Part Partners Donate to Pride Toronto Ri-facebook-fill Twitter Instagram Additional Festival Weekend Headliners Priyanka’s Taste Test Show Winner of Canada’s Drag race season 1 and our hometown Queen, Priyanka brings Taste Test, her debut EP Live to the TD Main Stage on Sunday June 26! What’s her name? Priyanka is a multi-talented performer, musical artist, and international entertainer taking the world by storm. But that’s no surprise. From hosting as Mark “Suki” Suknanan on the legendary children’s network, YTV, to her iconic 2020 crowning as the first-ever winner of Canada’s Drag Race, Priyanka’s star power and charisma have always been obvious. Now, with her recent debut EP Taste Test hitting 5+million streams and launching the viral hit single, Come Through, the question isn’t “what’s next,” it’s what isn’t? Patrice Roberts Blockorama, produced by Blackness Yes! is excited to host soca artist Patrice Roberts, who hails from the Caribbean twin-island Republic Trinidad and Tobago. She was named the youngest female Road March winner for her collaboration with Machel Montano titled “Band Of The Year” in 2006 and will be bringing the party to the Bud Light Seltzer Wellesley Stage on Sunday June 26th. Signature Event Series The long-awaited return of in person events will include all three Pride Toronto Signature events throughout June. “The Fierce & The Reckless” Pride 2022 Kick Off Party at El Mocambo with the Looking and Feeling Fierce Mini-Ball – June 8, 2022 Dress to impress! Put on your FIERCE party outfit and make your way to El Mocambo for the Pride month launch Party. We’re taking it back to the warehouse parties with old-school glam, FIERCE drag, and avant-garde spectators – anything goes! House anthems and ballroom beats from Toronto’s own fierce DJ Valeroo and from NYC Ballroom ROYALTY, DJ Byrell The Great. Enjoy an extra special performance from Juno nominated diva Ceréna and the Looking and Feeling Fierce mini-ball, hosted by the first Canadian Ballroom house; The House of Monroe. Are you feeling FIERCE? Tickets Available Now! Cabana Pool Party with Symone at Cabana Pool Bar Presented By Bud Light Seltzer – June 15, 2022 Come make a splash and join us at Cabana Pool Bar for a night of hot drag performances by local legends Sofonda Cox, Luna Dubois, and Miss Fiercalicious. DJ’s Karim Olen Ash and Cesar Murillo will keep the beats going while you bask in the sun, vibes, beautiful people, and beautiful view… and we’re not just talking about the city skyline! GoGo dancers Liana, Milkshake Boy, and Shadow Noir will be splishing and splashing their way around the pool with The Ebony Enchantress herself, Symone of Rupaul’s Drag Race will be headlining the night. Tickets are already on sale, VIP is Sold Out – “Til Sunset: The Jam Down” at Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island – June 19, 2022 The Ultimate Day Party! With the skyline as our backdrop, we take over the island with Toronto’s A-List entertainers. Grab a drink & allow DJs Pogi & Blacks to get you in the right mindset for the afternoon’s festivities. Come enjoy delicious Jerk Chicken, and take in the performances of our favourite Toronto Kings and Queens; Jada Shada Hudson, Divine Darlin, Canada’s Drag Race season 2’s Kimora Amour, and Prince Many Dingo. With a full belly and an afternoon in the sun, dance the evening away to our amazing DJ Headliners Craig Dominic & Carma. Tickets Available Now! Charity of Choice and International Grand Marshal Pride Toronto is proud to announce the first of many honoured positions for the Pride 2022 commemorations. Chosen by our community advisory panel; the Charity of Choice is The Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) Canada’s largest organization dedicated to mitigating the impacts of HIV/AIDS on the Caribbean, African, and Black communities. About Pride 2022 Charity of Choice, Black CAP Since its founding in 1989, Black CAP has provided culturally relevant outreach, prevention, and support services to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS among Toronto’s Black population and enhance the quality of life for those already living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. As Black people continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS—making up 20% of Ontario cases despite being merely 5% of the province’s population—their experiences are made worse by the stigma, racism, homophobia, and poverty that create inequitable access to essential supports and services. Black CAP works specifically to confront these barriers. With an approach rooted in anti-oppression and equity, and under the motto “All Black People’s Lives are Important,” Black CAP offers a range of services and programs catered to the identities, experiences and needs of Toronto’s richly diverse Black population. From awareness campaigns and harm reduction programs to newcomer settlement services and peer support groups, Black CAP’s programming is a holistic and expansive response to the Black community’s needs. Over the past 33 years, Black CAP has been able to extend the reach of its mission and mandate thanks to local, provincial, national, and international campaigns and initiatives; purposeful partnerships and collaborations with like-minded organizations; the meaningful involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS; and the tireless commitment of their staff and volunteers who recognize the urgent need for this work. The progress Black CAP has made is remarkable, but the work is far from done. To learn

Pride Toronto announces Pride 2022

Pride 2022 program Festival 2024 Pride Toronto announces Pride 2022 programming lineup showcasing over 300 2SLGBTQ+ Artists, 25 Community Curators, and Six Signature Events Pride Toronto is thrilled to be making our in-person return with the events you know and love, along with events that are new and exciting. Signature Event Series The long-awaited return of in-person events will include our annual Pride Toronto Signature Events throughout June, as well as our online youth conference and live podcast recording. The Fierce & The Reckless Pride 2022 Kick-Off Party and Mini-Ball El Mocambo – June 8, 9pm–2am – Tickets available: Youth Conference “Building Community Spaces During Covid-19” Online – June 12, 2pm–5pm – Register to attend: Cabana Pool Party with Symone Presented By: Bud Light Seltzer Cabana Pool Bar – June 15, 6pm-11pm – Cabanas and tickets available: Til Sunset: The Jam Down Presented By: Captain Morgan Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island – June 19, 1pm-9pm – Tickets available: Black Queer and Trans Excellence Live Podcast RecordingHosted by Hollywood Jade with Recording Artist James Baley Hotel X – June 21, 7pm-10pm – Limited number of Tickets Available, Human Rights Series: Pride Hotline – A new IGTV interview series Online – Airing weekly in July! Search More than 2 results are available in the PRO version (This notice is only visible to admin users) Menu About Festival 2024 Take Part Partners Donate to Pride Toronto Ri-facebook-fill Twitter Instagram Community Connect This initiative was developed in 2021 as an effort to meet people where they were and who may otherwise not be able to participate due to a variety of challenges with solely virtual-based programming. The program brings Pride to community members in their own neighbourhoods; to help them feel recognized and a part of our community. Stay tuned for location-specific programming announcements! Scarborough: June 10 – 4pm–7pm – Albert Campbell Square North York: June 11 – 12pm–3pm – The Orchard at Downsview Park Etobicoke: June 12 – 12pm–3pm – Mimico Square Community Prides Organized with our community advisory committees, a number of exciting and engaging community celebrations for you to join. This programming is by you, and for you. Senior Pride with Rekai Centres and Buddies in Bad Time June 18 – 1pm–4pm – Rekai Centres Sober Pride : June 24 – 7pm–11pm, June 25 & 26 – 1pm–11pm – Paul Kane Parkette Bi+ Pride : June 24 – 8:30pm–11pm – Fido South Stage Trans Pride : June 24 – 7pm–11pm – Allan Gardens Family Pride Presented By: Maple Leaf Foods June 25 – 10am-5pm and June 26 – 1pm–5pm – Church St Public School Youth Pride with SOY 25 – 6pm–11pm – Church St Public School Dyke Pride: June 25 – 1pm–6pm – Allan Gardens Journée Francophone: June 25 – 1pm–11pm – Fido South Stage 2Spirit Pride: June 26 – 1pm–6pm – Allan Gardens Visual Art Showcasing over 17 visual artists with 8 installations throughout Downtown Toronto in a series of art installations focused on environmental sustainability and anti-racism initiatives. Available to view from June 1–30 and featured as part of Artworx-TO. Visit for more information. We are also pleased to launch our 170-foot, interactive Art Zone at Festival Weekend where Festival attendees can work alongside graffiti artists curated by Lovers Art Club. New on the Festival Footprint Our Festival Footprint is growing with new areas of activation and variations in our programming. New areas include: Wellness Zone Presented By: Adidas Alexander Parkette – June 25 – 1pm–11pm and June 26 – 1pm–11pm Food Zone with over 15 different Food Trucks Church St, South of Gerrard – June 24 – 7pm–11pm, June 25 & 26 – 1pm–11pm Festival Weekend Art Zone June 24 – 7pm–11pm, June 25 & 26 – 1pm–11pm Nathan Phillips Square Saturday, June 25 – 1pm–11pm – Living Out Loud Ball, Night ShiftSunday, June 26 – 1pm–11pm – Queer Skate Jam Marches and Parade Pride has always been a protest and we honour that with our annual Pride Marches and Parade. Trans Rally & March: Start at Church St & Hayden St – June 24 – 7pmOne of the largest, most exciting Pride events in the world, centred around trans and non-binary individuals. Dyke Rally & March: Start at Church St & Hayden St – June 25 – 1pmA dyke and lesbian-centred space that honours Toronto’s dyke community. Pride Parade: Bloor St & Yonge St – June 26 – 2pmAn annual event to honour our political roots and courageous past while celebrating how far we have come. Festival Stages and Community Curators Collaborating with over 25 community curators, this year’s programming is a reflection of the Toronto 2SLGBTQ+ community. These incredible artists and performers have shaped the local landscape of queer events and have been working overtime online for their community for the last two years. We welcome them back to our stages and are thrilled to host so many amazing creatives. TD Main Stage – Yonge & Dundas Presented By: TD Friday, June 24 – 7pm–11pm – Spice, Legendary’s House of Miyake-Mugler and Mi ke QSaturday, June 25 – 1pm–11pm – Drag Ball with Lemon, AlternaQueer, Club QuarantineSunday, June 26 – 1pm–11pm – Interstellar Vibes, DW Waterson and Friends, Priyanka! LIVE Bud Light Seltzer Wellesley Stage Presented By: Bud Light Seltzer Friday, June 24 – 7pm–2am – New Ho Queen: Asian Pride, Resurrection: a Yes Yes Yall block partySaturday, June 25 – 1pm–2am -2Spirit Toronto, BQC Presents: Put Your Black In It, Blocko After DarkSunday, June 26 – 1pm–11pm – Blockorama: Together Again with Patrice Roberts OLG Central Stage Presented By: OLG Friday, June 24 – 7pm–2am – DJ Amita, LavenderSaturday, June 25 – 1pm–2am – Sirens, brOWN//out, Club Hunhouse, S&L Party, StrappedSunday, June 26 – 1pm–11pm – DJ Kicks, Yalla Barra, YOHOMO Fido South Stage Presented By: Fido Friday, June 24 – 7pm–11pm – d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing Programming, Bi+ PrideSaturday, June 25 – 1pm–11pm – Journéée Francophone “L’amour notre racine, s’aimer pour semer”Sunday, June 26 – 1pm–11pm

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