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Out in Toronto Pride edition: June 18–21, 2015

Choice Pride-related events in the city this week

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Queer Landscapes, Queer Journeys

Queen’s Park goes gay with an exhibit of work in a variety of media that explores the contemporary experience of queer individuals, families and communities in Ontario. Runs until Friday, June 26, 2015. Aird Gallery, Queen’s Park, Macdonald Block, 900 Bay St. Free.

Pride Networking Social

Young professionals make new connections, socializing at the Sheraton Centre’s charming second floor waterfall garden. Registration required. 6–9pm. Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen St W.

Inside Out and TIFF: Trivia Pride Edition

Comedian Shawn Hitchins hosts an evening of queer film trivia. To sign up to compete, contact 6–9:30pm. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. $10.

Primp for Pride: Get Your Rhythm On  

Folks enjoy spa treatments and a glass of champagne in support of The 519. 6–9:30pm. Rhythm Spa, 199 Church St. $45.

Libido: Dyke March Social

Women, get ready to dance and delight in spoken word, burlesque and musical performances. 9pm–2am. The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W. PWYC–$10.

The Smirnoff Best Chest Contest

With drag queen Sofonda Cox’s deft enticement, boys strip off their shirts for a chance to win $300 in cash prizes. Midnight–2am. Woody’s, 467 Church St. No cover.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Pride Walk: Discovering Toronto’s LGBTQ Heritage

History buffs from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives guide folks around Toronto’s queer landmarks.

U of T Pride Pub

Amid the spires and old stones of Hart House’s outdoor space, folks enjoy a community fair complete with dancing, food and drink. 4pm community fair; 8pm dance party. Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle. Free before 9pm, $5 after.

Do I Have to Do Everything My Fucking Self?

Reg Vermue’s latest creation is a getting-to-know-you experience with his female alter-ego Regina, the front lady for the indie band Light Fires. Runs until Saturday, June 20, 2015, 8–10pm. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. $15.

Pride Opening Party

Hosted by Ryan G Hinds, Pride Toronto’s official kick-off party features YouTube sensation Todrick Hall, House of Monroe and DJ Black Cat. 8pm. BIA Stage (on Church Street, between Maitland and Alexander).

Friday at El Convento Rico

DJ Flacko spins, Alexmar and Michita give Latin dance lessons, and there’s a late-night drag show by Heaven Lee Hytes, Trent Ruban and Donnarama. 9pm–3:30am. El Convento Rico, 750 College St. $10.  

Work it! The Remix

Billed as “the horniest hip hop spot this Pride,” this dance party is rife with old-school hip hop and surprise performances. 10pm–2am. The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W. $10.

Bizarre Ball 3: Fucked up Fairy Tale

At this twisted ballroom event (reminiscent of the film Paris is Burning), competitors face off in such categories as Realness, Fag Out, Hairography and Bizarre. 10pm–2am. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. $10.

Disco Bits

With DJ Triple-X spinning, attendees do a little dance, make a little love and get down tonight. Get down tonight. 10pm–2am. Cardinal Rule, 5 Roncesvalles Ave. No cover.


DJs Scooter McCreight and Phil V spin sexy beats for smooch-happy revellers at this edition of Dance Floor Make Out. 10pm–3am. The Black Eagle, 457 Church St. $5.

AX Pride: Part 1

Billed as “Toronto’s great big gaysian boys night out,” this event is a rare chance to dance with sexy boys while enjoying j-pop, k-pop and top 40 mixes. DJ Alex spins. 10pm–3am. Fly 2.0, 6 Gloucester St. $13.27 advance.

Flexx and Old Skool Jam: Pride Launch

DJ Craig Dominic spins hip hop, R&B, reggae and old school house, and Devine Darlin gives a ’90s-themed drag performance (whatever that might mean).10pm–3am. Church, 504 Church St. $7.

Sissy Nein: No Masc

In her most personal drag show to date, Sissy Nein’s 20-song set explores the yin and yang of love. 10:30pm–2:30am. The Steady, 1051 Bloor St W. $5.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Queering Space

An exhibit of artworks on the theme of transforming secret places into “visible sites of resistance.” Opening reception 7pm; Exhibit runs until Sunday, September 13, 2015. Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 34 Isabella St.

Pride and Prejudice: Our Human Rights Conference

From academics to sex workers, this conference provides a platform for people to explore the community’s many struggles and triumphs. 9am–6pm. University College, University of Toronto, Room 140.  $10 (includes breakfast and lunch).

Cream Outdoors

In a pleasant outdoor space, girls meet new friends and shake their butts to beats by DJs Matt Priestess, KLR and Recklezz. 1–8pm. House Maison, 580 Church St. $15.

BBQ, Beats and Brass

There are few things as cutesy as enjoying hotdogs in a sex-positive environment. When their mouths aren’t full of meat, folks enjoy music and an outdoor pool. 2pm–3am. Oasis Aqualounge, 231 Mutual St. For pricing and entrance restrictions, visit

Forte: My Story, My Song

We’ve all got that special song. Members of The Toronto Men’s Chorus sing pieces of particular importance to them. 7–9:30pm. Trinity St Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St W. $25–35.

The Fraternity Annual Pride Party

A men’s social club invites guys to chat, snack and drink at a penthouse in the village. For location information and to RSVP, contact 7–11pm. $5.  

The Freedom Party

In support of the Rainbow Railroad, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 winner Raja performs and DJ Diego Armand spins. 8pm–2am. The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge St. $50 advance, $65 door.

Frequency Cabaret

An evening of music and performance by such luminaries as Bisola Swags, Delicia Pastiche, Maya El Masry and Katie Pereira. 9–11:30pm. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge St. PWYC–$10.

Saturday at El Convento Rico

DJ Kno revs up the crowd for a naughty performance by Magic Male Revue and a drag show by Kera Keys, Farra N Hyte and Donnarama. 9pm–3:30am. El Convento Rico, 750 College St. $15.  

Blood, Sweat and Queers: Pride Hookup

Queers of every stamp get horny (as if they needed the help) with sexy ice-breaker games and sweaty dancing to music by Boy Pussy and L Rock. 10pm–2:30am. The Steady, 1051 Bloor St W. $5.

Cherry Bomb: Summer Madness

Ladies shake their butts to DJs Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson’s “dancefloor burners.” 10pm. Round, 152 Augusta Ave. 10pm–3am. $5 before 11pm, $8 after.

’90s Video Dance Party

If you wanna be my lover, you gotta go to a ’90s-themed party with music by DJs Caff and Tanner and a performance by Spice Girls tribute band Wannabe. 10pm–3am. The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W. $10–15.

Uncle Dickie’s 5: Pride

The fictitious gay renaissance man, Uncle Dickie, invites guys to dance and enjoy artist Mike Rinaldi’s latest creations. 10pm–4am. The Black Eagle, 457 Church St. $10.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sweetness Pride Beach Party

If you’re going to get sweaty, you might as well do it someplace with a nice breeze. DJs Aron, Jodie Harsh and Jeremy Khamkeo provide the music for a lakeside circuit party. Noon–7pm. Sugar Beach, 22 Dockside Dr.

Shady Tea: Daddy Issues

Because drag queens melt in the sun, Fay Slift and Fluffy Soufflé host an afternoon of laughs, cocktails and dancing in an air conditioned venue. And it’s Father’s Day, so daddies are especially welcome. 3–6pm. The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W. No cover.

Love, Acceptance, Support: A Celebration of Affirmation

Folks join Pastor David Lewis-Peart and Reverend Chiedza Pasipanodya for a celebration of queer black families, their friends and allies. 6–9pm. The 519, 519 Church St. Free.

Woody’s Pride Week Kick Off

The legendary Church Street bar gets the Pride ball rolling with a night of drag performances by such lipsticked luminaries as Miss Conception, Georgie Girl and Jada Hudson. 6pm–2am. Woody’s, 467 Church St. No cover

Too Queer: A Bi Visibility Cabaret

A night of poetry, dance, storytelling and burlesque by or about bisexuals. Includes work by Foxy Roxy, Johnny Salib, Kamila Rina and Alex Adler. 7:30–10pm. The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W. PWYC–$10.

Queer Songbook Orchestra: Billy Strayhorn

The 12-piece chamber ensemble’s concert honours Billy Strayhorn, the openly gay collaborator of Duke Ellington. 8–10pm. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. $12–20.


Ryan G Hinds, the cabaret artist who always delivers (laughs, tears or, at the very least, glitter), performs a series of numbers on the concept, definition, history and practice of Pride. 8–10pm. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. $15.

Hola Pre-Pride Party

The Latino community organization raises money for its Pride float with a night of Latin-flavoured music, dancing and drag. 9pm–2am. Erotico, 461 Church St. $5.