Toronto Pride Weekend Guide

Have the ultimate Toronto Pride 2015 weekend

The #PrideTO energy buzzing throughout the city and there are tons of incredible events happening throughout the week. We thought we’d narrow down a list of Pride’s closing weekend festivities to make sure you get the most out of this fabulous celebration. With extended bar hours, Grand Marshalls like Cyndi Lauper and Pussy Riot, and Youth Ambassador Brendan Jordan (this kid who diva-bombed the news), you won’t want to miss out this weekend.

Check out the full lineup of events here.


Prehab Party | Boutique Bar | 11am-4am | no day cover / $5 after 5pm
Kick off your Pride weekend in style at Boutique Bar with the 2nd annual Prehab Party. Grab some day drinks and get going!
#TheGaySweater| BMO @ Church & Alexander | 9am-8pm | FREE
Come try on the world’s first and only “gay” object: a sweater made entirely of the hair of hundreds of LGBTQ people. This one-of-a-kind event aims to tackle the pressing issue of homophobic language used in schools.
One World | 519 Church St Community Centre | 5pm-12am | FREE
A magical outdoor house music event featuring special sets by DJ Dandy Rivera and Rosabel’s DJ Ralphi Rosario.

Pride’n’Bass Aboard The River Gambler | The River Gambler | 6pm-11pm | $40-$50
Bass music, 80s and 90s hip-hop, and dancing all aboard a sunset boat cruise… what could be better? Get your tickets here.

Bend It Like Bombay | TD Wellesley Stage | 7pm-2am | FREE
Celebrate the theme of Holi — the South Asian festival of love and colour, representing renewal, sexual desire, and the triumph of good — with Bollywood fusion dancers and a huge cloud of powder and paint creating a giant rainbow. RSVP here.

Burlesque A Go-Go! | Bud Light South Stage | 7pm-2am | FREE
The best of the best of burlesque: Belle Jumelles, Dainty Box and Johnny B. Goode, and featuring the artistry of HiM Productions. RSVP here.

Fifty Shades of Blu | OLG Central Stage | 7pm-1am | FREE
Check out popular local Toronto talent Sydney Blu’s electronic music under the biggest disco ball in Toronto at this all-ages event.
Laugh Out Proud | Yuk Yuk’s | 8pm-9:45pm | $25
Check out some live music, drink some cocktails, and laugh with comedian Erin Foley at Yuk Yuk’s. A portion of the proceeds go to the Rainbow Railroad. Get your tickets here.

Trans* Pride March | North Stage (Church & Isabella) | Rally: 7pm / March: 8pm | FREE
Whether you identify as Trans* or an ally, rally and march throughout the city and show your pride. Trans* women of colour and people with different abilities are encouraged to lead and set the pace for the marchers.

Transforming Pride | YDS | 8pm-11pm | FREE
After the Trans* march, Yonge-Dundas Square will be transformed into an all-ages celebration of the Trans* community, featuring an appearance by Chaz Bono and music by Crackpuppy and The Cliks.



Drag On! | YDS | 2pm-11pm | FREE
35 drag kings and queens in celebration of Toronto Pride’s 35th anniversary… how fitting! Headlining the show is Bianca del Rio, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Dyke March | Church & Bloor | 2pm-4pm (pre-march at 12pm | FREE
This grassroots event celebrates women and trans* members of the community. This political demonstration of critical mass will be taking over the streets of the city, focusing on the missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

Bear Garden | OLG Central Stage | 2pm-2am | FREE
If bears are your thing, this is the place for you. Featuring music from Dave Audé, Nick Bertossi and more, come mingle, drink, and dance with bears and non-bears alike.

Pan Americano | TD Wellesley Stage | 2pm-2am | FREE
As part of the highly-anticipated PanAm/ParaPanAm Games, Pan Americano will be celebrating South American culture with a daytime tango party with big bands and a nighttime samba party with gold-painted babes in bikinis, featuring superstar Ana Paula.

Fruit Loopz | Alexander Parkette | 2pm-11pm | FREE
Art, live music, film, and spoken word created, driven, and run for youths by youths. Celebrate the talent of developing artists under the age of 29 all day long.

Fruit Loopz Pride
Family Pride | Church St Public School | 10am-5pm | FREE
Got kids? This is the pride event for you! For the past 15 years, Family Pride has celebrated families with sports, games, crafts, face painting, story telling, and live performances.

Fam Pride
Pride and Remembrance Run | Church & Wellesley | 10am-2pm | $45
With over 1,000 annual participants, this 5k run or 3k walk is one of the most popular running events in the GTA and has raised over $1 million for over a dozen charities. Help them reach this year’s goal of $125,000.



Dirty Disco | Bud Light South Stage | 2pm-11pm | FREE
Created by the legendary late Dr. Trance, this all-ages electronic music event will be out of this world. This year’s Dirty Disco is hosted by Miss Raquel and will feature a touching tribute to Dr. Trance himself.

Dirty Disco
The Final Play | YDS | 2pm-11pm | FREE
The final night of Pride is set to be spectacular, with free performances in the heart of the city at Yonge-Dundas Square by Pussy Riot, The Mohrs, and LIGHTS.

The Final Play
Alterna-Queer | Alexander Parkette | 2pm-10pm | FREE
Check out this community-based stage with tons of queer-core, trash-drag, punk, and indie bands. Performers include GASH, Damage Over Time, and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult.

Blockorama 17: Say It Loud | TD Wellesley Stage | 12pm-11pm | FREE
Blockorama celebrates black and Caribbean communities and aims to share information about HIV/AIDS/. As the longest recurring Pride program, it aims to create a safe space for black diasporic community members, offering ASL interpretation, a disability viewing area, and a chill out space for its over 20 performances.

Community Cabaret Sunday | TD Village Stage | 2pm-10pm | FREE
Music, drag, burlesque, cabaret… what more could you need? Hosted by one of Toronto’s best-loved drag personalities, Sylvia, check out established and emerging drag artists like the “Canadian Queens.
Pride Parade | Church & Bloor down Yonge to YDS | 2pm | FREE
Last but certainly not least, don’t miss the ultimate Pride event: the annual Pride Parade. March down Yonge St with the LGBTTIQQ2SA community – come OUT and play!

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(Main Photo by Scott Corman via Pride Toronto’s Flickr)