With the spread of COVID-19 Pride Toronto was forced to cancel its 2020 events, but there’ll still be plenty of ways to celebrate Pride, as it’s going virtual this year!
Pride, which commemorates the Stonewall riots each and every year, is especially prominent with the Black Lives Matter protests. The Stonewall Uprising was 5 days of rioting, looting, and protests against the police. These riots, led by black Trans and Queer folx, served as the catalyst for LGBTQ+ rights today. Remember where we came from, and be sure to speak up and support the Black Lives Matter movement in any way you can.
Pride Toronto has gotten creative this year with their events, from opening with FEEYASS! with Club Quarantine, to moving the parade to a Zoom event, get ready for what’s sure to still be an amazing month of Pride!
Check out 16 virtual events to celebrate Pride Month below.
Dyke Rally [March]
June 27 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
The annual Dyke March will be held as a Dyke Rally this year, and will also be moved to Zoom due to the spread of COVID-19. The Toronto Dyke Rally welcomes all self-identified dykes to celebrate and honour the history, accomplishments, power, strength, diversity, and passion of dyke experiences and identities.
Drag Ball with Brooke Lynn Hytes
June 27 | 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Get ready for a showcase of Canadian drag artists “with the BIGGEST drag surprise.” Presented by Crave, nothing will stop Toronto’s drag community from celebrating Pride. Drag queens and kings have been giving some amazing shows from home, and this year’s all-local Drag ball will feature a Drag hour every Saturday for the entirety of June, in addition to a non-stop Drag-marathon on June 27th.
June 27 | 9:30 PM – 11:59 PM
Get ready for Lavender’s virtual Pride party, which will be hosted on Zoom. Lavender is a renowned party in the city, and is considered a two-year-old staple in Toronto that frequently hosts events for LGBT2Q+ women, trans, and nonbinary folks!
Online Pride Parade
June 28 | 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
The Pride Parade is going virtual this year! Pride Toronto is encouraging you to stay proud, stay home, stay strong, and stay safe this year, as we’ll still be celebrating in style with a Pride party on Zoom! Don your gayest apparel and join the queer and trans community as we continue to trailblaze and connect the community with innovative ideas. The event “will honour our courageous past, celebrating how far we have come and will remain vigilant to the ongoing needs of our community. We will help bring issues to light, challenge convention, support our community, and promote safety.”
June 28 | 4:40 PM – 8:00 PM
LatinX will be a virtual party, featuring Toronto’s favourite Queer LatinXplosión en vivo. Hosted by comedian Monica Garrido, the event will feature DJ ana luisaaaaaa from weekly zoom Discoteca Cuarenteca, DJ Didicious from local party series Ritmo Tropical, drag king supergroup Boi Band the Boy Band, and more.
Blockorama – Curated by Blackness Yes!
June 28 | 8:00 PM – 11:59 PM
Blockarama is the largest and longest-running stage at Pride Toronto, spotlighting and featuring local black performance. You can join DJs, and drag, ballroom, and musical performers in the close out to this year’s Virtual Pride. The event is sure to feature some amazing performances, as its curated by Blackness Yes!, a committee of artists and activists from Toronto’s Black Queer and Trans* communities.
Family Pride Fridays
Every Friday of June | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Every week, there will be a Family Pride Fridays event, which will see CANVAS Arts action Program’s Resident Artist, Joey, who will be bringing his puppets on a journey of creating Pride. Each week, Joey will teach viewers how to make crafts that will incorporate lessons on the history of pride, the joys of self-expression, and the importance of celebrating diversity.
Every Friday of June | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Calling all movie buffs: every Friday in June from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Pride Toronto will be screening Queer and Trans movies, documentaries, and more in partnership with CBC Gem, TIFF At Home, Crave, and more. From the premiere of Queens to Paris Is Burning, there will be some stunning films and shows being screened this month!
Stay Home Saturday
Every Saturday of June | 1:30 PM – Midnight
Every Saturday of June, Pride Toronto will be hosting Stay Home Saturday from 1:30 PM all the way until midnight. From Drag Story Time to a Bi or bye party to Drag Hour, every Saturday will boast some amazing events to keep you busy and allow you to celebrate Pride while social distancing.
The Morning After: Strapped Brunch Takeover
Every Sunday of June | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Every Sunday, local artist collective Strapped, which prioritizes women and non-binary POC artists and performers, will be hosting an event to cure your hangover. With resident DJ Ace Dillinger, this brunch event will have special guests to get you moving and motivated every Sunday of June!