Happy Pride, Toronto!
While Pride looks a little different once again due to COVID-19, there are still plenty of fun events to celebrate while staying safe. Toronto Pride is hosting a whole slew of fantastic virtual events celebrating the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Check out 20 virtual events to celebrate Pride month below.
BIPOC Healing Circle
June 8th | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Coach Carey will be hosting a BIPOC Healing Circle on June 8th, 2021, which will serve as a contained, safer space for BIPOC 2SLGBTQ+ community members. At the BIPOC Healing Circle, which takes place over Zoom, members will be able to “share, heal, and expand with one another.”
June 18th | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2Spirit Pride takes place on June 18th this year from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The event is a celebration of 2Spirit peoples and their contributions to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. This celebration is by and for 2Spirit community members, and closed captioning will be available for the event.
Opening Weekend Ceremony: Back to the ’80s
June 18th | 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Get ready to open Pride with some retro tunes, as DJ Donovan is set to take you on a musical journey through the ’80s. With 2SLGBTQ+ performers like Stephanie Stevens, Buster Highman, TIKA, TRP.P, and Desiire, there’s no better way to start your Pride celebrations than with Back to the ’80s.
June 19th | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Check out Sober and Proud on Saturday, June 19th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Zoom to celebrate milestones in sobriety. This event honours the sober 2SLGBTQ+ community and creates a safer space for those community members to celebrate Pride!
Bi+ Pride – Biphoria; A celebration of beautiful attractions
June 19th | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This hour-long virtual event celebrates the bi+ community, made up of all non-monsexual identities, which includes bisexual, biromantic, pansexual, panromantic, omnisexual, polysexual, fluid and queer identities. Curated by the Bi+ Community Committee, tune in to Bi+ Pride – Biphoria; A celebration of beautiful attractions on June 19th!
June 19th | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm | June 26th | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Pride Live highlights some incredible 2SLGBT2Q+ vocalists, musicians, and performers in a one-hour Much Music Video-style production. The event is set to see performances from renowned acts like Yarro, Tush, KOSA, Tafari Anthony, Fefe Dobson, and more.
June 19th | 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Strapped, which prides itself as Toronto’s “sexiest queer party,” is celebrating Toronto Pride by reminiscing on the things that have carried us through 2020 with this year’s event, “Flashback.”
New Ho Queen presents: NHTV Pride
June 19th | 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hosted by Adrienne Wu and Justin Bignall, New Ho Queen presents: NHTV Pride takes place on Saturday, June 19th from 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm. “NHTV contains premium Asian material, strong language and sex positive content which may be suitable if you aren’t queerphobic or a racist,” the event details explain. “We are here to spread Queer Asian Love!”
June 20th | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Celebrate the strength of 2SLGBTQ+ families and children at Family Pride on June 20th! The event has been taking place at Pride for 21 years, and while it can’t take place in person, there will be a fun-packed hour of online entertainment for families to enjoy.
June 20th | 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Bloom is set to celebrate the migrating and transient 2SLGBTQIA+ artists of Toronto that are flourishing through performance storytelling. Bloom, which takes place on June 20th, will offer a space for youth, emerging, and new artists to bloom and grow into the Queer community of the city.
BQC Toronto Presents: My Black Is Essential
June 20th | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
My Black Is Essential, presented by BQC Toronto, is set to showcase and celebrate Black Queer and Trans Youth in the community. This year’s event will take place in honour of all the people that the Black Queer and Trans community has lost this year, being disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
Indigenous People’s Day Showcase
June 21st | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tune in to the Indigenous People’s Showcase on June 21st, which will showcase a circle discussion led by Elder Blue Waters, alongside 2Spirit and Indigiqueer leaders Kiley May and Shane Lyon from 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations Leadership Building Initiative. Indigenous People’s Showcase will also feature Anishinaabe singing from Kiyana Johnston and Anishinaabe dancing from Nenookaasi.
June 25th | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This year’s virtual Trans Pride event will boast the Trans Rally and March, which is a welcoming space for all Trans people, non-binary people, friends of, and allies who rally and march together to celebrate Toronto’s Trans community. The virtual celebration will feature an hour of speakers, performers, and community engagement.
F*ck Shit Up! A Trans and Non-Binary Cabaret
June 25th | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
F*ck Shit Up! A Trans and Non-Binary Cabaret takes place shortly after Trans Pride on June 25th at 4:30 p.m. The event, which is produced and hosted by Babie Majora and Fluffy Soufflé, will feature drag, burlesque, music, and more.
June 26th | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Toronto’s Dyke Pride is going virtual again this year. 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.” Tune in to see a host of performers, speakers, and community activists.
June 26th | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tune in to the 2021 Drag Ball (from the comfort of your home) to watch some captivating performances from some of the city’s best drag queens, kings, and gender performers. This year’s event is hosted by Canada’s Drag Race star BOA and curated by Phil Villeneuve, featuring performances from Allysin Chaines, Gay Jesus, Ivory Towers, Naomi Leone, ZacKey Lime, and more.
June 26th | 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Yohomo is celebrating 40 years of Pride with “music, dancing, performance, projections and …just being queer for one hour all over your screens at home.” Join Yohomo DJs Armand Digdoyo and Phillippe, alongside a special performance from MANGO and dancing from Tygr Willy and Ferrera Rose.
June 27th | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
You can’t miss the event of the month – Toronto’s Pride Parade! Celebrating a whopping 40 years of Pride in Toronto, this digital parade will be a one hour production that honours 2SLGBTQ+ history, highlighting Toronto talent and fostering community. This year, the event will be hosted by Canada’s Drag Race winner, Priyanka!
Closing Ceremony: Revolution
June 27th | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Celebrate Pride’s Closing Ceremony, which is themed Revolution this year. “The Revolution has not been Streamed,” the event description reads. “Looking back at the ’90s through music, poetry and dance. Using what we have learned to move up into the future and bring us one step closer to ending the BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ struggles we all faced.”
Blockorama 23: Black is Love
June 27th | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Last, but definitely not least, tune in to Blockorama 23: Black is Love on June 27th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Blackness Yes! has organized Blockorama for 23 years at Pride Toronto’s annual festival, and the event celebrates local Black performers with a spotlight on Black Love, self care, harm reduction, and community.