This Torontoist has been to prides in three cities. My first began with a serendipitous walk on 5th Avenue in New York City four years ago. With nearly 300 groups represented in their Pride March, it was quite the introduction to the celebration of queerocity. Only after did I go to my own city’s Pride: Divers/Cite. With a strong community focus, the Montreal Parade tears through downtown… or at least used to… But the Gay Men’s Village has always left much to be desired (unless you desire overpriced trendy shops, cookie cutter gays… and a whole lot of saunas…)
Last year though, I came to Toronto to find an apartment, which again, happened to be the weekend of the Pride Parade. Faithful Torontoist readers know how that went….
But this year, I am giving it a better chance. Despite the apartment hunt resuming, Pride Week is high on my agenda… along with about 1 million other LGBTTIQ2S and straight people…
Now before we get to the jump, Torontoist acknowledges the hundreds of volunteers that make these events possible. If you have have some time to give, they’d love to have you. So… volunteer! Now keep reading for the Torontist Pride List.
[photo: Fearless – Pride Toronto website]
You should know, first off, that in Toronto, not all queer events are created equal. Most events run by Pride Toronto during Pride Week (capitalized) are free events. Some events are satellites of Pride Toronto. Other events just happen to be going on during Canada’s biggest pride week (lowercase.) That being said, there’s something for everyone at this year’s Pride Week and pride week.
A Seclection of Pride Week Events
(Weekend Events will be looked at later in the week)
Sunday, June 18
Leslie Feinberg – Outspoken and all-around fantastic Transgendered Warrior speaks about hir (yes, ze prefers hir) new novel Drag King Dreams. – 5pm – Medical Sciences Auditorium (1 King’s College) – $5 to $15.
Monday, June 19
Flag Raising & Proclamation – Mayor David Miller livens up our grey concrete City Hall with all the colours of the rainbow… flag. – 12p – City Hall
Hellbound – Second City celebrates with Queer comedy, improv and stand-up featuring Elvira Kurt, Paul Bellini and many more. – 8pm – The Second City Theatre – $20
Tuesday, June 20
Pride Toronto Gala and Awards – This year features a 1930’s Burlesque Speakeasy theme. Host: expatriate ex-lawyer comedienne Maggie Cassella. – 6:30pm – 55 Mill Street – $250
Wednesday, June 21
Queer Reflections 2006 – A group of older queer display their contributions to a digital storytelling program. – 7pm – The 519 Auditorium
Sexy Pride Ky.Ky. – A night of black queer curated by d’bi.young and Kimahli Powell. – 7pm – Buddie’s. – $10-$15
Thursday, June 22
AIDS Candlelight Vigil – 9pm – Cawthra Square Park/AIDS Memorial area
Bending The Erotic Panel – Carol Queen leads a discussion about erotic writing for the LGBTTIQ2S community. Look out for readings and debates on queer sex writing. With a performance by The Wet Spots. Presented by – 7:30pm – Ryerson University Student Centre, 55 Gould Street, Room SCC115.
And now for all the links you’ll ever need…
Pride Toronto – The real deal
Now Magazine’s – pride guide
Live With Culture – more listings
Toronto Arts Online – once again
Xtra Guide – now available in pdf