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Pride Toronto’s Opening Night Outdoor Dance Parties Continue Until 2AM – Friday June 21, 2019
Below are the details for all of the Fridays’ programming, including timing, location, and description for each event. The highlight being the Trans Pride Community Fair, Trans March Rally, and Trans March that ends in Allan Gardens with a host of amazing performances. There’s also some great late night dance parties happening all along Church Street.
If you live within blocks of The Village, you may want to rest up now and put on your dancing attire later, as these parties are going late! Otherwise if its not your thing, get a good set of ear plugs or evacuate the city now!
Trans Pride Community Fair – 3:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Allan Gardens – 160 Gerrard Street East
Trans March Rally – 7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Intersection of Church Street & Hayden Street
The Annual Trans March – 8:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
March Route: West on Bloor Street from Church Street to Yonge Street, South on Yonge Street from Bloor Street to Carlton Street, East on Carlton Street from Yonge Street to Allan Gardens, where DJs and performers will be on stage until 11pm!
Toronto’s Trans March is officially one of the largest, most exciting Pride events in the world – not only for all the trans, non-binary, friends of, and allies who rally and march together in solidarity; but for anyone who is lucky enough to witness the landmark event. Trans women of colour and people with different abilities are encouraged to lead the march and set the pace for all. Join us at the intersection of Church and Hayden streets as we make our way to Allan Gardens where we host a fantastic lineup of trans performers for a post march showcase, with DJ Nik Red opening the night, featuring performances by Evan Smith, Babia Majora, Alyesha Miller, Ravyn Wyngs, Fluffy Soufflé, T Thomason, Tygr Willy, and DJ Syrus Ware closes out the night.
Gigi Gorgeous is the Trans Ambassador for 2019. Join Pride Toronto Executive Director, Olivia Nuamah at the Trans Pride Community Fair in Allan Gardens, 4:00 P.M. – 4:15 P.M. and also at the Trans March Rally Starting Point Intersection of Church Street & Hayden Street, 7:30 P.M. – 7:45 P.M.
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Bloom Youth Stage – Family Pride Stage – 83 Alexander Street – 8:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M.
The Bloom Youth Stage is for emerging performance artists aged 16 to 29 who are ready to flourish, show growth, and bloom on the stage. These LGBTQ2+ performers are bringing their storytelling, performances, and hearts to the next level. As a brand new stage at Pride, we continue to build upon the young and talented performers of Toronto.
Opening Night | Moonshine Party with Nakhane – 7:00 P.M – 11:00 P.M.
TD Main Stage – 1 Dundas Street East
This year’s Opening Night celebrations will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced at Pride before. We’ve collaborated with Rainbow Railroad to bring you a night of global sounds, music, dancing and performance. Headlining the night will be Nakhane, a queer South African Musician, writer and actor. Moonshine has carved out an enviable niche in Montréal’s nightlife by celebrating a wide range of fledgling local talents, championing Afro-futuristic, bass-heavy, electrofunk sounds, and bringing together communities that wouldn’t necessarily cross paths otherwise. Bring your sneakers and plan on spending the night because this party in the heart of the city is going to be lit.
The Church Street Street Fair – 7:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M.
Church Street Running from Hayden Street to Dundas Street
Grab some friends and wander through The Village to connect with the community! The annual Street Fair aims to give exposure to local LGBTQ2+ organizations, artisans, and sponsors. There is a wide range of vendors with options for everyone. From jewelry, to fun toys, to T-shirts, to food; it’s a great place to meet new people and catch a show. A place to feel the love and take entertaining selfies. Be sure to check out the Wellness Zone located south of Carlton St to see our incredible community based organizations.
Yes Yes Y’all Block Party – 7:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M.
Bud Light Wellesley Stage – 15 Wellesley Street East
Celebrating a decade of being one of the most inclusive queer bashment parties around, YES YES Y’ALL has solidified itself as a Toronto institution. With a heavy emphasis on Hip Hop, R&B / Dancehall and Soca, YYY plays hosts to over 500 people on a monthly basis. The biggest mandate for this collective has been to connect communities within the city through music and dance. YYY invites you to come skin out and free up at the annual YES YES YALL PRIDE BLOCK PARTY
Electric Circus – 7:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M.
OLG Central Stage – 508 Church Street
Prepare for a night of classic Dance Anthems, Pop, House, Pleather, Plastic Skirts and Neon Lights! We’re bringing the sounds and vibes of a classic Electric Circus to The Village for opening night! DJs Vanessa and Pam – founder’s of the city’s Electric Circus party – kick off the night with a marathon on ‘90’s club hits, followed by the stunning DJ/vocalist club diva Sandy Duperval and Church Street legend JoJo Flores – who will cap the night with House music sets to carry your hearts and souls into the weekend.
Dance Floor Makeout – 7:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M.
Deloitte Village Stage – Intersection of Church Street & Gloucester Street
It’s opening night and we’re planning on turning Church Street into one giant dance party! We’ve gathered some of the greatest big room DJs to transport you off the pavement and into an a giant outdoor nightclub. Toronto Black Eagle’s Monthly DFMO as well as the pop-anthem friendly Juice Moon parties take you into the wee hours, while Recklezz and Ace Dillinger set the mood and get everyone bouncing. This is our dream dance party lineup made up of local DJs who create cool nightlife events all year, all over the city and we’re honoured to have them grace the stage.
Local Heroes | ISO Radio & Blue Crane Agency Showcase – 7:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M.
Fido South Stage – Intersection of Church Street & Gould Street
ISO Radio in Toronto is a new online community radio station that specializes in local shows from talented DJs, producers, artists and culture thinkers. It’s all streamed live at isoradio.to and it represents the sounds of the underground. They will be highlighting the Raven’s Vision crew and their dance-y vibes. We are honoured to be working with Toronto’s own Blue Crane Agency – an independent booking agency that prioritizes women and artists of color in North America and abroad. Started by Tao-Ming Lau, the agency represents the likes of Zaki Ibrahim, Bambii, Kallitechnis and former member of A Tribe Called Red, DJ NDN. Look forward to an exciting lineup of music and performances.
The 2019 Pride Guide with a comprehensive list of our programming can be found here.
The 2019 Pride Toronto Festival Map can be found here.
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Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.