On October 9th The Pink Pages Directory celebrated its 25th anniversary! A huge milestone for any publication, The Pink Pages Directory has long been a trusted source of LGBTQ and LGBTQ friendly business listings. INspired Media is the publisher of The Pink Pages Directory as well as other much loved publications such as: theBUZZ, PinkPlayMags and The Local Biz Magazine. The celebration took place at Crews & Tangos and was produced by Paras Entertainment Inc.

The night started off with a reception and speeches from some of Toronto’s community leaders including: Reverend Brent Hawkes (Senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church), Chris Matthews (President of the Ontario Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce), Mychol Scully (Manager of the Church and Wellesley Village BIA) and a welcome message from Antoine Elhashem, President of INspired Media.

Community business owners were given the opportunity to branch out into smaller groups, during the reception, and network.   This allowed for other LGBTQ business owners to meet each other and let the community know about their business endeavors.

Singing Out took to the stage to give a powerful community kick off to the main event. The night continued from there with some of the communities hottest performers including: Donnarama, Sofonda Cox, Sushmita, Belle Jumelles and Boyslesque. The soiree was hosted by Candice Kelly & Alisia Van Horne.

There was a special midnight performance by rising pop star Lexi Tellings which featured some of her hit songs with a dance number that got everyone celebrating.

The evening ended with an amazing performance by international recording artist Simone Denny (formally of Love Inc.)   She performed her world famous hit, Superstar, which was dedicated to the special night and our community.

Photos by: Mitchel Raphael





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