Join Toronto-based artist, filmmaker, writer and photographer Bruce LaBruce tonight as he takes over AGO First Thursdays to celebrate the beginning of Pride Month in Toronto. LaBruce invited four internationally celebrated queer performers, all leaders in their fields, to participate in this special edition of AGO’s First Thursdays. Highlights include:

Performance artist Ron Athey, who has been at the forefront of his field since the eighties, will present Apotheosis at 8 – 10 p.m.

Mysterious New York-based Narcissister will perform at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. with her piece Upside Down, which weaves together pop songs, elaborate costumes, contemporary dance, and her trademark doll mask.

At 9 p.m. New York-based No Bra will perform her trademark mix of electronic pop and industrial grooves.

At 10 p.m. in Walker Court there will be a special DJ set by New York’s Gio Black Peter, the internationally renowned queer musician and artist, who will act as both DJ and Minister in Charge of Insane Party Atmosphere.

Outside all night at the corner of Dundas and McCaul Streets, visitors can ride with pride atop life size #AbsolutUnicorns, a photo booth experience created by local artists.

Party-goers can also try their hand at nude life drawing, hear from Toronto artist and filmmaker Scott Treleaven during his pop-up talk, glimpse rarely seen artworks from Out of the Vaults and try the Night Market menu consisting of Pride-themed delicacies.

Presented in partnership with AGO and Inside Out LGBT Film Festival

Thursday June 2nd, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West – 7pm to 1130pm


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