NUIT ROSE is back for its fifth annual festival of queer art and performance. Taking the theme of Unbound, the festival features art that crosses borders, both real and imagined. 

Join us on June 16th from 7PM till late for our annual ART CRAWL with programming across Toronto neighbourhoods West Queen West and the Church-Wellesley Village. 

Attendance at NUIT ROSE is FREE and open to all. Expect “unbound” paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and performances of music, poetry, theatre and dance by talented LGBTQ+ creators from Toronto and beyond.

The 519 / Barbara Hall Park
NUIT ROSE Art Bar (562 Church Street, formerly Slacks)
Artscape Youngplace
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
Glad Day Bookshop
The Black Eagle
Church of the Redeemer
MaRS Discovery District
The Gladstone Hotel

Pride Toronto
The Church-Wellesley Village BIA
The 519
AutoDesk Pride Committee
Red Pepper Spectacle Arts
The Gladstone Hotel
Diversidad Somos Festival (Mexico)



Wednesday, June 13th – 7PM
Festival Launch at Artscape Youngplace with Group Exhibition Opening

Thursday, June 14th – Saturday, June 16th
NUIT ROSE Art Bar at 562 Church St, featuring local DJs, art installations, live entertainment, and dance parties:

Open and serving drinks from 7PM – 2AM nightly (CASH BAR)

NUIT ROSE x Tapette – Thursday, June 14th (10PM – 2AM)

FEMMETOPIA – Friday, June 15th (10PM – 2AM)

NUIT ROSE Performers and Special Guest DJ (7PM – 2AM)
Sponsored by One Properties. 

Saturday, June 16th (9PM – 11PM)
NUIT ROSE Light Parade
The NUIT ROSE Light Parade begins at Alexander St Parkette beside Buddies in Bad Times, and ends at Barbara Hall Park for live entertainment as a celebration of night and light. Everyone is encouraged to participate with a light-emitting costume or object. Prizes for Best Costume!

A free lantern-making workshop will take place at the 519 Church St Community Centre from 12:30PM – 4:00PM that day. The Light Parade and lantern workshop are sponsored by Pride Toronto

The NUIT ROSE festival is presented by the Throbbing Rose Collective, a volunteer group of artists, curators, producers, and art advocates. It is produced with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the city of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

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