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Rainbow Ski Weekend at Blue Mountain Village – Activities For All Both On And Off The Slopes – March 24 to 26, 2023
Blue Mountain Village Association‘s (BMVA) fifth annual Rainbow Ski Weekend is back again taking place on the grounds of Blue Mountain Resort. It’s Ontario’s only gay ski weekend, and there’s plenty to do both on and off the slopes, whether you ski, play, and slay (sleigh?), there are numerous fun events taking place throughout the weekend. Get ready to strut your stuff and slay the slopes, March 24 to 26, 2023.
Drag Queens, Drag Kings, Performers, and Artists alike will gather to celebrate Pride-filled celebrations from the Village to the Mountaintop. There are also many new events that have been added to the calendar for the first time ever, including dirty bingo, bar trivia, and our first-ever Rainbow Royalty Ball!
It all starts with the flag raising Friday afternoon, where local politicians, business leaders, community groups, and members of the LGBTQ community gather to officially launch the festival. Pack your ski gear and dancing shoes because you won’t want to miss out on three days of parties, variety shows, brunches, and ski events on 43 trails of exciting mountain terrain!
Mountain to Village Parade
Meet at the top of Smart Alec to participate in this years’ Mountain to Village parade! Grab a flag and join fellow skiers and snowboarders as you race each other down the mountain, fully clad in the most rainbow gear you can carry. Slide into the Village afterwards to make the Flag Raising Ceremony at 4pm at the top of Water Street.
Friday, March 24th | Starting at 3:30pm | Top of Smart Alec to Village Event Plaza
“Queens & Cocktails” Meet & Greet
Head to O&B in the Westin for a Drag Queen Meet & Greet! Enjoy a signature Cocktail all night, daily drink specials, a live DJ performance, and 25% off appetizers!
Friday, March 24th | 4:30PM – 6:30PM | FREE
Celebrate Pride Month with this 2SLGBTQIA+ history and pop culture trivia night! Hosted by Katinka Kature, make your way to Jozo’s Bar (located in the Blue Mountain Inn), to quiz your knowledge of all things pop culture, musicals, divas, change makers, and of course Drag Race and kick off an amazing Rainbow Ski Weekend.
Friday, March 24th | 8-10pm | 19+ Event BUY TICKETS
Rainbow Ski Weekend Kick-off Party
Start off Rainbow Ski weekend at Kaytoo! We’ll be hosting the legendary Carlotta Carlisle, Devine Darlin and our very own Queen, Istealya Heart. Our show will begin at 10:00 pm, followed by a live DJ, dancing and giveaways. You won’t want to miss out on this event – get your early bird tickets now! $5 from each ticket sale will be donated to the Rainbow RailRoad.
Friday, March 24th | 10PM – 2AM | 19+ Event BUY TICKETS
Bing-OH No She Betta’ Don’t!
Join us at Twist Kitchen and Cocktail for the funniest and most unfiltered game of bingo! Hosted by Helena Poison and Devine Darlin – you’re sure to laugh until you cry, and leave with a new vocabulary compliments of Mama Shady aka Devine Darlin.This event is 19+ and completely uncensored and is NOT family friendly.
Saturday, March 25th | 1-3pm | 19+ Event BUY TICKETS
Whether you’re 8, 18, or 80, anyone can dance! Join professional hype man and Blue Mountain icon, Tyler Boyle, and Enya Dreams as they lead the crowd through Groove Dancing in the Village Events Plaza. Joined by some of the most talented drag performers in Ontario, discover freedom of expression through the inclusive art of dance.
“No dance experience required. No coordination required. AnyBODY of any ability can do it!” – Tyler Boyle.
Saturday, March 25th | 1:30PM & 7:30PM
Take the village vibe into your own hands and feel the healing vibes of Bamtastic! Drumming. Bam528 has a genuine way of transforming a drum circle session into an empowering experience for anyone willing to give it a try. Join in the uplifting energy, and even learn a new skill!
Saturday, March 25th | 2:30 | Village Plaza
Family-Friendly King & Queen Show
You’re invite to the Royal Court. The Monarchy has landed in Blue Mountain with 10 of Toronto’s top Kings and Queens. Starting at 3:30pm, watch as our Queens and Kings dazzle the crowd in the heart of the Blue Mountain Village. This is a family friendly show that encourages you to channel your inner Queen or King and dance and sing-a-long with our entertainers. Starring Enya Dreams, Christopher Cummings, Heaven Lee Hytes, Manny Dingo, Devine Darlin, Helena Poison, Tyler Uptight, Katinka Kature, Baby Bel Bel and Jada Shada Hudson from Canada’s Drag Race.
Saturday, March 25th | 3:30-4:30PM
Rainbow Royalty Ball
Hosted by fan favourites Carlotta Carlisle and Katinka Kature, at Mother Tongue Asian Bistro, this is a night you won’t want to miss. Celebrity judges include Canada’s Drag Race, Jada Shada Hudson, alongside her bestie and longest reigning Miss Crews & Tangos, Baby Bel Bel and Digital Fashion Creator of the Year (CAFA), Myles Sexton. Get your seat for the hottest show in town. (Ticket price includes one drink ticket. 19+ event).
Drag Queens, Kings, and Performers alike are being asked to pull out all the tricks, stunts and lewks in 4 different categories to snatch the title of Rainbow Royalty. Contestants will compete in an Eleganza Extravaganza, Apres Realness, Werk It! Talent Show, and Lipsync For Your Life! The winner will be the FIRST crowned Rainbow Royalty, earning a $1000 cash prize and $1000 from WigZaddy.
Contestants – Amiyah Darlin’, Christopher Cummings, Dulce, Istealyah Heart, Lucy Whatyouget, Mira Fantasy, Noah Pologies, Regina DeVil, Wynnona Juggs
Mother Tongue Asian Bistro
Saturday, March 25th
10PM (doors open) – 12AM
Is it really a Pride celebration without a Drag Brunch? Starring Jada Shada Hudson, from Season 3 of Canada’s Drag Race, and local favourites Katinka Kature, Carlotta Carlisle and Baby Bel Bel will be joined by powerhouse performer Manny Dingo, Mama Shady Devine Darlin and the winner of the Rainbow Royalty Ball to end the Rainbow weekend with the ultimate Drag Brunch. Tickets include a breakfast buffet and a Vizzy Hard Seltzer.
Sunday, March 26th | 11AM | 19+ Event BUY TICKETS
Pride Scavenger Hunt
Village Wide | Download The App To Start
Whether you prefer “he”, “she”, or “they”, our Rainbow Selfie Scavenger Hunt is fun for everyone to play! You can work in teams or go alone. Pick up the Scavenger Hunt at the Welcome Centre and take selfies for each task on your phone. When you’re done, back to the Welcome Centre you will go, hand in your paper to WIN something rainbow.
Canada’s First Rainbow Pride Drone Show
Saturday, March 25th | 8:30PM | Over the Mountain
Shuttle Bus From Toronto
Toronto – Blue Mountain on Friday, March 24th at 5pm
Blue Mountain – Toronto on Sunday, March 26th at 1pm
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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.