Going forward with both physical and digital elements, here’s what you can expect and how to celebrate Pride Month in Toronto this year.
With events planned every day from now until the end of June, Pride Toronto will be celebrated with a phygital model, meaning both physical and digital. The itinerary includes both recurring events and one-off special occasions, including two Festival Weekends at the end of the month and a virtual Pride Parade hosted by Queen Priyanka, the first-ever winner of Drag Race Canada.
Similar to last year, Dyke March and Trans Pride will take place virtually along with the Pride Parade and other community celebrations, as the city of Toronto has canceled all events through July 1st due to the ongoing pandemic. Trans Pride and Dyke March will be broadcast Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26th, respectively.
Regularly scheduled events feature resume-building workshops, weekly Sex Talks on Thursdays to promote safe sex and sexual health, and Sipz and Snax on Fridays, with a new 2SLGBTQ+ mixologist each week teaching a new drink and snack combo, as well as others. Both of these events, and others, can be streamed on Pride Toronto’s YouTube and IGTV platforms.
The Arquives, a collection of queer history in Toronto will be running two weekly trivia nights on zoom, one of which will be guest-hosted by Toronto queer music scene star Carole Pope on June 23rd.
Some other highlights of Pride Toronto’s scheduled programming include a program called Queer Becoming, which features several recent queer films streaming throughout June on TIFF’s digital platform, with registration opening on June 9th.
Soulpepper theatre will be renewing its queer youth cabaret from last year, this time titled QueerFutures 2099, which asks 13 local queer artists to imagine what the 22nd century looks like for the queer community. There will also be numerous music performances, keynote lectures, and more. Find the full schedule here.
YOHOMO, a Toronto-based 2SLGBTQ+ arts blog and online creative community hub who have put together a showcase photoshoot for Pride 2021 that celebrates Toronto’s queer artists, performers, and nightlife culture staples who’ve been working to keep people entertained from home over the past year.
As well, for the first time, Toronto’s Catholic schools are raising the pride flag for June, the first time the Toronto Catholic District School Board has chosen to do so. Flying the Pride flag at school was one of three decisions the LGBTQ2S+ advisory committee made to the board, all of which the board voted to adopt at a board meeting in early May.