Pride parties in Toronto by day of the week for 2015
Toronto Pride 2015 has been dubbed "Come Out and Play," and will liven up the the Village through June 29th. After last year's wildly successful World Pride Festivities, the organizers at Pride Toronto wanted to keep the momentum rolling. With Canada's largest ever drag show, sunny pool parties, lush beer gardens, and massive dance raves, they seem to have risen to the occasion.
What's even sweeter is that all Pride Toronto events are free! The rest of the city has a ton of cool events going on too, from pricey ticketed clubs to chilled-out gatherings. I've rounded up my top party picks, followed by a list of parties group by day of the week.
Here's where to party for Pride this year in Toronto.
PRIDE TORONTO: Cabana Pool Party / Cabana Pool Bar / Wednesday, June 24 / 6pm / $10
While anticipating the craziness of the weekend festivities to come, PrideHouseTO and Pride Toronto invite you to the ultimate after work pool party. Enjoy sophisticated drinks, a BBQ feast and private cabanas as the sun sets over Toronto's waterfront skyline. Sensual beats provided by Vancouver's SOLLORS and hometown babe DJ Delicious.
A Club Called Rhonda / The Drake / Thursday, June 25 / 9pm / TBA
In the heart of Queer West, The Drake will transform into a three-story pansexual party palace on Thursday evening. LA-based party starters, A Club Called Rhonda, threw one of the hottest World Pride parties, and they're doing it all over again this year. Music comes from Robert Owens, Little Boots, Honey Soundsystem, The Black Madonna, GODDOLLARS & PARADISE, and more.
FIT Primpin / Harbourfront Centre / Friday, June 26 / 10pm / $30
FIT Primpin is back, and it's moved on up! This year they're excited to be the first Pride party hosted by Harbourfront Centre! This massive dance bash will feature Brooklyn-based Blatina Mami, emcee Jay Boogie, with performances by NYC hotties Seth Fornea & Jared Leblanc, and local heroine Tynomi Banks. This is a wheelchair accessible event.
Trans March After Party! / The Steady / Friday, June 26 / 8pm / $5
After Friday's Trans March, The Steady welcomes you eat, drink, and chill with good company. Did somebody say free homemade tacos? Once you've refuelled,
DJ Landy3000 will get the dance floor started, followed by the sweet beats of Essence Brown.
PRIDE TORONTO: #DYKEVERSITY / Bud Light South Stage / Saturday, June 26 / 2pm / Free
Following Saturday afternoon's Dyke March, #DYKEVERSITY will provide a jam-packed 12-hour lesbilicious DJ lineup! Straight out of West Hollywood's The Planet Cafe, Shane, er, Kate Moennig, will be throwing it down! Can we collectively request a remix of the L Word theme song? Anybody?
Cherry Bomb: Pump Up the Pride! / Mod Club / Saturday, June 27 / 10pm / $20
Cherry Bomb hosts the official Dyke Day after party! Dance, sweat, and cruise in the two-level venue, with your favourite DJs, Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson party-rocking the main room. Guest DJs will be playing soul, funk and hip-hop on the upstairs level, and a great lineup of live performances will get the crowds hyped. This is a wheelchair accessible event.
PRIDE TORONTO: Drag ON! / Yonge-Dundas Square / Saturday, June 27 / 2pm / Free
For Pride Toronto's 35th year of the festival, there's no better way to celebrate than with 35 drag performers! Queens and Kings will take the Yonge-Dundas Square Stage for a non-stop, all-day, epic drag event, and the largest drag show to ever happen in Canada! The evening will be hosted by the winner of last year's RuPaul's Drag Race, Bianca Del Rio.
TreeHouse Party / Ryerson Quad / Sunday, June 27 / 1pm / $20
The lush gardens of the Ryerson University Quad are home to Sunday afternoon's Pride-party staple, hosted by GreenSpaceTO. Thousands of partygoers will celebrate together with a 12-hour dance marathon. Music from New York's Def Mix Djs David Morales and Hector Romero, plus Mexico's legendary Isaac Escalante, Montreal's Alain Jackinsky and Chicago's DJ Cindel.
PRIDE TORONTO: Blockorama / TD Wellesley Stage / Sunday, June 28 / 12pm / Free
Blockorama is a lively celebration of our black and Caribbean communities, and this year's edition will feature over 20 performances throughout the day and evening. Special headlining performances from Sharaya J and international soca sensation Destra Garcia will be topped off with a DJ set from the fabulous jojoflores.
PRIDE TORONTO: The Final Play / Yonge-Dundas Square / Sunday, June 28 / 2pm / Free
Make your way to Yonge-Dundas Square stage for the festival's blowout post-parade bash! International Grand Marshall's Pussy Riot and David Furnish will take the the stage, with DJ Dani Toro warming up the crowd. Performances from Miss Fame and her dancers, Mounties, The Mohrs, The Last Year, Carole Pope, Melleefresh and Lights!
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