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The top 5 concerts at Pride Toronto 2015

The top concerts happening during Pride Toronto showcase a range of musical talent from around the globe. Even after the show-stopping World Pride festival, there's plenty in this year's lineup to get you out onto the streets reveling in the city's diversity.

Here are my picks for some of Pride Toronto's top concerts.

Todrick Hall (June 19 / BIA Stage, Church Street / Free)
YouTuber, American Idol semi-finalist (season nine) and MTV-star Todrick Hall kicks off Pride's opening party, happening at the BIA Stage on Church Street. Whether you're a fan of his elaborate videos or not, Hall's magnetic stage presence is sure to entertain.

#DYKEVERSITY (June 27-28 / Bud Light South Stage, 423-425 Church Street / Free)
The after-party for the annual Dyke March features 12 hours of music on Church Street and features artists such as Ana Rezende from Brazilian band CSS and headliner DJ Irene. The L Word's Kate Moennig is also set to appear.

Blockorama (June 28 / TD Wellesley Stage, 15 Wellesley Street / Free)
As the longest-running Pride Toronto event, Blockorama celebrates the city's black and Caribbean communities with a party presided over by 20 performers including Sharaya J and Destra Garcia.

The Final Play ft. LIGHTS and Pussy Riot (June 28 / Yonge-Dundas Square / Free)
On June 11, Russian authorities detained Nadya Tolokonnikova for staging a protest in Moscow. Let's hope she can join the other members of Pussy Riot as an international grand marshal of the Pride Parade. LIGHTS is also performing at the post-parade party, alongside a lineup that includes Carole Pope, The Mounties and The Last Year.

Alterna-Queer (June 28 / Alexander Street Parkette / Free)
If you want to escape the corporate branding that pervades much of Pride, head to Alterna-Queer, an all-day music fest in the Alexander Street Parkette beside Buddies in Bad Times theatre. Chicago-based band My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult is headlining the eclectic roster of musicians and performers.

What did I miss? Add your most anticipated Pride concerts in the comments.

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