June means that Pride Month is here, and if you would normally be participating in all of the fierce festivities, know that you can still take part in a virtual way! It’s just been announced that cannabis retailer and culture shop, Friendly Stranger is putting on a virtual drag show this month.
The show will be taking place on June 16 at 8 P.m. EST and all funds raised will go to Glad Day Lit’s Emergency Survival Fund which directly supports LGBTQ2IA+ artists, performers, and tip wage earners who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
“Community and advocacy have been cornerstones of the Friendly Stranger brand since 1994 when our original cannabis accessory store opened on Toronto’s Queen Street West. With the recent launch of our flagship cannabis retail store at 501 Church Street we wanted to find a way to give back to the Village community and figured with pride month what better way to do that than celebrating one of the aspects of what makes this neighbourhood so vibrant and unique,” said James Jesty, President of Friendly Stranger Holding Corp in an email.
“We are thrilled to partner with Brock, Brooke, and 12 of Toronto’s most exceptional Queens to help raise funds for the members of the Village community who have lost work due to COVID-19.”
The show will be hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist, Brooke Lynn Hytes and the first openly gay professional hockey player, Brock McGillis.
Because this is a virtual event, Friendly Stranger has set up a unique Go Fund Me page, with a recommended payment of $10 to view the event and it will be live on Friendly Stranger’s website for 30 days following the broadcast to continue the fundraising efforts.
The broadcast will also show support for other local Church Street businesses like Craig’s Cookies, Crews and Tangos, Woody’s, and The Well through organic placements and even great prize packages.
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