We’re well into Pride Month and usually the streets of major cities, including Toronto, would be filled with people, waving pride flags, and spreading love. Unfortunately this year we’ll be restricted by the current COVID-19 pandemic, so all large events have been cancelled until further notice. Before you get too upset, Pride is now being celebrated virtually. All over the world organizations are putting on awesome online shows, with great guests and entertainment. In Canada there are many to choose from, so keep reading because you definitely don’t want to miss them!
Here are 11 virtual pride events that are being hosted this June in Canada.
The Vicarious Show which is hosted through Victoria Pride Society started April 25 and will continue every Saturday until July 11 at 8 p.m. Shelita Cox and Henrietta Dubet are hosting this online drag show which consists of fun guests, performers, and more. The goal of Victoria Pride Society is to create an environment free of discrimination, hate, violence, and instead empower all people and continue the conversation about the Pride Community.
The Lunch & Learn event with Tenniel Brown is on every Friday of this month. If you missed the first one, don’t fret, next event days are June 12, 19, and 26, all at 11 a.m. These sessions are 45 minutes of engaging and knowledgeable information on creating an LGBT2Q+ friendly work environment, with a certificate of completion at the end. There is a 300 participant maximum at each training session so be sure to sign up ASAP.
Every Saturday for the month of June you will be blessed with a full hour of drag performances at 8 p.m. Get ready for some big hair, gorgeous make-up, and some sassy personalities. Sit back and enjoy the show!
Family Pride Fridays, presented by Maple Leaf Foods, is a kid-friendly show that takes place every Friday of June so if you happen to have missed the last one, there are three more you can still attend. There is a variety of crafts to participate in and Pride stories to listen to. Join in with your family for some fun on June 12, 19, and 26 at 12 p.m.
The Edmonton Fruit Loop Pride At Home event is taking place on June 13th from 8-9:30 p.m. The virtual pride event is partnered with the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society, which helps to re-establish roles of Two-Spirit peoples in Indigenous communities. Performers include Georgia Tropicana, Dominique Kinisky, Duke Carson, and many more. There is no cost to join so mark your calendars and get online.
DJ Summation is putting on an hour Pride set on June 13 at 7 p.m. The Toronto favourite is throwing an uplifting and super fun event for everyone to enjoy so, you can just chill and listen to some music or have a mini dance party. Don’t forget to attend this set.
The New Ho Queen event will be taking place on June 13 at 9 p.m. This event is here to shed light on queer Asian and queer people of colour community. With performances from Aurora Matrix, MS.G, Ms.Nookie Galore, and LOLA, and DJ sets from Lazy Suzn, LL Cool Wei, Discoraphy, and Diego Armand, it’s sure to be an amazing night. Get dancing and spread some love and be sure to check out this virtual pride event.
The exciting SodaStream event will be available to watch on June 14 at 11 a.m on the SodaStreamCanada Instagram Live. Full of performances from Drag Queens, awesome cocktail recipes it’ll be a super fun time. Be sure to follow the account so you are notified when the event is beginning.
The awesome Digital Drag Show that will be hosted by Brock McGillis and Brooke Lynn Hytes is set to stream on June 16 at 8 p.m. The fee is a recommended donation of $10 which goes towards helping Toronto performers, artists, and wage tip earners. Join this event and watch 12 fabulous Drag Queens show off their talent and strut their stuff.
On June 25 at 6 p.m., the Creating The Rainbow event will consist of a bunch of queer artists from Toronto that expresses how they have been personally affected by COVID-19 and what they think their future will hold. At the end of the event, there will be a Q&A to give you a chance to ask any questions or concerns that you may have. Understand your Toronto community on a deeper level, stay connected and check out this event.
The event that you have all been waiting for! The Toronto Pride Parade will be live on June 28 from 2-4 p.m. There is absolutely no fee to join and everyone is welcome. Breaking down all of the community highlights and finishing off with an epic virtual dance party. Get ready to dance your heart out—in your living room of course.
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