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June 24, 2016

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Inside Out does Toronto Pride

Pride month continues this week, and the city is alive with celebration! Espeically in the wake of the Orlando shootings, Pride is as relevant and important as ever. As Pride Toronto Executive Director Mathieu Chantelois put it, “the fight is not over. We have a lot of work to do and we will do it together.”

But with so many Toronto Pride events to choose from, it’s hard to decide what to do. Luckily, we were able to ask our friends at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival which remaining events they’re most looking forward to.

Scott Ferguson, Executive Director

This year, more than ever, we need to laugh, dance and be political so my picks are:

To Laugh: Crooked Grin – Presented by the world’s oldest queer bookstore, Glad Day Bookshop, as part of the Toronto Pride program, Proud Voices, the night features local queer stand-up talent.

To Dance: The Bear Garden with headlining DJ Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair.

To Be Political: Trans March – We need to continue to raise awareness of the continued lack of protections for our trans community members and the violence and discrimination they face everyday here in Canada and around the globe.


Andrew Murphy, Director of Programming

Nothing says Toronto Queer like Bruce LaBruce. He’s an institution in the Queer art scene and he’s DJ’ing at the Garrison until 4AM.

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Winnie Luk, Director of Operations and Events

My good friends produce the Steers & Queers party which throws an annual Pride edition called Night of a 1000 Dollys featuring a Dolly choir (also made up of all my friends). And every year I go to Lipstick Jungle at the 519, chill on a blanket, listen to music and people watch! So much fun!

Winnie will be DJing the opening reception for 10 x 10 at the Gladstone Hotel and is also looking forward to Friday Night Live: Colour ROM Proud and Buddies in Bad Times’ Full Facility After Party.

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Philip Wong, Director of Development

I end my Pride on the dance floor of Blockorama each and every year under the stars to inspired beats with two thousand of your bestest friends.


Brad Campbell, Director of Corporate Sales 

I always go to the AIDS Candlelight Vigil to remember the friends that are not here to celebrate. It’s a somber event but an important one. And of course I can’t miss anything where the Bears will be, so I will be at the Bear Garden. Great group of fun guys!


Clayton Lee, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

I’m really obsessed with Buddies in Bad Times’ Queer Pride programming this year. There have already been a number of brilliant offerings. Still to come? The powerful, queer femme WOW Project: Unmasked, curated by the incomparable Mel Hague, and Helix, curated by Gein Wong, whose short film screened at Inside Out this year as part of our Local Heroes program. Helix features some of the most exciting BIPOC multi-disciplinary artists in the city, including personal favourites Lido Pimienta and DJ Bambii.

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Jenna Dufton, Programming Coordinator

It seems obvious but I always look forward to the Pride Parade. The first time I went when I was a teenager. I was so overwhelmed as I walked up to the sea of people there to celebrate the LGBTQ community. I still feel that way every year. Also, Drag ON! How can you possibly go wrong with a drag marathon co-hosted by Lady Bunny and Bianca Del Rio?


Happy Pride!


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