Celebrating Pride Toronto
This year celebrates Pride Toronto’s 40th anniversary, so we’ve reached out to their team to get the inside scoop on upcoming events and incredible headliners to help you plan your pride calendar!
Tell us about Pride Toronto’s Lineup!
Pride Toronto’s 40th Anniversary Programming Lineup includes over 70 individual events showcasing more than 150 2SLGBTQ+ artists, 14 party collectives, and seven community committee programs. The full month of programming will begin on June 1, concluding with two Festival Weekends on June 18-19-20 and June 25-26-27.
Centered around community, education, and of course, celebration; Scroll through the full Festival lineup online at PrideToronto.com/PrideGuide to find events important to you.
Pride 2021 Headliners Include
Storry Juno nominated artist for Adult Contemporary Album of the year, Storry is a seasoned artist trained in classical music who performs Mozart arias with as much confidence as hip hop, R&B, and gospel.
TRP.P (pronounced "trippy") is an R&B duo hailing from Toronto, Canada. Comprised of Truss (producer, singer/songwriter) and Phoenix Pagliacci (singer/ songwriter), the two had already begun their solo careers when they met in the Fall of 2015. Two years later, they had released their self-titled debut EP.
Tynomi Banks of Canada’s Drag Race With over a decade of experience, Tynomi Banks is a world-class Drag Entertainer. Recognized best for her full production performances, Banks dominates a stage while radiating a powerful, but playful energy.
Shi Wisdom is a Black, Bi-sexual, singer-songwriter, musician, vocal coach & music mentor hailing from Toronto's west end. Her music, a fusion of R&B, Soul & Hip Hop, with hints of Folk & a Caribbean flare, is unique to her sound.
Knowing the Pride Parade will be digital this year, what plans do you have for the event?
Our digital Pride Parade will air online Sunday June 27th at 2:00pm at pridetoronto.com/watch. It will be a one-hour production honouring our history, highlighting key Toronto talent and fostering community.
Our lineup includes: Nathan Nicholas, Gary Beals, DJ Kow, Dance Group CFlava, and
iskwe iskwē | ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ (short for waseskwan iskwew, meaning “blue sky woman”), JUNO-nominated for Indigenous Music Album of the Year (2018) and garnered her a spot on the Polaris Long List. She has performed hundreds of shows in Canada and internationally.
Allie X (Presented by OLG),
With over a quarter billion streams globally, Allie X has amassed a cult following for her signature goth-pop style. Her newest critically-acclaimed album, “Cape God,” is continuing to soar with hit tracks like “Love Me Wrong (feat. Troye Sivan)” and “Susie Save Your Love" (feat. Mitski).
Hosted by Priyanka, Winner of Canada’s Drag Race. Born in Whitby, Ontario, the journey started for Priyanka (the drag superstar alter-ego of Mark Suknanan) with a career in television. It's with that tenacity and determination that won her the first-ever season of Canada’s Drag Race on Crave where she became Canada’s First-Ever Drag Superstar.
This event sounds amazing!
This year you’re also honouring two incredible organizations for their leadership and achievements in the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Tell us a little more about them!
Pride Toronto is excited to announce that The ArQuives and Breakaway Community Services has been jointly selected as our prestigious Honoured Groups and Charities of Choice for the 2021 Festival
The honourees were selected in recognition of their leadership and achievements in the 2SLGBTQ+ community. They were chosen based on their incredible contributions and important services offered. Pride Toronto will be recognizing both honourees throughout the 2021 Festival programming as well as extending any additional fundraising opportunities available.
“This year's Honoured Groups truly reflect the 2021 Festival. We will be recognizing the history of Pride Toronto as well as the current complex environment in which we find ourselves in 2021. These two components have been incorporated in both our creative direction as well as in our Festival programming.” says Sherwin Modeste, Executive Director. “We look forward to recognizing the important contributions of both The ArQuives and Breakaway Community Services throughout 2021.”
About The ArQuives
The ArQuives is the world’s largest independent LGBTQ2+ archive. It’s mission is to collect the stories of our communities, bring them to life, and share them with the world.
You can help keep LGBTQ2+ stories alive by donating to The ArQuives at arquives.ca.
About Breakaway Community Services
Established in 1989, Breakaway Community Services was designed to meet the treatment needs of youth 12-25 who were struggling with alcohol and drug use. Located in the heart of Parkdale, Breakaway transitioned into providing programs and services for all ages with the mandate to provide comprehensive harm reduction services that factor all aspects of a clients lived situations in. Breakaway currently serves approximately 65 clients and offers 6 programs that are built around understanding and acceptance.
For more information on Breakaway Community Services please visit us online at https://breakawaycs.ca/donate/pride-donation/