The wheels are in motion and we’re already prepping for World Pride 2014! As a queer-owned hotel, we’re gay-friendly year-round so we’re especially looking forward to hosting the world in Toronto in 2014.
Here’s a look at last year’s Pride festivities:
This year’s Pride festivities are taking our West End celebrations to a whole new level. We’re making the Gaystone the epicenter of queer destinations to celebrate the West End and all it’s diverse, beautiful communities.
With a few returning events, a whole batch of new ones and even a guest appearance by former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Jiggly Caliente, we know you’ll find something to enjoy.
Tuesday June 18th + Wednesday June 19th
Unapologetic Burlesque: LOST and FOUND uncovering the spirit of pride
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm-11pm | $5-25 (pwyc, no-one turned away) | Ballroom
Consensual. Anti-racist. Unapologetic. Not your Average Burlesque.
Thursday June 20th
Libido: Dyke March Fundraiser
10pm-2am | advance $10-20 or PWYC, at the door $15-20 or PWYC | Ballroom
Dyke March Toronto presents Libido 2013: CORUSCATE. A night of sparkling queer art, music, and performance. Fundraiser for the Dyke March and a Toronto queer community organization.
Friday June 21st
CUE POC dance party
10pm-2am | $7 | Ballroom
DJs Sissy Fuss, Auntie Flowww + special guest
CUE POC. Queer Jams. Queer People of Colour. Everyone Welcome.
Saturday June 22nd
Rae Spoon with special guests LAL, and Kelly McMichael & the Gloss!
9pm-2am | $10-20 | Ballroom
We’re excited to present this fantastic night of music, including local favorites LAL, Montreal’s Rae Spoon, and a new project by Kelly McMichael.
Sunday June 23rd
Queer Family Brunch
11am-2pm | FREE | Melody Bar
Our regular Acoustic Family Brunch takes on a queer twist celebrating families of all types. With a live band, a dress up station a book corner & a reading by S. Bear Bergman, we’ll keep the family happily entertained while you all enjoy selections from our buffet brunch.
*All ages welcome
4-8pm | FREE | Melody Bar
Who needs a patio when you’ve got this much fun packed into an air conditioned room? Drag Queens melt in the sun so come let Fay Slift & Miss Fluffy Souffle entertain you while Phil V & Vee Stun play music that‘ll get you on the dance floor. Whether you want a designer cocktail or a “cold tea” this afternoon is the perfect time to get your drink on.
*All ages welcome
Monday June 24th
Eyes on Queer West
8pm-12am | $10 | Ballroom
Host Stephen Eyes returns with a special Pride version of his unique talk show featuring interviews, comedy, live music and more!
Tuesday June 25th
Late to the Prom – Turn Back Time
7pm-2am | Suggested donation $10-20 sliding scale | Ballroom
Get your corsage ready and join 103.9 PROUD FM at Late to the Prom – Turn Back Time, a queer prom for all of us! PROUD FM is Turning Back Time with Late to the Prom. Door proceeds support Rainbow Camp, a registered charity providing a safe space summer camp for LGBTQ youth and their allies.
Wednesday June 26th
8pm-12am | FREE | Melody Bar
Who doesn’t love the vibe of a lesbian potluck? Let’s hang out and talk about our feelings while DJs Secret Agent, Casey Mecija, Jen Markowitz & Andi Larocca play all your favorite jams. Special guest Jiggly Caliente will be hanging out to celebrate Miss Fluffy Souffle’s birthday! Make sure you get a loot bag from the Georgian Bay Granola Company on your way out.
Thursday June 27th
10×10 Opening Reception
7-10pm | FREE | 2nd Floor Gallery
10×10 started as 10 talented LGBT photographers who decided to point the camera on some of the people who have made contributions to the arts over the years and captured the faces of rising new stars. This year’s exhibition represents a celebration of some of the LGBT faces who have worked in the public eye and behind the scenes to make our communities thrive.
*All ages welcome
That’s So Gay Opening Reception
7-10pm | FREE | 3rd & 4th Floor Galleries
“That’s So Gay” was originally a flirty protest reclaiming an insult in the face of homophobia. This year’s exhibit pushes its community another step, to cross the line of racial and cisgendered segregation of both the traditional and queer art canons. With new curator Elisha Lim.
*All ages welcome
Pinky’s Big Gay Birthday Ball!
9pm-2am | $10 | Melody Bar
Toronto’s hottest nail salon celebrates it’s one year anniversary with a blowout extravaganza party featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race favorite Jiggly Caliente and one of Toronto’s finest DJs Your Boy Brian. Hosted by Cassandra Moore.
Steers & Queers: Night of a Thousand Dollys
10pm-2am | $10 | Ballroom
Steers & Queers returns for another ram-packed night of Dolly Parton lovin’ fun. Rev Hightower will take you through a solid night of Dolly worship at the Church of Parton while you two-step the night away. With Lex Vaughn, Man Chyna, The Pining & DJs Sigourney Beaver & Joe Blow.
Friday June 28th
She Does the City presents Stay Golden
10pm-2am | $5 | Ballroom
Toronto’s finest Classic Rock Dance Mess. Wear Denim. Shake That Hair. Get Sweaty. Taste Salty. Runaway with us. With DJ Steve Rock
Thanks to our delicious + awesome Beer Sponsor: Kensington Brewing Company