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Pride in Place
June 15 - 27

From activations to zines; one-on-one performance to digital dance parties.

During this ongoing time of isolation and physical distancing, we ask: how can we still find ways to take up public space, be visible, out, loud and proud, political?  How can we bring the spirit of queer pride to our neighbourhoods, public, private and shared spaces right across our city? 

This year, over 75 artists respond, with 22 digital, in-person, and object-based projects animating streets, parks, screens, and mailboxes across the city. 

Note: Buddies will be monitoring public health regulations and will provide updates on any necessary changes to  in-person events on our website and on social media. 

Design by Malik McKoy

DIGITAL PROJECTS

Return, Seek, Carry

presented in partnership with Pride Toronto
June 15-27

This growing body of work documents elder 2SLGBTQIA+ people through portraiture and oral histories, witnessing their legacies and contributions to our communities. Jocelyn Reynolds’ series aims to act as a catalyst for conversations between past and present — to help imagine futures in which we thrive together.

Click below to access the project digitally online, or check out the portrait installation on the side of our building at 12 Alexander Street.

Digital Edition

THE ARTIST
Jocelyn Reynolds // artist

Website // Instagram // Twitter

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Boiband the Boyband: The Series

June 17, 8PM

The Latinx drag king EXPERIENCE make their way into your hearts, and onto your screens, with a new web series in the works. Join Papi, H&M and BabyFace for some of their greatest hits, plus a star-studded, world-premiere reading of the pilot episode.

THE ARTISTS
Heath V. Salazar
(Papi), Lucia Linares Leon, (BabyFace) + Monica Garrido (H&M) // performers + writers
Tricia Hagoriles // director + writer
Camila Diaz-Varela // original music and lyrics

GUEST STARS
Jessica Zepeda

Amanda Cordner
Sebastian Marziali

Instagram

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Drag King Bedtime Stories

June 18, 7PM + 10PM
Live premiere + available on-demand

Drag king Titus Androgynous hosts two separate bedtime story sets for your streaming pleasure – a sweet and song-filled queery tale for the kids; and a sultry, original queer erotica reading for the 18+ crowd.

The live readings have passed, but you can watch whenever you’d like between June 19 and 27.

Watch Now

THE ARTIST
Titus Androgynous // writer + performer

Instagram // Facebook

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Last GASP WFH

by Split Britches
June 18, 7PM

In Last Gasp WFH, a house becomes a stage for the experience of sheltering in place, serving both as an intimate capsule of sequestered time and an apt reflection on the precarious nature of our bodies and the planet we call home. A presentation of this site-specific Zoom performance will be followed by a live Q&A with creators Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw.

THE ARTISTS
Lois Weaver
 + Peggy Shaw // creators + performers
Nao Nagai // lighting + video designer
Vivian Stoll // sound design
Morgan Thorson // choreographer

Instagram // Twitter // Facebook

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BOUNTIFUL Pride: Healthy Movement Workshop Series

by BOUNTIFUL Pride
June 21 + 22, 11AM + 6PM

This community health initiative offers a low-impact opportunity for Black-identifying folks in Toronto’s queer and trans communities (aged 30+) to get reacquainted with their bodies and their needs. All bodies are different and all bodies are good bodies!

Sign-ups have now closed for this event. Check out the healthy tote pick-up under “mail and pick-up” projects.

THE ARTIST
Ashley T. // creator + facilitator

Website // Instagram

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Painting Church Street in Lavender

by Lavender, with Goblin Cat Zines
June 21, 7PM

Lavender celebrates their third anniversary with a retrospective zine highlighting community memories of their monthly events. The digital launch features spoken word performances from contributors and a virtual dance party.

Click below to register for the launch party.

Sign Up Now

THE ARTISTS
Sica Saccone + Tianna Henry // editors
Goblin Cat Zines // publisher

Instagram // Twitter // Facebook

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The Most Magnificent Mini Pride Parade

by The Grand Salto Theatre
June 18, 2PM + June 19 3PM

Deck out your strollers, scooters, or trikes to show your Pride this June! The Grand Salto Theatre offers two online crafting sessions, complete with songs, a story, and parade practice. Families with children aged 0-5 can sign up by June 10 to receive a decorating kit.

THE ARTISTS
Zita Nyarady
// project lead
Nascha Freire // song circle facilitator
Titus Androgynous // special storytime guest

Instagram // Facebook

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Eva in Rio

co-produced by bigT collective, lemonTree creations + Buddies
June 23, 6PM

Eva wakes up in her wonderland – Rio de Janeiro. With a physical transformation scheduled today, she Tinders her way to one last dose of vitamin D before 8 weeks of post-surgical celibacy. Tune in for a virtual reading of a comedically twisted trans-fantasy by Gabe Maharjan, directed by Cole Alvis, to see Eva’s surreal ambitions flirt with reality.

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THE ARTISTS

Gabe Maharjan // playwright
Cole Alvis // director
Jesse Stong + Letícia Tórgo // dramaturges
Nalo Soyini Bruce // visual design
Evan Stepanian // sound design
Sebastian Marziali // tech

featuring
Dakota Jamal Wellman
DM St. Bernard
Kern Albert
Michelle Tiwo
Ryan G. Hinds
and Yago Mesquita

bigT Collective
Instagram // Facebook

lemonTree creations
Website // Instagram // Facebook // Twitter

The script was developed in collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, with dramaturgy from Jesse Stong and Letícia Tórgo, and the support of the Young Creators Unit (2017-2019). Further workshop support was provided by Centaur Theatre (Queer Reading Series 2019), Black Theatre Workshop, Teesri Duniya (Fireworks 2018), Emploi Québec (Jeune Volontaire 2018-19), and Montréal, arts interculturels (Alliances 2018-2019).The play was shortlisted for the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s 2020 RBC Emerging Playwright Award.

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#ClownsKillEmpires present High (f)Art

June 24, 9PM

Toronto’s non-binary clown collective presents an art-house themed variety show celebrating local queer artists, including Gay Jesus, Sita Moon, Buster Highman, Dolly Berlin, and Kaspar the Queer Ghost. Stick around for a digital dance party after the show.

This show is for an 18+ audience.

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THE ARTISTS
Imogen Quest
// host + co-producer
Pickles LaVey
// co-producer
Aggie Panda
// DJ + technician
Buster Highman, Gay Jesus, Dolly Berlin, Kaspar The Queer Ghost
+ Sita Moon // performers

Instagram // Twitter // Facebook

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Resilient: Body. Mind. Soul.

by Rainbows Pride in Scarborough
June 25, 4PM

A poster campaign and a live online performance highlight the talent, community strength, and resilience of disabled QTBIPOC folks living in Scarborough, with acts ranging from rap and singing, to drag.

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THE ARTISTS
Romeo
// performer (singing, rap)
Jess // performer (singer)
Skittles // performer (singer)
Rainbow // drag performer
El Deekha // drag performer
Lasean // hip hop performer

Instagram // Facebook

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STAY AT HOMO

June 26, 9PM

Award-winning comics Ajahnis Charley and Tom Hearn team up for a double-solo sketch comedy, backyard extravaganza. With all the thrill and danger of a livestream, expect songs, original characters, impressions, and more.

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THE ARTISTS
Ajahnis Charley
+ Tom Hearn // creator + performers
Spencer Crone // streaming director

Ajahnis Charley
Instagram // Twitter

Tom Hearn
Website // Instagram // Twitter // Youtube

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Pirate Tails

June 26, 12PM (Allan Gardens) + 3PM (Regent Park)
June 25-27 (Online)

A family-friendly circus performance reimagines the childhood tropes of the pirate and the siren through lenses of Queerness and Disability. Catch this high-flying hoop duo in-person, or in the weekend-long digital presentation created with described video and open captions, with transcripts available.

Click below to book a ticket to the online launch party on June 25th (6PM).

Sign Up Now

THE ARTISTS
Erin Ball
(she/her) // circus artist / pirate
Jayeden W (she/her) // circus artist / mermaid

Erin Ball
Website // Instagram // Facebook

Jayeden W
Website // Instagram // Facebook

photo of Boiband the Boyband by MISTERPIXIES

IN-PERSON PROJECTS

Return, Seek, Carry

presented in partnership with Pride Toronto
June 15-27

This growing body of work documents elder 2SLGBTQIA+ people through portraiture and oral histories, witnessing their legacies and contributions to our communities. Jocelyn Reynolds’ series aims to act as a catalyst for conversations between past and present — to help imagine futures in which we thrive together.

Click below to access the project digitally online, or check out the portrait installation on the side of our building at 12 Alexander Street.

Digital Edition

THE ARTIST
Jocelyn Reynolds // artist

Website // Instagram // Twitter

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Music for Lesbians

Rock legend Carole Pope plays an intimate, unplugged, pop-up concert.

A recording will be made available after the event. 

THE ARTISTS
Carole Pope // performer
Tim Welch // guitarist

Website // Instagram // Twitter

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Prince Johnny Sings

June 17
The Village

Drag artist Prince Johnny weaves parody covers about his trans masc experience into this outdoor happening. Come sing along to these hits as he asks the tough questions, like: how do you remove trans tape?; why can’t pads fit into boxers? and; what’s in a gender neutral name?

THE ARTIST
Prince Johnny
// performer + creator

Instagram

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Kaleido: A Pride Celebration

June 18, 6-10PM
Glad Day Bookshop

From the Greek “kalos,” meaning “beautiful”, and “eidos”, meaning “form”—this parade-in-reverse celebrates the beauty of our communities. A bevy of dancers and some of Toronto’s best DJs entertain passers-by from the Glad Day windowscape.

THE ARTISTS
DJ Sofia Fly
DJ Fawn Big Canoe, DJ Relentless + DJ Dwayne Minard // DJs
Rolyn Chambers // dancer
Mars Alexander // shaker
Peter Kelly // mover
Ferrera Rosé // groover
Curated by black queer artist, producer, songwriter, dj, and creative Jay Light

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Sleep Codes & Coordinates

June 19, 5:30-8:30PM
The Annex

Installation art and live performance animate an Annex courtyard, exploring the relationship between burnout and the invisible awards that we self-declare. In this in-between space, shame is reclaimed and rethought to imagine new forms of inclusion.

If you are not able to make one of the performances (for capacity, location, or any other reason) and would like to see a recording, please fill out this form to be sent the video by the organizers sometime after the event.

THE ARTISTS
Maren K Elliott 
// performer + project lead
Juan Saavedra // visual and installation artist, project lead
Julian Morello // make up artist.
Sean Morello // sound production

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THE AFTERPARTY 2.021

by Jord + Liz
June 22 – 26, 8PM
Bickford Park

THE AFTERPARTY is back—with a new park, new songs, and new looks!! Jord Camp invites you to a one-on-one, physically distant but socially intimate performance-art-drag-experience. Meet in the park, pop on your headphones, and be prepared to be taken on a journey of dance, reveals, and surprises.

The lottery for this performance is now closed.

THE ARTISTS
Jord Camp
// creator + performer
Elizabeth Staples // creator + director
Robin Gaudreau // stage manager
Featuring an original song composed by Maddie Bautista
Cohort // technical facilitation

with development support from Buddies in Bad Times, SummerWorks, Nightswimming, and Volcano.

Instagram (Jord Camp) // Instagram (Elizabeth Staples)

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Space, Time, Motion

June 24
Traveling throughout Toronto

This multimedia performance installation by Steven Conway and Celia Green invites its audience to shake off their routine relationships to their surroundings. Choreographed movement and musical improvisation will make pop-up appearances around the city.

Between 9AM and 10PM, the act will appear at Earlscourt Park, Dovercourt Park, Dufferin Grove Park, Fred Hamilton Park, Trinity Bellwods Park, and Ontario Place. 

THE ARTISTS
Steven Conway
// musical performance
Celia Green
// movement performance

Instagram (Steven Conway) // Instagram (Celia Green)

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Pirate Tails

June 26, 12PM (Allan Gardens) + 3PM (Regent Park)
June 25-27 (Online)

A family-friendly circus performance reimagines the childhood tropes of the pirate and the siren through lenses of Queerness and Disability. Catch this high-flying hoop duo in-person, or in the weekend-long digital presentation created with described video and open captions, with transcripts available.

Click below to book a ticket to the online launch party on June 25th (6PM).

Sign Up Now

THE ARTISTS
Erin Ball
(she/her) // circus artist / pirate
Jayeden W (she/her) // circus artist / mermaid

Erin Ball
Website // Instagram // Facebook

Jayeden W
Website // Instagram // Facebook

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TWHC Pride March + Celebration

by Toronto Women’s Housing Co-Operative
June 26, 6PM (Meet at 5:30 at Anne Hilliard Lane)
Regent Park

The Toronto Women’s Housing Co-op gets together to march and celebrate pride, community, and connection in the face of a challenging year. Look out for movement, music, and motorcycles!

This event is specifically geared towards residents of Regent Park.

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Comedy Corner

by the Canadian-Carribean Arts Network
June 26, 6:30PM + 7:30PM
Regent Park

If laughter is the best medicine, it’s something we could all use about now. Rhoma Spencer hosts a pop-up comedy corner for residents in the heart of Regent Park, featuring Martha Chaves, Monica Garrido, and Aliya Kanani.

This event is specifically geared towards residents of Regent Park.

THE ARTISTS
Rhoma Spencer
// curator + host
Martha Chaves, Monica Garrido + Aliya Kanani
// comedians

Website // Instagram

photo of The Afterparty 2.021 by Robin Gaudreau

MAIL AND PICK-UP PROJECTS

Painting Church Street in Lavender

by Lavender, with Goblin Cat Zines
June 15-27

Lavender celebrates their third anniversary with a retrospective zine highlighting community memories of their monthly events. The digital launch features spoken word performances from contributors and a virtual dance party.

Click below to register for the launch party.

Sign Up Now

THE ARTISTS
Sica Saccone + Tianna Henry // editors
Goblin Cat Zines // publisher

Instagram // Twitter // Facebook

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Pride Care Packages

June 17-27
Celebrate Pride safely wherever you are with a DIY Pride kit including stickers, hand sanitizer, and that queerest of items – a tote bag. Packages will be available for pick-up at select queer hubs around the city.

Pick-up locations:
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (June 17)
George Chuvalo Community Centre (starting June 17)
Ralph Thornton Community Centre (June 23)

THE ARTISTS
Emily Templeman // co-organizer + visual artist
Camila Farah // co-organizer + seamstress

Instagram

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Moments in Time

June 21-27

Raymond Helkio pays homage to the people, events, and organizations that made the Village what it is today. This analog zine celebrates the resilience of our communities as we continue to navigate the pandemic.

This project has been postponed. Stay tuned to our social media or newsletter for updates!

THE ARTISTS
Raymond Helkio // creator
Rachel E. Beattie + Stewart Borden // curation team

Website // Instagram // Twitter

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BOUNTIFUL Pride: Healthy Totes Giveaway!

by BOUNTIFUL Pride
June 27, 11AM – 2:30PM
Pick-up at Buddies 

What’s a cool thing to do on Pride Sunday before the midday virtual parade and Blockorama later in the evening? Coming by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre to get a FREE Healthy Tote filled with groceries, PPE, and menstruation products!

Free Healthy Totes are available only to registered folks who are:

  • Black-identified
  • Queer and/or Trans identified
  • Age 30 years and up
  • Reside within the GTA (Greater Toronto Area)

Sign up by June 22!

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THE ARTIST
Ashley T. // creator

Website // Instagram

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