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  • Alexander Street Parkette Alexander Street Toronto, ON, M4Y Canada (map)

Alexander Street Parkette (outside Buddies In Bad Times Theatre)

Accessibilty Info: This is a FREE event, the space is accessible (in a park space, on grass) and the event will be ASL-interpreted.

TRANSFEST is an exploration of the dimensions of gender in terms of body, identity, and expression:

“Body: our body, our experience of our own body, how society genders bodies, and how others interact with us based on our body.

Identity: our deeply held, internal sense of self as male, female, a blend of both, or neither; who we internally know ourselves to be.

Expression: how we present our gender in the world and how society, culture, community, and family perceive, interact with, and try to shape our gender.” –

An all-day celebration of non-cisgender identities in words, fashion, and music! This is your trans, genderqueer, and non-binary playground at Pride!


Curated by transboi Katie Sly, expect performances from across Canada, runway by non-binary underwear line New FRDM, and an afternoon of music. Your TRANSFEST line up includes:

Anishinaabe/Métis poet and the 2016 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers Honour of Distinction winner, Gwen Benaway

Dora Ng, a writer/activist telling genderqueer Chinese-Canadian stories, joining us from Coast Salish territories

Toronto multidisciplinary artists Angel Glady and Bilal Baig (the writer of the play Acha Bacha, recently presented at Theatre Passe Muraille

Powerhouse stand-up comedian Chantel Marostica

Game-changer musician, model, and disability advocate Rachel Romu

Toronto darling punk band Camp Girls

Stalwarts of grassroots community work, trans-spectrum advocacy, and access to affordable dance training, the winner's of Buddies' Queer Emerging Artist Award in 2015, Toronto's ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company


This event takes place on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wyndat.

Event promotional photo by Greg Wong.

Earlier Event: June 23
Homo Night in Canada
Later Event: June 24
Flex n' Fluid Stage