Caribana Gay Guide 2019
Queer presence at Caribana Toronto continues to flare up, year over year. Our city’s QTPOC Community throws some of the most fire parties all year long, and they’re also bringing the heat Caribana weekend, a time that’s often complicated for queer folks of colour. It’s thanks to these folks, DJs and promoters that Caribana weekend is growing into something more inclusive every year.
Whip out your flags, pull up to a bumper and get sweaty with all these parties: these are our choices for the top LGBTQ 2019 Caribana parties in Toronto.
FRIDAY / AUG.02
Round Venue | $10
Big Primpin’s first-ever Caribana party is going to a hot one. Blackcat, Craig Dom and Chanlmrshl spin along with a gorgeous lineup of dancers.
Glad Day Bookshop | $5 before 12 | $10 after
DJ Swags & DJ Lee With Special Guest DJ Tek Reloaded spin soca, reggaa, trip, hip hop and Afro-beats for your pum pum.
SATURDAY / AUG.03
No official queer Caribana parties on Saturday, but check out the rest of the best on this night in our nightlife listings.
SUNDAY / AUG.04
Regent Park | Free
1200 came thru to last year’s daytime, green grass park Caribana celebration. The DJ lineup alone is reason to bring a blanket, picnic and spend the day whinnin. There’ll be some food and drinks for sale, but no alcohol.
519 Ballroom | $25
Dress code to this annual bashment for 2019 is: African print, dashiki, tribal, African inspired wear and Black Panther (movie or movement). There’ll be food, a tribal makeup station, dancers and a perfect DJ lineup. Close out the weekend here! Early bird tickets are $15 and there are $275 VIP moments too.
Monday / Aug.05
Harlem Underground | $10 advance, more at the door
This is a rain or shine recovery daytime dance party with DJs Lissa Monet, Black Cat and Jamal. There’ll be food by Harlem Underground and drink specials all day.