Here's what the 2019 Pride Toronto lineup looks like
Well, it’s official, Pride season is just around the corner, and with this, the announcement of Pride Toronto’s lineup of stages, parties, cultural events and headliners. The 519’s Green Space have also completed their lineup announcement and combined it looks like it’s going to be a very dance-y, local focused weekend!
This year, Pride is focusing heavy on local local local talent, and we’re here for it. Local DJs on all Church Street stages and even Yonge and Dundas. And like, why not? The city is bursting at the seams with DJ talent from folks who work damn hard all year.
Local Drag performers are also in the spotlight with over 45 shows at Drag Ball - all by local kings and queens.
Here’s everything you need to know for Pride 2019, in point form, because we know you need this information at a rapid pace to get planning.
// The Big Headliners
Monet X Change
Kandy Zyanide, Kana Warrior and Angele Anang
(The Top three Queens from Drag Race Thailand)
// The Main Stages
Yonge and Dundas Square
As horrible as it is a venue, will feature some pretty cool things this year. The opening night stage is a Montreal’s Moonshine party with guest star, South Africa’s very own, Nakhané. Saturday is Drag Ball - a day of Burlesque, Drag Kings and Queens - all local, with extra special guest Brooke Lynn Hytes. Sunday is the closing party with local DJs Brazilian mega star Pabllo Vittar and Tweet!
This one will house the YYY Block Party with Venus X and guests. Saturday is Ovah, Rude Collective, Papi Juice and Bambii’s Jerk party and Sunday is Blockorama with Big Freedia, MYA and a full day of heat.
The South Stage
This one features programming from our pals at ISO Radio and Tao-Ming’s Blue Crane Agency showcase. Saturday is AlternaQueer, Fuck Shit Up Cabaret, Electricladyland with Lana LePric and Cindy Li’s Work in Progress. Sunday is see a set from Jade Elektra, Aeryn Pfaff’s after-parade mini-rave, a DJ set from TR/ST and a closing party from New Ho Queen. There is some most excellent ASL programming on both Saturday (starting at 3pm) and Sunday (starting at 2pm)
Party central and will host the LatinX Fiesta hosted by Selena Vyle, the 20th anniversary of the legendary Dirty Disco party, an Electric Circus party with our faves Vanessa and Pam, and a final dance with big room, local DJ icons.
Moved just a bit north on Church Street thanks to some non-stop construction at Church and Wellesley hosts brOWN//out, Catalyst Indigenous programming, local parties DFMO, Juicy Moon, Scooter McCreight’s Sideshow supreme with special guest Charlene and Yalla Bara Middle Eastern programming and a night of mega-drag on Sunday. Recklezz, Ace Dillinger and Ottawa’s Queer Mafia will also spin sets.
The Church and Wood DJ Station
A marathon dance party with folks from Intersessions, Balls Deep Disco, Beam Me Up!, Queer Logic, Lavender, Bi or Bye, The Frandisco’s, and sets from Valeroo, Josh Karmin, DIrty Daddy Don and Boy Pussy. So good!
// The Big Parties
Pride’s opening party
Partnership with Sebastio Sivuilu (aka Twysted Myake-Mugler) Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance, Black Daddy’s Club Brandon Hay and Rainbow Railroad. It’s all going down inside the brand new MOCA building. Look for their own ball - The Rebellion Ball - at the Phoenix on June 20th!
The Cabana pool party
Returns, this time with Monet Xchange, Tynomi Banks and Jada Hudson. DJ Phillippe will open for NYC legendary Madonna producer and Glitterbox fave Jellybean Benitez.
The ROM party
It’s back with a record amount of queens, kings, DJs, collectives and a photography show from Quinton Cruikshanks and David Hawe!
Th Second annual Island party
DJs Jaime Sin, Tamika, Diego Armand, John Caffery and Sandy Duperval will be giving it all to you. There’ll be merpeople, cocktails, beach and shows from Luna Dubois, Aura Nova, Seyoncé and Montreal’s Miss Butterfly.
// Not official Pride stuff, but official Pride stuff
Returns like a force with their weekend-long programming starting with Starry Night with Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, A'keria Chanel Davenport and Silky Nutmeg Ganache. Not so mention a handful of our most amazing local queens stomping the stage. Friday is Deko-Ze’s house music party, Saturday is Dyke Day and Sunday is Disco Disco!
They’ve moved the Treehouse party to The Ex with DJs Danny Tenaglia and The Black madonna. We’re beyond excited for this one. There’s also a Treehouse after party with Danny Tenaglia and GSP. Shirts off!
Prism is back again too with the legendary Revival party at Rebel on Pride Sunday, an Electric Island party Saturday during the day with Aeryn Pfaff, Karim Olen Ash and Honey Soundsystem among a bunch of others. The bootcamp party is also back at Fly 2.0 on Friday if you have a harness you need to wear.
Buddies in Bad Times
You know there’s going to be a ton of Buddies theatre and party programming, Comedy, Theatre and other fun stuff, but we’ll let you know when that happens.
// Other stuff
There’s a lot. It’s a month long festival with a bunch of cool happening all over the city. Our pals at NOW did a great roundup of some of the more technical stuff, and PrideToronto.com will have full listings up on the site.
The Trans march is Friday, the Dyke march is Saturday and the Pride Parade is Sunday.
The street will be closed from Bloor all the way down to Gould (where the South Stage is found).
Drink at all the local bars in June! They need all the money they can get thanks to the ridiculous landlords charging an arm, a leg and half a hand for their properties.
The Grand Marshall this year is Gigi Gorgeous.
Just a heads up, we’ll be releasing our biggest Pride Guide ever at the end of the month and launching a few things of our own. Keep an eye out, queers!
Lead image is of Papi Juice and from an ONS article on the collective.