Caribana Gay Guide 2018
Queer presence at Caribana continues to flow like burning hot lava every year, and 2018 is no exception. Thanks to some of Toronto’s finest POC promoters and DJs, our city has an impressive and fiery lineup of bashments and events to make sure everyone can sweat it out, pull up to a bumper, and wave flags during one of Toronto’s most exciting and colourful party weekends.
(sidenote: Blackness Yes! and Blockorama have also put together their own Black Pride 2018 guide, so head to their Facebook page to see everything they also recommend this weekend.)
Behold, our choices for the top LGBTQ 2018 Caribana parties in Toronto.
Friday / Aug.02
Ontario Place | $5-$15
Bambii's Jerk party returns for a 5th year and this year they take over Ontario place! As always there'll be jerk chicken in addition to a sickening lineup of DJs including Tygapaw, Manara, Paul SoulJoyce, Junglepussy and Bambii herself.
50 Shades of Dancehall
Striker | $20
This party is like a history lesson in dancehall. DJs Prestige and DJ Pleasure spin old school bashment dancehall, conscious reggae, a new tings. There will be an International Dancefall competition hosted by NYC's Jay Angel for a $500 prize!
Edenhall | Free
Tucked away in this tiny spot just outside Kensington Market, catch this spicey night of dancehall, afro and global club sounds from Walmer, Owabowa and Vaughan.
Glad Day | $5
S&L's monthly lesbian-focused monthly dance party goes Caribana, which means the soca and dancehall will be twice as nice!
Big Primpin - Stack Up
Miss Thing's | $7-$10
DJs Sammy and Tamika spin for the Parkdale long-weekend crowd and you know there will be a rock steady Caribana influence here.
Mercer Union | Free
The final weekend of this important art show, "Ragga NYC is a growing collective of Queer Caribbean artists and allies. Founded by Christopher Udemezue (Neon Christina), the group was created to make space for and nurture ties amongst a group of artists who feel a deep commitment to their ancestral and diasporic histories."
SATURDAY / Aug.04
Caribana Parade on Lake Shore
Lake shore Boul. | $20-$25
The parade starts sometime early in the afternoon, the price sometimes varies depending on how organizers are feeling, but trust us, it's worth the trip down to the lake. Good food, good music, family, community and floats that are like mini-parties you'll want to wine up on all afternoon.
Rude x Yes Yes Y'all x Ragga: Punany
Luanda House | $10-$15
"Looking for a place to kotch, split in de middle, and fast wine..." this party brought to you buy three of our city's finest collectives is the one. DJs Blackcat, Nino Brown, Neon Christina, and Chanlmrshl spin into the morning.
SUNDAY / Aug.05
Regent Park (the big park) | Free
It's a daytime thing at this big party in the park. Bring your own food to picnic (there will be food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale) and then dance 'till the sun sets with DJs DJ Blackcat / Charmed Monroe, DJ Nik Red, Reece Myrie (DJ Pleasure), DJ Prestige DiLadyassassin, DJ Craig Dominic Dj Zehra and queens Jada Hudson and Devion Farley(Devine Darlin)!
High Power Caribana boat cruise
Boat location TBA | $25 advance tickets | More at the boat
Headlined by the legendary party Electric Punanny from NYC, this party on a boat also features local fire Nino Brown and Dre Ngozi!
High Power after party (no boat, no problem)
SoSo Food Club | Free for boat people, $5 for newcomers
If you missed the High Power boat party, don't worry, they're docking and rolling up to the SoSo Food Club on the main land for this hot after party hosted by NYC's Cheffy and Latasha. It's a night of Soca, dancehall, reggae, Afro beats, global house and hip hop.
Caribana After Party (with Tamika, Dr. Nativo and Poirier)
Lula Lounge | $15 advance | $20 at the door
Lula Lounge is one of the best spots in the city for the global community to come together and dance, which is why this party with Toronto's Tamika, Montreal's Poirier and Guatemala's Dr Nativo is one not to missss!
Go Hard: Africana
Club120| $20 before 1am
Dress Code is African print, dashiki, tribal, African inspired wear, Black Panther (movie or movement) inspired outfit and music is Afro beat, Soca, Dancehall, R&B and hip hop from DJ Blackcat / Charmed Monroe and DJ Prestige DiLadyassassin.