What To Do At Montreal Pride 2019

What To Do At Montreal Pride 2019

Fierté, AKA Montreal Pride AKA Pride pt. 2 for so many Toronto queers is upon us! Celebrating under the sea of rainbow balls mid-August… there’s nothing really like it on earth. We’re heading to Fierté for the entire weekend and wanted to share the spots we have our eyes on and might be attending. If not, we’ll most likely be twirling in the park and on the streets of this fine French city.

JOYEUSE FIERTE!


THE BARS WE LOVE

Below are some of events we like, but just to be safe, some bars we love for you to stumble in any day during the festival.

Le Stud - 1812 St Catherine St E
Our fave place to dance in Montreal’s gay village. Sometimes super cheesy, sometimes leather-y, always crazy and cheap. Don’t forget to visit the second floor.

Le Renard - 1272 St Catherine St E
Cutie bar on the strip with cocktails, DJs and a packed house of gay boys.

Ti-Agrikol - 1840 Rue Amherst
A fun spot for QTPOC parties this weekend and in general and super diverse and accepting bar just off the main drag.

L’aigle Noir - 1315 St Catherine St E
MTL’s Black Eagle is a classic Eagle situation. Lots of white, hairy men of a certain age, but Fierté weekend you get a bit more variety and diversity. Worth stopping in for a drink.

Oasis, GI Joe - Both in the village
These are not bars. They are bathouses, and two of the most fun during Fierté. There’ll most likely be lineups, but they’re full of folks looking to get nasty. Be safe and get lost in there!

Stock, Campus and Taboo - All in the village
These are also not clubs for dancing, but rather, for stripping. Stock is for big, mostly straight buff guys. So hot though. Campus has a bit more of a sense of humour, the guys are still super hot, and Taboo is more locally flavoured haunt.


THURSDAY - AUG.15

Thierry Mugler

Musée des beaux arts - 1380 Sherbrooke St W
10am-5pm
If you need a break from the bustling streets and parks and parties, dip into the museum and catch the Thierry Mugler show. Get some inspiration for a looking later in the weekend, or micro-dose acid and just live your life.

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Drag Superstars

Parc Des Faubourgs - Entrance in front of 1969 Ontario St E
8pm-11pm
We can’t even list the number of Rupaul’s Drag Race queens at this year’s massive drag show, there are so many, but don’t miss this massive pageant! There’s also a meet and greet option and a bunch of local talent to hold these ladies up. There’s also an after party at Club Unity!

FRIDAY - AUG.16
(aka Madonna’s birthday)

Excellence avec Margaret Cho

Parc des Faubourgs - Entrance in front of 1969 Ontario St E
8pm-11pm

A night completely dedicated to queer and/or trans people of colour with headliner Margaret Cho. Expect all types of performance during this free evening of shows also featuring “Show me Love” empress, Robin S!

Nachle presenté par Jhalak Montréal

Cabaret Berlin - 1661 Sainte-Catherine Est
10pm-3am
A queer desi dance party event celebrating South Asian culture! DJ Dyn Amite spins and there’ll be a performance by Bijuriya.

MPU Loud and Proud

Le Belmont - 4483 St Laurent Blvd
9pm-3am
Scarlet Envy is the star of MPU’s Pride bash. Expect loads of cute boys, big electro beats from Franz and Diskommander, dancing, kissing, and standing and talking and looking.

Bear Bait Party

Terrasse - 500 Rue Alphonse
4pm-11pm
A big ol’ T dance on a brand new patio surrounded by loads of big, furry guys. Your ticket to the patio party also gets you access to the Bear Trap party, which goes until 6am.

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Afterparty Excellence

Grenade - 1603 Ontario St E
11pm-3am
A celebration fo Montreal’s QTBIPOC communities in one spicy night! DJs a$h banks, Nalee and Kayssy spin global and Afro Beats all night.

Muy Muy // Très Très : Pride Afterhours

Secret location
11pm-7am
Muy Muy is a queer party collective based out of Mexico City, focusing on queer alternative artists and modern sounds of house, techno and disco. Returning to Montreal for all-night pride after-hours, they’re bringing their co-founder and favourite party dad, Victor Rodriguez, from the legendary Bears in Space and Toronto’s Scooter McCreight!


SATURDAY - AUG.17

Amour is love

Never Apart Centre - 7049 St Urbain St
Noon-5pm
A photo exhibit you most def. want to check out if you can. It revolves around the theme of Black Pride with works by multidisciplinary artist Niti Marcelle Mueth at the centre.

ciara

Jet Set with Ciara

Parc des Faubourgs - Entrance in front of 1969 Ontario St E
8pm-11pm
CIARA! LIVE! We’re not sure exactly what time she’s on, so just get there for 8:30, ok? There are DJs and performers also.

Camel Toe

Ausgang Plaza - 6524 St Hubert St
10pm-3am
MikeQ, Nino Brown, Bamboo Herman, Cakes Da Killa, Phoenix Inana make up this beautiful queer lineup for this not-to-be-missed party! Hosted by Sally MuthaDust it’s described as From Africa to the Middle East, Asia and Central/ South America, all the way to Canada. “our monsters” have tried to eliminate and eradicate us but all they do is make us stronger! They created beasts and some of those beasts will be out on August 17th and they will whip up the night like a sand storm!'“

Vimbainashi X Pep Rally

DM Pep Rally for address - ???
11pm - 7am

Toronto’s Pep Rally teams up Vimbainashi and a very special mystery guest for this Pride turn up. Karim Olen Ash, Chippy Nonstop, and Nino Brown also play.

Cosmic Café welcomes Pal Joey (NYC) Moka & Doc`trin

Check the event page for address to come - ???
11pm - 6am
A NYC house music legend stops by the Cosmic Café for a long night (and morning) of dancing. This will be super intimate, ultra special night of queer love and dancing. Don’t miss your chance to see Pal Joey and his records in a space like this!

Drama Queen

PY1 Nights - 360 Rue de la Commune E
10pm-3am
This party is a bit of a scene, but there is NO denying this DJ lineup. Julien Bergeron, our girl Sandy Duperval and Jojo Flores spin alongside a live VJ inside a super cool Pyramid (!!!) venue in Old Montreal. “A sweet and sour tumble down the rabbit hole. Gumdrops for grown ups. A giant candy store comes to life, a world of innocent adventure that gradually evolves into a kaleidoscope of sweet psychedelia,” is how organizers describe the night.

Get Bent X Pervers/cité : Bring the Heat

Le Belmont - 4483 St Laurent Blvd
10:30pm-3am
A very queer night that honours “all rad freak queers and the people who love them.” A night for queers, trans folks, sex workers, those living with disabilities. There’ll be drag shows, DJs and LOOKS!

Kode: Fiere III

Olympia de Montreal - 1004 St Catherine St E
10pm-3am
This is a kinky party in a fun, raw industrial space. Expect a sea of harnesses, sexy, hairy folks, a dark room and big, booming dancefloor. We went last year and had a good time.

District - PAPA Party

MTelus - 59 St Catherine St E
10pm-3am
Only tickets at the door left for this party, but it’s a big sexy one with DJs from the US, Brazil and Spain. The Papa party always promises shows, ho’s, lots of eye candy and giant, happy beats.

moonshine

Moonshine LV

Text 514.613.5811 for location
11pm-6am
This one goes late! Don’t miss a change to experience this legendary Montreal party. With a focus on people of colour, the Moonshine crew bring a global flavour to the dance floor, for what is consistently a packed night of sweaty dancing.


SUNGAY - AUG.18

Parade Route - Source: fiertemtl.com

Parade Route - Source: fiertemtl.com

Fierté Pride Parade

René-Lévesque boulevard and Metcalfe Street
2:30pm - not exactly sure what time it ends
Montreal’s Pride parade is super cute, not extremely long and worth a visit. There are loads of community groups, sometimes Trudeau shows up, and there are A LOT less barriers and security. Not as tourist heavy as Toronto’s parade, it’s a fun community moment that ends at Alexandre-DeSève Street, where you can just stroll into the village and be gay.

Mega T-Dance

Parc des Faubourgs - Entrance in front of 1969 Ontario St E
3pm-11pm
T
his is the place to BE (yourself!) allll day longggg on Sunday. Wear some cozy shoes and a day/night look and set up camp here. Local DJ Lady McCoy opens the day, then Brazil’s Las Bibas from Vizcaya and Tom Stephan will take your body to sunset. Expect a big, bright day of dance music, a disco side tent, an outdoor food court and a plethora of areas to buy cocktails.

Revival

Stereo - 858 St Catherine St E
Midnight - 10am
A big ol’ after hours, all-night-until-the-sun-rises party in one of the best sounding clubs on planet earth. It’s Toronto’s infamous Revival party! Closing out Fierté with a bang. This is your spot if you want to keep the magic of the weekend going into Monday. The UK’s Pagano and Tom Stephan spin.

I Feel Love Festival Arena party

Studio Notre-Dame - 500 Rue Alphonse D Roy
10pm-10am
Another monster circuit party to close out the fest, this one from the globally famous and Mexican-Carribean born Arena party team. Big, beefy DJs from Spain, Mexico and MTL keep bodies moving well into Monday. Expect hugs lights, sound and a vocal snippet every 45 minutes.


The above parties are what we’re interested in and would recommend to friends, please check the Fierté FB page for FULL list of their events - including all the major dance parties that go until the sun comes up.

Lead image from FlickrHive.

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