On the Dyke-dar: Pride Edition

Thanks for starting off the Pride season with us at Coruscate last night! If you’re getting ready for round two, here are the Dyke March Team’s top picks for this year’s Pride season!

Yes Yes Y’all June Pre-Pride Party
Featuring VILIFY from Montreal and local designers selling their pieces.
10:00 p.m. at the Annex WreckRoom

CUE POC does The Gladstone *PRIDE* Edition
Queer Jams. Queer People of Colour. Everyone Welcome.
10:00 p.m. at The Gladstone Hotel (Ballroom)

June 22!

Dance party for queer women, trans folks and all of our friends.
+ CB ‘MEET & GREET’ for people new to town, new to queer life, or interested in meeting new people before Pride.
9:00 p.m. at Andy Poolhall


June 23!
Queer Family Brunch
A brunch with a set by The Monkey Bunch, dress up station, and book corner & reading by S. Bear Bergman.

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Gladstone Hotel

Bisexuality: Extinction or Revival? A community conversation with performances
A facilitated critical discussion and provocative performance.
7:00 p.m. at Glad Day

Queer Qraft Fair and Zine Making
11:00 a.m. at Glad Day

Pre-Pride UHAUL
with DJs Bambitchell
10:00 p.m. at The Garrison

June 24!

QuAIA presents Ali Abunimah at the 519: Pinkwash, Greenwash, Hogwash – How Israel uses sex and marketing to distract from apartheid

Noted Palestinian journalist, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, and Author of “One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse” Ali Abunimah will speak on “Israel uses gay tourism and marketing to distract from its policies towards Palestinians. But will they succeed?”
7:00 p.m. at The 519

Night March 2013
Queer and Trans communities are invited to congregate at Cawthra Square Park for a celebratory and political march.
9:00 p.m. at Cawthra Square Park

June 25!
Beyond Borders: The Struggle for LGBT Human Rights in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Around the World!
A panel discussion on the state of human rights issues around the world with a cocktail reception to honour the International Grand Marshall of Pride, Marcela Romero of Argentina.
6:00 p.m. at The 519

Late to the Prom – Turn Back Time

“For all the kids who hid out behind the punch bowl or skipped prom altogether because established categories weren’t enough to contain our vibrant range of gender expression… Let’s have a do-over!”
7:00 p.m. at The Gladstone Hotel

June 26!
Dirty Plotz: Witness the Hidden Vagenda
“Dirty Plotz revels in the creative female as revolting succubus outsider, exposing the vital involvement but ultimately the historical erasure of women in significant art and social movements – a trend that continues to this day.”
Hosted and curated by Alex Tigchelaar.
8:30 p.m. at Buddies in Bad Times

Lesbian Potluck
“Let’s hang out and talk about our feelings while DJs Secret Agent, Casey Mecija, Jen Markowitz & Andi Larocca play all your favourite jams.”
9:00 p.m. at The Gladstone Hotel

June 27!
Butch Femme Salon Presents: Leave it to Beaver 1950’s Pride party

Featuring some of Toronto’s best performers getting into that 1950’s groove. Burlesque by Dainty Box, comedic musical performance by Catherin Hernandez, and a group Drag performance by Toronto’s newest, coolest, cutest drag king troupe, The Yes MEN!
8:00 p.m. at Buddies in Bad Times

That’s So Gay: Say It to My Face Opening Reception

Annual gay pride art exhibition that explores themes around sexuality, gender, and identity. Curated by Elisha Lim.

7:00 p.m. at The Gladstone Hotel

Pussy Basket: An Evening of Bent Word
“We’ve paid tribute to Gertrude Stein, now it’s time to pay tribute to those who loved and supported her and her creative process along the way – Stein’s wife Alice B Toklas, aka Pussy, and their dog, Basket.”

7:30 p.m. at Videofag

June 28!

Trans Pride Rally
“Come and show your support for the trans community as we celebrate the LGBTTIQQ2SA community. All trans identified people, their friends and allies are welcome.”
6:00 p.m. at Norman Jewison Park (East of Yonge and Gloucester)

Trans March Toronto

“Celebration, Commemoration, Demonstration by and for the Trans Community” 
Everyone (including allies) are welcome.

7:30 p.m. at George Hislop Park 
March at 8:00 p.m.

The Fifth Annual Clam Slam
All-queer Roller Derby Double Header.
6:00 p.m. at Ted Reeve Arena

June 29!

Toronto Dyke March 2013

“Come celebrate the diversity of dykes and demonstrate the beliefs, desires, and public presence of dykes! Demonstrate your passions and your issues. March, strut, scream, sign, chant, roll and dance your way through city streets. Take up space. Take a stand. Come share the truly awesome energy of thousands of other queer women and dykes. All queer women and self-identified dykes (including lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, questioning, trans, genderqueer, intersex, 2 Spirit and all other dykes) are invited to march.”

1:00 p.m. Line up at Church and Hayden

2:00 p.m. Dyke March 

3:00 p.m. Rally at Allan Gardens


Yes Yes Y’all Pride Edition
10:00 p.m. at the Annex WreckRoom

GirlPlay Toronto vs. Toastr
9:00 p.m. at KoolHaus

Cherry Bomb Pride: Summer Beach Sensation
10:00 p.m. at Revival Bar


Regretro Pride Edition
10:00 p.m. at Henhouse

Blood, Sweat, and Queers
10:00 p.m. at The Steady

June 30!

GRIND – An exclusive play party for queer persons of colour
11:45 p.m. at Oasis Aqualounge

Blockorama 15: Legacy.Legendary.Love
Blackness Yes! is celebrating 15 years of ground-breaking dance, art, and music on the Blockorama stage. Join this year in honouring and celebrating Black and African Diasporic communities’ Legacies, Legends and Love.

Be sure to check out the Henhouse, the Beaver, and the Flying Beaver for more dyke activity!


About Dyke March Toronto

Mission: The 2015 Toronto Dyke March works to create dyke-centred spaces because we need — and demand — more visibility within the Pride Toronto Festival. Goals: Our goal is to organize a political and celebratory march, created by and for dykes across the spectrum. We need to create our own space to be political and visible. Dyke visibility is important because we are not fully represented in the Pride movement or in mainstream society. The Dyke March celebrates our diversity and demonstrates the power of our communities. We hope the Dyke March leaves you with the energy to take action, a sense of community, and an appreciation for your own unique dyke glory! Values: The Dyke March values collective organizing to give dykes who are historically oppressed a platform. These include, but are not limited to, trans folks, Indigenous folks, folks of colour and folks with disabilities. We see this as necessary to create social change.
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