1. Nuit Rose, June 21 Pull an all-nighter as QueenWest and Church and Wellesley neighbourhoods celebrate queer contemporary art with a seemingly endless number of exhibitions, installations and performances—all under the umbrella of Nuit Rose. We’re aiming to get a handpainted manicure from artist Humboldt Magnussen, who will be setting up shop on Church Street.
2. The Youth Solidarity Exhibition at the AGO, June 22 Earlier this year the AGO teamed up with The Michaelle Jean Foundation to create a national competition among young artists. Their mandate: produce artwork that reflected the theme of “solidarity with Canada’s two-spirited and LGBTTIQQ communities.” The winner will be announced on this day during a public event at the AGO’s George Weston Centre.
3. Over the Rainbow: Seduction and Identity at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, opening reception June 21 Private collectors Salah Bachir and Jacob Yerex offer up their extensive private art collection—which includes works by Herb Ritts, Annie Leibovitz, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Attila Richard Lukacs and Betty Goodwin—for an exhibition that examines the clichés and rebellions that mark artistic representations of LGBTQ culture.
4. Steers & Queers: Night of 1000 Dollys IV at The Gladstone, June 26 Ladies, start your bedazzlers! The Gladstone’s tribute to the queen of country bling, Dolly Parton, is an opportunity to go country in a big way. And yes, there’s a lookalike contest.
5. MTV’s Pop Goes Pride concert, June 27 Catch live outdoor performances from Carly Rae Jepsen, Fefe Dobson, Dragonette and Molly Tomason. And it’s all free! The concert kicks off at 7 p.m. at the TD Wellesley Centre Stage.
6. Tegan & Sara at Dundas Square, June 29 The out and proud Alberta-bred indie rockers close the festival with a free concert in the heart of downtown. The show starts at 5 p.m. and also includes performances by Rich Aucoin, CeCe Peniston and more.