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All the Virtual Pride Events Happening in Canada This Summer

Here are some of the biggest (virtual) parades, shows and ceremonies to tune into this year

COVID-19 may have put a halt on IRL Pride 2020 celebrations, but that doesn’t mean Pride is cancelled. Not only is Pride an everyday mood, but a lot of the festivities around it are moving online this year. On the plus side, you’re no longer limited to “attending” events just in your city or travelling to get to events—Pride 2020 is coming right to your screen instead. And, you won’t need to worry about withstanding potentially gross weather.

Considering that queer, trans and non-binary people are especially vulnerable during quarantine, it’s more important than ever to reflect on the systemic barriers that still exist while celebrating the strength and beauty of LGBTQ communities. Here are all the virtual events being held across the country you can attend this month—and keep checking back, because we’ll be updating this post as more are announced!

Black Queer Collective

The low-down: As part of Toronto Pride, the Black Queer Collective is holding a showcase of Black queer and trans artists. The lineup hasn’t been announced as of publishing time, but there’s guaranteed to be tons of beautiful performances.
When: June 30, 8–10 p.m. ET
Fees: Free
Find it: pridetoronto.com

Creating the Rainbow

The low-down: Listen as queer artists in or connected to Toronto discuss how COVID-19 has impacted their art and what they see in the future. A moderated Q&A will follow.
When: June 25, 6:30–10 p.m. ET
Fees: Free
Find it: pridetoronto.com

Drag Ball Presented by Crave

The low-down: Excited for Canada’s Drag Race? Get a sneak peek of all 12 queens in action as they perform at Toronto Pride. The event will be available to stream on the Drag Race YouTube channel for a whole week after the show, so it’s extra friendly to those not on Eastern Time.
When: June 27, 8–9 p.m. ET
Fees: Free
Find it: pridetoronto.com

Family Pride Fridays

The low-down: Catch this series of kid-friendly shows hosted by Toronto artists (including drag king and friend of FLARE ZacKey Lime) every Friday. Puppets, stories and crafts, oh my!
When: Every Friday in June, 12–1 p.m. ET
Fees: Free
Find it: twitch.tv/pridetoronto

FEEYASS! With Club Quarantine

The low-down: Club Quarantine (an online queer and trans club), is co-hosting a Virtual Pride Launch Party with the House of Monroe, “taking it back to the warehouse parties, old-school glam, FEEEYASS drag queens & avant-garde spectators.” DJ Sandy Duperval, DJ Vjuan Allure and Kevin Aviance will be performing.
When: June 1, 9 p.m. to midnight ET
Fees: Free
Find it: pridetoronto.com

Friendly Stranger Digital Drag Show

The low-down: Cannabis shop Friendly Stranger is co-hosting a virtual drag show with hockey player Brock McGillis and Canada’s Drag Race judge Brooke Lynn Hytes. Twelve queens will perform, with net proceeds going to the Glad Day Lit Emergency Survival Fund, which helps support artists, performers and wage tip earners from the Toronto Village Community.
When: June 16, 8 p.m. ET
Fees: Recommended donation of $10 on GoFundMe
Find it: friendlystranger.com

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As part of the annual Pride season, Fruit Loop has traditionally hosted an in-person celebration featuring a dynamic group of performers, outstanding community partners and an amazing audience. This year as we adapt to a new landscape, we’ve had to find new ways to celebrate and highlight our diverse and resilient LGBTQ2S+ community. Join us on Saturday June 13 from 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm as we live stream an incredible cast of performers direct from The Starlite Room in downtown Edmonton! Sponsored by our friends at TD Bank, and in support of our community partner E2S – Edmonton 2 Spirit Society Performers will be announced as we get closer to the event – so stay tuned! This event will be free to watch. Follow us for the link! Safety is our highest priority – comprehensive health and safety protocols will be strictly followed with our production team and performers. Everyone's health and wellness are front of mind in creating this event. Major thanks to TD bank for their ongoing support of Fruit Loop’s events over the years. In particular, we would like to thank them for their confidence as Fruit Loop pilots this new format. Fruit Loop would also like to give a huge shout out to our partners at Sea Change Brewing Co. for their continued community support.

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Fruit Loop Pride At Home

The low-down: Edmonton’s Fruit Loop Society is moving their annual Pride celebration online. Performers including Cedar Wildcat, Duke Carson and Beau Creep will be livestreamed from The Starlite Room, and the event will be in support of the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society.
When: June 13, 8–9:30 p.m. MT
Fees: Free
Find it: fruitloop.ca

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Although many Prides have been affected by the global situation, we pay tribute to the Prides around the world that would have originally taken place this past weekend. We hope you will join us for the first Global Pride 2020 happening June 27th 2020! 🏳️‍🌈 @bainbridgepride, @baltimore_pride, @bisbeepride, @boisepride, @ccprideiowa, @csdaugsburg, @csdherne, @csdnordwest, @csd_schwerin, @prideromania, @officialcolumbuspride, @CenterOnColfax, @encpride, @exmouth.pride, @flagstaffpride, @forestgaytepride, @grandrapidspridecenter, @hudsonpridecenter, @icpride, @kentuckianapride, @knoxpridefest, @lancasterpride, @middletownpride, @nwaequality, @okcpridefest, @ParadaRownosci, @portsmouthprideuk, @prideinbelper, @prideportlandme, @ri_pride, @SalentoPride, @salfordprideofficial, @saskatoonpride, @skopjepride, @sufupride, @sotpride, @epsuncitypride, @ToscanaPride, @upstatepridesc, @vicenzapride, @zaanpride, @zurichpride, Angola Pride, Carlisle Pride, Marquette Pride, Michigan City Pride, Pride in the Park, Richmond Pride, Roze Zaterdagen Nederland, Vesuvius Pride.

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Global Pride

The low-down: Spend 24 hours with performers, world leaders, activists and more from across the world. Confirmed guests include Big Freedia, Laverne Cox and Adam Lambert. No matter your time zone, there’ll be lots to see.
When: June 27, 1 a.m. ET
Fees: Free
Find it: globalpride2020.org

Guelph Pride Pop-Up Poetry

The low-down: Guelph Pride is inviting local poets to take part in their Pride poetry event, co-hosted with Guelph Spoken Word. Apply to be part of it, or wait until the open mic at the end if you’re feeling daring.
When: June 6, 6:30–9:30 p.m. ET
Fees: Free
Find it: Check the Facebook event page

LatinXplosión

The low-down: Comedian Monica Garrido will host this Latinx-centred party, featuring DJ Ana Luisa, drag king group Boi Band and the Boy Band and more.
When: June 29, 8 p.m. to midnight ET
Fees: Free
Find it: pridetoronto.com

LGBTQ 101 Virtual Workshop

The low-down: Co-hosted by the Calgary Queer Arts Society and Calgary Pride, this workshop will explore the language around identity and self-expression used by LGBTQ+ communities, as well as the history and current status of LGBTQ+ rights. Though geared toward creating effective allyship, LGBTQ+ people looking to learn more about these topics may also want to participate.
When: June 28, 1 p.m. MT
Fees: $10
Find it: calgarypride.ca

MCC Toronto 28th Annual Pride Celebration Service

The low-down: For LGBTQ+ Christians, the Metropolitan Community Church will have its annual celebration online, just a few hours before the official Toronto Pride parade. This year’s title is “Church on Church on Line,” and its theme is Divine Feminine,
When: June 28, 11 a.m. ET
Fees: Free
Find it: Check the Facebook event page

Saskatoon Virtual Pride Parade

The low-down: The 2020 Saskatoon Pride theme is “Be Strong, Be Proud, Be You.” Everyone, from performers to allies, small groups to individuals, are invited to be part of the virtual parade. People are even encouraged to submit their designs and illustrations or decorated bikes and cars as floats. Coupled with even more performances afterward, it’s guaranteed to be amazing.
When: June 20, time TBA
Fees: Free
Find it: saskatoonpride.ca

SodaStream Virtual Drag Brunch

The low-down: Join Toronto drag queens Miss Fiercalicious and Sofonda Cox for a round of stunning performances (and drinks) as they celebrate the June 5 launch of their “For the Love of Tomorrow” SodaStream kits. All sales profits will benefit PFLAG Canada.
When: June 14, 11 a.m. ET
Fees: Free
Find it: SodaStream’s Instagram Live

The Link Up

The low-down: Get ready to party to some Afro beats, Soca and Dancehall, courtesy of DJ Soulsis and DJ Razaqeltoro.Onkoya. C-Flava dance collective will be performing for this virtual party.
When: June 18, 4–9 p.m. ET
Fees: Free
Find it: pridetoronto.com

The Vicarious Show

The low-down: Victoria-based artists Shelita Cox and Henrietta Dubet host an online drag show, filled with special guests and spectacular performances, every single week.
When: Every Saturday at 8 p.m. PT, until July 11
Fees: Free
Find it: victoriapridesociety.org

Toronto Dyke March

The low-down: The Pride Toronto Dyke March theme is “We’re still here!” Like the Trans & Non-Binary Rally, there will be a mix of live and pre-recorded performances, speeches and art, and all members of Toronto’s dyke community are encouraged to apply.
When: June 27, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
Fees: Free
Find it: Apply to perform or speak herepridetoronto.com

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ONLINE PRIDE PARADE – JUNE 28, 2020 // 2PM Celebrating Pride has always been a protest of resilience and that shouldn’t change. The queer and trans community will continue to trail-blaze and connect our community with innovative and exciting ideas. COVID-19 won’t stop us from continuing to create space for everyone to express who they truly are. The Virtual Pride Parade will stay true to our political roots and reflect our community. We will honour our courageous past, celebrating how far we have come and will remain vigilant to the ongoing needs of our community. We will help bring issues to light, challenge convention, support our community, and promote safety. For updates and more information, please go to www.pridetoronto.com/virtualpride #PrideToronto #Pride2020 #VirtualPride

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Toronto Pride Parade

The low-down: Tune into what’s sure to be a huge show of community highlights, followed by a virtual dance party. A surprise performance has also been teased…
When: June 28, 2–4 p.m. ET
Fees: Free
Find it: Find month-long Virtual Pride programming info herepridetoronto.com

Toronto Trans & Non-Binary Rally

The low-down: This year’s theme for the Pride Toronto Trans & Non-Binary Rally is “Kinder and Stronger Together.” A mix of live and pre-recorded speeches, performances, spoken word and other art will be shown—and you can apply to be part of it!
When: June 26, 1–3 p.m. ET
Fees: Free
Find it: Apply to perform or speak here; pridetoronto.com

Van Vogue Jam Home Improvement Kiki Ball

The low-down: Watch or participate in an epic voguing competition, co-hosted by Vancouver Pride Society and Van Vogue Jam. A total of $1,700 is being given out in prizes! Have no idea how to vogue? Don’t worry—Van Vogue Jams is hosting a series of virtual lessons leading up to the ball.
When: July 29, 5–9 p.m. PT
Fees: Free or by donation, with 50 percent of all donations going to Black Lives Matter Vancouver.
Find it: Check the Eventbrite page

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