Between the World Pride festivities, Canada Day celebrations and other events in the city on June 28 -30 weekend, there is lots to do for those lucky ones taking a four-day weekend! Here are some options:
Annual Pride Parade and Marches
June 27 - June 29 Various Locations
The first Pride march happened in July of 1972, and the first under Pride Toronto was in 1981 in response to the Bathhouse Raids. Each year Pride Toronto is pleased to offer three unique opportunities for members of the community to make their voices heard: the Annual Trans Pride March, Annual Dyke March and Annual Pride Parade.
Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter
June 25 - June 28 George Ignatieff Theatre
Based on her bestselling memoir, Alison Wearing's one-woman show tells the story of growing up with a gay father in the 1980s. Woven through music and imagery, the comic monologue moves from Alison's carefree childhood to the moment she learned, at age twelve, that her family was a tad more complex than she had thought.
For more information, check out the Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter website.
To See & Be Seen
June 20 - September 1 Textile Museum of Canada
This exhibition features t-shirts from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives from the 1970s onwards that represent the fight for visibility and recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities. These t-shirts, from organizations such as ACT UP, Queer Nation and local LGBTQ Pride events, demonstrate a range of messages from expressions of identity, political and social struggles, to the celebration of community, love and pride.
For more information, check out the CLGA website.
Canada Day Extravaganza
June 27 - July 1 Harbourfront Centre
It's the biggest birthday bash in town and everyone's invited. We're bringing together an array of visionary artists, ideas, Canadiana and communities for a lavish weekend full of spectacle, fun and OLG Canada Eve Fireworks!
For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.
Toronto Japanese Film Festival
June 12 - June 27 Japanase Canadian Cultural Centre
The closing night film is The Snow White Murder Case. A fast-paced thriller based on the best-selling novel by Kanae Minato (Confessions). When Noriko, a beautiful cosmetic company employee, is murdered, suspicion immediately falls on misfit co-worker, Miki Shirono. TV director Yuji Akahoshi launches an investigative journalism piece on the murder.
For more information, check out the TJFF website.
June 28 Various Locations
To celebrate and launch the 2014 TD Summer Reading Club, StoryMobs is delighted to be working with the Toronto Public Library to produce 13 StoryMobs of 'The Busy Beaver' ('Le Castor Qui Travaillait Trop Fort') by Nicholas Oldland across the country.
For more information, check out the StoryMobs website.
Wheelchair Basketball Championship
June 20 - June 29 Mattamy Athletic Centre
The milestone event celebrates the ongoing growth of women's sport, inclusivity, and accessibility, and will forge a legacy for female wheelchair basketball athletes around the world. The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) event is hosted by Wheelchair Basketball Canada.
For more information, check out the Wheelchair Basketball website.
In Concert: Cream: A Fundraiser for Rough Trade
June 28 Wrongbar
Cream is a celebration of Carole Pope's contribution to Canadian music and a fundraiser for the film "Rough Trade". The film will capture the art, music and LGBT scene of the early eighties through the eyes of Carole Pope and her legendary band, Rough Trade. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the production.
For more information, check out the World Pride website.
In Concert: Ogguere & Cuarteto Rumberos
June 27 May Cafe
Acclaimed Afro-Cuban poet/rapper Ogguere (from Orishas) joins forces with iconic jazz-hip-hop trumpet player Brownman (from Guru's Jazzmatazz) to form Cuarteto Rumberos - a unique 4-man powerhouse of modern Cuban-jazz-hip-hop.
For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.