Our Picks for Pride Month 2016

Toronto’s Pride celebrations kicked off on June 1, and along with being the first ever Pride month in Canada, this year marked the first time the Trans flag was flown at city hall, and the first time the rainbow flag was raised at the National Parliament Buildings in Ottawa.

While most of the celebration’s events aren’t specifically about fashion, the glitter and glamour of Pride is legendary. Here are a few of our picks for the most fashionable events to attend this year.

#1 – At 5pm, June 30, attend a cabaret performance at the Green Space 519 Church St. (Barbara Hall Park) with Kim Chi, Adora, Rita Baga, Tynomi Banks, Brooke Lynn Hytes and Sofonda Cox.

Katya 2.0
Katya 2.0

#2 – 10:30pm to 4am on July 1 at 6 Gloucester St., Katya 2.0 serves up Russia’s funniest drag performance according to RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Third Gender Japanese Prints Pride 2016

#3 – A Third Gender: Not technically listed as part of Pride, this exhibit of 400 year old Japanese prints is showing at the ROM all month. Wakashu, or “third gender” were distinct from women and men in Japanese culture. On June 7 at 7pm attend a lecture on gender ambiguity in early/modern Japan. Or on June 21 at 7pm, attend a panel discussing how to interpret historical sexuality without imposing modern sexual norms.

Musical performers Mashrou' Leila of Beirut
Musical performers Mashrou’ Leila of Beirut

#4 – Cultural performances can’t necessarily be classified as fashion, they’re something more. Nevertheless, we expect dance performances in Egyptian, Moroccan, Lebanese, Iraqi and Whirling Dirvish styles along with performances by musicians from Beirut, Syria/Lebanon and Iraqi roots to encompass some inspiring visual styles too. This landmark celebration of middle-eastern culture is called Yalla Barra (Arabic for come out/get out). 5pm to 2am, July 2 at 15 Wellesley St. E.

#5 – 2pm to 11pm, July 2 at Yonge and Dundas Square, Drag ON! is going to set a Guinness world record for biggest drag stage performance! It’s hosted by Lady Bunny and Bianca Del Rio.

Viktoria Modesta
Viktoria Modesta

#6 – 2pm to 2am July 2 at 423-425 Church St., the official post-celebration of the Dyke March – Lez Get It On! – features an unparalleled lineup of powerful women in music, headlining with bionic fashion artist and dance-pop superstar Viktoria Modesta.