Pride Toronto is a registered not-for-profit organization that exists to celebrate the history, courage, diversity, and future of our communities, whose mission is to hold an international celebration incorporating activism, education and culture of global communities.
One of the premiere arts and cultural events in Canada, and the largest pride celebration in North America, Pride Toronto’s 10-day festival takes place each year during the end of June. Highlighting Canada’s continued progress in human rights and Toronto’s diversity and dynamism, Pride Toronto showcases performances and extensive cultural events to create social, cultural and political impact.
“Come OUT and PLAY!” Pride Toronto returns for its 35th celebration Friday June 19 – Sunday June 28, 2015. For more information and full programming, please visit: www.PrideToronto.com
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Thoughts About Art and Community
Pride Toronto’s Arts & Culture Program exists to serve our communities through the presentation of work created and performed by practicing, professional artists as well as developing new, emerging artists and their work.
The programming of LGBTTIQQ2S artists is a priority; actively working to support the work of professional queer and trans* artists. Placing an emphasis on ensuring that artists are paid and promoted equitably and appropriately. Ultimately, it is our intention to support and develop wherever possible the North American community of practicing professional LGBTTIQQ2S artists.
Pride Toronto grew out of the mass protests that followed the 1981 Toronto bathhouse raids in which more than 300 gay men were arrested. Since then, Pride Week has evolved into a celebration of our queer communities through the presentation of a world-class professional arts and culture festival hosting over a million attendees each year. WorldPride 2014 Toronto saw that number double as the city welcomed over 2 million attendees.
In keeping with the overall mission, vision and values of Pride Toronto, the artistic vision of our festival is focused on inclusion, diversity and celebration. The overarching principle guiding artistic direction during Pride Week is the attraction and promotion of artistic excellence.
The multidisciplinary festival features live music, dance, DJ arts, circus arts, drag arts, burlesque, visual arts, theatre and literary arts.