Pride Toronto goes big starring George Takei, Joe Jonas and Mashrou Leila

Pride simply cannot be contained, and Pride Toronto knows it. The organizing committee has expanded the festival and its programming.


Pride simply cannot be contained, and Pride Toronto knows it. The organizing committee has expanded the festival and its programming to fill the entire month of July, and found new partners in cultural institutions like the AGO, TIFF, the ROM, the TSO and Luminato.

A few highlights: Movies At TIFF includes a June 9 screening of the inspiring pic Pride, about queers allying with striking miners, and a discussion with union reps and LGBTQ activists about their historical connections. Also at TIFF, on June 10, the high-energy trans-centred film Tangerine screens, followed by a Q&A with star Mya Taylor.

Hey, Trekkies get ready for an evening with George Takei, June 26 at the Ryerson Theatre.

July 2 will be huge. Not only is it the 20th anniversary of the Dyke March, but Pride presents Drag On!, the largest drag stage performance ever, with special guests Chi Chi De-Vayne, Darienne Lake and more. The plan is to break the Guinness world record and the Guiness folks will there to verify it first-hand.

Also on July 2, a spectacular showcase on Prides main stage titled Yalla Barra (Arabic for come out) stars Mashrou Leila, the Beirut band known for their electrifying performances.

And then theres the Pride parade on July 3 when, for the first time ever, a Canadian prime minister will march with T.O.s LGBTQ community. After that extravaganza, Joe Jonas and DNCE headline a huge show at Yonge-Dundas Square .

For more info, go to PrideToronto.com.

susanc@nowtoronto.com | @susangcole

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