Don’t miss these underground queer international artists at Pride Toronto

Get your freak on this weekend!


Andy Butler

In the two years since Hercules and Love Affair’s third LP, the house-pop band’s main man has gone deeper into analog 80s club music to make acidy links between disco and techno with his Mr.INTL label and side project Hexxy with DJ Nark. 

At Bear Garden (Central Stage, 508 Church) on Saturday (July 2), 2 pm-2 am. Free.

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Banjee Report

Chicago collective Banjee Report started as a party/podcast series that mixed hip-hop with left-field electronic music and has since launched a label, FUTUREHOOD, that released rapper Mister Wallace’s Faggot EP last year. 

At Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner) on Friday (July 1), 10 pm. $25.

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CHRISTEENE

The west-end drag ‘n’ deep house party marks 10 years by bringing back gross-out queen CHRISTEENE, who memorably pulled out a butt plug and threw it at the crowd last time around. Since then, the singer has toured with Peaches and is prepping a second album. 

At Alternaqueer (South Stage, Church and Wood) on Friday (July 1), 7 pm, free and at the Garrison (1197 Dundas West) on Saturday (July 2), 10:30 pm, $20.

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Honey Dijon

A regular at Coda, Honey Dijon has deep roots in Chicago and New York house music circles. She’s equally adept at playing to underground and big-room crowds, making her the perfect choice to close Sunday’s main stage. 

At Yonge-Dundas Square on Sunday (July 3), 2 pm-11 pm. Free.

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Jef McMahan

Honey Soundsystem

The San Francisco DJ collective spans techno, proto-house, post-punk, acid and weirdo disco but is united by a taste for parties emphasizing inclusivity, unique experiences and sleaziness. 

At Green Space Festival (519 Church) on Sunday (July 3), 1 pm-midnight. Free.

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Juliana Huxtable

The visual artist and founder of NYC club night Shock Value returns for Pride’s Fist party two months after performing at the Images Festival. Her DJ sets tend to upend listener’s expectations, encompassing a wide array of sounds, ideas and emotions. 

At Central Stage (508 Church) on Sunday (July 3), 2-11 pm. Free.

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Nomi Ruiz

The New York City singer played a triumphant set at Hotnuts two years ago and is back to melt panties at Pride’s Lez Get It On. This year she returned to her hip-hop roots on the mixtape Borough Gypsy 2: Nomi X Dilla. 

At South Stage (Church and Wood) on Saturday (July 2), 2 pm-2 am. Free.

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TYGAPAW

Queer hip-hop jam Yes Yes Y’All, which packed the Hearn during Luminato, is going stronger than ever. Its seventh annual Pride party is headlined by NYC-based party promoter, producer and DJ TYGAPAW, whose latest mix, Who Will Survive, mixes themes of Black resistance and protest art with heavy doses of Jersey club and vogue beats. Oscar Nñ of Brooklyn’s Papi Juice party is also on the bill.

At Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West) on Saturday (July 2), 10 pm. $20.

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Vjuan Allure

A battle dancer before Madonna blew up the NYC vogue scene, Vjuan Allure segued into DJing and is now one of the most influential forces in ballroom. He also happens to be all over RuPaul’s latest album, Butch Queen. 

At Bear Garden (Central Stage, 508 Church) on Saturday (July 2), 2 pm-2 am. Free.

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Xiu Xiu

Wavelength and Red Bull team up for an evening of experimental and post-punk music headlined by Xiu Xiu, a reliably unpredictable band whose latest album features covers of Angelo Badalamenti’s compositions from David Lynch’s cult TV show, Twin Peaks. 

At the Garrison (1197 Dundas West) on Thursday (June 30), doors 8 pm. $10, with RSVP $3.

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