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Virtual Pride Events Happening This Week: June 8-14

How to virtually celebrate Pride this week…

COVID-19 may have put a halt on IRL Pride 2020 celebrations, but that doesn’t mean Pride is cancelled. “Live stream” is the key word this year as tons of virtual Pride information sessions and celebrations go online.

Here are all the virtual events being held in Canada this week (June 8-14, 2020) across the country—and keep checking back, because we’ll be putting out a new list of virtual Pride events every single week!

LGBT2Q+ Trivia
WHEN: June 8, 2020 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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THE LOW-DOWN: Hosted by The Arquives, In partnership with ACT – Join us for weekly themed trivia, covering everything from pop culture to Toronto Queer and Trans history. Prizes packs available from local queer and trans vendors and makers.
* This weeks topic – From Oscar Wilde to Tegan and Sara: LGBT2Q+ pop

Train with Team Canada
WHEN: June 10, 2020 @ 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
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THE LOW-DOWN: Join us for a weekly, one-hour conversation with a queer or allied Team Canada Athlete! After the chat, move your coffee table over and join the athlete for an exclusive at-home work out.
* This week’s Team Canada Athlete: Krystina Alogbo

Digital Drag Bingo
WHEN: June 11, 2020 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
LINK: Register to Play” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Here; Connect on Zoom, Zoom Code: 542 963 6746
THE LOW-DOWN: Join us for a digital bingo night hosted by the fabulous Divin Darlin. Register online at to receive your digital bingo card. Ready to play? Click along with the virtual card or print to play with your bingo dabbers at home. Prizes packs available from local queer and trans vendors and makers.
* This event includes ASL interpretation

Family Pride Fridays
WHEN: Every Friday in June, 12–1 p.m. ET
FEES: Free
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THE LOW-DOWN: Catch this series of kid-friendly shows hosted by Toronto artists (including drag king and friend of FLARE ZacKey Lime) every Friday. Puppets, stories and crafts, oh my!

Lunch & Learn with Tensile Brown
WHEN: June 12, 2020 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
LINK: Please register online to participate;” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>; Connect on Zoom (Max 300 participants each week)
THE LOW-DOWN: Hosted by Tenniel Brown of the Centre of Anti-Oppressive Communication; Four Online 45min engaging and informative training sessions with completion certificates.
* This week’s topic: Anti-Oppressive Communication. This week, participants will experience safety, healing and community. Specific information will also be provided about the benefits of an anti-oppressive approach to communication in creating an LGBT2Q+ friendly work environment.

Fruit Loop Pride At Home
WHEN: June 13, 8–9:30 p.m. MT
FEES: Free
THE LOW-DOWN: Edmonton’s Fruit Loop Society is moving their annual Pride celebration online. Performers including Cedar Wildcat, Duke Carson and Beau Creep will be livestreamed from The Starlite Room, and the event will be in support of the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society.

The Vicarious Show
WHEN: Every Saturday at 8:00pm PT, until July 11
FEES: Free
THE LOW-DOWN: Victoria-based artists Shelita Cox and Henrietta Dubet host an online drag show, filled with special guests and spectacular performances, every single week.

ASL Programming
WHEN: June 13 @ 2:00PM
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THE LOW-DOWN: A weekly segment of ASL programming highlighting different art forms. June 13th: Storybook time for deaf and hard of hearing families.

Steers & Queers
WHEN: June 13 @ 3:00pm
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THE LOW-DOWN: Steers & Queers takes to the airwaves! WS&M presents a radio broadcast of our Gay Ole Opry live from the Hymen Auditorium. Carried by our 5,000 watt AM signal all the way from Beaver Weed Ontario, a small town with a 100% LGBTQ population, Steers & Queers radio will reach those who are high AND lonesome and in need of a little Harper Valley PDA. Featuring local news, talented guests and disc jockeys playing both Country and Western, make sure you fire up that HAM radio and settle in for some down-homo entertainment.

Yalla Barra – Middle Eastern Nights
WHEN: June 13 @ 4:00pm
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THE LOW-DOWN: The spirit of the Middle East never dies, no matter what comes our way. Yalla barra will be hosted once again by KeroPatra, host and founder of Middle Eastern nights. The biggest middle eastern LGBTQ+ inclusive party in Canada. Expect an amazing belly dancing performances and more by KeroPatra and music by various artists from the Middle East. Come join us as we take a trip around the middle east.

DJ Summation Set
WHEN: June 13 @ 7PM
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THE LOW-DOWN: Local legend DJ Sumation blesses us with a high-energy one-hour Pride set to lift our spirits! Sum is resident DJ at College Night, the Zone Fridays at Crews & Tangos, Steamworks, Pitbull Events, Jockstrap at Black Eagle, DanceMix’94, DAHNCE KAHMP, AS IF at the Drink and FML at Flash on Church. He’s everywhere and we’re honoured to have him play.

Drag Hour
WHEN: June 13 @ 8pm
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THE LOW-DOWN: Every Saturday tune in for a hour of drag power! Toronto’s finest drag queens and kings put their best looks forward for a non-stop 60 minutes of lipsynching, big hair, big makeup and creative shows. Don’t miss this!

New Ho Queen
WHEN: June 13 @ 9:00pm
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THE LOW-DOWN: New Ho Queen is a Toronto-based art collective aiming to celebrate and uplift queer Asians and queer people of colour. Since its inception in early 2018, New Ho Queen has been redefining and challenging what Toronto nightlife spaces look like by creating celebratory and artful spaces designed to centre the queer Asian diaspora, but welcome all QTBIPOC equally. Though in its infancy, New Ho Queen has already been recognized as an important fixture in Toronto’s queer community, collaborating with countless performers, DJs, artists, designers and photographers, and taking over institutional spaces like the Royal Ontario Museum and Gardiner Museum. When you arrive at a New Ho Queen party, you can expect to be immersed in a visual experience, witness a range of performances that celebrate intersectional narratives, and dance all night long to music by talented in-house and guest DJs. With the intention to uplift the community, New Ho Queen continues to be a positive force in the lives of the queer Asian diaspora, both as a platform for artistic growth and an important space for healing.

The Morning After; Strapped Brunch Takeover
WHEN: June 14, 2020 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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THE LOW-DOWN: Hosted by Strapped, a local artist collective prioritizing women and non-binary POC artists and performers. Login for a cure for your hangover and a healthy dose of vitamin Strapped to cure your Sunday hangover. Featuring resident DJ Ace Dillinger a brunch take over with special guests will get you moving and motivated to conquer a new day and new week!
* This week’s topic: A Live Painting with Kiké
* This event includes ASL interpretation

SodaStream Virtual Drag Brunch
WHEN: June 14, 11 a.m. ET
FEES: Free
LINK: SodaStream’s Instagram Live
THE LOW-DOWN: Join Toronto drag queens Miss Fiercalicious and to/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Sofonda Cox for a round of stunning performances (and drinks) as they celebrate the June 5 launch of their “For the Love of Tomorrow” SodaStream kits. All sales profits will benefit PFLAG Canada.

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