The annual queer and trans Night March, now in its sixth year, led hundreds of marchers through Toronto’s Gay Village, across College Street, before temporarily stopping traffic in front of police headquarters Wednesday evening. In Photos: Toronto’s Annual Queer Night March Blocks Traffic in Front of Police Headquarters
As part of a larger, Pride-wide focus on Indigenous issues this year—the parade’s grand marshal is Cree artist Kent Monkman and the youth ambassador is Kiley May, a Hotinonshón:ni Mohawk and Cayuga storyteller—Tuesday’s AIDS Vigil featured discussion about reconciliation and the unequal health-care access Indigenous people in Canada are still dealing with.
Pouring rain threatened to put an end to the performances, and meant the event’s hosts drew a laugh when they asked attendees to put their candles in the designated sandboxes or risk a fire hazard. But no lightning accompanied the downfall, and the ceremony went on without disruption.
With poncho-clad volunteers walking through the crowd smudging, co-host Ana Demetrakopoulos explained what reconciliation can mean in the context of people living with HIV and AIDS.
This is Torontoist‘s seventh-annual feature showcasing some of the city’s best established and emerging comedic talent, and up until now, they’ve all been female-identifying. The intent has always been to shine a light on performers and creators who don’t resemble the same five white guys (or four white guys and one POC) on a stand-up bill, or the half dozen guys on a typical improv or sketch troupe, or the all-male (save for maybe one or two women) writers’ room for most TV and film properties.
But in striving to correct that imbalance, by promoting more gender-balanced comedy bills, we’ve had to contend with our own bias, and have increasingly come to view the title “Local Ladies Who Make Us Laugh” as problematic. (Singer-songwriter Neko Case wrote a long and influential online essay on the issues with “Women in _____” features that we can’t stop thinking about.) And what sense does it make to stick with the same format when one of the performers we’d already selected to feature admits it makes them feel ill to be referred to as a lady?
In this week's edition, lots of Pride-affliated programming, with comedy, music, Nuit Rose, and the first official parade; plus, Luminato, Hooded Fang, Peaches, The Taste of Little Italy Festival, and more.