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Gay North Region's float's participants dance at the Gay Pride Parade in Toronto. June 30, 2013. (Gloria Nieto/The Globe and Mail)

Gay North Region's float's participants dance at the Gay Pride Parade in Toronto. June 30, 2013.

(Gloria Nieto/The Globe and Mail)

Pride guide: Where to go during Toronto Pride week and what not to miss Add to ...

WorldPride kicks off June 20 with a slate of events across the city through June 29. Whether you want to participate, march, dance – or if you’re just here for one of Toronto’s biggest parties, there’s something for everyone. Here’s your guide to Pride:

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If you want to participate

WorldPride Interfaith fair, June 21, 3 p.m.

56 Queen St E.,Toronto

A mix of world religions – including Christian, Sikh, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, First Nations Spirituality – come together at the Interfaith fair to celebrate being an LGBT person of faith. (Metropolitan United Church, Toronto). The fair presents an opportunity for members of the LGBT community to get to know faith-based communities that are working together to promote inclusion.

You’ll also like:

  • AIDS Candlelight Vigil, June 24, 9 p.m.
    A community memorial event to honour the lives of those who have died of AIDS, and to recognize those affected by and living with HIV/AIDS. (10 Cawthra Square, Toronto).
  • WorldPride Human Rights Conference, June 25-27
    A three-day conference that will see a large gathering of LGBT activists from around the world engage in a global discussion about the state of LGBT human rights, among other topics centred around the global LGBT community (15 King's College Cir, Toronto).
  • Grand Pride Wedding, June 26, 2 p.m.
    Close to 200 LGBT couples from all over the world are expected to tie the knot at Toronto’s majestic urban castle in what should be the largest international LGBT wedding in history (1 Austin Terrace, Toronto).

If you want to watch the parades

Annual Trans Pride March, June 27, starts at 7 p.m.

Church St & Isabella St, Toronto

Since 2009, the Annual Trans Pride March has become one of the largest events of the Trans communities in the GTA and will see trans-identified people and their friends rally and march from Church and Isabella streets all the way to Yonge-Dundas Square (Church St & Isabella St, Toronto).

You’ll also like:

  • Toronto Dyke March, June 28, starts at 12:30 p.m.
    Toronto’s annual Dyke March will begin at Allan Gardens and end at George Hislop Parkette near Yonge and Charles streets. It will begin with sign-making followed by a 1:30 p.m. rally, which will lead into the 2 p.m. march (19 Horticultural Ave, Toronto).
  • WorldPride Parade, June 29, starting at 1 p.m.
    Beginning at Church and Bloor streets and going all the way down Yonge Street to Yonge-Dundas Square, the annual Pride Parade is set to be the biggest one yet to celebrate Toronto’s 34 years of Pride and North America’s first WorldPride (Bloor St E & Church St, Toronto).

If you want live music

WorldPride Opening Ceremony, June 20, 7 p.m.

100 Queen St W, Toronto

To kick off the first day of the festival, WorldPride will be holding a free concert in honour of the festival’s opening ceremony at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St W, Toronto). It will include performances by Melissa Etheridge and Deborah Cox, and the ceremony will be hosted by comedian Deb Pearce. It will also include the official proclamation of Pride Week by the City of Toronto and the raising of the rainbow flag at City Hall.

You’ll also like:

  • MTV’s Pop Goes Pride, June 27, 7 p.m.
    WorldPride hasn’t had much trouble attracting high-profile Canadian performers such as Dragonette, Carly Rae Jepsen, Fefe Dobson and Molly Thomason, all set to perform at one of the festival’s biggest free concerts at TD Wellesley Stage (15 Wellesley St E, Toronto).
  • WorldPride Closing Ceremony, June 29, 5 p.m.
    Tegan and Sara will headline the free outdoor concert at Yonge-Dundas Square, which will also feature Canadian indie rocker Rich Aucoin and alternative rock band Hunter Valentine. The closing ceremonies will also include parade awards and the official handover to the next WorldPride host city, Madrid (1 Dundas St E, Toronto).

If you want to party

The Village Welcomes the World, June 21-23

Church and Wellesley, Toronto

Three days of live entertainment and extended licensed patios in the heart of the village (Church and Wellesley, Toronto).

You’ll also like:

  • Sweetness Pride Beach Party, June 22, 12 p.m.
    A kinetic, interactive sculpture. Participants sing songs into a karaoke machine connected to a flame tube that measures sound waves and the flames flare and dance accordingly (601 Christie St., Toronto).
  • Rebels present: DJ and Dance Party, June 29
    A post-pride march closing party (542 Queen St W., Toronto).
  • Toaster Work Wagon by Iskowtiz Prize-winner Kim Adams
    Described as a “mobile concession vehicle” featuring various-sized tandem bikes where the handle-bars have been altered to face in opposite directions (361 University Ave., Toronto).
  • Disco and Divas, June 25, 8 p.m.
    The Village People perform at the 103.9 Proud FM affiliated event at the Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne St., Toronto).
  • Green Space Festival - Starry night, June 26, 7 p.m.
    The WorldPride edition of the annual Green Space Festival at Cawthra Square Park, featuring some of Canada’s best drag talent (11 Cawthra Square., Toronto).
  • Late Night Queer Cabaret, June 28, 10:30 p.m.
    Featuring LGBTQ artists Light Fires at the Harbourfront Centre, Fritz Helder and performances by Boylesque other guests (235 Queens Quay W., Toronto).

If you want to take in some culture

Fan the Flames: Queer Positions in Photography, starts June 18

317 Dundas St W., Toronto

An exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario that explores queer identity and the play of gender. (317 Dundas St W., Toronto)

You’ll also like:

  • What It Means To Be Seen: Photography and Queer Visibility, starts June 18
    An exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre that looks at how photographs have helped to create connections in the LGBT community (33 Gould St., Toronto).
  • ROM Proud, June 27, 7 p.m.
    A night of after-hours dancing, eating and gallery exploring at the Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park, Toronto).
  • Bent Lens: Pride on Screen, from June 12
    A programme that includes Queer Outlaw Cinema, a free gallery exhibition at TIFF Bell Lightbox, a number of retrospectives, series, special events, and free outdoor screenings (350 King St W., Toronto).
Photos by: Fred Lum and Gloria Nieto/The Globe and Mail, Mark Blinch/Reuters

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