Photo courtesy of Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
The true spirit of Pride Week would not be complete without honouring those who have been afflicted with HIV/AIDS. The AIDS Candlelight Vigil sets out to honour those who have died of AIDS. In a solemn ceremony of music, poetry and word, the names of those recently added to the AIDS Memorial will be read out.
The hour-long tribute is hosted by the 519 Community Centre and takes place at 9 p.m. in Cawthra Park, 519 Church St.It’s free and open to the public.
• Lets get this party started. It’s the eve of Pride Weekend and things are about to get ignited. Prism Toronto launches its four night run of non stop DJ filled dance parties. Party goers start off driving hard at Ignition, Prism’s welcome party at 5ive Nightclub, 5 Saint Joseph St., 10 p.m.
• It carries through on Friday, June 23rd at Kool Haus, 132 Queens Quay E., 10 p.m., where it’s off to Boot Camp as military meets leather. This party of sultry sounds, intense gazes and grinding hips promises to make you rougher and tougher.
• Things gets watered down on Saturday, June 24 at Aqua, the outdoor water party at The Docks, 11 Polson St. 2 p.m., where thing are sure to get wet and wild.
It’s back to Kool Haus Saturday night where the main event takes place in the City of Babylon tour with appearances by the Blue Man Group.
• It ends with the party to end all parties, Revival on Sunday, June 25 at The Guvernment, 132 Queens Quay E.
“We at Prism Toronto want everyone to have a fun filled weekend,” says Prism producer Gilles Belanger.“We want people to play safe and to take care of each other. Our event has a littlie bit of everything and a lot of sexiness to go around.”
For more on Prism Toronto visit www.prismtoronto.com.
• Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., continues with its ‘Sexy Pride Week’ theme. Can’t Stop, the down and dirty retro cabaret, kicks off its theatre night. Hosted by dyke Deb “Dirk” Pearce, the two hour show features performances inspired by turn-of-the-’80s artists such as Blondie, KC and the Sunshine Band, Kool and the Gang and RUN DMC. Curated by Erika Hennebury, the show brings together musicians, artists and writers like Lucas Sileira,
The Inflammables, Fat Femme Mafia, Kaleb “Daddy K” Robertson, John Caffery, Nolan Natasha with Julz and Shane MacKinnon. The show starts at 8 p.m.
“My inspiration for Can't Stop was to ask all my favourite performers to create short performances based on some of my favourite music,” says curator Erika Hennebury. “Can't Stoppromises to be dirty, sexy, hilariousand full of hot boys and girls in various states of undress.”
• Don’t adjust your set. After that show is done, Kids On TV, the apocalyptically gay band, hits the stage live with big beats and shameless breakdancing, 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information call 416-975-8555.
Don’t forget the drag queens. Catch them at various Church Street bars in the heart of the gay village.