Toronto’s Pride weekend is so jam-packed with events and activities that you’ll need the whole rainbow to color-code your calendar. For entertainment at Pride, some of the biggest and brightest stars are appearing onstage on Dundas Square, one of most boisterous corners in the city. So here’s a definitive guide to this weekend’s Dundas Square party so you miss none of your favorite performers.
Kicking things off on Friday’s Opening Night is a whole slew of dazzling urban and R&B artists, from DJs to drag queens to divas. Headlining is the young pop sensation Kehlani, hitting the stage at 10pm. You’ll recognize her from her former teen group Poplyfe, which competed on the sixth season of America’s Got Talent. In addition to touring with Demi Lovato, she’s known for her critically-acclaimed 2017 album SweetSexySavage. Kehlani will be joined by urban DJ and radio host DJ MelBoogie (6 pm), breakout pop star Jordan Alexander (7 pm), vocal and production team TRP.P (8 pm), and 18-year-old rising R&B singer Ebhoni (9 pm).
On Saturday night, the Yonge & Dundas stage is transforming into the home of Drag Ball, arguably the biggest Drag show in Toronto 2018. From 6 pm to 11 pm, you’ll see some of the biggest hair, boldest moves, and fiercest outfits from across the street to around the world. Opening the show is Drag King Hour, hosted by Pretty Munny Productions, who put on a monthly Drag King Show at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Next up is a DJ set from Australian drag queen Kitty Glitter. As the night goes on, shows from Toronto’s biggest drag acts, as well as some of the stars from Toronto’s Empire’s Ball competition, will grace the stage. After that, get ready for the biggest acts of them all: NYC drag queen Brita Filter ,from Shade: Queens of NY; and headliner AJA, who you know from seasons 3 and 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
And make sure you stick around for Sunday’s Final Play show, which will pick up right where the Pride Parade ends off, at the Yonge and Dundas stage. Here, you’ll see a range of performers to help you close off a weekend full of celebrations. Juno-nominated Trinbagonian-Canadian artist Kapri will open the show with her electronic dance beats, followed by award-winning disco DJ Tush and Toronto hip-hop DJ Lissa Monet. Also hitting the stage will be dance master Scott Fordham, who has worked with artists from Janelle Monae to Nelly Furtado. Finally, headlining the show is Grammy award-winning superstar Brandy, with six albums to her name and known for hit singles such as “Have You Ever” and “The Boy is Mine”.
Whether you can make every show this weekend at Yonge and Dundas Square, or only have time to pop in and see your favorite performers, this is a stage you won’t want to miss. And if you want to take a break, go shopping, or grab some food or drink, the Street Fair is a short walk away! And best of all, it’s free!