GLBT Festivities in Central Canada
- Montréal's White Party Week - Montreal (April)
Each year, from Easter Thursday to Sunday, the White Party Week proposes five nights of celebration that reach their apex with the White Party mega-event presented on Sunday Night. Having become the most important social and cultural spring event in Montréal, the White Party week also includes various activities related to the new urban culture. Music, fashion, dance and design are at the forefront during this event that celebrates diversity and openness of mind.
- Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival - Toronto (May)
Inside Out is a not-for-profit registered charity that exists to challenge attitudes and change lives through the promotion, production and exhibition of film and video made by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people of all ages, races and abilities.
- Inside Out Ottawa-Gatineau LGBT Film and Video Festival - Ottawa (November)
Inside Out also brings their films to Ottawa each year. The National Gallery of Canada will radiate in pink with vibrant queer cinema from around the world, under the theme of Love! Drama! Sex! Politics!
- Pride Week - Toronto (June)
Pride Toronto is the not-for-profit organization that hosts Pride Week, an annual event in downtown Toronto, which takes place each year during the last week of June.
Pride Week celebrates our diverse sexual and gender identities, histories, cultures, creativities, families, friends and lives. It includes a three-day street festival with over eight stages of live entertainment, an extensive street fair (including community booths, vendors, food stalls), a special Family Pride program, a politically charged Dyke March, a Trans March and the famous Pride Parade.
A ten day long event, Pride Week is one of the premier arts and cultural festivals in Canada and one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world with an estimated attendance of over 1,2 million people. An award winning festival, Pride Week is one of only eight officially designated City of Toronto "Signature Events", is recognized as one of the "Top 50 Festivals in Ontario" by Festivals and Events Ontario, and has been awarded the "Best Festival in Canada" award by the Canadian Special Event Industry two years in a row.
- The Divers/Cité Festival - Montreal (July & August)
Divers/Cite Constant growth and expansion has established Divers/Cite as an internationally recognized festival. Most of the programming is outdoor and free. Their programming also follows set themes that cover a wide range of artistic tendencies that address widely varying audiences. The event proudly showcases modern dance, blues, jazz, pop, Latin, rock, world, funk, ambient, techno and electronic concerts, drag queen performances and an outdoor cineman. The 2010 edition, from July 26th to August 1st, will offer more than 47 hours of free outdoor performances spanning 7 days.
- Halifax Pride- Halifax (July)
Atlantic Canada's largest LGBTQ cultural festival.
- Capital Pride, Ottawa's most colourful festival - Ottawa, Ontario & Gatineau, Québec (August)
Celebrate the Pride of a Nation in Canada’s capital city. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Pride celebrations in Ottawa! The celebrations are coming together for this special year and we want you to be a part of it.
- Black and Blue Festival - Québec (October)
The "Black & Blue"party is a full-fledged festival of social, cultural, sports and party events that lasts for 7 days. In 2002, more than 80,000 people from all over Canada, U.S.A., Europe, Australia, South America and New Zealand attended the events.