Your ultimate guide: 17 things to do at Montreal Pride

Aug 10 2017, 3:05 am

Get ready Montreal. From August 10 to the 20, the bright colours of the LGBTQ community will shine bright during Montreal Pride!

With one of North America’s largest LGBT populations, it’s no wonder that Montreal Pride continues to draw hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to dance and celebrate all week long.

From Divas to Drag Queens and everything in between, here’s your all-inclusive guide to celebrating Montreal Pride!

Friday, August 11

Flag raising

Pride flag at a Pride Parade (lazyllama/Shutterstock)

Pride flag at a Pride Parade (lazyllama/Shutterstock)

Displaying our colours with the raising of the rainbow flag is always one of the strongest emotional moments of the Pride festival. A symbol of our global LGBTTIQA2S movement, it symbolizes the affirmation, the diversity and the pride of our communities.

Where: Parc des Faubourgs
When: August 11 at 6:30 pm

Illumination of the Tour de Montreal

For the fourth year in a row, the Montréal Tower of the Olympic Stadium will be illuminated with the colours of the rainbow!

Where: Tour de Montréal, 4141, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin
When: August 11 at 8:30 pm

Saturday, August 12

DJ Set: Gigi

DJ Gigi gives a whole new meaning to the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Resident DJ at the Bar Le Cocktail, guides you back in time to some of the best eras in music.

Where: Parc des Faubourgs
When: August 12 at 6 pm

House of Laureen

Bringing drag out of the village – House of Laureen is Montreal’s premiere drag house of queer weirdos, artists, and performers. Known for their political theatrics and the variety of their acts, House of Laureen invites you to celebrate Pride with all your fabulous, weird, LGBTQIA+ family members!

Where: Cafe Cleopatra, 1230 St-Laurent Blvd
When: August 12 at 10 pm

Sunday, August 13

T-Dance Beach Party

T-Dance Beach Party/ Facebook

The first set will launch this afternoon and evening’s Mega T-Dance with Montréal’s David Laguerm whose spinning will have you in a trance early on.

The second set of this Mega T-Dance is in the capable hands of another Canadian DJ recognized and heard around the world: MISS M. She was named International DJ of the Year at the Global Spin Awards.

Where: Parc des Faubourgs
When: August 13 from 1 pm to 11 pm

Monday, August 14

Asexuality 101

What is asexuality? Are there really people who are neither heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual nor pansexual? Individuals who are attracted to… nothing? People who consider having sex as interesting as washing the dishes? Asexuality 101 is a lecture-show aimed at answering all the questions you have wanted to ask and never dared! A funny take on a little-known subject.

Where: Centre St-Pierre, 1212, rue Panet
When: August 14 at 6 pm


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A rare variety performance event showcasing the excellence of QTBIPOC (Queer and/or Trans Black Indigenous People of Colour) artists.

Where: Parc des Faubourgs
When: August 14  at 9 pm

Tuesday, August 15

DJ Set: Beatrix 

A Franco-Ontarian who is super passionate about DJing, Montrealer DJ Béatrix, has one goal behind the console: to create happy nostalgia on the dance floor. She performs everywhere from Montreal to New York and soon, she may be spinning on Ibiza and in Amsterdam and Berlin.

Where: Parc des Faubourgs
When: August 15 at  7 pm

Naked Boys Singing 

Get ready to see some naked boys. Caution and costumes are thrown to the wind in this outrageous musical revue featuring an original score of 16 songs and a global cast of 6 gorgeous hunks displaying their special charms as they celebrate the splendours of male nudity in comedy, songs and dance.

Where: Café Cléopatre 1230, boulevard Saint-Laurent
When: August 16 at 8 pm

Wednesday, August 16

Moss Butterfly and Franky Dee: Best of and more 

Miss Butterfly and Franky Dee are back with their famous summer show The Trouble Sisters! Offering up a “Best Of” combining their greatest numbers presented in recent years. Get ready for fun and laughter with this duo known for their madness and legendary performances. It’s showtime!

Where: Cabaret Mado 1115, rue Sainte-Catherine Est
When: August 16 at 11 pm

Thursday, August 17

Meet and Greet: Drag superstars

During the Drag Superstars evening, 150 fans can have the opportunity to live a VIP experience by meeting their favourite performers backstage. Meet drag stars Derick Berry, Raja, Peppermint and more!

Where: Parc des Faubourgs
When: August 17 at 6:30 pm

Outdoor cinema: Moonlight

A family friendly event! Experience the outdoor atmosphere with your family and screen the movie in the language of your choice. Popcorn optional!

Where: Place Émilie-Gamelin
When: August 17, from 7 to 11 pm

Friday, August 18

Montreal Her Pride Party with DJ Taryn Manning (OITNB)

With over 2 million users worldwide, HER is the world’s largest lesbian dating and social networking app (inclusive of the entire LGBTQ+ community). Come party with HER at what promises to be the main and biggest women’s event during Canada Pride Montréal 2017.

Where: Le Cinq1234, rue de la Montagne
When: August 18 at 8 pm

Nelly Furtado

Thousands of spectators are expected as Nelly Furtado, the internationally acclaimed Canadian singer, returns to Montréal for the first time since 2013. She is back with a new album, The Ride, launched last March and will give a 90-minute performance on the TD stage singing her greatest hits and new songs from her album.

Where: Parc des Faubourgs
When: August 18 at 8 pm

Saturday, August 19

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini yoga is a high-energy, holistic technique combining meditation, exercise, breath, posture and mantra techniques in which lower-body the energy is slowly released in exchange for upper-body energy. The session will be led by yogi Pierre Appleby.

Where: Place Émilie-Gamelin
When: August 19 at 4 pm


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As part of the Canada Pride Montréal 2017 program, Ethnie-Cité seeks to be a rallying point mirroring the ethnic diversity of our city. This grand multicultural evening hosted by stage darlings Moe and comic Em features an extraordinary journey to the four corners of the world. From East to West and North to South, it aims to illustrate diversity through differences.

Where: Place Émilie-Gamelin
When: August 19 at 9 pm

Sunday, August 20

The Parade

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Join in on the ever-popular and colourful Pride Parade on August 20, starting at noon along René-Lévesque Boulevard.

The moment of silence will be held at 1:30 pm.

Where: Boulevard René-Lévesque OuestFrom Drummond to Alexandre-DeSève Streets
When: August 20 at noon

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