– Arts Festival 2005

In 2005 our Festival was called Pride Toronto West.

One day event on Saturday June 11th and proceeded Pride Toronto Week


West Toronto Pride Festival is now an annual celebration of events happening in gay Toronto’ queer west-end of city. It’s organized by Gay West Community Network a centre serving the LGBTTIQ community since 2001. West Toronto Pride Festival Committee is a non-profit, volunteer based organization

Five years ago, there was not much happening in the queer west end of our city. “My, how we have grown since then.” There were over 20 alternative to Toronto Pride events held in the Queer West Village events in 2005. Unlike Pride Toronto, which is a huge stage-managed national tourist attraction. West Toronto Pride Festival is a series of small queer neighbourhood events, inclusive, democratic, outrageous – and positively revolutionary. West Toronto Pride Festival is  not associated with the Pride Toronto Organization.


The 2005 Pride Day Picnic Saturday June 11 from 4 pm to 8 pm. What would have been a better opportunity on this day than to head to a gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans outing that anyone would love? This free event provided yummy grilled fare, and live entertainment. Complimentary picnic fare was served from 6 pm to 7 pm.

Pride West Toronto was working with several community organizations to co-produce this event. Each group that participated was responsible for one area such as food, music and promotion.

For the afternoon, hungary people headed to the private garden parkette, where they satiated a hearty appetite with various salads, cakes, bottled water, soft drinks, coffee, hamburgers and hot dogs cooked on an amazing grill the size of a Volkswagen. While listening to entertainment provided by: Tantrum, Her Again, Broadband, Last Nerve Productions, and I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble. MC and musical interludes by DJ Triple XVegetarian food alternatives were included as well.

With no sign up and free admission, we made it easy and accessible for you and your family to spend a joyous day of fun outdoors. Volunteers were welcome to help with setup, cleanup and raffle organizing.

Eat, Drink and Be Merrier with Businesses and Organizations that support our Pride Festival


The organizers would like thank, the many volunteers, DJ’s, community organizations, media publications and friendly business donors, that made Pride Day and the Pride Bike Rally a success in 2005.

Ali Roti Shop, 1500 Queen St. West, 416-536-4138
Bacchus Roti Shop, 1376 Queen St. W., 416-532-8191
Gladstone Hotel 1249 Queen Street West, 416-535-8089
The T Shirt Shop, Toronto Parkdale
Easy – a funky luncheonette at 1645 Queen St. W., 416-537-4893
DJ Triple X Music, promotion and stage management.
Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen Street West. 416-536-7717.
Gay West Community Network Festival organizer, Queer West Village Toronto, 416-533-6428
Dufflet Pastries David Jones, retail store manager 787 Queen Street West 416-504-2870.
Rhino’s Bar & Grill 1249 Queen Street W.
Rustic Cosmo Cafe. 1278 Queen Street W., 416-531-4924.
Mitzi’s Sister bar/restaurant., 1554 Queen Street West, 416-532-2570.
Mezzrow’s Jazz Club- 1546 Queen W. 416-535-4906.
NOW Toronto’s Entertainment Weekly.
Parkdale Liberty Newspaper, Steve McKinley editor, 365 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-943-7300
“I’m With Stupid” T-Shirt Shop 1300 Queen Street W. 416. 537-6812.
The Drake Hotel Jeff Stober, manager/owner,1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, 416-531-5042.
Parkdale Community Health Centre Festival organizer, Parkdale Pride
Parkdale Village B.I.A. Mark Smith, 1313 Queen Street West. Toronto, Ontario. 416-536-6918
St. Joseph’s Women’s Health Centre Festival organizer, Parkdale Pride
Sunnyside Pavillion Cafe 1755 Lakeshore Blvd W. (for Pride Ride, June 11)


We have some exciting plans for Pride Toronto West in 2006 in the works ( Beer Garden sponsor and new location larger venue for Pride Day, and more live music events though out the Queer West Village, merchandise, community fair booths. Perhaps teaming with Pride Toronto Committee, as a separate community partner?) We are 100% committed to keeping the Festival free of charge for everyone.

Mission Statement

West Toronto Pride Festival Committee believes that providing a safe and nurturing environment for individuals, groups and organizations is the key to keeping our community alive and vibrant. It is our goal to foster individual empowerment and to give everyone a better sense of the queer community spirit in Toronto’s queer west village neighbourhoods. We do this by organizing and sponsoring community activities and by increasing public awareness and understanding of gay, lesbian, biexual, transgendered and queer lives. In the spirit of Stonewall, West Toronto Pride Festival Committee welcomes the participation of all, regardless of age, creed, gender, gender identification, HIV status, national origin, physical, mental or developmental ability, race, religion or sexual orientation. Only by standing together can we make a difference.




Gay West Community Network Inc (Queer West) was founded in 2000 and incorporated in 2008, as a not for profit organization. We are dedicated to producing performing arts festivals for the purposes of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of performing arts and to educate artists through participation in such festivals and related workshops.

Head Office 416-879-7954 queerwestartsfestival@gmail.com