2016 Events

2016 Events

2016 Peterborough Pride Events

The event schedule is constantly being updated as new details are finalized so we suggest you confirm details here before the events. For additional information or if you have ideas or questions, please contact us at: events@peterboroughpride.ca.

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Saturday August 13th

1st annual Pride 3-pitch Softball Tournament!

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The 1st annual Pride 3-pitch Softball Tournament
Thanks to everyone that joined in the fun at this event! Contact Kim Kennelly at kennellykimberly@gmail.com for more information and to get involved next year!

Wednesday September 7th

Outreach Fundraiser at Boston Pizza!

Where: Boston Pizza at 821 Rye Street at Lansdowne Street – (705) 740-2775
When: Dinner time
Join us for dinner and/or drinks and our friends at BP will be giving Pride 10% of food sales.

Saturday September 10th

Behind Closed Doors at Lansdowne Place Mall @ 7:30 to 10:30pm

Where: Lansdowne Place Mall, Peterborough
When: September 10th from 7:30 to 10:30pm
Join Pride at this fun private shopping event. For Pride it is a great opportunity to do outreach to more of the community and we share the ticket proceeds with nine other community organizations. Cost: Tickets are only $5 and are on sale at the PARN Office (159 King Street, Suite 302), Customer Service at Lansdowne Place (tell them you want Pride to get the money), and by emailing us at participate@peterboroughpride.ca Come say hi at our booth and have a fun night of bargains and prizes. More about what your ticket gets you: click HERE and on Facebook HERE

Thursday September 15th

Another Outreach Fundraiser at Boston Pizza!

Where: Boston Pizza at 1164 Chemong Rd at Portage Place – (705) 742-6464
When: Dinner time
Join us for dinner and/or drinks and our friends at BP will be giving Pride 10% of food sales.


Printable listing of Pride Week events is available here:


Friday September 16th

Pride Flag Raising at City Hall @ Noon

Where: Peterborough City Hall, 500 George St. N
When: 12:00 noon
The Mayor will read the Pride proclamation and assist in raising the Pride flag on the south lawn of City Hall. Come out and help launch Pride Week!

GET YER SKATE ON! Roller Disco Skate Night @ 7:00pm *

Where: The Village On Argyle, 780 Argyle Street gymnasium
When: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $10/adults or $5 for children under 17 accompanied by adults
Your hosts the Peterborough Quad Roller Squad will play tunes for two hours for your skating pleasure!
SKATE AT YOUR OWN RISK – QUAD SKATES as well as INLINES allowed!! Please bring: water, quad skates or inline skates (We don’t rent…yet), protective equipment: elbow and knee pads, wrist guards and a helmet if you choose,
and a positive attitude! Info on Facebook at “Ptbo-Quad-Roller-Squad”.

Rainbow Axe Throw @ 7:00pm *

Where: Peterborough Axe Throwing Club, 280 Perry St. Unit 1,
When: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $20.00 special subsidised tickets price.
“Rainbow Axe Throw”, an incredible evening of lumberjack good times. Why smash the Patriarchy when you can throw an axe at it? Space is limited!
Website: www.ptboaxe.com

Wild Out Women’s (WOW) Dance @ 9:00pm *

Where: Lion’s Club, 347 Burnham St., Peterborough (MAP)
When: 9:00pm to 1:00am
Cost: $10 at the door
Celebrate Pride with our favourite DJ – Synfully Sweet 19+ event with cash bar and light snacks Sponsored by Rainbow Service Organization (RSO) with proceeds to RSO and Pride!

Saturday September 17th

LGBT not LGBTd; Conversation about the Corporatization of Pride @ 6:30pm *

Where: Bagnani Hall, Catharine Parr Traill College, 310 London Street
When: 6:30pm to 9:00pm
LGBT not LGBTd is a multi-generational event that will aim to bring together the Queer community and its allies to talk about how pride has changed over the last several decades. Pride parades began as a form of political protest but the have largely lost their activist roots and become dominated by corporate interests driving systems of oppression under the Pride mantra. Talk about the history of the LGBTQ2+ movement and the experiences of Queer individuals who have seen the event change. For more details see Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/1855419498014208/

Love Unlimited @ 7pm start *

Where: Catalina’s (131 Hunter St W)
When: Starts @ 7:00pm
Cost: $5 cover at the door
Pride week dance party with Dj Mr. Jeffary Fudge playing the best gay retro anthems (60’s to 90’s) that is sure to bring a smile to your gorgeous face and a spring in your step! The perfect soundtrack to shake off the last days of summer and move into full-on, pride party mode.
Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1758332671048324/

Sunday September 18th

Love Wins @ The Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough @ 10:00am *

Where: The Unitarian Fellowship, 775 Weller Street, Peterborough
When: 10:00am
As Martin Luther King Jr said: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. Let’s take love out for a drive! Speaker: The Rev. Julie Stoneberg; Music: The Occasional Singers.

Pride Worship Service @ 10:30am *

Where: 441 Rubidge Street, Emmanuel United Church (West), former St Andrew’s United Church
When: 10:30am
Come celebrate Pride with the congregations of St. Emmanuel United Church and Trinity United Church. Both are Affirming Congregations of the United Church of Canada welcoming everyone of all gender expressions and sexual orientations. The annual Pride Service will be followed by refreshments and visiting. For more info call 705-745-2722, contact Lyn Miller at 705-741-4271, or email jamsbury@nexicom.net.

Pride Plant Walk with Queer Roots @ 3:00pm *

Where: Rotary Park. Meet on the East bank of the London Street footbridge
When: 3:00pm start
Cost: Sliding scale $15-$20 or pay what you can
Join Queer Roots on a walk along the river where you will learn about plants as medicine, food, and teachers. You will also be making a plant-based concoction to take home with you. Queer Roots is a group run by queer people that facilitates empowering experiences for 2SLGBTQQIAA people in the woods.

Please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/7yk7dgUJfLCTaVHH2
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1597755120524720/
For more info contact queerrootspeterborough@gmail.com.

Pride Film Night – Gen Silent @ 7:00pm

Where: 534 George St North, Seeds of Change, below Emmanuel United ChurchGenSilent film image (East), (formerly George Street United Church)
When: Doors open 6:30pm, film starts 7:00pm
Cost: PWYC donation at the door
Please join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary GEN SILENT (2011). The film explores difficulties that LGBT seniors face while they age. Following the film, a panel discussion and audience Q&A will be held to discuss the issues. Learn more about the film and see the trailer here: http://gensilent.com/. Film made available by PFLAG Durham Region.

Monday September 19th

Peterborough Pride is Healthy: Community Report @ 7:00pm *

Where: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte St.
When: 7:00-9:00pm – Presentation from 7-8pm and Discussion from 8-9pm
“Peterborough Pride is Healthy: Community Report on the Queer, Queering, and Questioning: Digital Narratives for Healthcare Education Project”
Presenters: Tara La Rose, MSW, PhD, RSW and Albina Veltman, MD, FRCPC

The Queer, Queering and Questioning Project (QQQ) draws on the experiences of 3 key informant groups as resources for developing LGBTQ health education digital curriculum materials: 1) healthcare providers who currently champion care for queer individuals; 2) practitioners who may be understood as “allies”, having expressed an interest in expanding their skills in providing care to LGBTQ individuals (but who have not yet focused on this work), and 3) queer-identified people as they access health services. Participants from various locations throughout Ontario (including Peterborough) were encouraged to share narratives about LGBTQ healthcare encounters through focus groups and individual interviews. This presentation will focus on the important themes elucidated during the process of creating the digital narrative texts about LGBTQ health with a focus on issues that are particularly relevant to LGBTQ-identified people living in Peterborough/Kawartha.
For more details contact Sheena Howard at showard@xplornet.com. Co-Sponsors: LGBTQ Task Force Peterborough and Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge

SMASHES: Queer Love in the 1880’s and 1990’s @ 8:00pm *

Where: 140 Simcoe St. Upper, The Monocle Centre for the Arts
When: 8:00pm / Artist talk-back to follow
Cost: $10 (at the door)
Workshop reading of SMASHES: Queer Love in the 1880’s and 1990’s
Written by and Starring Franny McCabe-Bennett, Directed and Dramaturged by Christopher Legacy.
Growing up queer is messy, whether you’re a feminist writer in Victorian-era Connecticut or an overalls-wearing, Alanis Morissette superfan in the ‘burbs. This new one-woman-show examines feminist literary icon Charlotte Perkins Gilman as a queer pioneer and Franny’s own queer identity and coming-out story.
Event produced by Mélanie Dubois and doyouknowellen.com. Details at www.doyouknowellen.com/smashes and Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/625362890978486/

Tuesday September 20th

Peterborough Pride is Healthy: Report for Healthcare Providers @ 12:00pm *

Where: Buckhorn Lake Room, Peterborough Public Health, 185 King St.
When: 12:00-1:00pm
” Peterborough Pride is Healthy: Report on the Queer, Queering, and Questioning: Digital Narratives for Healthcare Education Project for Healthcare Providers”
Presenters: Tara La Rose, MSW, PhD, RSW and Albina Veltman, MD, FRCPC

Presentation similar to the one at 7pm September 19th above but with a focus on issues relevant to healthcare providers working in Peterborough. Practical suggestions on how to best integrate LGBTQ health issues into health education curricula will also be discussed. For more details contact Sheena Howard at showard@xplornet.com. Co-Sponsors: LGBTQ Task Force Peterborough – Health Care Working Group and Peterborough Public Health.

Express Yourself!! Speaking Out @ 1:00pm *

Where: Sadleir House Lecture Hall
When: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Cost: Free
Queer voices are often silenced in our heterosexist society. We are taught to make ourselves smaller, quieter, invisible. This workshop explores techniques for expressing yourself and avoiding being silenced. We will ask ourselves how we hide our identity, disguise ourselves in public, avoid public displays of affection, and even change the way we walk and speak. This workshop is about creating a safe space for us to all be ourselves and exploring the intersectional and multiple ways that we express ourselves differently.

Euchre Gathering @ 6:00pm start *

Where: The Spill, 414 George St. N.
When: starts 6:00pm
Cost: Free
The Spill Cafe extends a warm welcome to any euchre players.
Come try the game and enjoy the fun!

PFLAG Sharing Meeting @ 7:00pm *

Where: 534 George St. N., Upper Room, at Emmanuel United Church (East), the former George Street United Church
When: 7:00 pm
All members of the Pride Community (LGBTTQQI2SA: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, 2-spirit & allies) are invited to share ideas, thoughts, issues of concern, and explore opportunities in a safe space. PFLAG Peterborough is your host for this event.

Drag Bingo at Delta Gaming @ 7:00pm *

Where: Delta Gaming, 1019 Clonsilla Ave.14273271_10157331051080524_1232355846_o
When: Doors open 6:00pm, starts 7:00pm
Cost: $15
Drag Bingo hosted by Ms. Madge Enhat and Ms. Divalicious to benefit Arbor Theatre and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Peterborough.
For more information call Suzanne Davidson at Delta Gaming Peterborough (705) 745-1124 ext 31.

Wednesday September 21st

Drama Queens: An LGBTQ2 Theatre Workshop @ 2pm *

Where: Theatre on King, 159 King Street, Peterborough
When: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: PWYC donations supporting the Theatre on King
Performer/director/producer Kate Story and literary scholar Derek Newman-Stille will lead you in a theatre performance workshop. Exploring performance in a safe, comfortable, supportive, non-normative environment, they will work on techniques of movement and speech in theatre, actor confidence, and Shakespearean text analysis. They will discuss some ways to queer performances. For people with all levels of acting experience, from beginner to Drama Queen. No prior knowledge of Shakespeare necessary!
For more details email Derek at dereknewmanstille@gmail.com or see the Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/161895294216467/

Trent Film Society and Pride present “But I’m a Cheerleader” @ 8:00pm *TFSFilmPoster

Where: The Market Hall, enter from Charlotte Street east of George Street
When: Doors open 7:30pm, Film starts at 8:00pm
Cost: Free screening
A special Pride Week screening of “But I’m a Cheerleader” as part of the Trent Film Society’s ongoing screening schedule. For more about the film go here: www.imdb.com/title/ tt0179116/. Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/1077108319031802/

Thursday September 22nd

The Morning After @ 9am and 1pm *

Where: The Positive Care Clinic (159 King Street St., Suite 305) & Peterborough Public Health (185 King Street)
When: The Positive Care Clinic: 9:00am to 12:30pm & Peterborough Public Health: 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Have the sex you want and feel good the morning after! Thursday September 22nd is Queer Testing Day! Call the Positive Care Clinic @ 1-866-303-2420 or Peterborough Public Health @ (705) 748-2021 for a testing appointment. The risk is not knowing!

Frontrunners Walk/Run @ 6pm *

Where: Meet outside Dreams of Beans Cafe on Hunter Street
When: 6:00pm for run/walk, 7:00pm to eat at Sam’s Deli
All levels of walkers/runners welcome! Meet back at Sam’s Deli on Hunter around 7pm for food and friendly discussion among new and old friends.

Take Back The Night – No More, Step Up, Speak Out @ 7:00pm *

Where: Residence Circle, Fleming College, 599 Brealey Rd. (Peterborough event)TBTN_2016_PrideGuide
When: 7:00pm rally with speakers, music, and spoken word. 7:30pm “Light Your Way” solidarity walk.
Cost: This is a free community event.
Join the “Take Back the Night – Rally and March” to stand up against sexual violence and support all survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and their allies in Peterborough, Cobourg, Lindsay, or Haliburton. Free bus to Fleming College leaves at 6:00pm from Bata Library steps at Trent U and 6:15pm at Seeds of Change at 534 George St. N. For more information go to kawarthasexualassaultcentre.com, on Facebook at “Take Back the Night 2016 Peterborough”, or contact Lisa at lclarke.ksac@nexicom.net or 705-748-5901 x 204.

Pride Spoken Word Spectacular @ 7:30pm *

Where: The Spill Cafe, 414 George St. N.Kathleen
When: Sign-up @ 7:30pm, starts at 8:00pm
Cost: $5 or pay what you can

The Peterborough Poetry Slam presents: Peterborough Pride Spoken Word Spectacular. An Open Mic and Double Feature with Bassam and Kathleen Driscoll With Host Sasha Patterson.


Each year the Peterborough Poetry Slam hosts a Pride event to give space for LGBTQ individuals to share their narratives. This year we are pleased to have two feature poets and rather than a slam competition we are hosting an epic open mic. No judging, just spoken word and lots of love.

ChiSeries Peterborough Presents: The Queer Imagination – LGBTQ2 Author Readings @ 9:00pm *

Where: Sadleir House, 751 George Street North
When: 9:00pm
The third annual ChiSeries Peterborough Pride event features readings by LGBTQ2 authors Fiona Patton (author of The Stone Prince, The Painter Knight, The Silver Lake, and The Golden Tower), Caroline Frechette (author of Blood Relations, Brothers in Arms, and Kindred Spirits), and Claire Humphrey (author of Spells of Blood and Kin, Haunts, and Who in Mortal Chains). Come and listen to some queer writing and celebrate the LGBTQ2 imagination. On Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/189223688155735/

Friday September 23rd

Pride Day on Trent Radio – all day * **

Where: 92.7 FM Radio or www.trentradio.ca to live stream
When: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Tune in for a full day of LBGTQ2 programming on Trent Radio as they explore themes from ideas of inclusion, queer literature, ageing and sexuality, and expanding the notion of ‘the family’ to be more inclusive,and so much more. Join discussions, interviews, explorations, and exciting music on Peterborough’s community radio station – Trent Radio. For more info see Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/157605967977064

Trans Day of Resiliency: Educate, Activate, Celebrate* **TDOF2016

Where: Seeds of Change, 534 George St. N.
When: 3:00pm – 7:00pm
3pm Come as Your Are Collective presents Embodying Gender Workshop and Wares
4pm ‘Living Library’ stories of Trans and gender diverse folks
5:30 Courage Peteborough and Hollaback rally
6pm March
6:30-8 enjoy some food and social
Please join us for the 2nd annual Trans Day of Resiliency as part of Peterborough Pride 2016. We will start with a workshop from Come As You Are and they will be bringing with them an assortment of goodies to look at. Following this, enter the ‘living library’ of trans and gender diverse folks who will share their stories and lived experiences. This is a wonderful way for the broader community to learn more about trans, non binary, 2-spirit, asexual, gender queer and agender identified people. Next Courage Peterborough/ Hollaback will rally us together and we will march down Water St. and up George St. to show the strength and promote visibility of the trans community. Lastly share some food and time together in celebration.
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/646323222194359/

Quick, Queer Meet-Cutes @ 6:00pm *

Where: Black Honey – 221 Hunter St. W.
When: 6:00PM
Cost: $10 or PWYC
Quick Queer Meet-Cutes is a speed-dating style networking event for local, female-identified queers aged 18+ looking for friendship, romance and everything in between.
Event hosted by Mélanie Dubois and DoYouKnowEllen.com in partnership with Black Honey
Check out doyouknowellen.com/quick-queer-meet-cutes for more details or to pre-register for this event! On Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/113239575797371/

It’s a Drag Race! @ 7pm start *

Where: Catalina’s, 131 Hunter St W.DragRacePoster
When: Starts @ 7:00pm
Embrace your inner drag queen and join us at Catalina’s Friday Night for a full night of drag hosted by our resident queens Ms. Madge Enhat and Ms. Divalicious! Featuring a screening of the latest episode of Ru Paul’s Drag Race All Star Season 2, live performances and prizes for the best outfits, it’s guaranteed to be a dragaliciously good time! Sashay away!
Dressing in Drag (Queen or King) is Strongly Recommended.

Saturday September 24th

PFLAG Pre-Parade Brunch @ 11:00am *

Where: 534 George Street, Emmanuel United Church (East), the former George Street United Church, across from the parade starting point.
When: 11:00am to 1:00pm
A pre-Parade Brunch will be hosted by PFLAG Peterborough Everyone is welcome. Come out to the family event and meet new and old friends from the community before the parade! Games for the children. PFLAG Peterborough is delighted to provide food free of charge (Donations will be gratefully accepted). For more info the event or to volunteer to help out email pflagpeterborough@hotmail.com

Everyone Loves a Pride Parade! activities start @ 1:30pm

  • Where: Peterborough City Hall, 500 George St. N.
    When: Activities starting at 1:30pm including reading of the Pride Proclamation followed by the parade at 2pm
  • Bring a friend, the family, yourself and most of all – your pride! Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to be out and proud in your own community!
  • Reading of the Proclamation at City Hall will be followed by the 14th annual Peterborough Pride Parade. It’s all about you (and us) so lets not be afraid to show our spirit!
  • For more information, to Register a group or float, follow the instructions HERE

Pride in the Park – 2:30pm to 6:00pm

Where: Millennium Park (At the east end of King Street)
When: From 2:30pm – after the Parade, join us in the park for:

  • Bar None DJ Services will be spinning family friendly tunes. There will also be great surprise performances.
  • Information booths from agencies that support the queer community!
  • Vendors, food booths, and a beer/beverage garden!
  • Fun for the entire family!

Organizations interested in having a booth should contact prideinthepark@peterboroughpride.ca.

Square Dance for Everyone @ 6:00pm *

Where: St. John’s Anglican Church, 99 Brock Street
When: September 24, 2016, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Cost: Donation at the door
No experience needed – No partner needed
Just show up and the caller Joe Uebelacker will have you dancing in seconds!
Joe has been the caller for Triangle Squares LGBT Square Dance Club for 30 years and is an International caller and recording artist so come out and enjoy!

ActOUT: The Official Pride Show – starting @ 8:00pm

Where: The Market Hall, Enter from Charlotte Street east of George Street – MAP linkActOUTPoster
When: Doors open 7:30pm, Show starting at 8pm
All ages event (proof of age of majority to drink)
Cost: $10 or pwyc at the door (all-evening access).
This will be an amazing show highlighting the extraordinary talents that our diverse LGBTQ+ community has to offer. Performances by the amazing Joyful Joyful (Meagh Culkeen and Dave Grenon theantidoteradio.com/artist/joyful-joyful), Evan Gentle (evangelinegentle.bandcamp.com), and Ginger Ale and the Monowhales (www.themonowhales.com/media-1).
PTBO Pajama Party – The acclaimed radio show hosts with the most, will be MCing this event
An evening of performances not to be missed!
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/510712529138311/

mysterious entity presents: ACT ON IT! @ 8:00pm *

Where: The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W.Michaela
When: 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Cost: $10 at the door
Cabaret of performance and music with Your Host Em Glasspool and performances by: Em, Charlie, Cathy Petch, Jennifer Holub, members of the motley collective, amy cummings, Monica Lewhiskey, and featuring Michaela Washburn of Tonto’s Nephews. Followed by a dance party with DJ DRIVEN starting at 11:30 to closing.

TIDAL WAVE pride aftr party – doors 8:30pm *

Where: Shots, 379 George St. N.TidalWavePoster
When: Doors open at 8:30pm for advance ticket holders, 10pm others
Cost: $10 in advance / $15 at the door, 19+ event (ID required)
Advances tickets available at Things from Mom’s Basement on Charlotte St.

Featuring Divalicious, Madge enthat, Dixie Q, Hey Girl, TJ Steele, Franchesca FeelAlot, Casandra Mistress of the park and djs SWEET TOOTH and DRU

Sunday September 25th

Hangover Bangover Pride Roller Derby Scrimmage @ 3:00pm *

Where: Legacy Bowl, Knights of Columbus Park on Park Street South near Chamberlain Street
When:Starts at 3:00pm
No charge event hosted by Peterborough Roller Derby League
Special Pride Week Exhibition Scrimmage (school yard pick of players from Peterborough and beyond)

Between the Covers: Show and Tell Edition @ 3:00pm start *

Where: The patio of The Only Café (216 Hunter St W)
When: Starts @ 3pm
A monthly gathering of Gay, Bi, Trans, and other men who have sex with men discussing literature with a focus on queer content. For Pride week, we’re inviting all who attend to bring a short story or poem that has spoken to them in some way in their lives and share it with the group for some brief discussion. New members welcome!


* These “third-party” events are associated with Pride but are not run or otherwise under the control of Peterborough Pride. As a result, Peterborough Pride can take no responsibility for the proceedings or any outcome of these events.
** Event made possible by financial support from Peterborough Pride Subsidy 2016 Let us know if you have an associated event that you want advertised!
For additional information or if you have ideas or questions, please contact us at: participate@peterboroughpride.ca