World Pride 2014

Celebrate WorldPride 2014 with ORAD!

MONDAY, JUNE 23RD TO SUNDAY, JUNE 29TH, 2014 (TORONTO)
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We’re excited to be hosting an entire week’s worth of events for you during WorldPride. Check out this flyer for an overview of what we’re doing each day:

IMAGE AND TEXT DESCRIPTION: Celebrate World Pride with ORAD Ontario Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf Background - Photograph of downtown Toronto, taken from Lake Ontario. The CN Tower is shown prominently. The image has been manipulated to show a rainbow gradient. Signing HQ, Mon. – Sat. 12 – 6pm, OPSEU, 31 Wellesley St E. Meet and Greet Social, Mon. 6 – 10pm, OPSEU, 31 Wellesley St E. "Intersections" Arts Showcase, Tue., 6 – 10pm, OPSEU, 31 Wellesley St E. Tour of Toronto (ASL & IS), Wed. 4 – 7pm, meet at Yonge St & Bloor St. Deaf Pride Party, Thu. 6 – 10pm, River City Condo, 47 Lower River St. Tour of Deaf Culture Centre ($8), Fri. 4 – 5pm, Deaf Culture centre, 31 Distillery Ln. Deaf Youth Performances, Sat. 6:30 – 7pm, Fruit Loopz Stage, 12 Alexander St. "Brave" ASL Flash Mob, Sat. 7pm, meet at Church St & Wellesley St. Join ORAD in the Trans March! Fri. 7pm, meet at Church St & Isabella St. Join ORAD in the Dyke March! Sat. 12pm, meet at Allan Gardens Park. Join ORAD in the Pride Parade! Sun. 12pm, meet at Church St & Bloor St. More information on the ORAD website: new2.orad.ca/events/worldpride-2014

IMAGE AND TEXT DESCRIPTION:
Celebrate World Pride with ORAD
Ontario Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf
Background – Photograph of downtown Toronto, taken from Lake Ontario. The CN Tower is shown prominently. The image has been manipulated to show a rainbow gradient.
Signing HQ, Mon. – Sat. 12 – 6pm, OPSEU, 31 Wellesley St E.
Meet and Greet Social, Mon. 6 – 10pm, OPSEU, 31 Wellesley St E.
“Intersections” Arts Showcase, Tue., 6 – 10pm, OPSEU, 31 Wellesley St E.
Tour of Toronto (ASL & IS), Wed. 4 – 7pm, meet at Yonge St & Bloor St.
Deaf Pride Party, Thu. 6 – 10pm, River City Condo, 47 Lower River St.
Tour of Deaf Culture Centre ($8), Fri. 4 – 5pm, Deaf Culture centre, 31 Distillery Ln.
Deaf Youth Performances, Sat. 6:30 – 7pm, Fruit Loopz Stage, 12 Alexander St.
“Brave” ASL Flash Mob, Sat. 7pm, meet at Church St & Wellesley St.
Join ORAD in the Trans March! Fri. 7pm, meet at Church St & Isabella St.
Join ORAD in the Dyke March! Sat. 12pm, meet at Allan Gardens Park.
Join ORAD in the Pride Parade! Sun. 12pm, meet at Church St & Bloor St.
More information on the ORAD website: new2.orad.ca/events/worldpride-2014

 

All of our events are wheelchair accessible, with a scent-free policy.

ORAD WorldPride Guide

New to Toronto? Want more information about ORAD’s evenings events and the marches? Curious about ORAD’s history as an organization?

Download the ORAD WorldPride Guide!

We will have black and white versions printed out for you available at our Meet and Greet social and the Signing HQ.

Summary of Events

 

SIGNING HQ
Monday – Saturday 12 – 6pm, OPSEU, 31 Wellesley St E.
http://new2.orad.ca/events/worldpride-2014/signing-hq/
Drop in space for Deaf and Signing people. Make crafts, join in a music video, rehearse for a performance, and find information about Deaf communities in Ontario. Great place for a tiolet break or to drink some water for free.

 

MEET AND GREET SOCIAL
Monday 6 – 10pm, OPSEU, 31 Wellesley St E.
http://new2.orad.ca/events/worldpride-2014/meet-greet/
Chat with local Deaf folks and Deaf guests from around the world! Learn about all of ORAD’s events during WorldPride. Games and snacks provided! Free.

 

“INTERSECTIONS” ARTS SHOWCASE
Tuesday, 6 – 10pm, OPSEU, 31 Wellesley St E.
Artist Discussion Panel starts 7pm
http://new2.orad.ca/events/worldpride-2014/arts-showcase/
Delightful evening to celebrate Deaf Queer & Trans artistic talent! Artists will talk about their experiences as artists and individuals. Panel is in ASL, and interpreted to voiced English and International Sign. Snacks provided. Free.

 

TOUR OF TORONTO
Wednesday 4 – 7pm, meet at Yonge St & Bloor St.
http://new2.orad.ca/events/worldpride-2014/tour-toronto/
Learn about Toronto’s Queer & Trans history in sign language! This is a free walk and roll tour. Tour guides will explain in ASL, interpreted to International Sign. Water provided

 

DEAF PRIDE PARTY
Thursday 6 – 10pm, River City Condo, 47 Lower River St.
http://new2.orad.ca/events/worldpride-2014/pride-party/
What is Pride without a party? Come join us for a lovely evening with refreshments, dance music, performances, and lots of laughter. Food provided (both meat and vegetarion options). Non-alcoholic beverages available. Open to all ages, no cover price.

 

TOUR OF DEAF CULTURE – Costs $8
Friday 4 – 5pm, Deaf Culture centre, 31 Distillery Ln.
Meet at 3pm outside OPSEU to go to the Deaf Culture Centre as a group.
We will be back at OPSEU by 6pm.
http://www.deafculturecentre.ca/
Learn about Toronto’s Deaf Culture Centre, which showcases Deaf artwork all year long.

 

DEAF YOUTH PERFORMANCES
Saturday 6:30 – 7pm, Fruit Loopz Stage, 12 Alexander St.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1425314041069150/
Watch the first ever ASL performances at a Toronto Pride celebration! We have a half-hour time slot from the SOY Fruit Loopz Stage performances. Stage is in the park next to Buddies and Bad Times Theatre. Come early so you don’t miss anything!

 

“BRAVE” ASL FLASH MOB
Saturday 7pm, meet at Church St & Wellesley St.
http://new2.orad.ca/events/worldpride-2014/brave-flash-mob/
Want to be a part of ORAD’s next music video? Join the crowd signing lyrics to the Sara Bareilles song, “Brave”. You can practice in the Signing HQ, come up with your own interpretation of the lyrics, or copy the lyrics prepared by Gallaudet students! More details on the Flash mob webpage

 

Get Involved

Exhibit your artwork!

Are you an artist? Do you paint, perform, make films, dance, or write poetry? Submit your artwork for the opportunity to show your talent to the world! You can exhibit your artwork in the “Intersections” Arts Showcase or perform in the ORAD Pride Party. Details are on the Art Submissions page.

Volunteer during WorldPride!

The success of our events is built by the hard work of  volunteers. We have many different volunteer positions available, and you can be involved as little or as much as you want. For more details about volunteer with ORAD during WorldPride, check out the Volunteering page.

Join the Flash Mob!

We’re making another music video this year, and you can be in it! The song is “Brave” by Sara Bareilles—check out the ASL interpretation of “Brave” by Gallaudet students. We are organizing a flash mob, which is a surprise performance in public.

Saturday 7pm, meet at Church St & Wellesley St.
http://new2.orad.ca/events/worldpride-2014/brave-flash-mob/
Want to be a part of ORAD’s next music video? Join the crowd signing lyrics to the Sara Bareilles song, “Brave”. You can practice in the Signing HQ, come up with your own interpretation of the lyrics, or copy the lyrics prepared by Gallaudet students! More details on the Flash mob webpage

 

JOIN ORAD IN THE TRANS MARCH!
Friday 7pm, meet at Church St & Isabella St.
7pm – Rally with ASL interpretation
8pm – March begins!
http://new2.orad.ca/events/worldpride-2014/trans-march/
Anyone can join the ORAD group marching in the Trans March! Show up before 8pm and look for the ORAD sign! Trans folks and allies all welcome.

 

JOIN ORAD IN THE DYKE MARCH!
Saturday 12pm, meet at Allan Gardens Park.
12:30 – sign-making
1pm – Rally with ASL interpretation
2pm – March begins!
http://new2.orad.ca/events/worldpride-2014/dyke-march/
Anyone can join the ORAD group marching in the Dyke March! Show up before 2pm and look for the ORAD sign! Dyke-identified people and allies all welcome.

 

JOIN ORAD IN THE PRIDE PARADE
Sunday 12pm, meet at Church St & Bloor St.
1pm – Parade begins!
http://new2.orad.ca/events/worldpride-2014/pride-parade/
Anyone can join the ORAD group marching in the Pride Parade! Show up before 1pm, so you can find us before the parade gets started. Look for the ORAD sign! Queer & Trans people and allies all welcome.

Accessibility

Ensuring our events are accessible to all ORAD community members and guests is our top priority. We book interpreters, host our events in wheelchair-accessible and scent-free locations, and are open to your feedback about how to make our events accessible to you.

Need something else to participate fully? Tell us your accessibility needs

Looking for a place to stay in Toronto?

Here are some ideas:

1. HI Hostel– this is right on Church street, a few minutes walk away from the village. Serves breakfast!

2. Canadian Backpackers — this is a bit further away from Church/Wellesley village, a very down to earth place.

3. Delta Chelsea — A bit more pricy. However, many have booked hotel rooms and tend to get discounts because there aren’t visual alarms installed.

4. Holiday Inn — Right next to Church Street!

5. Best Western Primrose — a more expensive option but really close to the village.

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Contact Us

Questions, comments, or concerns? Email us directly: pride@orad.ca