Check out the complete lineup of events at this summer's 6th annual Sault Pridefest!
July 21 - 28, 2019
Join us at Shabby Motley on the 2nd Thursday of every month for company, coffee, and delicious baked treats.
These folks have been with us since the beginning, supporting our efforts, and giving us a safe space to grow as a community. We encourage everyone to come down and support them.
And you can knit cool stuff!
Our deepest appreciation to OLG for their generous support of this year's Pridefest. It's with the help of caring Canadian companies that we're able to build an even brighter tomorrow.
Flag Raising — Sunday, July 21, 11:30 am
For 6 years now, Sault Pride has watched the rainbow flag fly all week during Pridefest. Join us in celebration of the Sault’s LGBT community as we raise the flag at city hall and commence a week of festivities! Followed by our annual Pride Walk to the Bushplane Museum to commence our Family Fun Day, Loud & Proud!
99 Foster Dr.
Loud & Proud — Sunday, July 21, 1—4 pm
Come join your community as we celebrate each other’s differences. Located facing our beautiful waterfront at the Bushplane Museum, we’ll have numerous activities for the kids, and much more. Try some delicious local eats, peruse what our vendors have to offer, pick up some information and swag from some amazing local agencies, and enjoy the talents of some local musicians.
Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
50 Pim St.
Amore Fashion Show — Monday, July 22, 7:30 pm
Join us for a night of love and rainbows! We're having our 2nd annual Pride fashion show. There'll be beautiful people in amazing outfits, treats, specials, and of course our famous mimosas.
So, please, don't be shy! Grab your friends, your family, and your partner(s) and come on out!
Amore FYP West
331 Korah Rd.
Open Mic — Tuesday, July 23, 6—10 pm
Open Mic Night, hosted by Dryer Fire, welcomes all audio artists and art appreciators to join us as we share our music, poetry, stories, jokes, and more.
Everyone of all ages is welcome.
128 Bruce St.
LGBTQ2SI Community Workshop — Tuesday, July 23, 7—9:30 pm
Come take part in a workshop about supporting the LGBTQ2SI Community with Betts MacKenzie of Guided Solutions Coaching.
235 McNabb St.
All-Ages Karaoke — Wednesday, July 24, 6—9 pm
Are you ready to hit those high notes?! Belt it out with Elly McWatters, an incredible vocalist and the lead singer of Sault Ste Marie's own Re:BORN. Everyone is welcome to join us at Loplops from for some karaoke fun!
651 Queen St. E.
Coffee Night — Thursday, July 25
Relax and mingle with Sault Pride and your fellow community members for a cup of coffee or tea at locally-owned coffeehouse and safe space Shabby Motley.
356 Queen St. E.
Sault Pride Mixer — Friday, July 26, 8 pm — 1 am
Join us at the Water Tower Pub for some drinks and appetizers. The Water Tower Inn is a long-standing ally to the community who flies the rainbow flag every year for Pridefest! Live music by "Soundcheck" starting 9:30 pm.
Water Tower Pub
360 Great Northern Rd.
Drag Show & Pride Dance — Saturday, July 27, 8 pm
Join us at the Canadian Motor Hotel (downstairs) to watch the talented drag performance of Lady Anya Face, former Guest Entertainer/Lead Vocalist for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Princess Cruise Lines. Lady Anya Face is well known for her brash, bawdy live vocals and her larger than life personality! Followed by our annual Pride Dance. Doors open at 7 pm. $10 at the door.
The Canadian Motor Hotel Night Club
410 Pim St.
Church Service — Sunday, July 28, 10:30 am
Join us for a Church Service at the Sault’s 1st Open and Affirming Ministry. Emmanuel United Church is fully inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Emmanuel United Church
224 Bennett Blvd.
Rainbow Brunch — Sunday, July 28, 12:30 pm
After a long week of festivities, relax and enjoy a delightful Sunday brunch with our annual Rainbow Brunch Buffet at the Grand Gardens downtown, $15 Advanced Tickets Only. Purchase at Shabby Motley, both Amore locations, and Scott Coffee Co.
The Grand Gardens Downtown
68 Dennis St.
Celebration of Life — Sunday, July 28, 8 pm
Join us at our closing event as we remember, honour, and celebrate the memories of those whose fight against HIV/AIDS paved the way for us, and to celebrate those who are affected by or live with the virus today.
Bellevue Park Gazebo
62 Lake St.
— download the pdf —
- Call To Action -
End Gay Conversion Therapy in Canada
"Matt was 17 and living in a small town in Alberta when his parents confronted him about being gay. His sexuality was shameful and abnormal, they said, and if he didn't get 'treatment', they would kick him out of the house. Matt's parents sent him to a camp that specialized in conversion therapy, where he was subject to so-called 'treatment' that mixed psychological techniques with peer pressure and good-old-fashioned shaming to 'cure' him of his homosexuality.
Sadly, Matt's story is not unique. Right now in Canada, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and two-spirit youth are being coerced and forced to take part in conversion therapy and other unscientific treatments. Rather than helping kids, these 'cures' heighten a child's sense of isolation and rejection, fueling their depression and anger." (www.change.org)
It Gets Better Canada started a petition to Jean-Yves Duclos, federal Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, to protect LGBTIA rights.Sign The Petition
# of Pride folks in the world
(approx. 4.5% of world population in 2018)
# of countries that allow same sex marriage.
(out of 195, or 14%)
# of LGBTIA hate crimes reported in last 12 months
(approx. 17% of Pride population in 2018)
# of people it takes to make a difference.
Inclusivity — We welcome everyone and want everyone to be welcomed. We are accessible to everyone as we create a sense of belonging and shared purpose.
Diversity — We celebrate the uniqueness of all voices while bringing people together as one community.
Creativity — We inspire our community through education, art, ideas, and the talents of our community.
Sustainability — We plan for the growth of the organization and ensure that future generations can celebrate Pride.
Recognizing a need for a safe space, a prior group, Algoma Pride, was established in the early 1980's. This group of volunteers organized dances and gatherings to bring its members together.
The original organization gained momentum with new members and allies. However, interest diminished once its founding member, Murray Carson, passed away in December, 2011.
Years later, Sault Pride was formed, and in 2014, Sault Pride held its 1st annual Pridefest. This year, we're celebrating 6 years of Northern Pride!
As a growing Pride movement, we aspire to unite and empower people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
We embrace the unique creativity of our local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, intergender, asexual, agender, pansexual, polysexual, and two-spirited artists and performers who are taking us into tomorrow, and we're are open to the needs and concerns of evolving Pride culture.
Feel free to join us in celebrating and supporting our local Pride community.
Thank you to the many generous sponsors of this year's Pridefest, and thank you to all the wonderful groups, businesses, and establishments that support us all year long.
We'd also like to highlight TD Bank and USW for their generous donations and continued support. It's with your goodwill that we can help bring hope and celebration to our local Pride community! Thank you for everything you do for the city of Sault Ste. Marie.