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The June First Thursday: The Official Pride Month Launch Party

First Thursday performer Junglepussy

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At the Door: $16 Non-Members / $14 AGO Members

First Thursday Admission + exhibition entry to Georgia O’Keeffe
Georgia O'Keeffe is open from 7:00PM to 9:30 PM - last entry will be at 9:00 PM
Advance Tickets: $23 / $11 AGO Members
At the Door: $26 / $14 AGO Members


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Art Parties

The June First Thursday: The Official Pride Month Launch Party

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Art Gallery of Ontario

On June 1, the AGO celebrates a vision of Pride created by the programmers of Blockorama, its longest running stage, featuring a headlining performance by Junglepussy.

Pride Toronto 2017 celebrates its official launch at the AGO with a visionary program created by Syrus Marcus Ware and Kyisha Williams on behalf of Blackness Yes, who have programmed the legendary Blockorama stage for nearly 20 years. The night brings together DJs artist projects, performances, talks, interactives, special installations and a performance by the New York-based hip hop artist Junglepussy to celebrate Black queer and trans lives, art and activism, and all things Pride!

Highlights include:

  • DJ sets by DJ DurtyDabz and DJ Craig Dominic
  • Artist projects by Melisse Watson, Rodney Diverlus and Ella Cooper
  • A special installation of artist-designed banners created for the Blockorama stage
  • Pop-up talks by artists, activists and curators including Barak adé Soleil
  • Hands-on interactive art-making Nadijah Robinson and Belinda Ageda


  • An artist-designed program by Amber Williams King
  • A headlining set by Junglepussy at 10 pm in Walker Court
  • Plus, more surprises to be announced...

And of course, it wouldn’t be First Thursday without delicious food in our Night Market, drinks and dancing. Plus, don’t miss Out of the Vaults, our monthly one-night-only installation of rarely seen works from the AGO collection. Start your summer off with a celebration of community power at the AGO. All are welcome!

For all the latest details on First Thursdays, follow #AGO1st on Twitter and Instagram.
Follow Pride Toronto on social channels @pridetoronto.
Follow Blackness Yes on Facebook @blacknessyes and on Twitter @blockorama.

For requests for Verbal Description, American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and/or live captioning for online and onsite programming, please provide three weeks notice in advance of the event date. The AGO will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made with less than three weeks notice. Please note that automated captioning is available for all online programs. For onsite visits, the AGO offers these supports for an accessible visit. Please contact us to make a request for these or other accessibility accommodations. Learn more about accessibility at the AGO.


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