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Corey Hart, night march and more
Corey Hart to headline Pride
 
The 1980s pop star Corey Hart, known for his hit “Sunglasses at Night,” will make his first Canadian appearance in a decade at this year’s Toronto Pride festival.
 
Hart’s 1988 song “Truth Will Set You Free” was recently remixed and re-released as a “gay anthem.” Hart, who left the music industry in the ’90s to raise a family, says he wrote the song about a friend who was struggling with coming out. 
 
Hart will perform Saturday, June 30 at 8:15pm at a free, open-air gig on the South Stage.
 
Night march
 
Since so much violence directed at queer and trans people takes place after dark, a night march is planned for Monday, June 25. 
 
Organized by the newly formed group Queers for Social Justice, the march will begin at Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30pm and follow an undisclosed route through the downtown. 
 
Organizers are actively looking for marshals. A training session is planned for Wednesday, June 20, 5:30 to 7pm, at the 519 Church St Community Centre. 
 
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Pride kickoff party
 
The Pride Toronto 2012 kickoff party and international grand marshal reception will take place Friday, June 22 from 6 to 10pm at the Courtyard Marriott hotel. The event is a chance to meet the volunteers and sponsors of this year’s festival. 
 
Last year’s reception included buff male eye-candy (though, sadly, no sexy women), speeches from former mayor Barbara Hall and the Pride Toronto co-chairs, as well as a glow-in-the-dark drag number by Sofonda Cox.
 
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Dyke March/ Libido
 
A circus-themed party is planned for Libido, a night of queer arts and sexy performances on Wednesday, June 27 that will raise funds for the Dyke March. Held at the Gladstone, the event will feature a chorus of 100 vagina puppets by queer artist Coral Short and the Hole-y Army project. The colourful vaginal puppets will also be part of the Dyke March on Saturday, June 30.
 
Libido begins at 8pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Toronto Women’s Bookstore and online at libido-eorg.eventbrite.com.

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Pride Toronto launches Trans Space
 
For the first time ever, this year’s Pride celebrations will include an entire stage devoted to trans and gender-variant performers and artists. 
 
Those slated to perform at the Trans Space include Rae Spoon, Bach Social and Olive-or-Oliver.
 
Located next to the North Stage, across from the 519 Community Centre, the Trans Space will provide information, workshops and support to members of the trans community who are questioning or simply curious. 
 
The safe and inclusive space will be open for the entire Pride weekend.
 
Trans artists will also be performing at many other Pride stages and events.
 
The Trans March takes place June 29, beginning with a rally at Norman Jewison Park at 6pm. 
 
The march kicks off at 7:30pm and will head down Church St. 
 
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Corey Hart
Calm down boys. There is plenty of gay entertainment at Pride. As James mentioned Corey Hart has written a beautiful song about the struggles the LGBT community. It also honors the memory of Matthew Shepard. You can check out a preview of the song at www.coreyhart.com. You should check it out and then you will understand why he wants to celebrate Pride in Toronto with you.
Get over your bitter selves
Tina and "WTF" - get over your bitter selves. There will be lots of fine Gay and trans performers at Pride. Corey hart has a song to perform with a message of understanding and tollerance and acceptance - not that either of you will hear those things. You are too busy putting him down to listen to what he has come to offer.
QuAIA and Queers for Social Justice
The so-called "Queers for Social Justice" is just another front for QuAIA. It was organized by QuAIA supporters and their allies. Don't be fooled by them.
Corey Hart?!
Tina hits it on the head. WTF! Corey washed up Hart? Lots of performers would love to be able to play at Pride, I hope he's doing this for free! I guess we should be thankful we don't have Mirvish trying to flog their crappy shows at us.
Corey Hart! WTF?
What has Corey Hart done recently, let alone do anything for the queer community ever? The fact that the best that Pride can offer us is Corey Hart points to two very problematic things - there aren't enough queer performers out there; or Pride has no idea how to find the queer performers who are out there. It's pathetic and Pride should do a rethink if they think this is what constitutes programming for a QUEER Festival. Queer performers don't get enough opportunities and Pride has the time and money to showcase this washed up dude instead of spotlighting the members of our community who work hard and get so little in return. Shameful.
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