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Whose Party?
Whose Blood?


The devil is an act of resistance to power!
The devil is an offense to polite society!
Embody the devil they say you are!

June 18 – 24, 2018

York University celebrates the history, courage, and future of the 2SLGBTQIAP* communities with the annual Pride Toronto festival. Uniting and empowering people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions, Pride Toronto has become a major Canadian arts and cultural event and the largest Pride celebration in North America. AGYU@Pride stands in solidarity with queer communities and their accomplices.

Our LOUD and proud… and blue float, created in collaboration with artist Natalie Wood, won’t be missed at this year’s Pride Parade on Sunday June 24. The parade begins at Bloor & Church Street at 2pm and continues all the way down Yonge Street to Dundas Square. Wood brings Toronto’s Blue Devil Posse to revel at the crowd. Borrowing from the cultural traditions of Trinidadian Carnival, the Blue Devil is a satirical character channeling and deflecting all the fear and hate thrown upon them. Adorned with horns and armed with pitchforks, the devils dance, stare and drool, confronting the audience with screams from their “blood-filled” mouths and threatening to contaminate us with bright blue paint.

Like Carnival, Pride is a revelrous festival deeply rooted in social justice and political action. Along with the York Federation of Students (YFS) and Trans, Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Asexual @ York (TBLGAY) we ask, whose party is this anyways? Whose blood is being spilled in the wave of death and violence in Toronto? Whose blood is being rejected by Canadian Blood Services? Whose blood, sweat, and tears continue to move the 2SLGBTQIAP community forward? York student leaders bring an intersectional approach to care and resiliency in the face of brutality and erasure, asking these hard questions to those engaging the festivities. They unify to rebuild community and reclaim space: together showcasing acceptance, diversity, and inclusivity York promotes while welcoming individuality.

All York students, faculty, staff, and their friends are welcome to jump and dance to the tracks of DJ Carma who has created the ultimate Soca mix of devil rhythms, and music to wine down the Pride Parade. Ensure you dress for the weather and bring sunscreen—the march goes ahead rain or shine.

Join us for Mas Camp on Thursday, from June 21, 12:00pm – 4:00pm in Vari Hall at York University to construct horns and pitchforks, make drums, design banners, and build the float with Natalie Wood and the team at YFS.

On Thursday, June 21, from 6:00pm – 7:30pm artist and writer Samra Habib discusses her international Queer Muslim photo project, Just Me and Allah, and upcoming publication We Have Always Been Here. The session is a roundtable conversation asking, “What does belonging look like for you?”


Keele Campus Flag Drop - Opening Ceremony & Reception
Thursday, June 14, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Student Centre, York University

Know Your Pride: Positive Space Training and Toronto Pride History
Monday, June 18, 11:00am – 12:30pm, York Lanes room 305, York University

York Pride Brunch Reception
Wednesday, June 20, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Vari Hall, York University

Mas Camp: Banner & Float & Costume Creation
Thursday, June 21, 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Vari Hall, York University

Just Me and Allah: Samra Habib Artist Talk & Round Table Discussion
Thursday, June 21, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, TBLGAY offices, Student Centre Room 449A

Trans Pride Rally and March
Friday, June 22, Rally @ 7:00pm & March @ 8:00pm, Church St at Hayden St

Pride Community StreetFair
Saturday, June 23, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Church Street

Dyke March
Saturday, June 23, Rally @ 1:00pm & March @ 2:00pm, Church St at Hayden St

Pride Parade
Sunday, June 24, 2:00pm, Yonge Street from Bloor to Dundas Square

Want to be part of the festivities? Join us at the Trans* Pride Rally and March, Dyke March, and Pride Parade or volunteer at the Streetfair booth. Contact at YFS for more information on how you can march with York in the parade. Bring your re-usable water bottles. It’s going to be hot, hot, hot!

Stay Connected on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat & Twitter for updates and images @a_g_y_u

York@Pride is generously supported by the Office of the Vice Provost Students, AGYU, REI, TBLGAY, YFS, LA&PS, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, and the SexGen Committee.

Born and raised in Trinidad, Natalie Wood obtained her studio training at OCAD and went on to complete an MA in Art Education from the University of Toronto in 2000. Her videos and performances have been presented in venues such as the AGO, OCAD Gallery, Inside Out Film Festival 2015, Nuit Rose, Trinity Square Video, The Caribbean Tales film festival 2014, T&T film festival 2013, New York Mix Film and Video Festival, Images Festival 2006 and Mpenzi Film and Video festival (where she won the Audience Choice Award in 2006). Her art works and collaborative art practices have been presented nationally and internationally in solo exhibitions at WARC, Zsa Zsa Gallery, Caribbean Contemporary Art Centre 7; several group exhibitions (PaperHouse Studio residency and exhibit 2017, John B. Aird Gallery Queer Landscapes 2017 Occupy Space 2016 @ Humber Art Gallery, TSG 2016 @ Gladstone Hotel, The Church St Mural Project 2014, Peterborough Art Gallery 2012, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art 2007), International Art Fairs (Artist Project Toronto 2010, Nuit Blanche 2007, Toronto Alternative Art Fair International). She has received awards from the Toronto, Ontario and Canada Council for the Arts, the 2006 New Pioneers Award for contribution to the Arts in Toronto and was nominated for the 2006 K. M. Hunter Award for Interdisciplinary Arts Award for her web-based project Kinlinks (

* 2SLGBTQIAP is an abbreviation used to represent a broad array of identities such as, but not limited to, two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual. pansexual, gender and sexual minorities, and allies.

Trans* refers to a person whose gender identity is not the same as the sex they were assigned at birth. Community members who may self-identify as trans can be transgender, transsexual, intersex, third gender, genderqueer, genderfluid, non-binary, bigender, or any other identity that is not cisgender

AGYU promotes 2SLGBTQIAP positive spaces & experiences and is barrier free.
Everything is FREE

The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) is a public, university-affiliated, non-profit contemporary art gallery supported by York University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Ontario through the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and by its membership.


For more information on the events please contact Suzanne Carte, Assistant Curator, AGYU at 416-736-5169 or To participate in the Trans* and Dyke March with TBLGAY please contact TBLGAY on Facebook or at

Image credit: Natalie Wood, Blue Devil Posse, Courtesy of the artist.





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