A celebration of LGBTQ Community and diversity in the Northwest

THUNDER PRIDE EVENTS

During the 2014 Pride week, a wide variety of events will be held. Our primary goal is to reach out to the LBGTQ population, offering encouragement, friendship, safety and support. We hope to involve elementary and secondary schools, a variety of work places, college and university students, churches, labour unions and commerce groups, providing both education and entertainment. Our focus again in 2014 will also be on friends and families and the embracing of our wonderfully diverse population.
A major focus of the week will be the Parade and Pride in the Park on Saturday, June 14.

PRIDE PARADE - Saturday, June 14

Be part of the 2014 Thunder Pride Parade on June 14. Find the invitation and registration form here.
Assemble at Waverley Park at 11:45 am. - Parade leaves at noon, moving down Red River Road to Marina Park.
For parade details,go to Parade page.

PRIDE IN THE PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL - Saturday, June 14

For details about Pride in the Park, please visit the Pride in the Park page.
To find out about Pride Artisans and Ally Alley, please visit Artisan and Ally Alley page.


This site will be updated as details for 2014 events become available.


FLAG-RAISING and MEDIA KICK OFF - Tuesday, June 3

  • Flag raising and media launch - Tuesday, June 3 at 10:00 am - City Hall
  • This will be the official kick-off of Thunder Pride 2014.
  • Everyone is welcome to come out to City Hall and be a part of the festivities.

OPENING CEREMONIES AND SMUDGE - Sunday, June 8

  • Spirit Garden at Marina Park
  • Sunday, June 8 from 11:00 am. - noon
  • Elder, Ma-Nee Chacaby will open Thunder Pride week with a traditional smudge and drum. This will be a time for listening and sharing stories of resilience and acceptance. Sunny Drake will also be sharing his personal story of resilience. Everyone is welcome to come out and participate in this peaceful morning event.

SUNNY DRAKE PERFORMANCE - Sunday, June 8

  • Paramount Theatre 3:00pm
  • Admission $5
  • Jimmy is trying to quit romance, cold turkey. An exposing, hilarious and tender look at queer relationships including run-ins with the polyamory police, online dating mishaps, and how relationship scripts and bigger political systems like policing and prisons affect our relationships. Transgender Seeking… includes clever unconventional use of multimedia. Sold out shows in Europe and across North America.


FOURTH ANNUAL PRIDE AWARENESS BREAKFAST - Monday, June 9

  • Play As You Are: Celebrating Queer and Trans Identities in Sport

  • Key Note Speaker - Barbara Besharat - Barb is Senior Specialist in Sport and Recreation at the 519 Church Street Community Centre, Toronto
    Barb has been an advocate for breaking the barriers of homophobia and transphobia in sport. She worked tirelessly on Pride House in February at Ryerson University celebrating the Olympic Games and raising a spotlight on Russia's anti-gay laws. Her address is sure to inspire and inform us!
  • 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.- Provincial Room Prince Arthur Hotel 17 North Cumberland St.
  • Tickets $15 per person
    Tickets available at: The Growing Season (Cash Only), 201 S. Algoma St.
    and Lakehead Elementary Teachers of Ontario office #5-1112 Russell St. phone 624-9159
  • An opportunity for the whole LGBTQ community to come together
  • Presented by Lakehead Elementary Teachers of Ontario and Thunder Pride.

PRIDE LITERARY NIGHT - Tuesday, June 10

  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 7 PM - Free of charge! Family Event.
  • At the Mary J. L. Black Branch of the Thunder Bay Public Library - Community Program Room
    901 Edward St S, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6R2
  • Join us for an author reading with Shani Mootoo, author of Cereus Blooms at Night, He Drown She in the Sea and the forthcoming Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab.
  • We are also offering a diversity themed storytime in the children's programming room at the same time as the author readings. Parents can enjoy the readings while children have their own special event.

FILM NIGHT - June 11

  • Paramount Theatre
  • Doors open at 7:00 pm.
  • My Prairie Home: a Documentary Musical - Featuring Rae Spoon
  • Transgender musician and performer Rae Spoon is crossing endless fields of wheat and a famously big sky in Chelsea McMullan’s documentary-musical, My Prairie Home.

NIGHT OF HEALING - Thursday, June 12

  • Thursday, June 12, 7:00 pm.
  • A traditional smudge at the Labyrinth at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 808 Ridgeway Street. We will then move inside St. Paul's where a Candlelight Vigil will take place.
  • The event this year will feature trans speaker Aiden Kivisto and information about Rainbow Railroad, a refugee sponsorship group.
  • This event is designed to allow people to remember loved ones who have died of AIDS, suicide, gay-bashing, etc. For others who have faced discrimination, been gay-bashed, or bullied, this a chance to begin or continue the work of healing from these wounds, and look toward a brighter future. People will have an opportunity to light a candle and receive a flowerin memory of a death, or a loss, or an episode of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia.
  • This is a quiet event during Pride week. The entire community is invited to share in this ceremony. By standing together we can show this is a caring community.

THUNDER PRIDE DRAG EXTRAVAGANZA - Friday, June 13

  • Friday, June 13, 9 pm., Finlandia Hall, 314 Bay St.
  • This is an ALL AGES event, with 19+ required for the bar and its only $10 for a whole lot of entertainment. Doors open at 8:30 and the show starts at 9:30.
  • Come and pridefully party down with all your favorite queens and kings at the Drag Extravaganza!
  • We will be pulling out all the stops to keep you gagging on the eleganza! Our performers include:
    Wig Wars Winners, Paloma Marquez and Ivan Love, Canada's Drag Superstar - Jade London,
    The reigning Miss Club Edge - Icesis Couture, Miss Ottawa Continental 2001-2002 - Sydney Chanel
    Queen of the North - Lily Tremayne, Winnipeg Entertainer of the Year 2009-2010 - Alexa Silver, and J.J!
    and all your local favorites: Fantasia LaPremiere, Will Ramya, Lo-Leah, Buddy.

  • Hosted by Gia Corangie and FabulousPortia
  • and featuring a comedy set by Veronika Swartz!
  • This is going to be one hell of a party, so be sure to arrive early, as we expect to fill the place quickly!


PRIDE PARADE - Saturday, June 14

Be part of the 2014 Thunder Pride Parade on June 14. Find the invitation and registration form here.
Assemble at Waverley Park at 11:45 am. - Parade leaves at noon, moving down Red River Road to Marina Park.
For parade details,go to Parade page.

PRIDE IN THE PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL - Saturday, June 14

For details about Pride in the Park, please visit the Pride in the Park page.
To find out about Pride Artisans and Ally Alley, please visit Artisan and Ally Alley page.

PUB NIGHT DJ DANCE PARTY - Saturday, June 14

  • Black Pirate Pub 10:00 pm.
  • $5 at the door
  • Featuring secretagent, Jaqi Iraqi, Miss Temperance, and FabulousDave


CHURCH SERVICE - Sunday, June 15

  • Sunday June 15 at 10:30 am. - St. Paul's United Church, 349 Waverley St.
  • We close the week long festivities with a service at St. Paul's United Church, a Celebration of becoming an Affirming Congregation in the United Church of Canada. Come on out! Everyone is welcome.