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Above: Miss Vanjie

The GAYbours: Fifty Shades of Gay, Calgary

June 9, Aussie Rules Piano Bar

With The GAYbours: Fifty Shades of Gay, comedian Jennie Ogilvie and motivational speaker Brigitte Lessard-Deyell lead an unfiltered, authentic conversation on coming out. Blending education and comedy, the show aims to create a safe space for members of the LGBTQ+ community to explore their stories.

1002 37th St. S.W., Calgary, 403-249-7933, eventbrite.ca/e/the-gaybours-fifty-shades-of-gay-tickets-60795315425

Festival at the Forks, Winnipeg

May 24–June 2, The Forks

Head to the Forks to see downtown Winnipeg transform into an LGBTQ+-centric outdoor festival. The two-day event is packed with everything from the festival’s signature Queer Beer by Half Pints Brewing Co. to a killer mainstage lineup that includes local drag queen Prairie Sky and Toronto DJ Bambii.

1 Forks Market Rd., Winnipeg, 204-947-9236, pridewinnipeg.com/pride/festival-at-the-forks

Pride Run in Toronto

June 22

Join the LGBTQ+ community and allies for this fabulous run through downtown Toronto. The biggest Pride fundraiser of its kind, Pride Run is an all-ages, all-abilities event, drawing local community members, national politicians and celebrities who want to show their support and celebrate.

Corner of Church St. and Wellesley St., Toronto, priderun.org

Miss Vanjie, Montreal

June 19, Cabaret Mado

Miss Vanjie became a legend in RuPaul’s Drag Race history thanks to her fun energy, sultry looks and ability to make her stage name go viral while competing on seasons 10 and 11 of the hit TV show. Grab your friends and head to Cabaret Mado to watch the reality star and drag queen perform solo in an intimate room.

1115, rue Sainte-Catherine E., Montreal, 514-525-7566, eventbrite.ca/e/billets-miss-vanjie-a-montreal-60977953701

Gay Guerrilla – Julius Eastman, Halifax

June 2, Halifax Central Library

The late Julius Eastman was a queer black composer and dancer known for his gay manifestos and provocative political performances. In this free happening at the Halifax Central Library, composer Mary Jane Leach explores Eastman’s life and artistic legacy through storytelling.

5440 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax, 902-490-5700, facebook.com/events/638449086617371

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