[Media Advisory] The 519’s Green Space Festival 2023 lineup celebrates trans excellence
The five-day pride fundraising event to support Toronto’s most prominent 2SLGBTQ+ multi-service agency and 2SLGBTQ + communities returns June 21 to 25, 2023.
TORONTO, ON, JUNE 7, 2023 – The 519’s Green Space Festival announced the full talent lineup for the five-day festival at Barbara Hall Park in Toronto from Wednesday, June 21 to Sunday, June 25. The event features an exceptional lineup of world-class DJs, legendary performers, international and local drag performer royalty, and more. In response to rising anti-2SLGBTQ+ rhetoric and violence, The 519 is pleased to celebrate the festival’s Canadian trans and non-binary excellence.
Since 2008, the festival has been one of Toronto’s favourite pride celebrations. Supporting 2SLGBTQ+ communities is Green Space Festival’s reason for being, and it has generated over $4.5 million for the unique programs and services at The 519, Canada’s largest and most prominent 2SLGBTQ+ multi-service agency and community centre.
The highly anticipated festival kicks off on Wednesday, June 21 with Starry Night and closes with the legendary Treehouse Party on Sunday, June 25 at Barbara Hall Park in the heart of Toronto’s Church-Wellesley Village.
- Presented by Gilead Sciences Canada
- Wednesday, June 21, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
- Gigi Goode: American drag queen and reality television personality known for being a runner-up on the twelfth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
- Gottmik: American drag performer and make-up artist.
- Kerri Colby: American drag performer most known for competing on the fourteenth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
- Beardra Bidness: Toronto’s non-binary tiny bearded diva with a unique blend of style, dance and captivating spirit.
- Baby Bel Bel: Won Crews & Tangos Drag Race in 2015 and is best known for her love of Cosplay and Lady Gaga.
- The Bratpack: Vancouver’s drag supergroup who has been entertaining audiences every week at their Thursday Junction residency.
- Ivory Towers: An entertainer out of Toronto who was featured at places like Crews & Tangos.
- Makayla Couture: A Canadian drag performer and contestant on the second season of Call Me Mother.
- Manny Dingo: Full-time Drag King, an amateur DJ, and self-taught dancer.
- Sapphire Woods: Drag Performer, costume designer, and makeup artist.
- Tynomi Banks: Canadian drag queen and a staple of Toronto’s queer nightlife scene since the 2010s.
- Xtacy Love: Top female Illusionist and 1 of 5 Canadians in Drag History to have won a National title in the United States (National Showgirl at Large 2016).
- Jada Shada Hudson: Upon immigrating to Canada, she delved deep into the drag scene and has come out on top! The past 13 years, Jada has dominated not only Toronto’s drag scene, but queer celebrations all over the country.
- And more!
- Thursday, June 22, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
- Featuring: Willow Pill and DJs Horse Meat Disco (UK), The Illustrious Blacks (New York), and The Patchouli Brothers (Toronto).
- Friday, June 23, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
- Featuring: Jaida Essence Hall, Miss Fiercalicious and DJs Timmy Regisford (NYC), Cincity (Netherlands), and Deko-ze (Toronto).
- Saturday, June 24, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
- Featuring: DJs Delicious (Toronto), Eris Drew & Octo Octa (US), Rimarkable (Detroit), Morabito (New York), and Anja Schneider (Berlin).
- Sunday, June 25, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
- Featuring: DJs Ticky Ty (Toronto), Harry Romero (New York), DJEFF (Portugal), Mystic Bill (Chicago), Calagna (Denver), and Lina Bradford (New York).
Proceeds from beverage sales at the festival directly fund The 519’s year-round programs and services for 2SLGBTQ+ communities. Donations are encouraged and gratefully accepted. To donate online or learn more about The 519, please visit www.The519.org/donate.
The 519 would like to thank its 2023 Green Space Festival partners:
- Presenting Sponsor: TD Bank Group
- Gold Sponsors: Gilead Sciences Canada, Molson Canadian
- Silver Sponsors: Jack Daniels Old No. 7, Heineken, Vizzy, Topo Chico
- Official Airline: Delta Air Lines
- Official hotel: Le Germain Hotels
- Official Suppliers: ESKA Water, Loblaw
- Media Partners: NATIONAL Public Relations, IN Magazine
ABOUT THE 519
Located in downtown Toronto, The 519 is Canada’s most prominent 2SLGBTQ+ community centre and service provider. A City of Toronto agency and a registered charity, The 519 is committed to the health, happiness, and full participation of 2SLGBTQ+ communities in Toronto and beyond, while working to promote equity and justice for 2SLGBTQ+ communities through our programs, services, community engagement, capacity-building initiatives, and advocacy. Aside from operating unique programs and services – including dedicated programs for newcomers and refugees, queer parents, seniors, and trans communities.
For more information or to coordinate an interview with a representative from The 519 or any on-site talent, please contact: The519@National.ca
Get our newsletter and special updates