The 2021 instalment of Montreal Pride (or Fierté Montreal) has been underway since Monday, with events celebrating LGBTQ+ communities only poised to ramp up as we head into the weekend and the culminating Pride March on Sunday, August 15.
This year’s official festival programming is stacked with a blend of virtual and in-person events — including everything from a Twitch-streamed Latinx burlesque show on Saturday to a drag brunch barbecue at Parc des Corroyeurs in St-Henri on Sunday — adapted for these coronavirus times, but there are also a number of local bars, clubs, and even a café, hosting their own festivities outside of the Fierté Montreal cadre. Here’s a guide to those local spots where to finish out the week celebrating this year’s Montreal Pride.
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Bar Renard — 1272 Ste-Catherine Street East
Le Belmont — 4483 St-Laurent Boulevard
Party expert Mec Plus Ultra (MPU) is throwing an all-day and -night blow-out at Le Belmont in the Plateau, outside of the Village bustle, on Saturday, August 14. It’ll feature a “patio party” at 4 p.m. with DJs Diskommander and Franz, and a cabaret hosted by drag queen Selma Gahd starting at 10 p.m. Tickets for the show and nighttime festivities are already sold out, but according to the Facebook event, access to the terrasse in the afternoon is free.
Le Cagibi — 6596 St-Laurent Boulevard
This Little Italy coop café is hosting Swana Pride Party, a queer Arab-themed event featuring DJs and artists, on Thursday, August 12, at 5 p.m. Attendance is free, but voluntary contributions will go to AGIR, a non-profit supporting the LGBTQIA+ migrant community.
Le Cocktail — 1669 Ste-Catherine Street East
Drag and drinks are the norm at this Ste-Catherine Street gay bar — and will be a staple at its Pride festivities, with special shows held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (August 13 to 15), featuring numbers from Miss Butterfly, Michel Dorion, and Barbada. Tickets available online and at the door.
Le Date — 1218 Ste-Catherine Street East
With karaoke still banned across the province due to the risk of coronavirus transmission, this staple Village spot has had to slightly rethink its operations: For Pride, it’s hosting nightly “singalongs,” from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. all week, and they’ll go on until Sunday night.
Le Normandie — 1295 Atateken Street
Minéral — 1641 Atateken Street
The youngest venue on this list, Minéral has jumped head-first into Pride festivities with a loaded lineup that began with a sold-out bingo night on Tuesday, and keeps the party going with nightly DJ sessions, and a first-come-first-served drag 5 à 7 soirée on Sunday.
Unity — 1171 Ste-Catherine Street East
Four days of Pride festivities kick off on Thursday on the rooftop of this Village nightclub and end on Sunday with an electronic t-dance (though presumably without the dancing, since that’s banned under the province’s coronavirus directives) hosted by DJ Montana, starting at 4 p.m.
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