Owner, Bar Neon, Toronto
“I have a long-standing tradition of heading down to the 519 Green Space Festival on Pride Saturday to hang out with my best friend and dance our hearts out! This year, I hope we are allowed to “quaranteam” and have a small get-together. If not, my partner, Katy, and I will celebrate virtually with friends. There will definitely be some Champagne and I'll mix up one of Bar Neon's playful cocktails like the Bye Felicia, with tequila, amaro, Fanta and muddled strawberries.”
Photo by Katy Chan
Chef, Hewitt’s Kitchen, Toronto
“Pride to me has always meant celebration and building community, and what better way to do that than hosting a dinner party! Now that we can’t get together in person, I plan to host a virtual dinner party. I’ll suggest a simple recipe for everyone to prepare like my Jerk chicken skewers, paired with a fresh, tropical rum punch. This way we can share the same experience and keep the spirit of Pride alive.”
Owner, The Brockton Haunt, Toronto
“I usually go to a queer dance party in the west end. This year, I’ll probably join a virtual party at Club Hunhouse or Club Quarantine on Zoom. We'll be making funky-coloured drinks and baking rainbow cookies at the café for take-out customers. I’m also bottling our lavender syrup, which is great in cocktails. We call it Lavender Menace as a nod to the radical lesbian feminist protest group in the 1970s. We'll be donating a portion of the proceeds to the LGBTQ community.”
Photo by Michael Stuckless
Pick a Party Platform
By now, you’re probably pretty deft at virtual hangouts. Pick your favourite platform (keeping in mind time limits) and send an invite. Make sure you include the dress code — trust us that your guests would welcome a wardrobe change from their usual sweatpants.
Mix It Up
Share the recipes above, or challenge your guests to make up their own Pride cocktail and name it, and then have them show it off on your call. Better yet, if you have a friend who’s confident behind a bar, ask them to lead you through a virtual cocktail class.
Pump Up the Jams
Get everyone to bring a few Pride-themed trivia questions, or make it a karaoke party! YouTube has thousands of karaoke tracks with lyrics on screen. You can simply share your screen with the group, or if one of your friends is musically talented, you could even ask them if they’ll play a set. At the very least, make sure you have a Pride playlist cued up for dance party interludes.
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