Your Guide To Pride

At the LCBO, we’ve always believed in supporting and celebrating diversity — and this year is no different. As a proud partner of Pride, we invite you to join us as we toast the LGBTQA2+ community. Keep the festivities going from home with these cocktails, recipes, party tips, and digital events to help you raise a #ToastToPride, and share how you’re celebrating. Let’s stay home, but always stay proud.

 


Partners in Pride

Bud Light

Bud Light is donating $100,000 to Rainbow Railroad, a Canadian organization that helps LGBTQA2+ individuals around the world escape persecution.

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Muskoka Brewery

Muskoka Brewery has launched their new Born This Way IPA, with 10 cents from each can supporting The Get Real Movement, and their efforts to combat discrimination against the community.

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Pride from Home

Meet some of Toronto’s top bartenders and chefs, and see how they’re keeping the festivities going from home.

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Niki
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

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Aaron
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.”

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Julie
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


Taste the Rainbow

Try out these classics to brighten up any Pride celebration — or any social feed. 

 

The Combier Royale

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La Zona Rosa

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Cider Blackberry Sparkler

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Garden Rickey

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The Blue Lavender Collins

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All of the Pride. None of the Alcohol.

Everyone can get in on the celebration with these 0% cocktails.

The 0% Caipirinha

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The Cucumber Collins

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The South Pacific Sipper

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Make Your Brunch Plans

Keep your standing brunch dates, virtually. Brunch is better in bed anyway.

Maple Syrup, Macadamia Nut & Apricot-Topped Waffles

 

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Eggs Baked in Toast Cups with Spinach, Asiago & Pancetta

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Brunchtime Berry Crunch

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Vegan Cinnamon Buns

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How to Host a Digital Pride Party

Staying home but staying proud. Here are a few tips to help you raise a #ToastToPride virtually.

Pick a Party Platform

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

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

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.

Pride Marches On

Pride Marches On

This year, the parade will go virtual, honouring our courageous past, celebrating how far we have come and remaining vigilant to the ongoing needs of our community.
    

Charitable Partnership 

 

As a proud partner of Pride Toronto and Women’s College Hospital Foundation, we believe that everyone deserves equal opportunity and care. We continue to celebrate and support those who have paved the way for the change we see today, and the change that is yet to come.

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Pride Toronto

We support Pride Toronto’s commitment to the LGBTQA2+ community. Check out what they’re doing this year in communities in the city and beyond.

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Women's College Hospital Foundation

Last year, you helped us raise over $764,000 to support safe spaces and accessible healthcare for all. Learn more about how WCHF is reimagining how healthcare services are delivered to those who need it most.