Preparing for Pride Festivities

Happy Pride Month!

Over the last eight months, my office has taken an active role to bring together various stakeholders on several occasions including Pride Toronto, Toronto Police 51 Division, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the Church-Wellesley Village Business Improvement Area, the Church-Wellesley Neighbourhood Association, the 519 Community Center, the City’s Office of Emergency Management, City Transportation Staff, the Clerk’s Office, and the Mayor’s Office. These have been very productive conversations and I am very pleased to provide some information regarding this year’s festival, as well as improvements we have achieved in collaboration with our neighbourhood stakeholders.

Festival-goers

As the first openly out lesbian to be elected to Toronto City Council and as the Councillor for Toronto Centre, it is my pleasure and honour to welcome you to our downtown and Church-Wellesley Village community!

We have a vibrant community as well as a diverse assortment of local businesses which are independently owned and operated by members of the LGBTQ+ community including coffee shops, bars, night clubs, and retail stores. I would encourage you to visit and support these small businesses while you are here. Visit the Church-Wellesley Village BIA website for the full list.

One of the most important updates is that this year Pride Toronto has decided not to proceed with the Open Carry program that was piloted at the 2018 festival, due to safety and security concerns. Festival-goers are reminded not to bring their own alcohol and that drinking in public spaces is illegal. There are many licensed patios and establishments that will be open in the Village over the duration of Pride where visitors will be welcome to come and celebrate.

Please be mindful that the Village is not only an iconic destination to eat, shop, and celebrate our pride, but that it is also located in a residential neighbourhood. Be respectful of our neighbours by putting recycling and garbage in the receptacles provided throughout the festival and keeping noise levels down after 11:00 pm.


Residents

With any events of this size and significance, I believe that it is critical that residents are meaningfully consulted and respected. Many of you have contacted my office to express your concerns with a few staging areas advertised in the Pride Guide.

We have worked very hard in collaboration with Pride Toronto, the Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association, and the McGill Granby Residents Association to ensure the impact on local residents is minimal and that amplified sound is turned off at a reasonable time.

Church & Gloucester
The City has issued a noise exemption permit for the stage on Church Street north of Gloucester Street until 11:00 pm throughout the weekend.

Church & Gould
The City has issued a noise exemption permit for the stage located on Gould Street west of Church Street until 12:00 am throughout the weekend. The stage location has also been adjusted to be entirely off of Gould Street east of Church Street.

Yonge-Dundas Square, Central Stage, and Wellesley Stage
The City has issued noise exemption permits for all of these main Pride Festival stages until 2:00 am on Friday and Saturday and until 11:00 pm on Sunday.

The 519 Green Space
The City has issued noise exemption permits to the 519 Community Centre for Barbara Hall Park until 11:30 pm from Thursday-Sunday.

Portable Toilets
The portable toilets that were on the north side of Isabella Street to the west of Church Street during previous festivals have been relocated to the south side of Isabella to the west of Church Street.

The portable toilets that were on Gloucester Street to the west of Church Street during previous festivals have been relocated to the east side of Church Street on Gloucester Street.

Restaurant & Bar Patios
Restaurants & Bars with patios have been granted patio extensions by the AGCO with the consent of the City. The conditions placed on these patio extensions include no amplified sound on the patio at any time and patios must be cleared by 2:00 am on Friday-Saturday and 11:00 pm on Sunday.

Street Paint/Markings
Pride Toronto has changed the type of paint/road marker used to identify vendor locations this year to ensure it is temporary and washes away shortly after the festival.


How To Report

Municipal Licensing and Standards Bylaw Officers will be on site over the weekend as will Toronto Police and members of my staff. To help you understand how to report, here are the important contacts:

Call 311

  • Noise Complaints

Pride Toronto Dispatch Line: 647-478-8004

  • All festival-related issues

In an Emergency call 911

  • Fire, medical emergency, crime in progress

Non-Emergency Community Police line: 416-222-8080

  • Trespassing

Businesses

As someone who previously owned a small business in the Village, I understand the pressures and struggles many of you are facing. I also know that during Pride you want your fabulous brand to shine and your business to flourish.

Thanks to the persistent advocacy of the Church Wellesley Village BIA, I am excited to share with you that street fair booths will be in the centre lane this year to ensure that our sidewalks are accessible and our local businesses are visible.

Pride Toronto has also committed to working with the Church Wellesley Village BIA to ensure that the placement of vendors participating in the street fair are not in close proximity to a business selling similar products (i.e. a vendor selling dog leashes will not be placed near a pet store).

For those of you with patios, please be mindful of your residential neighbours and help us ensure your patrons are respectful and keep the noise levels down.

Stay Tuned for any updates here...

June 11, 2019

Pride Toronto has issued notices to residents who live within the festival footprint requesting you place an access pass on your dashboard for ease of access throughout the weekend.


June 17, 2019

The City has issued noise exemption permits to Pride Toronto with the following conditions:

Noise Monitoring

  • 2 Noise Monitoring Officers roaming the festival footprint between Bloor and Carlton after 7:00pm
  • 2 Noise Monitoring Officers per stage after 7:00pm (except at the TD Main Stage)

 

Street fair/DJ Risers

  • No amplified sound after 12:00am on June 21-23.
  • No excessive mechanical noise during teardown on June 23 between 12:00pm and 6:00am
  • No vehicles reversing during teardown on June 23 between 12:00pm and 6:00am (reverse beeping causes excessive noise that disrupts the neighbourhood)

Fido South Stage (Gould & Church)

  • No amplified sound after 12:00am on June 21-23.
  • No excessive mechanical noise during teardown on June 23 between 12:00pm and 6:00am
  • No vehicles reversing during teardown on June 23 between 12:00pm and 6:00am (reverse beeping causes excessive noise that disrupts the neighbourhood)

Deloitte Village Stage (Gloucester & Church)

  • No amplified sound after 11:00pm on June 21-23.
  • No excessive mechanical noise during teardown on June 23 between 12:00pm and 6:00am
  • No vehicles reversing during teardown on June 23 between 12:00pm and 6:00am (reverse beeping causes excessive noise that disrupts the neighbourhood)

Bud Light Wellesley Stage, OLG Central Stage, and TD Main Stage

  • No amplified sound after 2:00am on June 21 and June 22 and 11:00pm on June 23.
  • No excessive mechanical noise during teardown on June 23 between 12:00pm and 6:00am
  • No vehicles reversing during teardown on June 23 between 12:00pm and 6:00am (reverse beeping causes excessive noise that disrupts the neighbourhood)

June 18, 2019

The City will not be issuing a Special Occasion Permit for Paul Kane Parkette. However, they will issue a noise exemption permit. As you may have heard, this year Pride Toronto has relocated the Clean, Sober and Proud space to Norman Jewison Park at the northwest corner of the festival footprint. My office has received several emails and phone calls regarding the use of Paul Kane Parkette for purposes other than as the Clean, Sober and Proud space (previously referred to as the "Free Zone"). This particular green space has a deep historical significance which goes back decades and was originally championed by community members who wanted a small space that was alcohol-free.

While Pride Toronto hasn't eliminated the alcohol-free space, only relocated it, the reality is that many festival-goers and local community members will still rely on the Paul Kane Parkette space within the heart of the festival footprint to be an alcohol-free sanctuary.

This decision doesn't preclude this space being used for future festivals, however, I believe it is critical that open and public consultations are held and that there is community support before making a decision of this magnitude.


June 20, 2019

Pride Toronto attempted to deliver road closure notices to all residents and businesses within the Church-Wellesley and McGill-Granby Neighbourhoods, however many of you have contacted my office to report you haven't received them and would like information on when street closures are happening and which roads will be open to local traffic. Click here for the notice.

My office has also created a map to display this information in a visual format below:

2019 Pride Festival Map

Phone: 416-392-7903
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