NUIT ROSE is a free annual festival of queer-focused art and performance that takes place during Toronto Pride. It showcases provocative, cutting edge work by diverse local and international artists, and engages LGBTQ communities, art lovers, residents and visitors to Toronto in unique experiences with art across the city. Nuit Rose returns for its fourth year on SATURDAY, JUNE 16th & 17th, 2017.

The theme of Nuit Rose 2017 is BETWEEN VENUS & MARS. Participants can expect transformational encounters with art on one unforgettable night.

Nuit Rose takes place in both indoor and outdoor spaces in two Toronto neighbourhoods: West Queen West and the Church-Wellesley Village. Both of these neighbourhoods have rich queer-activist, visual art, and cultural history.

East Zone: Church-Wellesley Village

The Church-Wellesley Village is one of the most vibrant, colourful and unique neighbourhoods in Canada. It is the main site of Toronto’s Pride Festival, which is the city’s largest cultural festival and Canada’s largest LGBTQ event. The neighbourhood is the traditional home of Toronto’s LGBTQ community, with such notable organizations as The 519 Community Centre, the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, the Glad Day Book Shop, the Canadian Sculpture Centre, and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. On the night of Nuit Rose, a large section of Church Street will be closed to traffic, and Nuit Rose will occur in conjunction with a vibrant street festival taking place as a kick-off to Pride Week.

West Zone: Queen Street West

West Queen West is the largest hub for visual art in Canada, and is known to foster new and emerging talent and ideas. It is the home of the historic Gladstone Hotel, Artscape Youngplace, and many important nationally and internationally recognized art galleries. Our partner galleries include Propeller Gallery, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Skeir Gallery, and the Queen West Art Crawl Gallery. It is also a gathering point for some of Toronto’s most innovative thinkers and creative art makers.

Nuit Rose is organized by the Throbbing Rose Collective, an open community collective of volunteer artists, curators, art producers, culture workers, and enthusiasts in Toronto. If you would like to join the collective or volunteer for Nuit Rose, please contact us by email at

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