Photo by Alan Miller (1983) courtesy of The ArQuives Photo by Alan Miller (1983) courtesy of The ArQuives

Public Photo Call For Submissions: Joy. Sorrow. Anger. Love. PRIDE.
General public Open Call for your photos, to participate in the first Toronto Pride Exhibition & Publication. Everyone is welcome to submit.

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DEADLINE: DECEMBER 29, 2022

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of The ArQuives, which is one of the largest LGBTQ2+ archives in the world and the only one in Canada with a national mandate. To commemorate this important milestone, the Magenta Foundation is partnering with The ArQuives on a groundbreaking exhibition and catalogue revealing the history of Toronto Pride and we need your help! How have you captured Pride over the years?

Want to be part of Joy. Sorrow. Anger. Love. Pride. and celebrate 50 years of The ArQuives? The Magenta Foundation is calling on the public to share your Toronto Pride memories with us!

Whether you are a professional photographer or everyday pride advocate with a camera, we are interested in exhibiting and publishing your work! In order for us to capture the celebration of PRIDE and bring the best exhibition and publication to life, we want to include all for you! The tried and true participants of PRIDE to join us as we create this iconic project.

We encourage Black, Indigenous, or Person of Colour (BIPOC) photographers to submit their photos. Pride is for, and about, everyone who identifies as LGBTQ2+ and this project’s aim is to present a multitude of experiences from across our many communities.

About the Project

Millions of people from all over the world have attended and supported Pride over the years, yet the significance of Toronto Pride to social development in Canada has never been seen in its historical to present-day context.

Through Magenta’s pilot program and using The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archive—one of the largest LGBTQ2+ archives in the world and the only LGBTQ2+ archive in Canada with a national scope—we are producing a comprehensive research project, exhibition, and catalogue focused on Toronto Pride from 1970 to present.

This will be the first ever Toronto Pride exhibition and publication seen in this context, and presented to a national audience. Our exhibition and catalogue launch will be the closing event of the esteemed Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and coincide with the 50th anniversary of The ArQuives in June 2023.

This will be the FIRST EVER Toronto Pride Exhibition and Publication shared with a national and global audience. The significance of Toronto Pride to social development in Canada has never been seen in its historical context.

With multiple proposed exhibition locations throughout Toronto, including outdoor and digital complementary programming, this exhibition and global publication will feature enlarged archival photographs, print media, and ephemera carefully selected and presented from the archive and the public.

What we're looking for

Here are some examples of photos we look forward to seeing (but not limited to):

  • All Toronto Pride Parades (1970–present day)
  • All Toronto Pride parties (please be respectful; no nudity please)
  • Dancing, celebrating
  • Street scenes
  • Church Street parties
  • Drag performances
  • Pride Events
  • Pride set up and planning

Please note that we are only accepting submissions related to Toronto Pride from 1970 to the Present Day.

The catalogue launch and exhibition will close the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival June 1, 2023.

Submitting and Specs

Submitting is EASY!

We will first ask you to fill out a form and then you can upload your photos!

Please follow these guidelines when preparing your submission:

  • Each one of your digital images must be max. 9 x 11 inches @ 300-600 dpi
  • The file size of each file should be no larger than 20MB
  • Please only send us .jpg, .tiff, or .psd files
  • Please upload a maximum of 10 photos

Please remember the deadline for submissions is December 29, 2022.