Canada Pride Montréal 2017: Over 200 Activities in Celebration of Sexual Diversity and Gender Plurality This Summer!
11 days of festivities. 15 free blockbuster shows. The best DJs every day. Panels to better understand our realities. The most fabulous drag queens from here and elsewhere. Exhibits, a sports tournament and two conferences on LGBTTIQA2S rights.
Montréal, June 15, 2017 —Canada Pride Montréal 2017, presented August 10 to 20 by TD in collaboration with Casino de Montréal, is unveiling its programming two months before the launch of its festivities. Over 11 days, festival goers and revellers will have an unprecedented choice of over 200 activities including DJ sets and free large scale shows every night.
“The activities we offer are really diverse. The festive, cultural and community components all have something appealing to persons of sexual diversity and gender plurality, as well as to our allies,” explains Éric Pineault, Montréal Pride President and founder.
Earlier this year, we’ve announced that Nelly Furtado would headline the festival as well as Montréal is proud, presented by Sirius XM Canada, with Gregory Charles and Marie-Mai, l’Acadie de demain, with Édith Butler and Radio Radio, Supernovas, with David Usher and Jonas, Drag Superstars, with 12 contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race.
New in 2017
The new principal outdoor venue for the event, Parc des Faubourgs, near the entrance of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, will host the TD stage and the Pride House. Activities will also be held on the Casino de Montréal stage located at Place Émilie-Gamelin, a well-known site to Pride Montréal festival goers.
A two-day sports tournament has been integrated into the program featuring seven disciplines including: badminton, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball and water polo. Invitations to participate have been sent out to individuals and teams across Canada. The event is presented in the spirit and tradition of the 1976 Olympic Games and the 1st World Outgames of 2006.
Indigenous Peoples Participation
Vice President Jean-Sébastien Boudreault notes that this first edition of Pride Canada will be more diverse and inclusive, with a strong presence of Indigenous Peoples representatives. “We are honoured to have an important and representative contingent to lead off the Parade as well as for the opening and closing ceremonies of the national conference on LGBTTIQA2S rights,” he says. “Before each event, we will recognize that the lands on which we are assembled for Canada Pride Montréal 2017, are located on the unceded territories of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawks).”
Diverse Cultural Component
Over 11 days, an art gallery will be set up in containers at the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Saint-Hubert Streets. It will feature the works of 10 artists including paintings, drawings, photography and high fashion creations. A presentation on 375 years of LGBTQ+ history and the evolution of the Pride Movement in Canada will be featured at Pride House in the heart of Parc des Faubourgs.
Theatrical productions will also be presented with two well-known comedies in English — Naked Boys Singing and Buyer & Cellar— and a promising drama in French by local author Denis-Martin Chabot: L’amant de Samuel.
An expanded Literary Pride segment will once again feature authors and their works in different Village bars. Activities will include: a book fair dedicated to trans, queer writers and authors of color, an interview with special guest author Kamal Al-Solaylee, the cabaret evening Authors Uncovered , a meet and greet with author Simon Boulerice and the popular Combat aux mots panel. Back for a 5th edition, L’Emmental expiré, coordinated by poet Simon DuPlessis, will present an evening of poetry performance involving a mix of dance, song, spoken word and of music.
About Montréal Pride
Founded in 2007 at the initiative of Montréal’s LGBTQ communities, Montréal Pride is dedicated to promoting LGBTQ rights and celebrates their cultural wealth and social advances. The largest gathering of the communities of sexual diversity and gender plurality in the francophone world, Montréal Pride works locally day-to-day while serving as a beacon of hope for people around the world living in LGBTQ-hostile areas.
From August 10 to 20, 2017, the festival’s special Canada Pride Montréal 2017 edition will be part of the official programming of Montréal’s 375th celebrations and Canada 150 festivities. It will offer more than 200 activities and events, with something for everyone.
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