Press Release



ambassadeurs_enMontréal, March 28, 2017 – Montréal Pride is pleased to announce the appointment of Sandy Duperval and Zacharry-David Dufour as ambassadors for Canada Pride Montréal 2017, a pan-Canadian edition of Montréal Pride, which will be held from August 10 to 20, 2017. Enthusiastic about the festival program, the two ambassadors are extremely excited to promote the festivities and activities while also supporting the rights of sexual diversity and gender plurality, here and elsewhere.

The ambassadors will help promote the two human rights conferences, the sports tournament, Community Day and the Pride Parade to the media. “This edition of Canada Pride Montréal 2017 is going to be incredible with an 11-day program instead of the usual seven. With the addition of a second outdoor site at Parc des Faubourgs, we will be able to welcome even more festivalgoers,” says Sandy Duperval, DJ and internationally renowned singer.

Currently studying psychology at Université Laval, Zacharry-David became widely-known to the public following his participation in the reality TV series “Je suis trans”, which is now in its second season. “With more than 150 planned events, there will be activities for all members of the LGBTTIQA2S community. Every effort is being made so that everyone can find their place in the Pride celebrations,” he said.

On August 15-17, 2017, the conference entitled “LGBTTIQA2S Realities: Our Struggles, Our Victories, Our Challenges” will be an opportunity to assess the state of LGBTTIQA2S rights in Canada. Its objective is to bring together community and cultural partners, academic researchers, workers’ groups and government representatives for an innovative and open discussion of important issues.

On August 18, 2017, “Equality and Legality – International Conference on Sexual Diversity and Gender Plurality in Francophonie” will be the first international conference to address LGBTQ rights in the context of the Francophone world. It will examine the state of rights and the quest for equality regarding issues of sexual diversity and gender plurality in the 80 countries that identify with the Francophonie.

These two conferences on sexual diversity and gender plurality will be a great opportunity for all those who care about the rights, health, safety and sexual freedom of the LGBTTIQA2S community. For Sandy, “it is important to continue to fight for our sisters and brothers who do not yet have equal rights and protections.”

The full program of Canada Pride Montréal 2017 will be announced in May. “There will be several big names!” Sandy and Zacharry-David both foreshadowed.

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About Sandy Duperval

Sandy Duperval is a singer, DJ and producer with multiple talents. Her display of vocal control, power and adaptability allows Sandy to communicate her most heartfelt emotions through music. She is one of the very few artists in the music industry who mix live vocals over her DJ sets.

Finalist in the second season of Star Académie in 2004, Sandy has also shared the stage with many renowned artists and DJs all over the world, including Bob Sinclar, Showtek, Ruby Rose, Lil Jon, and Carnage. A friend of Montréal Pride for many years, she is very excited to be an ambassador for this year’s special edition of Canada Pride Montréal 2017.

About Zacharry-David Dufour

Zacharry always felt different, but he didn’t always understand why. In January 2007, when he saw Alexis on the show Tout le monde en parle, Zacharry understood what was happening to him. He too was a trans person. He began his transition in 2011. Even though he is currently studying psychology at Université Laval, Zacharry intends to blossom professionally in the communications or marketing fields.

About Montréal Pride (Fierté Montréal)

Founded in 2007 at the initiative of Montréal’s LGBTQ communities, Montréal Pride is the largest LGBTQ gathering in the francophone world. Montréal Pride is dedicated to defending LGBTQ rights, promoting our cultural wealth and celebrating our social advances. Working day-to-day, Montréal Pride supports local LGBTQ communities 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 featured as part of the official programming of Montréal’s 375th celebrations and Canada 150 festivities. It will offer more than 150 activities and events, with something for everyone.

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For more information :
Louis-André Bertrand
Montréal Pride, Communications Director
[email protected]
C. 514 661-5826

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Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Québec
Ville de Montréal
Patrimoine canadien
SDC du Village

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