Nelly Furtado to Headline Canada Pride Montréal 2017
Montréal, April 4, 2017 – It is with a great sense of euphoria that Montréal Pride, presented by TD in collaboration with the Casino de Montréal, announces today that Canadian singer Nelly Furtado will headline the festival this summer. Nelly Furtado will give a 90-minute performance on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 9 pm on the TD stage in Parc des Faubourgs. This new outside venue for Montréal Pride, located at the entrance of the Jacques-Cartier bridge, will welcome up to 30,000 spectators for the occasion.
After taking a break from the spotlight in 2013, Nelly Furtado is back with a brand new album, “The Ride”, released last Friday. She received a Grammy Award in 2002 and a BRIT Award in 2007, and made a name for herself with a number of hit songs including, “I’m Like a Bird”, “Turn Off the Light”, “Say It Right”, “Maneater” and “Promiscuous”. With a career spanning two decades, five studio albums, 16+ million records sold world-wide, and a plethora of accolades, Nelly Furtado is a proven chart-topping luminary.
Éric Pineault, founding president of Montréal Pride, is very pleased that Nelly Furtado accepted the invitation. “This is a really big win for us at Montréal Pride. Nelly Furtado is a Canadian artist of international stature with chart-topping hits that everyone knows! And with her new album, we get to discover a whole new side of Nelly. And most importantly, she’s always been an outspoken ally of our communities, caring about the struggles of the members of the sexual diversity and gender plurality. It’s a perfect match!”
In an interview that Nelly Furtado did a few years ago with our colleagues at Chicago Pride, she talked about her connection with the LGBTQ+ communities. “My gay and lesbian fans have been with me from the beginning. I think they could connect to the individualism and free-spiritedness that’s in the songs. A lot of my gay fans really like my early radio stuff, which I think are a lot about being true to yourself and not listening to what other people have to say about the choices in your life. Honestly, I’m not quite sure, but it’s great!”
From August 10 to 20, Montréal will be the host city for Canada Pride Montréal 2017, a special nation-wide edition of Montréal Pride. For the occasion, a new outdoor site will be inaugurated at Parc des Faubourgs with four times the capacity of Place Émilie-Gamelin, the festival’s primary venue in past years which will continue to play a major role during this year’s festivities. The complete program, which will include more than 150 activities, will be announced later in May. The names of the artists who will be on the TD stage in Parc des Faubourgs and the Casino de Montréal stage in Place Émilie-Gamelin during the 11-day festival will be unveiled at that time.
In addition to the rollout of daily shows, Canada Pride Montréal 2017 will also host two human rights conferences – a three-day national conference and a one-day international conference highlighting issues in the Francophonie – as well as a sports tournament, a Community day and the traditional Pride Parade.
Last week we announced the appointment of Sandy Duperval and Zacharry-David Dufour as ambassadors for Montréal Pride and they are extremely excited to promote the festival’s program while also supporting the rights of sexual diversity and gender plurality, here and elsewhere. “There will be several big names!” Sandy and Zacharry-David both foreshadowed.
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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