Gregory Charles and Marie-Mai to Kick Off Montréal Pride Festivities
Montréal, May 9, 2017 – Gregory Charles and Marie-Mai, two show business darlings of Montrealers, will headline the opening show of Canada Pride Montréal 2017, Friday, August 11, 2017 on the TD stage in Parc des Faubourgs, Montréal Pride’s new main outdoor venue.
M.C. and Artistic Director of the inaugural presentation, Gregory Charles will be welcoming on stage Marie-Mai, Karim Ouellet (spinning as of 7:00 p.m.), Martha Wainwright, the Barabé twins, Elisapie Isaac, Matt Holubowski, Dan Bigras, Lynda Thalie, Patrice Michaud, Mara Tremblay, Damien Robitaille, Claude Bégin, Pascale Picard along with country superstar, Guylaine Tanguay.
Montréal is Proud, presented by SiriusXM, will be the first of 10 large-scale shows in as many nights happening in the Parc des Faubourgs, located near the entrance to the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. Programming from the Casino de Montréal stage to Place Émilie-Gamelin, will run from August 16 to 20.
For Éric Pineault, president and founder of Montréal Pride, 2017 is a pivotal year for the festival, now in its 11th year. “As the only LGBTQ event in the official programming of Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, we were compelled to offer a wide range of shows aimed at celebrating sexual diversity and gender plurality here and beyond. With Gregory Charles in charge of the Montréal est fière show, and well-known artists such as Marie-Mai, we are expecting record crowds at the Parc des Faubourgs for Canada Pride Montréal 2017, a special national edition of Montréal Pride.”
Free Entertainment for All Tastes
Along with Montréal is Proud and the Nelly Furtado performance, announced in April, festivalgoers can look forward to:
- the celebration of Mado Lamotte’s 30-year career,
- three T-Dances on Sundays August 13 and 20, including a retro version with the Boogie Wonder Band and of course, the Mega T-Dance
- an evening dedicated to emerging First-Nation, bisexual, queer and trans artists of color: Excellence
- a Tribute to Acadians hosted by Édith Butler to mark the National Day of Acadians
- Supernovas, an intense evening with the singers Jonas, David Usher, Lulu Hughes, Yann Perreau and Kim Richardson,
- Ria Mae opening for Nelly Furtado
- Performances by Canada’s best drag queens during Illusion show
- a humour-filled evening hosted by Elvira Kurt
- a Cuban Fiesta put on by the Cuban Martinez Show
- Ethnie-Cité, a multicultural tour around the world with Moe Hamandi and Em
- spectacular numbers by former contestants of the popular Reality TV program RuPaul’s Drag Race and the winner of Mx Pride Canada 2017
Details about dates and venues for the shows are already online on the Pride Montréal’s website. Overall, more than 150 festive, advocacy and community oriented activities will be offered this summer to the public between August 10 to 20, including the traditional parade along René-Lévesque Boulevard, the Community Day, a sports tournament and two conferences on the rights of sexual diversity and gender plurality. Both the community and cultural components of the program will be unveiled shortly.
A New Partnership with Casino de Montréal
For an eight year in a row, Montréal Pride has been able to rely on TD as the official event presenter and for its commitment in support of the LGBTTIQA2S communities. It is for this reason, that Nelly Furtado, Gregory Charles, Marie-Mai and Édith Butler will be delivering their performances on the TD stage at the Parc des Faubourgs.
“Marking the 375th anniversary of Montreal and 150th anniversary of Canada, the 2017 edition of Pride Montreal promises to be unforgettable, said Stéphan Bourbonnais, Senior Vice President and Regional Director, Eastern Canada, TD Wealth and President of TD’s LGBTA Employee Committee in Québec. TD is proud to support these inclusive festivities that promote the unity of our city and the beauty of the LGBTA community through programming that is accessible to all. For a number of years we have worked to create an environment in which everyone feels valued, respected and supported for who they are. Join us in celebrating diversity!”
A new development for 2017: the festival is being presented in collaboration with Casino de Montréal. The three-year agreement calls for the presentation of all programming on the site of the original outdoor venue, Place Émilie-Gamelin, as well as of the Supernova Show, on the TD stage in Parc des Faubourgs.
“For the first time this year, the Casino de Montréal is pleased to be an official partner for Canada Pride Montréal. We are proud to be associated with this not-to-be-missed festival for members of the LGBTQ communities and visitors from everywhere in the world,” said Lucie Lamoureux, Director of Social Commitment at Loto-Québec. “Festivalgoers are invited to come and see performances by many artists from here and abroad on the Casino de Montréal’s stage set up at Place Émilie-Gamelin,” added Marc Laporte, General Manager, Casino de Montréal.
Montréal Pride also reached a new collaborative partnership with evenko regarding our first of three T-Dance on August 13. A DJ from ÎleSoniq’s line-up will spin for the Montréal Pride festivalgoers.
The festival is also thankful for the essential support of its partners such as: Canadian Heritage, the Québec Government, the City of Montréal, Viagra, the official presenter of the parade, Fido, Montréal Tourism, SiriuxXM, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Quebecor, 24h and Fugues.
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 150 activities and events, with something for everyone.
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