From August 8 to 18, Montreal will welcome over 225 artists, 250 activities, and 20 free large-scale productions as the city celebrates the Montréal Pride (Fierté Montreal) for 11 days.
The festival is the “largest gathering of the sexual and gender diversity (SGD) communities in the Francophone world and in Canada,” reads this morning’s press release.
This year’s festival comes with a little bit more weight as the City of Montréal prepares to compete to host the WorldPride event in 2023, according to event organizers.
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Montréal Pride, in collaboration with the TD Bank Group and the Casino de Montréal, has “again exceeded expectations with programming advocating the diversity, parity, and breadth of our communities,” reads the release.
Festival goers will have a choice this year, between the main outdoor TD stage and the indoor Casino de Montréal stage, both located at Parc des Faubourgs.
Essentially, Montréal Pride will be in full tilt, regardless of next week’s weather.
Headlining this year’s list of internationally-acclaimed performers are as follows:
- Margaret Cho
- Steve Grand
- Brian Justin Crum
- Sasha Velour
- Janice Robinson
The headliners will be joined by the following local-favourite acts, shows, dancers, and performers:
- Ariane Moffatt
- Claude Dubois,
- Luce Dufault
- Safia Nolin
- Debbie Lynch-White
- Roxane Bruneau,
- Florence K
- Geneviève Leclerc
- King Melrose
- Kim Richardson
- Eve Salvail
- Fanny Bloom
- Elizabeth Blouin-Brathwaite
- Michel Dorion
- Rita Baga
- Jimmy Moore
“Everyone on the Montréal Pride festival team is particularly proud of our 2019 programming which once again stands out thanks to the breadth of its diversity and especially, its parity,” says Montréal Pride President Éric Pineault. “With the local and international headliners performing this year, we expect to again exceed our previous records in terms of visitors which position the Montréal Pride event as one of the fastest growing Québec-based festivals.”
The festival’s full program, dates, times, and location can be found on the Fierté Montreal website.