WorldPride 2014 Toronto Closing Ceremony
An incredible showcase of live performances after the WorldPride 2014 Parade featuring Tegan and Sara, Rich Aucoin, Hunter Valentine, Robin S, Cece Peniston, God Des & She, and more. The Closing Ceremony includes the Parade Awards and the hand-over to the next WorldPride host city. A single night of spectacle not to be missed in the heart of downtown Toronto in Yonge-Dundas Square.
• Alcohol Service
• Present ID for alcohol service (19 years of age and over)
• All ages welcome
• Free to attend event
• Accessible space
TEGAN AND SARA
Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Their unique ability to bridge the pop and indie worlds has allowed their music to cross all traditional boundaries of genre, from being covered by The White Stripes to collaborating with superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta. Having sold nearly 1 million career albums and toured with acts from The Killers to Neil Young, Tegan and Sara have now released their 7th studio album – Heartthrob – as internationally-celebrated songwriters, performers, and artists.
Part indie-rock preacher, part wonder-kind, Aucoin's We’re All Dying To Live is a musical scrapbook compiling over 500 musicians, friends and fans from across Canada. We’re All Dying To Live is a testament to the metamorphic magic of music.“The record is really about making big life decisions or at least about thinking about those decisions and how to live one's life,” says AucoinUnlike his debut Personal Publication (2007), an EP that synchs to Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, We’re All Dying To Live is a very public affair. From St. John’s, NL to Dawson City, YK, Rich invited everyone and anyone who wanted to be on the record. From multiple choirs to some of Canada's finest musicians, we were all dying to sing.Much like the makings of We’re All Dying To Live, Aucoin wants to be surrounded by everyone he knows and loves and everyone he has yet to know and love every night forevermore. Cash in your golden ticket to an all inclusive electro-pop dance explosion.
Like all great love stories, Hunter Valentine’s began in a dark, crowded bar when a girl met a girl and an unbreakable bond was forged over cheap beer and rail whiskey. Armed with a fake ID and a king’s ransom in talent, Kiyomi McCloskey was looking for a drummer and found her rhythmic soul mate in Laura Petracca. It was the first two sides of a Rubik’s Cube. Eight years, two record labels, and three studio albums later, the band has solidified their line-up, put down roots in Brooklyn, and grown their fan base steadily across North America and the globe. Touring 200+ dates a year, Hunter Valentine executes their raucous brand of rock on stages in Canada, America, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the UK – with no plans to slow the pace. In 2012, Hunter Valentine's tour was documented on season 3 of the television series The Real L Word on the Showtime channel. In 2013 they joined Cyndi Lauper on the North American leg of the She's So Unusual: 30th Anniversary Tour.
“Show Me Love,” Robin’s first gold single, introduced her as one of the premier vocalists of the early 1990’s. In 1993, Robin was named “Best Dance Artist” at the Billboard Awards and “Show Me Love” received the award for “Best Dance Single.” Robin also earned the award for “Best Dance Artist” at the industry’s annual Winter Dance Music Conference. Robin’s performances have been seen by fans all over the world, having performed in Holland, Italy, Germany, Portugal, France, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, and Turkey, just to name a few. In addition to her many club shows in the United States, Robin has also appeared on numerous television programs including “Showtime at the Apollo,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Maury Povich Show,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” The Disney Channel, VH1’s “White Nights” AIDS Special, MTV’s “Lip Service,” and many others.
CE CE PENISTON
Peniston’s smooth rhythmic vocal sounds have impressed many legends and high profile celebrities. Among the list of those who have personally requested Peniston at private engagements are Aretha Franklin at her private birthday celebration in Detroit, Michigan, Pope John Paul II in Rome at The Vatican, and President Bill Clinton at both of his inauguration ceremonies in Washington, D.C. Following the abolition of apartheid, Peniston was the first female entertainer to visit and perform in South Africa. Peniston describes her own music as fun and youthful while at the same time signifying deep meaning.
God Des and She
God Des and She were first seen on the Showtime television series "The L Word" performing their provocative track "Lick It" and had a number one video on MTV LOGO for 15 weeks with their song "Love You Better". Since then they have toured worldwide, sharing the stage with artists including Lady Gaga, Salt n' Pepa, and SIA, and have released three albums to critical acclaim. They just released their 4th album "United States of God Des and She" in February 2013, which can be heard here: www.god-desandshe.com
Swamperella delivers authentic Cajun and Zydeco music with total integrity and loads of originality and character . Rockin queers around the dance floors of Toronto for 18 years! Swamperella has released 4 albums and toured from coast to coast multiple times.
"A crowd pleaser? Oh yeah. This band had more people up dancing on the burning concrete of Nathan Phillips square than any group I’ve seen at the festival... " Joyce Corbett, Live Music Report (Review of Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival)
". . . I came back to hear Swamperella play on the Main Stage. Their interpretations of old Cajun and Creole Ballads had the audience dancing and singing along. Those whose appreciation was less active (like myself), were clapping, moving in their seats to the beat or tapping their feet. I do not often see this kind of audience participation and appreciation in public venues but Swamperella is just that good. Swamperella promised us a good time and they delivered." Saturday's Big Party, July 7th, 2013, Larson Heinonen