March 19, 2014 WorldPride Welcomes Country Artists and Metis Story Tellers
TORONTO, ON, March 19, 2014 | WorldPride 2014 Toronto (WP14TO) announces Chely Wright, Juno nominated Amanda Rheaume, Mark Jacob and Steve Grand to join the lineup of performers at this year’s largest international LGBTQ festival. Steve Grand will perform at the opening ceremonies on June 20, 2014, along with Deborah Cox and Melissa Etheridge. Get ready for powerful vocals, driving rhythms and music that takes you on a journey, in Toronto from June 20 -29!
Singer-Song writers front and centre at international LGBTQ Festival
There is always a healthy helping of country, traditional, and folk music at Pride in Toronto, and WorldPride 2014 will continue to deliver. These artists join the previously announced line-up of crowd favorites including: Martha Wash, Hercules and Love Affair, Crystal Waters, Neon Hitch and international DJs David Morales, Quentin Harris.
“We are so pleased to have out and popular country artists like Chely Wright, Amanda Rheaume, Steve Grand and Mark Jacob join us for WorldPride 2014,” says TK, Arts and Culture Manager. “Our stories connect us across borders and generations, and these artists are sure to deliver with powerful story telling, strong vocals, and dynamically strummed guitar.”
WorldPride 2014 Toronto is an international celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. Highlighting Canada’s continued progress in human rights, WP14TO also celebrates the diversity and dynamism of Toronto, one of the world’s most progressive and livable cities.
WorldPride 2014 will present musical genres from rock, pop, dance, hip hop, R&B, country, traditional, folk, retro, disco all live on 10 free-to-attend, all-ages, open-air stages across the festival footprint.
Pride Toronto is the not-for-profit organization that hosts the city’s Pride Festival, an annual event in downtown Toronto during the last week of June and one of the premier arts and cultural festivals in Canada. It is also one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world with an estimated attendance of over one million people. It celebrates the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto's LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities.
*LGBTTIQQ2SA is an abbreviation used to represent a broad array of identities such as, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, two-spirited, and allies.
Sean Hillier, Co-Chair
Shelley Craig, Co-Chair