Press Release

The Espace Casino de Montréal at the 2019 Montréal Pride Festival: Programming that Shows Outside the Norm is all Good!

Montréal, June 12, 2019 — The Montréal Pride festival, presented by TD in collaboration with Casino de Montréal, unveiled today the programming for the Espace Casino de Montréal, days only after announcing two of its headliners: Ciara and Margaret Cho. For a third consecutive year, Casino de Montréal is partnering with the largest gathering of people from the sexual and gender diversity (SGD) in the Francophone world to wow audiences with a FREE program highlighting both deviations from the norm and diversity. Among others, renowned musical artists Roxane Bruneau, Steve Grand, Shawnee and Mike Lee will be joining in the extraordinary line-up of shows such as Place à la relève, FUNDAMENTAL: The 50 Years of Gay Liberation Kiki Ball, Queerlesque, Being Britney, Afro Drag, ManSpread and Drag Syndrome! And it will all be happening at Parc des Faubourgs, from August 8 to 18, 2019!

On Friday August 9, at 6 p.m., Montreal-based DJ Bamboo Herman who started her career in the East End of London’s underground queer scene at the beginning of this decade will inaugurate the indoor and air conditioned Espace Casino de Montréal, with an inspired set of Classic House (Acid, Chicago) and tribal with a touch of London Bass! At 9:30 p.m., she will hand it over to Shawnee, a Canadian Mohawk artist that Billboard Magazine recently added to its “people to know in music” chart while MTV has included her to its “Best Genderfluid Artist” list as a bi-spiritual person.

On Saturday August 10, at 9 p.m., the Place à la relève show, a youthful evening spotlighting numerous emerging artists returns to the Espace Casino de Montréal. Hosted by Middle and Christopher Marlot, this exceptional evening will put in the limelight such newcomers as Nick Saanto, Tommy Khuon + Bussdown, Kat Louis, Middle, Narcisse, Sincerely Shyy, Jojo, Tygr Willy, BiCurious George, Hugo Lacchia, Ezechiel, Néon and Christopher Marlot!

The absolutely bonkers and long-awaited FUNDAMENTAL: The 50 Years of Gay Liberation Kiki Ball will be attracting the crowds on Sunday August 11, as of 5 p.m., with KIKI categories inspired by a half century of struggles, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. This memorable evening which is always full house, will be co-hosted by Elle Barbara, Brian Amazon Disney & Twysted Miyake-Mugler Siriano and notably star Byrelll The Great!

Following a break on Monday and Tuesday, the Espace Casino de Montréal will resume on Wednesday August 14 at 7 p.m., with the rhythms of the Club Bolo celebrating its 25 years of activity and its cowgirls and cowboys ready to set fire to the dance floor! At 8 p.m., the Queerlesque Show will offer up an evening of burlesque cabaret highlighting the scintillating talents of a baker’s dozen of Montreal-based queer burlesque artists who are renowned the world over. Among the artists who will be performing: Bunny Valentin et Bobby Ananass, Cici Garette, Gigi Marx, Grant Canyon, Honey Dynamite, Honey Lustre, La Gourmande, Miss Enchantée, Queeny Ives, Rosie Bourgeoisie, Them.Cee Shecteroni and Talia Della Crema! To wrap up this highly diverse evening, Tranna Wintour and Thomas Leblanc will present the humorous play Being Britney as of 9:30 p.m. Tranna and Thomas along with a hallucinating cast of performers will present a journey to rival a greek odyssey. From the Mickey Mouse Club to I’m A Slave 4 U and including Baby One More Time, from Louisiana to Las Vegas, Being Britney promises to leave no one indifferent!

The charming and fresh Roxane Bruneau will present her intimate performance with the essence only she can share with her audience on Thursday August 15, at 9:30 p.m. The openly lesbian singer, whose marriage proposal went viral, will invite spectators to join her in a universe of her making, free spirited and rich in humour. “The Montréal Pride festival can only be proud of Roxane’s presence as well as that of all the other artists who will once again ensure the success of the Espace Casino de Montréal this year! Roxane is magnificently representative of this venue’s programming that we have wished to be accessible, safe and a reflection of our various communities,” stated Jean-Sébastien Boudreault, the festival’s Vice‑President. An evening not to be missed!

As of 6 p.m. on Friday August 16, it will be time for the 100% Drag Night, offering four different themed variations of the profession this year, including song and the representation of our QTBIPOC communities, of drag kings and of persons living with Down’s syndrome! The Karaoshow hosted by Montréal’s drag queen celebrity Chouchoune will turn the heat up with an evening where singing talents will be spotlighted! Later, at 8 p.m., the Afro Drag show will showcase the multi-faceted universe of Montréal’s QTBIPOC community drag queens. At 9 p.m., ManSpread, the only monthly event presenting drag kings in Montréal, will offer different performances that are guaranteed to surprise under the watchful eye of your host, the charming Charli Deville. To wind up this incredible evening, as of 10 p.m., the long-awaited Drag Syndrome, the internationally acclaimed British troupe of queens living with Down’s syndrome who will take over the Espace Casino de Montréal stage.

On Saturday, August 17 at 8:30 p.m., Mike Lee, an artist of the SGD born in the French territory of Réunion Island and who grabbed the attention of Quebecers during season five of Star Académie, will start things off under the charm theme! The gentleman will offer up pop-modern versions of songs from the crooner repertoire from yesterday up to today. At 10 p.m., one of the festival’s headliners, openly gay singer‑songwriter Steve Grand will take over the stage, a show presented by W Hôtel. This talented artist who has uniquely revisited the standards of his musical genre (much more than country) has reached over 18 million hits on YouTube and will no doubt give another full house performance!

For a perfect ending to this week of celebration and following strong popular demand, the Montréal Pride festival is proud to announce the return of the MUNDO DISKO T-Dance on Sunday August 18, as of 6 p.m. This festive event is a tribute to an ever federating musical genre, to a forgotten cultural phenomenon, to hedonistic rituals and to the legendary nights of clubbing! As with its first edition last year, this inclusive dance happening will blast an Avant-garde Disco atmosphere showcasing all the diversity we are capable of! This year’s dance floor marathon performances will be by none other than Robert Ouimet, B’ugo, Charly P and Lost Heroes, till 11 p.m.!

Please Note:

The unveiling of the complete 2019 programming of the Montréal Pride festival is not over, notably that of all the free outdoor performances on the TD stage, to be announced at the beginning of July 2019. We also reserve the right to announce several sizeable surprises between now and the festival’s beginning!

About the Montréal Pride Festival
Since 2007, at the initiative of Montréal’s LGBTQ+ communities, the Montréal Pride Festival has promoted their rights and celebrated their cultural wealth and social advances. The largest gathering of the communities of sexual and gender diversity (SGD) in the Francophone world works locally on a daily basis while serving as a beacon of hope for people living in LGBTQ+ hostile regions of the globe. In 2018, the festival generated a total attendance of 2.1 million visitors. In 2019, the festivities will be held from August 8th to 18th. More information is available on the web page, the Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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For all inquiries:
Jean-Sébastien Boudreault
Vice President
[email protected]
Telephone: 514 903-6193 ext. 3522

For all inquiries::
François Laberge
Communications Director
[email protected]
Telephone: 514 903-6193, poste 3523
Cell: 514 779-6134



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