Ottawa Capital Pride offers a lineup focusing on diversity, inclusiveness, and local talent.
OTTAWA • The organizers of Ottawa Capital Pride today unveiled the list of performers slated for the music festival portion of Pride Week.
On Sunday, August 27th, following the pride parade, Ottawa residents and visitors will descend on Bank St. for musical programming at the main stage that includes American rapper, performance artist, poet, and activist Mykki Blanco; DJ Shub; DJ Jungle Jen; Shawnee; and local favourites The Peptides.
The alcohol-free and all-ages friendly Fresh Zone will feature performances by Disco Drag with Kitty Funk and the Queens; Amanda Rheaume; Kimberly Sunstrum; Capital Kings; Drag Story Time; and DJ Grace.
“We had three goals in mind when choosing this year’s artists,” said Mike Connors, Festival Producer for Capital Pride. “We wanted a lineup that captures diversity and inclusiveness with a focus on local talent.
Also announced today was the theme for Capital Pride 2017, Just Be. “Ottawa Capital Pride is intended to be a welcoming and safe space for everyone,” said Tammy Dopson, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Our theme celebrates the individual experience of all who attend our festival, as well as Pride as a place to celebrate our community’s diversity.”
Ottawa Capital Pride week begins on Monday, August 21st, with a flag raising ceremony at City Hall and concludes on Sunday, August 27th.
Capital Pride Theme 2017: Just Be
Each year, the Ottawa LGBTQ2 community and its allies come together to celebrate Pride week in the Nation’s Capital. A fundamental goal of the festival is that it is a safe space for everyone – to spend time with friends and family, to meet new people, to talk about ideas and issues affecting our community, to dance, and yes, even to flirt! For many people it is also the time to come out and fully embrace their true identity or identities for the first time.
With its theme this year, Capital Pride recognizes the journeys we have as individuals and the journey we share as a community. Attending Pride is part of both. When you come to Capital Pride this year, we hope you will have time to celebrate, but also reflect… we hope you will Just Be.
About Ottawa Capital Pride
The mission of the Ottawa Capital Pride organization is to create an environment for advocacy, education, and the fostering of a strong and vibrant LGBTQ2 community within the Nation’s Capital region. It does so through the annual Fierté dans la Capital(e) Pride festival, where it welcomes everyone to participate, celebrate, and experience being a part of the LGBTQ2 community.