Montreal Pride in 5 Shows

The metropolis is vibrating to the rhythm of the rainbow this week with the 15the Montreal Pride Edition. Through Sunday, the festival will move its home base to the Esplanade of the Olympic Stadium for a series of shows where music, dance, the art of drag and of course diversity will be kings and queens. Here are five events not to be missed.

opening night

Photo archive, Cédric Bélanger

Who better than the legend behind the icon pink magic to start the celebrations? Indeed, it is none other than Diane Dufresne who will open tomorrow night’s ball with what is sure to be a leading opening party. The great lady of Quebec song will then inaugurate the TD stage on the Esplanade of the Olympic Stadium, accompanied by Les Femmes au tambour de Wendake and DJ Pierre Kwenders.

► Wednesday, 7 p.m., on the TD stage


Photo courtesy, Pop Montreal

you are young You have your own voice. And they represent the next generation of music artists to watch. Claudia Bouvette, Backxwash (photo) and Anachnid will take it in turns to take the TD stage to present their respective repertoire to the inquisitive festival-goers.

► Thursday at 8pm on the Casino de Montréal stage

Drag superstars

Photo archive, Agency QMI

The tradition Drag superstars is making a strong comeback this year, this time expanding its horizons to include stars worthy of the name but never driven by the locomotive Drag Race. Our national Rita Baga (photo) will be hosting this event where Ada Vox, HercuSleaze, Pétula Claque, Sasha Baga and Manny will join Kylie Sonique Love, Nicky Doll, Lawrence Chaney, Priyanka, Silky Nutmeg Ganache and other Pythia for an evening become frenzied and of course stuffed with lip sync legendary.

► Thursday, 8 p.m., on the TD stage


Photo courtesy of Noah Ndorisiyoni

Patsy Gallant, Corneille, Alaclair Ensemble (photo), Cœur de pirate and Dominique Fils-Aimé are just a few of the ImmiX event headliners. On the programme: a mosaic of musical genres that is as varied as it is electrifying, uniting the idols of yesterday and today. We’re promised a whole party… and that’s exactly what we expect.

► Friday, 8 p.m., on the TD stage


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Make room for women! Six artists from different backgrounds (including Sarahmée [photo]Calamine and Ariane Moffatt) take turns on Saturday night for an all-female evening where pop, disco, rap and electronic rhythms will relentlessly delight crowds until 11pm.

► Saturday, from 4 p.m., on the stage of the Casino de Montréal

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