"We are thrilled to welcome festival-goers back to an iconic space where they can once again connect with one another," said Chris Ngabonziza, Director of Programming for Pride Montréal. "The opening show promises to be a memorable one as it will bring together the phenomenal Congolese-born Montréal DJ and songwriter Pierre Kwenders and the legendary Diane Dufresne, the first-ever Québec artist to fill the Olympic Stadium in 1984 with her unforgettable Magie Rose concert. The two headliners will perform on the main TD stage on the Esplanade of the Olympic Park on August 3, starting at 8 p.m.
Other performers announced include New York-based multimedia performance artist and gender nonconformist Alok, who will perform on Monday, August 1 at 8 p.m. at the Le National theatre in a humor-based show exploring gender, race, trauma, the sense of belonging and the human condition. Brazilian singer-songwriter Pabllo Vittar is the most followed drag queen on social media worldwide with 35 million followers. Recognized as a "next generation leader" by TIME magazine, she will perform at the festival's closing show on Sunday, August 7 at 8 p.m.
Two Local Faces for the FeminiX Evening
FeminiX, an evening, which celebrates sexually and gender diverse women, will feature, among others, Montréal-based queer and feminist rapper Calamine, whose solo album - Boulette Proof - earned her 2nd place in the Francouvertes Contest in 2021, one of the Révélation Radio-Canada nominations and the Prix Félix-Leclerc at the Francos de Montréal. Atikamekw-speaking singer-songwriter Laura Niquay, who recently released the album Waska Matisiwin (Circle of Life), will be presenting a sensitive and grandiose opus that better than ever lets her folk-grunge universe shine. FeminiX will take place on Saturday, August 6 at 7 p.m.
Events at the Olympic Park Esplanade, in The Village and Downtown
In order to improve the festival experience and in response to the growing popularity of the Festival, the 2022 Montréal Pride performances and shows will take place on the site of the Olympic Park Esplanade. The Festival will also be happening in the Village, notably during the Community Days on August 5 and 6, on Sainte-Catherine Street East and in downtown Montréal, where the Pride Parade will start from on Sunday, August 7.
"We are very pleased that Montréal Pride has found its place at the Olympic Park for several years to come," said Sonia Provençal, Director, Commercial Development and Programming, Montréal Olympic Park. "The Olympic Park has always welcomed inclusive events and 2SLGBTQI+ events with open arms and will continue to do so."
Note: a virtual festival will also be accessible on the various Montréal Pride web platforms. More details regarding the artists and the programming will be announced in coming weeks.