WorldPride 2014 Toronto
WorldPride 2014, the fourth WorldPride and the first such celebration to be held in North America, will be coming to Toronto, Ontario, Canada for ten days from June 20 to June 29.
Organized with the help of Interpride, WorldPride first started in 2000 in Rome and has since been held in Jerusalem (2006) and London (2012). This year it comes to Toronto, where city officials estimate that five million tourists from all over the world will converge on the city for ten days of gay celebrations.
WorldPride Toronto organizers believe the event will "turn streets into parades, parks into parties and strangers into friends." The mission of WorldPride Toronto is to celebrate gay pride and incorporate activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBT (and related) communities. WorldPride Toronto will also highlight Canada’s progress in the LGBT rights and human rights arenas, as well as the diversity of Toronto, Canada’s largest city and only "alpha world city" as judged by the Global Economic Power Index.
Many internationally-known entertainment acts will be performing at various times throughout WorldPride Toronto. Here’s a rundown of the biggest acts:
Singer-songwriter and political activist Melissa Etheridge will be performing on the first day of ceremonies, Friday, June 20, in Nathan Phillips Square. She will be performing her peace anthem "Uprising of Love," among other fan favorite songs. Etheridge wrote "Uprising of Love" after learning of the Russian government’s discrimination and mistreatment of its LGBT population.
Canadian recording act Carly Rae Jepsen, who became famous for her international hit "Call Me Maybe," will be performing at the "Pop Goes Pride" show at the TD Wellesley Stage during WorldPride’s Street Fair on Friday, June 27. A native of British Columbia, Carly Rae Jepsen first became famous in her home country for her participation in the reality show Canadian Idol.
Indie rock duo Tegan and Sara, natives of Calgary, Alberta, will be performing to Canadian and international crowds on the final day of WorldPride, Sunday, June 29, in Yonge-Dundas Square. "The Canadian singer/song-writer duo have become a force on the world stage...Tegan and Sara are the perfect artists to spread WorldPride’s message of love, hope and tenacity with their infectious sound," TK, Arts and Culture Manager of Pride Toronto, said.