Statement with Respect to Transphobic Comments Made by Dave Wheeler

The Pride Winnipeg Festival Board of Directors condemns the recent transphobic comments made by 92 CITI FM’s radio announcer Dave Wheeler. These comments are repugnant, oppressive, and ignorant and have no place in our city’s media.

We call on Rogers Media to detail what it will do to prevent the continued oppressive behaviour from this individual and stand by its commitment to inclusion and diversity. Rogers Media must make it clear that there is no room for oppressive and transphobic speech at its radio stations. We are inclined to believe, if no proper action is taken, it would reflect heavily on Rogers Media’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and would appear that they are being complacent and perpetuating transphobia.

Accessibility at Pride Winnipeg

Accessibility at Pride Winnipeg

By Melanie Ferris

Planning your first trip to Pride during the first weekend of June? Everyone is welcome to attend, but you may be wondering about some of the steps Pride takes to ensure that events are accessible to people living with a variety of disabilities.

All Pride Winnipeg ran sites are wheelchair accessible with accessible washrooms, entrances, and grounds. We also offer accessible parking spaces for our parade entrants.

Festival-goers can also look for the Red Tent again this year, which offers a quiet and safe space for those who require it.

“Pride Winnipeg has created a substance-free/family zone/accessible area near the stage for those who do not wish to partake in the beer tent, but still want to be a part of the festivities,” explained Amanda Pratt, Safety and Accessibility Director for the Pride Winnipeg Festival. “Also new this year is an accessible seating area/viewing area at the parade for those who are living with various disabilities or impairments.”

“All of our events are offered with ASL interpretation, with the highlight of our ASL services being offered at the festival,” Amanda continued. “We have on-stage ASL interpretation of all speeches, as well as music lyrics.

You can start planning your visit to Pride 2018 by accessing pride guides in both paper and online. You can pick up paper copies at TD bank locations, Rainbow Resource Centre, Red River College, Club 200, Millennium Library, ALT Hotel, SERC, and Klinic. You can access the online guide on our website here (link to: http://www.pridewinnipeg.com/pride/pride-guide/).

Pride Winnipeg encourages anyone with disabilities or who require special assistance to reach out so that arrangements can be made. Pride has on-site ASL interpreters available for patrons who would like assistance or for those who would like to have someone to sign with. To help Pride prepare for your visit, please feel free to reach out to us at accessibility@pridewinnipeg.com.


Pride Winnipeg kicks off 2018 festival with Rainbow Flag raising

The kick off for the 2018 Pride Winnipeg Festival will happen today at the University of Winnipeg for the annual raising of the Rainbow Flag. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 am on the front lawn.

Pride Parade Route Concerns

 Pride Winnipeg’s volunteer organizers issued the following statement:

We have heard the concerns raised in our community with respect to the new 2018 Pride Parade Route. Pride Winnipeg Festival has a limited budget, and the cost of the route down Portage Avenue is currently beyond our means. We believe the new route was the right decision for this year, but we also felt the need to discuss our concerns with Mayor Brian Bowman and the City of Winnipeg.  We’re happy to inform everyone that the city has committed to working with Pride Winnipeg in the fall of 2018 to review alternative routes for the annual Pride Parade. We continue to welcome feedback and suggestions for future route options from the community by emailing us at feedback@pridewinnipeg.com.  We wish everyone a happy and safe Pride and look forward to seeing you out and about for this year’s festival.

#ForeverProud Block Party

A block party in support of Pride Winnipeg’s Resurgence Fund. Join us for awesome music from DJ Roy, entertaining hoop dancing, local drag queen superstar Victoria Lush, cold refreshments, and tasty food trucks! Beverage tent entry is 18+ with valid photo ID.

When: May 25, 2018 | 8:00pm-12:00am
Where: The Cube, Old Market Square
FREE Event

Find more information please visit the Facebook Event Page.

Queer Beer is Here!

Pride Winnipeg and Half Pints Brewing Co. are pleased to announce that Queer Beer is here! What better way to ring in the 2018 Pride Winnipeg Festival than with a refreshing Manitoba made Queer Beer.

cases of queer beer

The beer is brewed as a Helles, which is a German Pilsner. It has a mild taste, with a slightly fruity aroma derived from the hops. It’s the perfect match for the Pride Winnipeg Festival, but just as fabulous for any other warm sunny day.

Queer Beer can be purchased in participating Liquor Mart locations in Winnipeg with a portion of the proceeds of each sale going to Pride Winnipeg to assist with festival. Queer Beer will also be served right from the keg during the Festival at the Forks for the closing weekend of the Pride Winnipeg Festival June 2nd and 3rd.

For more information at the Festival at the Forks please visit www.pridewinnipeg.com/pride/festival-at-the-forks.

*Please enjoy responsibility.

Mark you calendars for the second annual Two Spirit Pow Wow

Mark you calendars for the second annual Two Spirit Pow Wow

By Melanie Ferris

It’s the most exciting time of the year for some Manitoba folks—the launch of Pride Winnipeg happens on Fri. May 25 with a flag raising at Winnipeg’s City Hall. Soon after, the second annual Two Spirit Pow Wow will happen at The Forks. Mark your calendars for Sat. June 2 as you don’t want to miss this exciting event.

Last year, the Two Spirit Pow Wow was a new event for Pride Winnipeg. Including a pow wow as part of the celebrations is an impressive step for many reasons, including the fact that according to many cultural practices, two-spirit people have been revered by their communities.

“The pow wow originated from Kelly Houle, who wanted to have a pow wow as part of Pride last year,” explains Levi Foy, Like That Program Coordinator at Sunshine House. “She went to Pride meetings and asked what kind of support we would have from them. Then she worked with Two Spirit People of Manitoba and we made a makeshift volunteer committee to make it work.”

The term “two spirit” is a way some Indigenous people refer to those in their communities who may identify as gender-variant, gay, lesbian, queer, and/or trans.

Pow wows are a great opportunity for people from all cultures to come together to dance, sing, celebrate, and make new friendships.

“Pow wows are an important time to celebrate ourselves and to share our gifts with others,” explains Foy. “My favorite pow wow memory is when I went to a pow wow by Kenora with my grandma and her sister, Dorothy. It was so cool because it was one of the few times I heard them speak about growing up and their past. I think I was 12 then.”

“It was very well received from the community and we had a lot of support,” Foy states. “This year we are anticipating there will be more people so we require a bit more effort in fundraising and what not.”

For the second year in a row year, Pride Winnipeg has been working hard to branch out and bring more diversity to both its advertising materials as well as the events.

The Two Spirit Pow Wow is a great way to create a safe and celebratory space for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members to come together and share in the rich culture of First Nations people.

“I encourage everyone to come visit the site that day!” Foy continues, “If people are interested in donating please contact comms@sunshinehousewpg.org.”

Pride Winnipeg events continue throughout the week, culminating in an exciting and lively rally and parade on Sun. June 3. You can join in the rally at the Manitoba Legislature grounds beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

You can also find a wide variety of Pride events, including “queen” bowling, rooftop parties, single’s nights, a church service, a vigil, a talk about mental health, an awareness workshop for immigrants and international students, lesbian lube wrestling, a Pride run, a slo-pitch tournament, bingo, an underwear party, and more!


SATE to Headline 2018 Pride Winnipeg Festival Main Stage

Pride Winnipeg Festival is excited to announce that SATE will headline the main stage at the Festival at the Forks for this year’s festival. The Toronto vocalist and songwriter leads a dynamic band combining blistering hard rock with gritty funk. The empowering messages embedded in her music, and her soul-shaking live show, have quickly built SATE’s reputation as an artist impossible to ignore. Even Canada’s national daily newspaper, the Globe & Mail, declared her full-length debut album, RedBlack&Blue one of 2016’s most anticipated releases.

This year’s Festival at the Forks will feature several changes including location changes for the PrideMART and Blue Bombers KidZone, consolidating all concessionaries into one food village, and the creation of a new Health and Wellness Area and designated substance free zone. Festival attendees are also encouraged to check out the Sky Lounge at the top of the parkade for a beautiful view of the festival and a calm space to hang out. Assistance will be provided to individuals with mobility challenges. In addition, Saturday June 2nd the Festival at the Forks will play host to the Second Annual Two Spirit Pow Wow taking place from 1:30pm – 8:00pm.

The Pride Festival at The Forks begins on the last Saturday of the celebrations and runs on the following Sunday (Pride Day). The Pride Festival at The Forks occurs on the adjacent lawns of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and consists of an array of on-stage entertainment, artisans, vendors, The Winnipeg Blue Bombers Kidzone, Manitoba Liquor Mart Sky Lounge, and Queer Beer Beverage Tent. This event draws the largest crowd during the Pride Winnipeg Festival with attendance peaking on Pride Day after the Pride parade.

This year’s Festival at the Forks will take place on June 2nd and 3rd from 12:00pm – 7:00pm. For more information on the Festival at the Forks please go to www.pridewinnipeg.com/pride/festival-at-the-forks.

2018 Pride Guide is Now Available!

The 2018 Pride Guide is now available online and at various business and organization locations around Winnipeg!

In the Pride Guide you can find the following:

  • Greetings from our local leadership
  • Listing of the Pride Winnipeg volunteer team
  • An article on our new official community acronym GSRD (gender, sexual, and relationship diverse)
  •  An article on our environmental initiatives for this year’s festival
  • An article on this year’s theme “My First Pride”
  • Locations and listings of the Pride Festival Community Events
  • Information on all of Pride Winnipeg Festival’s signature events
  • Information on the Prides of Manitoba and North-Western Ontario
  • And much more!

You can pick up your copy at a variety of locations including but not limited to:

  • TD Bank locations
  • Rainbow Resource Centre
  • Red River College
  • Club 200
  • Millennium Library
  • ALT Hotel
  • SERC
  • Klinic

Please go here to view the Pride Guide online. If you’re business or organization would like to carry the Pride Guide please complete the short form located here.

We’re changing things up at the Festival at the Forks!

When you attend the Pride Winnipeg Festival at the Forks this year, you’ll notice several BIG changes:

  • We’ve moved the PrideMART down between the parkade and the Inn at the Forks.
  • We’ve consolidated the concessions into one area along the west festival path.
  • We’ve moved the Blue Bombers KidsZone to the center of the festival space along Rainbow Road.
  • We’ve created a designated substance free zone in front of the main stage.
  • We’ve created a new Health and Wellness area in the parking lot by the Inn at the Forks.

In addition to the changes, we encourage you to check out the Sky Lounge at the top of the parkade for a beautiful view of the festival and a calm space to hang out. Assistance will be provided to individuals with mobility challenges.

For more information on the Festival at the Forks please visit www.pridewinnipeg.com/pride/festival-at-the-forks


2018 Pride Winnipeg Festival Theme and Parade Marshals Revealed

Pride Winnipeg is thrilled to announce its theme for the 2018 Pride Winnipeg Festival: “My First Pride”. Attending Pride for the first time can be an overwhelming emotional experience. It can be the last stop of someone’s journey of discovering and accepting who they are, or it can be the beginning or somewhere in the middle. This experience can be both positive and negative, done solo or with friends and family. Everyone’s first Pride experience is unique. This year we celebrate our first Pride experience and those that will be attending Pride for the first time.



For more information on this year’s theme please go to www.pridewinnipeg.com/my-first-pride.

In addition to the theme, Pride Winnipeg is pleased to announce the 2018 Pride Parade Marshals. This year’s marshals were nominated by the community and embody the spirit and foundational values of the Pride Winnipeg Festival.

Grand Marshal –Brielle Beardy-Linklater: Brielle Beardy-Linklater is a Two-Spirit, Transgender, Queer woman from the Nisichaweyasihk Cree Nation. She is an advocate for 2SLGBTQ+, Indigenous and poor/working class struggles. In 2014, she helped organize the first Pride North of 55 celebrations in Northern Manitoba.

Honourary Youth Marshal – Janine Brown: Janine is a 17 year old spoken word poet. She enjoys writing about intersectional feminism, LGBTQIA* issues, and environmental sustainability. She is passionate about the arts and the accessible platform they can provide for activism. In her spare time, she is a cabinet member for “Parlement jeunesse franco-manitobain”, a francophone annual parliament simulation that encourages youth to develop an interest in debate and politics.

For more information on this year’s Parade Marshals please go to www.pridewinnipeg.com/pride/rally-and-parade.