Festival Performers 2013
Look out for rising Canadian star Kristina Maria With digital sales of over 100,000 units for singles “Let’s Play” and “Co-Pilot,” she’s receiving tons of airplay across Canada. Her catchy dance-pop sound and powerful vocals are getting international attention, but at heart she’s still a Canadian girl.
Growing up in Ottawa, Kristina knew at a young age that music would be her life. After writing one of her first songs about love in the third grade, Kristina told her mother that she wouldn’t need math because she was going to be a singer.
“I don’t condone it, kids, you need an education – that should come first! But I totally said that, that’s how determined I was. I knew what I wanted to be from the get-go, it had never crossed my mind to be anything else,” she says. “It’s always been my passion.”
a one-woman musical powerhouse
She’s the voice behind smash hit singles like “It’s Over Now, Free” and the 90s supergroup version of “If You Could Read My Mind” (Stars on 54). After 20-plus years in the industry, Ultra continues to reinvent her sound, dabbling in house, disco, pop, R&B and soul, as well as adding DJ-ing, producing and running an independent label to her singing and song writing credits. Her 8th studio album Hero Worship is due out later this year.
Jerry is a Canadian country recording artist from Dauphin, Manitoba, who has gained popularity performing at festivals across Canada and the United States alongside artists like Johnny Reid, Shane Yellowbird, and Jason Blaine. He is “making his mark on Canadian country music, having played everything from acoustic performances in small lounges, to larger settings such as Dauphin Countryfest and Minnesota’s WE Fest. Jerry continues to expand his fan base with his upbeat rhythms and charismatic stage presence. Jerry has now released his second studio album and three singles to Canadian country radio, with all three achieving top 50 chartings
as well as a #1 charting on the National Aboriginal Top 40. He has also seen his past two music videos added to cmt Canada in regular rotation.
Take Flight Aerial and Acrobatic
Take Flight is an aerial acrobatic group based in Winnipeg that combines strength and flexibility to create artistry in the air.
The group started in September 2012 and is made up of passionate, experienced aerialists, dancers and performers. Take Flight integrates silks, lyra, floor work and much more to create a show like no other.
DJ Hallmark may be a newcomer to the club circuit, but he’s certainly proven his ability to rock the party. Unbound by genre, niche or convention, every night boasts a new mix that has a little something for everyone. With a knack for delivering crowd-pleasers with new age flair, there’s always a sense of excitement in the air as he winds crowds up to feel the drop. Whether it’s a club-banger mashup or a classic remix, he gives the people what they want: a night to remember.
Womyn of Pride
Christelle, Shandra, and Michelle have performed together and apart around Winnipeg for the past several years. Combining the “not hard to look at” trio with a dynamic band has resulted in Womyn of Pride performing for a third year on the Pride Festival main stage. Performing popular cover songs with
impeccable precision, these three are talented and entertaining performers who know how to work the songs, the stage, and the crowd. Even if you don’t dance, you’ll wanna!
DJ Fleur started DJing back in the day when Ms. Purdy’s was alive and kicking on Main Street After its closure, Fleur played at all the queer bars in Winnipeg: Happenings, the old Desire, Gio’s and Fame. She’s been partying with the queers and rocking the dance floor since 2003. She now plays with the QueerView DJ crew and helps throw parties in Winnipeg all year round! DJ Fleur plays anything from electro-house to pop, indie to Rihanna. From a DJ whose been dancing since the 90’s, she knows how to rock the house.
Ro Walker Mills
Ro Walker Mills identifies as a Transgender man, raised in the Prairies. A boy scout at heart – he’s committed to a life of adventure. Ro has always expressed himself through rhyme, poetry and spoken word and has found a home within the hip hop genre. Ro hopes to voice for change within a culture that typically doesn’t embrace the ideals he advocates for. Ro will take the stage at the Pride Festival to make his hip-hop debut. Edgy and fresh, his message is one of confidence and pride.
DJ Jonny Mexico
Jonny Mexico is a life long gender queer who first started making music as part of a failed queer punk band. Now, playing with the QueerView Dj crew, Jonny mixes music for some of the funnest basement, legion and bar parties around. Playing everything from homo-electro to 80′s to pop, there is always something in jonny’s set that will get you on the dance floor.
Having only entered the scene in Mar 2010 and being voted the People’s Choice Best DJ in Winnipeg for 2010, he has taken the city by storm as Winnipeg’s newest Party Rocker at various venues/special events including resident at tavern rooftop and rotating through Whiskey Dix/Republic/Stereo.
DJ Patelli has also opened for Kardinal Offishall, MC FATMAN SCOOP, Madonna’s DJ ENFERNO and SANDER VAN DOORN 2x. Winnipeg Pride Festival welcomes DJ PATELLI!
Fast thinking and quick-witted, Richard Ryder takes the stage with a refreshing energy and a “no holds barred” attitude that audiences welcome again and again. No topic is too taboo for this Toronto native, whose comedy is fresh, fast, and a constant source of embarrassment to his whole family… which is exactly how it should be! Heard daily in Toronto hosting Your Morning With Richard & Chris on 103.9 PROUD FM and seen weekly across Canada on This Week On OUTtv. Richard’s eclectic humour has also been featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, CBC Radio 1’s Accent on Toronto, as well as many TV and movie productions. In-between all of that, Richard can be seen live working the comedy circuit throughout Canada and the United States.
Kristin Marand is the assistant music director and midday host for Energy 106FM. She loves all kinds of music, from punk rock to jazz. Kristin studied broadcasting at Red River College and The University of Winnipeg, and has worked for a variety of radio stations in Winnipeg and Ottawa. As a graduate student at Carleton University, Ms. Marand became enthusiastically involved with equality and environmental activism; passions she continues to pursue today. She also likes to sing off-key and dance like nobody’s watching.