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2019 feeback survey

We want your feedback on our 2019 Pride Festival!

Take the time to fill out our 15-20 minute survey to help us plan for 2020 and best work towards our mission of “Creating an​ annual festival that is reflective of our values, advocates for equality, and celebrates Winnipeg’s gender, sexual, and relationship diverse communities.​​”

EVERYONE is welcome to fill out our survey, regardless of if you attended the event or not. We want to hear from everyone.

Plus anyone who fills out the survey prior to June 30th can enter the draw to win a $500 VIA Rail voucher.

Fill out the survey!

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Introducing Drag Show featuring Derrick Berry

Derrick Berry drag show Winnipeg

 

McPhillips Station Casino, with the support of Pride Winnipeg, is proud to bring you the Pride Drag Show featuring Derrick Barry! Taking place on the second floor of McPhillips Station Casino, this show looks to showcase Winnipeg’s local drag scene and celebrate Pride Week! 

Hosted by Satina Loren

with performances by local talent:
Moxie Cotton
Jaryd
Peppermint Phattie
Ruby Chopstix
Cake

Show tickets can be purchased here.

Meet & Greet tickets can be purchased here.

*Note – to use the Meet & Greet tickets you must purchase a show ticket. Meet and Greet tickets will NOT allow access to the show.

 

About the performers

Derrick Barry

Derrick Barry has been a performer all his life. Born and raised in Modesto, California, he began training as a gymnast at the age of 5. After competing for 7 years, at 12 years old, he decided to trade in gymnastics for the Theatre. Derrick showcased his acting abilities in over 20 productions between junior high, high school and college. At the age of 19, he moved to Hollywood to further his passion for the performing arts. Halloween 2003 piloted his new found career of impersonating pop princess Britney Spears. In June 2004, Derrick Barry’s talents carried him to the entertainment capital of the world. Derrick became the youngest cast member in the 23 year history of ‘An Evening at La Cage’ at the Riviera Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. He departed from ‘La Cage’ in the fall of 2008 after garnering international attention with his Britney Spears act on America’s Got Talent.

Derrick is currently on an international tour which follows Britney Spears’ Circus. He is also focused on his acting career, including a documentary release in the near future and his first full-length motion picture. He was most recently cast in music videos for pop sensation Katy Perry and hip-hop artist Eminem. Derrick also continues to entertain through his comedic videos known as “The Experiences”. He looks forward to a long career in the entertainment business as an actor, comedian, singer, dancer and female impersonator.

 

Satina Loren

Satina Loren is one of Winnipeg’s most celebrated drag queens, being the recipient of prestigious awards as the Saskatchewan Order of Canada and The Royal Canadian Order of Empress 1 ted northe. Taking inspiration from fairytales, old Hollywood starlets and fantasy, her calendars and shows have raised thousands of dollars for local LGBT charities. As Empress 15 of Winnipeg and as one of the House of Gold Diamonds Divas, she’s no stranger to throwing and promoting a great party! One thing to remember about Satina is: she’s not bad, she’s just drawn that way.

 

Moxie Cotton

She’ll take all your money and leave you strung out and wanting more. Introducing Moxie Cotton! She’s Winnipeg’s premiere cyber goth, an emotive and creative founding member of Slunt Factory. This high energy queen can go from goth to glam in a heartbeat, you don’t wanna miss what she does next!


Jaryd

Bio coming soon!


Peppermint Phattie

This is one of Peg city’s newest performers and newly crowned Entertainer of the Year. This glamour clown has a penchant for primary colours and turning it out. Her shows will reach into the past, gag the present and goop your future. Don’t miss out on the baby, the baddie, the one and only Peppermint Phattie.


Ruby Chopstix

One of the new queens in the city is a real gem. She brings the glamour, attitude, style, and a performance that’ll make you scream. The only utensil you’ll ever need, one of the Co-Entertainers of the Year Reign 19, and Winnipeg’s asian pop princess, Ruby Chopstix.


Cake

Cake, The Wicked Witch of West Broadway™ is an active member for Winnipeg's drag scene for 5 years,
with no signs of stopping. Cake is somewhat of a drag chameleon. Her style shifts between the dark and
ethereal, and the bright and colourful –but always pretty! She's been and avid fundraiser for charities in
our community as a former Empress and currently holds the title of Miss Club 200. Prepare to Fall under
her spell!

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2019 Pride Winnipeg Festival Theme and newly developed KidsZone Revealed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Winnipeg, MB; March 4 2019)–Pride Winnipeg is thrilled to announce its theme for the 2019 Pride Winnipeg Festival: “Pride of Colour”.

Pride theme logo 2019

“With growing resurgence in the GSRD community, the understanding of marginalized and generally silenced voices has started making and taking over spaces. One of the frequently overlooked and commonly ignored intersection is race and colour of GSRD community. Generally, people of colour and pride are perceived as two ends of the whole community, where one is labelled as the symbol of privilege and the other is categorically oppressed and marginalized. Actively bridging the gap is the only way to bring the holistic GSRD community together.”

Read more about year’s theme or share your story.

In addition to the theme, Pride Winnipeg is excited to announce the newly developed KidsZone as part of the Festival at the Forks:

This year we have expanded and built an entire area for the young and young at heart.  The new KidsZone will be complete with a stage, live entertainment from 12 -5PM both Saturday and Sunday, My Gym mobile play area, concessions, Blue Bombers obstacle course, slide, and football toss to name just a few of the many attractions in this new area.

We have also worked with Parks Canada to open the Variety Heritage Adventure Park and splash pad from 12 – 5 both days.

The 2019 Pride Winnipeg Festival runs from May 24th to June 2nd with events throughout the community. A two-day Festival at the Forks will take place on June 1st and 2nd from 12pm to 7pm.

Pride Winnipeg Festival–The Pride of the Prairies –is one of the largest celebrations between Toronto and Vancouver of gender, sexual, and relationship diverse (GSRD) people and their allies, supporters and friends. Our Vision is to live in a society in which all gender and sexually diverse individuals can live their life without fear or oppression for being themselves. For more information about the Pride Winnipeg Festival please visit www.pridewinnipeg.com.

 

Pride Winnipeg Festival media contact:

Media Relations 
media@pridewinnipeg.com

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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.

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Pride President Stepping Down After a Decade of Service

Pride Winnipeg’s President is stepping after serving the organization for a decade.

Jonathan Niemczak informed the Board of Directors on Thursday that he will be stepping down from the organization effective September 30, 2018.

“It’s been a wild journey and I’m forever grateful for the experiences I’ve had with this amazing organization and passionate group of volunteers. Being a part of the Pride family has forever changed my life and I will miss it dearly. I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life and will cherish my memories and lifelong friendships I’ve made over the last decade,” said Niemczak.

Niemczak joined the organization as the Festival Grounds and Environment Coordinator in 2008, and was shortly tasked with leading the festival operations after the move from Memorial Park to The Forks in 2010. In 2012, the Board of Directors appointed him President of the organization.

“I’ve seen tremendous growth of this festival over the last ten years and I’m proud of what we have accomplished over that time,” said Niemczak. He notes that the organization still has more work to do with engaging the traditionally socially excluded members of Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diverse (GSRD) community, however, he feels that the organization is heading in the right direction for serving the community and celebrating human rights and equality.

The Board of Directors is currently seeking to fill his position. Interested individuals can submit an expression of interest along with their resume to hr@pridewinnipeg.com.

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: https://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.

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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!