Don't Miss: 7 Virtual Events from Montreal's Pride Festival

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday July 23, 2020

  (Source:Montréal Pride)

While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our day-to-day lives, it probably goes without saying that the activities and events that we often look forward to have been impacted in profound ways — compelling organizations such as Montreal Pride to re-think how to go about business in such unusual times.

From August 10-16, Montreal Pride will host its events entirely online. This year's schedule is as varied and exciting as ever, offering a wide array of forums, DJ sets, performances — including the legendary rock star Melissa Etheridge (August 11 at 8 pm) and pop vocalist extraordinaire Adam Lambert (August 16 at 7 pm) — and much more. Below are seven must-dos for this year's Pride Festival.

Afro Pride Hour
Daily, at 10 am Curated by Uwayo Dushime, each one-hour session will focus on some of the many perspectives and contributions of Black LGBTQ+ people, with topics including intersectionality, performance as tools for resilience, and contributions of Black trans women to the community. For more information on each day's session, visit Montreal Pride schedule of events and click on the event names beginning "Afro Pride Hour" for specific details.

Canadian Opera Company, "Hadrian"
August 10, at 6:30 pm The renowned opera company will present a performance of Rufus Wainwright's and Daniel MacIvor's critically acclaimed work, hailed by Pride as the "first opportunity for anyone to experience the show since its world premiere in Toronto, back in 2018!" Following the performance, Wainwright and MacIvor will take part in a live question and answer session.

[READ: An Interview with Rufus Wainwright]

Sex, Ass, Drink and Respect
August 12, at 2 pm The REZO team, with Sister Marie-Félicitê (of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence), Danny Godbout (Mr. Leather Montreal, 2011), and sexologist Gabriel-le Beauregard will discuss the use of sex toys, consumption in sexual contexts, consent in fetish practices, and STI/HIV prevention.

The New Face of Queer Lit
August 13, at 1 pm Presented by Montreal's Metronymy Press, this panel discussion with queer, trans and non-binary Canadian authors and leaders of contemporary LGBTQ+ literature is hosted by Eli Tarequ El Bechelany-Lynch and will feature Hazel Jane Plante, Kama La Mackerel, and Helen Chau Bradley.

Waltpaper: New York Club Kids
August 14, at 2 pm Hosted by Christopher DiRaddo in collaboration with Never Apart, this event features an interview with Walter Cassidy (aka Waltpaper) on his recent book, "New York Club Kids," as well as what Montreal Pride describes as "a high-impact visual diary of Cassidy's life in New York's infamous Club Kid scene in the 1990s."

Orgullo LatinX 2020 (LatinX Pride 2020)
August 15, at 4 pm Learn more about the perspectives of the LatinX community in an event organized by North American troupe, featuring Anaconda La Sabrosa, Black Mamba, Castro, Cherry Top, El Toro, Lolita Blanca, Miami Minx, and Salty Margarita.

August 15, at 8 pm. An event designed to highlight the diversity of new and emerging stars, featuring Anthony Carle, Bo Johnson, Erika Daniels, Felicia Floral, G-Dazzle, Hugo Lacchia, Kama La Mackerel, Mathieu Samson, Scary, Tranna Wintour and more.

In addition to these and the other wealth of events offered throughout the week, join the Montreal Pride Launch on Monday, August 10 at 11 am, featuring an Indigenous Opening Ceremony. Closing out 2020 Pride Festival is the Edition 360, Show: Surprise!, which follows the 7 pm performance by Adam Lambert and promises "an evening full of colour and surprises!"

For the full schedule of events, and where and how to access them, visit Montreal Pride's website.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.