Post by Mathew Adams. Mathew Adams is an emerging artist and writer based in Ottawa. Check out his Instagram @maticusarts.
With the week of August 19-26 coming up fast, the 2018 theme for Capital Pride has been unveiled: CommUNITY. This year, they want to focus on individuals and organizations that support and improve the lives of LGBTQ2+ people.
Toby Whitfield, Chair of the Board of Directors for Capital Pride said about the theme, “So we wanted to focus community as the theme this year to say ‘these are the people that make the region, Ottawa/Gatineau area, great.’ These are the people that are doing the work all year round, and we want to take a moment to celebrate and acknowledge them.”
Mayor Jim Watson was also present to reinforce the importance of community groups focused on the rights and protections of all individuals, both here and around the world. “We stand with activists in Russia, Iran, Uganda and so many other countries where state sponsored homophobia denies people their basic fundamental rights and the dignity to live as they are and to love who they love.”
These are the people that are doing the work all year round, and we want to take a moment to celebrate and acknowledge them. — Toby Whitfield, Chair of the Board of Directors for Capital Pride
This is the first year that Pride is publicly endorsing Undetectable = Untransmittable. Cory Wong, manager of Support Services at the AIDS Committee of Ottawa was present to discuss Capital Pride’s support of U=U, and how important it is for education and ending the stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS.
There are returning events like the Flag Raising Ceremony, Pride Pageant and the Parade. A big change this year is that Somerset Street from Bank to O’Connor will be closed for the Bank Street Stage and the TD Mainstage, showcasing talent such as Quanah Style, Denique, Ziibiwan, Kimberly Sunstrum, DJ Amara, Miss McLeod and Andrew Cassara.
Christian Garceau, the 2018 Festival Director, was brimming with excitement to announce the headliners for this years Pride Festival proclaiming “Saturday night will be headlined by pop iconoclast, Brooke Candy.” The LA Based artist is an unapologetic, convention defying performer using her music, visuals and incomparable style to wage a war on societal expectations.
Christian kept the excitement going by teasing: “she is a legend, she is an icon, and Sunday at 9pm on the TD Mainstage, Capital Pride will welcome none other then Bif Naked.” The Indian-born, Canadian artist is outspoken and politically active, pushing boundaries and remaining true to herself throughout her career.
This looks to be a fantastic Pride week here in Ottawa with so much going on, there’s no excuse not to come out and celebrate our CommUNITY.
For more information on each of the events check out Capital Pride’s 2018 events page. Capital Pride is also looking for volunteers, so if you are looking to join in the fun and be a part of the CommUNITY, check out their volunteer page to sign up.