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Gig Pick: Brooke Candy and Bif Naked at Capital Pride—08.25.18 and 08.26.18

By Mathew Adams on August 23, 2018

Capital Pride has brought a series of signature events and community events to the festival this year, including two nights of free performances at the TD Mainstage located at the intersection of Bank and Somerset Streets. Read on to learn more about two of the headliners performing this weekend.


Brooke Candy is a Los Angeles-based artist, musician and rapper known for her singles Opulence, Das Me, and Nasty. She identifies as a queer woman and has been vocal about her identity and experiences as a queer woman. Known for her over the top, hypersexual, visually stunning, complex music videos featuring aggressive, confrontational and provocative lyrics.

Brooke Candy. Photo provided by Capital Pride.

Not only is she a lyrical assassin, but Brook Candy is a fashion icon, delivering unbelievable looks everywhere you see her. Bold, referential, seductive and a little trashy, her outfits are shocking and provocative and often tells a story. Nowhere is this more evident than in her video for Opulence, where the extravagance of her outfits parody the idea of overconsumption and reference the Bible story of the Golden Calf.

Born out of the San Francisco LGBTQ2+ club scene, her artistic career has been a growing phenomenon. As she found her foothold as an electropop, “club-rap” musical performing artist and releasing her first, music superstar Sia sought her out and became her producer. Combining Candy’s raw emotion with Sia’s powerful vocals, they released a collaborative pop track, Living Out Loud. She has also toured with artists such as Lizzo and Charlie XCX. Her newest single is called War, and harkens back to her punk, rap roots.

Be sure to come in to see her perform, for free, on the TD Mainstage this Saturday, August 25 at 10pm. For the rest of the Saturday Mainstage line-up, check out the Pride events page.


Indian born Canadian rockstar Bif Naked has been an outspoken, unstoppable, multi-talented force of nature. Singer, songwriter, poet, actress and motivational speaker, Bif Naked is well positioned to share her thoughts and experiences with the world.

She has released five studio albums since her first in 1995 and her chart topping singles include I Love Myself Today (2001) and Spaceman (1998). She has been a voice actress in the MTV cult classic show Daria, playing a bisexual artist named Alice and has guest starred on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the L Word and other TV shows. Bif Naked also acted in Canadian indie films Lunch with Charles (2005) and Crossing (2005).

Bif Naked. Photo provided by Capital Pride.

Bif has been unapologetically open about her attraction and relationships with both men and women, referencing her experiences in her music. In 2009, she performed at a protest in Vancouver, showing solidarity with the Iranian people after a controversial election. In 2016, she wrote a book entitled I, Bificus where she reveals the true story of her life and has also written for the Globe and Mail’s health advisory section. This year, Bif has released a new song, Heavy, featuring Snake and the Chain.

Be sure to come in to see her perform, for free, on the TD Mainstage this Sunday, August 26 at 9pm. For the rest of the Saturday Mainstage line-up, check out the Pride events page.


TD Manistage is located at the intersection of Bank and Somerset Streets. The concerts are free and the site is accessible. Get all the details, including performance times, on the Capital Pride website.