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tri-Pride Live Music Festival  The tri-Pride Community Association Inc. proudly presents “tri-Pride Live Music Festival” on Saturday June 1, the annual celebration for the rainbow community and supportive allies across Waterloo Region.

This year’s annual Pride Festival will be Waterloo Region’s largest ever, spanning several city blocks along King Street to Kitchener Civic Square, in Kitchener, for an all-day music fest from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. tri-Pride is also going back to its roots, with activities happening at the Victoria Park Clock Tower, in Kitchener. The theme is “One Heart One Community” as Waterloo Region’s rainbow community unites as a proud, growing and strong family.

New this year, the Festival will be hosting three live music stages, featuring the main stage on King Street and introducing live performances at Victoria Park’s Clock Tower along with the Sky Lounge stage on the tenth floor of Kitchener City Hall overlooking the party on King street.

All other tri-Pride festival favourites remain the same, including the licensed bar area, TD Kidz Zone, BBQ, gourmet café  and food vendor fare, massive silent auction, educational Pride seminars, and popular market village.

tri-Pride is excited to welcome a vast variety of entertainers performing this year on the King Street Stage presented by Paul Curzon. Headliner acts include:
– One of Los Angeles’ Hot 100 unsigned artists Gabe Lopez brings his rock-pop-R&B music influence in his first Canadian appearance at this year’s tri-Pride. Gabe has worked with past American Idol finalists, is currently working with Angela Peel, the new “Coca-Cola Girl”, and had produced and co-wrote with Belinda Carlisle, New Kids On the Block, James Brown, Charice, Jane Wiedlin, and Thomas Fiss
– Canada’s high-energy group God Made Me Funky with its vintage soul, funk, R&B and modern hip-hop flavor, featuring Kitchener-born vocalist Dana Jean Phoenix
– International openly-gay country recording artist Drake Jensen, bringing a unique flavor of Nova Scotian grass-roots country to this year’s festival
– London, Ont. Native Sarah Smith from The Joys, who has received strong attention as a solo artist, receiving “Best Singer/Songwriter” awards from the London Music Awards
The Ecstatic, an outstanding pop-rock band hailing from Ottawa, Ont.
– Two-sprited Aboriginal powerhouse performer and award winning vocalist and singer/songwriter Shawnee She King
– Local community performer favourites and the best of our community’s drag queen and kings
– The winners of the tri-Pride’s Got Talent competition!

The tri-Pride Live Music Festival is the summation of a weeklong flurry of Pride Week activities across Waterloo Region. In addition to the festival, tri-Pride is kicking Pride Week off on May 22.

Events throughout Pride Week in Waterloo Region include:
Lesbo Bingo: Wednesday May 22 at Rum Runner Pub, 1 King St. W., Kitchener, 8pm, $10 in advance, $12 at door, or $4/$5 for youth
Mr. & Miss tri-Pride Pageant: Thursday May 23 at Club Renaissance, 24 Charles St. W., Kitchener, 10pm, No Cover
tri-Pride’s Got Talent & Sneaky Peek: Friday May 24 at Walper Hotel, 20 Queen St. S., Kitchener, 7:30pm, $10
Cambridge Flag Raising Ceremony: Saturday May 25 at Cambridge City Hall Civic Square, 50 Dickson St., Cambridge, 11am-2pm, Free
Bears vs. Queens Ball Game: Saturday May 25 at Dickson Park, Cambridge, 4pm-8pm, Free
Family Pride Fun Day: Sunday May 26 at Waterloo Park’s Lion’s Lagoon, 12pm-4pm, Free
• Golden Gathering (50+): Tuesday May 28 at Spectrum Community Space, 42 Erb St. E., Waterloo, 6:30pm, Free
GLOW Bonfire: Friday May 31 at Columbia Lake in Waterloo, Nightfall, Free
Unplugged & Stripped Down (A sneak preview of our headline performers): Friday May 31 at Walper Hotel, 7:30pm, $10
tri-Pride Pre-parties and After Parties: Friday May 31 and Saturday June 1 at Club Renaissance and Sizzle, 135 George St. N., Cambridge, Cover Charge
tri-Pride Live Music Festival: Saturday June 1 at Kitchener Civic Square, King Street & Victoria Park, 12pm-8pm, Free

Where: Kitchener Civic Square

When: June 1,2013

Time: 12:00-8:00pm

Full details on all events are available on the tri-Pride website

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