2nd Edition of the Montréal Pride Celebrations - From August 14 to 17, 2008 - Official Launch of the festivities and programme



    MONTREAL, Aug. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The 2008 Montréal Pride Celebrations
will build on the incredible success of the 2007 edition with an array of
activities, open to all, celebrating Montréal's vibrant and dynamic gay and
lesbian community. "The event has been able to double its operation budget and
programme, thanks to the incredible support we've received from the community,
the SDC du Village, the City of Montréal, the Borough of Ville-Marie and
Tourisme Montréal, as well as with the generous support from the private
sector. The Celebrations promise to give the city its best Montréal Pride
ever," said today Mr. Eric Pineault, President of Célébrations LGBTA Montréal.
    With the presence of Mr. Benoit Labonté, Mayor of the Borough of
Ville-Marie and Leader of the Official Opposition of the City of Montréal,
Sammy Forcillo, Vice-chairman of the Executive Committee and Responsible for
Infrastructures and Finances of the City of Montréal and Mr. Laurent
McCutcheon, president of Gai Ecoute and the Fondation Emergence,
M. Eric Pineault unveiled the official programme of this year's festivities.
    The Montréal Pride Celebrations will host for the first time three days
of free events that are open to all at parc Emilie-Gamelin. Here's the
programme overview:

    
    Thursday, August 14   6 pm            Launch of the festivities at Sky

    Friday, August 15     11 am to 8 pm   Avenue of Health and Well-Being
                          At parc Emilie-Gamelin:
                          7 pm            Launch of the official theme song:
                                          Humanity
                          7:30 pm         Trojan and TD Financial Group
                                          Presentation
                          8 pm            Dream Académie
                          9 pm            Emily Bégin Show

    Saturday, August 16   11 am to 8 pm   Avenue of Health and Well-Being
                          11 am to 6 pm   Community Day (Sainte-Catherine
                                          Street East)
                          At parc Emilie-Gamelin:
                          2:30 pm         Franklyne
                          4 pm to 9 pm    Samedi Pop T-Dance (DJs Bobzilla
                                          and Mario Bross)
                          9 pm            Dorion chante Dion

    Sunday, August 17     1 pm            The Parade: Here comes the circus!
                          At parc Emilie-Gamelin:
                          1 pm to 11 pm   Mega T-Dance (DJs Mark Anthony and
                                          Stéfane Lippé)
                          9 pm            Closing Show: BIG BANG ! with the
                                          RadicalQueens 2008

    Also present, the Montréal Pride Celebrations prestigious Grand Marshals:

    Mr. Jasmin Roy

    Jasmin Roy is no stranger to the world of television. From Chambres en
ville to Salut Bonjour and Caméra Café, he is equally at ease in the role of
host, reporter and actor. He also has extensive experience in radio, both as a
host and cultural reporter. M. Roy strongly believes in the social recognition
of Montréal's LGBTA community as well as the importance of visibility for
LGBTA communities worldwide.

    Ms. Nicole Brossard

    Very early on, Nicole Brossard, poet, novelist and playwright, was
involved in many different avant-garde movements in Québec poetry: she was
co-founder of the influential literary magazine La Barre du jour (1965-75),
organizer of jazz and poetry performances at the Youth Pavilion at Expo'67,
co-founder of the feminist newspaper Les Têtes de pioche (1976-1979), and was
associate director of La Nouvelle Barre du jour (1977-1979) and the "Réelle"
collection (1979-1981). She has won the Governor General's Award twice, once
for Mécanique jongleuse (1974) and again for Double impression (1984).
    In 1991, she was awarded Québec's highest literary honour, the
Athanase-David Prize. In 1994, she was made a member of L'Académie des Lettres
du Québec. Most of her books have been translated into English. Nicole
Brossard is a committed feminist and her book of essays, La Lettre aérienne,
influenced an entire generation of feminists.
    In 2003, she was awarded the W.O. Mitchell Literary Prize and, in 2006,
she won the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize. In 2006, she published
Baiser vertige, the first anthology of gay and lesbian writing in Québec.

    The Parade

    The 2008 Montréal gay Parade is scheduled for Sunday, August 17 beginning
at 1 pm. The parade will start on the corner of de Lorimier Avenue and
René-Lévesque Boulevard East and travel west, through the Village, culminating
on Saint-Hubert Street. The parade will feature floats from hundreds of local
sports teams, cultural groups as well as other gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender organizations. The parade will also feature both gay and
gay-friendly businesses that join us in celebrating the significant
contributions of their LGBTA employees and clients. The Parade honours an
important tradition that began in Montréal in 1979 and this year, the
participating groups and businesses will be encouraged to design their floats
incorporating the theme of "Here comes the circus!" A host will announce each
group that will pass under the Pride arch and will animate the crowd. A panel
of distinguished judges, formed by Richard Burnett, Myriam Ginestier and
Emilie Poirier will present six awards for the most exciting, crowd-pleasing
and unforgettable floats.

    Avenue of Health and Well-Being

    On Sainte-Catherine Street East, between Alexandre-de-Sève and de
Champlain streets, the organizing committee proposes to give this year's event
a new dimension by launching the all-new Avenue of Health and Well-Being.
There, you will find information regarding the prevention of STI, HIV and AIDS
and you can learn about organic, ecological and homeopathic products. You can
even treat yourself to a relaxing or therapeutic massage. As the saying goes
"Health is Wealth" so come out and experience the Avenue of Health and
Well-Being.

    Official Theme Song: Humanity

    "For the first time in its history, the Montréal Pride will have its
official theme song, written and interpreted by James Dean Trépanier, with
Julie Vaillancourt as vocals", concluded M. Eric Pineault.

    Here comes the circus! Come on and see us!

    High Resolution Pictures are available for downloads at:
    www.fiertemontrealpride.com/en_press_conference.htm

    About Célébrations LGBTA Montréal

    Célébrations LGBTA Montréal was formed by the LGBT community, following
the Divers/Cité decision, in May 2007, to cease the organisation of the Pride
Parade and Community Day. Célébrations LGBTA Montréal (Lesbians, Gays,
Bisexuals, Transgenders and their Allies) is a non-profit organization created
in June 2007 that proudly organizes the Community Day and the Montréal gay and
lesbian Pride Parade.

    For more information:
    www.fiertemontrealpride.com
    




For further information:

For further information: Jean-François Perrier, Marketing Director,
(514)750-4491 #25, Cell. (514) 730-3685, jfperrier@fiertemontrealpride.com;
Eric Pineault, President, (514)750-4491 #27, Cell. (514) 616-7170,
epineault@fiertemontrealpride.com; David Lesage, Project Manager - Marketing,
(514) 750-4491 #24, Cell. (514) 928-1809, dlesage@fiertemontrealpride.com


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