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Changes include new community and youth initiatives, a larger festival site, and expanded music line-up and programming as Capital Pride sets sights on its largest Pride Festival yet.

Ottawa, Ontario – Capital Pride announced today its 2018 theme “CommUNITY” and new programming and events for Capital Pride Festival Week 2018, taking place August 19 through 26, 2018 in the National Capital Region.  

“Our 2018 theme is a tribute to people and organizations locally, nationally and globally who advocate for LGBTQ2+ rights. It is a celebration of the power of community.”  said Toby Whitfield, Capital Pride Chairperson, “Our expanded festival programming and new community initiatives are part of our goal to host the largest Pride Festival in our history.”

During the announcement, Festival Director Christian Garceau shared new programming and initiatives, saying “My team and I have been working hard to develop meaningful and impactful programming for the LGBTQ2 community and its wonderful allies. While no easy task, it’s an honour to bring this new programming to the region.” The new programming includes:

  • 2 days of mainstage programming now at Bank St. and Somerset St. featuring headliners Bif Naked and Brooke Candy. The new Saturday line-up also includes an afternoon T-Dance, an early evening Drag Show and headlining evening performers.
  • An expanded Street Festival stretching north along Bank Street from Gladstone Ave. to Somerset St. and new this year Somerset St. will be closed from Bank St. to O’Connor St..
  • The launch of a Community Projects Fund to support community groups organizing events during the Festival.
  • The launch of a Youth Marshal and a community nomination process for both the Grand Marshal and Youth Marshal.

“Our 2018 Grand Marshal and Youth Marshal will be leaders in the community who strive to create a better, more vibrant queer community and we are excited to ask the community for nominations this year” added Davy Sabourin, Capital Pride Community Relations Officer, “Our new Community Projects Fund builds on our commitment to support community groups during the Festival.”

See the entire 2018 programming media kit here.

Capital Pride creates opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the LGBTQ2+ community in Canada’s Capital Region. Capital Pride hosts the 2018 Capital Pride Festival from August 19 to 26.


Siofra Mcalister, Media Relations Coordinator & Allison Caverly, Assistant Media Relations Coordinator:  613-680-3033 ext. 103 | [email protected]

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