Gay Ole Opry
Get out your chaps and shine up those boots! The "Gay Ole Opry" country / trad showcase trots into Bud Light South Stage for an unforgettable afternoon with Out and Proud country superstar Chely Wright, JUNO nominee Amanda Rheaume, PEI's own Tim Chaisson, honky-tonk hero Mark Jacob, soulful storyteller Don Brownrigg, and Newfoundland country trio The Secrets.
There is always a healthy helping of country, traditional, and folk music at Pride in Toronto, and WorldPride 2014 will continue to deliver.
“We are so pleased to have out and popular country artists like Chely Wright, Amanda Rheaume, Steve Grand and Mark Jacob join us for WorldPride 2014,” says TK, Arts and Culture Manager. “Our stories connect us across borders and generations, and these artists are sure to deliver with powerful story telling, strong vocals, and dynamically strummed guitar.”
• Alcohol Service
• Present ID for alcohol service (19 years of age and over)
• All ages welcome
• Free to attend event
• Accessible space
Chely Wright is an LGBT activist and appears often on national television forums to discuss and debate relevant issues in the news. She is a national spokesperson for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) which creates support groups of students and teachers in K-12 schools to promote personal values and respect for everyone regardless of a sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. In March, 2011 Chely launched the LIKE ME foundation, a nonprofit organization serving the LGBT community by providing support, resources and education to individuals, families and friends. The first LIKE ME Lighthouse was opened in Kansas City, Missouri – a facility that provides staff, counseling and in house resources addressing issues including coming out, bullying, harassment and gender identity. Chely Wright is married to activist and author Lauren Blitzer-Wright, who is currently Director of Marketing for Sony Entertainment. Never content to rest on her laurels, Chely is currently hard at work conceiving and writing an original screenplay and music for a film. As of 2013, Chely and Lauren became parents to twin boys.
Described by RootsMusicCanada as "a unique place where folk, country and pop intersect", Amanda Rheaume is a powerful vocalist with a touch of grit and an instantly-accessible roots-pop-Americana sound. Known for engaging performances and catchy songs, notable at times for their upbeatness and at others for their goose bump-inducing tenderness. Amanda's album Keep a Fire (2013) has been nominated for a Juno in the category Aboriginal Album of the Year!
Mark Jacob is known for combining Country/Rock/Dance is his sets. His musical style is quite unique and his stage presence is commanding. He has recorded with Tim McGraw's band and Ashley McIasaac with three top ten singles on Country Radio and has been nominated for two Aboriginal Music Awards.