WorldPride 2014 Toronto Opening Ceremony
GRAMMY® Award winner Melissa Etheridge joins the festival for the opening ceremonies in a call for unity, peace, love and celebration. Overflowing with unforgettable vocals and music, the event also features GRAMMY®-nominated, multi-platinum selling and multi-talented entertainer Deborah Cox, "All American Boy" Steve Grand, Tom Robinson will be "Glad to be Gay" for the show and the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto Choir with soloist Gavin Hope will present a very special performance for the raising of the rainbow flag.
Ceremonies include the Official Proclamation of Pride Week by the City of Toronto and the raising of the rainbow flag at City Hall (featuring an appearance by Gilbert Baker, the artist who designed the rainbow flag).
Hosted by the always effervescent Deb Pearce alongside special guest hosts. Spectacle, substance and celebration; one incredible night in Nathan Phillip's Square.
• Present ID for alcohol service (19 years of age and over)
• All ages welcome
• Free to attend event
• Accessible space
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Since she first burst onto the international music scene, Melissa Etheridge has released eleven studio albums that have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, garnering not only public adoration for her outspoken activism and proud life but numerous critical awards, including two Grammys, an Academy Award and the prestigious ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award.
Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum selling recording artist Deborah Cox is a Canadian R&B; singer-songwriter and actress (Toronto-born and raised). She has achieved eleven number-one hits on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart and is often cited as Canada's top R&B; artist.
Not long ago, Steve Grand was a little-known Chicago singer-songwriter. That changed when his "All-American Boy" music video posted to YouTube. The song about unrequited love between two men went viral, accumulating 2.8 million views and landing Steve on "Good Morning America," CNN and Buzzfeed's "24 Most Brilliant Music Videos from 2013." Steve is working on his first album.