media release: summer solstice pride in the 1000 islands
Gananoque will usher in the summer season with it’s inaugural Summer Solstice Pride in the 1000 Islands festival on June 22-24, celebrating diversity and the LGBT community with family fun and free entertainment on the waterfront at the new Joel Stone Heritage Park.
The weekend festival includes a major concert on Saturday, June 23 with Toronto-based Canadian artist Jarvis Church. Jarvis Church is a Grammy and Juno nominated artist with impressive musical credits including a solo hit “Shake It Off” and “Charms”, a top ten hit and a platinum album. Jarvis Church has his roots in Jamaica, his home in Canada and his music is played around the world.
Also on stage on Saturday is Suzie McNeil who is featured on some of INXS’ tracks on the album Switch. McNeil also sang backup for Pink and her single “Believe” on several NBC shows and appeared on stage in the hit production “We Will Rock You.”
Circus Orange will perform during the evening with their high impact fire performance and Olympic calibre acrobatic feats. These are the performers that wowed the audience at the Gananoque waterfront in 2011.
A Jazz night in the St. Lawrence Room of the Gananoque Inn will usher the weekend in with a welcome from the organizing committee and guest speakers. The weekend program will close with an LGBT diversity awareness forum and music performances in partnership with local community groups Other weekend events include; Kingston to Gananoque Pride Bike Ride, 1000 Islands cruises with the Gananoque Boat Line, pre show wine and cheese at the 1000 Islands Playhouse, shopping and dining packages, kayaking packages, guided walks in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, cycling tours and everything the 1000 Islands has to offer.
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has committed a $40,000 Celebrate Ontario 2012 grant to support this new and exciting LGBT tourism initiative. With the added support of the 1000 Islands Accommodation Partners and support and direction from Travel Gay Canada, this festival puts the 1000 Islands region in a strong position to become the number one go-to non-urban vacation choice for the LGBT travel market in Ontario, and will expose the region to millions of participants at World Pride in Toronto in 2014.
For more information and festival updates visit www.1000islandstourism .com
For further information contact; Kathrine Christensen
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