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PRIDE DAY

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13
| 12PM - 7PM

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest presents "Pride Day" that will take place as part of the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 12:00pm until 7:00pm at the Riverfront Festival Plaza in Downtown Windsor, Ontario. We are excited to have the entire community come down and enjoy and afternoon of fun and celebration!

After the parade, join 93.9FM and Windsor’s own Dan MacDonald as the official MC for Pride Day! The day will have the Community Champion Award presentation, special performance of " GUYS & DOLLS" by Art Collective Theatre, exciting artists such as BIGG Wiggle (Windsor) and Nikki & The Dirty Elizabeths (Michigan), special drag performances by Bentley James (Detroit), Lita Von Sleaze (London) with Windsor's hometown girl DRO and fantastic mixes by our own DJ Mankind. The event will also feature a cash bar, food and merchant vendor marketplace, activities and much more.

Over 30+ vendors will have everything from apparel to gifts, art to food and beverage.

A donation of $2.00 at the gate would be greatly appreciated by the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest to help fund the cost of the event.

sabin
| MASTER OF CEREMONIES

   

Performing for 15 years. From Detroit, MI. Top 5 placer 3 times at National Entertainer of the Year. Current reigning Miss Necto in Ann Arbor, MI. Designer of all of my costumes, jewelry, makeup and mixes! Former Windsors Got Talent Winner!.

 
sarah smith band
| windsor, ONTARIO

A seasoned road warrior whose full-time touring schedule dates back to her days in Canadian rock band The Joys, Sarah continues to feel most at home on-stage. She plays nearly 300 shows per year, primarily in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Along the way, she has shared the stage with artists including Melissa Etheridge, Sass Jordan, Emm Gryner, Craig Cardiff, Joel Plaskett, David Wilcox, and many others. Whether it’s just her and her acoustic guitar or her full band, she is a mesmerizing performer. The 2015 DVD Sarah Smith: Plugged and Unplugged captures Sarah and her band in peak form, both live and in the studio.
 
Sarah has won and been nominated for many awards throughout her career. Her video for Into the Light, directed by Stacy Poulos and shot in California, won both a 2016 Telly Award and a 2016 Akademia Music Award for Best Video in the Pop Rock category. In 2015, she won the Toronto Independent Music Award Best Adult Contemporary honour, plus the Best Rock Artist at the London Music Awards, and Best Rock Artist at the Jack Richardson Music Awards. Music from The Journey has been featured on shows including CBC’s Cracked and the movie Anatomy of a Love Seen, directed by L.A-based director Marina Rice Bader.
 
While the accolades are appreciated, Sarah says for her it’s still all about the music.
 
“In the end, 11 is about blessings,” she says. “Sometimes you have to take a step back and appreciate the blessings in your life. Music is one of mine, and I’m excited to share these new songs with people all over the world!”

www.sarahsmithmusic.com
 
nikki & the dirty elizabeths
| detroit, michigan
  
 
Nikki Holland was raised in the heart of entertainment, Las Vegas, NV. In her travels around the country, and overseas on a civilian mission, she picked up songwriting. She began performing in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, and recorded her first EP at Beach Road Records in Hampton, VA with her band, 3 Kates and a Joe. Nikki performed regularly as a solo act singer/songwriter across southeastern Virginia, and recorded at Cellar Dweller Studio in Chesapeake, VA before moving to New Mexico.
 
Long in support of charitable causes, Nikki teamed up with a national anti-drunk driving initiative in Albuquerque, NM. She is also a supporter of the LGBT causes and of the foster/adoption cause for children. Since moving to the Detroit area of Michigan, she joined BMI, recorded and released her first professional full-length CD, "Hold On" (available on iTunes, Amazon, etc.) and completed a collaborative project about mentoring and fostering kids in need of care, with members of long-standing Irish band, Blackthorn, and rapper Siv.
 
While her first CD allowed her to dance around the genres with collaborations, including her own brother on one of the tracks, Nikki has taken a definitive focus on her music styling in the process of recording her second CD. She has assembled talented musicians from several genres into her project, with experiences spanning Blues/Jazz, Punk, Country, Afro-Cuban/Latin, and Classic Rock. Her songs resonate with a large audience because they share that common thread of struggling with the expectations of life and love, and because she's found that way to break out as "uniquely Nikki" and uniquely Americana.

nikkihollandmusic.com
 
bentley james
| detroit, michigan

  

Juice Boxx, born and raised in Essex County, she relocated to Toronto in 2010 to pursue her career as a makeup artist and performer. Drawing inspiration from world renown queens such as Ru-Paul, she created an alter ego that is the human incarnation of a unicorn. Bright, bubbly, and electrifying are words commonly used to describe Juice Boxx, who began her Drag career in 2014.

A budding queen in the Toronto scene, she has competed in many local Drag competitions, and is a regular performer in the local LGBTQ community. She works at many of Toronto’s Church Street historic locations such as Crews and Tagos, Woody’s, and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Juice is excited to take her home town by storm, spread some fairy dust, and celebrate what it means to be proud.

lita von sleaze
| london, ontario

  

Bio to come.

DJ MANKIND
| WINDSOR, ONTARIO

Windsor native Josh Atkins, better known as Mankind, is a full-stack artist, DJ, and YouTube personality. Well known for his ever-changing dreadlocked rainbow hairstyle, the over 2 inch plugs in his ears, and especially for his mode of transportation, which is exclusively a unicycle. Mankind has always moved to his own beat, and since starting his DJ career at Windsor’s own Boom Boom Room, has moved crowds to his beat as well. Mankind’s career as a DJ began behind the scenes playing paramount operational roles at Windsor’s busiest clubs and at the largest outdoor concert in Windsor’s history, the Coming Home Music Festival. Mankind’s ability to captivate and inspire a room leaves every crowd craving an encore.

DRO
| WINDSOR, ONTARIO

DRO  (better know as Stephen j Drouin) has presented himself in a multitude of ways in the last 5 years. Highlights including, "The Artist Presents" at the Windsor Arts Council along with the "5k Run for Rocky" in his imfomous garbage bag and rainbow courtier. The artist ventures to go beyond a label or Bran(d) and destroy negative critique while bringing a better understanding of "community."


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