What would the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest be without entertainment? Definitely a lot less fun, that’s for sure! Here's our 2020 Pride Fest lineup.
With the release of her latest single, the upbeat and sweetly melodic Front Row, London, Ontario-based singer/songwriter Carly Thomas is poised to build on the foundation of her talent, determination and vast experience as a touring and recording artist, to elevate her career to new heights. Already an acclaimed singer/songwriter with three albums to her credit and thousands of performances around the world, Front Row sees Thomas pushing the limits of her already abundant talent as a crafter of catchy, evocative and highly memorable songs. She has dug deep emotionally, rededicating herself to composition and live performances that connect more profoundly with audiences and to continue to build her reputation as an artist of uncommon sincerity, with a penchant for poetic lyrics and dynamism on stage.
This queen got her start out in the rocky horror picture show at villains and has been performing alongside her sister disco jesus and others for the last 3 years. This queen has also performed for Windsor pride 2 years ago and is ready to give it to you all and make you feel electrifying she went from Chanel to CC electric and shes here to make you flatline
David provides a high quality, suave and sophisticated piano performance. David will feature songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and broadway show stoppers Billy Joel and Elton John.
In just 3 years of Drag Performance in Windsor, London and Hamilton Drag scene, Disco has graced the stage at annual shows & events including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, OUTlaws at Uwindsor’s Drag You To Court, Project BE & Lavender Promotion's What A Drag, Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Spritz Boat Cruise, Flag Raising Ceremony & Pride Fest Celebration along with opening performances for Ru Paul’s Drag Race Stars KimChi, Naomi Smalls, Trinity K. Bonet, Miz Cracker, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Ra'Jah O'Hara, A'keria C. Davenport & Silky Nutmeg Ganache! Known for combining theatrical presentation, dramatic lip-sync, live vocals, improvised comedy and performance art, Disco is ready to deliver a treat for the senses and bring every audience to church and on their feet! Spreading love, art and togetherness with every show, Disco is thrilled to continue reaching new audiences while inspiring bravery, creativity and kindness with performances that are guaranteed to dazzle all!
DJ Kevin Bailey
Since 2009, Kevin Bailey has been bringing a fresh new sound to clubs and events all over Toronto, Windsor, Detroit and Montreal. After making a name for himself opening for international DJ's at Fly Nightclub in Toronto, he was hand-picked by Madonna’s team to DJ the Toronto Grand Opening of her Hard Candy gym, and the event was hosted by Madonna herself - a truly unforgettable opportunity.
Born and raised in Windsor, ON, DJ Mankind is a force of passion, quirk, and universal love. Thriving in dynamic and diverse settings across the city, he has worked with nightclubs, festivals, university events, and everything in between. He loves to bring good energy to the scene and dive into whatever's in front of him
With sets filled with hard-hitting beats, uplifting melodies, and catchy vocals, Kevin has the ability to rock a dance floor with unique blends of house, tech house, tribal house, deep house, and electro. Custom edits, live remixing, and the ability to read a crowd help Kevin deliver unforgettable sets to all types of audiences.
Galaxy Rose Pushing the boundaries of creativity, and finding therapy in art she aspires to inspire others to do the same. Her heart is in her voice, whether she uses it to belt out a song or to advocate for others.
Gina Bedingfield is a local singer/musician and artist who hails from the UK but has set strong roots here in Windsor, ON. One of the former curators of queer led artist open mic event called QT Haus which gave local queer artists a place to showcase their talent, helped give her a place to hone her craft as a performer and songwriter. Her music has been described as everything from moody and atmospheric to playful and fun with a nod to the alt rock/punk scene she grew up on. She currently still performs at various open mics and plans on recording her first album in the near future.
Hawaii Goodvibes AKA Stephen Drouin is a Windsor local and resident. Hawaii Goodvibes Is a queen that has been performing for shy of 6 years, she is a fun-loving personality that expresses herself through specific and selective songs that energize those who watch her. Hawaii strives to bring positivity in every moment she is on stage, performing or fund-raising for the causes that bring positive impact to the community. In the moment that Hawaii Goodvibes is not Hawaii, they are better known as Stephen Drouin. Stephen Drouin over the years came from a please of homelessness and strives to make his life better, with support from the Windsor community he gained the stability he needs to bring grants to teach individuals the skills of Art, Screen Printing, and Sewing. Stephen-Hawaii again strives to bring positivity impact and greater understanding for the community at large.
Mel Lucier is a Windsor, Ontario comedian who loves to shock and offend. She is filthy and fabulous at 50!!! Drawn into comedy by her midlife crisis 5 years ago, her newly acquired superpower enables her to guarantee stardom for anyone she opens for!
Phoenix black The Dancing queen of London serving you twirls, splits, and drops. Her aesthetic is described as mysterious with high-kicking energy.
Ray Gifted Keys
Youngest of five Native to Detroit, Michigan RayGiftedKeys is a Recording Artist, Songwriter, Vocalist, Poet and Musician. After the release of “Androgynous” which includes the single “Addicted” has skyrocketed her career tremendously over the past years. Ray started this journey at the age of two playing piano by ear and is continuously working on new material and breaking barriers in the music industry. Quickly being discovered by R. Kelly, K. Michelle, The Shaderoom & More Rays Social Media Has been the talk of the new wave. August 2020 RayGiftedKeys Released a New saucy project with super producers called “3piece Spicy vol 4” which shows her growth of being more experienced in life situations. In 2002 when the release of Full moon by Brandy surfaced inspired Ray to offer her musical talent and vocals to the world. With over 500,000 plays since April 2016, Ray is making a huge presence with her music and can be discovered on iTunes, Spotify, eMusic, Rhapsody and more.
One part TikTok star and two parts art school clown makes a perfect recipe for Windsor’s own Robyn Rink! Online, Robyn uses her platform not only to share her favourite beauty tips and fun TikTok dances, but she also advocates for the inclusivity and acceptance of drag in all forms. Robyn believes that drag is for everyone, no matter your gender or sexual identity. Taking inspiration from all of her favourite pop and rock divas, Robyn brings your favourite millennial anthems back to life! She is honoured to not only be collaborating with her local sisters on some amazing performances but to also be on the bill with several incredible queens from Season 1 of Canada’s Drag Race this year! With the passion for makeup, art and music, Robyn is ready to bring it all to the stage!
A London Ontario based drag queen that is approachable and helpful. Roxy is always out to have a good time and her goal has always been to bring people together and celebrate the art of drag. Roxy has been a part of many drag events over the past years. She is always looking to create new friendships and encounters. Currently, Roxy holds the titles of Queen of Halloween and Snow Queen which are both Projectbe London, Ontario based titles.
The world of drag is tough. One day you’re fierce and the next you’re getting smacked in the dressing room by a jealous queen in a bad wig. To survive in the queen-shank-queen world of drag, it takes a lot of grit, dedication, talent and heels high enough to rise above it all so get ready, Sabin is coming to Windsor to slay it.
Sarah's powerful voice and introspective pop/rock songwriting have earned her a wide following through years of touring in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Sarah has always been vulnerable in her songwriting – she doesn’t know how to do it any other way. The unveiling takes that openness to a deeply personal new level as Sarah sings about love, loss, and having the courage to trust in her own voice. Whether it’s just her and her acoustic guitar, or her full band, she is simply a mesmerizing performer. Sarah has won many awards throughout her career. She was named Best Adult Contemporary Artist at the Toronto Independent Music Awards and has earned multiple honours at the Jack Richardson/Forest City London Music Awards, including Best Rock Artist (2018) and Best Singer/Songwriter (2017).
Theodore earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Windsor, having studied under Jeff Price, Mike Karloff, and Robert Fazecash. Active in most student ensembles, he performed in several concert series, including the Windsor Canadian Music Festival. During his first summer as an alumnus, he co-hosted a weekly jam session at the music building, which attracted non-music majors. In addition to freelance and solo performances, Theodore has been working as a music tutor at the Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts since 2013, providing private and group lessons for saxophone, clarinet, and music theory. He is currently a resident musician of Mazaar Lebanese Cuisine, Fourteen Sky Lounge, and the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market. While performing in The Greedy Echoes and The Nefidovs, he has shared lineups with professional acts from across Canada and the USA. Theodore has also fostered a connection with the Windsor-Essex community, through entrepreneurial work as Ted Paints Faces. He has been a featured entertainer at events such as Windsor Pride Festival, Balloonapalooza, Open Streets, Walkerville Art Walk, Downtown Windsor Farmers Market, and more.
EarlyON Indigenous Culture and Language Specialist. Upper Mohawk, Turtle Clan form Six Nations Reserve. Has worked in Windsor since 1998 as Cultural Resource Coordinator for Can Am Indian Friendship Centre, Aboriginal Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Native Literacy Coordinator, Provincial Trainer for on-line teachings for twenty-six Native Literacy programs. Traditional Teacher and Resource Person for the Ontario Provincial Police, and Kingston Penitentiaries. Worked on stage with the Orchestra Breva, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and 4th Wall Music as well as City of Windsor events
Elder for Ska: na Family Learning Centre, and South West Detention Centre Cultural Resource Coordinator for City of Windsor, and University of Windsor
Opening prayers and song for: Pride week, Pride flag raising at City Hall and Windsor Essex Children’s aid Society, World Indigenous Law Conference, OUTshine 2017 International Summit, City Hall regional events, Take back the Night, Shine the Light, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Polytech memorial event to name a few.
“The main thing is to make a difference and in some small way I hope I have helped others find their voice”
Tony Coates is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and rapper born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. Approaching music with a unique blend of soul, hip-hop, pop, and acoustic music he gets your feet tapping and your heart moving.