The Rainbow Club of South Georgian Bay (Rainbow Club) is proud to officially announce that it will be hosting its first-ever pride festival in Collingwood, Ontario. Collingwood Pride will be a festival and celebration for everyone including our local and visiting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer or questioning individuals and our collective friends, families and allies (LGBTQ+). It will be a weekend long celebration of our community’s diversity, vibrancy and strength.
The event will include:
• An online virtual event that runs from July 15th and 18th.
• Reveal of The Town of Collingwood’s first-ever Rainbow Crosswalk
• Pride Flag Raising
• Downtown decor and decor celebrations from participating businesses
The virtual event will feature a vast array of speakers, educators and entertainers all celebrating LGBTQ+ life including Host & Moderator Leslie Roberts (CTV News), keynote speakers Carole Pope (singer, songwriter, actress & activist), Carson Arthur (global landscape designer & HGTV personality), Kurtis Gabriel (Hockey Forward for San Jose Sharks). In addition, government speakers with messages of welcome & support from the Brian Saunderson (Mayor of The Town of Collingwood), Terry Dowdall (MP, Simcoe-Grey), Lisa Macleod (MPP, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries).
The event will include Drag Queens and Kings hosting trivia breaks, make-up tutorials, story-time breaks, interactive games and more! There will also be a few celebrity cameo appearance shout-outs by the likes of Jann Arden, Carson Kressley, Brooke Lynn Heights, Priyanka & Fortune Feimster in addition to panels on diverse topics led by local community speakers.
The complete lineup of speakers is available online.
The Rainbow Club of South Georgian Bay would like to sincerely thank and acknowledge our growing number of sponsors whose funding and expertise will ensure Collingwood Pride’s success and impact. They greatly appreciate the work from their sponsors and contributors as well as their volunteers. Volunteer opportunities are still available!
About The Rainbow Club of South Georgian Bay
Founded in 2017, The Rainbow Club is a grassroots community-based organization serving the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer or questioning individuals and all our collective friends, families and allies (LGBTQ+) across the South Georgian Bay Region. Our mandate is “Connecting our Community” and we do so through social events, fundraising, educational programming and much more. Check out The Rainbow Club on Facebook!