WorldPride promises to be one of the biggest parties in Canada this year, and it just got a little bigger. Yesterday, it was announced that Tegan and Sara will be headlining the festival, which takes place in Toronto from June 20 to 29.
The duo, made up of sisters Tegan and Sara Quin, will be playing the closing ceremony of the 10-day festival. It'll be an exciting follow-up to their already big spring: they cleaned up at last month's Juno Awards, winning prizes for Group of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and Single of the Year (for "Closer," which has gone platinum in Canada).
“We attended our first Toronto Pride in 1999! YUP — we're THAT old!" the pair wrote on their website. "Since then we have had the pleasure of celebrating Pride in Toronto with friends too many times to count. But this year is extra special! It's WORLD Pride in Toronto! And WE are going to be there. Not just wandering around drinking lemonade and checking out the festivities this time. We're actually playing this year! We couldn't be more proud to be involved!”
While Toronto is already renowned for its Pride festivities, WorldPride takes the celebration to a whole other level. The international event is organized by InterPride, the organization that represents more than 160 Gay Pride groups around the world. WorldPride is their marquee event, which includes 10 days of activism, education, music, performance and partying. It was first held in Rome in 2000, and has since been held two other times (in Jerusalem in 2006 and in London in 2012). When WorldPride hits Toronto this summer, it will be the first time the event will be held in North America.
And that's why Tegan and Sara will be such a good fit for the festival.
“The Canadian singer/song-writer duo have become a force on the world stage,” said TK, Arts and Culture Manager, Pride Toronto. “It is so important for LGBTTIQQ2SA* people to see ourselves reflected in the culture around us, and Tegan and Sara are the perfect artists to spread WorldPride’s message of love, hope and tenacity with their infectious sound.”
They're not just excellent musicians — they're both strong advocates for gay rights, and proponents of the ideals of pride. When Tegan and Sara stopped by George's house to kick of the intimate Strombo Home Sessions (the whole version of which you can watch here here) they talked about fellow Canadian Ellen Page's decision to come out, and the bravery it takes to be openly gay, which you can see below: