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Pride Toronto now accepting entertainment applications

Everyone from DJs to drag queens needed

DJ TK, planning coordinator for Pride Toronto. Credit: From DJ TK

Think you have what it takes to perform at Toronto’s most fabulous party of the year?

Pride Toronto (PT) is now accepting applications for entertainers for the 31st annual festival, says DJ TK, planning coordinator for PT.

TK says he’s looking for performers in every style and genre, so DJs, musicians, drag kings and queens, dancers, comedians, community groups, theatrical troupes and performance artists, get ready to impress.

“I want to see applications in every discipline you can think of,” TK says. “This year we really want to program a lot of local artists and showcase Toronto performers.

“Especially for the local performers; we really try and get out and see the local acts perform in Toronto.”

The application process opened up in December and the deadline for submissions is Feb 4. TK says several applications have already been received.

Past performers include Cyndi Lauper, Kelly Rowland, Deborah Cox, Mel C, Esthero, Islands, Lesbians on Ecstasy, RuPaul, Divine Brown, Jully Black, Thelma Houston, Indigo Girls, Uh Huh Her, Dragonette, The Cliks, Kinnie Star, Carole Pope, Sandra Bernhard and Crystal Waters, to name a few.

TK says the headlining acts for 2011 have not yet been finalized.

PT performers will be included in the official Pride Guide, will be featured on the PT website and will get coverage through Toronto media partners, TK says.

To get involved, go to Pride Toronto’s website to fill out an application. Include a photo, a demo tape or YouTube video, and other support materials. More information is available on the PT Facebook group.

Pride week runs June 24 to July 3. Pride Week in Toronto is the third largest Pride celebration in the world and the largest festival in Canada.