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North Bay Pride Festival sees more funding from Feds

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Some more money is coming to the North Bay Pride Festival.

An additional $90,400 will be given to the committee to assist with operating costs of this year’s festival, slated for September 15 through 19.

Jason Maclennan, Communications Director for North Bay Pride, says the ongoing financial support is what allows the committee to hold the festival.

“[The funding] allows us to create opportunity to showcase wonderful talent from our communities, which allows us to create engaging discussions about equality in Canada and around the world,” said Mclennan. “The LGBTQ community has struggled for many years to be equal, and this only assists us in delivering that message of equality. What is good for the queer community is good for everyone.”

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This funding is in addition to the $41,500, that was announced this past June.

The Honourable Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming says he’s proud to see support for the local festival.

“Investments in commemorative cultural infrastructure, anniversaries and local arts and heritage bring communities together, making them better places to live. These festivals bring people together to celebrate our local arts and culture and heritage and it is important to continue to support the 2SLGBTQ+ community here in Nipissing-Timiskaming.”

This year’s “WE ARE PRIDE” festival will be headlined by Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder, who takes the stage on Facebook live Saturday, Sept. 18. The evening will be hosted by northern Ontario comedian Alice rose. Torontonian Dani Doucette will be kicking the show off, and another Canadian star will also be taking the stage, as Bif Naked returns to the North Bay Pride stage.

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