Jun. 8, 2015: ONE WEEK UNTIL PRIDE 2015

REGINA -- The largest and most vibrant LGBTQ pride festival in Regina's history will arrive in just seven days. The 26th annual Queen City Pride Festival runs June 15-21, and will feature international talent, brand-new events, and over 30 different activities for all ages and groups.

"I am absolutely excited for this year's festival," says Board of Directors representative Striker Wright. "In partnership with outstanding community groups, corporate sponsors, and funding agencies, we've developed a dynamic festival with events for youth, families, and adults. Everyone is welcome, whether you are are an ally, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, we want to see you at our events."

Talent for this year's festival include international music, TV, and drag star Shangela from RuPaul's Drag Race; Canadian recording artist Megan Lane; west-coast gay club DJ Del Stamp; and Regina-born Heather Molloy. The festival attracts tourists from across Canada and the United States.

New to this year's festival is the QCPride Awards, a gala evening honouring community leaders on Wednesday, June 17. The festival's pinnacle celebration is Saturday, June 20 with the Pride Parade, OUT in Victoria Park, and Pride After Dark - the official Pride after-party.

A full copy of the events schedule is available in the pocket-size Pride Festival Guide (from locations in Regina, Moose Jaw, and Saskatoon), the June 11 issue of Prairie Dog Magazine, or online at

The Queen City Pride Festival celebrates Regina’s LGBTQ community is Saskatchewan's longest-running pride event. For press images and other news, visit

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May 15, 2015: LGBTQ PRIDE 2015 SAYS “BE YOU”

REGINA – At its official launch party this evening, the Queen City Pride Festival announced its 2015 theme: “Be You,” a celebration of diversity, individuality, and uniqueness.

“Whether you’re gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual, transgender, or queer, it’s important to embrace, celebrate, and acknowledge who you are,” remarks Pride Sponsorship Director Phil Ollenberg. “Our 2015 theme is about exactly that – you, and what makes you special.”

The Queen City Pride Festival is Regina’s annual celebration of LGBTQ diversity in Regina, and coincides with similar events province-wide. Regina’s 2015 festival will be its largest-ever, with over 30 events spanning June 15 to 21, with events for adults, youth, and families. The festival wraps up with an all-star event with RuPaul’s Drag Race star Shangela Laquifa, and west-coast club DJ Del Stamp.

The official launch marks the roll-out of the “Be You” campaign to TV, radio, web, and movie cinemas across southern Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, and North Dakota, driving LGBTQ tourists to Regina. The full schedule is now available at and in the official pocket-sized Pride Guide at locations across Regina.

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REGINA — Queen City Pride, Regina’s annual LGBTQ pride festival, will launch its full schedule, theme, campaign, and official guidebook at Pride Unleashed, the official festival launch party on Friday, May 15 at The Mercury, 2936 Thirteenth Avenue.

Each year, Pride Unleashed marks the countdown to the Queen City Pride Festival. This year, it will feature local DJs RyRy and Snakeboots, with members and supporters of the LGBTQ community getting their first look at what the festival has in store.

“This year’s pride festival will be Regina’s largest-ever, featuring over 30 events,” explains Marketing Director Dan Shier. “We’ve got staples like the official afterparty and family-friendly Pride Parade, plus new additions like our awards gala, which recognises local leaders in the LGBTQ community.”

A full event schedule, the Pride Guide, and festival videos launch at Pride Unleashed, Friday, May 15. The event kicks-off at 9PM and runs until 2AM. Media outlets will receive a confidential advance copy of the schedule and Pride Guide at 4PM on May 15.

The Queen City Pride Festival celebrates Regina’s LGBTQ community and runs June 15-21, 2015. For press images and other news, visit

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REGINA — International TV Star Shangela is confirmed to headline PRIDE AFTER DARK: Queen City Pride’s Official Afterparty, Saturday, June 20. Shangela shot to fame as a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race and has since made guest appearances in Glee, The Mentalist, and 2 Broke Girls, plus a cameo in Lady Gaga’s Applause lyric video.

In addition to being a TV star, Shangela is an accomplished stand-up comedian and activist. Always working, her forays into dance music include “Werqin' Girl” (2012) and “Uptown Fish” (2015).

Co-headlining PRIDE AFTER DARK is Vancouver-based DJ Del Stamp. Del Stamp enjoys an international fan following, has headlined events for Whistler Winterpride and Victoria Pride, and is a resident DJ and producer for some of Vancouver’s biggest nightclubs.

“We’re thrilled to have this star power for the 2015 festival” says festival co-chair Jesse Ireland. “I’ve been a fan of Shangela from her first appearance on Drag Race. She’s a powerhouse, and we can’t wait for her to rock Regina.”

Board director Phil Ollenberg: “Bringing in this level of talent shows that Queen City Pride is playing in the big leagues. Shangela and DJ Del Stamp are a perfect combination to celebrate Regina’s 26th annual pride festival.”

The Queen City Pride Festival celebrates Regina’s LGBTQ community and runs June 15-21, 2015. For press images and other news, visit

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REGINA — The Queen City Pride Festival invites the public to nominate contributors to Regina’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, including activists, businesses, volunteers, and allies, for the 2015 QCPride Awards Gala, to be held Wednesday, June 17.

“The QCPride Awards celebrate the people that make Regina a great city to live in, whether you’re LGBTQ, an ally, or a progressive business,” explains Pride board member Dustin Wright. “We are excited to recognise the time, effort, and passion that so many community members contribute to our city.”

Seven award categories will recognise creative talent, youth contributions, political supporters, lifetime achievement, and many more.  Nominations are open to all members of the public — allies and LGBTQ individuals. Nominations are open until April 30, and all details can be found at

Wright: “Pride is already well-known for our fabulous Pride Parade and amazing parties. The awards gala is a brand-new event, bringing a touch of class and formality to our high-energy festival.”

The Queen City Pride Festival is Regina’s annual LGBTQ celebration and features two dozen community events. 2015’s festival runs June 15-21. For more information, visit

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Jesse Ireland | 888-386-5687, ext. 101 |
Phil Ollenberg | 888-386-5687, ext. 104 |


Media Representatives

Jesse Ireland, Co-Chair [email]
phone: 888-386-5687 ext. 101

Lisa Phillipson, Co-Chair [email]
phone: 888-386-5687 ext. 103

Dan Shier, Spokesperson [email]
phone: 888-386-5687 ext. 102

Phil Ollenberg, Spokesperson [email]
phone: 888-386-5687 ext. 104

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