Celebrating its 20th edition, Montreal’s first LGBT festival of the summer festival season is Divers/Cité! From July 30 to August 5, we’ll get to take in some incredible cultural acts, all from a new location in Montreal’s Old Port!
For 20 years, Divers/Cité has attracted all different types of folk (gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, straight, questioning, curious and others) to enjoy diversity together. It is not necessarily a “gay” event; it just has a few homosexual tendencies.
It’s an agglomeration of dance, music, theater, cinema, and of course – drag queens. In a city as diverse as Montreal, Divers/Cité is a festival that brings anything and everything together for one giant party under the stars. For its 20th edition, Divers/Cité will be making a move to the Old Port, on the Jacques-Cartier Pier. For seven days and seven nights, Divers/Cité will present programming that appeals to a wide variety of audiences.
Kicking off the festival on July 30 (9PM – Theatre de Verdure, Parc Lafontaine) is the traditional CINEMA DANS LE PARC with a screening of Ferzan Ozpetek’s Mine Vaganti. Full of humor and heart, this Italian film (with French subtitles) is about a boy named Tommaso and his quest to come out to his family, while inheriting his family’s pasta factory. But someone might beat him to the punch!
1, BOULEVARD DES REVES is Quebec’s longest running variety show. The Mistress of Ceremonies Marleen Menard will take us through a show highlighting the best of Quebec’s music scene with some blues, jazz, rock and pop. (August 2, 8PM – Loto Quebec Stage, Jacques-Cartier Pier)
APOCALIPSTIK will take over the Loto-Quebec Stage. APOCALIPSTIK is put on in association with Mile-End queer hotspot Royal Phoenix and will feature some Montreal Queer scene favourites like Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre), Fanny Bloom, B’UGO, and GlamGam. APOCALIPSTIK will even be hosted by Royal Phoenix owner and Montreal Roller Derby champion Val Desjardins with Montreal club kids Sally & Tyler. (August 3, 6PM – Loto Quebec Stage, Jacques-Cartier Pier)
My absolute favourite event of the year: MASCARA! On the Grande Place, MASCARA is a three-hour gender bending performance and the world’s largest drag show! Staring the legendary Mado, this year will pay homage the late beloved diva Whitney Houston! (August 4, 8PM – Grande Place, Jacques-Cartier Pier)
After Mascara, head all the way up to the Mile-End, where LESBOMONDE, the premiere lesbian event will take place at the Cabaret Mile-End with Kish/Delish the DJ duo made up of Delicious and Kishy La Roux. Tickets are $25 and available online.
Divers/Cité will come to a close with a sparkle with LA GRANDE DANSE, followed by the Divers/Cité signature event LE GRAND BAL. This is really something you have to see (and hear) to believe. A huge crowd of fun-loving people, live music, dance and the best energy of any festival you’ll attend this year. (August 5 – Loto Quebec Stage, Jacques-Cartier Pier)
Divers/Cité has so much programming this year, I really only scratched the surface. Look at all the full details on their website here. Please note that all the outdoor events at Jacques-Cartier Pier are free, but there is a suggested $5 donation at the door!
Divers/Cité, July 30-August 5, 2012