Toronto Pride, North by Northeast, and Nuit Rose Collaborate to Present Legendary Queer Icon Tom Robinson
In celebration of the first ever WorldPride celebrations in North America, and the 20th anniversary of NXNE, the two festivals have collaborated to present an intimate showcase with one of the first openly gay musicians to promote LGBT rights through his music. Tom Robinsons single, Glad to be Gay, was originally written for a London gay pride parade in 1976, inspired by the directness and confrontational style of the Sex Pistols, and remains a gay anthem today. This will be his only North American appearance.
Also on the bill are rising local acts WTCHS and Urvah Khan. Arrive early for a retrospective set of 70s/80s British queer themed music by DJ Triple-X starting at 8pm.
This is a ticketed event by paid admission $10 - $15 or with a NXNE wristband. www.nxne.com
Saturday June 21st - Drake Hotel Underground 1155 Queen Street West, Toronto Doors 7pm. Start 8pm
8:00pm DJ Triple-X www.unsigned.com/djtriplex
9:00pm Tom Robinson www.tomrobinson.com /
10:00pm WTCHS - www.facebook.com/wearewtchs
11:00pm Urvah Khan - www.urvmusic.com
12:00am - Diggy the DJ - http://diggythedj.com
Self-described as electro-sexual, DJ Triple-X creates, innovates, entertains, and salutes you.
A legendary UK songwriter and broadcaster. Known in the 70's as an anti-racist and LGBT campaigner, he has released 19 albums with various bands between 1975-2001. He's now an award-winning presenter at BBC Radio 6 Music.
Frantic and thundering gritty post-punk for fans of Sonic Youth, cassette tapes, noise, and Odonis Odonis. Hamilton's WTCHS picked up acclaim for their last NXNE appearance, the Toronto Star remarking: "WTCHS were downright hair-rising during their NXNE set... all merciless, mathematical precision, and in-the-red intensity."
If rock is dead, then Urvah Khan has the power of resurrection. She calls it "scrap" music, her songs combining rock, world, and electronic influences. It's less about genres though and more about the ride.
Diggy the DJ
From a very young age David Ferris, better known as Diggy The Dj, has been a diehard fan of hip hop music and a true lover of all its culture. Inspired by groups, DJs, and producers such as A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Premier, and Dr. Dre, it was clear that he had to be a part of this emerging underground scene. Years spent honing his craft behind the turntables soon led into a fruitful, permanent position with Down With Webster. Come wile out to one of his raw, rowdy, and extremely versatile sets.
WorldPride 2014 - Toronto - http://www.pridetoronto.com/
NXNE - http://nxne.com/2014/showcase-toronto-pride-drake-hotel-june-21/
NUIT ROSE - http://nuitrose.ca/, https://www.facebook.com/nuitrosetoronto
Be sure to check out the line up of performers at this year's Alterna-Queer stage on June 29th - https://www.facebook.com/events/846597032034613/ -