Federal leaders invited to debate
Canadian singer-songwriter Bif Naked is scheduled to perform in North Bay’s virtual Pride event next month.
North Bay Pride says the artist would perform live through the organization’s Facebook page Sept. 19.
Opening for Bif Naked will be Mackenzie Drive, who in a statement called the show “like a dream come true.
“Artists who are starting out struggle to get known and get on stage. North Bay Pride has given me an opportunity to grow as an artist and enjoy the wonderful community we have. To open for Bif Naked is truly an honour as she is (an) amazing artist and advocate for our community.”
The show is expected to start at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast live at the Capitol Centre.
North Bay Pride media co-ordinator Jason Mclennan says as a smaller Pride event and organization, there are times when it can struggle to get sponsors or attract bigger talent.
“However, we contacted Bif Naked and within 48 hours, she said ‘I would love to join you!’ A true artist and advocate for social justice recognized the importance of a smaller Pride in Northern Ontario and that is exciting,” Maclennan says.
“We are so excited to see Bif Naked in our city and share themself on North Bay Pride Facebook Live!”
A platinum- and gold-album selling international recording artist by the age of 23, Bif Naked has performed with such acts as Green Day, Snoop Dogg, Billy Idol, Dido, Devin Townsend, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Chrissie Hynde, Foo Fighters and The Cult.
She has released 10 albums and 24 videos, and started the record company Her Royal Majesty’s Records.
Her music has been featured in and on soundtracks for shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Moonlight, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven and Celebrity Deathmatch.
The event Sept. 19 will be hosted by Geri Atrick and Lady Rae Vyn from Str8 Talk, whose show can be found online at www.str8talk.ca or through YourTV this fall.
Virtual North Bay Pride will take place Sept. 18-20.
Gateway City Brewery released a brew called Real Love for Pride, with 50 cents of every can sold supporting the organization.
North Bay Pride, meanwhile, has offered to host a virtual debate on human rights for all of the federal political leaders Sept. 20.
Maclennan says they have received correspondence from some parties, but no response from others, with Green Party interim leader Jo-Ann Roberts saying she would participate.
“Every year, all political parties attend Pride events across Canada. Leaders smile and wave while shouting Happy Pride. But when it comes to a discussion or debate that involves real life issues for those from the 2SLGBTQ+ community, it never seems to be part of an open honest discussion. You cannot be about the people and represent the people without talking to them. People deserve to be heard,” a statement from Maclennan said in part.
“Marginalized people deserve space to be heard. Homeless people need homes. Black Lives Matter. Indigenous (people) need respect and to be heard. Do our leaders genuinely care? I have no idea anymore.”