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World Pride’s stages boasted strong Canadian talent

Submitted by on July 1, 2014 – 8:14 pmNo Comment

World PrideOn Friday, June 27, World Pride exploded in the streets of Toronto as the LGBT community celebrated the first World Pride event in what is considered the mecca of Canada.

With three massive stages hosted by MTV, OLG and Pride and the City of Toronto, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

From the minute you step out onto Wellesley Street or walk through the barricades that have to been erected to close the roads off, you can feel the palpable energy that has engulfed the LGBT-centric neighbourhood.DobsonThe main strip of Church Street was just bustling with people. The first performance of the night Fefe Dobson on the Wellesley stage. Dobson, as always, put on an enthusiastically energetic performance, warming the crowd up for the next act – Dragonnette.

As with all major festivals there is bound to be delays or set backs, so off to the south South Stage we went at 411 Church St and caught a few songs from Canadian singer/songwriter, Carol Pope, who’s explicit and homoerotic lyrics help catapult her to mainstream fame._MG_8434 _MG_8412Martyr then made its way back to the Wellesley stage to take in Dragonette’s electro pop performance, but before any music was played the gorgeous Martina Sobara decided to regal us with a story about her wardrobe choice for this evening.

“I thought I was going to be fashionable and make a statement but as it turns out these black shorts are not only really short but they are also too big so I had to put a second pair of shorts on underneath which is giving me a ‘gunt’ and cutting into my nice places.”

Then, females in the crowd starting chanting “take-it-off” to Sobara. She then lamented that the blue shorts she had on underneath her short, oversized black ones were the same ones she wore on tour with the evenings headline Carly Rae Jepsen.

“I can just hear Carly now, ‘girlfriend we need to go shopping’,” she said. “In case your wondering, I made this shirt I’m wearing this morning. Sorbara and Co then opened with their smash hit “Hello.”

After Dragonette’s 30-minute set there was another brief intermission before another Canadian pop- sensation Carly Rae Jepsen took the stage opening with boisterous bubblegum banter before launching into “This Kiss.”_MG_8735 _MG_9010Several songs into her set, Jepsen stops for some more banter with fans, then asks her bandmates what they’ve been up to while she was doing a broadway play. Jepsen then recants the first time she ever heard her song “Tug of War,” she was working as a server in a restaurant, and she thinks she probably screwed up their order cause she was so awe struck at hearing herself on the radio. Approaching the end of her set Jepsen performed her beachiest song “Bucket”. Jepsen wished the crowd a happy WorldPride and stated her last song for the night has changed my life, and asked the crowd to sing along sing along. That song, of course, was “Call Me Maybe.”

Martyr then headed back to South Stage 411 Church to catch Terri Nunn and Berlin performance. Before heading over to the capacity crowd that was dancing the rest of the night away to the soothing sounds of the one and only Sydney Blu. Blu was in fine form keeping the capacity crowd at the OLG stage dancing for her 60-minute set.

Story by Tee Onek and photos by ftfphotography _MG_9164 _MG_9179

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