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Although it’s called Pride

Week, the fun actually lasts a lot longer than that. Running from Thursday to July 29, here is a rundown of some of this year’s Pride-sponsored events.

For a full listing of events, go to halifaxpride.com. Friday, July 20 • 5 p.m.: At Empire Park

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Lane, there will be a screening of the 2009 documentary, Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride. The price of admission is a simple donation. • 7 p.m.: There will be a vigil in front of the Spring Garden Road Library honouring LGBT rights, particularly in those countries where people do not enjoy the same rights Canadians do. Sunday, July 22 • 2-5 p.m.: Take me out to the ball game. An annual favourite, this year’s Dykes vs. Divas softball game will be held at the Canada Games Diamond.

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This year’s Pride Parade will be held July 28. Timothy Richard Photography

Monday, July 23 • 5 p.m.: Arguably one of the most important parts of Pride, the flag-raising ceremony will take place outside of city hall. Wednesday, July 25 • 8:30-11 p.m.: Gottingen Street-located The Company House will be hosting the Halifax Pride Songwriter’s Circle, an event that will feature “the pride of our songwriting community,” according to Halifax Pride’s website. Performers include Stewart Legere, Irish Mythen and Stacy Ricker. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Thursday, July 26 • 7:30 p.m.: The Tall Ship Silva will play host to a sunset cruise of the Halifax Harbour. Tickets are $30. • 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.: The Tall Ship Silva will play host to a second cruise,. Tickets are $30 and “a DJ will be mixing the music as you dance like seamen on the harbour of Halifax,” says Halifax Pride’s website.

Kevin Wong will perform July 28 at the Garrison Grounds. Contributed

The Garrison Grounds is playing host to a free concert on July 28. Among the performers will be Toronto-based Kevin Wong, who just released his third album, Songs from the Weekend. “It’s probably my most chilled-out set of work, mainly because I have nothing to angst about,” says Wong, adding he had a period of writer’s block for about nine or 10 months because all was so well. When Metro spoke with Wong, he and his partner, Nik, were having their engagement party that weekend. Wong’s sound is upbeat piano pop, with some hints of jazz and soul thrown in. Songs from the Weekend is an infectious album. From the opening track, Joy, which has the shuffle and swagger of George Michael’s Faith to the upcoming single Baby Grand, Wong’s music is happy and uplifting. One of the things Wong made a conscious decision about for this album was not to compromise with any of the lyrics.

The Dykes vs. Divas softball game will be held Sunday at the Canada Games Diamond. AnitaLouise Martinez photo

Friday, July 27 • 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.: OutDancing, Halifax Pride’s third annual dance party will take over the Garrison Grounds. Tickets are $5 at the gate. Saturday, July 28 • 1:30-3 p.m.: Downtown

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Concert. Music to be proud of

Ten days of jam-packed Pride activities Richard Woodbury

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Halifax will play host to the annual Pride Parade, which is also Halifax’s largest parade. This year marks its 25-year anniversary. • 10 p.m.: Downtown Halifax’s skyline will be taken over with a brilliant display of fireworks.

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“In the music industry, people look for a certain look and like they say, sex sells. I may not really fit that image. It does become a challenge because of that.” Young Kaii, rapper

“I don’t shy away from saying he in a song that calls for it,” he says, adding that in some venues, that can create some issues. “In certain cultures, it changes the mood of the crowd a little bit. I can feel, maybe not a chill, but a shift.” That shouldn’t be a problem here. Also performing will be Providence, R.I., rapper Young Kaii. “I grew up listening to mainstream music, so I guess you can say the type of writer I am came from my mainstream influences,” she says. With influences such as Mase, Dr. Dre and the Notorious B.I.G., Kaii’s music has that similarly accessible and catchy sound. However, unlike traditional hip hop, which is dominated by

Rapper Young Kaii will perform in a free concert on July 28 at the Garrison Grounds. Contributed

heterosexual (and sometimes homophobic) lyrical content, Kaii raps about her sexuality. She says that means there are certain limitations for her budding rap career. “As far as image wise, it is

a challenge,” she says. “In the music industry, people look for a certain look and like they say, sex sells. I may not really fit that image. It does become a challenge because of that.”

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