Carnaval des Couleurs Recommits to the Fight Against Racism and Homophobia

Wednesday September 15, 2021

The following is a press release from Carnaval des Couleurs:

The BCCM Foundation, which has presented the Carnaval des Couleurs at the beginning of each October since 2018, has reconfirmed its commitment to ensure that this year's event will be a quality celebration of multicultural and LGBTQ + communities united in the fight against racism and homophobia.

The 3rd edition of the Carnaval des Couleurs de Montréal comes to life from October 8 - 10 at the Complexe Desjardins, Place Émilie-Gamelin, with free performances including dance, music, and circus acts, and brings together cultural, ethnic, and LGBTQ+ communities in a collaborative, inclusive, and cosmopolitan spirit.

Everyone will be able to enjoy these free activities.

Of course, all this will be done in accordance with the health rules put into place by the Direction de la Santé Publique de Montréal.

The program will take place during the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.

Grande-Place of Complexe Dejardins

Free activities (vaccination passport required) include:

OCTOBER 9 and 10

(afternoon and evening)


  • Tamika

  • Maghislain

  • Club Bolo

  • Chinese Dance

  • Jorie

  • Real team country dance

  • Disney-Style Drag Princesses show

  • Mascots

  • Animations.

    Artistic direction: Yanick Daigle (BoyFriend Productions)

    Our ambassadors, Élizabeth Blouin-Brathwaite and Normand Brathwaite, will be present for a launch cocktail on Friday, October 8 at the Grande-Place of Complexe Desjardins.

    Conferences at Complexe Desjardins

    The conferences will include panelists and resource people from local organizations and reputable institutions and include a Q&A. The conferences include:

  • AIDS phobia (Saturday Oct. 9, noon to 1 p.m.)

  • Homophobia (presented by Fierté Littéraire) (Saturday Oct. 9, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.)

  • Racism (Sunday Oct. 10, noon to 1 p.m.)

  • Hate on the Internet (Sunday Oct. 10, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.)

    Host: Louis-Alain Robitaille, LGBTQ activist.

    Place Émile-Gamelin

    (BERRI-UQAM metro station)

    Free activities and Mostly Live Shows (vaccination passport required)

    October 9 and 10

    (Afternoon and evening)


  • Corneille

  • Cirque Kalabanté

  • Kizaba

  • Johanne Blouin

  • Marco Calliari

  • Marc-André Valade

  • Jimmy Moore

  • El Salvadore

  • Kaishia Cassendo

  • Térouz

  • DJ Khalil.

    Artistic direction: Yanick Daigle (BoyFriend Productions)

    Nocturnal Ambulatory Presentation: "Carnival in Motion"

    Location: TBD

    This presentation (which is ambulatory at the request of the Public Health department, in order to avoid large gatherings) includes various types of artists and non-amplified musical performances, as colorful characters.

    Participating artists and groups:


    Ze Radcliffe Fanfare

    Océanique, giant octopus puppet (Simon Rioux)

    Déplacer les idées, giant

    puppet of Labokracboom

    Papillums de Louve

    Femmes Fleurs, animation Richard Lacroix

    Oiseaux des chasseurs de rêves

    Bagpipes of the Black Watch

    Drag queens

    Artistic direction: Léa Philippe

    Safe Events

    Those responsible for the 2021 Carnival of Colors are committed to presenting an event that respects health regularions around COVID-19. Participants should be prepared to present their vaccination passport or QR code proving their double vaccination. They will also need to provide names and contact details, as

    required by Public Health department..

    At Complexe Desjardins and Place Émilie-Gamelin, everyone will be invited to choose a seat where they will remain as long as they are present. Wearing a mask will also be required while attending certain activities.

    "We will do everything humanly and technically possible to make the Carnaval des Couleurs experience as pleasant and as friendly as possible," said the president of the BBCM Foundation, Robert J. Vézina. "This is a huge and demanding challenge that we have chosen to take up to make this event possible. We invite people to enjoy it with respect and tolerance."

    The BBCM Foundation sincerely thanks the funders, partners, sponsors and all organizations and individuals supporting the 2021 edition of the Carnaval des Couleurs and / or the Black & Blue Festival. Special thanks to Tourisme Québec, Canadian Heritage, Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec, Ville de Montréal, Montréal Centre-Ville, Arrondissement Ville-Marie and Tourisme Montréal, for their support and contribution. Many community partners, media partners and sponsors, from here and elsewhere, also support the events.


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