It has been a work in progress for over two years, but Pride Radio Canada has finally launched! An internet-based radio station that  highlights 2SLGBTQ+ artists from Canada. Too many times, 2SLGBTQ+ artists have been overlooked or bypassed in Canada, and we are here to change this. Supported by North  Bay Pride, they launched on Feb 14, 2023 and are currently developing shows to add to the roster.

Pride Radio Canada has partnered with Pride World Media and Pride Radio UK, and CEO Peter Darrant stated,In the North East of England, Pride Radio can now listen to by over one million people  on their home, office radios and in their cars. Through various online platforms, we have 137 countries tune in to the network with listeners in 37 of the 73 countries where it’s illegal to be LGBTQ+. Of the 13 countries where being LGBTQ+ is punishable  by death, seven tunes in. When Jason talked to us about Canada, we saw a strong partnership understanding the importance of sharing our stations and expanding our brand, because we are for the community, by the community.”

We recognized a gap in music stations around Canada, playing Canadian 2SLGBTQ+ and marginalized artists, so we stepped up to the plate to fill the gap. The station is currently playing music from all over Canada, like Quanah Styles from Vancouver who is a two-spirited trans artist, Jada Shada Hudson from Toronto who was on Canada’s Drag Race, or Danny Dymond also from Toronto, and so many more. 

“While other stations are missing out by not playing current relevant Canadian 2SLGBTQ+ and marginalized artists, we jump at the chance to do this and our community deserves it. We play artists like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Elton John too, because we know what our community wants because we are the community.” said Jason Maclennan, Communications Director, North Bay Pride.

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About the Author

Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.