​Elliot Lake, Ontario May 15, 2017 – Miss Conception will return to Elliot Lake for the 5th consecutive year with an all new show, “The Immaculate Miss Conception”!

“We love Miss Conception, and she loves Elliot Lake”, said Chantal Vaillancourt. “She is always the biggest highlight of Pride.”

Last year’s show filled Elliot Lake’s Civic Auditorium to capacity. This year’s show, to be held on Saturday May 27 at 7 p.m., is expected to sell out quickly with prices held to last year’s affordable level of $10.










Douglas Elliott and Michelle Dubarry

85 year old gay entertainer Michelle Dubarry will be performing again during Miss Conception’s show. Michelle was the first Empress of Algoma, and is listed in the Guinness Book of World records as the world‘s oldest performing drag queen. Douglas Elliott will return to the stage as the show’s M.C.

The show will again open with a troupe of young local dancers from Studio Dance Arts. In keeping with this year’s accent on Two-Spirit theme, the show is scheduled to close with a travelling song by the Ginaabaajing Jr’z, a young drummers group from Serpent River First Nation.

Tickets cost $10 and are available between 1 and 5 p.m. at the Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre in Elliot Lake.

The informal “after party” at Jackleggers on Hillside Drive in Elliot Lake has now been added to the official program of events.  

Elliot Lake has been selected to be the first “Pride Capital of the North.” NOPN was formed in 2016 to act as an umbrella organization for Pride Festivals and other organizations serving the North’s LGBTQ2SI people.

Further announcements will be forthcoming about the exciting lineup for this festival, including several more special guests. Details of the program at present can be found at www.elpride.ca or at www.nopn.ca.






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For further information contact: Douglas Elliott, Vice-President NOPN (705)-578-3642

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Pride Capital of the North 2017

PRESS RELEASE

Elliot Lake, Ontario April 28, 2017 - Northern Ontario Pride Network (“NOPN”) is pleased to announce that Elliot Lake has been selected to be the first “Pride Capital of the North.” Elliot Lake will host the first annual Northern Pride Festival from May 21 to May 28, 2019. A highlight of the week’s events will be the first official “Northern Pride” Parade to be held on Saturday, May 27 beginning at 11 a.m.

NOPN was formed in 2016 to act as an umbrella organization for Pride Festivals and other organizations serving the North’s LGBTQ2SI people. Although local Pride parades have been held in various communities across the North in recent years, this will be the first time people from all over the North will be invited to gather in one official Northern Pride Parade. In future years, other communities will host the parade on a rotating basis, similar to the World Pride Parade tradition.

Rita Olink of Sudbury’s TG Innerselves and President of NOPN said, “We are excited to begin the rotating annual designation of a northern community as Pride Capital of the North this year with Elliot Lake. They have a great group of volunteers and generous sponsors, and will be holding their fifth annual Pride event this year.”  

“We are proud to have chosen Two-Spirit people as our focus for this first Northern Pride Festival,” said Greg Lawrence, Executive Director of NOPN. “Aboriginal people in Northern Ontario have wonderful and ancient traditions of accepting and celebrating diverse genders and sexualities. “

Further announcements will be forthcoming about the exciting lineup for this festival, including several special guests. Details of the program at present can be found at www.elpride.ca or at www.nopn.ca.









​For further information contact: Douglas Elliott, Vice-President NOPN (705)-578-3642