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Black, Blue & Gay All Over

by RAYMOND HELKIO

This year is Montreal's 375th anniversary the city will be using lights and projections to highlight many their architetural wonders including the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, Place Ville-Marie, the Sun Life Building and Old Montreal. This feast for the eyes will be matched only by the BBCM Foundation who put on the annual Black & Blue Festival. This yearly entertainment extravaganza is spearheaded by Robert Vezina who oversees a team of two hundred volunteers, freelancers, technicians and staff. 

The festival's main event will return to the Pierre-Charbonneau Amphitheater for it's 25th edition. Over the years the Festival has grown with their fan base, honing on what participants want and surpassing that with a memorable experience. But things weren't always so straight forward. Consider back in the late nineties when the participant demographics began to shift. Robert explains, "At one point in the late 1990's and early 2000's, the crowd became a bit too straight and mainstream, so we decided in 2013 to reposition the event as mostly a gay male event. Since then Black & Blue has returned with a majority of the revellers being gay, making it more sexy at the same time!"

If you've ever been to a BBCM party then you'll have some favourite memories etched into your mind. But what impresses the president of one of the largest festivals of its kind? Robert explains, "Using the central field of the Montreal Olympic Stadium in 1999 to hold a big all-night gay party.  This was a first for Montreal and I think a first for any stadium anywhere in the world. I knew that this was really something special, impressive and original. Of course, the party scene has changed a lot since then, with many promoters now doing smaller events in their respective cities. Back then in 1999, people travelled a lot more to go to a few parties like Black & Blue. This being said, I think that Black & Blue has remained a very good big annual gay party still attracting a lot of people in a large spectacular venue, with an all-night permit. Very few gay promoters in the world have this amazing recipe."

Confirmed for this year is Victor Calderone, international respected DJ who will perform at this year's Montreal Black & Blue Festival main event on the Sunday. Buy your tickets now at the reduced rate because next week they go up. 

MyGayToronto is a Major partner of the Black & Blue Festival. 

Black & Blue Festival
LUMINOSITY
October 5-9, 2017
http://bbcm.org/en/

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