Pride Toronto, a Canadian LGBTQ organization, has announced that Spice, the Queen of Dancehall and a recent MOBO Awards nominee, will be the headline act for their Pride 2022 Festival celebrations in June next year.
Spice, the “So Mi Like It” singer, was recently nominated in the Best Reggae Act category of the 2021 MOBO Awards.
Spice was lauded on the organization’s website as the performer who would set the tone for the celebration with her performance.
“Pride Toronto will kick off Festival Weekend with Jamaican-born dancehall recording artist, singer and songwriter Grace Hamilton, AKA Spice. Known as the “Queen of Dancehall”, Spice is recognized to be one of the biggest dancehall artists in the world….,” Pride Toronto noted in its description of the St. Catherine High School old girl.
According to the group, the festivities would “be organized in alignment with the City of Toronto’s Public Health recommendations”.
“The full month of programming will begin on June 1, concluding with the annual Festival Weekend on June 24-25-26, 2022,” they noted.
The organization said it was continuing a legacy which “is deeply intertwined with the rich, progressive history of Toronto’s queer community”.
It noted that the annual Pride parade began more than 50 years ago as a means of protest and “continues today to create community, celebrate achievements, and honour the history of the movement”.
Apart from Spice’s performance, the group said that it would have a City of Toronto Flag Raising on June 1, 2022, Cabana Pool Party on June 15, and an Island Party on June 19.
Spice is known for songs such as “Cool It,” “Romping Shop” with incarcerated Vybz Kartel, and “Go Down Deh” with Shaggy and Sean Paul.