Pride PEI Piano Bar

Brandon Howard Roy

Pride PEI presents the Pride PEI Piano Bar as part of its 2024 Festival. Hosted by Brandon Howard Roy with piano accompaniment by Craig Fair, the event takes place at the Salvador Dali Cafe at The Arts Hotel in Charlottetown from 4–6 pm on July 14.

With a lively host guiding the sing-along, piano bars, especially within Queer culture, are known for their show tunes and camaraderie, with a decided lack of focus on the singing ability of its attendees.

“The idea is to have the best time possible,” says Dave Stewart, Festival partner for this event. “Whether or not you can sing doesn’t matter in the least. Just remember to tip your host!”

Marie’s Crisis and Don’t Tell Mama are popular examples of long standing piano bars in New York City, where you can find locals and visitors elbow-to-elbow in crowded and boisterous quarters.

“They’re must-visits for a lot of people I know,” adds Stewart, “so why not bring the piano bar to Islanders for a change, instead of the other way around, especially during Pride?”

There is no admission charged for the Pride PEI Piano Bar, but tips for the hosts are encouraged. Attendee spaces are first come, first served, and are limited. Allies are welcome and encouraged to attend this 19+ event. 

The 2024 PEI Pride Festival runs July 12–21. For a full Festival schedule, visit pridepei.ca, or follow Pride PEI on its social media channels.