Cyndi Lauper is not trying to change the world. She says you just can’t. She’s just trying to do what she can to change hers.

“I can change my little world so when I go out on tour, I try to have my own little inclusive place where, every time I go there, I get excited to see them,” says the Grammy Award-winning pop icon, now 54.

Lauper’s world is the True Colors Tour, now in its second year. The event makes its Toronto stop tonight and features singers and comedians in a showcase to raise money and awareness for GLBT equality. This year sees the return of past guests Rosie O’Donnell, Indigo Girls and The Cliks as well as the addition of The B-52s.

“It’s a celebration of humanity with laughter and music,” says Lauper.

On her new album, Bring Ya To The Brink, she focused on returning to the energy she enjoyed while going out dancing with friends during her 2006 Broadway role in The Threepenny Opera. “I’m not able to do that so much anymore and I missed them. I was thinkin’, someday I have to make music for them. I’ll be dancin’ with them, but maybe not physically there, ya know?”

Part of that energy involves international influence. Although this is her eighth studio album, it is the first on which she travelled to write, focusing heavily on European collaboration. “People over there in Europe — especially the English — they not only drive on the other side of the road but they sing on the other side of the beat.”

Lauper also collaborated with Martina Sorbara and Dan Kurtz of Toronto’s Dragonette on Grab A Hold, a mid-tempo, synth-heavy club track. “I went to London thinkin’ they were English and I was like, eh! You’re Canadian, eh?” she says.