Out in Vancouver March 22 - April 4 with Tom Coleman

Simon Meyer - Sons of Sissy

Simon Meyer - Sons of Sissy

Friday, March 22

The Sock Hop

Normally this is the term used when you are a teenage boy and your favourite sock, which is also your current love partner, is thrown after use into your hiding spot so mom doesn’t find it, right Mr Malcolm? However tonight it signifies something fun: a dance party for the lgbtq2s 55+ brought to you by Rainbow Roundtable and their guests Not So Strictly Ballroom & Timberline Dance Society. NSSB and Timberline will demonstrate / teach the Jive and a line dance and then you'll have time to hang out and chew the fat or practice what you've learned from the guests in the first half. This Friday is the final night of the Fall Season at Rainbow Roundtable.

6:30—9pm. Room C, Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews. $5 drop in. The Sock Hop


Monday, Mar 25

Giving Good Head

We have all had that date that thought they were the king of Fellatio, and since they were offering we accepted no matter how bad it was. Now is your chance to anonymously send them my listing and maybe they will take the bait, so to speak, and learn a few things.  Blow more than your lover's mind! Join for a fun evening covering erotic techniques and products that will enable you and your partner to enjoy a heightened level of excitement and pleasure. Watch a few DVD clips of some famous blowjob artists at work and learn some new moves that your mother never told you about. Add some new tricks to your next rub,lick and blow session and make him moooaaan……

7:30pm. The Art of Loving, 369 West Broadway. Register, $35, and more info at Giving Good head


Tuesday, Mar 26

Spice World 

You may hate the movie but you all sing along to the songs, I’ve heard you. Even the tough muscle jock is belting it out like Baby Spice, sorry Colin Markus Jackson. Now you can do it along to the movie and it will come alive onstage with Jane Smoker, Gia Metric, Jem, Kendall Gender and Synthia Kiss as you and get taken to a whole other level - with a live shadowcast featuring Vancouver's own amazing Spice Gurlz! They really need to do this with Gypsy as well, can’t you just see Connie Smudge as Mama Rose, and I’d die right there!

9:30—11:30pm. The Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway. Tickets $15 advance and more info at

Spice Up Your Life  or $18 at door.


Wednesday, Mar 27

UBC Trans and Trans Accepting Meetup/Counter-Event

A Teach-In has been organized to hold discussions and lectures about specific points that concern Meghan Murphy and the recent outburst of Transphobia on campus. The organizers of these two events have decided to combine them. Both will begin at the nest, in front of the Pride Installation, and then collectively walk to the booked room. Here, the teach-in will take place. Attendees can choose to participate in discussions, or just enjoy each other's company and have a fun evening in solidarity.

6:15—10pm. The Nest, 6133 University Blvd, UBC campus. Transphobia at UBC



Believe it or not this piano playing/musical theater sing a long has found a home at PJs. It’s even quite entertaining shooting pool with it going on in the background, and after a few winning games against my opponent I am sure it is soothing for him as well.  A few cocktails, the old piano with the tip jar on top for requests I am sure, and the nimble fingers of Kerry O’Donovan and you will totally forget about the hottie that snubbed you at the urinal.

9pm—2am. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. No cover. Encore

Thursday, Mar 28

Masquerade Closing Reception: Drag Show

The evening is a unique opportunity in bringing together artists and drag performers from across the city, as well as the academic, artistic, and social justice communities from UBC. Tonight is the closing reception of Masquerade: Exploring Fashioned Resistance. The reception includes the release of the exhibition catalogue, featuring essays, artist’s profiles, and documentation of programming. A highlight of the evening will be drag performances from performers who are all featured in the exhibition, either from photographic documents and collaborations. Shay Dior and Maiden China are just the tip of the iceberg.

7:30pm. Hatch Gallery,2nd floor,  The Nest, 6133 University Blvd, UBC Campus. No cover. Masquerade


Friday, Mar 29

Creating Sustainable Open Relationships 

So, you and your significant other have decided to explore non-monogamy. Now what? With the dizzying array of options available to people who’ve decided to go “off the beaten path,” how do you and your partner(s) plot a course of your own? And what do you do when the inevitable challenges arise? Opening up any relationship takes skill, patience, attention and care. Mistakes will be made. But why make any more than you have to? This workshop is open to single/solo folks, couples/pairs and groups of any gender or orientation. Part of Converge Con.

1—4pm. Room 2290, SFU Harbour Campus, 515 West Hastings. Tickets $49 and more info at Open Relationship Guidance


Sexx: Converge Con Kick Off

Converge Con officially starts Saturday March 30, but they want to kick it off with a big SEXx Social - for their Meetup group, Facebook groups, con attendees and presenters, and basically anyone in the sex positive community! Whether you can make it to Converge or not, come celebrate the start of this awesome weekend.

7—9pm. Shebeen Restaurant, 210 Carrall St. Converge Kick Off


Fatale Fridays - All Femme & Non-Binary Stand-up Comedy

Vancouver's only weekly All-Femme & Non-Binary Stand-up Comedy Showcase! Grab some friends and come on down for some great drinks and huge laughs from some of the best comics in the city! Featuring Sophia Johnson (MC), Fatima Dhowre, Maddy Kelly, Amber Harper-Young, Rachel Schaefer, Jenny Russell, Tammy Hu, Daniela Dana and Danika Thibault

7pm. Comedy Basement at Goldie’s, 605 West Pender. Tickets $10 advance and more info at Fatale Fridays  or $12 at door.

Giant Little Ones

Giant Little Ones is a heartfelt and intimate coming-of-age story about friendship, self-discovery, and the power of love without labels. Franky Winter and Ballas Kohl have been best friends since childhood. They are high school royalty: handsome, stars of the swim team, and popular with girls. They live a perfect teenage life - until the night of Franky's epic 17th birthday party when Franky and Ballas are involved in an unexpected incident that changes their lives forever. With its unusually smart, perceptive and warm-hearted take on coming-of-age tropes, this second feature by Saskatchewan-bred, Toronto-based writer-director Keith Berhman feels wide and wise enough to somehow contain all the complexities that modern life present to teenagers (and their bewildered parents, too).

Showtimes 1:30, 4:00, 7:00 and 9:25pm. Cineplex International Village, 88 West Pender St. Tickets released Wednesday, Mar 27 at https://www.cineplex.com/Movie/giant-little-ones 


Throwbacks Mix 3

VAL LAB is closing and what better way to end this chapter than with a night full of head nodding, timeless Hip-Hop. The evening will be packed with great beats, hot mics and good vibes!

10pm—4am. Vancouver Art & Leisure, 101 West 6th Ave. $15 before 11pm, $20 after. Throwback


Saturday, Mar 30

ConvergeCon 2019

ConvergeCon is a gathering of minds focusing on conversations about our sexuality, our interpersonal relationships, and the activism that is driven by our commitment to understand them. They want to create a radically inclusive safe space for all people with an invested interest in creating a sex positive future. They want to focus on queer, LGBT+, indigenous, POC communities, as well as sex worker rights and activism and bring people together to spark new conversations. Runs today and Sunday, March 31. For a schedule of events and times plus tickets $110--$210 at  ConvergeCon 2019


STICKY: A Post-It Note Art Show

Finally an art show I can get into. Even I can draw on a sticky note, well at least stay in the lines. STICKY features tiny, original art made on 3×3 inch Post-It notes! Hundreds of artists will contribute 6–10 pieces each, with every Post-It priced at $20/each (Cash only). The focus will be on great art from local talent at a very affordable price. Plus, expect a few surprise contributors from around the world.

6—10pm. The Arts Factory, 281 Industrial Ave. Free entrance. Sticky


ConvergeCon Gets Absolut'ly Dragulous

Perfect match, a conference about sex and Carlotta Gurl, I wonder who  will be teaching whom. Either way I think I know who will be on top. This is a perfect way to not only support a local event and venue, but also create a great way for ConvergeCon to support the LGBT2Q+ Community here in Vancouver. Bringing communities together to create positive change in this world! This event is open to everyone 19+ (not just Converge attendees). Converge will be there from 7:30pm onwards to socialize. Drag show is 10:30pm sharp.

7:30pm—3am. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. $5 cover after 8pm. Convergecon Gets Dragulous


Man Up Lucky 11 Anniversary Show

Did you know? Turns out Lady Luck is non-binary! Drag in this city has pushed back against the forces that have tried to contain us, perhaps just jealous of our boogie. We are here today thanks to the long-term drag dedication from our Man Up family, the fierce loyalty and support from our community, and yes, a bunch of lucky ass breaks -- like being given our first chance at Lick in '08, to being welcomed with open arms by the Cobalt in '11, to the miraculous opportunity presented to us with the inception of Eastside Studios in '18. We have oceans of gratitude for all those who have participated in sustaining and elevating Man Up to where it is today, and to all those who will continue to hold up exuberant, safer, and accountable community spaces, as important and necessary to our queer liberation. Tonight they are celebrating with a lot of surprises in store for you. Even Symone Says will be dropping by to entertain you.

8pm—2am. Warehouse at Eastside Studios, 550 Malkin Ave. Tickets $16 and info at Man Up 11th Anniversary


VAL Lab Closing Party

It is true, tonight is the final night for seeing that cute butt of Matt troy bouncing around the VAL Lab. But fear not, they are throwing a massive warehouse party to say goodbye to the Lab in style! Expect nonstop music, drag, performers, dancers, going late into the night. And since Matt has never been one to stay out of the picture for long we all know he will be back somewhere in town with a vengeance.

9pm—5am. Vancouver Art & Leisure, 101 West 6th Ave. Tickets $25 and info at VAL Closing Party



Fans of DJ Shelly will be glad to know that a night has been added at PJ dedicated to all those screaming anthems and throw backs that you can’t help but love and play over and over in your head, and DJ Shelly will be the one in the driver’s seat.

10pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. $5 cover after 9pm. Blowpop


Sunday, Mar 31

Trans Day of Visibility - Film Night  “Hookers On Davie”

CATA invites community members who identify as Two-Spirit, trans, transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, genderfluid, genderqueer, third gender, are non-labeling and/or do not identify within the cisheteronormative paraidgm to join us in celebrating Trans Day of Visibility. This is also open to non-trans / cisgender people. Today’s film is a unique look at the feminist-led movement for the implementation of regulations and laws to protect sex workers in and around Vancouver. Inviting viewers to shed the stigma in and around sex work, the film humanizes a profession that is a perennial target of scorn.

2—5pm. 610-1033 Davie St. Trans Day Of Visibility


Condom Packaging Party in New West

Think they keep all the fun in the West End…no, no no. Even New Westminster needs a helping gay hand or two to stuff all those little packages of fun. Looking for a great way to give back? Join HIM to help stuff, cram, and pack condoms and lube into tight little packages. Light snacks provided! Held alongside the Rainbow Event Network and the Sunday Afternoon Beer Bash And Condom Packaging! I might even coax a friend of mine; we will call him Sydni with an i to keep him anonymous, to help out. He is more used to pulling the packs out of him than stuffing them but he can learn, plus booze is involved.

4—6pm. Begbie’s Tavern, 609 Columbia St, New Westminster. New Westminster Condom Packing


Thursday, April 4

Sons of Sissy

Sons of Sissy delves into the heart of the Upper Austrian countryside, where traditional folk dances and music reign supreme. These traditions are joyously subverted when four versatile performers/musicians reformulate Alpine dances to liberate themselves from convention. Defying categorization and pigeonholing, the Sons of Sissy live up to their name as they conduct themselves as part weird folk music quartet, part experimentally playful ritual dance combo, using humour to radically disrupt hackneyed male role models. Show runs until Saturday, Apr 6.

8pm. Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St. Tickets $323 and info at Sons Of Sissy



Leave your inhibitions at the door, and step inside a speakeasy unlike any before. Let our Green Fairy seduce your senses, as she takes you through a wild affair filled with lust, love, jealousy, and joy. You're sure to question what's truth or illusion, as you experience the journey of electric intoxication at its best. Welcome, to Absinthe, presented by Luminesque Dance. This Luminesque Dance show features an original storyline, spectacular choreography and over 200 of Vancouver's fierce and fabulous dancers! Show runs at Celebrities until Saturday, Apr 6.

6:30—9:30pm. Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie St. Tickets $25--$200 and more info at Absinthe

Bed & Breakfast

When Brett inherits a family estate, he and his partner, Drew, move to a quiet little tourist town to set up a B&B. But will these big city boys face friction in their new community? With dozens of hilarious characters all portrayed by two actors, it’s a heartfelt comedy about “being out,” skeletons in the closet, and finding a place to call home. Show runs until Saturday, May 3.

7:30pm. Granville Island Stage, Arts Club, 1585 Johnston Street, Granville Island. Tickets $29--$54 and info at Bed & Breakfast

In Advance

Sometimes there are gay events that are so popular they sell out weeks before you may even hear about them. If there is an event like that which gives back to a good cause then I will be posting one of them here so you have a chance to get your tickets before they are gone.

April 19--21

Ignite Festival 2019

A festival for self-identified men to play with the possibilities of our bodies, to explore new realms within our hearts, and to spark new fires in our souls. Ignite is a festival of workshops featuring a stellar team of international facilitators who have a wealth of experience and knowledge working with queer men. Each one will take us on a unique journey, inviting us into deeper connections with ourselves and with others. Each day will offer a selection of many different types of workshops, from dance to yoga, embodied explorations to intimate encounters. Ignite Festival 2019



Get Out!Tom Coleman