Out in Vancouver April 1 - 15 with Tom Coleman

Jane Siberry

Jane Siberry

I was going to feature a delicious breakfast photo on this week’s Out in Vancouver in honor of the annual Red Ribbon Breakfast, but who could resist this lovely photo of Jane Siberry, performing at the Wise Hall on April 3rd. It’s a mellow week coming up, but there’ll be enough rubbing and rapping and spinning and spring for everyone to find their happy place. Be sure to Get Out!

Monday, April 1

Condom Packing Party

As most of us guys have major experience packing large things into small packages of course we are the first to help out when the need arises. Looking for a great way to give back? Join HIM and Steamworks along with Master Packer Boy Spence tonight to help cram, stuff, and pack condoms and lube into tight little packages. While you’re there you can chat with your fellow volunteers and finish the evening off with a meal from one of the fabulous restaurants in the neighbourhood. Maybe even find a volunteer to help with your own package that needs cramming, you never know.

6pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Condom Packing


Femme Gone Wild

Girls,get ready to move your feet and shift your gift as Femme Gone Wild Dancehall Choreography get you going. Femme Gone Wild Dancehall is the Dancehall program where females get aggressive! We will explore the foundations of Dancehall with an emphasis on the beauty of the bold, feisty, and sexy side of Dancehall through a combination of female and male grooves. Female Dancehall Thursday (Bruk your back, Whine your waist, Headtops, DHQ Trick Training. Open Level & Beginner Friendly)

9—10pm. Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St. Fees, schedules and times at Femme Gone Wild


Tuesday, April 2

Double Trouble

As always the excitement of the weekend has left you wanting more; to be with friends, laugh and enjoy the night. Double Trouble is a show that aims to create a sense of community in a relaxed setting, with an emphasis on bringing fun back to drag. Long-time VAL Angels, Berlin and Gluttony (Jesse Harink) make Tuesday their night to perform. What is this show? Imagine sex and funny, Dorothy and Blanche, Cher and Tai or Cady and Regina. Each Tuesday night, they come together to create a safe, inviting place that feels like you're just at home with your best Judy's.

9pm—12am. 1181, 1181 Davie St. No cover. Double Trouble


Wednesday, April 3

Tommy Genesis 

Known for her experimental style and hyper sexual, aggressive verses rap queen Tommy Genesis makes her return Vancouver presenting her 'God Is Wild' tour with Deb Never Amrit, South East and Venus Kunt.

9pm—1am. Fortune Sound Club, 147 East Pender St. Tickets $20 and info at Tommy Genesis


Jane Siberry 

Jane Siberry and kele fleming are two powerful and inspiring performers who outgrew the pop landscape to create sounds all their own. Breath taking and genre defying, these artists dazzle with soaring vocals and soulful lyrics. Jane Siberry’s work spans 3 decades, with the release of 14 studio albums and performances on concert stages around the world. Her 1985 album The Speckless Sky was a huge critical and commercial success and the follow up albums The Walking, Bound By Beauty, When I Was A Boy and her signature song “Calling All Angels” cemented her status as one of the world’s foremost performance artists. kele fleming’s 3rd solo record, no static reached number one on CiTR charts April 17, 2018. She is working with producer Sheldon Zaharko on a full-length solo album for release in fall 2019.

7—11pm. The Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac St. Tickets $25 and info at Jane Siberry


Thursday, April 4


A play by Pulitzer Prize Finalist Lisa D’amour. In a suburb just outside a city that might be Detroit, Ben and Mary see sudden signs of life at the deserted house next door and invite their new neighbors Sharon and Kenny over for a barbecue. As the action unfolds, we learn that Sharon and Kenny met at rehab, neither is employed, and they don't own a stick of furniture. The quintessential American back-yard party turns quickly turns into something more dangerous—and filled with potential. "Ms. D'Amour’s dark comedy is as rich and addictively satisfying as a five-layer dip served up with a brimming bowl of tortilla chips." —NY Times. Tonight, and Friday are preview performances, show runs until Saturday, April 27.

8pm. Bernie Legge Theatre, Queens Park, New Westminster. Tickets $15--$17 and more info at Detroit


Friday, April 5

The Dirty Betty Show—Spring Break Edition

A comedic variety show perfect for your saucy night out. Featuring Vancouver’s hottest femme performers, this is the funnest way to have your case of the monthlies. The Dirty Betty Show is a Vancouver based comedy show, with an all femme cast. They focus on creating a safe and encouraging space for performers and audience members, to get down and dirty. Catch them the first Friday of every month where they feature performances by Comedians, Drag Performers, and Dancers.

7:30pm. Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Dr. $10 at door. Dirty Betty


Rubbout 2019 - Illuminate 

Its that time of year again to get your gear spit shining special as Vancouver gets invaded by the hunkiest, kinkiest men around for 3 days of horniness. For full schedule of events check out RUBBOUT Illuminate


Rubbout 2019: SHINE – Social + Dance

Come put your shine-on in your best rubber/fetish gear at this signature Rubbout event! Add some flash, shine, lights, or glow to your outfit to fit the theme. Shine boys will be there to lube you up, or for some of you special guys I could make myself available for a little shine on/shine off action. Special kink performances and sexy shower shows throughout the night will keep you feelin’ frisky!

9pm—3am. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $5 after 9 or check online for Weekend Passes at INFO More at RUBBOUT Shine


Saturday, April 6

Host & Emcee Workshop 

Ever have a mind panic if someone asks you to host or emcee a wedding, party or even an orgy? David C Jones has the answer for you. The energetic David C Jones has hosted: a television series, rock concerts, corporate events, beauty pageants, award shows, film festivals, a Buddhist Festival, children’s shows, Christian events, health and hospice gatherings, fetish events, and fundraisers & ceremonies around the world. Now he is here to teach you to do the same.

11am—6pm. Instant Theatre, 529 East Broadway St. $100 registration. Host & Emcee Workshop


Queer Swarm: Salacious Spring

All queers welcome! All bodies, mobility devices included, welcome! ALL and no genders! (LGBTQI2SGQ welcome too.) Come play, socialize, craft, tie someone up, get busy, meet someone new, beat someone fun, have sexy times in the sling or spread on a cross or table or anyplace else. Big dungeon. Screaming loudly is welcome. Swearing a string of curses is fun audio. Swacks of all sorts entertaining. Nice quiet needle or spirit scenes totally welcome, too. So are massage circles. It's your party! All scenes welcome and there is plenty of room and equipment or mattresses for however you hook up or get down. The only thing the space doesn't allow is fire play of ANY kind and no cop or military uniforms for Swarm. For this Swarm there will be a room set aside specifically for BIMPOC (Black/Indigenous/mixed/and other people of colour. If you have questions, please contact them and you'll be connected to the organizer of this space. Dress code is whatever works for you. Folks wear everything from nothing to capes to full leathers to fishnet and onesies to short skirts to jeans and t-shirts and fun dresses. Also, there is room to wrestle. Or pet play should you like.

5pm—8pm. Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph St. Cost is $10 or pay what you can. No one turned away. Queer Swarm


Rubbout 2019: GLOW Play Party

This is going to bring a whole new level top the meaning of Glow Stick as my friend, yes Sydney with a Y, has offered to dip his stick in orange neon for the night. If you see an orange light throbbing, duck for cover: you have been warned. GLOW party is a dark and deep night during Rubbout Weekend. Custom equipment and demonstrations will keep you engaged. The Dungeons will be full of things to try out. Take in the beats of DJ Sling Dion. Wear your favourite gear that makes you feel sexy. Get to know international like-minded attendees. Illuminate your night at the Saturday GLOW party!

9:30pm—2:30am. Vancouver Art & Leisure, 101 West 6th Ave. Tickets $40--$120 (free for weekend passholders) and more info at RUBBOUT Glow Party.


Rhythm of the Night

Queer 4 queer dance party with Gay-Bar gold all night as a tribute to the 90s club kid culture and the 80s gay bar. Cause we’re all, caught up in one night love affairs, we know, rhythm in a dancer and damn, I wanna dance with somebody (who loves me). Performances by Ruby Slickeur, Rose Butch and a drag contortion by Vixen Von Flex: bet she can’t beat Carlotta Gurl. 

9:30pm—2:30am. The Clubhouse, 238 East 1st Ave. Cover $8 before 10pm, $12 after. Rhythm of the Night


Sunday, April 7

Drag Camp for Kids

Thank god they didn’t have this when I was a child, you’d never know how I would have turned out. Come check out Vancouver’s first Drag Camp presented by the Storytelling with Drag Queens Foundation and hosted by Candie. Learn about the educational and performative aspects of drag through our fun family event. Mini-Workshops include: Costume Design, Makeup, Performance, Drag History and Culture / Storytelling over a series of 4 weeks!

11:30am. Havana theatre, 1212 Commercial Dr. Tickets $7--$12 weekly, and schedule of classes at Drag Camp For Kids

Has the LGBTQ Movement Failed

Are you LGBTQ+? Interested in knowing queer roots and history? Want to know what happens next for queer activism? Pondering questions about whether gay equality has made gayness normalized? Have we lost our radical roots? Are these good or bad?! Join History students at SFU for a captivating panel discussing whether the gay rights movement has failed. Based on the discussion generated by Martin Duberman's book "Has the Gay Movement Failed", our panel of intelligent, engaged, and community-minded people will create a dialogue of what happens next in the world of queer activism. No reading required!

2:30—4: 30pm.SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Free event. LGBTQ Movement

Wednesday, April 10

Red Ribbon Breakfast

If someone is offering to make me breakfast Ill wear whatever they want me to, except for a pearl necklace…too messy with food. The Red Ribbon Breakfast is an hour long networking event for busy professionals. Please join us for a complimentary breakfast and a short program about the important work that Positive Living BC does in the community. This breakfast is held annually to help Positive Living BC promote its programs and services while developing important relationships with community stakeholders. Please note that while this is a free event, there will be a fundraising pitch as part of the breakfast program. Donations of any size are appreciated, but no one who attends is under any obligation to give.

7—8:30am. Best Western Plus Chateau Granville, 1100 Granville St. To RSVP: email Jason Hjalmarson, Director of Fund Development, at jhjalmarson@positivelivingbc.org or call 604-893-2282  Red Ribbon Breakfast

Story Story Lie: The Hangover Edition

The hangover only lasts a day, but the memories last a lifetime! Proving that truth is stranger than fiction, Story Story Lie, a live and interactive storytelling game show that has been stumping Vancouver audiences for the past three years, is ready to bring it once again. Hosted by show producer and creator, Jo Dworschak, Story Story Lie has one simple premise: Vancouver’s best storytellers, comedians, and performers share high-stakes, near-impossible, unique stories that seem too tall to be true. The catch? Only ONE of the SIX stories is a lie. During the show audience members get to question the contestants in an attempt to reveal the liar. The first audience member to guess who the liar is, wins respect, admiration and an amazing prize!

7—8:30pm. The Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway St. $12 at door. The Hangover Edition

Fierce Adventures 5

Have to admit I kind of missed 1 through 4. Calling all drag lovers, nerds, and gaymers! What do you get when a dungeon master gives a bunch of drag performers some dice? A Fierce Adventure: a live, all-ages, Dungeons & DRAGons show with drag entertainers in the rolls of their lives. Come join these drag explorers as they sissy that walk through the mountains facing bitchy dragons and Birkin stealing trolls!!!

8:30—10:30pm. Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Dr. Cover $10. Fierce Adventures 5

Saturday, April 13

Open Arms: An LGBTQ Sponsorship Fundraiser

Hassan Al Kontar shares his migrant story. He lived 7 months in a Malaysian airport after fleeing the war in Syria. Chris Friesen, director of settlement services for ISS of BC, will give us an overview of the global refugee crisis. Chris Morrissey, LGBTQ activist will speak about the desperate need to fund safety for LGBTQ refugees fleeing persecution in their home countries. Enjoy Syrian cuisine by Tayybeh and bid for amazing auction items in the silent auction.

5:30—9:30pm. St Andrew’s Wesley Church, 1018 Nelson St. Tickets $50 and info at Open Arms

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.


Wednesday, April 17

Dead People's Things by Dave Deveau

Zee Zee Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of the latest play by Playwright in Residence Dave Deveau, developed in association with PTC. Phyllis, a Millennial, inherits a house and all of its contents after her estranged hoarder aunt commits suicide. She then must work with neighbour Beatrice, a Baby Boomer who has been named executrix, to try and make some sense of the life and death of a woman she barely knew, through the things she left behind. Based on true events, Dead People’s Things is a heartrending haunting that examines loneliness and the strange contradiction between belongings and belonging. And you thought Peach Cobblah was just a pretty face, now you will see just how talented the male persona, Dave Deveau, is. Dave is an award-winning writer and performer whose plays and operas have been produced across Canada and in Europe. His list of awards is too long to list unless I drop everything else in the blog. Plus, one of the nicest people around, who knew! Talented, handsome and a dad, but sorry guys, he is married. Don’t wait and get your tickets asap as this play will sell out fast. Show runs until Sunday, May 5.

8pm. Studio 16, 1551 West 7th Ave. Tickets $28--$34 and more info at Dead People's Things






Get Out!Tom Coleman