Out in Vancouver April 26 - May 5 with Tom Coleman

Photo: Sisters in Sync Dragonboating

Photo: Sisters in Sync Dragonboating

Friday, April 26

Ignite: Vancouver’s largest youth-driven arts festival

The Cultch is taken over and transformed by young people from April 26 –May 4 as hundreds of youth are involved in what has grown to be Vancouver’s largest youth-driven arts festival. The festival includes showcases in music, dance, and spoken word, the world premiere of three one-act plays, a visual arts exhibit, variety shows featuring improv, drag, circus arts, and much more. All of this is created by local artists between the ages of 13-26. Literally every aspect of the festival is youth-driven, produced by The Cultch’s Youth Panel. From media relations and promotion, to stage managing and running the lighting and sound boards, there are countless ways to become involved, whether on stage or behind the scenes. For a full schedule of events and times please check online. Shows are at Vancity Culture Lab, The Cultch Lobby and The Historic Theatre.

1895 Venables Ave. Suggested ticket prices: Adult $20--$35, Youth $2--$15 available at Ignite


Saige Community Food Bank

An East Vancouver Community Food Bank that does food rescue to provide fresh produce and baked goods for those in need. A Trans, two spirit and gender diverse safe space that is open to all. No ID, proof of housing or income needed. Volunteers welcomed from 1:30-5:50. Numbers given out lottery style at 3:30. Doors open from 4:00 till food runs out.

3:30pm. Kiwassa Neighborhood House, 2425 Oxford St. Saige Community Food Bank


Saturday, April 27

Trivia Night #10 - Fundraiser For The Vancouver International Children`s Festival With Peach Cobblah

That`s right, Peach is your hostess with the moistest for an exciting night of fun and trivia benefitting VICF`s Hospital Outreach Program. The Hospital Outreach Program brings the Festival experience to children receiving treatment or in care at BC healthcare facilities. Children unable to leave the facilities can share in the Festival spirit with their families and benefit from the healing power of music and laughter. Grab a team together and prepare to answer questions around general knowledge, sports, music, logos, books, movies, etc. Prizes will be awarded to the top team! A raffle and silent auction will also be present, as well as cash bar and snacks. Let’s have some fun and raise money for the kids and their families. This event is for adults only.

7—11pm. Loungeworks, 130 West 4th Ave. Tickets $22 and more info at  Trivia Night



Spring has sprung so what other reason to go to a bar and drop trou? Peel is an underwear party like no other. You can have your fave pair, tighty whities, thong, jockstrap, anything you like but please don’t borrow your roommates; god knows where those have been. If I see any of mine that have disappeared, I will be taking them back, be warned. Best of all hunky Nick Bertossi is the DJ and I think I will drop off the skimpiest jock I can find and leave it in the DJ booth for him to show off.

9pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $5. Peel


Monday, April 29

Dick Safari

Rent day is coming and you could win at this contest that pays by the inch, think you’ve got what it takes and aren’t afraid to dare to bare. Human rulers Alma Bitches and Del Stamp with do the measuring in case of a tie! But watch out, sometimes Del doesn’t like to let go and other times Alma is hungry. Cash prizes for 1st & 2nd as well as lots of giveaways from Steamworks Baths.

11pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. Dick Safari


Tuesday, April 30

Strapping It On: Live Demo

Are you interested in learning how to do strap on play or do you already know how but would like to learn some new tips and tricks? Presented by Redrobin, this workshop and demo will explore the many ways to get the most out of your strap on. Regardless of gender, sexual orientation or role, this kind of play can be pleasurable for everyone involved, and we'll show you how with their female model and live demo!

7:30—9:30pm. The Art of loving, 369 West Broadway St. Tickets $50, and registration at

Strapping It On


Pink Drink

Join Crowbar and Bitter Queens for Pink Drink! Starting at 8PM, enjoy some snacks and signature drag cocktails as Vancouver's own Tara Beladi performs. Entrance includes a welcome drink, a donation to Rainbow Refugee, and Tara’s performance plus a whole lot of fun.

8pm—1am. Crowbar East Van, 646 Kingsway St. Tickets $40 and more info at Pink Drink


Wednesday, May 1

Werk It Wednesday

Carlotta and Alma are two gurls that always know how to werk it on Hump Day. Although I think Carlotta is stuck in a Groundhog Day Hump Day kind of thing as that gurl is always werkin’ it. DJ Nick Bertossi tries to keep them under control and keep you moving.

10:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. Werk It Wednesday


Thursday, May 2

Dragon Boating

Attn: Queer & Trans Women - Have you ever wanted to experience the thrill of racing in a dragonboat as the sun sets on beautiful false creek? Well, now is your chance! Sisters in Sync, Vancouver's only queer women's dragonboat team is recruiting new paddlers! No experience necessary. Come out and experience the thrill of paddling with a totally awesome team. If you love it, you could consider joining our team this summer! Sisters in Sync paddles outside of Creekside Community Centre from the start of April until the start of September, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

6—7:30pm. Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athlete’s Way. Dragon Boating


Friday, May 3

Shipyards Friday Night Market

The best Friday Night Market in the Lower Mainland located in the historic Shipyards District of lower Lonsdale in Beautiful North Vancouver, B.C. This year is dedicated to Ingrid Doerr, creator & founder of the market which started back in July 2011. Starting today and every Friday until September 27, you'll experience 30+ Food Trucks, Local Bands, 100+ Local Artisans & a totally awesome Beer Garden and the best pier to hang out on in the city. Perfect place to bring tourists or that special date or like me just go and drink and eat in the beer garden, that works too.

5—10pm. Shipyards at Lonsdale Quay, 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver. Shipyards Night Market


Yuk It Up Sis

Need I say more? Yes absolutely… Yuk Yuk's sits as a pinnacle of comedy excellence across the great white north and Drag Queens, Kings and Things rule supreme in the world of Camp so the takeover was inevitable. This show will have EVERYTHING you want and even maybe a few things you don’t. They are pulling out all the gags for this show…You won’t want to miss it!

10:30pm. Yuk Yuks, 2387 Cambie St. Tickets $15 and more info at Yuk Yuks



One of the few strip nights in the city where you never quite know who is going to end up in the shower, maybe even Alma Bitches. With DJ`s Nick Bertossi, Quest or Del Stamp you know the music is going to be great so everything else is just icing on the cake, at least I hope that`s icing.

11pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $5 after 9pm. Jacked


Saturday, May 4

Tucked & Loaded: Season Finale

Hosted by the Queen of the Valley, Anida Tythole, and all her guests you just know this party is going to be off the hook and probably end up in a jail cell. They really know how to party in Mission. Playful Naughty Games - Audience Interactive - Drink Specials-Shooter Boy - Dancing til Late, what more do you need. You had me at Shooter Boy. This show is open seating, First Come, First Served Seating - Ticket guarantees admission, doesn’t guarantee a seat. Arrive early to get a seat for the show. You have been warned.

7pm—12am. The Stage In Mission, 32998 1st Ave, Mission. Advance tickets $15 and info at Tucked & Loaded

Or $20 at door.


Bingo Palooza starring Carlotta Gurl

Now if you are going to have a bingo night what better person to be in charge than the queen that has handled more balls than the Ball Pit operator at IKEA, yes you are right, Carlotta Gurl herself.  This will be one crazy night of bingo games and drag queen entertainment. It's May the 4th, so to honour our STAR WARS followers, wear your favorite STAR WARS attire! Play, eat, drink and meet new friends all while supporting and giving hope to all the LGBTQ+/HIV+ refugees of the world as this is a fundraiser for Rainbow Refugee Society. This event is brought to you by "To Van with Love", a group of Rainbow Refugee volunteers. And all proceeds go directly toward sponsoring and supporting a lesbian refugee family.

6pm. The Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave. Tickets $35 at door and this is a cash only event. Palooza Bingo Night  


The Rainbow Band presents: Radical Times

In her 6th consecutive performance as special guest MC and performer, the Rainbow Concert Band is proud to present Ms. Whoopsie Daisy! Tick, Tock, Tick Tock ~ The Rainbow Band runs out the clock. This concert is loaded with different time signatures in every song! Featuring songs such as A Chorus Line Spectacular, Adagio by Samuel Barber, Bolero, and songs by Michael Legrand and Stan Kenton, this concert is sure to please any tempo affezionato. There will be a 50/50 draw and a silent auction.

7:30pm. Vancouver Community College, 1155 East Broadway St. Tickets $15 and more info at Radical Times or $20 at door.


Absolut’ly Dragulous

Join Carlotta and her guests for a spectacular show filled with drag, live numbers, contests and much more, all hosted by one of Vancouver’s top drag personas, Carlotta works so hard and has probably had a little dabble with so many of the city’s elite that any day now  one of the alleys, ooops now called lanes, will be called Carlotta Gurl Lane, take a stroll down that honey. 

8:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. Absolut'ly Dragulous


Sunday, May 5

Glitter Ball 2019

Glitter Ball is a music festival fronted exclusively by women and those who identify with other marginalized genders, welcoming cis women, trans women, genderqueer women, non-binary folks, and those who otherwise challenge the cis heteronormative binary. There will be disco balls, donuts, dancing and tons of local talent + headliners Bbymutha, Bambii, and Y La Bamba

5:30pm—12am. Creative Coworkers, 520 Alexander St. Tickets$20, and more info at Glitter Ball


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.

Friday, May 10

Legendary Ladies

You may think they are ready for the seniors home but truth is Connie and Carlotta are just out of men in the West End and are heading to Sechelt to sew some oats and Jaylene Tyme is going to look after them, after all Depends don’t just drop like panties do they gurls? A cabaret experience by 3 world class entertainers from Vancouver, these female impersonators will be singing and dancing their way into the hearts of many. A VIP reception held in the new dining area will provide a preamble to the main event in the auditorium. The bubbly VIP gathering will offer a close up introduction to the entertainers. General admission invitees will be able to join the festivities in the auditorium. Members of the Sechelt Fire Department will be on hand to deal with potential hot spots; Connie is known for thigh burns. This important fundraiser will assist the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre with their renovation liability.

7:30pm—12am. Sechelt Senior’s Centre, 5604 Trail Ave, Sechelt. Legendary ladies



Get Out!Tom Coleman