Out in Vancouver Aug 7-16 with Tom Coleman

Vancouver Queer Film Festival  runs August 15-25

Wednesday, Aug 7

Razzle Dazzle Divas! The Women of Movie Musicals 

A gay man’s night in heaven. Film scholar Michael Van Den Bos spotlights the wonder women of classic movie song and dance in a clip show featuring sensational performances by Julie Andrews, Cyd Charisse, Judy Garland, Betty Grable, Lena Horne, Ann Miller, Barbra Streisand and more! Michael also pays tribute to the dazzling Doris Day and the musical muses of choreographer/director Bob Fosse.

2—4pm. Vancouver International film Festival, 1181 Seymour St. Tickets $13 and info at  Razzle Dazzle Divas


Thursday, Aug 8

Queer+Feminist Book Sale

All sale books & magazines are under $10 and topics include Art, Theories, History, Literature, Biography, Lifestyle, Race, Gender, Design, Comics, Fashion & More. Now is your chance to pump up your library. Runs the entire month of August.

12—6m, Thurs to Sat. 218 East 4th Ave. Queer Book Sale

Aging With Pride 

An event for LGBTQ2S+ older adults 55+, an afternoon of celebration and mingling with peers. Light snacks will be provided in addition to special performance and a discussion of the history of the local pride movement. In collaboration with Vancouver Pride Society, 411 Seniors Centre, Haro Park Centre, West End Seniors' Network.

1—4pm. Haro Park Centre Society, 1170 Bute St. To RSVP please email Michael at seniors@qmunity.ca or Call 604.684.5307 ext. 110. Aging With Pride


Friday, Aug 9

 Burnaby Pride

Come out to Burnaby's Second Annual Pride event to recognize & celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ2S+ community in Burnaby. With a full program live performances, food, activities, and community resources, they have something for almost everyone. Burnaby Pride runs today and Saturday. Burnaby Pride


Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival 

This 3-day free festival includes 150+ exhibiting and performing artists as well as organizational partners, free public workshops, and hundreds of artworks on display and for sale, alongside aerial silk acrobatics, Cantonese opera, intergenerational dance, wild live performances, and a range of musical stylings throughout the weekend. All events are free and 100% of sales go to the artists. Festival runs until Sunday, Aug 11.

11am—4:30pm. Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews. Outsider Arts Festival

Pride Rainbow Garden Party

Pacific Blue Cross and CUPE 1816 are proud to present the first-ever Burnaby Pride Rainbow Garden Party! An 18+ evening of drag, music, art, food & drink, the Rainbow Garden Party is the official launch of Burnaby Pride Weekend 2019. Hosted by Alma Bitches along with performances by Dee Twentee, Raye Sunshine, Kendall Gendr, Dee Blew and more.

5—9pm. Burnaby Civic Square, 6100 Willingdon Ave. Rainbow Garden Party

Queen, Please with Joan E

Come for old school glamour, camp and obviously legendary performances by the amazing Joan-E and a lot of her friends who drop by as surprise guests.

9:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $7. Queen, Please

Saturday, Aug 10

Bushy Park at the Women's Street Fair and Flea Market

This event is put on by the women of the Downtown Eastside (DTES) as a celebration of culture, inclusion, and community. Each week will feature music performances, food, and plenty of creative and unique goods. The Market will be held every Saturday of the summer so come visit and support the creativity and innovation of women in the community! Today Bushy Park will be playing a 45 minute set at the women's market, starting at 11:45 am. Come down and support *women vendors and craftswomen in the downtown east side. 

11am. 500 Block Columbia St (between Pender St & Hastings St) Bushy Park

Sunday, Aug 11

A Midsummer’s Mixed Bag.

Looking for something fun and free to do on a Sunday afternoon? Like to support local artists, vendors, collectors and makers? Like meeting cool dogs and new pals? Hate paying a cover fee to get into places to shop? Look no further, come shop some great local vendors and try out their featured food truck or grab a drink at the bar!

11am—5pm. The Ellis Building, 1024 Main St. No cover. Midsummer's Mixed Bag


So what if you have to work Monday, its still the summer so get out and see a great show as Alma Bitches brings you some of the best performers in the city. Don’t worry, she will write you a note for work as well.

11pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Pumpjack Pub

Monday, Aug 12

The Art Of Queer

Youth for A Change, Arts Council of New Westminster are doing Year 4 of their art show. Also, with spoken word performance and readings from youth and our lovely friends the QUIRK-es (queer imaging and riting kollective of elders). One night only, part of New West Pride festivities.

6—8pm. Centennial Lodge, Queens Park, New Westminster. Entry by donation, if you can. The Art Of Queer

PRCL Registration Party

Curious about curling? Chat with other curlers and meet potential teammates. Find out how you can become involved in BC’s premier recreational league for adult curlers of all gender identities and orientations. League members range in skill level from absolute beginner to experienced competitor.

6—8pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. PRCL

Xanax & Chill

Xanax & chill includes but isn’t limited to drag, impersonation, illusion, burlesque, performance art, and all around clownery. Tonight’s show is showcasing American Horror Story, Freak Show. Performances by D.W., Bam Bam, Spicee Pie and many more.

11pm—3am. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Xanax & Chill

Tuesday, Aug 13

Kwame D. at The Junction

Looking for something a bit different? Kwame D perform a rich variety of soulful material, infectious stylings of Reggae, R&B and World Music. The band consists of Kwame Yempew (originally from Ghana) on guitar and vocals and Jeff Willacy on an array of percussion from across the world. Kwame D have been performing in many festivals and theatres around Great Britain. They never fail to get the audience moving with their energetic rhythms. Tonight is your chance to catch them in an intimate setting in the village.

8:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Kwame D

Wednesday, Aug 14

New West Pride Hoedown

Have some hoedown fun square dancing, two-step, line dancing! Come on out, even if you don’t know how –there will be demonstrations to show you. Summer refreshments will be provided, and everyone is welcome to this FREE event for New West Pride. Sponsored by Century House Seniors Gay Straight Alliance.

1—3:30pm. Century House, 620 8th St, New Westminster. No cover. Pride Hoedown


Bingo For Life

Believe it or not Carlotta is still alive and kicking after all the Pride performances and getting back to her normal 20 or so gigs a week.  Come down to Mary’s and give the old gal a hand as she brings Bingo to life. A pillar of our community for decades, Bingo For life is a weekly drag bingo fundraiser which benefits Vancouver Friends For Life Society programming and services.

7—9:30pm. Mary’s on Davie, 1202 Davie St. Suggested donation $10. Bingo For Life


Thursday, Aug 15

The 31st Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival 

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) (Aug 15-25) is a vibrant space for queer arts, culture, and community. It showcases dynamic and thought-provoking films from British Columbian filmmakers as well as other Canadian and international directors and storytellers. From our Opening Gala showing of Song Lang, to our projecting brilliance: two spirit showcase, this year’s VQFF is more enthralling and entertaining than ever. Old favourites include Troublemakers, now in its fourth year, and The Coast is Queer, a local shorts program that highlights the work of homegrown queer filmmakers.  To check out the films, times, venues and tickets please check online at Queer Film Festival

VQFF Opening Gala Party: A Night at the Opera

Come party dressed ready for a night at the opera! Join us after our Opening Gala screening of Song Lang at the šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn Plaza just steps away from The Vancouver Playhouse. In theme with the operatic aesthetics of the film, it will be a night of high drama hosted by Virago Nation’s spectacular glamedian Sparkle Plenty and featuring performances from Maiden China and Coven. Dance the night away with us to vibes curated by DJ Denise & Denzin 8 Productions and celebrate our 31st year.

9:30pm—12am. šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn Plaza, 757 Robson St. Entry is free with membership, which will also be sold at the door. You only need to buy membership once to access any event during the Festival. Adult Membership costs $5. A Night At the Opera

Friday, Aug 16

New Westminster Pride Cruise

Celebrate New Westminster Pride on board the Paddlewheeler! Join for dancing, food & drink specials and a 3 hour sunset cruise on the Fraser River and feel like you are on a 19th century old Paddlewheeler cruising up the river to the envy of everyone on shore.

6:30—10pm. Paddlewheeler Tours, 150-810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster. Tickets $40 and info at Pride Cruise

A Nude Hope

We invite you to join a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away at a Vegas-style spectacular that combines striptease, comedy, dance, showgirls, vaudeville, nostalgia, glitter, droids, body positivity, more fun than a jawar can shake a stick at.... and space. Featuring Draco Muff-Boi, Veronica Vamp, Jayne Fondue, Effie Alexandra, Bella DeColletage, Stephen Blakley and many more hot bodies. Disclaimer: This is a parody production. We are in no way associated with Lucasfilm or Disney.

8pm. Red Gate Revue Stage, 1601 Johnston St, Granville Island. Tickets $25--$40 and info of other nights at A Nude Hope

Crown Jules

Monthly fundraiser benefiting the current Reign of the Dogwood Monarchist Society! Come join Emprex 48 Alma Bitches and Emperor 48 Del Stamp and many guests as they fundraise money for their chosen charities and show you their amazing performances.

10:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $7. The Junction

Saturday, Aug 17

New Westminster Pride Festival

I have had much fun in past year’s at this event but this year I have to pass as I will be cruising the Montreal Pride events, but I am sure most of you will take over the partying for me. Join for the 10th annual New West Pride and help celebrate Pride and the LGBTQ+ community in New Westminster. They are proud to have an entire week, Aug 10—17, of community events that culminate with the street festival the community has come to love. Come check out the free fun and festivities, it's always the party of the year! New West Pride is just steps from New Westminster and Columbia Skytrain Stations. Today is the final day of the events but it is the biggest and most fun of all the days. A huge street festival with patios, drag queens, vendors and fun. Check online for the full schedule. New Westminster Pride

In Advance

Sometimes there are gay events that are so popular they sell out weeks before you may even hear about them. So, you have a chance to get your tickets before they are gone.

Sunday, Aug 25

Crumpet A Queer Tea Dance 

Enjoy Crumpet’s Sunday Services. Eat, drink, dance ...and get to bed by 10:00pm, get your 8 hours sleep, and start the week fresh and happy. BIPOC Queers and LGBTQ2SIA+ people come experience the phenomenon of the Sunday afternoon Tea Dance. Let’s connect the way we used to do it, when we enjoyed face-to-face interactions and sweaty moments swaying to body rocking beats. Come ready to serve it up in whatever way you please.

3—7pm. Relish, 888 Nelson St. Tickets $10 and info at Crumpet

Where’s the Pride?

What’s On Queer has a great listing of 2019 BC Pride Celebrations, on their Resources page. As well, we’ve gathered all the events on our calendar click here —>

Get Out!Tom Coleman