Out in Vancouver Aug 22-Sept 1 with Tom Coleman

Out at the Fair August 30 11 am - 11 pm. Photo: PNE.ca

Out at the Fair August 30 11 am - 11 pm. Photo: PNE.ca

What’s On Queer BC would like to thank Tom Coleman for a great year of Out in Vancouver weekly articles. Tom is moving on to other projects and we wish him all the best. WOQ BC is always looking for writers so if you think you’d like to see yourself in our magazine send us a note! whatsonqueerbc@gmail.com

Thursday, Aug 22

Chicha Drag Bingo

Mina Mercury and a special guest drag queen each week will host Drag Show Bingo. There will be two sets of two games of bingo with lots of entertainment and numbers before and between bingo sets. There will be lots of prizes, outfits, numbers, fun, drinks and food specials. So come out for a good cause, a lot of fun, and of course the most amazing outfits!

8pm. Chicha Restaurant, 136 East Broadway St. Each set of bingo is $10, and proceeds go towards Foundation of Hope Charity; a LGBTQ charity that funds not-for profit LGBTQ refugee organizations. Chicha Drag Bingo

Saturday, Aug 24

Serving Up Sass - Saturday Drag Brunch

Unleash your inner diva at Chicha's Serving Up Sass Saturday Drag Brunch. Every week bringing Canada's most talented drag queens to perform incredible drag routines, to dish some sass as you enjoy Executive Chef Shelome Bouvette's delicious Peruvian inspired brunch and sipping on bottomless mimosas!

10:30am—2:30pm. Chicha Restaurant, 136 East Broadway St. Drag Brunch

Hi Five: Queer Dance Party

Get ready to sweat on the dance floor with your queer fam jam at your newest fav cheap night in the city where $5 drinks and cover will have you saying cheers all night long.

9pm—2am. The Clubhouse, 238 East 1st Ave. Cover $5. Hi Five

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

Condom Packaging Party in New West

Well Pride is officially over and supplies have certainly been diminished which is a good thing but now it is time to help replenish stock. 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!

4pm. Begbie’s Tavern, 609 Columbia St, New Westminster. Condom Party

Mixed Messages: A Drag Variety Show

Join us for an evening of drag with a special twist! Come watch as our roster of guests wow you with their incredible talents, hidden or otherwise. Live singing? Reading poetry? Literally playing with fire? Anything could happen at this wild and wacky show.

8—11pm. Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Dr. Entry by donation - $5 suggested. Mixed Messages

Closing Gala Party

 Come close the VQFF 2019 Festival after their Closing Gala film and celebrate the extraordinary time we’ve had together. Performances from some of the city’s best drag artists and gender benders, bumpin’ beats from awesome DJs and party on a sweaty dance floor. Entry is free with VQFF membership, which will also be sold at the door.

9pm—3am. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Closing Gala Party

Monday, Aug 26


Want to expand your social network and connect with other gay, bi, queer men, in Abbotsford? Connections is a group for guys 19+ to come together to talk about life experiences, connect with peers and build a circle of support. Come as you are, bring a friend, and your ideas. Topics and activities are decided amongst the group participants. This group is open to people who identify as men (trans, cis, and other men, and inclusive of two-spirit and non-binary folks) who also identify as gay, bi, queer, asexual, curious, and/or as guys who are into/or have sex with guys (for any reason – including for work). You are welcome whether you are ‘out’ or not.

7—8:30pm. Student Union Building, Room 3101, University of the Fraser Valley, 33844 King Road, Abbotsford. Connections

Wednesday, Aug 28

Transprov - QueerProv Workshops

Calling all trans, non-binary, Transprov is a monthly improv workshop specifically for trans, non-binary, and two-spirit individuals. The workshop is hosted by Charlie Cook (they/them), a non-binary QueerProv improviser, and is open to all skill levels from beginner to experienced performer. and two-spirit folks, come play with QueerProv at our new monthly improv workshop series: Transprov!

6:15—8:15pm. Qmunity, 1170 Bute St. $10 or pay what you can (no one turned away for lack of funds). Transprov

Friday, Aug 30

Out At The Fair At The PNE

Join every other gay in the village as they all head to the PNE for Out At The Fair featuring Drag performances by Tuck Entertainment Inc. , PNE Summer Night Concert - "I love the 90s tour" featuring Vanilla Ice, Montell Jordan, Biz Markie, Rob Base, Information booth hosted by Vancouver Pride Society with LGBTQAI2S+ Trivia and a button maker so you can make your own Pride buttons and all the rides you can handle. Purchase a pair of our limited edition PNE Pride Socks for $15, wear them to the fair, and receive free admission with your socks.

11am—11:30pm. PNE, 2901 East Hastings St. Out At The Fair

Dance in Transit

Special guests OUR SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE will join us for some dancing, some silliness, some photo ops, and some fun. DJ MiXXX will play Top 40s, Oldies, & requests for dancing in this lovely little plaza.

6:30—9pm. Jim Deva Plaza, 1200 Bute St. Dance In Transit

Saturday, Aug 31

Man Up Karaoke : The Last Clubhouse Patio Party

We danced, we splashed, we celebrated Pride! Now we're full up with gay gratitude, but physically and emotionally TIRED AF! SooOo we're returning to our annual tradition of an August Man Up that is CHEAPER, more LAID BACK, and a lil' bit DIFFERENT!

6:00 pm - 2:00 am. The Clubhouse. 238 E 1st Ave. Man Up Karaoke

Billy Idol

Yes, even though I saw him when I was 16 the Idol is still alive and kicking. Billy Idol, together with his band featuring Steve Stevens, have been touring heavily during the past five years, headlining theatres and arenas and performing at major festivals all over the world. Idol returned to the spotlight in the fall of 2014 with two high profile releases that marked the latest chapter in the long and remarkable story of a musician, an inventor, a survivor, a father, a son, a man who returned from the brink, and a rebel whose yells made the mainstream sit up and pay attention.

8:30pm. PNE Amphitheatre, 2901 East Hastings St. Tickets $35--$60 and info at Billy Idol

Boylesque T.O. Presents Oh Manada!

Boylesque T.O., Canada’s premiere all-male burlesque troupe, will perform its signature show OH MANADA with special guests Shirley Gnome and April O'Peel! In this cheeky (pun intended) cabaret revue that has been thrilling North American audiences since 2010, the boys of BoylesqueTO will strip down all of your favorite Canadian icons, and then slather them up (and down) with maple syrup for your viewing pleasure.

8pm. The Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway St. Tickets $25 advance and more info at Oh Manada

Sunday, Sept 1

RUFF Labour Day

Music by Nick Bertossi (YVR) & Matt Stands (SEA), along with Gogo Performances by: Tim Mr. RUFF 2019 & The Men of RUFF this night promises to be the highlight of the long weekend. And of course it wouldn’t be a RUFF party with out RUFF Play afterwards at Steamworks, they even have a shuttle for you running from 12:30—2:30am so you won’t miss a beat.

10pm—3am. Celebrities Underground, 1022 Davie St. Tickets $25--$30 and info at RUFF Labour Day

Babes On Babes

As a community they have created something beautiful. Babes is a place to nurture new talent and to inspire new connections. They are proud to witness and be a part of showcasing local and international Queer artists on their journey. Vancouver's Queer scene continues to expand in every direction and that calls for a celebration. To kick off their 3rd year, super babe and performance artist AUTOKRAT is set to take the Babes stage.

10pm—2am. Fortune Sound Club, 147 East Pender St. Cover $18. Babes On Babes 

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, Sept 22


This year the WALK returns to the West End and Sunset Beach, where many of their members reside. The site will be set up to welcome you and your friends and family to gather before you enjoy the WALK. Join us in empowering people living with HIV and the ones who love and care for them and memorialize those we lost too soon. Please register for the walk or donate whatever you can. Volunteers are always needed as well.

10:30am. Sunset Beach. AIDS Walk


Thumbnail photo: Boylesque TO

Get Out!Tom Coleman