Out in Vancouver July 14 - 25 with Tom Coleman

Sisters Clean Up For Pride July 14.  Photo: Colin Smith

Sisters Clean Up For Pride July 14. Photo: Colin Smith

Sunday, July 14

Sisters Clean Up For Pride

The Sisters are giving back by cleaning Vancouver`s beautiful Sunset Beach in preparation for Pride. They will bring the tools and the Joy, you bring yourself, your joy and we will clean up together!  Be a part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up and feel proud. (Photo: Colin Smith)

11am. AIDS Memorial, Sunset beach. Sisters Clean Up


Commercial Drag: Night of 1000 Carlys

This one is really going to cut to the feeling. After all that Carly has given us, we are doing this show (that she will probably never hear about) in her honour and it’s going to be a full E•MO•TION. Dust and DJ Girl Fieri (Sarah Jean) will be hosting for the evening along with performances by all your favourites.

8pm—12am. The London Pub, 700 Main St. Cover $5. Night Of 1000 Carlys


Family Affairs

Family Affairs is back and better than ever! Join Donna Telmi, Brooke Davis and their special guest Jo Dureé for another amazing show

11pm—3am. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. Family Affairs


Monday, July 15

MISFITS Vol. 11 Animal Planet

Misfits is a drag show taking place every third Monday of the month hosted by Molly Poppinz & Xana X with a collective of Vancouver drag artists, queens, kings and things, including resident DJ & Emperor 48 Del Stamp. This month they are going to the zoo to see all of God’s beautiful creatures of the world mama! PETA approves, ya filthy animals. With spotlight performances by Zit Poppinz, Tommi, Satanix, Tara Beladi, Beth Amphetamine, Fonda Vit, Dot Com, Ima Hoare, Don Ramone, Channing Titanium and Scarlet Rosè This show is a space for all performers to come together and celebrate the diversity the scene has to offer.

11pm—3am. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. Misfits


Wednesday, July 17

Mixed Messages: A Drag Variety Show

Welcome to round two of Mixed Messages: A Drag Variety Show at Cafe Deux Soleil! Join for an evening of drag with a special twist! Come watch as the 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 with your hosts Tara Beladi (Jack Foster) and Dank Sinatra (Elizabeth Holliday)

8pm—12am. Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Dr. Entry by donation. Mixed Messages


Queer Improv Festival 2019

This week is a trio of shows for you. Starting with Drag Race, QP style and followed by Off Key and Uncle Janes Feature.  For a full line up of each week’s show during the festival check out their online page. The best night of comedy in the village every week.

8pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. No Cover! Donations accepted after every show. Queer Improv Festival


Friday, July 19

Summer Camp

Need to get away for a little fun before Pride hits. Want to run through the bush naked chasing a DJ? You haven’t made it through the wilderness until you’ve spent a night in the wild with Verotica. This summer join us under the stars and in the woods as we host our first ever Summer Camp… we might even teach you how to start a fire, if you can rub two hard sticks together. While at camp, you’ll spend two days dancing your heart out to three established New York DJs, everyone’s favourite Canadian, Del Stamp, and a few of Seattle’s finest! Access to the campground includes all booze and drinks. But don’t be stingy girl, bring some to share. BYOB is welcome! Today until Sunday July 21.

Triangle Recreation Camp, 47715 Mountain Loop Highway, Granite Falls, Washington. Summer Camp

LGBT Kayak Journey

4-day guided sea kayak journeys specifically for the queer world are being offered again this Summer in the Broken Group off of Vancouver Island. Camping, nature, laughs and great food to be expected. All gear and meals are included. Suitable for all experience levels. Come to recharge in nature with great people. LGBT Kayak Journey


Bianca Del Rio "It's Jester Joke"

Roy Haylock, better known by the stage name Bianca Del Rio, is an American drag queen, comedian, actor, and costume designer best known for winning the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. New York magazine named Del Rio number one of the top 100 Most Powerful Drag Queens in America. You can see Bianca Del Rio in the flesh at one of the funniest shows to hit Vancouver.

8pm. Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St. Tickets $63, and info at Bianca Del Rio

Saturday, July 20

West End Community Yard Sale 

One of the largest second-hand markets in Vancouver that features over 30 vendors with unique items, tools, clothing, antiques, crafts, and so much more. 100% of the profits from The Attic Thrift Stores and yard sale support community programs and initiatives. Come visit us and see what we have in store. Email westendcommunityyardsale@gmail.com  for more details! Your hidden treasure awaits!

10am—3pm. Gordon Neighbourhood House, 10198 Broughton St. Community Yard Sale

Spencer's Pride BBQ

Kick off your Pride celebrations with Spencer Chandra Herbert! You'll enjoy a burger, a beverage and great local LGBTQ+ entertainment! It's a party with a purpose, the BC Liberals want to force an election at the first chance they can get, and we all need to be prepared. All ticket sales go to their election readiness fund.

3—6pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Tickets, $100 and info at Spencer's Pride BBQ

Fraser Valley Pride Celebration 2019: Festival & Walk

LIVE OUT LOUD at the 7th Annual Fraser Valley Pride Celebration Festival & Walk!  Celebrate PRIDE in the park!  Free family fun including vendor booths, live entertainment, and more. ALL the proceeds from FV Pride support the Fraser Valley Youth Society? Have fun and support the youth! Proudly hosted by Fraser Valley Youth Society.

3—8pm. Jubilee Park, 2552 McCallum Road, Abbotsford. Fraser Valley Pride

Sunday, July 21

Pride Run & Walk 2019

Pride Run & Walk is an annual event hosted by the Vancouver Frontrunners, a local LGBTQ2+ running and walking club. Pride Run & Walk was born out of the notion of wanting to give back to our community with the main goal of raising funds that go directly to our community beneficiaries which are Out in Schools and the LOUD Foundation’s Pride Youth Scholarships. Our second goal is to have fun! This is an event put on by a local community club and a team of volunteers that benefits the community. The Pride Run and Walk is for everyone of every ability. For most it’s the enjoyment of taking part surrounded by like-minded and supportive people. Some run competitively and look to get a great time; many people run or walk to meet their own goal which could simply be about taking part. Some get together with friends and run or walk as a team. Some dress-up; some don’t. Basically, it’s your event to enjoy as you wish. So, don’t worry about finishing times (unless you want to!) – just come along and enjoy the day.

7:30—10:30am. Second Beach, Stanley Park. Registration $30--$40 and info at Pride Run & Walk


Picnic in the Park 2019

Originally called the "Teddy Bear Picnic," this event has a notable history stretching back decades. Unusual for the time, the Teddy Bear Picnic allowed LGBTQ2+ community members to gather in an outdoor, public space. We are excited to continue the legacy of this event and welcome you and your family to come. Join for family friendly activities after the Pride Run & Walk 2019. Games, fun and lots of sunshine make this the best day ever.

11am—5pm. Second Beach, Stanley Park. Picnic In The Park

Resurrection! Takin' ya to Church!

YOHO Cruises and The Unstoppable Conni Smudge present a heavenly edition of their Big Boozy Boaty Brunch. For the heavenly side you have the immaculate virgin herself, Conni Smudge and joining her is the exact opposite with the devilish nymph Carlotta Gurl. Not only will the brunch be the only thing that offers all you can eat! Watch your men and stay off the poop deck. Featuring a Sinfully Delicious Drag Show, Holy Water Shooters and the ANONYMOUS CONFESSION BOX, no that is not another Drag Queen. Share your sin for a chance to win! Best sin wins a pair of tickets to the next Big Boozy Boaty Brunch. The only catch… you’ll need to reveal your identity in front of everyone to claim your prize!

11am—2pm. 1676 Duranleau St, Granville Island. Tickets $60 and info at Resurrection


Monday, July 22

TUTS 2019: Mamma Mia and Disney's Newsies

Join for two dazzling adventures under the stars this summer with Mamma Mia! and Disney's Newsies as they do performances on alternate evenings. Enjoy a captivating evening of musical theatre surrounded by the scenic beauty of Stanley Park as young talent from across the Lower Mainland share the stage with some of Vancouver’s finest professional theatre artists. Don’t miss this beloved tradition that has been filling summer nights with song and dance since 1940!

8—10pm. Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park. Tickets $30--$55 and info at Theatre Under The Stars

Tuesday, July 23

Launch! An Accessible Open Mic for Queer Youth, Seniors, and Allies

Wanna try something new that is a great alternative to the bar-scene is and all-ages? This is a safe, inclusive, accessible space for people of any genre and experience level to come perform. Or come check it out as an audience member! LGBTQ+ and allies welcome.

7:30—9pm. Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews. Launch!


Thursday, July 25

2nd Annual Pre-Pride Party-Pump Popup Shop

If you are looking for the perfect look for Pride, parties or just everyday wear Pork Pie Brand is your best bet for Tees, Tanks and Hankies. Tonight, Pork Pie is team up with Leather Master Simply Mean who will be selling his custom harnesses, cuffs, collars and flogs. Everything for daddies to brat boys and everyone in between. Best of all it is in a licensed bar, and even better you may see me there! 10% of all sales go to Youthco.

6—9pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Pork Pie Brand

The Really Gay History Tour

If you haven’t had a chance to check this 3 hour tour with Glenn Tkach, you are missing a lot. Starting today until Wednesday, Aug 7, the tour takes place every day. Meet the unsung heroes of Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ community who forever changed the social fabric of our country. From the steps of the courthouse where an infamous drag queen fought for federal decriminalization to the chapel where the United Church of Canada ordained their first openly gay minister, Vancouver has played a larger-than-life role in the queer liberation movement. The walking tour strolls the historic West End as you discover protests, bookstore bombings, Jim Deva Plaza, a transgender campaigner who blew the whistle on the biggest crime in Vancouver history, Vancouver’s secret gay village, and the remarkable story of two-spirited warrior Gone to the Spirits.

2pm. Vancouver City Centre Skytrain Station. Tickets $32--$35 and more info at Really Gay History Tour


In Advance

WOQ Pride Guide

Tom has gathered together an unparalleled Pride Guide for What’s On Queer BC. Watch for publication this weekend or why not sign up today for our weekly Email Blast -

Get Out!Tom Coleman