Out in Vancouver July 25 - Aug 3 with Tom Coleman


This is it! Pride Week is upon us and Tom serves up a final few events happening in the days leading up to next weekend’s Vancouver Pride.

Be sure to check out all the great events in the What’s On Queer BC Guide to Vancouver Pride Events HERE or click the button!

Thursday, July 25

2nd Annual Pre-Pride Party Pump Pop Up 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

Paris is Burning 

See the real Pose. Just in time for Pride, Jennie Livingston’s invaluable and eternally enthralling record of the Harlem drag ball scene of the 1980s sashays into The Cinematheque in a brilliant new restoration! Realness, reading, mopping, walking: PARIS IS BURNING is a veritable textbook on the then-underground culture and lexicon of drag balls, where shade-throwing queens from rival Houses compete for legendary status in a series of fiercely competitive, rigorously judged runway walk-offs. Beneath the opulence and pageantry is a deeply felt portrait of marginalized Black and Latino gay men and trans women navigating a dangerous world of homophobia, Transphobia, racism, poverty, and AIDS. Released shortly after Madonna ushered “voguing” into the mainstream, Livingston’s canonical documentary features iconic walkers Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza, and werk-ready hits by Cheryl Lynn and Diana Ross. Show runs until Wednesday, July 31.

6:30pm. Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St. Tickets $12 and other starting times at Paris Is Burning


Silence! The Musical

It’s like Hannibal Lector on Glee, wonder if they are serving Chianti!! Join the Canadian premiere of Off-Broadway smash hit SILENCE! The Musical. This unauthorized parody of the Oscar-winning film Silence of The Lambs features a score that would make The Book of Mormon blush! Adult summer entertainment that’s not for the faint of heart. Show runs until Saturday, Aug 3.

8pm.  Goldcorp Stage at BMO Centre, 162 West 1st Ave. Tickets $42 and info at Silence

Friday, July 26

Saige Community Food Bank

Please give donations when you can, this time of year Pride takes over, but we can’t forget there are still people in need all year round. 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. Volunteers welcomed from 1:30-5:50. Numbers given out lottery style at 3:30. Doors open from 4:00 till food runs out.

4pm. Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford St. Saige Community Food Bank

Saturday, July 27

March on Pride 2019: Remembering Stonewall

Black Lives Matter Vancouver will return to Davie Street for the third time with their annual March on Pride. The event is to celebrate the radical and revolutionary origins of what we now know as Pride. This year, the event happens again, 50 years after the Stonewall riots. This march is for everyone. This march will centre and celebrate queer, trans and Two-Spirit people of colour and will be organized by Black folks working in solidarity with Black and Indigenous resistance on Turtle Island. We’re making this the year of the QTIPoC!

10:30am—6pm. Emery Barnes Park, Davie & Richards St. March On Pride

Sunday, July 28

SoulCycle Charity Pride Ride

Don’t worry about the weather honey, this is all inside so that excuse is over.  SoulCycle's Charity Pride Ride with DJ Carolina Campos and host Venus is going to get you sweaty and healthy while raising money for  a great cause. This class is raising money and awareness for Positive Living BC with DJ Carolina Campos spinning for the duration of the class. SoulCycle is an inclusive community that welcomes and embraces every SOUL. The class is 45 minutes long, where we move together to the beat of the music in a candle lit room.

2:15—3:15pm. SoulCycle Yaletown, 1128 Mainland St. Tickets $45 and info at SOULCycle

Queer Knife Fighting

Somehow, I keep hearing “Everyone’s Kung Fu Fighting”.  Learn to knife fight in an inclusive, friendly atmosphere that centres the LGBTQ+ community. This monthly workshop series with coach Kaja Sadowski will give you a foundation in the movement, techniques, and tactics of knife sparring, and allow you to grow your skills over time. Beginners are welcome and no prior experience is necessary. Classes are designed to give both newcomers and returning students a fun challenge and are open to students of all physical abilities. All equipment is provided. If you would like to bring your own gloves and/or safety glasses, you are welcome to do so.

5—7pm. Valkyrie Western Martial Arts Assembly, 2603 Kingsway. Tickets $15--$45 and info at Queer Knife Fighting

A Yeehaw Moment

OMG Carlotta at the Yale!! Move aside as there is a new steer to ride. Maybe Sydney Malcolm can last longer than 5 seconds on this one! Rogue, Carlotta Gurl, Tommi and host Donna Telmi are going to rock this place.

8pm—2am. The Yale Saloon, 1300 Granville St. Cover $10. A Yeehaw Moment

Monday, July 29

Summer Movie Nights: Bohemian Rhapsody 

Summer Movie Nights is back, and they are hosting a special Pride event and screening of Bohemian Rhapsody! The movie starts at sunset (9:05 pm); however, the square will be filled with exciting activations from 5 pm. Bring your friends, lawn chairs and blankets.  Special Event Pre-Show Activation: Presented by Public Disco featuring music by Diana Boss and drag performances by Shay Dior and Maiden China. There will be a free sparkle station, a hooping zone and small vendor market featuring KiNG Of HeArTS CLotHiNG & The Glitter Dealer. The event is hosted by Houdini Cazimi of ShapeShifterStudio and Vancouver Street Dance Festival.

5—11pm. Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza, 850 West Georgia St. Bohemian Rhapsody

I'm Afraid of Men: Spartacus Book Club

This July, the Spartacus Book Club will be discussing "I'm Afraid of Men" by Vivek Shraya. "A trans artist explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl–and how we might reimagine gender for the twenty-first century. Now, with raw honesty, Shraya delivers an important record of the cumulative damage caused by misogyny, homophobia, and Transphobia, releasing trauma from a body that has always refused to assimilate. I’m Afraid of Men is a journey from camouflage to a riot of colour and a blueprint for how we might cherish all that makes us different and conquer all that makes us afraid."

7—8:30pm. Spartacus Books, 3378 Findlay St. I'm Afraid Of Men

Mamma Mia! Pride Night

Kick off this year’s Vancouver Pride celebrations with all the moxie and magic of Mamma Mia! at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. Enjoy fabulous props in the photo booth, learn about the upcoming pride celebrations and receive free pride swag if you donate. PLUS all of the night’s seat cushion and programme donations will be matched by TUTS in support of the Vancouver Pride Society.

8—11pm. Theatre Under the Stars, 610 Pipeline Rd. Tickets $30--$55 and info at Momma Mia! Pride Night

Tuesday, July 30

Pride at the Pier 2019

Pride has come to the North Shore with a free, all-ages dance party hosted by Conni Smudge at the picturesque pier at Shipbuilder's Square. For the past 3 years, Vancouver Pride Society has partnered with the City of North Vancouver to create the first public PRIDE party on the North Shore and we are excited to bring it back in 2019!  Dance along the water to local queer DJ's, be dazzled by daring drag performances, and hit up one of our craft and activity stations. Need a dancing break? Grab your friends and play a giant-sized game and visit one of our many food trucks and eat beside the water. Whether you are young, or just young at heart, we welcome you to come celebrate Pride at the pier. Just a short Seabus trip away.

5—9pm. Shipbuilder’s Square, Wallace Way, North Vancouver. Pride At The Pier

Spice World (With Live Drag Shadowcast!)

Spice up your motherfudging life! Get your platform shoes, British accents, and Union Jack dresses ready because they’re screening SPICE WORLD - with a live drag shadowcast featuring Vancouver's own amazing Spice Gurlz! Everybody's favourite 90’s girl-powered group (everyone else was such a wannabe, right?)! The Spice Girls' movie will come alive onstage and get taken to a whole other level - with a live shadowcast featuring Vancouver's own amazing Spice Gurlz! Experience the magic of the movie made even better with five of this city's fave drag superstars taking the stage as Posh, Sporty, Scary, Baby and Ginger. Starring Jane Smoker, Gia Metric, Jem, Synthia Kiss and Kendall Gender.

6pm. The Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway St.  Advance tickets $15 and info at Spice World  or $18 at door.


The perfect night for some comedy and support Out In Schools at the same time. A showcase of queer talent in Vancouver with some of the cities funniest comics including favourite, Steev Letts along with Mark Nesbitt, Mollie Peters, Jenny Russell, Jackie Hoffart and more.

7—10:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Suggested donation $10--$20. loLGBTQ

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Big C*ck Contest

Join for a very special Pride Edition, as we fly in the incredibly talented Scarlett BoBo (Toronto) as a special guest performer. That's not all; they're bringing back one of 1181's longest running Pride traditions: THE BIG C*CK CONTEST! See if you measure up, as Berlin and Gluttony host and YOU get to vote for who will be honoured with the bragging rights of Pride 2019's Biggest C*ck!  Followed by DJ Diego Valente, spinning hip hop and swag house until the wee hours.

7pm—3am. 1181, 1181 Davie St. Cover will be charged at the door with partial door proceeds benefiting local community charities. Double Trouble

Wednesday, July 31

La Bomba Latin Night

La Bomba Latin Night heats up, as 1181 gets a tropical makeover and DJ Jorge Joikies brings the best in Brazilian and Latin beats to get your booty shaking on the dance-floor. Continuing with one of 1181's most famous Pride traditions, BARTENDERS IN DRAG is back, so come check out the boys and see who transforms into a beauty or... cavewoman...

7pm—3am. 1181, 1181 Davie St.  Cover will be charged at the door with partial door proceeds benefiting local community charities. La Bomba

Encore Musical Theatre Sing-Along

Looking for a good old fashioned sing a long night then this is for you. Live piano and sing-alongs of musical theatre and popular hits featuring Kerry O'Donovan and Sean Allen.

9pm—2am. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie ST. No cover. Encore


Thursday, Aug 1

Off Tune: A Premiere!

Off Tune is a live Drag show where Drag Kings, Queens and Things Sing. Featuring classically and Karaokely trained performers such as Channing Titanium, Dust, Mx Bukuru and Anne Xiety. Let them Tickle your Tunes and Lip Sing for their Lives, hopefully not always Off Tune.

10pm. Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Dr. Tickets $10 and info at Off Tune

Twisted Sister’s Pride Edition

Twisted Sisters is a one of a kind show where comics do stand-up AND drag. This special pride edition features Vancouver's best from both the stand-up and drag community! Hosted by Emily Bilton (JFL Northwest, JFL42, YYC Comedy Festival) and featuring Dust, Tin Lorica, Yumi Nagashima and out of town guest Anne Xiety!

8—10pm. Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Dr. Tickets $15 and info at Twisted Sisters

Third Ring Pride: Best Chest/ Best Ass/ Best Butt

Think you’ve got what it takes to win one of these categories tonight? Think you can win all three, well then, I better pencil you into my date book. That’s if I can get you away from host Alma Bitches, she is not only the host but the connoisseur of all things good when it comes to naked men contests. See you there. DJ Nick Bertossi brings the hot beef to the DJ booth once again.

 9pm—4am. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $5. Third Ring Pride

Friday, Aug 2

Sway Fridays

Sway Fridays gets a late night extension, as 1181's newest resident DJ and Davie Streets hottest new DJ/Producer Diego Valente (BRAZIL) keeps the dance floor packed and sexy until LATE.

7pm—3am. 1181, 1181 Davie St. Cover will be charged at the door with partial door proceeds benefiting local community charities. Sway Fridays

Jacked Pride

Better get your pills ready, Viagra or heart, because there are TWELVE hot full naked performances in the shower tonight. Yes, my American friends, in Canada it’s the full Monty. What more c an I add except DJ Quest is in the booth and I will be drooling on the dance floor.

9pm—4am. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $10. Jacked Pride

Queer As Jokes: 3 Year Anniversary

This comedic extravaganza is just that, starting with DJ De La Cru serving the vibes with her amazing hair and beats while you grab drinks. They bring out some killer comics, some original cast, some new people, and my favourite drag performer. Headlining is Steev Letts - 3 years ago he headlined this show and now he’s back for the birthday. This man is relentless, and the comedy world is better for it. Steev started the weekly ‘Magic Mic’ and the winner of the 2018 Yuk Off Competition! He’s a force of naturel and so much fun to watch his energy shine. You are all in for a treat!

10pm. Yuk Yuk’s, 2837 Cambie St. Tickets $15 and more info at Queer As Jokes 3

Saturday, Aug 3


With what's sure to be one of 1181's Pride Highlights, they open doors early at 5pm, starting the evening with DJ Landon James. 1181 Favourites, Diana Boss take over #SOUNDROOM Saturday night from 10pm-12:30pm opening for the one and only, DJ/Producer Karston Sollors (Chicago) spinning until 4AM.

5pm—4am. 1181, 1181 Davie St. Cover will be charged at the door with partial door proceeds benefiting local community charities. Soundroom

PumpJack Pride Main Event

This is Pumpjack’s Pride Leather & Fetish night where the dress code is enforced. Get your gear out, Leather & Fetish, and let’s have some fun. Hot Leather GoGo men, hot bears and leather as far as your hands can reach.

9pm—4am. PumpJack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $10. Main Event: Leather

Bye Felicia: Dream Girls Pride Edition

Bye Felicia – Dream Gurrls featuring Alma Bitches. Lucy Stoole. Miss ToTo. Merrie Cherrie + Scarlett BoBo along w/BLOWPoNY's DJs & Gays ASS GoGos! Are you READY for Chicago's Black Bearded Beauty, a Full-Time Brooklyn Drag Queen, THE Original Bodybuilding Barbie, Sickening drag queen from Toronto, Portland's Longest Running Radical Queer Party & our Resident Emprex 48? DJs G-Luve, Airick X and Just Dave are going to rock the house til 3am.

10:30pm—3am. The Biltmore, 2755 Prince Edward St. Tickets $15 and info at Bye Felicia

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.

Saturday, Aug 10 to 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

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