Out in Vancouver June 8 - 18 with Tom Coleman

The Queen In Me. Queer Arts Festival starts June 17.

The Queen In Me. Queer Arts Festival starts June 17.


Pride is fast approaching so if you have any events you would like listed for pride please let me know at tomsnewlistings@outlook.com don’t wait until the last minute or you will be missed.


Saturday, June 8


PIG – SIR – DAD – BOY – SLAVE:  if you associate yourself with any of these words, then perhaps this is your night to shine. Unleash your wild-side for `PUMP` – the monthly leather + fetish themed event. While the dress code is not mandatory, for those of you who abide receive complimentary entrance. Come early to mingle in the leather dock and be sure to check out the various kink demonstrations that will be happening between 8-11PM by Vancouver Men in Leather. And as an added attraction alongside the amazing Del Stamp will be the debut of DJ Bryce Lisitza breaking his DJ cherry, and if he strips down to spin you will be hard pressed to remember the tunes let alone where you are.

9pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. $5 cover after 9pm. Pump


Sunday, June 9

Italian Day on The Drive

The perfect place to find a lonely, wandering, Italian stallion. A vibrant cultural street festival celebrating Italian culture, heritage and community. The event includes over 120 street participants, comprised of partners, vendors, community organizations – and an estimated 300,000 attendees of all ages and cultures. The festival is held on Commercial Drive (The Drive), home to Little Italy, where the street is transformed into a lively 14 block feta. Since Italian Day’s return in 2010, the event today represents the largest one-day cultural street festival in Vancouver. A festive community embrace, The Drive comes alive in green, white and red with piazza-style animated zones, live music, food vendors, patios, lifestyle attractions, family fun activities and more. 12—8pm. Commercial Drive, 1726 Commercial Dr. Italian Day

Tuesday, June 11

Magic Mic

It might not be just like the movie, but you will have something long, hard and black to hold onto like your life depends on it. Are you a comic, musician, slam poetry or ventriloquist looking to work on your material? Well here is the stage for you, and remember the microphone is your friend, keep it nice and close to those lips so we can hear every sound you make.

7:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Magic Mic


Wednesday June 12

Squirt Night at Steamworks

Getting a little personal, aren’t they? Actually, it is a night for all those who search for a little hide the weenie on the Squirt.com personals, you didn’t really think it was a pen pal site now did you? Simply log into your Squirt profile and save $5 off any rental, plus let other members know you are here and ready for some squirtin’ action.

8pm—4am. Steamworks Baths, 123 West Pender St. Regular weekday rates apply. Squirt Night


Thursday, June 13

Mina Mercury and her Chica's 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! 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. So come out for a good cause, a lot of fun, and of course the most amazing outfits

 8—10pm. Chica`s, 136 East Broadway St. Chica`s Bingo Night


Friday, June 14

Lipstick Jungle Presents Liquid Courage

Lipstick Jungle is back monthly at 1181 along with the awesome DJ Leanne behind the bar with the sexy boys of 1181 serving you over the top delicious cocktails. Lipstick jungle always embraces diversity in our community. Come check it out.

7pm—1am. 1181, 1181 Davie St. No cover. Liquid Courage


Queen, Please

A night of Decadent Drag & Saltry Stories where Joan-E will be joined by special guests every second Friday of the month. Dj Drew will be setting the mood and Joan-E will be providing her all.

9:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. Queen, Please


Saturday, June 15

Rise & Shine

When five leading ladies venture into the woods for an overnight retreat, they are met by a facilitator like no other! Madame LaFlamme is ready to take these babes on a crazy adventure to learn how to make their dreams come true. With her hilarious wisdom and unconventional ways, they are sure to experience some deep "heeling"! Rediscover your own power, as we watch these women grow. Presented by Luminesque Dance this show runs until Saturday, June 22.

6:30pm. Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie St. Tickets $25--$50 and more info at Rise and Shine


Hankie Anyone?

Who would have thought when King Richard II of England invented the Handkerchief that it would become the gay fashion icon it has become for broadcasting your sexual desires across a room just by hanging out out of the appropriate back pocket? Just a note for you guys, Pink is the lesbian hanky signal for breast fondler: so that’s why my friend Syd was so popular at the Dykes on Bikes rally…and he just had the sniffles. Tonight, wear your hankies with Pride and have some fun as DJ Quest rocks the floor.

9pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. $5 cover. Hankie Night


Sunday, June 16

Oh Daddy! A Father’s Day Extravaganza!

As I can personally attest to this being one of the most fun things to do on a Sunday afternoon. Ryan and his crew, plus the Unstoppable Conni Smudge, managed to make all 75 people on the cruise feel like royalty. The brunch is delicious and never ending and the mimosas were refreshing and bottomless. If mimosa is not your thing then Lola will be happy to whip you up your usual cocktails. As usual Conni was over the top, even with her 8 or so costume changes. Definably made a return customer out of me and I urge everyone to give it a try. Beautiful boat, beautiful crew and Connie…let’s just leave it at that.

11am—2pm. Yoho Cruises, 1698 Duranleau St, Granville Island. Tickets $55 and info at Connie`s Who`s Your Daddy Cruise


The Pflag Father's Day Fundraiser

Come out and support Pflag Vancouver's annual BBQ fundraiser where your entrance fee gets you a burger (veggie option), chips and a beer! Pflag Vancouver has been active in Vancouver for over 30 years, supporting parents, families and friends of the LGBTQ+ community. $10 from each ticket goes to support Pflag Vancouver, which helps to pay for our meeting space and our media support throughout the year, (room rental, phone line and web support). We'll also be hosting a Silent Auction and a 50/50 draw.

2—6pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Tickets $17 and info at Pflag Fundraiser

Monday, June 17

Queer Arts Festival

On June 28, 2019, we’ll be 50 years from Stonewall - fifty long, slow revolutions of the earth around the sun since the partial decriminalization of sodomy in Canada (for some people, some of the time, in some places… ) Art sparked Stonewall: the queers who fought back that day were gathered to mourn the death of Judy Garland.  QAF rEvolution gathers together artists who push and transgress; engaging with our annals of struggle and erasure to revamp the artifacts of the past and turn them to our own ends: art as the evolution of the revolution. Viewed as one of the top 5 queer arts and cultural festivals in the world and it is here for you to enjoy until Friday, June 28. Check out the website for events, plays, venues and tickets. Queer Arts Festival


Hosted by Molly Poppinz & Xana X with a collective of Vancouver drag artists, queens, kings and things: one of those things being the ever talented DJ Del Stamp to get your butt on the dance floor. This show is a space for all performers to come together and celebrate the diversity the scene has to offer.

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


Tuesday, June 18

Pride Cocktail Kickoff 2019

Kick off Pride with dash of elegance, a splash of vermouth, and breathtaking views in a panoramic setting. Sip, savour, and slip into Pride with exquisite bites and drink delights, in support of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. Your generous support helps make the new men's program possible, along with meals, counselling, art therapy and more for their 350+ Day Health clients, plus another 50 clients living in 24-hour specialized nursing care residence.

6—9pm. Rooftop, 745 Thurlow St. Tickets $150, and more info at DR Peter

Pleasure Your Prostate: Live Demo

In this live demo based workshop by Redrobin, they'll be exploring anal and prostate play on men. You can expect to hear about safety, toys & tools, getting over fears and shame, methods, tips and tricks for solo play and partnered play! Due to the intimate nature of this seminar they ask that you please arrive on time (prior to 7:30pm) as they will lock the doors and late arrivals will not be admitted or refunded.

7:30—9:30pm. The Art Of Loving, 369 West Broadway St. Register and fees $50 at Pleasuring Prostates


Art Party! @ QAF 2019: Gala Opening Reception

Join in for the Queer Arts Festival’s opening Art Party! where art and conviviality converge at the grand opening. Art Party! marks the opening night of QAF’s curated exhibition, Relational rEvolutions, curated by Elwood Jimmy; the Pride in Art Community Exhibition; and is the kickoff for the incredible exhibitions, performances, and Satellite Academy outreach initiatives that make up the Queer Arts Festival. Their opening night galas are one of Vancouver’s best attended visual arts events, making this a party you don’t want to miss!

7pm. The Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews. Free admission. Art Party




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, July 6

Identity Music Festival

Identity is an all ages, LGBTQ safe space, music festival which focuses on bringing quality music to fans of varying ages. Music ranging from rock, punk metal to alternative to engage the underage communities around Metro Vancouver and provide a safe space for them to express themselves through music. This is a music festival for everyone.

12—11pm. Red Gate Arts Society, 1965 Main St. Identity Music Festival



Get Out!Tom Coleman