Out in Vancouver May 10-20 with Tom Coleman

Photo by Elevate on Unsplash

Photo by Elevate on Unsplash

Coming up to a long weekend, the Queen’s Birthday, and god knows a queen loves to party so this has many to choose from. 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.


Friday, May 10

La Maison Lust presents: WET

A Little Mermaid tale in a whole new reimagined way. Dive into an underwater world of indulgence, passion, jealousy, ferocity, desire and decadence. La Maison Lust is the brainchild of Cherry OnTop and Portia Favro is an exotic cabaret experience like none you've experienced. Leave your inhibitions outside and step into the watery depths as they weave a story you know very well, but not like this. Nicky Ninedoors as Ariel has to be seen to be believed.

7pm tonight, 8pm Saturday. The Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway St. Tickets $40 online or $45 at door. Wet


Backdoor Presents Massimiliano Pagliara

Join us for a christening a new space for the queers of Vancouver, with an intimate and private setting, featuring international DJs from across the globe. Be one of the first and only to set your eyes on this unseen event studio. To properly kick things off we decided to book a BERGHAIN RESIDENT and bring in some of your favourite fetish flare to keep you GAPING! Hosted by Berlin with surprise guests and a lot more in store. Trust me on this one and get a ticket now.

10pm—3am. Secret location that will be listed on ticket, it is downtown. Tickets $30 and more info at Backdoor



Weather has been great, so it is time to see some new tan lines at the hottest strip night in town. Shower is ready to go, Alma Bitches is in the crowd, DJs are sexiest around and all that is missing is you. Think you’ve got the talent then Alma will get you in the shower as amateurs and pros share the spotlight. Dare to bare and see how easy it is to soap up.

11pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $5. Jacked


Saturday, May 11

WESA's Inaugural Poker Tourney Fundraiser

One of WESA’s mandates for special events this season is do a few more events and do some different things too. We have heard that there are many poker enthusiasts who are WESA Members and friends of members too. So, we are very pleased to announce the Inaugural Poker Tourney Fundraiser (with proceeds to benefit WESA) as one of our first different events.

1:30—5pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Ticket info, $25, and general info online WESA Poker Tourney


Queers & Beers: Spring Edition

The first outdoor event of 2019. Come get it started with rad beers and fellow queers at everyone’s favourite hangout party. Cause SUNS OUT, FUNS OUT! We’re here to make all your day-drinking-dreams come true! Greenscape Design & Decor will be transforming the whole Clubhouse parking lot into a tropical beer garden. Same amazing people and a massive outdoor space for ya to soak up the all that sunshine! Chill vibes & fun times.

4—10pm. The Clubhouse, 238 East 1st Ave. Advance tickets $9 and info at  Queers & Beers or $12 at door.


Man Up: Spring Amateur Hour

Join after Queers & Beers as they usher in a new gaggle of drag royalty! Come early for the incomparably cute patio vibes and craft beer menu and stay late for the sensational emerging drag talent as they pack it, strap it, tape it, tuck it, bind it, boost it, paint it on and then take it all off (or don't!) Hosted by Ponyboy along with DJ Kota you know you are in for a good time. Want to perform: Calling all kings, queens, things, humans, creatures, gender breakers and celebrators, and YOU! Queer performers of any gender, race, colour, size, age, ability, and experience level! Amateur Hour, the offspring of East Van's drag bash Man Up is challenging YOU to get your bits wet in the wonderful world of DIY queer performance art. This is an OPEN CALL, all levels, all bodies, queer variety show. For more info or to get on the mailing list, email them at manupdrag@gmail.com

9:30pm—2am. The Clubhouse, 238 East 1st Ave. cover $10. Man Up


Sunday, May 12

BOM Movie Edition

Join Donna Telmi the fabulous Brooke Davis and the beloved Tommi for a cinematic drag experience. The cast will be performing songs from films you love and hate with DJ T spinning the tunes.

11pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. BOM Movie Edition


Monday, May 13

Clownfish Vol. 2

A new drag show hosted by Molly Poppinz, where glamour meets comedy, with specials guests from drag clowns to fishy queens and everyTHING in between including resident DJ and Emperor 48 his majesty Del Stamp. This month’s guests are Zit Poppinz & Tommi with spotlight performances from XanaX, Satanix, BamBam, Tara Beladi, Sherrie Blossem & Milkshook. If you would like to perform, please DM Ricky Eldridge (Molly Poppinz) on Facebook. They say laughter is the best medicine, so let them take you to clown town.

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


Tuesday, May 14

Standing By Our Colours

Standing by Our Colours’ is a campaign being organized by Fierté Canada Pride, in which 50 communities across Canada will raise a Pride flag to commemorate 50 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality. Vancouver Pride Society is the lead organization in BC, coordinating flag raising ceremonies in 8 communities across the province. Surrey Pride Society is excited to host one of these ceremonies locally, in the beautiful of Surrey. We invite everyone to attend, to celebrate our freedom to be who we are, and to acknowledge the tireless work by LGBTQ2+ advocates in achieving this freedom. Guest speakers will include Cpl Elenore Sturko, Joan Taylor, Martin Rooney, Don Crowe.

12—2pm. SFU Surrey, 13450 102nd Ave, Surrey. Standing By Our Colours


69 Positions: Circa Omnibus

The west coast stop of Queer Media Database Canada-Québec Project’s touring exhibition series, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Omnibus which legalized same-sex sexual activities. As the powers-that-be gear up to recognize the 50th Anniversary of Bill C-150, the Criminal Law Amendment Act, we question what this milestone really meant for LGBTQ2+ communities. In the context of resounding present-day calls to decriminalize Indigenous resistance, drug use, immigration status and sex work, what does this half-century of so-called ‘decriminalization of homosexuality’ mean for our communities? “There is no room for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.”
-- Martin O’Malley, credited to P.E. Trudeau. Exhibit runs until Saturday, Aug 17.

12—6pm, Tue—Sat. Sum Gallery, 425—268 Keefer St. Free event. 69 Positions: Circa Omnibus


Wednesday, May 15

Queer Prov

I envy the people that can climb up on stage and make people laugh, I can do that but usually only at a table covered in cocktails and the one eared elephant trick usually happens. QueerProv is Canada's leading queer improv comedy troupe. They're a not-for-profit society dedicated to creating queer community through improv theatre and since moving to Junction they now have two shows this night. First one is QueerProv and the second is The Late Show that I am pretty sure is my version as it is probably less censored.

7:30—9pm QueerProv, 9:30—11pm The Late Show. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. No cover but donations accepted after the show. QueerProv



I have to admit that a night that I thought would never go over at Pumpjack is actually a hit and keeps on growing, much like the bartenders when I am around. Get here early and have a few drinks and then sit back and belt out a few tunes in a full bar sing-a-long with Kerry O’Donovan and Sean Allen. All that is missing is Sydney Malcolm and his pink technicolour jacket as MC.

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


Thursday, May 16

10TH Annual LOUD Scholarship Awards Gala

Once again, they are taking over Studio 700 at the CBC Building. Included in your tickets are a welcome drink and tummy warming catering from The Butler Did It.  Last year at their NINTH they celebrated 16 outstanding young and not so young people for their volunteering and community activism alongside their studies. How many this year? I’m pretty sure it is going to be more. If past years are any indication, you'll laugh, you may cry. Sister Fancy Pants of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be reporting for OutlookTV, so there is no chance you will be overdressed! Come as your authentic self, be comfortable.

6—9pm. Studio 700, CBC Vancouver, 700 Hamilton St. Tickets $90--$100 and more info at LOUD Scholarship Awards


Friday, May 17

Surrey BC Coronation XV - The Royal Ball

This is the big weekend of Coronation XV in Surrey culminating with The Royal Ball. Come to see all the talent at the Out of Town Monarch Show on Friday, Coronation on Saturday and the Victory Brunch on Sunday. For a full schedule and to get tickets $45 please check online at Surrey Coronation XV


Lads and Lashes

I got all excited as I thought this was a dungeon event but once again, I am robbed. Lads & Lashes is all about stretching traditional boundaries to explore diversity and demonstrate that sometimes stepping out of our comfort zones can not only be fun but create a new perspective on life. As the world continues to evolve and society faces increased challenges surrounding Diversity and Inclusion, Lads & Lashes hopes to bring about discussion through an evening of fun and entertainment. Organized by the Q Hall of Fame Canada In support of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Lads & Lashes is a unique spin on the traditional team challenge events. They have gathered amazing teams from across all walks of life to perform, many for the first time, in the team competition to end all competitions.

6:30—10:30pm. Imperial Vancouver, 319 Main St. Tickets $40--$120 and more info at Lads & Lashes


Uncle Janes & Jenny Russell

Uncle Janes is Vancouver's freshest improv comedy show for queer-identifying funny folks! Bringing together an ensemble cast of improvisors that aims to provide a safe, supportive environment to perform improv comedy exclusively by those who identify as LGBTQ+. Hosted by Jill Lockley there is also an open jam before the show for any/all queer identifying improvisers from 6—7pm.

7:30pm. Little Mountain Gallery, 195 East 26th Ave. Cover $10. Uncle Janes & Jenny Russell


Backdoor Presents: The Carry Nation

I think that Matt troy is the human equivalent of a cockroach, a damn sexy, handsome one though. No matter what it thrown at the guy he always manages to survive and thrive. Once again, he rises from the ashes and has a new amazing although for now, secret location. Best of all it is his for 5 years, more than enough time to be am even bigger name ion the entertainment field. Join him for the christening of a new space for the queers of Vancouver, with an intimate and private setting, featuring international DJs from across the globe. Be one of the first and only to set your eyes on this unseen event studio. To set this off, they are bringing our friends from New York, the Carry Nation, playing live.  Plus! A jaw dropping fetish installation to bring you to your knees! Hosted by Berlin with surprise guests and a lot more in store. Trust me on this one and get a ticket now.

10pm—3am. Secret location that will be listed on ticket, it is downtown. Tickets $30 and more info at Backdoor Presents


Vancouver Comic Art Festival May 18-19, Roundhouse. Entry Free.

Vancouver Comic Art Festival May 18-19, Roundhouse. Entry Free.

Saturday, May 18

VanCAF 2019

The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is a two day event celebrating comic creators from Vancouver and beyond. Hundreds of artists, writers, cartoonists, illustrators and more will be selling their art, promoting their work, and speaking on panels. Will we see the ever talented Stephen Sadowski showing his creations?

10am-5pm today and Sunday. Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews. Vancouver Comic Arts Festival


Clubhouse Patio Launch Party

Vancouver's queer scene needs an indoor / outdoor social space to come together in the sun this Summer - so join in today as they launch the Clubhouse Patio Parties before one of our favourite monthly events, Level Up. Following the launch, the Clubhouse Patio will be open all Summer, before every queer event! (Weather permitting). Enjoy some cute hot springtime fun with free BBQ hot dogs, drink specials and Level Up DJs out on the patio, not to mention the hotties.

6—10pm. The Clubhouse, 238 East 1st Ave. Cover free. Clubhouse Patio Launch


Level Up

You’ve partied in the sun, had amazing cocktails and now it is time to Level Up at Vancouver's only queer rap, hip hop and r&b dance party. It’s a family affair featuring Kendall Gendr and her drag daughters South East and Venus Kunt along with DJs Kota and Softieshan.

10pm—2am. The Clubhouse, 238 East 1st Ave. Cover $12. Level Up


Sunday, May 19

Out for Kicks Absolut T-Dance

It’s that time of year again for all those men in short shorts running after balls, preferably mine. Don’t miss out as Out For Kicks has their first T dance of the year. Enjoy great weather, bbq, music and lots of hot men. The best buns are definitely not on the bbq. You don't want to miss out; it's always a good time.

1—5pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. $10 Out For Kicks


Diva’s Den 2019

A women for women, TGIQ inclusive, centered strip show. I just know Jude Ann will be thee with bells on. Diva's Den is a women for women centered strip show that encourages professional and amateur performers to get on stage and let loose for charity in a safe and supportive environment! Come join for their 22nd Anniversary show! Diva's Den and the Vancouver Dyke March are trans inclusive. We encourage each person to decide for themselves if they belong in a women for women centered space. ID checked for age, not gender marker. Transphobia will not be tolerated.

7:30pm. The Penthouse Nightclub, 1019 Seymour St. Tickets $20 advance online or $25 at door. Diva’s Den


Commercial Drag Presents: Twilight

It was only a matter of time before Dust got around to a show where sucking was the main attraction, vampires I mean, of course. In the small town of Forks lives a quiet ego girl whose life is about to be changed forever because a gang of vampires and a gang of werewolves fight for her happiness. Or something like that, This is going to a campy comedic ode to Stephanie Meyers Millennial Classic. With Dust Hosting as Stephanie Meyers and Molly Poppinz (Ricky Eldridge)DJ’ing as the Evil Vampire Jane!

8pm. The London Pub, 700 Main St. Tickets $10 online or $13 at door. Commercial Drag


RUFF Victoria Day w/ Alex Cabot-Chicago & Kailem Bishop-YVR

Mr & Mrs Ruff are having a little soiree with just a few, hundred, of their friends. Steamworks Baths, RodRozen Designs and Michel Nadeau Events bring you the best party of the long weekend. Not only do you get DJs Alex Cabot and Kailem Bishop, but you get GoGo performances by Tim 2019, Glen 2014, Power Bottom Skylar, Anuar, Addison, Lyle and fresh meat Jas. Following the party is RUFFplay at Steamworks Baths @ 123 West Pender Street
$5.00 discount with tickets or wristbands.

10pm—3am. The Pint, 455 Abbott Street. Tickets $20--$25 at Little Sister’s, 1238 Davie St and online at RUFF Party


Babes On Babes // Queer Long Weekend Jam

This May long weekend they’ve stacked the house with some of Vancouver's favourite queer talent. From deejays to dancers, the quest is to showcase, inspire and connect. DJs Body Party, Adia, Krista and Skylar Love are going to keep you going till the wee hours. There is even a Karaoke room where you can have your moment to shine after a few cosmos.

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


Monday, May 20

MISFITS Vol. 9 - Food Porn

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. Are you hungry? Well put your diet on hold because this month it is all about FOOD! All you can eat drag performances that will leave your mouth watering. Dinners ready henny! With spotlight performances by Zit Poppinz, Satanix, Dank Sinatra, Tara Beladi, Lamè, Sherrie Blossem, Beth Amphetamine, Queen Legend, Austra Couture, Belladonna Vonshade, Milkshook, Mx Bukuru & Brunch and of course with resident DJ & Emperor 48 Del Stamp.

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



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.


Friday, May 31

RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 11 Tour

Yes, it is coming to Vancouver, and all those guys that tell me “I never watch Drag” will be the first online to get tickets., so don’t wait until the last minute. The 11th season of Emmy® Award-winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has proven itself to be the most fashionable, fearless and jaw-dropping spectacle in “Drag Race” herstory! Try not to gag while you watch your favorite Season 11 Queens work that runway and show off their fiercest looks. Presented by Voss Events in collaboration with World of Wonder and VH1. Featuring performers Ivied Oddly, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Brooke Lynn Hytes, A'kiera Chanel Davenport, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Honey Davenport, Ra'jah O'Hara and Soju. Tickets $62--$162 at RuPaul's Drag Race Tour



Get Out!Tom Coleman