Out in Vancouver May 3-12 with Tom Coleman

North Vancouver Shipyards Night Market

North Vancouver Shipyards Night Market

Friday, May 3

Shipyards Night Market: Opening Night

For my friend Sydney, and his significant other Roscoe, the Shipyards Night Market opening is like Christmas Day, if Christmas Day had 30+ Food Trucks, Face Painters, Balloons, 100+ Local Artisans in the Pipe shop & outside and an intimate beer garden with Bomber Beer, Nude Vodka & Gin Sodas & Red & White wine. Tonight is the grand opening and for his sake I hope the moonshine vendor has run out of samples. Weather is supposed to be great and it is a lot of fun, check it out, it is open every Friday.

5—10pm. Shipyards Night Market, 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver. Night Market


Saturday, May 4

AbOUT Art + Identity

This art project brings together people with and without cognitive disabilities who identify as LGBTQ2. PosAbilities and students from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design have come together to co-create unique artworks themed around identity. This venue is fully accessible and has all gender washrooms.

2—4pm. Alternative Creations Studio, 1659 Venables St. Free but please register at AbOUT Art + Identity


May The 4th Be With You

An event hosted by H.M.I.S.M Peace Emperor 14 Dennis Storm. The FINAL charity fundraiser of the 14th Reign.so come on down and give it all you’ve got! Guest Emcees -Aspirant to the Throne of Emperor XV Martin Rooney & Entertainer of the Year 2019,  Morgan Lisa Montory

8—11pm. White Horse Lounge, 12411 King George Blvd. No cover. The 14th Reign

Bye Felicia's May the Fourth Be With You, Flawless Shade

The perfect dismissal, "Bye Felicia!" is a goodbye given to any unwanted, irritating, or disliked person, place or thing. Are you ready for the Queen of Portland along with our own set of royalty including Berlin, Continental Breakfast, and your amazing host Alma Bitches? DJs G-Luve and Antonia will dazzle and Headliner Flawless Shade will knock you out.

10:30pm—3am. The Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward St. Advance Tickets $10 online or door entrance is $12 before midnight, $15 after. Bye Felicia

Glitter Ball 2019

Glitter Ball is a two-day music festival fronted exclusively by women and those who identify with other marginalized genders, welcoming cis women, trans women, genderqueer women, non-binary folks, and those who otherwise challenge the cis heteronormative binary. There will be disco balls, donuts, dancing and tons of local talent + headliners Bbymutha, Bambii, and Y La Bamba

5:30pm—12am. Creative Coworkers, 520 Alexander St. Tickets$20, and more info at Glitter Ball


Sunday, May 5

2019 BMO Vancouver Marathon

If you are anything like Tommy D you have been working it hard to get those cakes in shape for the marathon: not necessarily for the race but the new pair of tights he got: Let them eat cake! Now is the time to show your stuff and get those legs moving as it is once again marathon season.

7am—2pm. For all info regarding registration, festival, volunteering and fundraising at BMO Marathon


Monday, May 6

Condom Packing Party - With Van-PAH

I just want to see the pups trying to pack condoms with those paws on, or eat pizza through the mask, I am sure it will be cute. Health Initiative for Men (HIM) are super excited to partner with the pups this week as it means all you volunteers will be able to have a chance to talk to the members of the group and find out what they are all about and everyone will get a chance to give back to our community through providing Harm Reduction materials! The Condom Packing Party has become the best stitch-n-bitch event around! It’s an easy way to volunteer time to harm reduction while having low-key fun and good chats while enjoying free Pizza. Hosted by Boy Spence, photographer and dynamo around town.

6—8pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. No cover. Condoms & Van-PAH


Monday's Most Wanted

Since reopening 1181 has been blasting out of their space with some of the top nights around. Monday's Most Wanted is a new weekly show at 1181 brought to you by four local favourites, taking the helm every Monday. Every first Monday of the month, EMPREX 48 ALMA is in charge and kicking off every month with their show-stopping energy, and commitment to bring the house down every goddamn number. Leave smiling every time, guaranteed. Drop on by, the owners and staff are worth the look!

11pm—1am. 1181, 1181 Davie St. Monday's Most Wanted


Wednesday, May 8

Story Story Lie: Fight Club

Second rule of Fight Club, it’s totally ok to talk about it at The Rio Theatre! Story Story Lie has one simple premise: Vancouver’s best storytellers and comedians share high-stakes, near-impossible, unique stories that seem too tall to be true. The catch? Only ONE of the SIX stories is a lie. During the show audience members get to question the contestants in an attempt to reveal the liar. The first audience member to guess who the liar is wins respect, admiration and an amazing prize!

6:30—8:30pm. The Rio, 1660 East Broadway. Cover $12. Story Story Lie


Thursday, May 9

Alyssa Edwards: Dancing Queen. The Live Show.

I really hoped you listened when this was an advance listing a few weeks ago. Summer is around the corner and it seems RuPaul’s Gurls like coming to Vancouver. Every woman has her secret, Alyssa’s just happens to be a little bigger. Your favourite pageant queen and meme-sensation of Rupaul’s Drag Race and Netflix’s Dancing Queen brings ‘Alyssa Edwards: Dancing Queen -The Live Show’ - her one-woman stand-up comedy extravaganza. Come join for a SHE-larious night of Alyssa squirpin like a chirpin’ and reading the house down under the cement! Now with a hot, new Netflix series letting us all behind the curtain of this superstar’s life Alyssa guarantees a night of a thousand giggles.

7pm. The Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St. Tickets start at $30 online at Alyssa Edwards

The HERO SHOW - My parents are out of town

It's happening! I told you at lunch last week that my parents are leaving me alone next week and we're gonna go full rager all night long! My sister bought us a 6 pack of Mike's (We gotta give her 5 bucks each) and my parents left me enough money for pizza (Panago or GTFO LOL!) Remember to bring your extra N64 controllers so we can do 4 player Goldeneye (no one gets Oddjob) Also! Some of my buds are gonna come over and perform solo sketch comedy: Ryan Steele, Maddy Kelly, Jamie Tay and a lot more.

8:30—11:30pm. The China Cloud, 524 Main St. Admission $10. The Hero Show


Friday, May 10

Twisted Sisters

No this is not a Carlotta Gurl and Robyn Graves night; you can’t get Graves away from her TV and stove. Twisted Sisters is a one of a kind show where comics do stand up and drag, hosted by Emily Bilton and featuring Jackie Hoffart, Tin Lorica and Steve Sidi along with a special performance by Rose Butch.

10pm. Havana Theatre, 1214 Commercial Dr. Tickets $10 and info at Twisted Sisters


Late Night Snack One Year Anniversary

A year has gone by so fast. This show has grown into a mainstay of Hastings St and if you haven’t caught one you are missing out, not jus on the performance of the queens but the delicious food as well. Are you all READY to eat up our largest cast yet? Get them napkins tucked in the top of your shirt, because we’ve got a cast that will make you drool! Come to Save On Meats and get ready for the anniversary y’all have been waiting for! Mark your calendars chicken nuggets, because you DO not want to miss so many delicious performances! Bring your appetite. They are bringing out the big guns for this anniversary, and I don’t just mean Alma Bitches as she will be joined by 7 of the hottest performers in town. Hosted by P.M. and Continental Breakfast you are in for a fun night.

9—11:30pm. Save On Meats, 43 West Hastings St. $10 at door. Late Night Snack


Saturday, May 11

Mabel League Kick-off 2019

What better way to mingle with fellow Mabel Leaguers than playing a mixed-teams scrimmage followed by silly (or very serious, depending how competitive you are!) lawn and beverage games? Exactly. There is none. The BBQ will be up and running with meat, veggie & vegan options from noon. After nourishment why not do a little swagalicious shopping at our merch table. A great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Hosted by the Mable League Fastpitch

11am—8pm. Meraloma Club, 2390 West 10th Ave. Mabel League

Rain City Block Party

Public Disco is teaming up with Viva Vancouver, the Vancouver Public Space Network and Soul Hop to produce a rain-friendly block party under the Cambie St. Bridge! The event will feature vendors, DJs, a food truck, Ping-Pong, a hula-hoop zone, lounge spaces, a photo booth and more! Best of all, it's OUTDOOR, FREE & ALL AGES are welcome! Located under the south side of the Cambie Street Bridge just east of Olympic Village Skytrain Station. We're going rain or shine thanks to this sheltered public space!

12—6pm. Olympic Village Station, 513 West 2nd Ave. Free event. Rain City Block Party

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.


Spencer's Get Your Art On

Join Spencer Chandra Herbert, Comedian David C. Jones and the Reid Jamieson Band at the West End NDP's annual spring fundraiser, Get Your Art On! Don't miss out on one of our most exciting events of the year, featuring comedy, live music, canapes and drinks with friends and neighbours. Come out to support Spencer and all the great work he does for us in the community since being elected in 2008.

6:30—9pm. Best Western Plus Sands, 1755 Davie St. Tickets $125 and info at Get Your Art On


Dark Desires

Plur Productions brings you Kink Fetish Nights, a premium fetish nightclub experience. 100% LGBTQ+, cross-dressers, gender-bending, singles, couples, newbies and of course our growing regulars are always welcome to KINK's fetish playground!  One of your DJs will be the ever kinky Gingerbear and while he is tied to the cross then your DJ will be Carolina Campos, hope you can hear her music over Gingerbear’s screams. You are in for an evening of debauchery, performance, & seduction! This is a celebration of art and alternative sexuality, where you can express your darkest desires and enjoy an evening with like-minded kinksters. The night features top local EBM, Industrial and deep house DJs, live performances, and of course the KINKY house of GoGo’s all night. Our safe and consensual dungeon play spaces and equipment is to be used by all attendees at any level and is located in the front and center of the venue. Whether you're a curious first-timer or a seasoned veteran, we seek to create a welcoming environment for all experience levels and expressions.

9:30pm—3am. Prive Nightclub, 750 Pacific Blvd, Plaza of Nations. Tickets $18 and much more info at Kink Fetish Nights


Sunday, May 12

Mother's Day! With The Dirty Betty Show

SILLY. SASSY. SAUCY. Screw Brunch! Bring your Mother to something she’ll actually enjoy!  A Comedic Variety Show perfect for Mother's Day. Featuring Improv, Stand Up Comedy, Song Parodies, and a live dance off, where you'll get to shake what your mama gave ya! Treat your Mama to the ladies night she deserves!

8pm. Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Dr.#10 at door. The Dirty Betty Show


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.

June 7—15

Vancouver Men’s Chorus: The 70’s Show

Always a sell out so get your tickets now. Jump into your bell bottoms, pop on a pair of platform shoes, and join the Vancouver Men’s Chorus on a journey to the ‘70s. Let us dazzle you with disco hits, serenade you with sensuous R&B tunes, pump you up with classic pop, and more: the “Me Decade” was a diverse and delightful time for music! So feather your hair and groom your epic sideburns, because whether you’re gambling on your last chance for romance or seeking relief from your night fever, we will, we will rock you! Tickets $45--$50 and info at Vancouver Men's Chorus

Get Out!Tom Coleman