A Halloweekend in Vancouver’s Drag King/Queendom!


By Kendell Yan

Vancouver’s drag Kings, Queens, and Things have got you covered this Halloweekend with a show each night sure to help you raise more spirits from the dead than an Ouija Board!

Friday, October 28th

man-upWHAT: Man Up: Halloween Homos
WHERE: The Cobalt (917 Main Street)
WHY: Vancouver’s multi-genderiest combo dance party and drag spectacular gets real spooky as the queers of East Van go on a ghoulish adventure. Come check out the ghosts of your favourite Kings and Queens and then help raise them from the dead at the grotesque, feverish, and sweaty dance party DJd by DJ She & Miss M.
WHO: Vixen Von Flex, PapiOwenChavez, Thanks Jem, Karmella Barr, Femanade, Ponyboy, Brokeback Brothers + Ruby Slickeur, more TBA.
WHEN: 9pm-2am
TICKETS: $15 advance at hauntedhomos.bpt.me, $20 at the door, limited sliding scale tickets available by contacting manupdrag@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 29th

stranger-queensWHAT: Stranger Queens
WHERE: XYYVR (1216 Bute Street)
WHY: The deliciously 80’s soaked Netflix original gets a makeover fit for a Queen at XY this Halloweekend as the Upside Down comes thru on stage with Barb, Joyce, and Eleven.
WHO: Jane Smokr, Mila Dramatic, Robyn Graves, DJ Nick Bertossi.
WHEN: 10pm-3am
TICKETS: $15 at strangerqueens.eventbrite.com

Sunday, October 30th

sanctuaryWHAT: Sanctuary with Alma Bitches & Katy Hairy
WHERE: 1181 (1181 Davie Street)
WHY: Mother Superior Alma Bitches is joined by Vancouver Icon Katy Hairy for her last performance in the city before she leaves the province. Come repent your spooky sins in the church of house and exorcise your demons on the dance floor.
WHO: Alma Bitches, Katy Hairy, DJ Riley Cox
WHEN: Doors at 6pm, show at 1130pm, DJ from 10pm-3am
TICKETS: No cover!

Monday, October 31st

brollWHAT: B-Roll : Batman Universe
WHERE: The Penthouse (1019 Seymour Street)
WHY: Monthly gender bending nerdfest goes full cosplay in this Halloween edition of B-Roll highlighting some of Vancouver’s finest drag performers in their best Batman Universe get ups. There’s a costume contest – the winner gets free drink tickets!
WHO: Dynasty as Batman, Valynne Vile as Poison Ivy, Gia Metric as the Joker, Coco Klein as Catwoman, and Dee Blew hosting as Mr. Freeze. Stage managed, lit, and DJ’d by the ever fabulous Sarah Jean.
WHEN: Doors at 9pm, show at 9:30pm
TICKETS: $12-17 www.eventbrite.ca

Kendell Yan is a queer, second-generation POC who navigates the hyphen of mixed ethnicity LGBTQ2+ living in Vancouver. Kendell has a penchant for drag Queens and Kings that borders on obsession, and he favours events that encourage free expression, inclusivity, and love in all flavours.

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