Homo-Normative Drag Show Closes Out January’s Smash Comedy Festival

By Rachel Rosenberg

Coming up, bundle up with a warm scarf and tuque before heading out for The Smash Comedy Fest. Produced by the Nasty Women Comedy troupe, this is the festival’s second year and it lasts for three days from January 23-25. The various events highlight “Vancouver’s best and brightest women/trans/femme/plus performers”. It sounds like it will be delightfully funny and will feature “feminist-forward comedy from an elite squad of sketch, improv and stand-up comedians…writing and improv workshops, dance parties and killer drag performances”. This is a burgeoning festival that should not be missed.

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Homo-Normative Drag Show Closes Out January’s Smash Comedy Festival

What to See and Do in Vancouver on Your Way to Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2020

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By Angus Praught

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival, January 26th-February 2nd,  attracts thousands of people from around the world to southern British Columbia each year, as one of the most popular LGBTQ2+ winter Pride festivals anywhere on the planet. With a full week of exciting activities that include guided ski and snowboard groups, a comedy night, a charity ski race, daily après ski events, cabaret nights, spa night, pool parties, a pride parade, the massive “Snowball” and more, people arrive continually throughout the week.

Vancouver is high on the list of many as a pre or post ski festival destination. As some are traveling long distances from as far away as Asia, Europe, the USA, Mexico and the southern hemisphere, it’s the perfect chance to take in some of the fabulous LGBTQ2+ events in the city to enhance the overall experience, and for a chance to meet some of the locals.

Here is a selection of events on various nights of the week that will be taking place in downtown Vancouver around Whistler Pride:

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What to See and Do in Vancouver on Your Way to Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2020

Interview with Local Vancouver Director, Writer, and Actor: Alison Ward

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By Rachel Rosenberg

Alison Ward is a Vancouver-based actor, director and writer; her very moving one woman show, No Gold Star, is her true story about coming out at the age of 35 after spending years married to a man and identifying as straight.

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Interview with Local Vancouver Director, Writer, and Actor: Alison Ward

LGBTQ2IA+ Representation at the Vancouver International Film Festival

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Girl meets boy; boy meets girl; girl rejects boy; girl finds herself thriving without a man and then falls for one anyway; boy becomes successful in life and gains the trust of girl; star-crossed man and woman beat all odds to be together… We can all think of at least ten films immediately for each of these plotlines. They’re popular because they’re real, so many of us see ourselves in these moments. But many of us can also see ourselves in these moments when the genders aren’t strictly binary, and when the relationships are same-sex.

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LGBTQ2IA+ Representation at the Vancouver International Film Festival

5 Local Shorts To Watch at Vancouver Queer Film Festival

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By Rachel Rosenberg

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF), Western Canada’s largest queer arts event, takes over downtown cinemas from August 15-25th. The festival always prioritizes local film and performers, and I’ve put together a round-up of suggested titles.

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5 Local Shorts To Watch at Vancouver Queer Film Festival

De-Mystifying Non-Binary with Luna Ferguson

By Rachel Rosenberg

Luna Ferguson has the sort of career most of us can only yearn for. They are a filmmaker, author and trans right activist with a brand-new book published earlier this month. Me, Myself, They: Life Beyond The Binary is an inspiring and engaging read; a memoir and a manifesto to the importance of gender fluidity, it aims to demystify and celebrate what being non-binary looks like.

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De-Mystifying Non-Binary with Luna Ferguson

Androgynous-Style Clothing for All Bodies: Meet Vancouver’s Peau de Loup

By Rachel Rosenberg

Peau De Loup is the kind of brand that inspires loyalty in their customers. A clothing company with a mission: It’s about creating something authentic that makes people feel the same way on the outside as they do on the inside.”

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Androgynous-Style Clothing for All Bodies: Meet Vancouver’s Peau de Loup