5 Vancouver Pride Events you May Not Know About

By Rachel Rosenberg

As we edge closer to Vancouver’s Pride Parade on August 4th, events are beginning to finalize, calendars are full to bursting, and we should all be trying to get some sleep in the weeks before it all starts happening. I’ve done my best to pick through the events out there and find 5 you might not have come across before — even if some of them sell out in advance, mark them down for next year!

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5 Vancouver Pride Events you May Not Know About

Dance, Drag and Art Outside! It’s Vancouver’s Pride Premiere

By Rachel Rosenberg

This year’s Pride Premiere event, hosted by the Vancouver Pride Society, will be held at Šxʷƛənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (850 W Georgia Street, the North side of the Vancouver Art Gallery). Coming up on Friday, July 26th and running for seven hours from 5 PM onwards, there will be dancing, a beer garden, drag performances, food trucks, community resources and more.

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Dance, Drag and Art Outside! It’s Vancouver’s Pride Premiere

4 Events You Don’t Want to Miss at the Queer Arts Festival

Image from The Queen In Me performance by Teiya Kasahara

It’s the 50th anniversary of Stonewall this year, and you bet we’ll be celebrating the strides the LGBTQ2IA communities have made with events across Vancouver all season. Beyond the celebrations, Pride is also very much about advocating for love and acceptance where, as a society, we can do better.

The Queer Arts Festival is one such cross-section of celebration and advocacy. It’s your chance to be a part of an arts festival that pushes boundaries, asks questions, and supports a loud and powerful community of artists.

Here are 4 events during the Queer Arts Festival you’ll want to check out:

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4 Events You Don’t Want to Miss at the Queer Arts Festival

Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Davie Village

Davie Village is one of Vancouver’s most festive neighbourhoods (Tourism Vancouver/Michael Song).

Davie Village is one of Vancouver’s most festive neighbourhoods with flags and sunburst banners adorning lampposts, rainbow décor adding pops of colour, and patios packed with revelers on sunny days. Situated in the West End and known for its thriving community of gay and lesbian residents, Davie Village imbues a chill vibe for meandering the streets by day, and thumping clubs and pubs that come alive at night.

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Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Davie Village

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

Poly Queer Love Ballad Explores an Unconventional Romantic Narrative

Poly Queer Love Ballad

Image by Emily Cooper

By Rachel Rosenberg

Poly Queer Love Ballad will definitely resonate with romantics. A self-described “slam musical”, it sold out at Vancouver Fringe Festival last year before being snapped up by the Queer Arts Festival. Premiering March 5, the show’s narrative follows Nina and Gaby as their passionate coupledom develops.

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Poly Queer Love Ballad Explores an Unconventional Romantic Narrative

5 Not-to-Be-Missed Speakers at The Growing Room Festival 2019


Hannah McGregor, creator of podcasts: Secret Feminist Agenda and Witch Please | Image by Christopher M Turbulence

By Rachel Rosenberg

The Growing Room Festival was founded in 2017 by Room Magazine and every March since it has brought Canadian authors and artists together to converse, educate and collaborate as they discuss feminism in all its intersectional glory. Most panels and readings are pay-what-you-can to ensure accessibility, and writing workshops and one-on-one manuscript consultations are offered.

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5 Not-to-Be-Missed Speakers at The Growing Room Festival 2019