No experience necessary, but I bet swimming would be an asset. Get out on the water with Sisters in Sync, Vancouver’s dragonboat team for queer women (trans-inclusive). The team is recruiting new paddlers for the summer season. Bring a water bottle, sunglasses and a hat. The team goes out whatever the weather, so make sure you’re dressed for it. They meet on Tuesday and Thursday.
6–7:30pm. Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way. More info.
TCPS Pub Night
Looking to expand your horizons outside the West End Hub and meet new LGBT folks? Tri-Cities Pride is holding monthly pub nights in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.
7–9pm. Samz Neighborhood Pub, 2342 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam. No cover. Tri Cities Pride Society info.
It’s Friday the 13th, so what better night for Decadent Drag and Salty Stories with Joan E and a special guest?
9:30pm–3am. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. Queen Please! info.
Coachella Downtown: Lesbian & Queer Dance Party
Once the sun makes a tiny breakthrough, the women get the parties going. DJs Miss M and Krista are playing the hottest tracks from this summer’s Coachella line-up.
10pm–3am. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Cover $12 at door. Info on Facebook.
Whacky Bowling Fundraiser
Sisters In Sync are back again, this time with a fundraiser guaranteed to get you more laughs than strikes.
7–11pm. Old Orchard 5 Pin Bowling Centre, 29-4429 Kingsway St, Burnaby. $20 per person. Tickets and info on Facebook.
VML Leather Social: Sports Gear
If you’re like me (and I know most of you horny gays are) then this is the spot for you. Tonight, Vancouver Men In Leather bring you the ever-popular Sports Gear night, and they want to see you in your “old team colours, hottest jock, tallest socks, tightest rugby shorts,” or whatever gets you going.
8pm–late. The Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $5 after 9pm. Info on Facebook.
Carnival Of Kink
This promises to be the biggest and kinkiest Sin City Fetish Night of the year. DJs, dancing and partying all night. Check out the dungeon and the kinky installations, explore the play areas or try out suspension and rope play.
9pm–3am. The Odyssey, 686 Hastings St W. Tickets $17 and info at Carnival Of Kink.
Lick Club Queer Jam
This month at Lick: special guest DJ Colby B from New York City, with resident DJ Skylar Love.
10pm–3am. The Hindenburg, 213 Cordova St W. Cover $10 at door. Info on Facebook.
Visual Arts Show Submission Call
The Pride In Art Community Show doesn’t happen until June, but submission forms are due now. Info on Facebook.
TGD2S Weight Room
Finally, a designated drop-in gym space for the trans, two-spirit, non-binary and gender-diverse community. Every Sunday, starting at 8am.
8–10am. Britannia Fitness Centre, 1661 Napier St. Drop in $6.40 each. Info on Facebook.
Join Jaylene Tyme, the former Empress of Vancouver, for some “old-school glamour” and celebrity impersonation in this drag spectacular. Tonight’s guest hostess is Mina Mercury and joined by Karmella Barr.
8–11pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Cover $5. Info on Facebook.
Time to see just how brave each of us are. This live storytelling event features people recounting their greatest adventures and achievements, and remembering how they faced down fear and took on adversity. Want to tell your own story? Apply here, or just come to watch, listen and get inspired.
7–9pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Tickets $11. Info on Facebook.
Sorry, no beefcake strippers here. This open-mic hosted by Steev Letts and Oli Maughan wants your five-minute comedy, music or performance set. All are welcome. Sign up is 7:30pm sharp.
7:30–11pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. No cover. Info at The Junction.
This open-mic space welcomes queer folks and allies of all ages and experience levels.
7:30–9pm. Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews. No cover. Info at Launch!
In James Fagan Tait’s latest play, John and Dick are two straight guys who become friends — but one of them likes to dress up in women’s clothing, and soon people start to wonder what’s really going on.
8pm. Show runs until Sunday, April 29. Matinees 2pm, Saturdays & Sundays. Vancity Culture Lab, 1895 Venables St. Tickets $27 at The Explanation.
Bingo For Life
This is not your granny’s bingo: she would probably need an extra box of Depends to make it through a night like this. With DJ Del Stamp at the helm and rotating drag hostesses like Carlotta Gurl, Alma Bitches and more dropping by, you won’t even remember to dab, dab, dab. All Bingo proceeds go to the Vancouver Friends For Life Society, which helps people living with HIV and other illnesses.
7:30–9pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Info at Bingo For Life.