Out in Vancouver
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Out in Vancouver April 19–25, 2018

Choice events in the city this week

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April 19

Lights Out

Lights get turned down so low you’ll need fluorescent-painted balls to be found. Or just grope your way through the room until you find a fistful of fun. You’ve got 12 hours to get your fill so rest up and let the Steamworks men go into overdrive.

4pm–4am. Steamworks, 123 Pender St W. Rates start at $6. Info from Steamworks.

April 20

Eastside Flea 2nd Anniversary

Last time I went to this event, I spent more time looking at all the eye candy than the bargains. This year promises to be an even bigger event for the second anniversary bash. Handmade and vintage clothes, jewelry and collectables, plus vinyl, plants, body products and more. Also featuring War Baby & Basic Instinct providing tunes, plus food trucks and every drag queen in town looking for a new outfit.

6pm–12am. Eastside Flea, 1024 Main St. Cover $5 before 8pm, $8 after. Info on Facebook.


No, it’s not another Madonna party. Hosted by the Devo Divos: three tall dudes who throw great parties and give all profits to charities. Featuring a 10-foot-tall LED robot, sexy circus performers and DJ Harris. What more do you need?

9pm–3am. The Odyssey, 686 Hastings St W. Tickets $10 . Info on Facebook.

Fetish Fatale

At this fetish night, it’s all about the “sexual deviants of yesteryear.” All are welcome, whether you’re a “blushing maid, a lustful rapscallion, a cruel femme fatale, or one who serves them.”

10pm–3am. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Tickets $20. Info on Facebook.

April 21

Boys R Girls Drag Show

Head out to the ‘burbs to support the season finale of a show raising money for The Fraser Valley Youth Society. Hosted by the Queen of the Valley, Anida Tythole, with performers Myria LeNoir, Justice Du Jour, Jo King, Landon Cider and others. Beats by DJ Emengy will keep you dancing til 1am.

6pm–1am. Cheers Bar and Grill, 2814 Gladwin Rd., Abbotsford. Advance tickets $10 here.     Info on Facebook.

Free To Be Lip Sync Battle

Sweat Co brings you a fundraiser for Out In Schools, which gets students talking about homophobia, transphobia and bullying. Cocktails, food and silent auction, plus lip sync battles and special guest Carlotta Gurl. Play your cards right and she may throw a few cartwheels in as well.

6:30–10pm. Sweat Co, 736 Richards St. Tickets $75. Info on Facebook.

Warehouse Fundraiser Party

This is the first event at a Strathcona warehouse that the folks from Eastside Flea, Man Up and Queers & Beers want to turn into a new community arts space. Music, drag and dancing. Hosted by Ponyboy, with beats by Skylar Love, Softieshan and Body Party. Plus performances by Rose Butch, Alma B Itches, Maiden China and more.

8pm–1am. 550 Malkin Ave, close to Trillium Park. Suggested cover donation $10–$20. Info on Facebook.

Bears Night Out

Dancing all night with sexy, hairy bears (not the circus kind, although there may be chains and leashes involved).

9pm to late. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $5. Info from PumpJack

Wild Fruit: Glow Party

Dancing, glow-in-the-dark face paint, black lights, drinks and, of course, lots of girls.

10pm–3am. The Odyssey, 686 Hastings St W. Tickets $11.89. More info from Flygirl.

April 22

Sher Vancouver 10th Anniversary Gala

Celebrate 10 years of Sher, a non-profit for queer and trans South Asians and allies, with music and an Indian buffet dinner. Dress code: formal or Indian attire.

6–11:30pm. Bollywood Banquet Hall, 201-8166 128 St, Surrey. Tickets $15–$25. More info from Sher.


The AccolAIDS Awards honour people and organizations in BC working on HIV/AIDS. This evening of cocktails, dinner, entertainment and auctions supports the Positive Living Society of BC, which serves people living with HIV.

6–10pm. Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place. Tickets $150 from Positive Living BC. More info from AccolAIDS.

Drag Me To Hell

Sounds like a dinner invitation to Conni Smudge’s place, but no, this is where Sam Raimi horror film Drag Me To Hell gets a Disney makeover. Special guests this month are Mina Mercury and Imelda Mae Santos, and I’m sure they will be battling over which one gets to do Let It Go. Host Miss Understood is heading for a well-deserved trip to Africa so catch her last show for a while.

11pm–3am. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. More info on Facebook.

April 23

Exploring Kink: Live Demo

Whether you’re just getting into kink or you want to learn about new ways to make your fantasies real, check out this workshop by Melody Anne and Mr Fnord, which includes a live demonstration. They’ll cover communication, consent and community, as well as roles,  relationships and risks.

7pm. The Art Of Loving, 369 Broadway St W. Tickets $40. Register in advance online. More info from the Art Of Loving.

April 24

Life Drawing With HIM

Improve your sketching and drawing skills at this informal, drop-in group for men. Everyone is welcome, whatever your skill level. Bring a sketchbook and drawing materials (but no ink or paint).

6:30–8:30pm. Rhodes Wellness College, Suite 280, Room 2, 1125 Howe St. Free event. To register, please email register@checkhimout.ca or call 604.488.1001. More info from HIM.

April 25

Darts Tournament

Think that wrist is strong enough to earn you some money? Drop-ins are always welcome at this regular darts tournament. Play in one of the oldest bars in town (86 years and counting!) and now newly renovated.

6pm. Railway Stage and Beer, 579 Dunsmuir St. $10 cover. All proceeds go into prize pool. More info from the Railway Stage.