Arts & Entertainment
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Out in Vancouver: June 30-July 6, 2016

Choice events in the city this week

The Victoria Pride Society posted this photo on its Facebook page after the festivities in 2013. This year's Pride celebrations in BC’s capital start on July 1 and culminate with the parade and festival on Sunday, July 10, 2016. Credit: Victoria Pride Society/Facebook

Thursday, June 30

Friends & Company Summer Mingler

We can all use more networking and this group of business people, professionals, students and allies provides the means to do that while supporting Out In Schools at the same time.

6:30–8:30pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Tickets $40 and info at

Glitter Is Forever

I learned long ago that beauty fades and glitter can cover up the aging process (that’s why my good friend Sydney sparkles so much). Tonight Glitter marks the final blowout for the Queer Arts Festival for this year. Glue on your glitter, throw on your best frock and join host Shanda Leer at this Queereoke and drag extravaganza. Performances by Rose Butch, Alma B Itches and more.

8pm. The Waldorf Hotel, 1489 East Hastings St. Info and advance tickets $8.50 at or $10 at the door.

Shower Power

I have it on good authority that the host of the evening, Berlin, has threatened to stay all night until she gets to be in the shower. Even soaking wet that girl only weighs 98 pounds. Also performing tonight is Alma B Itches, maybe in the shower, maybe not. Fear not, there is also the new meat you have come to see as two Shower Power studs, Zack Shephard and Electric Jay, let loose in the stall. If you like your men buff, generally smooth, and soaped up, this is the place for you.

9pm–4am. Odyssey, 686 West Hastings St. Cover $5 at door.

Hershe Bar

It’s a long weekend so the ladies are back to party (and celebrate our country). Get your Hershe Bar singles bracelet and get ready to find your pre-Pride love connection. If it doesn’t work out, you only have to wait four short weeks till the city is packed with tourists looking for a little Pride loving.

10pm–2am. Red Room Ultra Bar, 398 Richards St. Tickets $15 at Little Sister’s, 1238 Davie St or

Friday, July 1

Victoria Pride

If I didn’t have such a slave driver as a boss (sorry Robin!) I would be going for the nine days of Pride festivities in Victoria. I can do this column from Seattle to the beaches of Spain, but to do it during a Pride week is just asking for trouble. It would be the ramblings of a sexually spent, nine-day continuous hangover jumble of words, not pretty. For the rest of you, enjoy more than a week of parties, theatre, Shakespeare, dancing and fashion shows, all culminating in the Pride parade and festival on Sunday, July 10. Check out their site for event times and locations and get started on your road trip.

Fireworks Cruise

I am a CruiseyT whore, I admit it. I’ve been on so many of their cruises that I’ve lost count over the years. It was my version of The Love Boat and, just like the show, I had a different bunkmate every cruise. A new CruiseyT season begins tonight with a four-hour excursion, not just under the stars but under the fireworks for Canada Day. Hosted by Conni Smudge with Mandy Kamp, Sienna Blaze and DJs Zach Shore and Harris, this boat will be rocking.

Boarding 7pm, sailing 7:30–11pm. Harbour Cruises, 501 Denman St. Tickets $35 at Top Drawers, 809 Davie St, or

Wet & Wild

If you’re like me, and I know you are even if you won’t admit it, I like my shower men bigger, thicker, hairier and definitely hornier, so this is the place to be. Tonight there is even virgin meat in the shower as a first-timer takes the stall. DJ Mumbles will be manning the booth and although he’s not as big an exhibitionist as Mr Stamp, I’m sure he’ll shed a few pieces of clothing after a few tequilas. Maybe we will even get him in the shower. I’ve got the soap. 

9pm–late. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $5 after 9pm.


This is a trifecta of DJ power tonight: DJ B’UGO from Montreal brings you twisted diva tracks, Latin-fused tribal and heavy Chicago funk, and Vancouver’s own Mr Cox and G-Luve give you sexy soulful house music to make out to.

10pm–2am. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Tickets $10 advance at

Gay Agenda: True North

Peach Cobblah and dick: those words go hand in hand, and I hear that’s how the auditions go too for most of her events. That’s also how she brings you the best amateur talent around and, after a brief hiatus, The Gay Agenda is back! Tonight will be unpretentious, unprofessional, unbelievable and usually uncut, as local cuties of all body types strip off with just a smile on their face. And yes before I get any emails, King Dong is back.

10:30pm–2am. The Cobalt, 917 Main St. Cover $9.

Saturday, July 2

VRM Red & White

I would probably try on a rubber outfit — I hear it’s better than Spanx to keep everything in place — but I’m afraid if I sneeze I’ll pop like a balloon. But don’t let me deter you. If you have thought about it, or want to try rubber bondage, this is your event. Vancouver Rubbermen meet monthly and their members bring along rubber bondage gear, and rubber wear, to try on. Try it out! You might be surprised by how it makes you feel. This event coincides with Van-Pah puppy mosh, so get ready for some good old fashioned leg humping as well.

2–5pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. No cover for either event.

July Dungeon Party

From rubber to dungeon, this must be the theme for the Canada Day weekend. Maybe it should be a Pride theme sometime too? Metro Vancouver Kink is a full night of fun, socializing, and all the dungeon equipment you can play with. It is a welcoming place with all the toys of a Game Of Thrones episode, just not the violence. Whether you are new or fully experienced, you will enjoy yourself. If you are unsure of anything there is always a greeter to answer any questions or concerns you might have.

8pm–1am. Maritime Labour Center, 1880 Triumph St. Cover $20 at door.

Cuffed Fetish

What better place to hold an event called Cuffed Fetish than a bar that looks as old and run-down as a dungeon? They are putting the kink back into fetish nights with a “front and centre” dungeon on the main stage, a rope room in the basement area, and kinky performances during the night. Plus two dance floors and a kinky photo booth.

9pm–3am. The Hindenburg, 23 West Cordova St. Cover $14 before 10pm, $18 after.

RuffPride Victoria

The Men of Ruff are on a road trip for their second annual Victoria Ruff Pride, with performances by Mr Ruff 2016, Shane, and more. Presented by MN Events and the House of Gabor.

9pm–2am. Paparazzi Nightclub, 642 Johnson St, Victoria. Advance tickets $20 at or at door.

Salacious Saturdays

Just because the Ginger Menace is still in Facebook jail doesn’t mean he can’t tear up the dance floor for all the towel-clad hunks in the bathhouse. DJ Gingerbear Todd brings you the music and visuals. The visuals I prefer happen when the towel drops, which is often, both in the DJ booth and out.

9pm–4am. Steamworks Baths, 123 West Pender St. rates $16 and up.

Monday, July 4

Industry Night

So you’re out for dinner or drinks and you just can’t take your eyes off the hot bartender or waiter. You can see they are packing some heavy equipment, but you just can’t get up the nerve to speak. What do you do? Start going to Industry Night where all the staff around town comes for their night of partying. If they’re gay, chances are you will run into them after a few shots of liquid courage. Don’t forget to invite me to the wedding (night).

9pm–3am. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $3 (free for industry staff with proof).

Tuesday, July 5

In The Park After Dark Movies

Easy Kevin Moroso: not that part of the park and not those kinds of movies. This is family or Christian date night fun. Tonight (The Outsiders) is the opening night of the weekly Free Outdoor Movie Nights at Second Beach in Stanley Park. A four-storey inflatable movie screen transforms the area into an outdoor cinema, fit for thousands to watch flicks throughout the summer.

Dusk, check sunset times as that is best indication when the movie will start. Ceperley Meadows, Second Beach, Stanley Park. Free event. Check site for list of movies.

Wednesday, July 6

Theatre Under The Stars

Most people know about TUTS, Theatre Under The Stars, but did you know we also have a theatre on Grouse Mountain called Theatre In The Sky? Probably not because they can’t really advertise it as TITS, I’m guessing.  TUTS returns tonight and this year’s musicals are Beauty & the Beast and West Side Story, showing on alternate nights from tonight until Saturday, Aug 20. Please check calendar for show nights.

8pm. Malkin Bowl, 610 Pipeline Road, Stanley Park. Tickets $30–45 at

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert

For those of you too young to have seen this on the big screen, it’s a gay drag road trip movie across the Australian outback. Or, in terms you would understand: Conni Smudge, Carlotta Gurl and Del Stamp living on a bus on a road trip to Newfoundland. I’ll let you figure out which one is the slutty one. Here is your chance to see the original film on the big screen, and best of all it’s in a theatre you can drink in. “That’s just what this country needs: a cock in a frock on a rock.”

9–11:30pm. The Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway St. Tickets $10 advance at or $12 at door.