Carlotta Gurl and Joan-E (seen here at Queens Care in 2016) are back to host the fundraiser’s 10th anniversary celebration of queens supporting the community, on Nov 11, 2017. Credit: belle ancell/Xtra
Out in Vancouver
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Out in Vancouver: Nov 9–15, 2017

Thursday, Nov 9

Mother’s Disappointed

In case you hadn’t noticed, Bratpack is on hiatus until January. If you’ve been sitting there waiting for them every Thursday night, I’m sorry. But Alma B Itches has rounded up a couple of the pack, because they just can’t stay off the stage for even a night. I’m not sure about the theme yet, but then neither are they. This is a comedic hot mess waiting to happen so grab your drink, sit back and wait for it.

11pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $6.

Visual Art Forum: Working Artists

Not that I’m stalking Matt Troy, but I always know where he’s going to be. Come on, have you seen that butt? Who could blame me. Tonight said butt will be sitting on stage at this year’s first Working Artists panel. Working Artists is a semi-annual series of lectures and workshops for students and emerging artists. In this session, panellists from a wide variety of artistic disciplines share how they first emerged into their field, with a focus on public engagement and supporting community. The panel presentation will be followed by a moderated Q&A and breakout sessions.

5–7:30pm. Visual Art Forums at ECUAD. 520 E 1st Ave. Free.

Stirred Up

Check out this variety showcase, presented by XYYVR actor and producer Fiona Vroom to create a new platform for professional artists to perform and showcase their work in a fun, entertaining and supportive environment.

9pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. $15 at the door.

Friday, Nov 10

Hogwarts Yule Ball

I may be a bit old for this party, but what a theme it could be for a night at Pumpjack. Long Harry Potter robes and a big, thick magic wand and I’m all set to cast some spells. Tonight is for the younger set, 14 to 25 to be exact, so come wearing your house colours, in casual muggle clothes, or in a ball gown and dress robes, as Qmunity brings you its first Winter Ball. This event is for queer, trans and allied youth and is an alcohol- and drug-free space.

8pm–12am. Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St. Entrance is by donation but no one turned away for lack of funds.

Jane Stanton Live

If you have never experienced the comedy of Jane Stanton, take this opportunity to hear a one-show-only comedy album recording. I’ve also heard there will be some surprise guests — my guess is Darcy Michael as that girl gets into everything and is just as hilarious.

10pm. Yuk Yuk’s, 2837 Cambie St. Tickets $14.29 at the door or

Queen Please

Believe it or not, Joan-E has a case of the monthlies, which in her case means decadent drag, salty stories, a few dozen cocktails and as many groupie boys to eat. There are always a few surprise guests, and DJ Drew will fill in the rest.

9:30pm. The Junction. 1138 Davie St. Cover $5 at the door.

Saturday, Nov 11

Queens Care 10th Anniversary

This would be a good name for the queens’ retirement home — some of those dolls are getting up there and may need a bit of help. Who wants to sponge-bathe Conni Smudge or spoon-feed Carlotta Gurl? This annual fundraising event, in loving memory of legendary female impersonator Diana Rose and nightlife impresario DJ Jules, has become a not-to-be-missed Vancouver tradition. Expect an evening of glamour, impersonation and comedy celebrating our city’s premiere drag entertainers, co-hosted by Joan-E and Carlotta Gurl.

6–9:30pm. Celebrities, 1022 Davie St. Tickets $20 at Eventbrite. Info and entertainers at

VML Social

The weather is getting chilly, so now this is the time to break out the leather wardrobe and join Vancouver Men in Leather at their monthly social. Catch up with old brothers, meet new ones and bring some experienced or curious fetish-friendly friends; fresh meat is always welcome. This month the theme is electricity, with demos from Vancouver Men in Leather members. Interested in being a volunteer for future demos? Just let them know.

8–11pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $5 after 9pm.

MVK Dungeon Party

Are you kinky, or just think you are and have never done anything about it? If you’re looking to expand your knowledge or just get down and dirty, Metro Vancouver Kink is there to guide you. They are a community-based organization that holds play, social and educational events for kinky and kink-curious people. Whether you’re an experienced player or curious about all this kinky and BDSM stuff, you will find what you are looking for at one of their hosted parties.

8pm–1am. Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph St. $25 at the door.

Jane & The Generations

Here’s a novel concept, hosted by Jane Smoker, where you get to know two very different queens each month. This month features Rogue and the ever-dynamic Myria LeNoir; do we really think Rogue is going to get a chance to say anything? Fight for it, girl! Enjoy an evening of performances, audience participation segments and a whole lot of spilled T.

10pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. $5 cover.

Backdoor with JD Samson

Matt Troy never disappoints us; he may look like he’s quietly cruising the room but that man is thinking non-stop of out-of-the-box events for you. Tonight is part of a specially curated series to bring visionary international queer artists to Vancouver. Previous artists include the likes of Honey Soundsystem (SF), Horse Meat Disco (UK), Dickey Doo (Berlin) and this time, from New York City, musician, activist and performance artist JD Samson.

11pm–5am. Vancouver Art & Leisure, 494 Railway St. Tickets $15 at Info at

Absolutly Dragulous

If you see only one drag show this year, then this is it. Carlotta Gurl joins Justine Tyme and the amazing Willie Taylor for what is guaranteed to be your best pick yet. Plus, I’m sure that at some point that bodacious booty of Willie Taylor is going to wipe Carlotta right off the stage. I mean next to Willie, she looks like a bleached toothpick.

9pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5 at the door.

Sunday, Nov 12

Babes on Babes and Bands

This month the babes switch it up and bring you a band edition with Sorry Edith and Parlour Panther, for a night of post-punk to gritty rock, plus five DJs, two rooms and a karaoke dance party in the Boom Box room.

8pm–2am. Fortune Sound Club, 147 E Pender St. Cover $10 before 10pm, $15 after.

Legends Two Year Show

If it’s date night and you need to impress the hell out of someone, this event will get the panties dropped at home for sure. Host Jaylene Tyme is a former Empress of Vancouver and a master of illusion, re-creating, with old-school glamour, Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, Tina Turner and many more. Joining Jaylene this month are Justine Tyme and Jane Smoker, along with DJ Dom Top.

8–11pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Cover $5.

Monday, Nov 13

QueerProv Musical Show

This night could go really well or dive faster than Peach Cobblah at the baths. It all depends on the voices as QueerProv gets musical. Singing!? Dancing!? Snapping?! Jazz hands?! They’re talking about musicals! And what goes better together than musical theatre and queers? It’s like we were all born for it. The show will feature improv, live music and a special headliner band that you can only see if you attend.

10pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. What have you got to lose: no cover.

Tuesday, Nov 14


Launch offers inclusive and accessible space for new and seasoned writers, poets, dancers, performers and everyone in between. The focus is on showcasing the voices of queer youth, elders, and allies, but anyone is welcome to come read, sing, dance, do drag, lip sync, or otherwise entertain. Come and pick up some tips from this month’s featured artist, Nancy Strider, as she unpacks the act of packing.

7–9pm. Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews. Suggested donation $5.

Drag Club

Couldn’t you just imagine Drag Club as a motorcycle club: Hell’s Angels in heels? Hosted by Karmella Barr and Dust, Drag Club offers you epic drag battles of all varieties. If you like drag people punching each other out, painting with their genitals, and lip syncing to mediocre pop, then this show is for you. Tonight it is Misty Meadows versus Cleopatra Compton.

9pm–2am. Railway Stage & Beer Café, 579 Dunsmuir St. Cover $5.

Lights! One Year Anniversary

Twelve improv comedians present back-to-back short sketch ideas that have never been rehearsed or performed for an audience before. Followed by Killer Karaoke.

9:30pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Tickets $6 at Eventbrite. More info at

Wednesday, Nov 15

Bingo for Life

This is the perfect place to win prizes and re-gift them at Christmas; plus you get to drink and have fun while you do it. Join bingo maestro Del Stamp and his rotating team of drag hostesses as they tend to your every need. All proceeds from Bingo will go towards the Vancouver Friends For Life Society, which provides vital services to people living with HIV and other illnesses.

7:30–9pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Entrance by suggested donation, $10, which gets you bingo cards as well.