Vancouver Queer Film Festival starts August 10, 2017

Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF), the city’s second largest film fest gets under way in one week.  Running August 10 to 20, 2017, VQFF brings 11 days of award winning films, talkbacks, performances and parties.

I Dream In Another Language

The Festival opens at the Vancouver Playhouse with the 2017 Sundance Award-winning film, I Dream in Another Language (Sueño en Otro Idioma). Following the screening the Festival’s Opening Gala Party, a celebration under the stars at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.

The VQFF Artist in Residence for 2017 is the prolific and multi-talented Vivek Shraya. The filmmaker, visual artist, musician, and author will spend the Festival’s opening weekend with audiences at events featuring a breadth of work from her diverse portfolio.

VQFF Artistic Directors Amber Dawn & Anoushka Ratnarajah

“We’re thrilled to be bringing audiences and artists together for once in a lifetime connections at our Festival,” said Artistic Directors Anoushka Ratnarajah and Amber Dawn. “The caliber of talent and diverse perspectives of our visiting and local filmmakers are sure to challenge and delight our highly intelligent and invested audiences. We look forward to the time we will share together.”

 


Some of the artists in attendance at VQFF include;

Taxi Stories

– Doris Yeung, writer, director and executive producer of Taxi Stories, the most ambitious film of the Festival, filmed in three countries and featuring a mostly non-actor cast.
– Philippines filmmaker Samantha Lee, whose film, Maybe Tomorrow (Baka Bukas), won the Audience Choice Award at the Cinema One Originals Festival in Manila.
– New York City poet and author, t’ai freedom ford, whose work is featured in The Revival: Women and the Word.
– Pakistani-Canadian film and television actress, writer and producer, Fawzia Mirza, for the screening of Signature Move.
– Emerging filmmaker Francis Luta, will speak with audiences after his film Project Gelb.
– Award-winning writer, playwright, performer and filmmaker, Steen Starr, whose short documentary Older than What? tells the story of twelve queer and trans elders responding to ten questions about aging, visibility, and social change.

One of the festival’s fan favourite events, The Coast is Queer, an evening dedicated to local talent, will screen on Friday, August 18 at the York Theatre. Featuring nine stellar short films from some of BC’s most standout emerging and established filmmakers, our annual local programming covers documentaries, romance, fantasy, and drama.

Handsome Devil

The Festival closes August 20th at the Vancouver Playhouse with the Closing Gala screening of 2016 Dublin Film Critics Circle Award winner Handsome Devil by Irish director John Butler.  Following the  screening the annual Closing Party at The Junction wraps another VQFF.

For full Vancouver Queer Film Festival line-up and tickets visit queerfilmfestival.com

Picks of the New Year : What’s On NYE 2017

As 2016 ticks to a close, lets find some ways to send it on its way and welcome the new year with a hearty cheer!

There’s plenty of club parties and dinner specials seatings around the city to help say so long to 2016.

Here’s 5 events to inspire your NYE 2017 celebrations

Concord’s NYE Vancouver : Vancouver’s Official New Year’s Eve celebration began last year with a bang, becoming Canada’s largest New Year’s Eve event. This year kicks up the activities, in addition to the free events; 9pm and midnight Fireworks, live music and entertainment, the event expands along Canada Place Way to Jack Poole Plaza and Vancouver Convention Centre West, with a second stage. Inside the Centre, True North – Vancouver Official NYE Party welcomes The Sheepdogs, Yukon Blonde, Dehli 2 Dublin and more.

NYE 2017 @ Telus World of Science
Twisted Productions, Hollywood Promotions, and John Donnelly & Associates present a stellar 19+ event welcoming 1200 people to Science World with 2 rooms of music on 2 floors, 6 top DJs, 5 licensed bars, and spectacular lights and sound.

Patrick Maliha’s 4th Annual Naughty Little New Year’s Eve at the Rio Theatre
A variety show like no other as comedian MC Patrick Maliha welcomes headliner Christina Walkinshow stand-up comic, live Acro-Yoga Performers, Burlesque from Burgundy Brixx, Glow Dancing with Barbara Beal, Magician James Hanson and the Gentlemen Hecklers; Eric Fell, Shaun Stewart and Maliha.

NYE 2017 Waterfront Gala Ball
Grey Goose and Fairmont Waterfront host an extravagant gala where you can dress to the nines for the red carpet welcome then sip exclusive Grey Goose cocktails and dance the night away in two ballrooms with top DJs.  For a truly luxurious New Year’s Eve, book in for night with a New Year’s Eve on Fairmont Gold package; including a room on the Fairmont Gold Floor, viewing of Concord’s NYE fireworks from the Gold Terrace, festive refreshments at midnight and live music in case you want a break from the Gala down in the ballrooms.

Waldorf Hotel NYE 2017 
Space + Time presents an All-Access Hotel Party. Five-Rooms each with their own themes from different DJs and producers. From surprise headliners in The Trap Basement,  funk and fun in the Tiki Bar, Khalifa Lounge with hooka den and more. There’s no chance for boredom as you roam from room to room to ring in 2017

Pride Picks of the Week – July 27, 2016

The peak of summer is upon us and with the BC Day Long Weekend means a packed line-up of pride picks of the week, here’s just a few of the events this weekend

Bingo: Join Carlotta Gurl and Mina Mercury when they host Pride Bingo For Life supporting Vancouver Friends For Life followed by Pride Cabaret Celebrity Drag Impersonation show

Keys: Tonight tune up your vocals for your Wednesday edition of Keys Piano Bar at XYYVR and then on Monday stay tuned for a special BC Day Keys On The Patio

Gurls: Junction Pride gets started with the Barron Gurl Show, the dynamic duo of Isolde N Baron and Carlotta Gurl presenting their Pride Extravaganza

Ultra: Grab your beach gear and hit up The Astoria, in East Van, for Ultraqueer Summer Bash a pride party for everyone with DJs Teen Spirit and Nikki Nevver

Underwear: Thursday night, Celebrities kicks off #ThisIsPride with DJ Pornstar & an Andrew Christian & Dirt Squirrel Underwear Fashion Show

Shower: The Odyssey’s Pride weekend kicks off with Shower Power Pride edition, with host Berlin warming up the crowd before the shower guys heat it up

YeeHaw: Country meets Pride on Thursday night when Yale Saloon hosts Honky-Twunk, a western-themed night hosted by Raye Sunshine

Cheers to the Davie Street Party
Cheers to the Davie Street Party

Street: Start your Pride Weekend with the Davie Street Dance Party Free entertainment and attractions all along Davie Street, from Burrard to Jervis pre-load a RFID wristband to grab a drink at the beer tents

Bootcamp: Big Roger Events Big Pride Weekend gets underway with a collab with Prism Events Bootcamp powered by Scruff happening at 560 Seymour featuring DJ Eddie Martinez and a performance by xxx star Christian Power.

Alternative: Friday night the Alternative Pride Festival presents Pride Is For Everyone an all inclusive, everything goes party for Everyone, Everybody and Every Body at 1965 Main Street

Sin: after Bootcamp head to Afterlife for Sin: Big Pride’s Friday after hours with DJ Luis Perez

Full: The O’s Pride Weekend continues with Full Length Feature Pride Friday with Hector Fonseca, Raye Sunshine, DJ/VJ Gingerbear and the O Boys

Playboys: XYYVR Pride Friday brings a Rapture 16 double bill of Fourplay & Playboy, a drag showcase hosted by Shanda Leer, followed by a hip hop and RnB night with Jane Smokr with DJ DomTop and Jef Leppard

Rhoda: #ThisIsPride Friday at Celebrities as A Club Called Rhonda, comes to town with the LA clubs residents Goddollars and Paradise

Funktion: Friday at Junction Pride it’s Funktion Pride: Blacklight party with DJ Drew and glowing GoGos

Ruff: The Pint is taken over by Mr Ruff and the Men of Ruff for Ruff Pride Friday featuring music by Mumbles, Karsten Sollars, Jay Douglas and Brian Maier

Pool: The heat is on at the Westin Grand pool when Rapture 16 Heatwave Pool Party makes a splash hosted by Tatiana with DJs Nick Bertossi, Quest and appearances by Brook Lynn Hytes and Gia Metric

Ahoy!: Sail away with Cruisey-T Pride Cruises, two sailings to choose from on Sunday; GoGo and Party Cruise after the Pride Parade and then on Monday the Pride Recovery Cruise wraps up your weekend

Glitter: Saturday night  head to The Imperial for Glitter: Big Pride Main Event 2016 with tunes by Del Stamp and Yinon Yahel

Style: Saturday is The O’s Signature Night: Pride Style with DJ Grind and Karsten Sollars

Play: Saturday’s Big Pride late night Play takes to Afterlife for afterhours fun with Mat Ste-Marie on the decks with Alyson Calagna

Dykes on Bikes kick off Pride Parade 15
Dykes on Bikes kick off Pride Parade 15

Parade: It’s the main event, the 38th Annual Pride Parade brings thousands to the streets of Vancouver as the participants make their way from Robson Street, to Denman and to Beach Avenue.

Sunset: Follow the Parade to the Sunset Beach Festival with entertainment galore

Drag: Untoxicated is an alcohol/drug free street party at Davie & Bute featuring Drag Stars Courtney Act, Morgan McMicheals and DJ Karset Sollors and a slew of local drag queens

Trouble: Get some South Beach style at Cabana Lounge when Big Pride’s 16th Annual Trouble T-Dance takes over Sunday afternoon with DJ Quest

Grrr: Get some rough and tumble at 560 Seymour for Bearracuda vs Pitbull – Pride Sunday 

Flygirl: Pride Hershe Bar – Where The Girls Are takes over two venues at 750 Pacific – Harbour and Prive rooms. with DJs Automaton with Rikki Rocket, Miss M, Kasey Riot and Armistice

Victory: Rapture Pride 16 wraps up Sunday with Victory, the pride closing party with DJ Paulo, Domtop and a performance by Shokra with an international line up of GoGos

Backdoor: Wrap up Alternative Pride Weekend at Backdoor Pride Edition in a unique location at The Villa 494 Railway with something for everyone and every body.

 

 

Picks of the Week – March 30, 2016

March came in like a Lion and looks like it’s going out like a Lamb, but before March wraps it leaves us with these picks of the week

tastingplate_Marpole_x250Dine: Explore the flavours of the Marpole neighbourhood tonight on Tasting Plates Marpole

Abba: Broadway Across Canada presents Mamma Mia on until Sunday at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Harp: vocalist/harpist/actress Joanna Newsom brings her unique style to the Vogue Theatre tonight

Showtunes:  On Wednesdays at XY  Keys – Piano Bar & Live Showtunes brings live Showtunes to sing along to.

Gurls: It’s East Meets West when The Queen of East Van, Isolde N Barron joins the West End’s Carlotta Gurl at The Junction for The Barron Gurl Show every Wednesday

Theatre: At the Arts Club Theatre, Onegin is now playing at the Goldcorp Stage while Good People is at The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Brats: Thursdays, The Bratpack; Valynne Vile, Jane Smoker, Shanda Leer, Jem and Gia Metric take over XY with DJ Nick Bertossi

Photos: The Capture Photo Festival presents photography exhibits, talks, films, and installations in over 50 galleries around Vancouver from April 1 – 28

Indie: A double bill of Metric and Death Cab For Cutie perform a Friday night show at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sport Centre at UBC

Pop: Ellie Goulding brings her Delirium World Tour to Vancouver with a stop on Friday night at Rogers Arena

Rock: Get ready to rock the house down when Aussie rockers Wolfmother play the Commodore Ballroom on Friday night.

Market: Saturday afternoon, spot all your unique shopping finds; children’s gear, ladies wear, jewellery, home accessories, and more at the Settlement Building for Markers Market 

Balls: Saturday evening, the Whitecaps FC play host to the LA Galaxy for the only time of the season at BC Place

Auntie: Everyone’s favourite tipsy Aunt Shanda Leer hosts Studio with Shanda a 70’s style variety show, Saturday at XY

 

Picks of the Week – December 30, 2015

Fireworks_IMG_0183It’s time for the big event! New Year’s Eve is upon us, with plenty of activities happening tomorrow night for the close of 2015, but there’s plenty in the picks of the week to start the New Year too.

Ballet: There’s still a couple of performances left to catch as Ballet BC presents The Nutcracker at Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight and tomorrow.

Lights: It’s your last chance to catch the Festival of Lights at Van Dusen Botanical Garden before it wraps up tomorrow night.

Rainbow: Before your long weekend ends, take a visit over the rainbow to see the Wizard of Oz at Gateway Theatre before it closes on January 3rd.

NYE: The centrepiece for New Year’s Eve in Vancouver is NYE Vancouver a free family-friendly event around Canada Place and Jack Poole Plaza.

House: Blueprint Events rings in the New Year with Celebrities Playhouse NYE with DJs Timeline, Yurie and Mattilda Ho celebrating until 4am

Hustle: Cheer on the New Year in each time zone of Canada starting at 7:30pm at Hustla: NYE at XY hosted by Peach Cobblah with Jane Smoker and Shanda Leer counting you down to midnight

VAL: Welcome the New Year at Vancouver Arts & Leisure’s VAL NYE with a visually stunning celebration to say goodbye to 2015

Shower: The O celebrates with NYE Glam Ball 2016 with the Shower Power boys fresh like the baby new year himself and tunes by renowned DJ Colby B

Pucks: Let’s hope the Vancouver Canucks start the year in the way they’ll continue, with a win over the Anaheim Ducks on January 1st.

Back: If you didn’t get enough on the 31st, keep the New Year’s fun going on Friday night with a stellar line-up of resident and visiting DJs at Backdoor at Vancouver Arts & Leisure

Day 1: Kick off the first full night of 2016 as Big Roger Events presents Day 1 at Encore Dance Club with DJs Robbie Rob and Mat Ste-Marie

Skillz: Saturday bring the kids to Rogers Arena for an up close look at their hockey heroes at Canucks for Kids Superskillz

DJ: The Commodore on Saturday night will be filled with the lively beats of DJ/Producer Eric Prydz

Canyon: Before the lights go out on January 3rd, head to Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and see the park light by thousands of lights.

FlyOver: Get a last taste of Christmas when you follow Santa on his journey, presumably, back to his work shop to the sky at Fly Over Canada until January 5th

 

Picks of the Week – October 28, 2014

Halloween is upon us and we have plenty of fun ideas in the picks of the week to scare up some fun;

Tour: the Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour, running until October 31st is an evening of murder and mayhem from Vancouver’s past, with stops at Vancouver Police Museum and Mountain View Cemetery.

Rock: Canadian rock singer Hawksley Workman plays the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday night.

Stage:  It’s the final week to catch John Mann’s The Waiting Room  at The Arts Club Theatre’s Granville Island Stage until Saturday

BigTop: The circus is coming to town, experience the astounding acrobatics when Cirque du Soleil, present Kooza, debuting at the Grande Chapiteau at Concorde Pacific Place until Dec 27th

Kickoff: Friday night, get your Halloween weekend started with Halloween Kick-Off at The Odyssey

Fly: Master your flight skills and earn your Witch Academy Diploma from Broomelda at FlyOver Canada Halloween, until November 1st.

Movies: Experience a Halloween scary movie marathon on Saturday night as the Rio Theatre features The Shining, Halloween and From Dusk til Dawn.

Spook: For one night only the spooks take over Vancouver TheatreSports for Halloween Monster Match, an evening of haunted improv

Parade: A Commercial Drive All Hallows Eve tradition, the 2015 Parade of Lost Souls follows a secret route to be released the evening prior.

Backdoor: Dance your pants off at Vancouver Arts & Leisure at Backdoor Halloween,  a sexy night filled with international DJs and Performers.

Thirst: Quench your Carnal Thirst at The O on Saturday night, a Halloween extravaganza featuring performances by Jane Smokr, Valynne Vile, Peach Cobblah, and Isolde N. Barron with DJ Nick Bertossi keeping the party moving

Blood: Halloween night gets bloody at XY, someone’s killing the Beta Bitch Sorority Sisters, find out whodunit during the Beta Bitch Blood Bath

 

Picks of the Week – December 31, 2014

Fireworks_IMG_0183New Year’s Eve is upon us, what’s on your agenda?
If you’re still looking for something to do, here’s a few things to chose from in the picks of the week;

Pop-Up: Find six pop-up parties all around the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver as New Year’s Eve takes over the Grand Historic Castle in the City

Rock: The Kids are Hot Tonight at the Hard Rock Casino when Loverboy party into the New Year with dinner and a show.

Blueprint: Blueprint Events has you covered for NYE with parties at Venue, Caprice, Celebrities, The Charles Bar and Fortune

Donnelly: You’ll find something for everyone at the Donnelly Group bars and clubs on New Year’s Eve.

Gatsby: Harbour Events Centre will turn back time to the 1920’s for A Great Gatsby New Year’s

VIP: A Secret VIP Affair New Year’s take place at The Harrow on Thurlow

Ice Cream: The 7th Annual Ice Cream Social New Year’s Eve Party gets happening at The Biltmore Cabaret

Surprise: The VAL NYE 2015 presents over 30 artists in 7 rooms on 4 stages at a secret warehouse location to be revealed on the day of the party

Late Night: After the other parties are dying down, get your second wind and head to Gorg-O-Mish or Encore After-Hours to party on to dawn.

Swim: Knock out the hangover and kick off the New Year with the annual Polar Bear Swim at English Bay at 1230

Flash: Friday start the year off by looking back, Flashback Friday at Club HD takes you back to the 70s, 80s, and 90s until 11pm

Cakes: After Flashback check out the backsides at Poundcake on HD Fridays from 11pm – closing.

Recovery: Slip into something comfie and head to The Cobalt for Pajama Jams! NY Recovery Party

Last Chance: Take in your last glimmer of the Holidays with some of Vancouver’s gleaming light displays, most wrapping up this weekend.

Theatre: It’s the last chance to go fly a kite and catch The Arts Club Theatre Company‘s family favourite Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical (closing Jan 4) and have a laugh with the hilarious Avenue Q (held over until Jan 10)

Stage: The Cultch has the privilege of presenting the first staging of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall at the Blackbird Theatre until January 24th.