Our guide to Vancouver Pride 2012

Culminating with the hugely popular Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival on Sunday, August 5, Vancouver Pride celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQ community!  Here is our guide to what’s happening during Vancouver Pride 2012.

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Vancouver 2012 Pride Events

Vancouver’s official 2012 Pride Week festivities get underway on Monday, July 30 and continues through Monday, August 6, 2012. Of course, the big day comes with the Annual Vancouver Pride Parade and Sunset Beach Pride Festival on Sunday, August 5, 2012.  Use the links below to skip directly to our daily Pride Week listings:

Monday, July 30
Tuesday, July 31
Wednesday, August 1
Thursday, August 2
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Sunday, August 5
Monday, August 6

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Pre-Pride Events

Pre-Pride EventsFriday, July 27

Blowing Whistles (PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero Street / 8pm) – Landmark Productions Vancouver presents the Canadian premiere of this searing, topical drama about love, sex and identity.

Saturday, July 28

Vancouver Frontrunners Pride Run and Walk (Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park / 9am) – show your pride and kick off Vancouver Pride Week with this 10km run / 4km walk to raise money for Out in Schools.

Blowing Whistles (PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero Street / 8pm) – Landmark Productions Vancouver presents the Canadian premiere of this searing, topical drama about love, sex and identity.

Man Up Pride Week Launch Party (The Cobalt, 917 Main Street / 9pm) – Ponyboy presents this drag king variety show.

Sunday, July 29

Numbers Pride: Cashtastic (Numbers, 1042 Davie Street / 3pm – 3am) – CashTastic is back and you could win it all. Door prize is $200

Blowing Whistles (PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero Street / 8pm) – Landmark Productions Vancouver presents the Canadian premiere of this searing, topical drama about love, sex and identity.

Junction Pride: Joan-E (Junction Pub, 1138 Davie Street / 11pm – 3am) – start your Pride week with dragstar Joan-E and special guests

Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday, July 3Monday, July 30

Pride Media Launch (Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th / Noon) – the official launch of Vancouver Pride Week 2012 as Mayor Robertson and city councillors raise the rainbow flag above City Hall.

Tops & Bottoms: Pride Edition (Oasis Ultra Lounge, 1240 Thurlow Street / 7pm) – Vancouver’s queer improv comedy troupe hosts its annual Pride edition.

Name That Tune Bingo (Cascade Room, 2616 Main / 8pm – 10pm) – Vera Way hosts this fundraiser for the Dr Peter Centre.

Junction Pride: Industry Night & Pub Trivia (The Junction, 1138 Davie Street / 9pm) – kick off your Pride week with Pub Trivia hosted by Shari and Richard, followed by DJs Drew and G-Luve.

Genderfest (Various Locations / Various Times) – a weeklong celebration of diversity for all-genders.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday, July 31Tuesday, July 31

Aging With Pride Celebration (411 Seniors Centre, 704 – 333 Terminal Avenue / 1pm – 3pm) – annual Aging With Pride Celebration, honouring our LGBT elders during Pride week.

Blowing Whistles (YouthCo Charity Event) (PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero Street / 8pm) – Landmark Productions Vancouver presents the Canadian premiere of this searing, topical drama about love, sex and identity.

Junction Pride: The Feud (The Junction, 1138 Davie Street / 8pm) – survey says come to Junction for this classic game show as local celebrities compete for bragging rights.

Queer Arts Festival (Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews / various times) – opening night of this annual showcase of queer arts, culture and history celebrating the unique creative expressions of visual and performing artists who identify as part of the queer communities.

Genderfest (Various Locations / Various Times) – a weeklong celebration of diversity for all-genders.

Wednesday, August 1

Wednesday, August 1Wednesday, August 1

Pride Movie Night: Kinky Boots (Denman Cinemas, 1779 Comox Street / 6:30pm)- the Pride Week edition of this monthly fundraiser at the Denman Cinemas features the 2005 comedy Kinky Boots.

Screaming Weenie’s Clean Sheets (Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews / 6:30pm) – original queer-themed plays by both emerging and established Canadian playwrights, featured at the Queer Arts Festival.

Blowing Whistles (VMC Charity Event) (PAL Theatre / 8pm) – Landmark Productions Vancouver presents the Canadian premiere of this searing, topical drama about love, sex and identity.

Celebrities Pride: Bingo for Life & DMS Drag Show (Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie Street / 8pm – 4am) – Celebrities Nightclub, Vancouver Friends For Life, & DMS present Bingo For Life and The DMS Drag Show.

Shakedown: Pride Edition (The Cobalt, 917 Main Street / 10pm – 1am) – this monthly East Van night presents its 2012 Pride edition with DJs Party Martyr, Dance Control and Cho Cha.

Junction Pride: Pride Latin Night (The Junction, 1138 Davie Street / 11pm – 4am) – drag show at 11pm followed by Latin pop music from DJ Polo.

Queer Arts Festival (Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews / various times) – annual showcase of queer arts, culture and history celebrating the unique creative expressions of visual and performing artists who identify as part of the queer communities.

Genderfest (Various Locations / Various Times) – a weeklong celebration of diversity for all-genders.

Thursday, August 2

Thursday, August 2Thursday, August 2

Oasis Pride: Dressing on the Side (Oasis, 1240 Thurlow Street / 7pm) – Symone hosts special guests at a dinner show followed by 90s night with DJ Ana and the shadow dancers.

G(r)ay and Glamorous (Barclay Manor, 1447 Barclay Street / 5pm – 8pm) – a social and dance for LGBT elders and their allies

Blowing Whistles (PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero Street / 8pm) – Landmark Productions Vancouver presents the Canadian premiere of this searing, topical drama about love, sex and identity.

Pride Ball (The Cobalt, 917 Main Street / 9pm) – with DJs Jef Leppard and G-Luve with performances by Bambibot, Jaylene Tyme and Vava Vunderbust.

Ce Ce Peniston Live (Shine Nightclub, 364 Water Street / 9pm – 2am) – Shine will be the stuff of legends when this dancefloor diva takes over our city.

Celebrities Pride: Matthew Rush (Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie Street / 9pm – 4am) – porn star Matthew Rush @ Hard Candy.

Numbers Pride: Pride Debauchery Party (Numbers, 1042 Davie Street / 9pm – 4am) – you will not believe what people will do to win! The person that collects the most money wins $500 plus bragging rights.

Junction Pride: Full Moon Party (The Junction, 1138 Davie Street / 9pm – 4am) – with performances by Mantra and live numbers with Quanah Style plus DJ Kasey Riot spins a mix of electro, house and tribal beats.

Orchid Lounge (Wild Rice Restaurant, 117 West Pender / 9pm – 1am) – a casual night of good tunes, good food and good friends, with DJ SHE gracing the decks, and delicious drinks on the menu.

Queer Arts Festival (Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews / various times) – annual showcase of queer arts, culture and history celebrating the unique creative expressions of visual and performing artists who identify as part of the queer communities.

Genderfest (Various Locations / Various Times) – a weeklong celebration of diversity for all-genders.

Friday, August 3

Friday, August 3, 2012Friday, August 3

Oasis Pride: Fag Friday Pride Edition (Oasis, 1240 Thurlow Street / Noon) – start the weekend off with an afternoon patio party, then stick around for the return of the original Fag Friday with DJ Adam Dreaddy at 10pm.

Wet & Wild (Harbour Cruises, 501 Denman Street / 6pm – 11pm) – Crema Productions presents its annual women’s Pride party cruise featuring DJ Tracey D.

Tube Steak (Keefer Bar, 135 Keefer Street / 6pm – Late) – DIXX Magazine hosts this Pride preview party hosted by Colby Keller.

Barefoot Davie Street Party (Davie Street / 7pm – Midnight) – the kick-off to Pride Weekend is the annual street dance party this year featuring DJs Jeffrey Michael and DJ Lisa DeLux!

Chicks Ahoy! Pride Boat Cruise Party (Magic Yacht Charters / 7pm – Midnight) – the annual women’s cruise through Indian Arm.

Blowing Whistles (PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero Street / 8pm) – Landmark Productions Vancouver presents the Canadian premiere of this searing, topical drama about love, sex and identity.

Man Up: Open Wide, It’s Pride (The Cobalt, 917 Main Street / 9pm) – Ponyboy presents this drag king variety show.

Bride of Pride: Queer BDSM Play Party (Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph / 8pm) – Canadian Mayhem presents this annual play party for kinky queers.

RUFF:pride (Lotus Hotel, 455 Abbott Street / 9pm – 2am) – MN events presents an incredible night of music, entertainment, bears and friends.

Celebrities Pride: Pride Ball (Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie Street / 9pm – 4am) – DJ Pornstar (LA) with DJ Zach Shore and performances by the House of Celebs.

Sweet Friday Pride Kick-Off (Post Modern, 7 Alexander / 10pm – 3am) – the Pride version of this monthly lesbian sweet spot, where the girls might get a little naughty, but they’re always nice.

Queer Arts Festival (Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews / various times) – opening night of this annual showcase of queer arts, culture and history. It celebrates the unique creative expressions of visual and performing artists who identify as part of the queer communities.

Genderfest (Various Locations / Various Times) – a weeklong celebration of diversity for all-genders.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Saturday, August 4, 2012Saturday, August 4

Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast (Bute and Davie Streets / 8:30am – 11am) – this annual pancake breakfast (by donation) is not only a fundraiser for the Vancouver Pride Society but it honours the member of Terry Wallace, founder of the Society.

Dyke March and Festival (Grandview Park, Commercial Drive / 11:30am – 5pm) – the 9th annual Dyke March and Festival returns to Grandview Park on Commercial Drive.

Man Up: Hangover Parking Lot Party (The Cobalt, 917 Main Street / 1pm – 9pm) – Ponyboy presents DJs Lisa De Lux and Kash Kennedy.

Rapture: Heatwave (Westin Grand, 433 Robson Street / 2pm – 5pm) – TFD presents the 3rd annual Vancouver Pride pool party with RuPaul’s Drag Race star JuJuBee plus DJs Nick Bertossi and Landon James.

Vancouver Sisters Exequatur Party (TBA / 3pm – 5pm) – a global gathering of queer nuns to celebrate the first fully professed House of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in Canada in twenty five years.

Junction Pride: Boys With Bats (The Junction, 1138 Davie Street / 4pm – 4am) – a fundraiser BBQ on the patio plus Carlotta Gurl’s “Drag-U-Lous” show at 11pm.

Blowing Whistles (PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero Street / 8pm) – Landmark Productions Vancouver presents the Canadian premiere of this searing, topical drama about love, sex and identity.

Hustla: Pride Bling (The Cobalt, 917 Main Street / 8pm – Late) – East Van’s homo party is back with DJs Jef Leppard and That’s So Raven.

Celebrities Pride: Let Them Eat Cake (Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie Street / 9pm – 4am) – featuring DJs Drew G & Mattilda plus The House of Celebs Go Go Dancers.

Blow Pony & Roboteria Pride (Waldorf Hotel, 1489 East Hastings / 9pm) – Blow Pony returns with a special edition of Roboteria for Pride.

Twinks! Twinks! Twinks! (Scotiabank Dance Center, 677 Davie Street / 9pm – Late) – Vancouver’s hottest twink dancers welcome: The Finest Erotic Dancers of Montreal’s World-Famous Club Taboo!

DJ Lee Harris @ Five Sixty (Five Sixty, 560 Seymour Street / 10pm – 4am) – Pony presents acclaimed UK DJ Lee Harris.

Play (Gorg-o-Mish, 695 Smythe Street / 11:45pm – 7am) – Big Rogers Events presents this after-hours party starring DJ Eddit Marttinez (NYC) and performances by XXX Entertainer Tate Ryder and an opening set by Toronto’s Josh Karmin.

Queer Arts Festival (Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews / various times) – opening night of this annual showcase of queer arts, culture and history. It celebrates the unique creative expressions of visual and performing artists who identify as part of the queer communities.

Genderfest (Various Locations / Various Times) – a weeklong celebration of diversity for all-genders.

Saturday, August 5, 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunday, August 5

Pride Pancake Breakfast (Whole Foods, 1675 Robson Street / 9am – Noon) – a $5 pancake breakfast complete with fruit syrup and orange juice with all proceeds benefiting A Loving Spoonful.

Vancouver Pride Sunset Beach Festival (Sunset Beach / 11am – 6pm) – a full day of live music, Pride Marketplace and a beer garden.

Vancouver Pride Parade (Denman Street to Sunset Beach / Noon) – the annual jewel of Pride Week in Vancouver with over 150 floats, bands, and groups marching along the parade route that sees over over 650,000 people each year.

Oasis Pride: Trifecta (1240 Thurlow Street / Noon) – the biggest parking lot party in the Davie Village starts at noon and then the Oasis closing Pride party starts at 10pm.

Trouble T-Dance (Player’s Chophouse, 808 Beatty Street / 2pm – 8pm) – the 11th annual edition of this Pride tradition with DJ Joe Gauthreaux (LA) with opening from Vancouver’s DJ Quest.

Chicas (Coast Plaza Hotel / 3pm – 9pm) – Flygirl’s signature Pride event and the most wildly wonderful girl party of the year.

Pride Party Cruise (Harbour Cruises, 501 Denman Street / 4pm – 9pm) – with DJs Adam Dreaddy & Quest and performers Raye Sunshine & Iona Whipp.

Pride Go-go Cruise (Harbour Cruises, 501 Denman Street / 5pm – 10pm) – with DJs Zach Shore & Brett T (SEA) and performers Joan-E & Carlotta Gurl.

Queer Bash: Hipster Vanity vs Drag Queen Insanity (The Cobalt, 917 Main Street / 7pm – 10pm) – with DJs Jef Leppard, Colby B (NYC) and Haute Toddy (SFO).

Big Gay Sing (Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews / 7:30pm) – The Vancouver Men’s Chorus leads as sing-a-llong to favourite gay anthems and songs to celebrate Pride.

Youth Dance (Location TBA / 8pm – Midnight) – the Vancouver Pride Society and QMUNITY Gab Youth present this drug and alcohol free event for those under 25.

Thickset Bear & Cub Dance + Truckerdisco (Club 23, 23 West Cordova / 8pm) – two parties in one with a party for bears, cubs & their friends in the basement and Truckerdisco upstairs featuring DJs HiFi Brown (Berlin, San Francisco) & Taffi Louis (Roboteria, Thickset, Bearracuda).

Naked Pride (WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac Street / 8pm – Midnight) – the Pacific Canadian Association of Nudists presents its annual clothing optional Pride dance party.

Rapture: Victory: Gotham City (Commodore Ballroom, 898 Granville Street / 9pm) – TFD presents its annual Rapture Pride party featuring Danny Verde (Italy), Rafael Calvente (Rio) and DJ Grind (SFO).

Pride Hershe Bar (Gossip & BLVD 22, 750 Pacific Blvd / 9pm – 3am) – where the girls are! Canada’s largest lesbian nightclub party – so big it fills two of Vancouver’s outstanding clubs.

Pride Sunday Edition (Ginger 62, 1219 Granville Street / 9pm – 2am) – JetGirl and Lipstick Jungle team up for a women’s party with DJ Beau (L.A. – Girlbar) and DJ Kasha Kennedy (Vancouver).

Celebrities Pride: History IX (Celebrities Nightclub, 1022 Davie Street / 9pm – 4am) – a 13 hour party marathon with DJs DarylO & Johnny Jover and Zach Shore and Nick Bertossi.

Bearacuda Pride (Five Sixty, 560 Seymour Street / 9pm – Late) – featuring DJ Ted Eiel (Chicago) and live at 11pm is is the BC Debut of Debby Holiday.

Queer Arts Festival (Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews / various times) – opening night of this annual showcase of queer arts, culture and history. It celebrates the unique creative expressions of visual and performing artists who identify as part of the queer communities.

Genderfest (Various Locations / Various Times) – a weeklong celebration of diversity for all-genders.

Monday, August 5, 2012

Monday, August 6

Monday, August 6

United: Pride (Gorg-O-Mish, 695 Smythe Street / 1am – 6am) – another after-hours party from Big Roger Events starring DJ Paulo with an opening set by Vancouver’s own DJ Adam Dreaddy.

Pride Recovery Cruise (Harbour Cruises, 501 Denman Street / 3pm – 8pm) – CruiseyT presents its annual day-after-Pride cruise with DJs Drew and Del Stamp.

Queer Arts Festival (Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews / various times) – opening night of this annual showcase of queer arts, culture and history. It celebrates the unique creative expressions of visual and performing artists who identify as part of the queer communities.

Genderfest (Various Locations / Various Times) – a weeklong celebration of diversity for all-genders.

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