West End Fest takes to the streets

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The West End Business Improvement Association (WEBIA) rebrands its annual festival as the day-long celebration, formerly known as Davie Days, takes to the streets on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

As part of the festivities, a plaque from the Vancouver Heritage Foundation will recognize the three blocks of Davie Street from Burrard to Jervis as the heart of Vancouver’s gay community since the 1970s. As part of a special project from the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, the Places That Matters project continues to recognize 125 sites where people, places and events shaped Vancouver’s future and continue to tell the stories of Vancouver’s past.  The Davie Village plaque presentation will take place at 1pm on the Burrard Street stage.

Bookended by two performance stages at both Burrard and Denman Streets, the festivities will feature entertainment and family zones, artist gallery, street vendors, performers and even a dodge ball tournament.

With drag queen Joan-E hosting, the Burrard Street main stage is set to include performances by Really Rod, Deep Seated, Matthew Presidente, QLUTCH Project, Zak Santiago and self-described “90s bitch-band” Dating Myself.

In the vein of Spinal Tap, Dating Myself band members LL Schultz, Jessie Robertson and Jen Foster become their alter-egos Laurda, Jessi* and Jen6 with a set of “all new 90s hits you’ve never heard” on the Burrard main stage at 2:45pm.

Playing their original 90s grunge music, the girls claim to have been sent to 2012 by record mogul, amateur inventor and Mayan prophecy follower Doc Vig to record their first full length album and gather research on 2012’s futuristic trends before the end of days.  The band will be joined on stage by special guest vocalist Luvia Petersen, former The L Word cast member and currently starring in Showcase’s futuristic television series Continuum.

Dating Myself are among the entertainers at this year's West End Fest.  Photo by Luvia Petersen.
Dating Myself are among the entertainers at this year’s West End Fest.  Photo by Luvia Petersen.

At the other end of Davie Street near English Bay, Ryan Steele will host a number of DJ performances that include My!Gay!Husband!, Nina Mendoza, Michael Fraser and Ronnie Mejia.

“The West End Business Improvement Association is thrilled to be hosting an expanded street festival and we invite everyone, locals and visitors alike to what will be an amazing day of fun, friendship and fabulous food,” said WEBIA Executive Director Stephen Regan in a release.

West End Fest
Saturday, 8 September 2012 – Noon – 7pm
Davie Street between Burrard and Denman

Visit http://www.westendfestival.ca for more information.

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