This week in (gay) Vancouver: art, music and the great outdoors

Vancouver Pride is about to start next week, can you feel the excitement? While we wait impatiently, here’s a trio of shows and events we’re most looking forward to this week.

The 2015 Vancouver Queer Arts Festival (QAF) gets underway (Jul 23-Aug 7) celebrating the 25th anniversary of a landmark work of queer heritage with this year’s theme Trigger: Drawing the Line in 2015. In performances, exhibitions  and workshops, artists explore flashpoints like religion, BDSM, disability, and gender panic, while others draw lines of connection instead, triggering inspiration by tracing their lineage to the queer artists who blazed the trail before us.

MACHiNENOiSY Dance Society  is one the many groups participating in the 2015 Queer Arts Festival

MACHiNENOiSY is one the many groups participating in this year’s Queer Arts Festival. Photo: QAF / Facebook.

The effervescent Hairspray (until Aug 22) continues to play at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. This Theatre Under the Stars production is as good as anything currently on the professional stages around town right now, and while it is definitely a show with a message, it is all wrapped inside such an evening of fun that it is destined to be one big summer hit.

Members of the cast of Hairspray. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Members of the cast of Hairspray. Photo: Tim Matheson.

Here’s something that might get you into the Pride spirit and is a little out of the ordinary. Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres is hosting Pride Themed Kayak Tours (Jul 25 & 30). This beginner friendly tour takes paddlers from English Bay to Stanley Park learning about the local LGBTQIA+ history interwoven with their regular facts and stories from the area.

Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres host Pride Themed Kayak Tours

Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres host Pride Themed Kayak Tours. Photo: Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres / Facebook.

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