This week in (gay) Vancouver: music, dance and some winter fun

The Vancouver Men’s Chorus is on the look-out for new members, Les Ballets Trockadero returns to Vancouver after 30 years, and Whistler’s gay ski week gets underway.

The Vancouver Men’s Chorus needs you as they host their bi-annual auditions (Jan 21). Canada’s first gay chorus, the VMC has been singing for more than thirty years now and every January and September they are looking for new members to fill their ranks. Auditions will also take place Jan 28 & Feb 4.

Thirty years since its last visit to Vancouver, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Jan 24) returns for a single night engagement (photo above . Based out of New York, the all-male ballet company is known equally for its breathtaking technical prowess and for its ridiculously re-interpreted classical ballets.  Founded in 1974, the company has dedicated themselves to presenting saucily skewed, loving parodies of beloved classics like Swan Lake. Despite its premise the company insists that as the men dance all the parts – heavy bodies delicately balancing en pointe as swans – it enhances, rather than mocks, the spirit of dance. Most audiences just think its funny.

Just a little to our north the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival (Jan 24-31) gets underway with a celebration of diversity both on and off the slopes. More than simply skiing, the festival combines a whole variety of events over the week including this year’s headliner Margaret Cho. And don’t worry, there are plenty of parties to keep you warm.

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