New West has Pride too: the Royal City celebrates five years of Pride


No big surprise here that our third pick this week is the annual Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival.

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Not to be outdone by the recent festivities in Vancouver, the New West Pride celebrates its fifth anniversary in the Royal City with nine days of festivities including a new main event on Columbia Street.

Here are highlights of what is happening August 8 – 16.  Visit for full details of these and other events.

Friday, August 8

The celebrations get underway with a Stonewall Pride Kick-off Party featuring DJ Jef Leppard. This 19+ event is a great way to kick-off New West Pride.

Saturday, August 9

Emperor and Empress X David Cook & Erica St-Asia Divine of the Empire of the Peace Arch Monarchist Association host Shine Bright Like a Diamond The Heritage Grill.

Sunday, August 10

New West Pride will be at Uptown Live, New Westminster’s free street festival with three stages of entertainment and more!  The Heritage Grill is host to a special Pride version of The Drag Show followed by dancing.

Monday, August 11

SFU archivist Nailisa Tanner will discuss building the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony at SFU and show clips from the collection. 

Tuesday, August 12

The Royal Family Bowling League plays host to a Social Bowling Night at the Lucky Strike Lanes (1205 Sixth Ave). 

Wednesday, August 13

The Steel & Oak Brewery is the place to be for The Tapping of the New West Pride Caska bold and fruity cask prepared especially to commemorate the New West Pride Festival.

Thursday, August 14

New West Pride is part of the Royal City Farmer’s Market at Tipperary Park.

Friday, August 15

Queer as Funk brings together ten of the city’s hottest queer musicians in an explosive, high-energy dance band to Columbia Theatre.

Saturday, August 16

The big day kicks off with a Community Brunch at the Coming Home Cafe followed by the Columbia Street Party with fun and entertainment for everyone.  The evening festivities include exotic dancers at Status Nightclub, Pride Pub Night at The Met, Comedy Night at the Lafflines Comedy Club and a drag show and music at The Heritage Grill.  Visit for all the details.

New West Pride runs August 8-16, 2014.  Visit for details.

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