New Westminster Pride — Opening party on Fri, Aug 8 AUDREY MCKINNON
46 WED, AUG 6 Queer Arts Festival: Kickstart Reverb In a co-presentation with the Kickstart Society for Disability Arts and Culture and the Reverb queer reading series, the Queer Arts Fest presents readings from communities united against normalcy. Featuring work by Irit Shimrat, Seema Shah, Jotika, romham padraig gallacher and Alex Lu. 7:30–9:30pm. Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews. Free. queerartsfestival.com
THURS, AUG 7 Queer Arts Festival: Planning Meeting Meet the people behind this year’s Queer Arts Fest and help brainstorm next year’s theme. The organizers welcome artists and art lovers of all ages,
orientations, backgrounds and abilities to participate in the festival’s ongoing planning and preparation. 7:30–8:30pm. Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews. Free. queerartsfestival.com
FRI, AUG 8 Queer Arts Festival: Deaf-Queer Dialogue 101 In conjunction with the British Columbia Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf, the Queer Arts Fest invites members of the hearing and Deaf-queer communities to a panel discussion on accessibility. 7:30–10pm. Roundhouse Community Centre, Room C, 181 Roundhouse Mews. By donation. queerartsfestival.com
New Westminster Pride Kickoff New West has a nine-day Pride festival planned for this
XTRA’S ULTIMATE PRIDE GUIDE — VANCOUVER 2014
year, opening tonight with a Stonewall Dance. 9pm–1am. The Metro Hall, 759 Carnarvon St, New Westminster. $10 at eventbrite.ca. For more information, search for “New West Pride” on Facebook.
SAT, AUG 9 Queer Arts Festival: Loud & Queer! Join the Queer Arts Fest for its closing party, with refreshments, two silent auctions and performances, including the culmination of its 16-week QSong songwriting workshop for queer, trans and allied youth. 7:30–11pm. Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews. $5–10 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds. queerartsfestival.com
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The definitive guide to Vancouver Pride and more, from July 17 to Aug 9.