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LOUD Business Jingle Bingo Balls

LOUD Business is pleased to bring you Jingle Bingo Balls on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 7 pm!

The festive season is here, and while we can’t get together doesn’t mean we can’t be together. Your colourful Holiday Hostesses will lead you through 3 rounds of virtual bingo, played over 90 minutes. Tune in, enjoy the show, and play from wherever you’re most comfortable. There are plenty of prizes to be won, so register today!

How it works:- Register with your email address – https://forms.gle/xMoP7VWKnF4TCEFo7
** You must pre-register to receive your virtual bingo cards **
– You’ll receive one bingo card on the day of the event, it is valid for all 3 rounds
– You can play “virtually” or print off your card to play along
– NOTE: Registration ends at 12:00 pm PST on December 17, 2020. Bingo cards will be emailed to all registrants between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm PST on December 17, 2020.
– Mix your favourite mocktail or cocktail, and get ready to play!

Jingle Ball Bingo will be hosted by the Okanagan’s Orca Queen, Freida Whales, and everyone’s favourite drag granny, the Legendary “OG”, Sophonda Dick. These frenemies will keep the content somewhat ‘clean’ — but we’re rating it PG-13 just to be on the safe side.

Jingle Bingo Balls is proudly presented by LOUD Business – LGBTQ Business Association of Vancouver, sponsored by TD, supported by the Kanata Kelowna Hotel and Conference Centre, and produced by Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc.


About Your Hostesses

Sophonda Dick is a seasoned drag performer whose style blends camp, glamour and comedy, drawing on influences from the Golden Age of Hollywood. ‘Seasoned’ doesn’t mean she’s a spring chicken: at 69 years young, this gal has been working runways up and down the West Coast in the USA, in BC, and in Alberta since the late 1960s. Often referred to as “everyone’s favourite drag granny, Sophonda’s quick wit, kind-but-cutting humour, and elegant style make her a perennial favourite that will leave you smouldering and longing for show tunes!

Freida Whales has been making a splash in the Okanagan drag scene for over three years. With her signature blend of ocean-themed puns, glamour, and camp, she is always ready to spread waves of love. Freida enjoys creating events for and performing to audiences of all ages. In January she won the title of 2019 Newsmaker of the Year (Kelowna Daily Courier) and in July she won Silver for Best Local Artist (not musician) in Best of Kelowna 2020. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Freida hasn’t slowed down at all! She has continued creating content, including a YouTube channel featuring digital story times, music videos, and interviews with iconic names, such as Dr. Bonnie Henry and Jimbo from Canada’s Drag Race.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

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Coming Up on Unicorns.LIVE

Online events include Basically Ella, A Sip with Sparkle, Live @ The KCT, and QueeReads!

Thursday, December 3 – Live @ the KCT, featuring Andrew Johns, 7 pm, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.LIVE ~ Online

Andrew Johns is a high-energy, one man show, who takes the audience on a gradual ride of music through the ages with his unique style of performance and humour.

Often described as a combination of Billy Joel and Elton John, his amazing vocal range allows him to tackle everything from opera all the way to Louis Armstrong, Nora Jones, Macy Gray, and Led Zeppelin. From Victor Borge style classical, to his trademark Elton John tribute, all the way to the latest pop hits and everything in between, Andrew Johns loves to make people smile and invoke emotion through his cover tunes and impersonations, with the occasional original song mixed in.

The indelible spirit, honesty, humour and talent of Andrew Johns is a performance you’ve got to see! You will definitely get more than expected every time with Andrew Johns!

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Friday, December 4 – Live @ the KCT, featuring Post-Modern Connection, 7 pm, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.LIVE ~ Online

Post-Modern Connection is an indie-band that defies norms. By constantly showcasing eclectic inspirations, the band keeps you anticipating what’s next. Their soundscape varies, the music paired with thoughtful and carefully crafted song writing. Soulful R&B infused vocals meet catchy indie-pop riffs—electronic synths pair with classical violin—Post-Modern Connection’s ability to play with dynamics is apparent.

They describe their sound best as Indie rock meets Neo-Soul & RnB. The Strokes meets Leon Bridges. Inspiration comes from artists like King Krule, The Strokes, Alabama Shakes, and Early Eyes.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Sunday, December 6 – QueeReads – Christmas Blues (Part 3 of 4), 7 pm – 8 pm, written by Leigh Jarrett, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE, supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge, and sponsored by Leigh Jarrett, read by the lovely Dustin Dufault ~ Online

After Ryan lost his wife to cancer, leaving him with three kids to raise on his own, he never thought he’d find any kind of companionship ever again. Especially not with someone like Michael.

The last time Ryan saw his little brother’s annoying childhood friend, Michael, he’d been a geeky, pimply-faced thirteen-year-old. That was just before Michael and his family moved to New York.

There was an eight-year age difference between them, and being in college at the time, Ryan had never wanted to waste his breath talking to some immature teenage kid when he could be doing homework or making out with his girlfriend instead.

Sixteen years later, a chance meeting at a coffee shop in Denver changes both of their lives. Michael, recently divorced from his wife, has two kids of his own, and a thriving recording studio.

Michael is no longer the Mikey Ryan remembers.

Getting the whole brood together for a Thanksgiving crafting extravaganza, and their mutual love of the blues cements Ryan and Michael’s friendship into something neither one of them could have ever expected. Christmas is fast approaching.

How far will their newfound friendship take them?

Contemporary Bisexual Romance, rated R: Restricted – Suitable for viewers only 18 and older due to coarse language, sexual themes, mature content of a sexual nature, alcohol consumption.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Monday, December 7 – Basically Ella – Liquid Liner, 12:30 pm, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE and presented by Ella Lamoureux ~ Online

Along with a fine, steady hand, applying liquid liner requires skill and conviction to create the look you desire. So much can go wrong when applying liquid liner, from gaps, drips, blobs and inconsistencies to the dreaded “droopy wing” (gasp!). Ella’s got the goods on how to make those eyes stop traffic and sing!

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Friday, December 11 – Live @ the KCT, featuring Early Work, 7 pm, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.LIVE ~ Online

Early Work is a Kelowna-based alt-pop-punk band assembled through classifieds ads and hashed out in Kurtis’s parents’ garage. Early Work is committed to creating thoughtful, melody-dense bangers, with their sound reminiscent of groups like Microwave, Free Throw, Calling All Captains, PUP, Hot Mulligan, Trophy Eyes, Living With Lions, and Four Year Strong. Their new EP, Alpha, is now streamable on Spotify, Youtube, and Apple.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Saturday, December 12 – Live @ the KCT, featuring Jodie B, 7 pm, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.LIVE ~ Online

Specializing in live looping, Jodie B produces and captures the sounds of hip-hop, indie and electronic dance music through a purple bass, a Fender Tele., and a 6 key harmonica belt, often performing alongside her sister Nique Blue, who plays mandolin, saxophone, and guitar.She has performed at Monday Mag’s “Best Music Festival in North America” Shambhala Music Festival every year since 2015 as a live performer at The Amphitheatre.

In October 2020, Jodie B released her first, self-produced album “equanimous”. An 8 track personal perspective on life, emotions, and lessons. Many of the songs on this album feature performances from her family, Nique Blue (her sister), and Makemdef (her partner). The three of them have also started a new project under the moniker, Manteasah.

From 2018 – 2020 Jodie B has opened for artists such as Kytami, DubFx, The Pharcyde, and Methodman & Redman. Jodie B has produced and co-produced for hip-hop legends Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Mayday, Nino Bless, and Atmosphere in early 2020. Jodie’s guitar, harmonica, and vocals are also featured on both tracks, which are scheduled to be released in early 2021.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Sunday, December 13 – QueeReads – Christmas Blues (Part 4 of 4), 7 pm – 8 pm, written by Leigh Jarrett, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE, supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge, and sponsored by Leigh Jarrett, read by the lovely Dustin Dufault ~ Online

After Ryan lost his wife to cancer, leaving him with three kids to raise on his own, he never thought he’d find any kind of companionship ever again. Especially not with someone like Michael.

The last time Ryan saw his little brother’s annoying childhood friend, Michael, he’d been a geeky, pimply-faced thirteen-year-old. That was just before Michael and his family moved to New York.

There was an eight-year age difference between them, and being in college at the time, Ryan had never wanted to waste his breath talking to some immature teenage kid when he could be doing homework or making out with his girlfriend instead.

Sixteen years later, a chance meeting at a coffee shop in Denver changes both of their lives. Michael, recently divorced from his wife, has two kids of his own, and a thriving recording studio.

Michael is no longer the Mikey Ryan remembers.

Getting the whole brood together for a Thanksgiving crafting extravaganza, and their mutual love of the blues cements Ryan and Michael’s friendship into something neither one of them could have ever expected. Christmas is fast approaching.

How far will their newfound friendship take them?

Contemporary Bisexual Romance, rated R: Restricted – Suitable for viewers only 18 and older due to coarse language, sexual themes, mature content of a sexual nature, alcohol consumption.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Monday, December 14 – Basically Ella – Eyebrows, 12:30 pm, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE and presented by Ella Lamoureux ~ Online

Unless you’ve had too much Botox, the eyebrows can convey so many emotions. The brow is the crowning glory of the eye zone; Ella will guide you through how to create a masterpiece of your brows, taking into account eye shape, colouring, overall concept, and desired look.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Monday, December 14 – A Sip With Sparkle – Winter Blunderland, 7 pm – 7:45 pm, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge and Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery ~ Online

Sleigh bells ring…are you listening? Or, is that just Sparkle’s Grindr notification going off again? Whatever the case, we can’t wait for you to join us for A Sip With Sparkle on Monday, December 14, 2020: Winter Blunderland! It’s that time of year again when Sparkle is covered with the white stuff from head to toe… we’re talking about snow, of course!

A blizzard of beverages will be consumed by one and all over the Holiday Season, but Sparkle’s featured cocktails on this episode will be a “Hot Toddy” and “Santa’s Milk”. The sexiest elf this side of the North Pole, Ella Lamoreaux, will once again provide assistance and charm…while the girls decide who’s on their Naughty List or their Naughtiest List! 

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE

Rainbow Railroad Launches #60in60 Campaign: How You Can Help

Rainbow Railroad is a charitable organization that should be on everybody’s lips right now.

What they are able to accomplish is beyond incredible and super admirable. Rainbow Railroad’s daily goal is to help members of our LGBTQ community escape violence and persecution in their home countries.

There is still a vast amount of people in this world who are anti-gay to the point where many have been murdered someone simply because of their sexuality.

Ryan SheaInstinct Magazine

To read more of this story, follow the link to Instinct Magazine


(Image Credit: Rainbow Railroad)

First Openly Gay Tory MP Wants an End to Gay Blood Ban

Eric Duncan called out the federal Minister of Health, Patty Hajdu, repeatedly to end blood ban for men who have sex with me (MSM).

In a heated and emotional exchange during a late-night committee hearing in the House of Commons, Duncan pressed Patty Hajdu repeatedly, including a direct question on whether she’d accept a blood donation from him.

Hajdu didn’t directly answer, pointing to ongoing work to end a ban on donations from men who have sex with men.

National News from Canadian Press

To read more of this story, follow the link to Kelowna Now


(Image Credit: Canadian Press)

LGBT2Q+ Business Profile – Sweetnam’s Nik Naks

“Sweetnam’s – Your little bit of everything store!”

Sweetnam’s Nik Naks, located at 2067 Enterprise Way, is a fun collectible novelty style store with lots of nerdy movie and gaming gifts, like pop figures, dungeons and dragons, keychains, wallets, socks, toys, games, buttons, and seasonal décor, where they strive to create a safe place where everyone from all walks of life can relax and enjoy their personalized customer service.

Beginning their journey as a niche store, Sweetnam’s tried to provide for the needs of people, who like them, live on a tight budget, providing their customers the opportunity to buy simple birthday gifts, decorations, and unique items at affordable prices.

Originally located in Salmo, one of the owners, Josiah Sweetnam says, “My brother and I grew up with our parents owning the business since 2002. Then we moved the store to Barriere, BC. I have always liked the idea of owning a business and loved running lemonade stands when my brother and I were younger.

“Then 6 years ago, I wanted to move back to Kelowna, where I was born, and see what it was like to run a business in a bigger city, so my dad, brother, and I set up Sweetnam’s Nik Naks in Kelowna.”

Along the way, Sweetnam’s also got involved with some comic-cons, KFX, Penti-Con, KCC, and Northern Fancon, where they realized how much they loved being a part of the comic-con family.

In addition to running the store, Josiah loves cosplay and creating costumes for it. He has been sewing for a while and has taken some courses for it, plus he is a huge fantasy sci-fi fan and loves everything to do with fandoms.

Josiah only recently came out as gay and it has been a difficult struggle, especially when coming from a small community where it is not as openly accepted. He is fortunate to have the support of his dad, brother, gramma, a couple of close friends, and some of his comic-con family, but Josiah has been nervous about stepping out and letting others know. Thankfully, the LGBT2Q+ community here in Kelowna has quietly shown their support and kindness to him while he’s gone through this process and so they all feel that supporting the community back is their way of saying thank you and continuing to foster this compassionate understanding community that they’ve benefitted from.  

When asked what his favourite thing about running Sweetnam’s Nik Naks is, Josiah said, “It’s our store, so we can take the time to talk with people, listen, lift them up if needed, and be lifted up just the same. It is not simply about selling stuff.”


You can also find Sweetnam’s online at https://sweetnamsniknaks.com/