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Kelowna.LGBT Newsletter – July 2020


Summer 2020

Summer is here! The sun is shining and we are excited to get back to some socially-distanced activities. 


Voices Unheard

Tuesdays • 5:00pm

Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE are delighted to be partnering on Voices Unheard, a weekly livestream series with the intent of  bringing awareness to underrepresented members of society, which includes people of various racial backgrounds, sexuality, gender identity/expression, age, or ability.

Host Jessica Samuels will engage a different guest each week in a candid conversation about the challenges they have faced or continue to struggle with, elevating their voice and helping them to tell their stories.

Voices Unheard airs live every Tuesday at 5:00 pm on Unicorns.LIVE, with episodes available to stream after the original broadcast.

Those interested in being featured/interviewed are encouraged to complete this form.

Those who wish to watch the series will need to register for Unicorns.LIVE and can do so here. Those who sign up in July will get a 14-Day free trial and the first 100 subscribers will lock in a lifetime rate of $4.99 per month (regularly $8.99).

As this is a brand new series, there are some spots available for sponsorship and promotion. If you would like to learn more about advertising and supporting Voices Unheard, please email Kris Johnson

Voices Unheard is filmed and produced on the unceded, traditional territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) people.

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A Sip With Sparkle – Episode 4: Sangria

July 7 • 7:00pm

Summer is in full swing, and Sparkle’s got her swizzle sticks out stirring up one of the sexiest cocktails ever: SANGRIA! On Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Sparkle spills the tea (and probably a lot of alcohol, per usual) on this sultry Spanish summer sipper, and will be joined by special guest Ella Lamoureux.

Save the date and say “Olé!” for A Sip With Sparkle!, Tuesday July 7, 2020 live at 7:00 pm only on Unicorns.LIVE!

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Matthew President feat. Pedwell LIVE

July 7 • 9:00pm

Wednesday Night’s QUSIC live-streamed show sold out last week but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on this talent! QUSIC is thrilled to have Matty perform a second show on Tuesday night! 

Tickets are $15 at the door,  first-come, first-serve at  Friends of Dorothy’s. There will be NO live stream of this show, so you gotta be there to enjoy it 🎶.

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QUSIC with Matthew Presidente feat. Pedwell

July 8th – 7:00pm

QUSIC is thrilled to welcome back Matthew Presidente feat. Pedwell. Matty played the QUSIC pre-launch show back in February at Peak Pride Sun Peaks and has been a great support of the Series. 

Tickets to the in-person show are sold out! The live stream will only be available at Watch.Unicorns.Live.

About the Artist
Rock/pop pianist/singer/songwriter Matthew Presidente (he/him/his) has been a part of the music scene in Vancouver for nearly 20 years. Independently recording and releasing 6 full length albums, he has been involved in a wide range of musical collaborations and performances. A local Metro Vancouver resident, Matthew was raised in Tsawwassen, where he began playing piano at 10 years old. Since then he has gone on to master guitar and percussion, but considers himself a piano player by trade. Referred to as “one of — if not ­— the best singer/songwriters our LGBT scene has” by Xtra Magazine (Vancouver), Matty has been on the music scene for nearly 20 years, and has performed in rosters among headliners such as Ace of Base and Dragonette.

Bradley Pedwell (he/him/his) is a singer/songwriter from Vancouver BC that mixes rock, folk, and hip-hop to create a captivating blend of acoustic rock. Pedwell’s heavy 90s influence combined with his passionate rock vocal often results in comparison to artists like Everlast and Matchbox 20 – whilst Pedwell agrees, he insists his sound is “Definitively-Vancouver”.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Bradley has been performing for 17 years as a singer/songwriter and has released 9 albums independently. In the last year, Pedwell has performed over 160 dates and released 1 EP per month written/recorded/produced entirely himself.

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QueeReads

June 14 – July 26

“It’s a classic fairytale: Knight meets necromancer. They argue. They fight. They…make out?”

Starting June 14th, join us Sunday nights at 7:00pm for our first QueeReads series, featuring “Book One: The Capital” of the “The Knight and the Necromancer” series by A.H. Lee. This fantasy romance will be read aloud by Shannon Lester, local artist, and drag queen extraordinaire.

The reading will be available via Live Stream at Unicorns.LIVE or head to Friends of Dorothy to watch it live and in-person. Contact Friends of Dorothy to reserve.

QueeReads is sponsored by Leigh Jarrett, local author of LGBTQ Romantic Fiction.

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Unicorns.LIVE is looking for YOUR recommendations for books by LGBTQ2+ Authors for the next QueeReads series. Have a suggestion? Send an Email.


The MX. Returns 

July 23 • 5:30pm

Guess what? The original MX. is back on Thursday, July 23, 2020! We’re keeping it social and keeping it safe, and we’re thrilled to invite you to join us at Dunnenzie’s in the Lower Mission from 5:30-7:30 pm. Physical distancing measures will be in place — we’re ‘MXing’ it up a bit this time with creative ways for everyone to get a chance to meet and make new connections. 

The MX. was created as an opportunity for the LGBT2Q+ community to network, gather and socialize. This is also an opportunity to meet like minded people outside of the club and off the those lovely apps. Allies are encouraged to join.

In addition to meeting super fab people the MX. also fundraises for the Etcetera Youth Group and 100% of the entrance fee will be donated to them. Space is available on a first come first serve basis. Suggested donation – $10 & $5 for students (19+) with valid student ID.

Get Tickets to the MX.

TV Night with Freida Whales

Thursdays at 6:00pm

Come enjoy a night watching TV and playing games with Freida Whales every Thursday, starting July 2! Hosted at Dunnenzies Downtown – Drag Race Canada will be on the screen, Freida will be on the stage, and pizza will be on your plate. Pizza sold by the slice and drinks sold at the bar.

Seating for groups of 2,4, and 6 available. Message Freida Whales to reserve!

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Weekly Events At Dorothy’s


Weekend Drag Shows – Friday & Saturday Nights

Drag is back… and it’s back with a bang! Friends of Dorothy has your weekend covered with Friday & Saturday Night Drag Shows featuring you favourite local Queens. Contact Friends of Dorothy to reserve a table. 

Drag Brunch – Sundays at 11:00am

Sunday morning, head down for Drag Brunch! Seating begins at 11:00am followed by the performance at 12:00pm. Tickets are $30 per person and include: A Mimosa or A Caesar AND an item from the Brunch Menu. Reservations recommended.

Wicked Wednesday – Wednesdays at 8:00pm

Karaoke, baby! Head down every second Wednesday for Wicked Wednesdays – Karaoke Night hosted by the lovely Freida Whales.

Canada’s Drag Race Viewing – Thursdays at 7:30pm

Hosted by the ravishing Sparkle, the race to the crown is going to be – Hot. Feisty. And Delicious with 12 Drag Race inspired bites named after the 12 contestants.  Reservations recommended.

For deets or to make a reservation, call 236-420-4565

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TV Night with Freida Whales
Great night, packed house, fun games – what better way to celebrate the premiere of Canada’s Drag Race than with the Okanagans first ever drag race viewing party at Dunnenzies!!!
Rainbow Women in Business – Vol. 6
Sherry Yeoman realized quite by accident that she wanted to be a landlord soon after she bought her first home 40 years ago.
Out on Screen With the uncertainty of how COVID-19 will affect our ability to gather moving forward, Out On Screen has been very busy planning opportunities for people to connect now and into the future.

Staying Connected, Virtually.

Physical distancing doesn’t mean no connecting! As we continue to stay home as much as possible, there are more and more options coming available to stay connected. Click the button below to check out what’s going on, online!

Kelowna.LGBT offers a variety of valuable options for organizations and brands that are looking to reach Kelowna’s LGBTQ2+ community. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please email Taysha Jarrett at taysha@rebelliousunicorns.com.

Have an Event we should know about? Submit it to the Calendar!



Global Pride 2020

Exist. Persist. Resist.

Global Pride 2020 went online on June 27th to 57 million viewers! That’s an incredible number. To ensure Global Pride is back in 2021, please follow the link below and donate to this worthy organization.

Global Pride 2020 was launched on 1 April as a partnership between InterPride, the European Pride Organisers Association, and national Pride networks in several countries. It’s being led by a team of volunteers from every region of the world who are all committed to ensuring that everyone, everywhere, can take part in Pride this June.

Global Pride 2020 – Donate


How To Talk To Your LGBTQ+ Kid About Their Gender Or Sexual Identity

It might seem overwhelming, but there are plenty of resources out there to help.

For many parents, some of the language used in the LGBTQ+ community might seem totally foreign: terms like non-binary and transgender might be new or confusing. But as the younger generation continues to get more sophisticated in their understandings of their own gender and sexual identities, it’s not a bad idea to do your own part in getting educated, too!

For more on this story, follow the link to Huffington Post


Best of Kelowna 2020


These are the winners from the LGBTQ2+ community!


Dunnezies Pizza Co.
~ Pizza – Gold
~ Music Venue – Bronze
~ Cheap Eats – Bronze

Freida Whales
~ Local Artist (Not Musician) – Silver

Friends of Dorothy Lounge
~ New Business – Silver
~ Night Life Venue – Bronze

Frock and Fellow
~ Women’s Apparel – Bronze

Funktional
~ Small Business – Silver

Kelowna Actors Studio
~ Theatre Group – Gold
~ Arts Company or Organization – Gold

Kelowna Pride Festival
~ Festivals – Silver

Loyal Wooldridge
~ Local Elected Official – Silver

Nathan Flavel – Sotheby’s
~ Realtor – Gold

Parlour
~ Ice Cream – Gold

QB Gelato
~ Frozen Yogurt – Silver
~ Gelato – Gold

Tailblazers
~ Pet Services and Supplies – Bronze


If we have missed anyone, please let us know by emailing taysha@rebelliousunicorns.com


What’s Happening this week in the Okanagan! July 6 – 12, 2020


Tuesday, July 7 – Women’s Coffee Group ~ Kelowna

If you identify as a woman within the LGBTQ2+ community, you are welcome here. This is NOT a group strictly for cis-females who identify as lesbians.

To find out more about this event, please join our group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kelownarainbowwomen/


Tuesday, July 7 – A Sip with Sparkle, hosted by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.live ~ Online

Summer is in full swing, and Sparkle’s got her swizzle sticks out stirring up one of the sexiest cocktails ever: SANGRIA! On Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Sparkle spills the tea (and probably a lot of alcohol, per usual) on this sultry Spanish summer sipper, and will be joined by special guest Ella Lamoureux.

Save the date and say “Olé!” for A Sip With Sparkle!, Tuesday July 7, 2020 live at 7:00 pm only on Unicorns.LIVE!

About ‘A Sip With Sparkle!’

She twinkles, she glistens, she sparkles…and she’s the Okanagan’s cocktail queen! Join the glimmering drag star Sparkle for A Sip with Sparkle!, as she concocts a bevy of beverages live on the interwebs. Known for her energy, charisma, sassy wit, and fabulous blonde hair, Sparkle serves up a delicious combination of glamour, alcohol, and witty repartee. With locally sourced ingredients and step-by-step instruction on how to create these luscious libations, you’ll be sipping (and, perhaps, snort-laughing) your way through each episode. Sounds fabulous, nest-ce pas?

For more information about this live-streamed event: https://www.facebook.com/events/3196483897061903/


Wednesday, July 8 – Qusic, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.live, featuring Matthew Presidente and and Pedwell, hosted by Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna

Rock/pop pianist/singer/songwriter Matthew Presidente (he/him/his) will be joined by Brad Pedwell.

Musician Name: Matthew Presidente, featuring Brad Pedwell (guitar/vocals)
Genre: Rock/Pop
Content Rating: G: General – No restrictions: Suitable for all ages

**Please see note below about purchasing tickets by table**

Rock/pop pianist/singer/songwriter Matthew Presidente (he/him/his) has been a part of the music scene in Vancouver for nearly 20 years. Independently recording and releasing 6 full length albums, he has been involved in a wide range of musical collaborations and performances. A local Metro Vancouver resident, Matthew was raised in Tsawwassen, where he began playing piano at 10 years old. Since then he has gone on to master guitar and percussion, but considers himself a piano player by trade. Referred to as “one of — if not ­— the best singer/songwriters our LGBT scene has” by Xtra Magazine (Vancouver), Matty has been on the music scene for nearly 20 years, and has performed in rosters among headliners such as Ace of Base and Dragonette.

Bradley Pedwell (he/him/his) is a singer/songwriter from Vancouver BC that mixes rock, folk, and hip-hop to create a captivating blend of acoustic rock. Pedwell’s heavy 90s influence combined with his passionate rock vocal often results in comparison to artists like Everlast and Matchbox 20 – whilst Pedwell agrees, he insists his sound is “Definitively-Vancouver”.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Bradley has been performing for 17 years as a singer/songwriter and has released 9 albums independently. In the last year, Pedwell has performed over 160 dates and released 1 EP per month written/recorded/produced entirely himself.

PURCHASING TICKETS
Due to Covid-19 we are only selling tickets by the table. This helps ensure appropriate social distancing based on requirements by provincial and local health authorities. Tickets are sold individually by table and each table has a range of tickets available. You must purchase within the range.
For Example: Table 2 (2-3ppl) this means you will have to purchase 2 or 3 tickets. The system will not let you proceed without selecting the appropriate number of seats.

Schedule:
-5:30pm – Doors open for pre-cocktails and food purchases
**Happy Hour till 6pm**
-6:55pm – Doors locked (no entry till after 7:15pm)
-7:00pm – Interview
-7:15pm – Live Performance (set 1)
-7:45pm – Intermission
-7:55pm – Live Performance (set 2)

NOTE: This show will be live-streamed, and we need all guests indoors and seated prior to broadcast. Doors will be locked at 6:55pm. Details will be posted on the door on how to gain access if you are late. No entry between 6:55pm and 7:15pm. Guests are asked to be mindful that they are attending a live broadcast. As there will be video cameras and microphones around the venue, you may be captured on camera and mic. There is no way to avoid this and we cannot edit anything out. Thank you for understanding.

Friends of Dorothy Lounge is committed to providing a safe, healthy environment for both staff and patrons, and they thank all in attendance for your patience as they work through the new regulations.

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.live. – https://watch.unicorns.live/programs/live-qusic-mattybrad

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/588752602072862/


Thursday, July 9 – Women’s Walking Group, hosted by Kelowna Rainbow Women ~ Kelowna

This will be a twice-monthly walking group for women in Kelowna’s LGBTQ2+ community. This is a walk, not a hike on flat, even terrain.

For information regarding this event, please join our group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kelownarainbowwomen/


Thursday, July 9 – TV Night with Freida Whales, presented by Freida Whales, hosted by Dunnenzies (downtown) ~ Kelowna

Come enjoy a night watching TV and playing games with me every Thursday, starting July 2!! Drag Race Canada will be on the screen, I will be on the stage, and pizza will be on your plate.
Pizza sold by the slice and drinks sold at the bar.

Groups of 2,4, and 6 seating available.
Message Freida Whales to reserve a spot! Limited seating! 5$ suggested donation to help with costs and lost income due to the pandemic.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/989831864815163/


Thursday, July 9 – Canada’s Drag Race Viewing, hosted by Sparkle and Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna

The grandest of all – Canada’s Drag Race – is here! and what’s better than enjoying at the Okanagan’s first LGBT2Q+ lounge. #Pride
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Join us every Thursday, starting July 2nd, at 7:30pm for a very special viewing of the show hosted by the ravishing Sparkle.
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The race to the crown is going to be – Hot. Feisty. And Delicious with our 12 Drag Race inspired bites named after the 12 contestants. #YummyinMyTummy

Featuring one complimentary Drag Race inspired bite from the menu every Thursday night during the viewing. And 6 bites for $15.
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And it gets better. Our “Canadian” pizza named after one of the judges, Brooke Lynn Hytes, will be at a special price too.⠀⠀⠀
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Call us at (236) 420-4565 to make a reservation.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/580167469308787/


Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 – Drag personalities at Friends of Dorothy Lounge every Friday and Saturday night. ~ Kelowna

Every Friday come see Ella Lamoureux perform!


Sunday, July 12 – Drag Brunch, hosted by Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna

Get ready for a #SundayFunday. The drag is here!

Come out and see a show at Friends of Dorothy Drag Brunch (by reservation only). Seating begins at 11am followed by the performance at 12pm.

Tickets are $30 per person and include:
One mimosa or one Caesar AND an item from our brunch menu

CALL TO RESERVE! For more info go to: https://www.fodlounge.com/


Sunday, July 12 – QueeReads, presented by Unicorns.live, hosted by Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna

QueeReads, your portal to LGBTQ2+ storytime for adults, featuring novella-length fiction reads ranging from QueeRomance to Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy, read aloud by beautifully talented Queer people from the Okanagan.

“It’s a classic fairytale: Knight meets necromancer. They argue. They fight. They…make out?” Join us for a six-evening series of the “The Knight and the Necromancer – Book One: The Capital” By: A.H. Lee, read aloud by Shannon Lester, local artist and Drag Queen extraordinaire, live from Friends of Dorothy Lounge.

The reading will be available via Live Stream at Unicorns.live or head to Friends of Dorothy to watch it live and in-person. Contact Friends of Dorothy to reserve a table.

There is no cost to enjoy this live reading! If you enjoy the book, a positive Amazon review is appreciated.

QueeReads is sponsored by Leigh Jarrett, local author of LGBTQ Romantic Fiction.