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We Need Your Help


Fellow Unicorns,

In the over 2.5 years of Rebellious Unicorn’s existence, I cannot recall a time when I felt it necessary to personally write this letter to you. But with the current state of society, I feel it is time. Our industry (events) was destroyed overnight. It has been over 3 months since our company has had any real revenue and yet during this time we continue to pay our team. Recently we started Qusic.live but ticket sales don’t even cover the cost of the artists.

While there have been government programs available, our type of business does not qualify. Everyone we work with are contractors. This includes the talent that we hire, as well as our team. It’s the only way that makes sense to operate a business like this. Recently a program became available that we could potentially qualify for, however the funder has already said they don’t have enough resources to meet the demand.
It’s been a trying time for all of us with no real changes in the short term. Since we can only have gatherings of up to 50 people at a time, we have had to evolve with our operations and we need your help to continue doing what we do.

Unicorns.live is our new livestream platform. By subscribing you help us ensure that artists get paid by watching their content. 35% of all subscription fees are returned to the groups and artists involved in creating content. We have invested heavily in equipment and are continuing to invest to ensure a HIGH quality of production. iOS and Android apps are currently in production and will be ready by mid-July 2020 and once we have hit 500 subscribers, we will have the resources to add in Apple TV, Roku TV, Android TV, and Fire TV apps as well. Our platform has a flair of LGBT2Q+ content but it will not be exclusively Queer-focused.
We have always paid our artists and we do our best to pay them reasonable rates. With so many of us struggling right now without the ability to produce events, having a platform that actually pays artists is key to all of our ongoing success. If you have the capacity to subscribe to http://unicorns.live/…, we would greatly appreciate it.

Here is how the subscription works:
• Until June 30th (or until 100 people subscribe) we are offering a 30 day free trial. The monthly price is only $4.99+GST. This price is locked in for life and will NEVER be increased.
• Until July 31th (or until 200 people subscribe) we are offering a 14 day free trial. The monthly price will be $6.99+GST. Again, this price is locked in for life and will NEVER be increased. Both of these discounts will only be available via our website and not the mobile apps once they are live.
• Following this our free trial will be 7 days and the monthly rate will be $8.99+GST. We will also be offering annual pricing which will be equivalent to 10 months – get 2 months free! This will work on all pricing above.

Currently, we have 3 series on the platform: A Sip with Sparkle, QUSIC, and QueeReads. We are very excited to be working on a number of additional series and on events that will take place on http://unicorns.live/…. There are partnerships in discussion with various arts groups with the hope of elevating these groups.

We greatly appreciate the support you have offered us over the past 2.5+ years and we hope to see you again in person soon.

Sincerely,
Dustyn Baulkham
Founder & Executive Producer
Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc.

Loyal to Diversity

A CITY COUNCILLOR’S TAKE ON WHAT MAKES KELOWNA AWESOME

Loyal Wooldridge is a successful entrepreneur – operating Loyal Hair, a full-service luxury hair salon since 2006 – and in fall 2018, he was elected to Kelowna City Council. Loyal was the only newcomer elected, as all of the other councillors that were voted in were incumbents.

So, how does a business owner and recently-elected politician capitalize on all Kelowna has to offer? Luckily for us, Loyal is here to share his thoughts on what makes Kelowna awesome!

Go to Tourism Kelowna to read more…

Rebellious Unicorns Newsletter – May 2020

MX. Virtual – Lunch & Learn

Hungry for some socializing? Thirsting for interaction? Us too! The MX. Online returns on Thursday, May 21 over the ‘Lunch Hour’ from 12-1pm with a focus on some of our community’s favourite LGBT2Q+ owned providers of food, beverage, and good times.

Join us for a virtual panel discussion, ‘Lunch & Learn’ style, featuring: Rudy Tomazic (Friends of Dorothy Lounge); Karen MacKenzie (DunnEnzies Pizza Co.); Kevin Bodja (QB Gelato; and Matt Bliskis (TNT Dynamite Gourmet Food Truck).

These dynamic and resilient owner-operators will bring you up to speed on how the pandemic has impacted their business, current state of operations and how you can access their services, what the future may hold, and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with our guests and have your questions answered during the moderated Q&A session to follow.

There is no charge to attend but we ask that you register in advance.
Please consider using the donate option to donate to Etcetera Youth Group.


Interview & Concert with Adam Kern
May 27  – 7:00pm

QUSIC is proud to present Adam Kern for an interview and live concert! Join us May 27 at 7:00pm for the live stream 🎶.

Adam Kern (he/him/his) AKA Fight or Flea is a Kelowna-based solo act bringing an aggressive edge to the singer-songwriter genre. Adam has been performing as Fight or Flea for three years and is working his way up in the Kelowna music scene. His influences include Pat the Bunny, AJJ, Dave Mathews, Just Nick, and Joel Cossette. You can find his new single “Getting Better” on all streaming services; follow him on Instagram.

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B-I-N-G-O! ONLINE! DRAG! PRIZES! SHADE! EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!

June is Pride Month y’all and you’re invited to a virtually fabulous session of Drag Bingo Online on Wednesday, June 3 at 7pm hosted from Friends of Dorothy and live-streamed on the Unicorns.LIVE Facebook page. Your host(esses) will guide you through a veritable wonderland of numbers and nonsense, replete with prizes and Pride!

We are looking for more prizes!
Please email Kris if you are interested in providing a prize!

Join us – Live!

When viewed through a technological lens, today’s world has become too polished, too perfect, and over-curated. But real life doesn’t have an ‘edit function’ or ‘photo filters’; real life happens, moment by moment…in real time. 

Unicorns.LIVE is a safe space, with tons of room for creativity and expression but absolutely no room for hate. We hope you’ll enjoy our inclusive lineup of entertainment options, along with our approach to experiencing life and each live stream as it unfolds. 

Unicorns.LIVE: Authentic. Unfiltered. Live.

This past Saturday was our second episode of A Sip With Sparkle – in celebration of National Caesar Day, it was all about Caesar.

Missed the live stream? You can still check out the rewatch! 

Watch Saturday’s a Sip with Sparkle


Don’t miss out on any of the amazing events we have coming up!
Follow Unicorns.Live on Facebook

Dynamic, Elegant Contemporary Dance to Return to Kelowna This March

Joshua Beamish has a gift. Originally from Kelowna, the LGBTQ2+ artist has created in collaboration with The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, Dutch National/Het Nationale Ballet Junior Company, Cape Town Opera, Vancouver Opera, New York City Ballet Principals Wendy Whelan for Restless Creature and Ashley Bouder for The Ashley Bouder Project, and many more.

On Friday, March 13, 2020, Beamish is returning to his hometown with Saudade – a contemporary dance named after a Portuguese word which translates as nostalgia; longing; missing; yearning. The March show will take place at the Mary Irwin Theatre in downtown Kelowna’s Rotary Centre for the Arts. Saudade represents Beamish’s first Kelowna performance in five years. 

Audiences can expect “six men, one hour, and a feeling of longing and melancholy, stunningly expressed through the collision of elegant balletic lines and dynamic, street-style energy.” Tickets for the show range from $28 – $40 and are on sale now (they can be purchased HERE).

Karma Lacoff Nieoczym is the Theatre Programming Coordinator for the Mary Irwin Theatre and she believes Kelowna audiences are in for a treat:

“I am excited to see Joshua return to Kelowna after my exposure to his dancing and choreography in Vancouver in 2007 as he started his career at the Dancing on the Edge Festival.”

Madison Embrey from New York Rag is certainly a big fan of Beamish and Saudade:

“As Saudade came to a close and the audience roared, this quote by Maya Angelou came to mind, “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” Beamish’s cast spoke with the most brilliant dance vocabulary but the feeling of saudade that swirled inside me as the men glided across the floor is what I’ll never forget.”

Joshua Beamish brings Saudade to the Rotary Centre for the Arts (421 Cawston Ave.) on Friday, March 13, 2020, at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $28 – $40 and can be purchased HERE.

Etcetera is hiring a new Facilitator

Etcetera Facilitator

Competition Number 1B05-2020-009

The Bridge is recruiting for an Etcetera group facilitator.  The position is responsible for developing community-based group support activities with youth, age 11 to 18, who identify as LGBTQ2S+.  The incumbent works closely with youth, health and social service organizations to develop activities that address the needs of youth.

Full posting available via – https://www.indeedjobs.com/the-bridge-youth–family-services/jobs/df6d169bcc9377bc89d5

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