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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.

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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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The Lastest from the Blog

New We Matter Campaign asks Youth
A new social media campaign is asking Indigenous youth to submit their own definition of “two-spirit,” which will then be compiled into a “two-spirit dictionary.
Harry Potter Fan Sites Step Back from RowlingTwo of the biggest Harry Potter fan sites distanced themselves from author J.K. Rowling because of her beliefs on transgender issues, calling them at odds with the message of empowerment in her best-selling books.
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.

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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.

Unicorns.LIVE Virtual Drag Bingo: Win over $1000 Jackpot in Prizes!

What a whirlwind Pride Month 2020 has been! We continue to manage a number of challenges in our daily lives on Planet Earth: the ongoing COVID pandemic has affected us all to varying degrees, and the injustices perpetuated on racialized persons, people of colour, transgender people, and all LGBT2Q+ people remain at the forefront. Mother Nature also decided to throw in some wild weather this June, for good measure… 

At Rebellious Unicorns, we’ve been very busy launching our new streaming platform, Unicorns.LIVE, which has presented a welcome and positive distraction in a world that can sometimes feel disconnected and dark. Pride Month has felt terribly strange for many of us who are accustomed to coming together to celebrate. With this in mind, Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc. is closing out the month with a flourish of colour and frivolity with Unicorns.LIVE Virtual Drag Bingo on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. 

Virtual Drag Bingo airs live on Unicorns.LIVE on June 30 at 7:00 pm (PST), and live streamed on the Unicorns.LIVE Facebook page. This fabulous and FREE event will be hosted at Friends of Dorothy Lounge in Downtown Kelowna by two of our favourite Queens: the sensational and shimmering Sparkle, and Kelowna’s Sweetheart Ella Lamoureux

That’s right — you can attend and play in person at Friends of Dorothy OR you can play online! Your hostesses will guide you through a veritable wonderland of numbers and nonsense, replete with prizes and Pride! 

Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice! Ella & Sparkle host
Unicorns.LIVE Virtual Drag Bingo on June 30, 2020

Here’s the super hot tea: 

  • You MUST register in advance — no exceptions! 
  • Registration ends 24 hours in advance; therefore, registration closes on June 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm PST
  • Once registered, an email with details on how to claim your bingo cards will be sent during the day on June 30, 2020. Make sure to check your email inbox (and the spam/junk filter, too, just in case)
  • You have the option of playing Virtual Drag Bingo in person at Friends of Dorothy Lounge. Please note that registering online does not guarantee you a table/seating at Friends of Dorothy; it is first come, first serves. Please reserve your seating for Virtual Drag Bingo by contacting Friends of Dorothy Lounge directly on 236.420.4565. 
  • Since this is an online event, you can play from anywhere in the world! Please be advised that you are responsible for shipping and/or pick-up of prizes. 
  • Prizes will be available for pickup within Kelowna, BC.
  • There is no charge to play Virtual Drag Bingo! 
  • Certain prizes require players to be 19+ in order to qualify to win. 
  • NOTE: Virtual Drag Bingo will feature some content that may not be suitable for younger audiences. 

You’ll have the chance to win over $1000 in fabulous prizes from Absolut Vodka, Big White Ski Resort, Dunnenzie’s Pizza Co., Freida Whales, Friends of Dorothy Lounge, frock & fellow, Funktional, Olive & Elle, The Kanata Kelowna Hotel & Conference Centre, Tourism Kelowna, Staples Studio, and Summerhill Pyramid Winery!

REMEMBER: You must register in advance! 

Unicorns.LIVE Virtual Drag Bingo is sponsored by Absolut Vodka, Big White Ski Resort, The Kanata Kelowna Hotel & Conference Centre, and Summerhill Pyramid Winery, and is produced by Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc. Get those virtual bingo dabbers ready and we’ll see you on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 for Virtual Drag Bingo.

Kelowna.LGBT Newsletter – June 2020


Pride Month 2020

Pride Month is here! Kelowna Pride is scheduled to be held in the Fall, but in the meantime, June is here and we are pleased to announce some fabulous ways to celebrate!

Drag Brunch is back at Friends of Dorothy starting June 7th! June 9th is A Sip With Sparkle and onJune 10th there’s QUSIC with Teshawna SihataCelebrate Pride at Home with Fruit Loop on June 13 and check out the launch of QueeReads on June 14th. 

Read on for more details!


QueeReads

June 14 – July 19

“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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Drag Bunch Sunday
Sundays at 11:00am

Drag is back… and it’s back with a bang! Friends of Dorothy is kicking off Drag Brunch Sunday starting June 7th. Seating begins at 11am followed by the performance at 12pm.

Tickets are $30 per person and include: A Mimosa or A Caesar AND an item from the Brunch Menu

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

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Fruit Loop – Pride at Home

June 13 – 8:00pm

As part of the annual Pride season, Fruit Loop has traditionally hosted an in-person celebration featuring a dynamic group of performers, outstanding community partners and an amazing audience. This year as we all adapt to a new landscape, we’ve had to find new ways to celebrate and highlight our diverse and resilient LGBTQ2S+ community.

Join on Saturday, June 13 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm for a live stream of an incredible cast of performers direct from The Starlite Room in downtown Edmonton! Sponsored by our friends at TD Bank, and in support of community partner E2S – Edmonton 2 Spirit Society

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Virtual Drag Bingo

June 30 – 7:00pm

You’re invited to a virtually fabulous session of Virtual Drag Bingo on June 30 at 7:00pm hosted from Friends of Dorothy and live-streamed on the Unicorns.LIVE Facebook page. Your host(esses) Sparkle & Ella L’Amoureux will guide you through a veritable wonderland of numbers and nonsense, replete with prizes and Pride!

You’ll have a chance to win wonderful prizes from Big WhiteAbsolutFrock & FellowFunktionalFreida WhalesKanata Hotel KelownaOlive & ElleFriends of Dorothy & more!

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The Lastest from the Blog

Rainbow Women in Business-Volume 5 Ivy Thomas has always felt a connection to God and was actively involved in her worshiping congregation. However, when she was in her early 40s, married with two children in their early teens, she felt a strong call to ministry.
New Queer Book Club in Town Brought to you by Donna (she/her) and Claire (they/them), Rainbow Reads Okanagan is a fun and inclusive book club to read and discuss queer books written by queer authors.
LGBTQ2+ Voices Loud, Proud and Live Set to music, this is a time-honoured method of telling stories about love, loss, life, and everything that happens along the way.  Music, like all art, is open to interpretation.

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!


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.