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Vancouver Queer Film Festival logo

Welcome to the 32nd Vancouver Queer Film Festival!

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) is a vibrant space for queer arts, culture, and community. It showcases dynamic and thought-provoking films from British Columbian filmmakers as well as other Canadian and international directors and storytellers. 

As Western Canada’s largest queer arts event, the Festival curates films which contextualize and celebrate queer lives and experiences and prioritize foregrounding diverse identities in our communities, including narratives from trans people, queer people of colour, and Indigenous people. 

To read the full list of films being presented, follow the link to VQFF


Merryman: The Mindful Issue – Release

Merryman Volume 7: The Mindful Issue was released July 24, 2020

In this edition of Merrymen, we explore the topic of mindfulness in regards to living your best life. There is an abundant amount of research indicating the benefits of mindfulness from improved quality of life, to increased focus and decreased stress.

Volume 7 explores visual essays and interviews with some of the trailblazers in the world of style, art and design to see how mindfulness and appreciation has affected their desired outcomes and successes.

To get your paperback copy, follow the link to Amazon.com

Queer As Funk – Press Release

Queer As Funk brings Pride 2020 online

( Vancouver, BC ) – Vancouver’s hottest, queerest party band Queer As Funk is bringing Pride directly to your home.

We were set to present an epic show at the Commodore Ballroom, but 2020 had other plans. Instead, Queer As Funk is working with Side Door to create this fun, family-friendly live-streaming concert. The Zoom-based show is ticketed and interactive, which means the band can see the audience, and the audience can see each other. We’ll be telling stories, answering questions, and playing all of your favourite tunes.

“There’s nowt so queer as folk” or so the old English adage goes, and Queer As Funk believes in celebrating those differences. This year let’s celebrate together, from a safe distance.


Pride 2020 with Queer As Funk – Online Event
Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
3pm PST
Tickets are $10 through Side Door
TICKET LINK

Website: www.queerasfunk.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/qafunk
Instagram: www.instagram.com/queerasfunk


Friends of Dorothy Lounge Press Release

In the past few days, Kelowna has experienced an outbreak of COVID-19 related to the downtown area. The daily increase in cases has caused the owner of Friends of Dorothy Lounge to make some unanticipated decisions regarding scheduled events, namely the long awaited Lip Sync Extravaganza: Amateur Lip Sync Competition. This event is being postponed until the fall.

This is the only event that is being postponed. All other events are going ahead as per usual.

Rudy Tomazic says, “The health and safety of our staff, customers, and potential contestants is of the utmost importance to us.”

We apologize to those who were preparing to compete, those who were to be our guest judges, to our host, and to all the staff associated with this event. We appreciate the time you have spent thus far preparing. Our hope is that you will join us again when we present the Lip Sync competition in the fall.


Open Invitation to Artists to Contribute


The gallery has an upcoming community art exhibition called, Me Looking at You, Looking at Me: Contemplating the Female Gaze. They’re reaching out to artists who might be interested in participating in this exhibition, specifically, artists who are challenging, expanding and exploring the definition of female and ‘the female gaze’.

The exhibition runs from August 21st to September 27th with the submission deadline August 12th, attached is the poster.

Please feel free to contact Wanda Lock if you have any questions.