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‘Peak Pride’ Takes Over Big White This Weekend!

For Immediate Release
April 2, 2019

(Kelowna, BC) The third annual Peak Pride at Big White Ski Resort takes place this weekend – April 5th to 7th – with plenty of food, drink, colour, and drag queens to go around.

Presented by Rebellious Unicorns, Peak Pride welcomes the LGBT2Q+ community and allies to join a series of fundraisers and events during this inclusive celebration.

“Peak Pride is an opportunity for the community to come together, celebrate pride and make lasting memories against the backdrop of beautiful, snow-covered mountains,” explains Dustyn Baulkham, Executive Producer of Rebellious Unicorns. “With some truly wonderful entertainment and and an array of inclusive spaces and great venues at Big White, this is a weekend you don’t want to miss!”

This year’s events include a special edition welcome reception of the mx and Gayme’s Night on Friday night with admission donations supporting Etcetera Youth Kelowna.

Saturday’s festivities will kick off with the Mountain Pride Parade with reams of colourful costumes and flags making their way down the mountain slopes and through the village. Skiers and snowboarders will meet at the bottom of the Bullet Lift at 2:00 p.m and head down Sun Run at 2:30 p.m. The Mountain Pride Parade will stop by the Firehall where they will be joined by folks on foot as everyone continues into the village.

Saturday afternoon invites attendees to join the Ales & Apres Mountain Beer Fest and The Peaks Culinary Walk. Snowshoe Sam’s is the place to be after 9:00 p.m. as wipeOUT gets underway with the help of Kelowna’s own drag stars, Freida Whales, Sparkle, Alexa Nerezza, and Ella Lamoureux. The party’s headliner is world-renowned DJ Drew G. Hailing from San Diego, DJ Drew G. has produced official remixes for the likes of  Madonna, Beyoncé, Blondie, Ed Sheeran, and RuPaul.

The final event of the weekend brings festival goers together for the Fab Farewell Brunch on Sunday at the Blarney Stone Irish Tavern.

“This weekend is going to be a blast for our entire community, including allies. That support really creates an inclusive environment and helps the LGBT2Q+ community feel welcome in a broader sense,” says Baulkham. “We also have events at all price points, including by donation, so there is an opportunity for people to check out the festivities and celebrate while giving back to Etcetera Youth Kelowna.”

Select tickets for Peak Pride at Big White are still available and can be purchased online at peakpride.ca/bigwhite2019. Tickets for wipeOUT are $25 while Saturday Full Passes are available until Tuesday at midnight and include access to Ales & Apres Mountain Beer Fest, Peaks Culinary Walk and wipeOUT for $149. Please note; Peak Pride ticketed events are 19+.

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About Rebellious Unicorns

Rebellious Unicorns is a Kelowna-based event production company, dedicated to leading positive change in the Okanagan and curating inclusive events and experiences that bring people together. Led by Executive Producer, Dustyn Baulkham, Rebellious Unicorns produces FruitCake, MX, Peak Pride, Dirty Mutter & Cub Crawl.

Rebellious Unicorns would like to respectfully acknowledge that they operate on the unceded, traditional territory of the Okanagan (Syilx) people.

For more information, please contact:
Dustyn Baulkham, Executive Producer
Pronouns: he/his/him
Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc.
Email: dustyn @ rebelliousunicorns.com
Phone: 250.826.7197
Website: https://peakpride.ca

A Local Queen’s guide to enjoying the city


When you think of Kelowna a few world famous traits come to mind such as wine tours, fun in the sun, and orchards. But did you know that Kelowna is also home to some of the best LGBT2Q+ shows in the Province? With thanks to acts such as Sparkle, Kelowna residents and visitors alike are treated to fun, fervour, and ferociousness!

Sparkle has been bringing the Kelowna drag scene into life since 2012 when she was dared by a friend to enter Kelowna’s first annual drag competition. With a background in theatre and drama, it was a natural fit! Now referred to as the “Homer Simpson of Drag”, Sparkle is a renowned performer and host of our legendary Peak Pride event, happening every Spring here at Kelowna’s Big White Resort.

“Drag has always been important and it feels like now where the world is at it is more important than ever. Kelowna has such an accepting atmosphere so it feels very natural to have such a presence here and with drag so connected to sexuality, politics, gender, race, religion, and everything a human goes through, it’s a fantastic way to showcase our cultural diversity. It’s an active protest against injustice and intolerance in the world.  It shows great strength and confidence in ones being which can be really empowering. Like come on, if I can throw on a wig, heels and about 5 pounds of makeup to get on a stage at Sapphire for some outrageous tomfoolery, then what can’t I do?! ”

If you’re looking for a little insight into how a Kelowna Queen with a flair for adventure spends her leisure time, do read on. We asked Sparkle to share with us some of her favourite Kelowna pastimes:

  • Attending events such as Fruitcake, Peak Pride, Embodiment. Performing at these events is always a blast but the best part is looking out at all the hotties in the crowd. I may know for getting our DJ’s to remove their shirts – woof!
  • Packing a thermos full of hot chocolate (sometimes with a little Baileys – can you blame me) and heading down to the free ice skating rink in Stuart Park. Who doesn’t love a good reason to show off how adorable you are in your fav mitts and scarf? Don’t I look firece on skates?  This picture was taken just before I fell flat on my big padded a$$ (insert photo)

  • Experiencing some of the amazing restaurants like Raudz or Waterfront Wines. I love, love, love, the daily specials at Raudz so you can’t go wrong if you visit that spot on any day and be sure to enjoy the organic menu at Waterfront Wines now in their 14th year in biz! (insert photo) https://www.instagram.com/p/BYFHZ2BHqUN/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

  • Taking a fall stroll on the lake along the boardwalk and take in all the eye candy Kelowna has to offer!
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Whether you are here for a visit, or are a long time resident, Kelowna’s team at Tourism Kelowna can always help you find the perfect local event for you and your fab friends to enjoy.
For a deeper look into Sparkle’s ongoing shenanigan’s check out her Facebook and Instagram profiles!