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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.

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.

What’s Happening this week in the Okanagan! June 29 – July 5, 2020


Tuesday, June 30 – 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, June 30 – Drag Bingo, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.live, hosted by Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna

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 Virtual Drag Bingo will be on June 30 at 7:00pm hosted from Friends of Dorothy Lounge and live-streamed on the Unicorns.LIVE Facebook page. Your Queens, Sparkle & Ella Lamoureux, will guide you through a veritable wonderland of numbers and nonsense, replete with prizes and Pride!

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

**Important Details**
– You MUST register in advance
– Registration ends 24 hours before the event (Ends June 29, 2020 at 7pm PST)
– Email with details on how to claim your bingo cards will be sent during the day on June 30 – check your inbox.
– You have the option of playing the Bingo in person at Friends of Dorothy. Please note that by registering online this does not guarantee you a spot and its first come first serve. You can reserve a seat by contacting Friends of Dorothy directly.
– People can play from anywhere in the world. If you win any of the prizes you are responsible for shipping/pickup.
Prizes will be available for pickup within Kelowna, BC.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/180070926644792/


Thursday, July 2 – 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.

Time subject to change with the announcement of airing time of episodes.

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


Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 – Drag personalities at Friends of Dorothy Lounge every Friday and Saturday night. ~ Kelowna


Sunday, July 5 – 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 5 – 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.

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.

What’s Happening this week in the Okanagan! June 22 – 28, 2020


Tuesday, June 23 – 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, June 23 – Drag Queen Storytime with Freida Whales, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.live ~ Kelowna

Join Freida Whales for a bedtime story edition of Storytime!!!

Miss Whales will be reading a book or two and completing a craft!! This is a family-fun event to wind down the day.

This story time will be streamed live from Mosaic Books on the Unicorns.live website. Sign up now and get a 30 day free trial!
https://watch.unicorns.live/programs/live-emuoy4qh0vw

A blend of ocean-themed puns, glamour, and camp, Freida Whales has been making a splash in the local drag scene for over three years. She is a true Okanagan Orca, having lived in Kelowna her entire life.

Miss Whales loves to create events for and perform to audiences of all ages. She has been a part of various drag story time events over the last three years, most notably two held in 2019 at the Kelowna Downtown Library, amassing audiences of up to 300 people.

Since lockdown, Freida has hosted two online story times, and is excited to partner with Mosaic Books and Unicorns.Live to bring story time back again!

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/311822229830679/


Wednesday, June 24 – Qusic, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.live, featuring Becca Mabbett ~ Kelowna

Musician: Becca Mabbett
Genre: Folk/Pop
Content Rating: G: General – Suitable for all ages

Becca Mabbett (she/her) is an up and coming folk-pop artist whose honest song-writing and powerful vocals will make you stop in your tracks. Not a stranger to the stage, her dynamic and passionate presence is captivating. Often compared to Joni Mitchell, Becca has a voice that is fresh yet strangely familiar.

As a young songwriter she had many opportunities across the country playing with and opening for some of Canada’s best. Fast forward to the present; Becca recently received top place at the 2019 Okanagan Singer Songwriter competition, and with a new album in the works she is definitely worth keeping an eye on.

Follow Becca on Facebook and Instagram @beccamabbettmusic and visit www.beccamabbett.com for more info.

Artist Links: Becca Mabbett
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/beccamabbettmusic/
Website – https://www.beccamabbett.com/
Spotify – https://artists.spotify.com/c/artist/5aELzdlxmhcBB7jy9Vhqlz/profile/overview
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJywCvHXyeMgXJklQ3FYchg

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. Each table is priced based on the number of seats. Please note that the table description indicates how many people are permitted at that table.

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-becca

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/278896646682489/


Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 – Drag personalities at Friends of Dorothy Lounge every Friday and Saturday night. ~ Kelowna


Sunday, June 28 – 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, June 28 – QueeReads, presented by Unicorns.live ~ 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.