• The Best Resource for Events in Kelowna, BC & the Okanagan and Your Source for LGBT2Q+ News

Tag Archives: pride

A Sip With Sparkle: Pride ReMIX

THIS EVENT IS BOTH IN PERSON & LIVE STREAMED. Please read through to see information for both the in person and live streamed event.
Content Rating: R (Restricted) – Suitable for viewers only 19 and older due to coarse language, mature content, and alcohol consumption.
Pride ReMIX!
As we reluctantly drift into September, we celebrate Kelowna’s Pride Festival from September 20-27, 2020. Our perpetually pickled hostess, Sparkle, will once again be joined by endlessly elegant Ella to guide you through making some refreshing and dangerously delicious cocktails. Featured on this episode will be the ‘Homopogo’, a gin-based cocktail with a shout out to the legendary Okanagan Lake serpent, and ‘Off the Stonewall’, with a cucumber-infused vodka base and a tribute to where the Pride Movement all began!
Details about the in person experience:
Tickets are $25 per person plus tax and fees
-People must purchase a full table (due to COVID)
-Tables are maxed at 6 people
-There is no mingling between tables. This is a zero tolerance policy.
-Arrive by 6:30pm, we lock the doors at 6:45pm and will NOT let you in if you are late
-This show is live streamed and it’s highly likely your face will be shown during the stream.
-We follow all provincial guidelines and not everything is listed here, you will be expected to follow the guidelines of the venue (Friends of Dorothy)
To Live Stream the show:
Subscribe to Unicorns.live
Register today for your Unicorns.LIVE account to watch all the latest content, including A Sip With Sparkle! Here is how the subscription works:
Visit www.watch.unicorns.live to register for your account
Sign up in August and you’ll receive a 14-day free trial, with a monthly rate of $6.99 + GST for the life of your subscription
Regular price is $8.99/mo + GST, with a 7-day free trial
Annual subscription available for $89.90 + tax (10 months billed, with 2 months free)
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?

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.

Fruit Loop – Pride At Home

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 adapt to a new landscape, we’ve had to find new ways to celebrate and highlight our diverse and resilient LGBTQ2S+ community.

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

With performances and appearances by Cedar Wildcat, Duke Carson, Artasia, Bea Lissima, Hakka Mei, and many more!

This event will be free to watch. Follow us for the link!

Safety is our highest priority – comprehensive health and safety protocols will be strictly followed with our production team and performers. Everyone’s health and wellness are front of mind in creating this event.

Major thanks to TD Bank for their ongoing support of our events over the years. In particular, we would like to thank them for their confidence as we pilot this new format.

We would also like to give a huge shout out to our partners at Sea Change Brewing Co. for their continued community support.

Love & Ally Apparel Project

Proudly Designing with the LGBT2QIA+ Community in Mind

Pride to me always means more than a yearly celebration, to me, it means having a safe space for connection to a supportive, resilient, and vibrant community. By designing these few pieces of apparel with a local social enterprise, we are able to show what the words LOVE and ALLY really mean.

I made a connection with Rebecca and Michael of You Are Collective during a business program. I was drawn to their candor and authentic approach to social enterprise, and their honest commitment to improving the conversations and access to resources surrounding mental health issues.

We ended up discussing the ways in which we might be able to join forces to shed light on the importance of adequate mental health support systems for the LGBTQ2IA+ community and what it means to be an ally.

From there we came up with an idea to collaborate on an apparel collection to launch before Pride that helps address both.

The You Are Collective has been such a great group to collaborate with on such a project. Their willingness to allow me to be as creative as I wanted and take the lead in design was refreshing. Their open-mindedness and support as allies is exemplary as well. There were so many designs and concepts that we could’ve opened an entirely new shop! However, we decided to do a small collection with the opportunity for more in the future.

Choosing to design pride-themed apparel with a portion of proceeds going to the Etcetera Youth Group here in Kelowna was the perfect collaboration project for us. While this project is a small departure from their #1Million campaign to fund one million counselling sessions across Canada, it was no less important to them to do something that meant a great deal to all of us and helped to make an impact in the local LGBTQ2IA+ community.

The result is a small apparel collection that everyone can be proud to wear while showing their allyship and love ready for pre-order just in time for Pride month.

T-shirts, stickers, and ball caps with unique Pride-themed designs will be available for purchase through You Are Collective online starting April 24th.

Find out more about the #1Million campaign and how you can help by visiting  https://youarecollective.ca/.

Cyan Bold Design is a graphic design business based in Kelowna, BC. You can contact Chris through his site cyanbolddesign.com.

SOS Pride – March 2020 Newsletter

Here’s what’s happening in March

in the South Okanagan

Thank you to everyone who attended our February social at Cue’s! It was a blast and we had lots of new faces and even new friends from Kelowna.LGBT come and participate!

We are also so thrilled at the community turnout to the Out in Schools event at Cleland Theatre on March 5 – over 100 community members and youth were in attendance!  The presentation was also at all of the middle schools and high schools this week within School District 67.  Representation and having LGBTQ2+ stories told is so vital to moving progress forward for the next generation.  Thank you to Melisa Edgerly for leading this community initiative!

Our apologies for getting our March newsletter out a bit late this month…this week is jam-packed with events all week long, check them out!

PRIDE PAGES BOOK CLUB: Tuesday March 10, 2020, 6-30pm-8pm @ Penticton Library

Penticton Public Library welcomes you to a new book club which is being hosted in partnership with SOS Pride Society! 

The program is FREE; registration is required. In March they will be watching the Harvey Milk film as a follow up to the book.

This book club requires sign up, please contact Stephanie (Adult Services Librarian) at: 250-770-7786 or stephaniejames@summer.com if you are interested in attending. 

SOS Pride Social

WEDNESDAY MARCH 11, 2020 – 6pm-9pm @ Brexit Pub in Penticton



Looking for an unforgettable night out to celebrate a great cause?

The 2nd Annual ‘In the Name of Love night of entertainment is happening on March 27, 2020!

2nd Annual Variety Cabaret Showcase, featuring the highest class in performance talent throughout the Okanagan. Proceeds towards In the Name of Love Fund, providing adequate mental health services to the LGBTQ2+ community.

From 1920-2020; Grab your most glamorous and outrageous vintage outfits and journey through 100 years of fabulous and forbidden LGBTQ2+ history at our Speakeasy.

FEARLESS commemorates the path of unbreakable, resilient and FEARLESS folks who changed the course of history simply by existing in resistance. In the last 100 years, we have seen everything from the legalization of gay activities, to the rise of the LGBTQ2+ flags on Parliament. Imagine what we will see in the next 100 years with the same FEARLESS spirit.

Guests will be given the secret location & password upon ticket purchase. Guests will be entertained throughout the night by the most sought out entertainers in the Okanagan. If the lavish decor and intoxicating performances aren’t enough, you’ll have the opportunity to view some of the best visual arts at our onsite exhibit and silent auction.

Best Costume Prize | Silent Art Auction & Exhibit | Cocktails & Mocktails | Appies | Highly Sought Out Performing Artists | The Most Unforgettable Night of Your Life–

Click on the link here for tickets:


Tuesday April 14, 6:30-8:00pm @ Penticton Public Library

Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

This book club requires sign up, please contact Stephanie  (Adult Services Librarian) at: 250-770-7786 or stephaniejames@summer.com if you are interested in attending! 

Keep checking our Facebook page and website for April & May social events and our big JUNE PRIDE MONTH CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES ANNOUNCEMENT!

Thank you for reading and see you OUT in the community!