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A guide to all of your Pride Festival 2020 events! Next week’s events include QueeReads, A Sip with Sparkle, Voices Unheard, Kelowna Pride Drag Superstar Semi-Finals, and more!

Sunday, September 20 – QueeReads – Fragments of a Unicorn’s Soul (Part 1), 7 pm – 7:45 pm, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge and Author Leigh Jarrett, read by FOD’s very own Colin Barr ~ Kelowna and Online

Content with his life, Elek Keros never questions the ways of the Unicorn. Until one night the sense of something coming awakens him from a deep sleep. He breaks Unicorn law by leaving the enchanted glade his kind lives in to search for what is calling to him. Each night he returns home without answers, but he cannot stop entering the forest day after day to find what he seeks.

The answer lies in a small child Elek rescues. Over the years, he watches over the boy, learns all that he can about the human and steadily falls in love with him. But how can the love he feels possibly breach the divide between their two worlds?

The content of this book is rated R

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Monday, September 21 – A Sip With Sparkle – Pride ReMIX, featuring Sparkle and Ella Lamoureux, hosted by Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge and Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery

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!

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Tuesday, September 22 – Kelowna Pride Pedal Parade 6pm – 7pm, hosted by Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE, presented by TD Bank, and supported by Fido, The Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre, and Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna and Online

Dust off those bicycles for Kelowna Pride’s First-Ever Pedal Parade. PRE-REGISTRATION Required! We will safely meet in the area of Prospera Place in groups of up to 40 people. Face masks & physical distancing required.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Events Page

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Tuesday, September 22 – Voices Unheard, 7 pm – 7:30 pm, featuring Wilbur Turner, a key part of taking a small Pride March in Kelowna with a few dozen in attendance, to the festival with thousands in attendance in 2019, hosted by Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE, and supported by Castanet and The Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre ~ Kelowna and Online

For the final episode in this season of Voices Unheard, we celebrate Kelowna Pride Week by delving into the city’s LGBT2Q+ history, and learning the story of a gay man who has been instrumental in fostering the Pride movement in this British Columbia community.

Wilbur Turner (he/him) grew up during the 60s and 70s in rural Alberta “in a time when gay wasn’t a word you heard.” His upbringing in a conservative Christian cult made it impossible for him to recognize his sexuality, and was eventually ostracized by his own family and the church when he finally came out after 18 years of marriage to a woman.

His coming out experience led him to volunteer work in the LGBT2Q+ community; after moving to Kelowna in 2011, he became heavily involved with Kelowna Pride. Wilbur was a key part of taking a small Pride March with a few dozen in attendance, to the festival with thousands in attendance in 2019.

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Wednesday, September 23 – Kelowna Pride Water Parade, 6 pm – 7 pm, hosted by Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE, presented by TD Bank, and supported by Fido, The Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre, and Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna and Online

Dust off those stand-up paddle boards, kayaks or other people-powered watercrafts for Kelowna Pride’s First-Ever? Water Parade hosted by Freida Whales. PRE-REGISTRATION Required!

We will safely meet in the area of The Sails Water fountain, downtown Kelowna. People will be scheduled to allow for adequate spacing between floaties and groups. Masks must be worn while waiting to get on the water.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

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Thursday, September 24 – Kelowna Pride Vehicle Parade, 6 pm – 7 pm, hosted by Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE, presented by TD Bank, and supported by Fido, The Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre, and Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna and Online

Power-up and get ready for Kelowna Pride’s First Ever Motor Vehicle Parade. Bedazzle and Bejewel your ride and show your PRIDE. PRE-REGISTRATION Required and limited to 50 vehicles per Provincial Guidelines.

Those who have pre-registered will remain in the vehicle and meet in the back parking lot at Prospera Place.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

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Friday, September 25 – Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar – Semi-Finals, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, hosted by Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE, presented by TD Bank, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge, The Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre, Fido, and Heritage Law Group ~ Kelowna and Online

The 9th Annual Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar Competition is getting an upgrade this year! With the limited size of crowds able to participate in person we are creating a hybrid of online and in person events. We are also bringing you 3 nights of Superstars and we will have some surprise Celebrity Guests for you!

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Saturday, September 26 – Kelowna Pride Festival 2020, 12pm – 4pm, hosted by Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE, presented by TD Bank, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge, The Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre, and Fido ~ Kelowna and Online

“Your Future, Your Story…”

Come out and show your support for this year’s theme “Your Future, Your Story…”. Spend an afternoon social distancing with your friends at some of Kelowna’s most premiere locations while enjoying live music safely and with a view!

Being hosted across two different secret sites. Only those registered & confirmed to attend will be provided with the appropriate location details. Both locations will have a no-charge area. People will pre-register and we will select up to 50 people to attend in person. The online live stream will be free to watch. Each site will have its own unique line up of live music.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

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Saturday, September 26 – Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar – Finale, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, hosted by Kelowna Pride Society and Unicorns.LIVE, presented by TD Bank, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge, The Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre, Fido, and Heritage Law Group ~ Kelowna and Online

The 9th Annual Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar Competition is getting an upgrade this year! With the limited size of crowds able to participate in person we are creating a hybrid of online and in person events. We are also bringing you 3 nights of Superstars and we will have some surprise Celebrity Guests for you!

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Sunday, September 27 – QueeReads – Fragments of a Unicorn’s Soul (Part 1), 7 pm – 7:45 pm, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge and Author Leigh Jarrett, read by FOD’s very own Colin Barr ~ Kelowna and Online

Content with his life, Elek Keros never questions the ways of the Unicorn. Until one night the sense of something coming awakens him from a deep sleep. He breaks Unicorn law by leaving the enchanted glade his kind lives in to search for what is calling to him. Each night he returns home without answers, but he cannot stop entering the forest day after day to find what he seeks.

The answer lies in a small child Elek rescues. Over the years, he watches over the boy, learns all that he can about the human and steadily falls in love with him. But how can the love he feels possibly breach the divide between their two worlds?

The content of this book is rated R

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE

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Next week’s events include Voices Unheard, QUSIC, Kelowna Pride Drag Superstar Preliminaries, and more!

Tuesday, September 15 – Voices Unheard, 7 pm – 7:30 pm, featuring Nicolette Rodriguez, a trans person of colour, presented by Rebellious Unicorns, Unicorns.LIVE, and Kelowna Pride Society, sponsored by Castanet, and hosted by The Kanata Hotel ~ Kelowna and Online

Nicolette Rodriguez (she/her) is our next guest on Voices Unheard. She is a 26-year-old trans woman of colour who began transitioning one year ago. Nicolette was born in Edmonton, Alberta but grew up in and currently resides in Penticton, British Columbia; her family emigrated to Canada from El Salvador prior to her birth. She is Vice-President at the South Okanagan-Similkameen Pride Society, and currently works at the Penticton YMCA and is studying business.

Host Jessica Samuels will chat with Nicolette about her life and experiences as a trans person and how being a woman of colour with immigrant family members continues to shape her world.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

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Wednesday, September 16QUSIC, 7 pm – 8:30 pm, featuring Daughter of the Moon, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.LIVE, hosted by Friends of Dorothy Lounge.

Daughter of the Moon (she/her) is a dream/soul/folk songstress living on the Traditional Coast Salish Territory (a.k.a Vancouver, B.C). She shares the deeper ethereal pieces of herself through song and her performance of voice & guitar have been described as haunting, yet healing. Her songs often share stories of women, the 2SLGBTQ+ community and the natural world of non-human beings. She creates with the hope of reconnecting to her own roots and inner truths – and perhaps inspiring others to do so as well.

A wild songstress, Natalie has performed in India on the banks of the Ganges, song-written on the beaches of Central America and Hawaii and has toured with her albums across Canada twice from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland and back. Her albums “Daughter Of the Moon” & “Sweetness In the Shadows” are both available on all music platforms and her next one is due for release in 2021.

Anyone wishing to attend this show in person at Friends of Dorothy Lounge may do so at no charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in attending should contact Friends of Dorothy Lounge to reserve their table by calling 236.420.4565 or by email at info@fodlounge.com. A minimum $10 donation to Etcetera Youth Group is requested for those who wish to attend, in lieu of purchasing tickets. This episode is produced with the additional support of TD. Donate to Etcetera: https://bit.ly/qusicetcetera

QUSIC episodes are generally only available to current Unicorns.LIVE subscribers; however, thanks to the support of the TD, this livestream will be available to everyone! NOTE: The episode will be available for viewing after September 16, 2020 to Unicorns.LIVE subscribers only.

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Friday, September 18 – Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar – Preliminaries, 7 pm – 10 pm, presented by Kelowna Pride and TD Bank, hosted by Friends of Dorothy Lounge, sponsored by The Kanata Hotel, Fido, and Heritage Law Group.

The 9th Annual Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar Competition is getting an upgrade this year! With the limited size of crowds able to participate in person we are creating a hybrid of online and in person events. We are also bringing you 3 nights of Superstars and we will have some surprise Celebrity Guests for you!

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


Saturday, September 19 – Lucky Monkey, live at the Kelowna Community Theatre, 7 pm, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.LIVE

Lucky Monkey is a rock band from Kelowna, BC, Canada that blends the soul of old-school 70’s rock with the energy and polish of the 21st Century to create music that speaks to fans both new and old. The band’s sound is melodic, crunching, and accessible. Lucky Monkey has supported big names acts such as DANKO JONES, THE LAZYS, HARLEQUIN, and BRET MICHAELS and performed for the Vancouver Canucks on three occasions. They are a band of brothers who’s passion for writing and performing music has led them to the top of their local scene and knocking on the door of discovery.

The live stream of the show is available for $5.99+GST. As this is a special collaboration the live show will not be available to subscribers. The recording of the show will be made available to subscribers 7 days after the show airs live.

CONTEST 
Purchase your livestream access before 7pm PST on Sept 12, 2020 (one week before the show) and you will get entered to win an in person experience for yourself and up to 5 people (your pod). There will be 3 packages we are giving away. All COVID guidelines will be followed for the in person experience. The draw will be completed LIVE on Facebook from Lucky Monkey’s page on Sept 13. 

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Next week’s shows include Voices Unheard and QUSIC

Tuesday, September 1 – Voices Unheard, 7 pm – 7:30 pm, featuring Robert Verigin, presented by Rebellious Unicorns, Unicorns.LIVE, and Kelowna Pride Society, sponsored by Castanet, and hosted by Kanata Hotels ~ Kelowna and Online

Robert Verigin (he/she/they) sometimes uses pronouns, and sometimes doesn’t, because he’s usually just referred to as “that old queen”. On this episode of Voices Unheard, Jessica Samuels is joined by Robert, who is now 68 years young and is widely known by his drag persona, Sophona Dick. Growing up queer in a small BC community in the 60s and 70s, he was outed by his father in 1968, spurring a move to the “big cities” of Vancouver and Seattle where he finally felt free to be himself.

The conversation between Jessica and Robert will span decades full of fascinating and at times heartbreaking tales, including how the HIV/AIDS epidemic stole so many lives from this earth. The stories he will share are sure to provide inspiration and hope; Robert strongly believes that no matter your age, sexual identity, where you live, or what your struggles are…it really does get better.

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Wednesday, September 2 – QUSIC, 7 pm – 8:30 pm, featuring Patrick Masse, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.LIVE, hosted by Friends of Dorothy Lounge.

Patrick Masse (he/him/his) is a Canadian West Coast recording artist and songwriter who has been a constant in the Canadian country music scene since the release of his 1998 debut album “Get There From Here”, which garnered him a nomination for the prestigious BCCMA Ray MacAuley Horizon Award. Patrick’s second album “Mend The Man” charted two singles in 2009. Extensive airplay of the two albums earned Patrick a loyal fan base and established him as an artist who consistently stands on the leading edge of inclusivity. His recent single “Little Bit of Saturday” (which Patrick co-wrote) was produced by Kuya Productions – best known for working with Alessia Cara, JRDN, Shawn Desmond and Kelly Clarkson.

2019 found Patrick busy with summer touring, performing shows in Lethbridge, Calgary, Seattle, Ottawa and Toronto. Last fall, he headed to New York City where he teamed up with Drake Jensen and Donnie Lee Strickland to perform at the legendary Stonewall Inn as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.

As a member of the BCCMA Board of Directors, Patrick is extremely involved in BC’s thriving country music industry – both as an artist and an entrepreneur – and commits his talent, energy and resources to the West Coast’s rich, ever-evolving arts scene. Plans are underway for the release of Patrick’s new single and video “Let’s Ride” in early 2020, with a self-titled EP to follow.

QUSIC live episodes are generally only available to current Unicorns.LIVE subscribers; however, thanks to the support of The Kanata Kelowna Hotel & Conference Centre, this livestream will be available to everyone! NOTE: The episode will be available for viewing after September 2, 2020 to Unicorns.LIVE subscribers only.

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Next week’s shows include Storytime with Freida Whales and Voices Unheard

Monday, August 24 – Drag Storytime with Freida Whales – All ages: Grecko the Gecko Starts School by John Warden, 6:30 pm – 7 pm, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.live ~ Online

Join Freida Whales for another bedtime edition of story time.

Miss Whales will be reading a Grecko the Gecko Starts School and completing a craft!! Grecko the Gecko Starts School is by Kelowna based author Andrew John Warden and illustrated by Clint Baker. Andrew will be joining us to chat with Freida about his books and whats coming up.

This is a family-fun event to wind down the day.

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 storytime events over the last three years, most notably two held in 2019 at the Kelowna Downtown Library, amassing audiences of up to 300 people.

Join us for what will surely be a midsummer night’s scream on A Sip With Sparkle, coming up on Monday, August 17, 2020 live at 7:00 pm PST only on Unicorns.LIVE!

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Tuesday, August 25 – Voices Unheard, 7 pm – 7:30 pm, featuring Alyssa Sundstrom: Indigenous with Multiple Physical Barriers, presented by Rebellious Unicorns, Unicorns.live, and Kelowna Pride Society, sponsored by Castanet, and hosted by Kanata Hotels ~ Kelowna and Online

Alyssa is a 16-yr old Okanagan Indigenous female who was diagnosed with a very rare but serious illness called Behcet’s Disease when she was 18 months old.

Behcet’s Disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes blood vessel inflammation throughout the body; the disease can lead to numerous symptoms including mouth sores, eye inflammation, skin rashes and lesions, along with other ailments. Her illness also caused painful Juvenile Arthritis in 4 sets of her joints.

Alyssa’s wish is to discuss how she’s experienced a very different world than most others while overcoming many challenges and hopes to bring awareness to what Behcet’s Disease is and the battles people of all ages fight.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

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Drag Queen Storytime with Freida Whales

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!
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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!