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Next week’s events include QueeReads and QUSIC!

Wednesday, September 30 – QUSIC, 7 pm, featuring Mariya Stokes, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE, and Rebellious Unicorns and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna and Online

Mariya Stokes (she/her) grew up in Stavely, Alberta and by eight years old she was sneaking into her parents’ small-town bar on Friday afternoons to sing with the local jam band. She has pursued music ever since with a heavy focus on songwriting. Stokes was named the Country Music Alberta 2019 Female Artist of the Year. Her debut single, “Hands on My Body”, was released in February 2019, and is a simple, sexy anthem that blurs the lines between country and pop and was the #1 Most Active Indie at Canadian Radio the week of its release. Her follow-up single, “Christmas, Arizona,” was released in November 2019, and will be followed by her third single which will be released October 2nd 2020.

In 2019, Stokes opened for RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar Trixie Mattel and Canadian pop sweetheart Jocelyn Alice in Calgary, Alberta. She was selected to work with Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee Terri Clark at National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta during her RBC Masters in Residence Program.
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Actively involved in charitable endeavors, Mariya is an Artist in Residence for the Women’s Centre of Calgary (2020), and has worked with the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre writing original songs, poems, and stories that captured the essence of the community with clients of the organization. The result of the latter project was two albums, released in 2015 (“Shelter From the Storm”) and 2016 (“Verses Vs. Homelessness”, which features her song “Lucky”). She has also independently created and executed two coat drives for the Drop-In Centre.

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Sunday, October 4 – QueeReads – Carousel (Part 1 of 2), 7 pm – 7:45 pm, hosted by Unicorns.LIVE, and supported by Friends of Dorothy Lounge and Author Leigh Jarrett, read by Cat Bonner, a lovely British lass ~ Kelowna and Online

When a child goes missing in Widdershins, ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty fears sinister forces are at work in the town. Together, he and his lover Percival Endicott Whyborne must track down the child and put an end to a murderous plot, before any more young souls are lost.

The genre of this book is M/M Gay Mystery/Romance and the content is rated 18+  Suitable for viewers only 18 and older; those under 18 yrs of age must have parental consent. May contain coarse language, sexual themes, mature content of a sexual nature.

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Voices Unheard Vol 10 – Wilbur Turner: Instrumental in Fostering the Pride Movement in Kelowna


Tuesday, September 22 – Voices Unheard, 12 pm – 12:30 pm, featuring Wilbur Turner, presented by Rebellious Unicorns, Unicorns.LIVE, and Kelowna Pride Society, sponsored by Castanet, and hosted by 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 several of 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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Voices Unheard: Wilbur Turner

Content Rating: PG – Parental guidance is suggested for designated age range (7-13 yrs); some material may not be suitable for all children due to content that may be of a mature nature or triggering for viewers.

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 several of 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.

While this is the final episode of this season of Voices Unheard, we are looking for guests for next season’s upcoming episodes. If you are interested in having your voice heard please submit your information via our online form.

About Voices Unheard

Voices Unheard is a weekly livestream series produced by Unicorns.LIVE in partnership with Kelowna Pride Society. The intent of this series is to bring awareness to underrepresented members of society, which includes people of various racial backgrounds, sexuality, gender identity/expression, age, or ability. Host Jessica Samuels will engage a different guest each week in a candid conversation about the challenges they have faced or continue to struggle with, elevating their voice and helping them to tell their stories.

Voices Unheard is filmed and produced on the unceded, traditional territory of the syilx (Okanagan) people.

Voices Unheard is grateful for the support of Castanet Media and the Kanata Kelowna Hotel and Conference Centre.

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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.

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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.

Watch the livestream on Unicorns.LIVE


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.

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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

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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.

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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

Voices Unheard: Nicolette Rodriguez

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.

About Voices Unheard

Voices Unheard is a weekly livestream series produced by Unicorns.LIVE in partnership with Kelowna Pride Society. The intent of this series is to bring awareness to underrepresented members of society, which includes people of various racial backgrounds, sexuality, gender identity/expression, age, or ability. Host Jessica Samuels will engage a different guest each week in a candid conversation about the challenges they have faced or continue to struggle with, elevating their voice and helping them to tell their stories.

Voices Unheard is filmed and produced on the unceded, traditional territory of the syilx (Okanagan) people.

Voices Unheard is grateful for the support of Castanet Media and the Kanata Kelowna Hotel and Conference Centre.

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