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What’s Happening this week in the Okanagan! Aug 3 – 9, 2020

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Monday, August 3 – SA Pride Project: LGBTQ2S+ Terminology Workshop, 12:00 pm, hosted by Salmon Arm Arts Centre ~ Salmon Arm

Artists from the LGBTQ2S+ community are invited to contact Tracey at the Salmon Arm Arts Centre to learn more about creating artwork about terminology and its definitions. These works will become a part of the 3-Day PRIDE Art Exhibition at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery, happening Fall 2020.

Artists will receive a kit with take home instructions + access to a how to video. All materials and supplies will be provided.

There are lots of kits and terms to learn to make art about! For more info about the Salmon Arm Pride Project and to register email curator@salmonarmartscentre.ca

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Tuesday, August 4 – Gender Identity Group ~ Online

This is a positive, safe, inclusive, supportive space for, gender non-conforming, non-binary, transsexual, transgender, gender queer inter-sexed or questioning (or any variation there of under the rainbow spectrum) people living in or near Kelowna or the Okanagan are to discuss matters and various topics while providing and obtaining peer support.

We meet every Tuesday from 6-8 via Discord.

For more information on this group meeting, please join the Gender Identity Group on Facebook.

Tuesday, August 4 – Voices Unheard, 7 pm – 8 pm, hosted by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.live, featuring Toni Boot ~ Online

Toni Boot (she/her/hers), mayor of Summerland, BC since being elected in 2018, joins Jessica Samuels for Episode 4. Originally from Summerland, Mayor Boot has quite the professional resume: she taught at Okanagan College for several years, co-owned Kettle Valley Dried Fruit Company, founded and owned Grasslands Nursery, holds a B.A. in Professional Communication, and entered local government in 2014 when she was elected to Summerland Council.

During this 4-year period, she also sat as a director on the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) board. The focus of this conversation will centre on being a woman of colour in government during such a politically-divisive and racially-charged time in modern history.

To watch the live stream, click here

If you are interested in having your voice heard please submit your information via our online form: https://bit.ly/3jn55Ac

Voices Unheard is a weekly livestream series produced by Unicorns.LIVE in partnership with Kelowna Pride.

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.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Wednesday, August 5 – Qusic, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, presented by Rebellious Unicorns and Unicorns.live, featuring Brandon Schmor, hosted by Friends of Dorothy Lounge ~ Kelowna and Online

Brandon Schmor (he/him/his) is a 25 year old self-taught pianist and vocalist from Vernon BC, who enjoys performing both covers, and his own original songs, spanning a wide range of musical genres including Blues, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Soul, Punk, Grunge, and even Ragtime Saloon Piano.

Around the age of 3, he began to pick out the notes from songs he had heard, on an old toy piano that was given to him. He continued to be fascinated with music, and pianos, eventually prompting his family to bring home a large antique upright piano for him to play on.

Brandon finally gained the confidence to come out as gay to his family in 2017, and was fortunate to receive acceptance, and support. Brandon is also diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, does not read sheet music, and plays piano entirely by ear, and emotion.

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 coarse language.

**Please see note below about purchasing tickets by table**

QUSIC is a new LGBT2Q+ Artist Music Series, produced by Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc., in which all presenting artists must identify under the LGBT2Q+ spectrum. This innovative series celebrates the LGBTQ2+ community, which includes individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit as well as a range of other gender and sexual identities. QUSIC will feature solo performers, duos or group acts, provided that the headlining artist identifies as LGBT2Q+.

QUSIC supports the growth and development of the Canadian music industry, highlighting artists who identify as LGBT2Q+. The music series invests in Canadian talent and will help to grow awareness of LGBT2Q+ musical artists, and helping to put money in their pockets so that they may continue to create this essential art form.

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.

-5:30pm – Doors open for pre-cocktails and food purchases
-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. –

19+ – valid government issued photo ID may be required for entry.

Friends of Dorothy Lounge is wheelchair accessible. If you require assistance please let us know.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Thursday, August 6 – Women’s Walking Group, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, 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. Flat, even terrain.

For information regarding this event, please join our group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kelownarainbowwomen/

Thursday, August 6 – Canada’s Drag Race Viewing, 7:30 pm – 9:00pm, 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
Join us every Thursday, starting July 2nd, at 7:30pm for a very special viewing of the show hosted by the ravishing Sparkle.
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.
And it gets better. Our “Canadian” pizza named after one of the judges, Brooke Lynn Hytes, will be at a special price too.⠀⠀⠀
Call us at (236) 420-4565 to make a reservation.

To find out more, visit the Facebook Event Page

Sunday, August 9 – 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/

Author: Taysha Jarrett

Taysha Jarrett is the Community Engagement Advisor for Rebellious Unicorns and the Copy Editor for Kelowna.LGBT