Vancouver features great LGBTQ events all year, but things pick up steam in the summertime as the city heats up and hurtles toward Pride season. Film festivals, music, and drag queens clawing for consideration in the upcoming celebrations – May’s queer events bring the sizzle before things really kick off this summer.
Local drag queens and kings take to the Cobalt to battle it out over 3 weekly shows for the title of Mr/Miss Cobalt, the must-have title in East Van’s quirky queer performance scene.
Michael V. Smith presents the local launch of his “scalding, sassy” memoir with giveaways, drag, comedy and special guest authors Colin Thomas, Daniel Zomparelli and Trish Kelly.
The popular gay party for “bears” and those who appreciate them returns to Club 560 with international DJs, gogo boys and partygoers from all over the map.
A new May long weekend event for women at Lux Lounge (1180 Howe St) with DJ Lisa Delux.
International DJ Rachel Sehl joins local favourite Kasey Riot for this popular recurring, lesbian-oriented party over May long weekend at the Red Room.
The acclaimed Canadian TV comedy troupe featuring Bruce McCulloch, Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson stop for a show at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on their new tour, and they are “dry cleaning their cabbage heads and girdles.”
The always gay-friendly Gaga and her new favourite duet partner, legendary crooner Tony Bennett, perform cuts from their album Cheek to Cheek.
Celebrate Vancouver’s LGBTQ community leaders, featuring an art show, appetizers and a prize draw at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Winners are chosen by a committee of community organization representatives from public nominations.
Canada’s oldest LGBTQ concert band presents samba, mambo, hustle and a mixture of old and new music, some performed with dancers, and others with a dance floor for spectators to boogie.
This year’s DOXA documentary film festival in Vancouver (running until May 10) features several LGBTQ films: