SHINE! extravaganza puts spotlight on mental health in Vancouver

Aug 16 2016, 11:25 pm

Hundreds of models, dancers, actors, musicians and fashion designers are coming together in Vancouver for the first ever SHINE! extravaganza, to raise awareness of mental health and addiction.

More than 900 guests are expected at the fashion and dance fundraiser, which will be held on Saturday, September 10 at the Commodore Ballroom.

This year, the theme is “Avant Garde,” with gender illusionist Symone Says and TV presenter Fiona Forbes co-hosting.

Among the myriad of designers taking part are BC’s own Shiverz DesignsLace Embrace and Boo La La Costumes.

Meanwhile, the talent on stage will include drag queens Hope Diamond, Glitteris and Sienna Blaze, singers Warren Dean Flandez and Amanda Wood and dancer Jacq Smith.

The event was dreamed up by local LGBTQ+ community leader Dean Thullner, who relied on Vancouver’s mental health resources when he was diagnosed with HIV in the 1980s.

Initially given months to live, Thullner is now dedicated to giving back, and has already raised more than $2 million for mental health, addiction, and HIV/AIDS causes.

All in all, more than 350 artists are taking part in SHINE!, all for free, hoping to raise more funds for mental health and addiction, while addressing the stigma of mental illness.

Tickets are on sale now. All proceeds going to the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division (CMHA BC) and the Lions Gate Hospital HOpe Centre.


Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver

When: Saturday, 10 September, from 6:30 pm to 2 am

Tickets: On Eventbrite, $75-$20,000

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