Pride Week’s Untoxicated sober space is returning bigger than ever before, taking over part of Davie Village as a street festival for the first time on Sunday.
It is hoped the festival will support people in recovery and provide a space for anyone who wants to celebrate Pride away from mood altering substances.
“This will actually be my first Pride ever. During my addiction all that mattered was drugs and sex,” said Dave K, an Untoxicated volunteer who has been substance free for 10 months.
“I was a leech to the gay community for a decade, always taking and never giving back. A large part of my recovery is showing others that recovery is not only possible, but a lot of fun too.”
The festival headliners come from Rupaul’s Drag Race – international drag superstars Courtney Act and Morgan McMichaels.
MC Crystal Clearly will also be joined by Jaylene Tyme, Iona Whipp, Alma Bitches, Rose Butch, Hope Diamond, Scizzor Fairy and DJs Josh DeKay and D.A. Productions.
Ultimately, Untoxicated organizers hope the street festival will help reduce the stigma of addiction recovery.
They note it is the only visible clean and sober event in the middle of a city on Pride Day in the world.
Where: Davie Street at Bute Street, Vancouver
When: Sunday, July 31, from 6 to 11 pm.
Tickets: Available on Eventbrite, $20