Vancouver Pride 2012: Our Party Recommendations

Vancouver Pride Week is finally upon us. WOOHOO. If there’s anything I’ve learned during the various Prides I’ve attended around the world, is you need to have a solid plan. So, if you’re not sure what you’re doing yet this weekend, we’ve got the low down on all the hot parties. We definitely stand by our recommendations. You’ll most likely see a couple of us if not more at all the following parties.

Before we begin, we want to remind you once again about a couple of events we’re sponsoring. As mentioned previously, we have teamed up with Club Five Sixty as a media sponsor for their HUGE Saturday night party with UK DJ Lee Harris spinning tracks til 4am. You definitely don’t want to miss it. Facebook event info here. We are also giving away tickets and a VIP table package. Be sure to enter.

Secondly, in the middle of Pride weekend mayhem, Opus Hotel and Homorazzi are presenting the Homorazzi Hangover Brunch at Cento Notti on Saturday August 4th. Tickets are only $25 dollars with partial proceeds going to one of our favorite local charities, YouthCO. That price (excludes tax & gratuity) will get you a mimosa upon arrival and a tasty 3-course meal. We also set up FREE rides to and from OPUS courtesy of UBER. If you haven’t taken a ride in their town cars or SUVs, you’re missing out. Why take a taxi when you can arrive in a sleek black ride? More details below.

Also, we would be remiss if we didn’t promote one of our own writers, Tommy D. He’s known to throw the best annual pool party and pride events on a yearly basis. TFD Productions really know how to lay it down. Without further ado, check out all our other recommendations during YVR Pride Week below.

Thursday August 2, 2012

CeCe Peniston Live @ Shine

CE CE PENISTON is coming just in time for VANCOUVER PRIDE! Thursday August 2nd at SHINE NIGHTCLUB will be the stuff of legends when this dancefloor diva takes over our city.

The voice behind the club hits “Finally”, “Hit By Love”, “We Got A Love Thang”, “Movin’ On” and “Celebrate”, CeCe Peniston has established herself as the biggest name in house music. Come see why, and help us celebrate Pride in style!
Click here for details.

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Other Thursday Night Haunts

Friday August 3, 2012

DIXX magazine presents: TUBE STEAK

A Dixx Magazine preview party hosted by Colby Keller who is “A bigger, scruffier, more introverted variety of actor…”, blogger, and artist making his first Canadian appearance! DIXX’s first cover and centerfold is your generous host.

DIXX is taking over the swanky Keefer Bar and serving up a Pride party like no other. With Rosemary Gimlets & Bold Fashioneds crafted by the Keefer Bar and the refreshing new Pride Beer brewed right here in Vancouver by R&B Brewery.

The kitchen will be serving up TUBE STEAK Hot Dogs!

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Fag Fridays @ Oasis

Kick starting the long weekend with high energy, uplifting music and some crazy entertainment! Sometimes you need to look up for the good party ?

It’s definitely the place to seen and be seen. Plus the shirtless hot bartenders aren’t too shabby to look at. DJ Adam Dreaddy and friends will have you dancing all night long.

For other at EVENTS during PRIDE WEEK @ Oasis, click here.

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The Junction with DJ Drew

Every Friday night this place is jumpin’. I fully expect during Pride it’ll be exponentially even more so. There’s no other place in Vancouver where you’ll hear retro music, mixed in with today’s current hits with some hardcore dance tracks. Be sure to get there early. You don’t want to spend your pride on the streets… or do you 😉

For other at EVENTS during PRIDE WEEK @ The Junction, click here.

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Other Friday Night Haunts

Saturday August 4, 2012

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that couldn’t be even more true come Pride weekend. Opus Hotel has teamed up with us for the Homorazzi Hangover Brunch at Cento Notti on Saturday, August 4 between 11am to 3pm. The brunch is a three course shared platter that includes a mimosa upon arrival. There will be a DJ spinning and some special guests as well. We hope to see YOU there! PS. You can arrive there in a classy town car for free. Keep reading for details.

  • DATE: Saturday, August 4
  • TIME: 11am – 3pm
  • LOCATION: Cento Notti – 350 Davie Street at Opus Hotel Vancouver
  • COST: $25 per person (excludes tax & gratuity / partial proceeds donated to YouthCO.

By reservation only. Call 604-642-0557 or book online here.

Our friends at Uber have offered a promo code for complimentary rides to and from the OPUS for this event with promo code OPUSBRUNCH. ($40 max discount each way). Code is valid to new and existing users. Download this App if you haven’t yet!

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Lee Harris carries a unique talent to mix music and leave the dancefloor craving for more. His ability to transition seamlessly through tracks has allowed for him to take his career globally. After winning the Ministry of Sound magazine DJ competition in 2000, he’s never looked back and it has led to residencies at many top London clubs.

Lee is currently a resident for House Nation UK, which is a monthly podcast recognised in the top 10 music podcasts on iTunes and downloaded from all corners of the world with over 90,000 downloads an episode showcasing his uplifting house and electro sound.

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Rapture: Heatwave @ Westin Grand Hotel

Homorazzi writer Tommy presents his third annual Pride pool party. Starring RuPaul’s Drag Race and Drag U star Jujubee.

DJs Nick Bertossi and Landon James.

Noon–6pm, Westin Grand Hotel pool deck

433 Robson St.

Tickets $44.80 plus HST at Priape, 1148 Davie St. and at

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Hustla: Pride Bling @ Cobalt

Vancouver’s HOTTEST HOMO PARTY is crunking its way into Pride mode! So whip out those rainbow chainz, and strip on down to just a grill and some pasties, because you don’t wanna miss this.

You like HIP HOP, HOMOS, DRAG QUEENS and SICK BEATZ? Then you gonna like this party, gurl.

Featuring HUSTLA’s resident DJs



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Play (After-Hours) @ Gorg-O-Mish

Starring DJ EDDIE MARTINEZ (NYC), opening set by Toronto’s JOSH KARMIN

The stars have aligned in everyone’s favour this year, allowing us to add an exxxtra-special after-hours experience. Saturday night into Sunday morning.

No matter where you were before, Let the music take control, Leave your inhibitions at the door. It’s PLAY–time!

DJ EDDIE MARTINEZ served up an incredible night for us at the Victoria Day UNITED party. So-much-so that we were instantly hit with not just requests, but demands to bring him back. Well, since you asked so nicely… We’re happy to oblige!

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Other Saturday Night Haunts

Sunday August 5, 2012

Pride Parade & Festival

Getting up in the morning can be difficult after a hard night of partying, especially during pride. That said, it really is worthwhile to check out the parade. The celebration of the summer happens at the 34th Annual Pride Parade in the heart of Vancouver’s West End August 5th, 2012. Celebrate Pride with 640,000 of your friends and family on the streets of Vancouver!

Be sure to check out the Pride Festival at Sunset Beach afterwards. Each year the Sunset Beach Pride Festival draws more than 125,000 people to celebrate the best day of the summer with Pride. Check out our live music, Pride market and beer garden

Both events are free of charge. It’s going to be a nice and sunny day Sunday, so definitely enjoy the outdoors. Afterwards, head over to the following parties which we highly recommend.

The 11th Annual TROUBLE PRIDE T-Dance

Starring DJ JOE GAUTHREAUX (LA) with Vancouver’s own DJ QUEST opening.

It’s the 11th Annual Trouble Pride T-dance, right after the Pride Parade on Sunday August 5th. Big Roger Events is joining Martini Presents to co-produce a bigger and better TROUBLE!

We can’t wait for you to experience this event at a gorgeous, sexy and spacious new venue: perfect for the post parade social where everyone gets lucky, rain or shine! Cheap drinks and complimentary tapas, ample room to hit the patio or the dance floor!

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Rapture: Victory

Homorazzi writer Tommy D’s TFD Presents the PRIDE EVENT of the year (It truly is). I’m loving the SUPERHERO theme this year.

Rapture: VICTORY :: GOTHAM CITY :: Sunday, August 5th, 2012

starring: DANNY VERDE (Italy) RAFAEL CALVENTE (Rio) DJ GRIND (SFO) With performances by:

The Commodore Ballroom :: 868 Granville St :: Vancouver

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UNITED: PRIDE 2012 – YVR Pride Closing Party

The UNITED parties are Vancouver’s sweatiest, sexiest, and wildest re-occuring after-hours parties. UNITED: PRIDE is exponentially hotter. This massive event sells out in advance every year with line-ups down the block to get in. This is your pride weekend wrap-up destination. Your weekend of partying peaks and ends here. UNITED – we celebrate!

Having absolutely mastered this event last year we’re thrilled to be bringing DJ PAULO (LA) back for more. His tribal injected house sound drives our feet, hips, and libidos and he understands us west-coasters like no-one else. He’s a Vancouver favourite and we’re thrilled to have him back.

The party begins at 1AM on Sunday Night and ends at 8AM on Monday morning.

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Other Sunday Night Haunts