Do you love sipping bubbly? How about sampling delectable eats from some of the city’s finest restaurants? Perhaps mixing and mingling is more up your alley. If you answer “yes” to any of the previous questions, then you have to check out the 9th annual Dr. Peter AIDS “Passions” event this Sunday September 9. The event takes place from 5pm til 9pm at the Dr. Peter Center on 1110 Comox Street. To purchase tickets or more information, head to www.drpeter.org or call 604.331.5086.
Two dozen of Vancouver’s top restaurants and chefs will take part in this year’s event. Returning restaurants include Beachside Forno, Cibo, Chambar, CinCin, Coast, Diva at the Met, Forage (previously O’Doul’s Restaurant), Fraîche, Hapa Izakaya, Kale & Nori, Le Gavroche, Maenam, Market, MIX the Bakery, Oru at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Provence, The Observatory, Tojo’s, and West. Newcomers to the event include, La Belle Auberge,Miku/Minami, Urban Fare, and Yew. Upon arrival, guests will be treated to food truck bites from Roaming Dragon.
Passions will once again spotlight a selection of wines courtesy of New Zealand Winegrowers and beer from R&B Brewing Co. DJ Raffi will spin the tunes.
Got plans this weekend? If you do, immediately cancel them if they don’t include checking out the fabulous Wynter Gordon at Club FiveSixty on Saturday, September 1. What better way to kick in a new month and Labor Day long weekend by dancing your troubles away to the sounds of Gordon live. Definitely nothing laborious about it. Just pure unadulterated fun.
We’re huge fans of Wynter for several years now and been following her career since her club hit, “Dirty Talk“. We’ve had an opportunity to chat with this talented singer/songwriter and even get a photo op. She’s equally as engaging and awesome in person. So excited that Big Roger Events is bringing back this dance diva back to YVR to Glitter-Up. Tickets are selling fast, so grab your tickets before it’s sold out. On deck to spin tunes before Wynter takes the stage is Vancouver’s favorite local DJ, Adam Dreaddy.
When Wynter Gordon entered the music business, it was as a songwriter for established artists. Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, and Estelle are among the stars who benefitted from Gordon’s sonic penmanship. But like any true artist, it got the point where Gordon could no longer hide her emotions in someone else’s music (she did, after all attend Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School the so-called “Fame” school), and the 26-year-old New York native finally released her debut record, With the Music I Die, last year.
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With the summer upon us, gays everywhere begin to think of one thing… well two things: (1) Looking good in the least amount of clothing possible and (2) PRIDE! Gay pride really is a second Christmas for homos and their straight/bi-curious friends, a Christmas laden with Speedos, binge drinking, camaraderie and making out with complete strangers from out of town. For those living in the Northwest, our summers are dominated by Pride events, with Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC Prides all occurring in succession. Pride is a mini-vacation, with the majority of us taking three-day weekends (or calling in sick on Monday) and driving short distances to break from our normal lives.
What once started with a march through the city, has now become a three-day event, filled with house parties, pool parties, BBQ’s and get-togethers. All ending in a huge block party. For those that have never been to a pride, the block party is truly something interesting. Within this one city-block, the sidewalks are lined with makeshift bars, grills cooking the usual summer BBQ fare for those who dare to be seen eating at a gay event, and a stage with rainbows everywhere. Gracing the stage with their presence are numerous foul-mouthed drag queens, muscular porn stars, twinky go-go dancers and D-list entertainers, usually some one-hit-wonder from the late eighties/early nineties or an American Idol runner up. Most importantly though, the block party is filled with every ‘mo and mary in a 20 mile radius. It is a literal “who’s who” of the gay community, or a “who’s that” depending on the city. Although it may look like a harmless shirtless boy-party, the debauchery that can occur rivals that of Spring Break on Girls Gone Wild. I have seen the ads: I know straight people are no better. But I digress. The point is all of these homos gather for one purpose: to dance and drink from 11am ’till 2am.
I love it when two of my favorite things get together for the greater good. One of Vancouver’s biggest party promoters Big Roger Events (and friends of ours) is supporting one of the local charities we support the most, YouthCO Aids Society. As a side note, it’s not too late to book your table for our Homorazzi Hangover Brunch at Opus Hotel. Partial proceeds are being donated to YouthCO. Who knew enjoying a mimosa and eating a delicious 3-course meal could help so many?
YouthCO Aids Society is raising funds for The MPowerment Project, an ambitious new HIV prevention project for young gay men.
To show support for this important initiative Big Roger Events is offering an incredible prize package to a lucky donor. The individual to make the largest donation to this project on Weeve.it between now and Saturday August 4th will receive four tickets to the 11th Annual Trouble Pride T-Dance, taking place after the parade this Sunday, including pick-up service by a uniformed driver in a Rolls Royce Phantom. This prize is valued at around $300.
YouthCO reduces the impact of HIV and Hep C on the youth of British Columbia through peer support, education and meaningful community engagement. For Information about The MPowerment Project, and to make donations please visit http://www.weeve.it/project/home/20
Big Roger Events is joining forces with Martini Presents to co-produce the 11th Annual TROUBLE PRIDE T-DANCE, moving the event to an incredible new indoor/outdoor venue with cheap drinks, complimentary tapas, and daytime dance beats by DJ JOE GAUTHREAUX.
Pride is the season for giving so let’s give! Each donation (no matter how small) is so valuable and will help to reach their $2000 goal for this campaign.
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.
Tonight, Patrick and I got a chance to catch Landmark Productions’ performance of the famed LGBT play, “Blowing Whistles.” The play was written by Matthew Todd, the current editor of Attitude magazine in the UK. The three-man play centers around the lives of three gay men, two in a relationship, the other a one-night threesome. However, this young man who enters their home turns out to bring much more than they both expected and turns their world upside-down.
Directed by Australian-transplant Morgan David Jones, and produced alongside the shows co-star Shane Bingham, the story rings true to a present situation that currently plagues gay relationships no matter where you live. The show also stars Michael Lyons and Cameron Crosby. Original written for a UK audience, Morgan and Shane received permission from the playwright to localize the play to their audience therefore, creating a unique story that references Vancouver and its isms. A really smart decision on their part.
Click here to head back to Homorazzi’s 2012 Vancouver Pride Recommendations.
Located in the heart of the Davie Village in downtown Vancouver, Oasis Ultra Lounge continues to hold its place as one of the premier nightlife destinations in the city. With everything from a fantastic new food menu, and exciting nightly events, we strive to create an atmosphere that is sexy, fun, inviting and most importantly, welcome to all. Located on the second floor we offer a view from above of the Davie Village and also boast a large rooftop patio complete with retractable awnings and its own bar.
1240 Thurlow Street
Official Website: http://oasisondavie.com/
Click here to head back to Homorazzi’s 2012 Vancouver Pride Recommendations.