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February 20
2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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VMF Winter Arts Hub
850 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7 Canada
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February 20 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Feb 20, 2PM—9PM, VMF Winter Arts Hub

Cozy up with your chosen families at the VMF Winter Arts Hub and celebrate Family Day with Vancity’s Black Drag Haus! Haus of Bukuru will read to the children and delight with performances. Bring your chosen family and loved ones for children’s storytime, family-friendly drag performances, and dance party! This free, family-friendly event will bring everyone together for a day of celebrating love and community.

Drag Storytime 2-3pm:
Karmella Barr 
Batty B Banks

DJ Sets:
Softie Shan
Vixen Von Flex

Drag Shows 3:30pm & 6pm:
Acacia Grey
Levi Thrust
Karmella Barr
Batty B Banks
Mx Bukuru

ASL interpretation can be requested for all Vancouver Winter Pride Festival events. To request ASL interpretation please email accessibility@vancouverpride.ca by January 17. Requests made after this date will be subject to availability.

For the most up-to-date accessibility information visit vancouvepride.ca/accessibility.

All Vancouver Pride events take place on the unceded, occupied, traditional and ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw {Squamish), and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. We realize that the work we are able to do could not happen without the wisdom and intelligence of the two-spirit people and organizations that have taught us, stuck with us, and led us through organizational changes to better serve our 2SLGBTQAI+ communities. We hold our hands up to thank them for their brilliance, resilience, patience and strength.

On the Stage

The name is Mx. Bukuru. That’s B-U-K-U-R-U and if you don’t know what it means honey, look it up. Mx. Is the church being your momma never wanted you to meet. They are the inaugural winner of Van Slam’s Drag Slam (2019) and runner up in the Eastside Drag Derby (2019). A member of ENBY 6 and Diasporic Dynasty, Mx. ascends colonial ideas of religion and will bring you to the sexiest church that ever did exist. They recently made their debut at Vancouver International Burlesque festival and can be found hosting all kinds of event around town. Their ass fat, their hips fatter, don’t fucking forget, BLACK LIVES MATTER!

Batty is here to big up da crowd dem, serving up a high energy number for ya head tops. Batty is Vancouver’s premier Jamaican-Brazilian, they are new to drag but ready to turn it out for all the Black Queer non-binary baddies at the function. So get those booty cheeks ready and make it clap for the nonbinary finery of it all BATTY B BANKS

[Image Description: Karmella leaning on a concrete divider. They have their hand on the concrete while their other hand is up, palm facing the sky. Karmella is wearing an orange dress and is looking up with a smile on their face.]

Kay also known as Karmella Barr has had an interest in theatre and entertainment starting at a very young age – which led them to the wonderful world of drag! Karmella has been doing drag in Vancouver for 8 years, and is known for the amazing balance of emotion and glamour that they bring to their performances. This amazing balance earned them the title of “Miss Congeniality” in 2016 and then eventually Miss Cobalt 6 in 2017.

Born and raised on the unceded, ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, Shanique works passionately to carve out safer community spaces for marginalized folks to connect, create, and celebrate in. Shanique, also known as DJ Softieshan, is known her upbeat sets and all around radiant vibes. Shanique is the founder of LEVEL UP, Vancouver’s only QTBIPOC-centred hip hop dance part and has DJ’d all over Vancouver, with residencies at The Fox Cabaret, and East Side Studios. Shanique has opened for artists such as, Leikeli47, CupcakkKe and Junglepussy and has played to crowds of thousands, most notably at the 2019 Breakout Music Festival, with headliner ASAP Rocky and at Lululemon’s 2019 Sunset Festival, as opener for headliner Kaskade.

Vixen Von Flex is a Contortionist, Acrobat, Hand balancer, Dancer, hand to hand artist and Icon