LOUD AND PROUD x Vizzy Forest Lounge
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July 31 @ 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
July 31, 3PM—8 PM, 1100 Bute
Join us for the party of the summer. High energy pop stars and Incredible Drag Performances await you at our Loud and Proud event. This is a free event with accessibility options available.
Indulge in your favourite beverage at the Vizzy Forest Lounge in Davie Village! Be at the heart of all things queer, and surround yourself with the community. Enjoy lounge-style entertainment featuring your favourite local drag performers and musicians.
Transportation: Venue is accessible by transit
Parking: There is pay parking on the street near the venue
Water: $1 water or free if needed is available. Tap water is also available.
Covid Protocol: All events are masks strongly encouraged. Masks and sanitizer are available upon entry.
Washrooms: All spaces have an accessible portable washroom.
Terrain: Vizzy Forest Lounge is flat cement terrain with no stairs.
Sensory: Earplugs available at all events. Flashing lights may occur.
Financial Barriers: No one turned away for lack of funds. There are both cash and card options for payment.
Seating: All events have disability priority seating, and a variety of seating options including armless folding chairs, bistro chairs with arms, and picnic tables.
First Aid: There will be first aid kits on site.
Harm Reduction: Staff has been trained in naloxone and will be carrying it with them.
Food: Vizzy Forest Lounge has light refreshments and there are nearby restaurants.
Shade: The area is a mix of uncovered and shaded.
Accessible Viewing Zone: This zone includes priority seating and masks mandatory.
On the Stage
Alejandro Quinteros’ (aka Jandrou) passion for music started at a young age in
a small church in his home country of El Salvador. Each week, together with the
congregation he sang with conviction. Believing the words that came out of his
mouth was a powerful feeling. It was when he felt closest with God. Ironically, the
same place that sparked his passion for singing also instilled a feeling of hate
towards himself for being different, for being queer. Growing up in a Christian
household in conservative El Salvador was difficult. He learned to embrace his true
self, his quirks, virtues, demons and desires after he moved to Vancouver, Canada.
It was by fully immersing in Emily Carr University of Art + Design that he discovered
and welcomed the different ways to live the human experience, outgrowing the
extreme conservative ideas that had been ingrained in him while growing up in El
Salvador. Through songwriting, the artist was able to process hardship and heal
from it. It made the thoughts, feelings and internal struggles tangible. It helped him
understand and process what he was going through while giving him purpose.
He wrote down his thoughts as sentences, paragraphs, and poems, a skill he
would later use to create his first EP.
Reid Zakos is a queer pop performer based in Vancouver. With over 20K video views on YouTube and 25K+ music streams worldwide, Reid has a dazzling live stage presence. Born in Calgary into a musical family, he began writing his own songs at 11 and was also drawn to dance and theatre. Inspired by Greek mythology, self-empowerment, and iconic artists such as Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, and Troye Sivan, Reid also loves to incorporate bold visuals, fashion, and choreography into his art. His debut album “Legends & Myths” was released in 2020, and he’s since had the support of music blogs and playlist curators such as Jon Ali’s Queer Necessities Playlist, Buzzmusic LA, The Q Reviews, LGBTQ Music Chart UK, Culture Fix UK, Queer FM Radio Vancouver, The Calgary Guardian, iHeart Radio Pride, Virgin Radio Calgary, and more. Reid hopes to inspire others with bravery and self-acceptance through his music and live performances.
Lola Lovegood is a vocal powerhouse with a sparkling personality. She is well-known around Vancouver as the owner of a successful karaoke company, Triumph Entertainment.
Lola was one of the first featured artists on QUSIC in 2020. She has performed the anthem for the Canucks, the Warriors, and the Whitecaps. She also performed at Vancouver Pride 2021.
In 2021, Lola began her journey as a recording artist. Her first single “Come Over” has already created a devoted fan base! For more of her music, keep your eyes on her Instagram.
I was born in Dubai, UAE and an Iranian nationality. Living in both UAE and Iran was not a safe experience for me as I grew up in a religious family. At the age of 24 I fled from my hometown with one suitcase to a nearing country to seek asylum
as I was at risk because of my sexual orientation.
Living as a refugee in Turkey has its own challenges, but after coping with all the hardship I got
lucky and Canada accepted to resettle me! It was a bitter sweet moment for me as I had to say
goodbye to my LGBTQ+ refugee friends.
I have a bachelor’s in Business Admin and always had the passion to start my own business one
As soon as I arrived to Canada I sought ways to help my friends who are back in Turkey and
living in limbo. I was able to volunteer for Rainbow Refugee Society and create two circles to
sponsor 4 individuals to come and live freely in Canada, and they are here!
I do drag because of many reasons, I donate portions of my tips to Rainbow Refugee Society to
help sponsor LGBTQ+ refugees to Canada. I also am a creator\Youtuber and I raise awareness
about what life is like for middle-eastern LGBTQ+ people. Now after 4 years in Canada, I live with my partner of 5 years whom I love dearly and without
him I wouldn’t have been able to do anything.
I work as an Inventory Analyst in Vancouver General Hospital.
Thank you for reading my short story.