Pride Neighbourhood Patio at Bentall
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July 28 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 3:00 pm, repeating indefinitely
July 28, 3PM—10PM, Bentall Center Plaza
Live it up in the Pride Neighborhood Patio at Bentall Centre! Enjoy a hot summer night with drinks, music and drag in the heart of Vancouver. Delight in performances from your local favourites, make memories and have a truly unforgettable Pride.
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: Bentall does have stairs leading to the plaza, but if stairs are a barrier, folks can enter through the BMO building which has a button and go towards the plaza where a security guard or volunteer will be stationed to open the door.
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: There will be food trucks available on site.
Shade: The area is a mix of uncovered and shaded.
Accessible Viewing Zone: This zone includes priority seating and masks mandatory.
On the Stage
I am an Iranian Non-Binary person of colour living on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. I am a singer, actor and playwright, focusing on stories of people like me (queer Iranians) which are either overlooked or told in voices that aren’t our own. I have been a part of multiple theatre programs including Frank theatre’s Telling it Bent, the Arts Club’s Leap, Sky Theatre’s My Home Is a Suitcase, and the IGNITE! Youth Festival. I’ve been performing since I was 3 years old and had access to a microphone, a voice recorder, and later on a camcorder. By the time I was 10 years old I was a full fledged performer who danced, sang, and acted. I realized soon though that as a queer person I am not allowed to share my art and passion with non-family members due to strict and queerphobic laws of my place of birth, Iran, targeting non male performers, and anyone who was not a part of the mainstream. It wasn’t until I was in university that I found like minded people who started a band with me, Heterochrome, and dared to dream of being a professional performer. I sought out acting and vocal training through participating and performing with several theatre groups in Iran, underground of course, and we are about to publish our second album “From The Ashes”. Now, seven years later, I live with my wife in Vancouver, I have been a part of multiple playwright programs including Frank theatre’s Telling it Bent, the Arts Club’s Leap levels one and two and Sky Theatre’s My Home Is a Suitcase, showcasing my one person show in the IGNITE! Youth Festival where I had the opportunity to write, act and direct and have performed for Pride Week 2021, The Persian Drag show and performed on a weekly basis in North Vancouver.
Incendiary Sweet is the singer-songwriter/indie rock project of a girl from Vancouver. It started because of the pandemic. As a multi-instrumentalist wheelchair user and adaptive surfing world champion, this girl put her energy into music during the Covid lockdown. She was hesitant to perform after her acquired spinal cord injury, but when everything shifted online every open mic was accessible. And she could control the camera angle so that the music was the focus and not the wheelchair. She discovered her voice and guitar work was good enough to stand for itself.
Incendiary Sweet has released 5 singles so far. They received nationwide community radio-play, numerous Spotify playlisting and PopCanRadio selections. So far “Fairytales” received 24,000+ plays on Spotify and her cover of Prince’s “Cream” garnered over 25,000 views on YouTube.
Incendiary Sweet playedBrewhalla Fest May 21st and Fallen Fest on May 28th 2022. As the pandemic lifts, she looks forward to re-connecting with the music community, releasing new tracks and playing more live shows.
Jerrilynn Spears is Vancouver’s thickest, juiciest, and messiest 5’8″ drag diva. A charming crossdresser, known for being a bimbo before she is a blonde. Watch out fellas she bites
In the over 15 years that Chronfused has been professionally exhibiting their unique style of interdisciplinary art they have made a commitment to creating one of a kind interactive experiences that frame the heaviness of the world with more palatable feelings of whimsy. Using poetry, music, and improvisation Chronfused graces stages, one on one interactions and numberous other artistic avenues with the intention of reminding the observer that joy is a force to be reckoned with.
Jayden Mckenzie writes, produces, engineers and records music for over 15 artists including himself! Jayden is currently in the middle of releasing singles every 3 weeks off his upcoming album, “1997” that’s set to release on September 2nd!! Make sure to follow and stay up-to-date with all of his new music on social media @JMCKMusic !!