Sunset Beach Festival
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July 31 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
July 31, 11AM—6PM, Sunset Beach Park, 1204 Beach Avenue
Looking for drag? Music? Snacks? A sweet picnic spot after the parade? Sunset Beach has it all! Visit the artisan market, sip some lemonade at the Community Stage curated by RiceCake, dance your heart out at the TD Main Stage curated by Hotlatch, or grab a naughty-shaped waffle on your way to the beer garden and check out the Stoli Stage curated by Normie Corp!
Date: July 31, 2022
Location: Sunset Beach Park, 1204 Beach Avenue
Face covering policy: Masks are strongly encouraged at this event, especially near the accessible viewing zone. There will be masks available at our tent if needed. Please be respectful of everyone’s space and boundaries.
Evo Drop-off Zone: There will be 10 Evo parking spots available at 999 Beach Avenue, directly under the Burrard Bridge in the Aquatic Center parking lot. These parking spots are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Transportation: There will be an accessible shuttle.
|Accessibility Shuttle to Sunset Beach Park|
|Depart Waterfront Station – 9:40am||Arrive Sunset Beach Park – 9:50am|
|Depart Waterfront Station – 10:25am||Arrive Sunset Beach Park – 10:35am|
|Depart Waterfront Station – 11:10am||Arrive Sunset Beach Park – 11:20am|
|Accessibility Shuttle to Waterfront Station|
|Depart Sunset Beach Park – 4:00pm||Arrive Waterfront Station – 4:15pm|
|Depart Sunset Beach Park – 5:00pm||Arrive Waterfront Station – 5:15pm|
|Depart Sunset Beach Park – 6:00pm||Arrive Waterfront Station – 6:15pm|
Water: There will be water refill stations near the Community Stage and the TD main stage. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles.
ASL Interpretation: ASL Interpretation will be provided at most accessible viewing zones. More information to come.
Audio Descriptions: TBC
Seating: There is shaded disability priority seating at the accessible viewing zones at each stage. At the Community Stage and Stoli Stage, there will be a tent with loose chairs and the Main Stage will have seating on a riser with a ramp and railings leading up to it.
First Aid: There are 2 first aids. One is near the parade accessible viewing zone, and one is between the Main Stage and the Stoli Stage. Both are on grass but near a cement pathways.
Harm Reduction: The staff of Vancouver Pride Society will work alongside the onsite security and the volunteers to track and analyze any incidents at the event that may put any attendee, staff or performer at risk. Good Night Out Harm Reduction Volunteers will also be in attendance roaming the crowd.
Scent Reduction Policy: We ask performers and guests to refrain from wearing scented products; however, we cannot guarantee a completely scent-free space.
Sensory Sensitivities: There will be loud music. There will be a low sensory tent by Canucks Autism Network and also a low sensory van by North Shore Disability Resources Centre for anyone who needs to get away from the overstimulation. Earplugs will be provided upon request. It will be hot and bright, so please bring sunscreen and water. There may be flashing lights.
Washrooms: There will be washrooms at the event. As for accessible portable washrooms, there will be 2 in the Parade Viewing Zone, 2 by the Community Zone Stage, 1 in Sunset Viewing Zone, 1 by first aid tent, 1 by Main Stage and 1 in the Beer Garden.
Service animals are permitted.
Some set-up will take place during the day on Saturday, July 30th with the delivery of tents, sound equipment and waste management services between the hours of 9:00am-5:00pm. On July 31st, set-up will commence at 5:00 am and tear down of the event will be complete by 9:00pm.
Pacific St. between Jervis St. and Thurlow St.
Beach Ave. between Jervis St. and Thurlow St.
Vendor Load-in / Pre-Parade
Local residents will be able to access and exit their homes along Beach Avenue but will have to turn right on Pacific to exit the area.
Pride Parade Dispersal Area
Traffic flow will change direction to accommodate Parade dispersal. Residents will be able to leave their home via vehicle turning left on Beach Avenue but will not be able to return until the Parade is complete.
Local residents will be able to access and exit their homes along Beach Avenue. They will have to turn right on Pacific until 4:30pm.
The Sunset Beach Festival Beer Garden is FREE AND BY DONATION. You can guarantee access with a Pride Sunday SuperPass. Guests accessing the beer garden for free will be let in once SuperPass lineups are cleared.
TD Main Stage Curated by Hotlatch
Taking over the main stage at the Vancouver Pride Festival, the producers of Hotlatch! Hotlatch: Indigenous Futurisms and Hotlatch Legends are inviting all to get ready to hotlatch at ʔəyəlx̌ən-Iy̓álshn (Sunset Beach), TD Main Stage!
HOTLATCH is a melding of Indigenous cultures with LGBTQ2+ identities for expressions of Indigenous Queerness in the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-waututh Peoples. Hotlatch is a celebration of our queer existence. Get ready for hotlatching at ʔəyəlx̌ən-Iy̓álshn with a legendary lineup of queer, Indigenous, and queer Indigenous musicians, performers, drag, DJs, dancers, and more.
A self-described “fetish rapper” whose lyrics confront traditional notions of sex and sexuality, Tommy Genesis is a multi-disciplinary artist who has embraced music, fashion, and visual art as means of creative expression. Hailing from Vancouver, Genesis is of Swedish and Tamil heritage. She took piano lessons as a child and wrote her first song at the age of ten. She also showed a keen interest in art, and claims she was creating BDSM-themed paintings while she was still in kindergarten. While attending art school, she studied filmmaking, but began to chafe under the restrictions of the medium and was eager to try other things.
Cheryl Trade is a 2 Spirit Nehiyaw (Plains Cree) drag entertainer from Treaty 6 Territory, currently living as a guest on Coast Salish lands. During the day Cheryl works in Indigenizing the practice of Harm Reduction at First Nations Health Authority. At night Cheryl is a drag entertainer who has performed all over western Canada and now mostly on Davie Street in Vancouver. She always strives to learn more about her traditional Cree practices and how she can integrate that into her drag performances.
DJ O Show brings 15 years of experience to the industry, dedicating herself to her passion and chiseling out her niche as an Afro-Indigenous female Hip Hop and R&B DJ in Vancouver, BC. O Show delivers energy-filled playlists customized for your unique event. Whether you are hosting an industry party, planning your wedding or birthday, O Show creates memorable sets proving time and time again that diversity makes beautiful music.
DJ Parallel Parc is a queer indigenous artist of Nlaka’pamux, Mi’kmaq, & Métis origins. Child of Ni co & B West, they hails from the Haus of Drill. Zero uses beats and rhythm to create a space of escapism for those seeking liberation from the mundane. Zero traverses electronic soundscapes and high bpm tracks meant as healing properties to the beholder. Like water, their sets are to be submersed in. Let go and listen as the ebb and flow of genre, style, and mood take you down a River of euphoria.
SHA SHA is one the West Coasts most beloved Indigenous Drag legends and for good reason! Beyond drag SHA SHA recently has added model to her resume starring in an ad for Simons. Come by Hotlatch 2022 Pride to fall under the love spell that is a performance by the one and only SHA SHA
Weird Alice is a queer film host and video store clerk comprised of static matter and broadcast to screens all over the universe. They run the film screening collective DRAG ME TO THE MOVIES where they take you on a journey through the wild world of cinema through the eyes of the trashiest drag queen.
Ta7talíya Paisley Eva hails from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation village of Eslha7an and is based in what is colonially known as “Vancouver”. DJ Paisley Eva has been DJing for the past 8 years and is a fixture within the Vancouver music scene. Her sets are high energy, mixing all types of music together for unforgettable sets that keep you moving.
Step into the lush and heart wrenching sounds of Edzi’u, an innovative sound and performance artist who paints stories of the past, present and future with textures, community voices and words, and her ethereal voice. Being rich in culture, full of passion and spirit, the power behind their use of sound goes deep within the listener, inspiring them to be bold and genuine, while living fully within their hearts. Edzi’u has a style and sound like no other, a quiet icon in the landscape of Indigenous music on Turtle Island.
Jaylene Tyme is a proud Two-Spirit, sober Indigenous Trans woman and leader within the LGBTQ2S+ and recovery community. A Sixties Scoop survivor- Jaylene was raised by settlers, but her Indigenous family roots are in Treaty 4 – Zagime Anishinabek First Nation, Kawacatoose First Nation and Métis Nation, Green Lake Saskatchewan. She holds the title of Elder Princess 27 of the Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Society, Empress 35 of Vancouver BC and is presently a Canadian representative on the International Court Council. She believes that it is important to celebrate the power of community by contributing to the energy of our world with passion, integrity and positivity. Together with each other, we have the opportunity to inspire and educate. Our identities, beautifully diverse and wonderfully unique.
Persephone Estradiol is a Two Spirit trans femme drag performer, living in Vancouver. They are Oji-Cree Saulteux (SO-TOE) from Sapotaweyak (SAP-o-TAH-way-E-YAK) Cree Nation. Bringing gender euphoria, emotions and fluidity, Persephone proves time and time again why she’s the Queen of the Underworld. New to scene, they surround themselves in a community that celebrates gender vengeance, Drag Kings and Things, and the body as conduit.
RiceCake x Community Stage
RiceCake is back in the West End for Together Again! Join us for a big show starring sensASIANal performers + a special guest TBA soon!
Ricecake is Vancouver’s premier queer, Asian event created for and by the queer, Asian community. It is currently the only event of its kind in all of British Columbia, and it has quickly become one of the local LGBTQ2+ community’s favourite events for showcasing DJs and Arts Entertainers who represent diversity along with their audience.
Ricecake’s humble beginnings go back to May 2018, when it started off as a one-off event featuring three DJs, three performers, and one go-go dancer. Fast forward to 2021 – after an instant success, followed by sold out show after show – Ricecake has evolved into a truly special stage for POC artists. Over the past three years, Ricecake has given a platform to over fifteen DJs, twenty go-go dancers, and twenty-five drag performers (including International fame like Ongina, the first Asian contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and more!)
More than just an event featuring meaningfully curated entertainment, Ricecake has become a safe-haven for the LGBTQ2+ and BIPOC community. Ricecake gives its guests a rare look at different representations of Asian culture, while simultaneously offering exposure to varied gender identities and expressions. At its essence, Ricecake showcases the diverse talents and multi-faceted identities of queer Asians.
Ricecake’s mandate has, and always will be, to celebrate diversity and empower representation while creating a safe space where both the Queer community and the Asian community can celebrate the intersectionality of their existence.
Diamonté, (they/them, he/him out of drag, she/her in drag), is a proud queer Filipinx drag artist that serves fun performances that’ll get you on your feet. They have been a drag performer for over 4 years now and they continue to grow in make a memorable performance for the audience.
Jas Minh is a party queen. She may be new to the scene, but you can find her dancing anywhere and everywhere. Serving looks and stunting pretty, she’s the bitch from Vancouver city. She likes to stay sassy, classy, and trashy.
Jolene is a drag queen from Punjab, India who is dragging the punjabi south-asian community through her bollywood dance styles and Indian Glamour into queerness. Primarily known as the Bollywood Icon of West Coast, she is here to serve you the magic of traditions and culture from south-asia in this pride season.
Ploy Pailin is a sensitive soul, but often masked with a hard exterior. A princess from Thailand, she’s a lady in the streets but always knows when to bring the heat. She’s all about a good time and you’ll find her with her little purses and big possies frequenting local establishments. She’s a queen of megamixes and someone who can never decide what song to perform. Pailin hopes to spread smiles and laughter to everyone who’s lucky enough to be around her.
Shay Dior is a Vietnamese-Canadian drag luminary whose aesthetic channels both King and Queen drag elements into a harmonious body of gender fluidity. From humble beginnings in Toronto, they have led an incredible drag career having performed internationally in France, as well as New York for World Pride, while strongly advocating for queer Asian visibility in their local Vancouver community. While striving to increase representation, Shay Dior founded Canada’s only all Asian drag family, becoming matriarch of the House of Rice. Chock-full of artistry and talent, the members of this house have collectively and individually become inspiring leaders for the queer and Asian communities.
Bella Sie is a non-binary DJ & Event Producer from Vancouver, BC, whose mixes are made to move you. Inspired by the raw emotions of R&B, the glowing optimism of pop, and the vast energy of electronic music, a DJ set by Bella sounds -and feels- like sunshine for your soul. For more, follow @me.bellasie on IG and FB, or visit their website: www.bellasie.me
Teayana was first debuted at Shame Sprial at 1181 in 2015, and was co-parented by Peach Coblah and Raye Sunshine. After her small stint of performances until 2019 she has taken a break from the stage, but is now back to perform for Ricecake 2022 Pride Festitivites! This number is performed alongside dancers Ross Wirtanen and Rina Pellerin.