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Winter Arts Closing Night Presented by Vancouver Pride Society

Join us on February 27th as we close out VMF Winter Arts with Pop-Up Pride! A free epic night at the Winter Arts Hub located at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square. The event will be at an all-ages, outdoor venue featuring art installations, live performances by 2SLGBTQAI+ artists, plus a welcoming, heated and airy covered space with a licensed area, hot drinks and food trucks.

On the Stage

THE CØVEN is a vogue collective comprised of three professional, queer artists from across the country. Ralph Escamillan (FakeKnot), Ross Wirtanen (RiaToss Productions) and Kevin Fraser (Immigrant Lessons) are all highly distinguished and versatile dancers / choreographers within their hometowns of Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON. With an innate passion for LGBTQ2IA+ arts and culture, the “unholy trinity” strive to cultivate the growing Canadian vogue and ballroom scene by hosting community dance classes, workshops and balls. Their macabre sense of theatre, editorial fashion and gender-bending style are woven into entertaining and educational live performances that elevate the expressive, underground dance style of Vogue.

“For us, it isn’t about being overtly provocative just for the sake of it. Every time we reference our sexuality through our music, it’s a reclamation of our autonomy as empowered women. It isn’t always easy for us to be so open, but it’s a part of our growth journey to be able to free ourselves of shame, to embody and embrace our sexuality.” NADUH, composed of Taraneh aka Tee, Jenny Lea, Rosita Alcantara, Giorgi Holiday, and Larisa Marie, write, engineer, and produce all of their music – meaning they have crafted a sound that’s truly representative of their collective energy. Filling in the industry (thigh) gap, NADUH brings a distinctive sound, fat pussy energy (FPE), and personal empowerment to their artistry. The brainchild of 2020’s COVID quarantine, “We feel like this group formed at an important time. Women and Queer people especially wanted to see something like this. The feedback has been inspiring.”

easy bake coven (she/they) is a queer DJ & bookish grunge puppy spinning 90s club kid // 80s gay bar gold // queer af sounds // disco& divas // remix& house // guilty treasures& throwbacks party (co)dad of RHYTHM of THE NiGHT

G –Luve first stole the show being born at a house party in Hamilton, Ontario. Since then, G has kept the party going spending his formative years in Vancouver where the passion of “ Luve” has garnered his reputation as one smoking hot DJ, prolific painter, promoter and strong presence on the scene. Mesmerizing our memories with his artistic mix, this DJ dynamo keeps the good times spinning with an eclectic blend of music genres from the seventies onward including disco, 80s,90s pop,new wave, house, electro, indie dance/rock,classic rock, r&b,hip-hop and funk. DJ G-Luve’s experience and exposure is vast ranging from large-scale events to private bookings, as well as International/Local residencies and guest appearances at nightclubs, restaurants, retail stores, television and radio spots.G-Luve also supports the community, continually lending his talents to philanthropic organizations including A Loving Spoonful, Friends for Life and as well as spirit projects. Mastermind behind Bye Felicia! Drag/Dance Party & DəˈspaCH/Gorg-o-Mish Afterhours.

Continental Breakfast is an indigenous non-binary Drag performance artist and cultural event producer. They are Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree and are a settler on the stolen lands of the Txʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. They work as a host, dancer, and performer in the alternative art scene. They aim to help empower strong existence of the non-binary community, and the importance of diversity in art. They are Emprex 47 of the Dogwood Monarchist Society, having worked to raised $32,000 in their year as the charity’s representative. They have produced shows such as Late Night Snack, Blackout: A Britney Spears Drag Musical, and The Darlings. They also co-founded the Vancouver production company, Queer Based Media.

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Karmella Barr Is Vancouver’s very own sweet chocolate treat.

Karmella has had an interest in theatre and entertainment starting at a very young age. This love for entertainment and theatre has lead Karmella to the wonderful world of drag! Karmella has been doing drag in Vancouver for 7 years and counting. In their shows, they are seen as an incredibly personable queen known for the amazing balance of emotion and glamour that they brings to their performances. This amazing balance earned them the title of “Miss Congeniality” in 2016 and then eventually Miss Cobalt 6 in 2017.

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 Diasporic Dynasty, Mx. ascends colonial ideas of religion and will bring you to the sexiest church that ever did exist. Their ass fat, their hips fatter, don’t fucking forget, BLACK LIVES MATTER!

A Brooklyn and Downtown Manhattan Drag legend, Merrie Cherry, has been proclaimed the Mother of Brooklyn Drag, her drag show, DRAGnet, is responsible for so many beloved queens on the scene. A title she holds dear and takes seriously by feeding the children when they’re hungry, but giving them a healthy dose of T.R.U.T.H, even if they aren’t ready for it. In true mother form she tries to uplift and bring her community together with events throughout the year.

In Addition to DRAGnet, she is one of the founders of The Brooklyn Nightlife Awards & BUshwig. She regularly produces at Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns, a panelist / performer at RuPaul’s DragCon. She’s been an activist and leader in the BLM movement  through her Drag performance. She has performed all over North America and Europe. Stay tuned for bigger projects in the new year.

France, Canada, the world! Ruby Starlight a.k.a. Ruby the Doll is an intergalactic supermodel! Performing is her passion and entertaining you is Her duty! Enjoy the show.

Vixen Von Flex is a drag performer with deep roots in circus arts. Dazzling stages from coast to coast, they will leave you jaw dropped with their sparkling costumes and contorted body. Get ready as they bend and twist their way right into your hearts.

Rogue is Vancouver’s premiere Jewish Drag Artist and a self-proclaimed Instagram sensation. After winning Entertainer of the Year 2019, joining Bratpack: The Next Generation in 2020, Rogue has taken over Instagram and TikTok during the pandemic and is ready to retake the stage in 2021.

The perfect dismissal, “Bye Felicia!” Is a goodbye given to any unwanted, irritating or disliked person , place or thing! Party with a Purpose! Drag/Dance Party where anything goes!

Kimit Sekhon is a digital creator living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh nations. They love to manipulate sound, data and imagery through programs such as Blender and Ableton Live. They hold a Broadcast diploma from BCIT as well as an Audio Engineering diploma from SAE Vancouver. Kimit is also the Programming Coordinator at Vancouver Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM.

Maiden China (she/they) is an intersectional, non-binary, feminist drag performance artist settled and working on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. She holds the pageant titles of Mx Cobalt All Star, and the Dogwood Monarchist Society’s Entertainer of the Year 2018. In 2019 Maiden was the subject and one of the creative directors of an award-winning documentary titled Yellow Peril: Queer Destiny. They perform regularly as a member of the House of Rice, an all-Asian drag family, as well as one of The Darlings, a non-binary drag performance collective.