While you might think mostly about live performances at the PuSh Festival, there's also a free (yes, free!) film series, comprised of documentaries, that expands upon or accompanies festival content as well.
For instance, if you've seen the live magic show Bullet Catch (which continues until February 7) starring Scotland's Rob Drummond as magician William Wonder, then you may want to check out a screening that complements it.
If you're trying to figure out which films to see at the Victoria Film Festival, which is fast approaching (February 6 to 15), something to keep in mind is that we've got some reviews of the ones that screened at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival.
Some of the films that screened at VIFF 2014 are:
• John Zaritsky's Canadian documentary A Different Drummer
• Sturla Gunnarsson's documentary Monsoon, about Indian weather patterns (chosen for Canada's Top Ten)
If you've ever been on Grindr, Jack'd, or any other gay-dating -hookup app or website, you'll recognize all of the following annoying dudes. From asking to see a guy's dick to headless bodies, the video below illustrates how ridiculous it would be if gay guys acted like some guys do online.
Then again, some actually do.
When Rev. Trisha Elliott of Ottawa was getting her photo taken, the photographer told her: “Don’t tilt your head to the side. You look like Jennifer Aniston. You have to look like a Minister.”
After sharing her experience on Facebook, fellow female ministers flooded her with stories about how they were told what a minister should look or act like: to cut their hair to look less sexy, how they were treated differently once they became pregnant, and more.
They came up with the idea to make a calendar depicting female ministers to shatter stereotypical, gendered conceptions of what a minister should look like. And thus, the Calendar Revs 2015 ("Real women, real ministers") was born.
Who do you think should be a Vancouver Pride parade marshal?
The Vancouver Pride Society is accepting nominations for local, national, or international individuals who have helped to create both awareness of LGBT issues and safe spaces for LGBT communities.
Previous parade marshals have included:
• transgender activist and filmmaker Gwen Haworth
• Whistler Pride producer Dean Nelson
The Vancouver Turkish Film Festival takes over the Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street) from Friday to Sunday (January 23 to 25). The festival showcases the best in contemporary Turkish cinema and features internationally acclaimed movies, documentaries, and short films.
This year’s festival kicks off with the opening night gala screening of Coming Soon, a love-letter to the golden age of Turkish cinema by comedy director Cem Yilmaz.
On Saturday, two documentaries will be shown.
For the Georgia Straight's 2014 Pride issue, we shone the spotlight on LGBT parents, both parents who are LGBT as well as straight parents of LGBT children.
We heard some inspiring and interesting stories, from gay dad Ian Colvin, who found that he faced more assumptions simply as a father alone with a baby than as a gay man, to Fiona Chen, a mother who stood up for her transgender elementary-school son.
Yesterday's Oscars snubs—which included Angelina Jolie, director of Unbroken, and Ava DuVernay, director of Selma, in addition to numerous films exploring masculinity, manhood, and maleness—were yet another reminder of how deeply ingrained the gender (not to mention racial) imbalance is within the Hollywood system. Not that we really need another reminder of that.
Well, one way to do something with any residual angst from that is to go out and support Women in Film and Television Vancouver, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
A former president of the UBC Alma Mater Society, Bijan Ahmadian, has confirmed that one of the city's most popular LGBT bars, the Odyssey, is making a comeback.
Ahmadian, now a lawyer and president and CEO of the Odyssey Bar, told the Straight by phone that the new location will be in the former Pop Opera location at 686 West Hastings Street.
He explained that the company must still obtain a building permit for the new location, but there's already a liquor licence in place.
“We transferred the one from Pop Opera because the other location’s liquor licence expired," Ahmadian said. "It was in a dormant status for over three years.”
Just as the Oscar nominations were being announced today, a series of closure announcements made for a grim day on Canada's retail scene.
Two major retailers are calling it quits in Canada.
Target Canada announced on January 15 that it will close its 133 stores across Canada. The U.S.–based retailer launched in Canada in March 2013 to high expectations.