Greetings to all BOLD women friends! 

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended the 11th Annual BOLDFest (Sept 10-13 2015). What a gathering it was!  We want to hear from you! Share stories of your 1st, 5th, or 11th BOLDFest on our Facebook Page, in our occasional newsletter (send info to Include photos! (Reminder: get permission from others in photos).

And for those who didn't make it, start planning NOW to attend the 12th Annual BOLDFest Conference on September 14-18 2016, at the Coast Plaza Hotel. 

New for 2016: A monthly payment plan is being offered to make it easier on budgets! Talk to us at!

LISA KOCH wrapped up the last evening of BOLDFest with her unique style of off-beat, totally absurd lesbian humour to standing ovations. She's funny, talented and an exceptionally good singer-songwriter. Her songs covered the gamut -- political, lesbianism, community, unity ..... and humour! Thank you, Lisa, for being with us. Hope to see you back in Vancouver.

"TRU LOVE", the multi-award winning lesbian film, received many cheers and applause. An engaged Q & A followed the screening, with Co-director KATE JOHNSTON telling the story behind the film as well as some of her new projects. 

Sheila Norgate's newest theatre performance touched the hearts and lives of the packed house. There was some expected humour, while her story reflects the not-funny aspects of  her growing up, dealing with root/family issues, sexism, women's rights (or lack thereof) and lesbophobia -- many aspects which women in the audience could relate to. Brava to Sheila for her transparency, courage and artistry. 

SANDY SCOFIELD, a talented, multi-award winning Metis Singer/Songwriter, a Vancouverite, brought us songs and stories from her 1st Nations heritage, as well as songs of love and life in general. She's a story-teller, a powerful, powerful singer, a down-to-earth woman with wit and a sense of humour that impacted her audience.  Thank you Sandy for being you!

BOLD WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD was presented to Libby Davies by Mable Elmore, MLA for Vancouver/Kensington riding. Mable is the 1st woman of colour and the 1st Philippine-born woman in BC's Legislature.Libby Davies, retiring from Federal Canadian politics after a long career (18 years) working for the marginalized people in our city (she served 11 years on Vancouver's City Council) and throughout Canada.

And here's more of what went on at BOLDFest 2015!  Wish you had come?  There's always next year!  Sign up for our newsletter!

  •  Pre-BOLDFest Harbour Boat Cruise. Food, music, dancing, spectacular scenery, women!
  •  SINGLES Meet n' Mingle 
  • WELCOMING RECEPTION, music and vocals by Clara Shandler
  • See workshop page for a diverse selection of topics and presenters, all of which were facilitated with professionalism and with lots of interaction from the audience.
  •  Lunch  Guest Speakers:  Elise Chenier, Caroline Doerksen. Elise gave her usual engaging talk on her work as Director of the Lesbian Archives Project. She then introduced Caroline Doerksen, 20 year old activist/feminist/lesbian/queer woman/student. Caroline blew everyone away with the extent of her activism and community involvement, while a full time university student.  We were impressed and exhausted listening to all she packed into one day!  Note: BOLDFest's intergenerational workshops and presenters are an important part of our philosophy to engage with the larger lesbian community while still remaining focused on old(er) women's interests, needs and concerns. From the feedback we have received, after Caroline's talk and from the Intergenerational workshops held this yearand last, we feel we're on the right track.                          
  • Intro to Dragonboating
  •  The Women of the West End Historical Walking Tour
  •  BOLDFest's Fabulous Silent Auction winners went home with some fabulous gifts, and of course, none more coveted than Olivia's Westcoast Cruise for 2, leaving Vancouver next September 25!   Thank you Olivia!!

Thanks to Gillian Kendall, travel writer and "Long-Lived Lesbians" columnist for CURVE magazine for being at BOLDFest this year. We look forward to reading what you have to say about BOLDFEst 2015!  Thank you also to Tourism Vancouver or making Gillian's trip possible!

Get your BOLDFest T!! A limited number just like this one will be available for purchase starting on September 9th eve on the Pre-BOLDFest Harbour Boat Cruise!   

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BOLD is non-profit society registered in the Province of British Columbia Canada. Its  mission is to raise the visibility of older lesbians, and to provide a venue to meet and share information and opportunities for learning, networking, and organizing. For the last eleven years, BOLDFest - the Bold Old(er) Lesbians & Dykes Conference -  has attracted lesbians aged 45+ -  as well as younger women - from across Canada, the US and Australia!

We convene at the Coast Plaza Hotel each year, on the weekend after Labour Day weekend. The Coast Plaza is a friendly, gay-friendly and dog-friendly hotel in the heart of Vancouver's West End Gaybourhood, with stunning views of mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

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