13th Annual BOLDFest
Thursday August 31 through Monday Evening September 4, 2017
Note: We've added 1 extra day and evening this year for a very full program featuring new performers and workshops as well as some of BOLDFest's faves!
We're delighted to announce FERRON has just been added to our spectacular lineup of evening performers. She'll be performing on Sunday evening, September 3rd. Ferron was with BOLDFest a few years ago and what better way to celebrate 13 years of boldness than to enjoy this legendary lesbian singer/songwriter/poet once again in her hometown of Vancouver! 4.14.17
In addition to being one of
Canada’s most respected songwriters, Ferron first became one of the most
influential lyrical songwriters of the women’s music circuit, and an important influence
on later musicians including Ani Di Franco, Mary Gauthier and the Indigo
Girls. From the mid-80’s on, her
songwriting talents have been recognized and appreciated by music critics and
broader audiences, with comparisons being made to the writing talents of Van
Morrison, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen.
With arthritis affecting her hands and her ability to play the guitar, Ferron began performing with support musicians for special events only including Olivia Cruises, the 40th Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, and the Ohio Lesbian Festival. In 2017, Ferron and Ain’t Life a Brook were featured on an episode of Tig Notaro’s TV show – One Mississippi. After an overwhelmingly successfully sold out show with her All Star Band at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley (Feb. 2017) Ferron was “rediscovered”.
We're so very pleased that Canadian artist HEATHER BISHOP will be returning to BOLDFest this year. A well-known and accomplished musician and songwriter, Heather has numerous skills and talents (see her website) and a long list of accomplishments, including being awarded the Order of Canada (2005), the Order of Manitoba (2001), and an Honourary Doctorate of Laws (2011). Heather is presenting a daytime workshop on Monday Sept 4 (see workshop page) and will wrap up our 13th year on Monday eve, September 4, singing songs that inspire, inform, motivate..and make us laugh!
Artist, writer, actor, performer from Gabriola Island BC, Sheila is another favourite of BOLDFestees and we're honoured to have her with us, performing her newest theatre piece on Friday evening September 1st on the spectacular 35th floor-witha-view at the Coast Plaza.
"Lost and Found"
Saturday eve, Sept 2. A hit at BOLDFest 2016, Vancouver East's 8-piece band is a cultural fusion of funk, soul, and Motown classics—from Isaac Hayes and David Porter’s “Soul Man” to Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk”—performed by a high-energy, predominantly LGBT band. Queer as Funk is renowned for its tight rhythm section, hot horns, and killer vocals, bringing together the city’s best musicians in an explosive, high-energy dance band. There's nothing this tight-knit band loves more than performing together, and that love is palpable to audiences everywhere.dA hin classics—from Isaac Hayes and David Porter’s “Soul Man” to Br
CLAIRE ROBSON, Thursday Eve
Welcoming Reception MC
BOLD TALES: From Then to Now
Claire Robson has been involved with BOLDFest since Year One, and has seen it all, from soup to nuts. Come prepared to enjoy a BOLDFest retrospective, but be warned – in this no-holds-barred comic expose, she'll take the lid off all things BOLD, from late night intimate conversations in the bathroom, sex scandals, and clothing malfunctions. It’s time to reveal the inner life and workings of Team Bold!
As well as being part of the Bold team, Claire Robson is a well-known Vancouver writer and arts facilitator. Tonight, she is dusting off her stand up chops to entertain you with hitherto unknown Bold Tales.
The Workshop Page is up for your viewing pleasure. We will continue to add interesting, possibly provocative workshops and presenters as the weeks roll along. Check it out at http://www.boldfest.com/workshops-2017.php
2017 is the last year the Coast Plaza Hotel will be open. The new owner will be turning the site into condos and possibly a boutique hotel next year. This has been BOLDFest's "home" since its start in 2005. The staff are family to us, and to each other. We're planning a big celebration at BOLDFest 2017 to celebrate our long-standing friendship with the Coast Plaza's supportive and friendly staff. I know many of you will want to be there too, especially those who haven't been to BOLDFest yet and the many others who have enjoyed staying at the hotel.
BOLDFEST will carry on! The search is on for a new location in 2018.
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BOLD is a 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 lesbians and to share information and opportunities for learning, networking, and organizing. As importantly, BOLDFest creates a safe place for lesbians to form life-long friendships, and relationships. For the last twelve years, BOLDFest - the Bold Old(er) Lesbians & Dykes Conference and Gathering - has attracted lesbians aged 40 up to 90's - and much younger women - from across Canada, the US and Australia!We convene at the Coast Plaza Hotel each year. The Coast Plaza is a friendly, gay-friendly and dog-friendly hotel in the heart of Vancouver's WestEnd Gaybourhood, with stunning views of mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
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