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Welcome to the 10th Annual
A North American Lesbian
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
September 4-7, 2014
at the Coast Plaza Hotel
1763 Comox Street @ Denman Streets, Vancouver
The theme for BOLDFest's
10th Anniversary is
"50 Years of Lesbian Lives & Culture"
Throughout the weekend we'll look back at events, books, songs, and women who changed our lives and we'll celebrate BOLDFest's own contributions these past 10 years by bringing back some of your favourite presenters, as well as new ones.
Below is an outline of the weekend. Workshop details are listed on the workshop page. Extra Activities are on their own page and include the harbour boat cruise, Intro to Dragonboating and "Remarkable Women on Stanley Park" guided walking tour in Stanley Park. Extra Activities have an extra cost and are open to both registered BOLDFestees and other women.
Registration form online includes information on Coast Plaza Hotel bookings (page 3). Even though the cut-off date for the special BOLD hotel rate has passed, check with them anyway. It may be still honoured.
If you live in the US, now's the time to come to BOLDFest, when the Canadian dollar is at a 5-year low. Not good for Canadians, but hey, take advantage of it!
WEDNESDAY EVE, SEPTEMBER 3
7 pm -10 pm Pre-BOLDFest Harbour Boat Cruise
Boarding time: 6:30 pm
Spectacular coastal scenery, appetizers, cash bar, music, dancing, women galore! Always a popular event. This is an extra activity/extra cost event -- $40 CA per person. Pay online or by cheque. Open to registered BOLDFest womyn and local women.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 4
3:30 - 6:00 pm Registration begins at Coast Plaza Hotel, 2nd floor foyer. Pick up name badges, program; get answers to questions from our friendly staff.
5:30 – 7:00 pm SINGLES Meet & Greet
Meet in a designated hotel suite with other single BOLD women in a relaxed environment, appetizers, wine. Make new friends to hang out with and have as meal companions; plan fun activities. This event will be facilitated. No one needs to feel awkward or shy about coming alone. You’re not alone! This event will be hosted by the fabulous Diana Kuch!!
Diana (Hotbabe) Kuch
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm WELCOMING RECEPTION (Registration continues) 2nd Floor Foyer
The weekend has begun! Intros, announcements, icebreaker, cash bar, cheese plates and other appetizers, Live piano music with Dorothy Dittrich. A BOLDFest favourite, Dorothy is a writer, composer, vocal coach, instructor, and musical director. Her plays and musicals have been produced both locally and internationally. The night is young, don't stop at 11 pm! Stroll down Denman and see the sights, find decadent desserts, enjoy Vancouver's Gay Neighbourhood!
Workshops are on Friday morning, afternoon and Saturday morning.
Descriptions and presenters can be found on Workshop Page.
FRIDAY LUNCH SEPTEMBER 5
Our buffet lunch is served al fresco on the garden patio, and this year we have a special treat! We'll award the BOLD Woman of the Year award to the Lesbian Connection in acknowledgment of their outstanding service to us since 1974. As we celebrate fifty years of lesbian lives and culture, we could think of no organization that has done so much to bring women together and support their work and community. The award will be accepted in person by co-founder Margy Lesher. Click here for more information about this award. Thanks to OUTtv, Canada's only national LGBT television network, for their sponsorship of this award.
7:00 – 9:00 pm
A special showing of the classic lesbian film, Desert Hearts, based on Jane Rule’s novel Desert of the Heart, published in 1964, will be shown. Unfortunately Donna Deitch, the director, is now unable to attend this special screening, but Joan Coldwell of Hedgerow Press, sponsor of this event, will introduce the film. Joan is retiring the press this year after 10 years of publishing and we're delighted she'll be with us. She has also generously donated a copy of Rule’s book for every single BOLDFest participant.
9:00 – 11:30 pm
It’s the 50’s, 60’s, maybe early 70’s. Remember those days, where you needed a password to get in the dyke bar, and a couple of butch bouncers kept unruly womyn in line? We’re reconstructing the 50s-60s scene, with vintage music and surprise performances by local lesbian actors and musicians. What/who do you want to dress up as?? Dress butch, femme, or any way you please. Though this is a light-hearted look at the past, we’re here to celebrate how far we’ve come. This is the first event over the weekend at which we’ll raise a glass (and the roof) to lesbian life and culture over the past 50 years!!! And yes, there’ll be dancing!!
SATURDAY Evening SEPTEMBER 6
2nd Floor Foyer and Ballroom
5 PM Social Hour, Cash Bar, Silent Auction begins! Meet up with new and old BOLD friends on the outside patio.
6 - 7:30 pm BUFFET DINNER Vegetarians and omnivores alike are happy! Includes entrees, a wide variety of salads and vegetable dishes, breads and decadent desserts.
7:45 - 9:00 pm A fab SUGARBEACH concert! See below
9:15 pm - Midnight Duelling DJ's are back, spinning tunes you'll recognize, and those you won't! Get up and shake your bootie!
This year, we have not one night of entertainment, but three! Saturday evening, after feasting on an elegantly presented and delicious dinner, we feature the award-winning Vancouver musical duo SugarBeach, winners of 3 U.S. Pride in the Arts awards. Marlee Walchuk and Tully Callender’s anthem, Living Out Loud, launched the first Pride House in the 2010 Olympics, and just this year they were inducted into the LGBT Hall of Fame for the creation and management of RightOutTV and their support of other LGBT artists. Their music -- inspirational, electric, foot-stomping good -- blew BOLDFest’s roof in 2012. If you haven’t heard them before, you’ll be hooked by the end of the evening!
SUNDAY Evening SEPTEMBER 7
2nd Floor Foyer & Ballroom
6:30 pm Doors open. Cash Bar, Social
7:30 pm CONCERT Starts...
This landmark concert is not to be missed. The legendary CRIS WILLIAMSON produced her first album in 1964, when she was only 16. Since then, she has been a pioneer of women’s music, recording over 25 albums, one of which, The Changer and the Changed, turns 40 this year and has sold an estimated 500,000 copies. Cris was BOLDFest’s first performer in 2005, our first year on this planet! What better way to celebrate 50 years of women’s music and lesbian culture than to have this talented, and truly amazing woman grace BOLDFest’s stage on our 10th birthday?? Many of us have lived by her words, thrilled to her voice, and found both solace and inspiration in her music. If any woman can be said to embody our culture, our spirit, and our determination, it is Cris.
What a weekend! It just doesn't stop...Dragonboating, Silent Auction (BIG Prize is a trip for 2 to Alaska May 2015 with Olivia!), BOLD Woman of the Year Award at Friday lunch, and lesbians, lesbians, lesbians! Where else can you get all of this under one roof!
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BOLD, a non-profit society registered in the Province of British Columbia Canada, has as its mission to raise the visibility of older lesbians, and to provide a venue to meet and to share information and opportunities for learning, networking, and organizing. For the last eight 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 even Australia!We convene at the Coast Plaza Hotel each year, on the weekend after Labour Day weekend. The Coast Plaza is a friendly and gay-friendly hotel in the heart of Vancouver's gay West End, with stunning views of the mountains and Pacific Ocean.
We are delighted to have Olivia Travel as our major sponsor once again at BOLDFest 2013! Thank you Olivia!!
BOLDFest Bold, Old(er) Lesbians & Dykes
PO Box 21510, 1424 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L 5G2 Canada
Tel: 604-253-7189 - Email
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