The 12th Annual BOLDFest
September 1 through 4, 2016
(Labour Day Weekend!)
Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver BC Canada

Celebrating our Lesbian Lives together!!

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Greetings BOLD women friends! 

4 more months before our annual NW/BC lesbian gathering is in full swing!  Are you ready?  A memorable weekend of lesbian culture, her/history, entertainment, learning, meeting new and old friends -- maybe the start of a new relationship -- is awaiting you at the Coast Plaza Hotel in beautiful Vancouver BC -- only 4 blocks from the ocean! 

BOLDFest was created for old(er) lesbians; the age average age span is mid 40's to 90's but, younger women are not only welcome, but they contribute to our Intergenerational Workshops (see workshop page) and are up on the dance floor in the evenings with their old(er) lesbian friends and lovers.  

We feel fortunate to have been able to hold BOLDFest at the Coast Plaza Hotel for so many years. It's one of the most comfortable and lesbian/gay/queer friendly hotels in Vancouver. It's home to us.

We are thrilled to announce that LIZ MILLARD, Associate Prof in Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Manitoba will be a featured Presenter. Earlier this year Liz published  "Making a Scene: Lesbian Community in Canada 1964-1984." Click here for more information about Liz Millard and about the book. 

 Liz is an interesting and dynamic presenter; she'll be sharing many anecdotes from her research on lesbian communities/political actions/events that will sound familiar to many of us - whether from Canada or the US. Undoubtedly, many more stories will be be added by Boldfest participants!  


In between all these serious, invigorating, sometimes downright funny workshop discussions we need to party, right?  Get set for entertainment and dancing in the evenings!  We are awaiting confirmation on a couple of performers as they work out their own schedules and gigs. We'll let you know more as soon as we can!

But in the meantime, you know you'll have a blast dancing to Queer As Funk on Saturday night!  There's a reason why all their dances sell out quickly!

Vancouver's hot 10-piece band will be groovin' with Soul, MoTown and Funk Dance Music on Saturday night, September 3. Be there or be square!



To register for BOLDFest, SCROLL DOWN.  Payment can be made online, by cheque/check, or paid in instalments (instalment payments by cheque/check; last date is August 15). 

To US Women: While our Canadian Loonie (dollar) is slowly getting stronger, now's the time to take advantage of this great exchange rate while it lasts! 

NOTICE regarding the August 31st Harbour Boat Cruise. Due to a recent sizeable increase by the cruise company,  we unfortunately need to increase the cost of the cruise from $45 to $55 per person AS OF JUNE 1.  However,BOOKINGS THROUGH May 31 will still pay $45.  This applies to BOLDFest participants as well as women just taking the cruise. SAVE $10; Register now!
HOTEL INFORMATION info is on the "Coast Plaza Hotel" page. 

Do you need FINANCIAL HELP to attend BOLDFest? Please ask. We'll do what we can to make it possible. Inquire about
  • A monthly payment plan  (post BOLDFest cheques possible)
  • Financial assistance (see bottom line on Registration form, Page 2)
  • Contact us:


CURIOUS about what BOLDFest is all about? Go to the Media Page and read interviews conducted by CURVES columnist Gillian Kendall as well as other interviews and a video, all of which offer a broad view of BOLDFest and how it has impacted women's lives. We hope something you see will resonate with you.

Adios to all our friends for now.  More to come.  TEAM BOLD

"See you in September"

Two ways to register/pay for BOLDfest 2016:

1-Pay via PayPal then scan or copy & your registration form and email to Note: PayPal prices include service fees.

2-Pay by cheque/check made out to BOLD and mail in with your registration form to POB 21510, 1424 Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC V5L 5G2 Canada

Our Conference fees are on a sliding scale to make this event as accessible to as many women as possible and to recognize the differences in our incomes, a sound feminist principle. Please pay what you can afford on the sliding scale. The bottom end of the scale does not cover the actual costs per person but with the help of those who can pay mid to high end, plus whatever fundraising we do, BOLDFest will always be open to women of various means, including those who ask for, and receive, subsidies and full scholarships.

Please note that on the bottom of the registration form is a line to request a subsidy. Please let us know what you can pay toward the $200 bottom end of the sliding scale. We will do what we can to cover the rest of your costs.

Click and print out the BOLDfest registration form below:

BOLDFEST 2016 Reg Form v.2.pdf BOLDFEST 2016 Reg Form v.2.pdf
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BOLDfest 2016 Canadian Registration
for payments made in Canada

BOLDfest 2016 USA Registration
for payments made from the USA

BOLDfest 2016 International Registration
for payments made outside CA/USA


Harbour Boat Cruise Canadian Purchase
for payments made in Canada

Harbour Boat Cruise USA Purchase
for payments made from the USA

Harbour Boat Cruise International Purchase
for payments made outside CA/USA

SINGLES Meet 'n Mingle 2016

SINGLES Meet n' Mingle Canada Purchase
for payments made in Canada

SINGLES Meet n' Mingle USA Purchase
for payments made from the USA

SINGLES Meet n' Mingle International Purchase
for payments made outside CA/USA


Dragonboating Canada Purchase
for payments made in Canada

Dragonboating USA Purchase
for payments made in the USA

Dragonboating International Purchase
for payments made outside CA/USA


Historical Walking Tour Canada Purchase
for payments made in Canada

Historical Walking Tour USA Purchase
for payments made in USA

Historical Walking Tour International Purchase
for payments made outside CA/USA

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Check out BOLDFest Logo-wear t-shirt designs
at the Redbubble fundraising page! Click here to shop >>

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 eleven 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 and, in 2016, for the first time, we meet on the Labour Day weekend, rather than the following weekend. 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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BOLDFest Bold, Old(er) Lesbians & Dykes
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Vancouver, BC V5L 5G2 Canada
Tel: 604-253-7189 - Email 

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