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BOLDFest - Bold Old(er) Lesbians and Dykes, Vancouver, BC

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Welcome to the 10th Annual
BOLDFest 2014!!!

Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

September 4-7, 2014

1763 Comox Street 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 some of the events planned for this special celebration. Workshops are listed on the workshop page. Keep checking the website for more updates! But for now, look for flight "deals" and book your airfare and hotel - Registration form online includes Coast Plaza Hotel booking info. If you live in the US, now's the time to register online, when the Canadian dollar is at a 5 year low.  Not good for Canadians, but hey, take advantage of it!

Back by special demand! 

Full Buffet Dinner on Saturday eve Sept 6th


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.


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 Meet & Greet SINGLES Mixer
$12 - $20 sliding scale (see registration form).This event limited to 25 registered BOLD womyn.

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, icebreakers, 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. 

Dorothy Dittrich


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 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. 

FRIDAY Evening 

7:30 – 9:00 pm

 A special showing of the classic lesbian movie, 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 instead we will have an introduction by Joan Coldwell of Hedgerow Press, sponsor of this eventJoan is retiring the press this year after 10 years of publishing and we're delighted to say she will be with us. She has also generously donated a copy of Rule’s book for every single BOLDFest participant.

 9:30 – 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!!


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!   


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.

AND THERE’s MORE!! Stay tuned for more details – Dragonboating, Silent Auction, BOLD Woman of the Year Award at Friday lunch, more workshops... Keep checking back here for updates! Visit Workshop Page for details of daily workshops…

 REGISTRATION is now open on our Registration Page >>

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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!!

Olivia Tours 2012

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Vancouver BC Lesbian & Dyke Conference
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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