The 14th Annual BOLDFest

Thursday Aug 30 through Sunday Eve Sept 2, 2018

Save Labour Day Weekend 2018  and join us for one of the best weekends your lesbian/dyke heart could hope for.

The COAST COAL HARBOUR HOTEL on West Hastings Street (@Bute) in downtown Vancouver is our new venue and we're excited! Beautifully designed, bathrooms with bidets -- a 1st for Vancouver hotels! Coast Coal Harbour is one block from the waterfront, Canada Place and Coal Harbour eateries, very near to Stanley Park and knock-out views of mountains. You'll love it!

We're delighted to be continuing our relationship with the "Coast Hotel Family" now that the Coast Plaza (our home for the past 13 years) has closed. (Please note: Comfort rooms have increased only $10 CA since 2017!)

 BOLDFest room rates sold out last year; see deadline on registration form. Don't wait!  Register here. Please note: by staying at the Coast, you are helping BOLDFest keep our conference fee down as low as we can. Support the Coast and BOLDFest! Need a roommate? Contact We'll put you in touch with others seeking same.

We look forward to welcoming back our wonderful tribe of BOLDFestees from the past 13 years and many new women!  Can't wait!!

Thank you ALL for supporting Lesbian Culture!


1.  Preserving Our History at The Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony

Historian Elise Chenier has been recording the life experiences of same-sex attracted women since the early 1990s. For the past decade she has been putting oral testimonies online at so that anyone with a high-speed internet connection can access these rich historical records. In this session, Elise will report on the results of a recent project aimed at bridging the gap between the Archives and the broader community. Come find out about what it means to put our heritage online, and how you can participate in making history through oral testimony.

2. Intergenerational Dialogue Continues

What's new in the LGBTQ2S+ community since last BOLDFest?  What are young/er women's concerns, visions, hopes?? What do older lesbians want younger women to know?  Share projects happening with youth and elders in your community.

3.  Zumba Gold

Dance/move at your own speed to Latin beats led by Zumba/Fitness Instructor Denise Galay, whose high energy and brilliant smile brings BOLDFestees up a notch or two.

4. Finances and the Older Lesbian. More info TBA

5. Film Screening and Q&A with Lorna Boschman, Filmmaker, Researcher, Community Artist/Activist. 

In 2016, Lorna was chosen by a jury of her peers as Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Awards honouree in Film & New Media. Lorna is probably best known for her work in the 1990s as director of three collaborations with the notorious Kiss & Tell collective. This screening will feature more recent digital storytelling collaborations, including work with LGBT2Q people diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancer, and with Vancouver's Mount Pleasant residents for the Urban Screen project. Let's talk about collaboration and community-based art production.

6.  Comedy Workshop with BOLDFest's own CLAIRE ROBSON

Gotta Pee and other urgent matters: A comedy workshop with Claire Robson

Getting old is not for the fainthearted, but it sure has its funny side, and this is what we’ll explore in this workshop. Standup comedy is all about noticing and naming those things that we notice every day but often don’t talk about. Naming them out loud can be both killer funny and emotionally liberating. In this collaborative workshop, we’ll begin by talking together about the funny side of getting old, then turn our ideas into short standup routines. Each person will get the chance to perform. If you’ve never done standup before, this is your chance to try it out with supportive BOLD compañeras.

Claire Robson is expert in faking it till she makes it. The numerous roles she’s performed include academic presenter, researcher, author, performance poet, emcee, memoirist, percussionist, activist, assistant principal, workshop facilitator, teacher, dog handler, and standup comedian. So far, no one has called her bluff.

7. LGBTQ Elder Care Communities

8.  Lesbian Karaoke!!  spontaneous happeningat BOLDFest 2017....and what a hoot!! So we're gonna make sure it happens again.  Bring your fave music!

BOLDFest Extra Activities/Extra Cost (see registration form)

  • Harbour Boat Cruise Wed August 29, 6:30 – 9:30 pm Granville Island (maximum 70). See registration form for Early Bird Special ‘til May 1. $55 pp  Food,Music, Dancing, Coast Views, Wimmin!
  • Solos Meet n' Greet, Thurs August 30,  5:30 - 7:00 pm (maximum 20; reserved for BOLDFest registrants)
  • Walking Tour with Jolene Castillou Cumming Sat afternoon,  Sept 1(maximum 20) $20 (details on website
  • Introduction to Dragonboating, Sat fternoon, Sept 1, Granville Island


                                 Team BOLD says "See you late August"

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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 have been convening at the Coast Plaza Hotel for 13 years. In 2018 we move to a sister hotel in Vancouver  the luxurious, still friendly Coast Coal Harbour Hotel!. This hotel  is still a gay-friendly and dog-friendly hotel one block from Coal Harbour with views of water and mountains and 3 blocks from Canada Place. You'll love it! 

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