The 13th Annual BOLDFest 

Was a Blast!

Thanks to Vancouver Pride for adding to the fun with a Photo Booth. Here's some of our outrageous bold, old(er) dykes & lesbians

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Thanks to everyone who came to BOLDFest from near and afar. We loved having you with us and hope we'll see you next year!

FERRON returns to BOLDFest on Sunday evening, September 3rd! What better way to celebrate 13 years of boldness than to welcome back this legendary lesbian singer/songwriter and poet to her Vancouver/BC roots.

 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 Women's Music Festival and the Ohio Lesbian Festival. In 2017, Ferron and Ain't Life a Brook were featured on an episode of Big Notaro's TV show - One Mississippi. After an overwhelmingly successfully sold out show with her All Star Band at the Freight & Salvage in Berkley (Feb 2017) Ferron was "rediscovered".

Canadian artist HEATHER BISHOP is a well-known and accomplished musician and songwriter, with numerous other skills and talents (see her website) and a long list of accomplishments, including recipient of the Order of Canada (2005), the Order of  Manitoba (2001), and an Honourary Doctorate of Laws (2011). Heather will be presenting a daytime workshop on Mon Sept 4 (see workshop page) and will wrap up BOLDFest  Monday eve, Sept 4, singing songs that inspire, inform, motivate..and make us laugh! 
Accompanying Ferron will be multi-instrumentalist Daryl Havers, a local musician who's played with Ferron and her bands for many years including Ferron's current All Star Band which was featured at this year's Vancouver Folk Music Festival. What a show they put on! Happy to have Daryl with us.

Laurie MacKenzie will be accompanying Heather Bishop as he has for the past 25 years. Laurie's extensive musical career includes recording and playing with The Guess Who, Valdy, Fred Penner, The Wyrd Sisters, Susan Aglukark, Chantal Kreviazuk, The Manitoba Chamber Choir, to name a few.  He performs many musical genres, including rock, folk, blues, jazz, country and childrens' music.

“The Almost Reverend Eunice P. Vickary’s Mysteries of Life Tour”

Every few generations, a voice as singular as the Almost Reverend Eunice P. Vickary Inc. comes along;  and when she speaks, the world listens.  Hipsters, sommeliers, manbuns, Sigmund Freud's long-awaited apology to women, deconstructionism, the present moment; none of it escapes the piercing and insightful scrutiny of Eunice P. Vickary Inc. (aka Sheila Norgate). Come and be stirred and maybe even shaken. Results may vary. 

SHEILA NORGATE Artist, writer, actor, performer from Gabriola Island BC, Sheila is a favourite of BOLDFestees. She can be serious and, she can be HILARIOUS! Friday evening September 1, 8 pm, 35th Floor, doors open 7:15 pm followed by dancing to Beatmaker DJTracey's tunes

DJ TRACEY Wants your requests!  Send in song titles and artist NOW to

A hit at BoldFest 2016, QUEER AS FUNK, Vancouver East's 8-piece band is a cultural fusion of fun, soul and Motown classics - from Isaac Hayes and David Porter's "Soul Man' to Bruno Mar'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. 

Saturday Night September 2, 8:30 pm   Doors Open 7:00 Pm SILENT AUCTION BIDDING BEGINS! 


Thursday Eve August 31: Welcoming Reception                                                                               Followed by Stand-Up Comedian with Claire Robson

"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. 


This interesting and challenging topic will be presented Thursday evening August 31 by SFU students  following Claire Robson's "Tales".  

Presenters/SFU Students:

Meetu Dhaliwal, Amelia Hill, Faria Rajput, Livani Selvananthan, Jasreen Janjua, Emmanuela Droko, Vanessa Sprung, Kaylie Weinreich.

 How can we change stereotypical attitudes towards old and ageing bodies, especially those of younger people? This was the question posed by this diverse group of SFU students as they tackled a group assignment for a recent course in intergenerational critical queer arts activism (GSWS 321). Their answer was to design and launch an Instagram page – a youth oriented platform for their colourful images and reflections about ageing bodies – tattoos, wrinkles and all. Come see them present and discuss this innovative social experiment. Join in the discussion!

The page, which now has over 200 followers, can be found at   #very cool!


Check out workshop page for a wide selection of workshop topics and presenters.


US Women: The Canadian $$ is getting stronger but you're still doing ok with your US $ here in Canada!. Save on Conference and hotel fees!  

Register for BOLD's fabulous Harbour Boat Cruise (Wed eve, Aug 30), $55 per person until boat fills up! Non-transferable


2017 is the last year the Coast Plaza Hotel will be open. It officially closed on November 18, 2017. This has been BOLDFest's "home" since we began 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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