Bold, Old(er) Lesbians & Dykes 

and younger partners, lovers and friends


November 2021

Dear BOLD Women Friends, Thanks to many of you who have joined BOLD WOMEN RISING -- our virtual BOLDFest program. Thus far (to November 2021) we've held several online sessions -  presentations, discussions entertainment - since April 2021: 

Living in the Age of Covid Discussion

BOLDfest Pride Dance: DJ Spinintonic aka Alison Gorman from Queer as Funk!!

2  Dances - July & September

Coming Out Stories

BOLD Women Coffee n’ Chat (2)

Update:It's taken longer than anticipated to set up the next session, but we want you to know it's in the works!  Plans are being made for a "Flirting Workshop", more Coffee n Chats, a concert (!), Racism discussion, Holiday get together, another DJ'd Dance, plus more surprises!

As well we need to hear from you, bold women! SEND US your ideas for workshop/discussion topics, and facilitators, if you know them.  Facilitators should be familiar and comfortable with presenting on zoom. Please email all details to

Last, but certainly not least, we really would like to hear how many of you - specifically in Vancouver and area, throughout BC, Alberta, Washington -  would be interested - even excited about! - an in-person (aka "real") mini BOLDFest in Vancouver in December or January. A full day/evening for sure, and possibly another full day. This would be on a weekend.  Please let us know ASAP by emailing

'Til we meet online or in person, stay safe, calm and happy.

Hugs from the BOLD Team!

Love from Team BOLD 



BOLDFest was honoured to have Amanda White, indigenous elder, welcome everyone to the 15th Annual BOLDFest. In her words: 

"My name is Amanda White, I am a proud member of the Haida Nation from Haida-Gwaii. My position today is that of a Knowledge Keeper for the Vancouver Indigenous Eduction Department ofVancouver School Board."

Amanda acknowledges that she lives, works and plays on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations


returned to her home town to a crowd of women who've followed her music and her life for years. Introduced first by her indigenous women friends, speaking in their own language, Ferron's performance was all that we could have wished for. Thank you dear Ferron. May your songs, your heart, your presence be with us for many years to come.


                                 Team BOLD says "See you ONLINE!

“I don't know if I won't start crying. Especially since I've been lost and found so many times in the last 10 or 12 years.... I'm afraid that I’ll be very choked up.”

It’s an early June day (2017) in Vancouver. Singer-songwriter Ferron — a queer, feminist folk icon to some, utterly unknown to most — has just made the journey to CBC’s downtown office from her part-time home on Saturna, a small island off the B.C. coast. In six weeks, she’ll make her proper return to the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, July 15-17, for the first time since her debut in 1979. In her 40-plus years as a singer-songwriter, she’s influenced everybody from Ani DiFranco to the Indigo Girls, and started her own record label in the late 1970s. She broke out in the States, too, a leader in the intersections of her various communities — songwriter/lesbian/working- class/women — who flirted with major-label success but was always, ultimately, a DIY indie queen.

Ferron - Testimony

An outspoken advocate for social justice issues, one of Ferron's first hits, 1980's “Testimony,” became an unofficial anthem for the post-folk women’s music movement, and women everywhere looking to see themselves in something real.

“There's godlike And warlike
And strong
Like only some show And there's sad like And madlike

And had
Like we know
But by my life be I spirit
And by my heart be I woman.”

Ferron may not have the national recognition of Neil Young or Joni Mitchell or Buffy Sainte-Marie, but for plenty of music fans around the world, her name belongs alongside those legends in the Canadian singer-songwriter hall of fame. And for a little while, the music industry agreed. This is a story of a woman who is ready for a comeback, whose music has been lost and found again and again. She has been both a lighthouse and the one lost at sea. Her songs are how she’s found her way home.

Ferron, who was born in Toronto and raised in Richmond, near Vancouver, left home at 15 with a Leonard Cohen album in her backpack and not much else. She built her fanbase touring small venues and festivals, singing heartfelt, crushingly honest songs about everything from class and love to injustice, equality and social change. She sang and spoke about her trauma, her troubled childhood, sexual assault and depression, and learned through her fans that she wasn’t alone.

An out lesbian long before k.d. lang came on the scene and a feminist trailblazer who modelled women’s liberation, Ferron gained momentum on the women’s festival circuit throughout the '70s. One of her earliest songs even featured a then unknown Tori Amos on backing vocals.

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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!

BOLDFest acknowledges that its annual gathering is situated on the unceded territories and the traditional home of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ / sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.
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