Vancouver has a bit of a reputation of being a no fun city especially when it comes to clubs and dancing. There are, of course, the mainstream pop music clubs on Granville street. But where are you supposed to go if you don’t want to hang out with the jocks? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Descent is Vancouver’s Goth night. It takes place the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Red Room. Founded in August, 2007, Descent provides a chill environment for the city’s Goth kids to dance and drink in peace. There is no dress code but you are encouraged to wear whatever you want to express yourself. The music is good, the cover is cheap and everyone is pretty friendly. Throw on a black frock coat and some dark jeans and go dance the night away.
Galaxion is your place to drink, dance and game. Heavily inspired by 80s pop culture, Galaxion takes place on the first Saturday of every month at the Astoria. Dance the night away to 80s classics, New Wave, Synthpop, Hip Hop and Post Punk. Don’t feel like dancing? Check out some of the retro arcade games set on free play. It’s the perfect place to rock some rainbow sparkle leggings!
Sin City is Vancouver’s longest running fetish party. It takes place on the second Saturday of every month (plus a couple other bonus parties) at various venues. If you’ve never been to a fetish party before don’t be scared! Sin City is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the life style. There is a dance floor or if you’re feeling spicy then you can check out the dungeon. Sin City has a fetish dress code to keep the normies out. We suggest starting your outfit with a corset.
I know it can seem hopeless when you’re passing the Lamp Lighter on a Saturday night but there are really cool events and venues you can find in Vancouver if you look hard enough. These are just a few examples. Did I miss anything? Where do you like to hang out on the weekend?
The universe of Goth can be confusing. There’s so many subgenres. How are you supposed to know what kind of Goth you are? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You pick your favorite song and we’ll tell you what kind of Goth you are and suggest something to wear. (Don’t take us too seriously, this is just for fun. We won’t call the goth police on you).
Old School Goth – Bauhaus: Bela Lugosi’s Dead
Do you love Bauhaus Bela Lugosi’s Dead? Then you might be an old school goth. You were there from the very beginning with your Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and of course Bauhaus records. Old school goths don’t have the same theatricality of some of the other newer sects of Goths but they still rock all black. They lean more towards the punk aesthetic than the spooky aesthetic. Start your look with a some steampunk bondage pants – in black, of course.
Romantic/ Victorian Goth – Voltaire: When You’re Evil
Does Voltaire When You’re Evil stir your soul? You might be a Romantic/ Victorian Goth! Romantic/ Victorian Goths are tortured souls born into the wrong centuries. They love all things dark, spooky and a little bit macabre. Think of Lydia in Beetlejuice. You can find their collected works of Edgar Allan Poe between their copy of Interview with a Vampire and their DVD of Edward Scissorhands. We suggest a black ruffle poet shirt and a glass of red wine.
Steampunk – Professor Elemental: Fighting Trousers
Are you wearing your Fighting Trousers? You might be steampunk! Some would argue that steampunk isn’t a close relative of Goth. While it made not be a sibling, I think it definitely counts as a cousin. Steampunks love gadgets, science fiction and goggles (to protect their eyes from all the steam powered machinery). Their style is Victorian inspired with a pinch of time travel. Picture the way H.G. Wells would have imagined the future. Don’t forget every good steampunk needs a double breasted waistcoat to house their pocket watch.
We hope we helped you find some new music to listen to or a new style to try out. At the end of the day, you can wear whatever you’d like but sometimes it’s fun dress in a theme. So what kind of goth are you?
What is Fan Expo?
Fan Expo is the place to be if you’re a fan of anything pop culture. Whether you love movies, cosplay, books, comics or toys Fan Expo is the event for you! There are vendors with everything your geeky little heart could desire. The artists alley is to die for. And there’s celebrities! Are you a Star Trek fan? George Takei will be there. How about Star Wars? Then you better go say hi to Billy Dee Williams. Princess Bride? Cary Elwes and Wallace Shawn will sign your DVD. Love Gotham? David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee will be there. And if you ever grew up watching Baywatch, you’d better get a pass to come say hi to Pamela Anderson. This is our seventh year vending at the Fan Expo. It’s one of our favourite events to do and we are so excited to come back in 2019.
When/ Where is Fan Expo?
Vancouver Fan Expo will take place at the Vancouver Convention Center. It will take place Friday March 1st from 4pm to 9pm, Saturday March 2nd from 10am to 7pm and Sunday March 3rd from 10am to 5pm. Tickets start at $30 for a one day pass and go up to $229 for a three day VIP pass online. At the door only single day and family passes will be available and only while supplies last.
Should you go?
Fan Expo is for you if you belong to pretty much any fandom. I guarantee that you’ll meet someone who shares your passion. Have you ever wanted to make a cosplay? Fan Expo is a great place to try it out. You get to be inspired by people who have been cosplaying for years and share the joy of your fandom with people you are just starting out. You’ll probably pick up some tricks of the trade while you’re there. If you don’t want to dress up that’s cool too! You’ll see lots of people in casual attire just enjoying the atmosphere. You should come check it out!
I know that nothing ruins a cosplay quicker than a backpack or purse (unless your character carries either of those, obviously). But there’s just some stuff that you need to have on you at a convention. A pocket belt is a nice solution. It’s less intrusive than a bag and you can wear it on your hip to leave your hands free for taking pictures. Here’s what I think you need for your con care kit.
Picking Your Pocket Belt
First of all, you need to start with the right bag. Our classic pocket belt is a pretty good choice for any cosplay. It’s small enough to not detract from your cosplay but big enough to carry what you need plus your wallet, phone and keys. If you need a little more room, our steampunk pocket belt is also an excellent choice. It has a bigger main pocket, a zippered inside pocket and a leg strap. Both styles of pocket belts are available in black, brown, wine and green so you’re sure to find something that matches your cosplay.
Water and snacks
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say that they spent their food money on stuff at a con. Food is important, it fuels your body and keeps you from getting hangry. If you know you can’t be trusted not to spend your food money, bring granola bars or protein bars. Even if you’re good with money, it’s nice to have a snack on hand for when you need it. Your body also needs hydration and Redbull doesn’t count. Bring a water bottle with you. Our pocket belts have a big ring on them that is perfect for attaching a reusable water bottle on with a carabiner. Most cons have water fountains or water bottle refilled stations so you can stay hydrated all day long.
Depending on what you’re cosplaying as, you’ll probably need a first aid kit for your cosplay. You’ll want a little ziplock bag with some safety pins, a travel sewing kit, some tape and anything else you can think of. Con days are long days and chances are that you’re cosplay might get a little tired after walking around for 8 – 10 hours. Make sure you have the right equipment to perk it up. Also if you ever see me at a con, I usually have lots of safety pins and I’ll be happy to share with you.
I think that covers the basics. If I missed anything, feel free to let me know on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I’d love to find out what you keep in your con care kits!
As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, one of our most frequently asked questions is “What is Steampunk?”. Sometimes the best way to explain it is through movies. If you want to familiarize yourself with the Steampunk genre or you’re looking for some visual inspiration for your steampunk costume then these are some movies I would check out. A caveat, these aren’t great movies but they do have some really excellent costumes and sets.
Wild Wild West
I think the 1999 Will Smith and Kevin Kline film is one of the most frequently referenced when people are trying to explain the steampunk aesthetic to muggles. Waistcoats, corsets, gadgets, giant robotic spiders and googles are just some of the steampunk elements that this movie highlights. Wild Wild West gives us cowboy steampunk. What’s not to love about that? A warning though, it has a terrible script so maybe watch it on mute. If you want to make a Wild Wild West inspired costume I would start with a double breasted waistcoat and build your outfit from that.
Sucker Punch is probably the next most referenced film when people are looking for steampunk examples. It offers a more militaristic version of steampunk. Most of the colours are muted compared to Wild Wild West. This movie is highly stylized and visually stunning. But the story is weird and the ending is unsatisfying. The costumes and character designed are super cool though and it’s worth watching in the background if you’re trying to come of with a steampunk character. For a Sucker Punch inspired costume, I would start with a holster harness.
So I had to include at least one movie set in Victorian England and while Sherlock Holmes and The Prestige are great choices I choose Sweeney Todd. Tim Burton’s twisted dark fairy tale style gives Sweeney Todd a little bit more personality. Everything Mrs. Lovett wears is amazing. It might not be strictly steampunk but it’s close enough. I especially love her swim wear (pictured above). Unlikely the other movies on my list, Sweeney Todd is actually an enjoyable film especially if you like murder musicals and Alan Rickman. For a Mrs. Lovett inspired outfit, I would start with a rail pull skirt.
Did I miss anything? What steampunk movies would you include on your list? What do you watch to get inspired? Let us on know on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. We’re always looking for good references to steer people towards!