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East Side Pride 2019

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What is East Side Pride?


East Side Pride is a family oriented Pride event. Come enjoy live music, yoga demonstrations, burlesque and drag performances. Check out the goods from local artists and businesses or learn about different organizations and groups who support the Vancouver Pride Society. This is our third year doing East Side Pride and it is quickly becoming one of our favourite events! You would be hard pressed to find a more positive, friendly and welcoming event. East Side Pride is a family oriented Pride event. Come enjoy live music, yoga demonstrations, burlesque and drag performances. Check out the goods from local artists and businesses or learn about different organizations and groups who support the Vancouver Pride Society. This is our third year doing East Side Pride and it is quickly becoming one of our favourite events! You would be hard pressed to find a more positive, friendly and welcoming event.

When/ Where is East Side Pride?

East Side Pride will take place at Grandview Park located at Commercial Drive and Charles Street.  It will take place on Saturday, June 22nd from noon to 6pm. There is no admission and this is a family-friendly event. Grandview Park is a short walk from the Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station or you can take a number of buses right to the park. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on. You can also bring a picnic or get delicious treats from food trucks and local business on the drive!

Should you go?

You should definitely come to check out East Side Pride. Why? First of all, it’s free. Second, it’s easy to get to by public transportation. Third, you can show your support for Vancouver’s LGBTQ community. And finally, it’s a lot of fun! Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your kids. Everyone is guaranteed to have a great time. Come down, have a little picnic and watch some awesome performances. If you need to stretch your legs, come check out the vendors or maybe go for a little walk down commercial to get some gelato. Can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday in June?

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Summer Hours (We’ll be open longer!)

Summer Hours

In Vancouver, we’ve been getting serious summer vibes for the past few weeks. It’s so warm and lovely and beautiful out. I just love it! While it’s not officially summer until June 21, we are officially starting our summer hours this week! We will be open longer and later to meet all your shopping needs. Fear not, festival goers we are here to help you find goggles and pocket belts. Cosplayers and steampunks, we’re here to help you find the perfect corset or waistcoat. Goths, we’ve got light weight asymmetrical skirts in black so that you melt in the summer heat.

Our Summer Hours will be:

  • Monday – Thursday 11am -7pm
  • Friday and Saturday 11am – 8pm
  • Sundays and Holidays 11am – 6pm

Shopping online is available 24/7 from the comfort of your living room. Check out what we have in stock while you lounge around in your pjs with a glass of wine at 3am on a Tuesday. We wont judge. Live your best life. Like us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get the latest scoop on what we’re up to. You can also sign up for the Steampunk Tempest in order to get awesome, secret deals.

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Customer Appreciation Week

Hello you lovely people! Spring is in the air in Vancouver and we are feeling it. It’s hard not to feel happy when the sun is shining and the flowers are in bloom. Lately, we’ve been also feeling really grateful. Small businesses come and go but you’ve help us stick around for 26 years and for that you should be celebrated! We’ve decided to have an online party and everyone is invited.

Online Sale

We’re having an online sale! Everything on the website will be 15% off from Sunday May 19th – Saturday May 25th, 2019. You can use the code VMlovesyou to get 15% your online purchase. In store pick up is available or we can ship anywhere in North America. If you live outside of North America, send us an email and we’ll arrange to have your order shipped to wherever you are. So if you’ve had your eye on something, now is the time to grab it!

Social Media Fashion Show

We also want to show off how good you look in your VM stuff so we’re having a social media fashion show. We’ll be featuring some of our favourite pictures of you on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Do you want to be feature? If so either tag us in your photos on Instagram or use the hashtag #venusandmarsclothing and we’ll repost your picture! Make sure you’re following us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter so you can admire other people’s awesome outfits! We can’t wait to show you how creative you can be.

We’re so happy that we get to do what we love and make weird clothing. We love helping people find the pieces they need and putting together different outfits and costumes. On top of that, you guys are really cool. It’s a treat to get to know you in the store and online. Thank you so much for supporting us. We couldn’t have done it without you! <3

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Where Can I Watch Burlesque in Vancouver?

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Does your life just needs more glitter, tassels and butts? Well, good news because Vancouver has an incredibly active, unique and eclectic burlesque community!  There are monthly shows going on all over the city. Here are a couple you may want to check out!

Taboo Revue

Taboo Revue is a Vancouver’s biggest and longest running burlesque show. Put on by the Screaming Chicken’s Society, it is a monthly show that takes place at the Wise Hall in East Van. Whether you’re watching a Becoming Burlesque graduation show or checking out a seasoned pro, it’s an event that you’ll walk away happy from. There’s no dress code but dressing up is encouraged so why not wear your new corset?

Go Go Bungalow

Go Go Bungalow is your go to place for vintage cocktails and go go dancers. What could be better? It takes place every Sunday night at the Shameful Tiki Room on Main Street. Dance to surf, soul, rock and roll and motown or sit back and take in the tiki decor. If you want to dress in theme, we suggest adding some rainbow sparkle glovelets to your outfit.

Glam Slam

Glam Slam is when burlesque meets wrestling. It’s a weird combo but it works. Whether you’re watching wrestlers who do burlesque or burlesque dancers who wrestle, it’s a good time for everyone. Glam Slam is a monthly event that takes at the Wise Hall. But be warned, it sells out super fast so if you have to opportunity to grab tickets, do it! It is highly encouraged that you dress up so come grab some gold leggings and show off your moves!

There’s so many cool burlesque events in Vancouver that you should totally check out. The ones I’ve listed are ones that occur regularly but groups like Geekenders do limited run shows like Star Wars: A Nude Hope and one off shows all the time. So lookout for them and support your local artists! What’s your favourite burlesque show in Vancouver?

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Where do the Weirdos go to Dance?

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

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

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

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?