Elk Valley Pride Festival

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Tickets for the Elk Valley Pride Festival events can be found by clicking here. 

Drag Bingo at The Royal

Join in the fun at the Royal at Drag Queen Bingo on Monday, September 21 at 7pm! Tickets are $5 each and there are only 44 available so get yours soon! Games, fun, and Earth’s Own Naturals prizes await.

Please note that this event will be outside in the newly created and lovely Royal Garden. Please dress appropriately for the September evening! And…it can get a little bawdy while playing Bingo so be prepared! 

This is a 19+ event, sorry! Ticket link will be available soon on the Royal Facebook page. These tickets go fast so don’t delay! Thank you to the Royal for providing this fun night out and to Earth’s Own Naturals, your local cannabis store, for the great prizes!

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Sewing 101 with Louise

Join Louise, Executive Director of the Fernie & District Arts Council, for a special edit of Sewing 101 to learn how to make some Pride themed bunting. Get ready for Fernie Pride Festival 2020 by creating some pride decoration for your home, office or wherever you will be celebrating from this year! This easy to follow tutorial is aimed at all abilities so don’t worry if you don’t know how to sew there will be a no sew option available!

Fabric supplies will be available for collection at The Arts Station on Tuesday, September 22. Registration for supplies will be via theartsstation.com and while they last.

A huge thank you to the fabulous Arts Station for being such an amazing community supporter of the Elk Valley Pride Festival!

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Art on the Deck and Art History with Jackie

Join Jackie Graham, Program Officer from the Fernie Arts Station for this casual and fun exploration of artist Mickalene Thomas. Starting at 1pm on Thursday, September 24, will be the always popular Art on the Deck. Join a fellow local creative, and a professional in their medium, as they guide you through a demo and facilitate a creative session in the style of Mickalene Thomas, a NY-based contemporary artist who does multimedia collage work based on notions of identity.

AND launching at 3pm on the Arts Station You Tube channel will be the latest installment of, Art History with Jackie. Here you will delve a little deeper into Mickalene Thomas and Jackie will cover her biography, artistic style, look at some of her works and then leave you with a challenge to get creative at the end of every video!

Huge thank you to The Arts Station for their support of Fernie Pride and the Elk Valley Pride Festival!

To register for Art on the Deck please click here.

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Opening Ceremony / Pride Bike Parade

Kicking us off is the Elk Valley Pride Festival Opening Ceremony and Bike Parade on Thursday, September 24 at 5pm! Join in the fun at Fernie City Hall where we will raise the Pride and transgender flags and then head out for a lively 20-30 minute Bike Parade around maintown Fernie! At the front of the line will be our own Mayor Qualizza and Grand Marshal Carrie Du’Way! Colourful and family friendly costumes are encouraged for both yourself and your trusty two pedal steed! Following this fun bike jaunt, we will head back to City Hall for a social on the lawn and enjoy some live music. Please support your favourite local restuarant and pre-order a delicious dinner to enjoy safely taking into account all pandemic precautions.

This event is limited to 50 people and tickets are FREE but required to ensure safety of numbers.

Get your ticket here for the Opening Reception and Bike Parade!

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Beers & Queers at The Royal

Don’t want your Thursday to end after the Bike Parade and City Hall Social? Head on over to the Royal for an impromptu edition of Beers & Queers! Please note that this is a age 19+, outdoor event so please bring a sweater! 

Live music with Anita Roloff will greet you and I bet if you want to take the stage for a song or two that would be more than alright! 

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Drag Story and Craft Time

Back for another year, streamed online but just as fabulous, is the always popular Drag Story and Craft Time! Join Carrie Du’Way, Mayor Qualizza, and Michelle from our amazing Fernie Heritage Library for a morning of stories and crafting! This event will be streamed via the Fernie Pride Society Facebook page. Updates on alternate viewing options coming soon.

We encourage all daycares, preschools, and early elementary grade teachers to join in as well as the amazing caregivers at home! Anyone and everyone welcome but please remain respectful and kind.

This is important……in order to best guess the number of craft packages that we are to prepare we kindly request that you register here for your FREE Fernie Heritage Library Curbside Craft kit. This will allow is to ensure that we make enough up in advance for everyone who would like to participate. We will also have some extras available but if you could help us gauge numbers it would be much appreciated!

We can wait to ‘see’ you at Drag Story and Craft Time! A massive thank you to the Fernie Heritage Library for their support for this event.

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Rainbow Foundation of Hope

Come to the Fernie Seniors Drop-In Centre to learn about the Rainbow Foundation of Hope and the wonderful work they do to enable SOGIE refugees and their families to settle safely in Canada.

The primary function of the RFOH is to enable safe migration of persecuted LGBT+ migrants through the Canadian charities and resettlement communities actively assisting them. With a focus on fundraising within a broad strategy for safe migration that offers emergent benefits and by learning about the work being done, the RFOH can readily identify partnerships among donor circles and charities sharing common objectives.

Success takes an entire community and collaboration to assist LGBT+ asylum seekers, refugees, and newcomers. Once a private sponsorship application is approved by the Government of Canada, many extraordinary Canadians dedicate their lives to safely relocate and actively resettle sponsored individuals.

The RFOH program offers both private sponsorship and community service grants to support other Canadian charities acting on the behalf of SOGIE migrants. Come and discover how acting locally can lead to saving lives globally.

Click here to register for this important presentation!

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Cooking with Kristy and the Queen

Join Red Seal chef Kristy McKee and our visiting Queen, Carrie Du’Way for a fun cooking class for ages 13-17! Learn how to prep and bake a delicious overnight breakfast casserole that you pop in in the oven the next morning for a delicious brunch item!

This class is FREE but you must register by Monday, September 21 to ensure grocery purchase and delivery. Please indicate if you would like meat or vegetarian ingredients.

This event will be taught online via Zoom. Link provided upon registration.

Click here to register now for Cooking With Kristy and The Queen!

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Reel Out! – A Drive-In Movie Night

The Elk Valley Pride Festival and proud community supporter, Fernie Alpine Resort are so excited to partner on Reel Out! — a Drive-In Movie Night! This event is limited to 50 vehicles max and no food or beverages will be available for purchase at this event. Please do not bring alcoholic beverages! Fernie Alpine Resort will be offering a pizza special from Legends so make sure to keep your eyes out and order your dinner for pick-up prior to arriving at the movie!

Please click here for the Reel Out Covid Safety Plan. This plan includes important details and rules — things like no RV’s, campers, motorhomes allowed. No drugs! Walk-ins not permitted….

The nitty-gritty details: Gates open at 6:45pm! Upon arrival at Parking Lot 2, you will be directed where to park. Please follow parking lot attendant directions as vehicles are spaced intentionally. When exiting after the movie, please follow the parking lot attendant directions as we want to ensure a safe and speedy exit for all.

Movie attendees MUST remain in their vehicle unless using the restroom. Portapotties and a handwashing station will be available. Please respect pandemic precautions and practice physical distancing while in line to access facilities.

You MUST bring a paper copy of your ticket and provide it upon arrival at the event when asked. The movie will be projected on a 4-storey screen so no worries about not being able to see! Also, sound will be transmitted via FM transmission so make sure your radio works!

The fun stuff: We will be filming PRIDE, a Golden Globe nominee, winner of multiple BAFTA awards, and a Cannes award winner among multiple other accolades. Pride is set in Britain in 1984, a country on the brink of social and cultural shifts. As a war raged on between the Thatcher government and the mining unions, hair was getting bigger, fashion more vibrant and music more electronic. Meanwhile, activism for LGBT rights continued to grow as London’s queer community staged regular demonstrations to raise awareness.

Among the many visionary young people trying to provoke positive change is Mark, the spirited leader of a small group of gay rights activists. When he notices the similarities between the treatment of the gay community and the striking miners by government and law enforcement, he is compelled to help. Mark convinces his reluctant friends to form the LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners); unsure if the mining community will be accepting of their support in the first place.

Determined to spread the message that no group struggling with prejudice and oppression should draw greater awareness over the other, he and his misfit friends form an unprecedented alliance with a small, Welsh mining community. What unfolds next surprises both groups as otherwise unlikely friendships are formed and misconceptions are made invisible – among most. Pride is a timely true story and welcome reminder that putting differences aside in the spirit of tolerance and peace is just as important today as it was in ’84.

Get your ticket here for Reel Out! Pride Movie Screening

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Rainbow Connections Scavenger Hunt!

Welcome to our Rainbow Connection Scavenger Hunt! The rules are simple:

  1. you will need to form a team, no larger than 6 people (people in your social bubble is best!)
  2. if you are solo and need a team we will be happy to put you on one
  3. the Rainbow Connections Scavenger Hunt can be done virtually or in person
  4. each team will need the use of a camera phone and internet access

You will receive your Scavenger Hunt clues on Saturday, September 26 from 10:30am-noon on the Fernie City Hall lawn. Look for the tent! If you are participating virtually, the clues will be available on our website at the same time. 

Your objective is to decipher the clues, get to them as quick as you can, and then take a picture of the clue with all your teammates in the photo! This can be anyway you like but all team members AND the clue have to be in the picture! When all the clues have been photographed you will then email them to us and we will compile all the entries and announce our winners!

If you are participating in this event virtually, your objective is the same. Use your internet sleuthing skills and find a photo of the clue online, figure  out a way to get the clues into your pictures with your teammates (photo editing skills are key here!), and then send them all back to us.

Please email all photos once the Hunt is completed to info@ferniepride.ca. Clearly label the subject line with your team name, for example, Team Rainbow Bright Scavenger Hunt. 

While finding all of the rainbows in Fernie, feel free to tag us on your adventure using #elkvalleypridefestival. We would love to see your progress! Happy hunting! 

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Contemporary Fernie Queer History Walk

Let’s get together for a walk through Fernie to discover the stories and people that make up the contemporary queer landscape of the community. Please bring a mask and remain in your social bubbles if possible. Everyone welcome!

About Kevin (from the Calgary Gay History Project) — Kevin has been documenting and profiling queer people and events for 25 years through freelance writing and editing for various queer publications including: Clue! Magazine, QC Magazine, Xtra! West, and Xtra.ca. He is a career arts administrator and the past Executive Director of the Alberta Media Arts Alliance (AMAAS). He has previously worked for the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF), NUTV, and Arts Commons.

Kevin has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, specializing in non-profit management, from the University of Victoria. Additionally, Kevin works as a senior election official for both Elections Canada and Elections Alberta.

Finally, Kevin has created some local queer history himself, as a founder of Calgary’s now largest queer non-profit organization, the Calgary Queer Arts Society, which produces many cultural events including the very successful FairyTales Film Festival every year in May.

Kevin is the current president of the Fernie Pride Society and a passionate advocate for representation and celebration of equality and diversity.

Click here for tickets to Contemporary Fernie Queer History Walk.

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Pride Interfaith Worship Service

Join Andrea Brennan, minister at Fernie Knox United Church, priest at Christ Church Anglican Fernie, and Incumbent, Christ Church at Anglican Diocese of Kootenay for a afternoon Pride Worship Service on Saturday, September 26 at 3pm. Please meet on the lawn at Fernie City Hall and bring a chair or blanket if you like. There is an alternate indoor venue if required (but it will be a beautiful fall day so no need to worry!). Anyone and everyone welcome! Please respect Covid measures and stay within you r social bubble, wear a mask if unable to do so, and maintain 6ft physical distance from others. We cannot wait to see you!

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Rainbow Reads: Suzette Mayr

Meet us at the Fernie Heritage Library garden for an author evening with Suzette Mayr and a discussion facilitated by Angie Abdou. We will be examining Mayr’s novel, Monocerosa tender and bold tragicomedy. Monoceros was the winner of the W. O. Mitchell Book Prize, winner of the 2012 Relit Award for Best Novel, longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction, shortlisted for the Alberta Literary Award for Best Fiction, and a Globe and Mail Best Novel of 2011.

Tickets for Rainbow Reads are limited to 20 people BUT this event will be streamed live online. Please note that this is an outdoor event so dress appropriately! There will not be food or beverages offered at this event but you are welcome to bring your own nonalcoholic drink and snacks. Please do not share outside of your social bubble.

Get your ticket here for Rainbow Reads: An Evening with Suzette Mayr. 

Suzette Mayr is the author of five novels including her most recent book Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall. Her novels have also been nominated for the regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Henry Kreisel Award for Best First Book. She has done inter-disciplinary work with Calgary theatre company Theatre Junction, visual artists Lisa Brawn and Geoff Hunter, and she was a writer-in-residence at the University of Calgary and at Widener University, Pennsylvania. She is a former President of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.

Angie Abdou is a Canadian author (and Fernie local!) who has published seven books, including The Bone Cage (a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011, defended by NHL star Georges Laraque). Chatelaine magazine named Angie’s novel, In Case I Go, one of the most-riveting mysteries of 2017, and The Vancouver Sun called it a “spectacularly successful” novel.  It was a finalist for the Banff Mountain Book Award, in the fiction and poetry category.  With her seventh book, Abdou turns her attention to nonfiction.  Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom chronicles the year in the life of a busy sport family.  A starred review in Booklist calls Home Ice a first-rate memoir, a fine example of narrative nonfiction, and a must-read for parents with youngsters in organized sport. Angie is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University.

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Sunday Sip – Pride Trivia Brunch

What a way to start a Sunday! Join us at Fernie classic The Pub,​ located in the Park Place Lodge,​ for a delicious Sunday Sip!

A simplified brunch menu will be available to keep you going as Carrie Du’Way​ and Visa De’Klein help keep our minds sharp with Pride Trivia — games, prizes, food, friends. Is there a better way to start the week but with a Sunday Sip?

TIckets are $14 per person and include your choice of four delicious breakfast items: breakfast bagel, burrito, bun, or sandwich. Coffee, tea, juice is included and Pride Mimosas will be available starting at 11:30am.

There is limited seating at this #elkvalleypridefestival event and outdoor seating will be available by request and weather permitting. We encourage you to purchase tickets in social bubble groups of 4-6 people.

Call the Park Place at 250.423.6871 to reserve your ticket now! Menu choice MUST be provided when booking your Sunday Sip ticket.

Don’t delay — Sunday Sip today!

Pride Pup Parade and Good Dog Social

Meet us in the Small Dog Area of the Railyard Dog Park for a fun doggy social! Please follow dog park rules — well-behaved, socialized dogs only please, clean up after them, keep on eye on your human children, no food or toys, and keep a leash close by. More detailed dog park rules are posted at the park.

A huge thank you to the amazing volunteers who keep this park as amazing as it is and open year-round for all of us to enjoy. And thank you to the Fernie Pets Society for supporting this event! We can’t wait to see and your pup in their pride finest!

Get your ticket to the cutest Elk Valley Pride Festival event here!