Month: August 2007

Online support group for LGTB people caring for a person with a mental illness

The British Columbia Schizophrenia Society is beginning a new project for the LGTB community. The project will provide private online support groups for LGTB persons who care about/for a loved one with a mental illness, such as psychosis, depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders or schizophrenia. (click on the link above for more information)

New LGTB Prism Alcohol and Drug Services Launched

A first in Canada, Vancouver Coastal Health just launched in July of this year alcohol and drug services specifically geared to lesbians and gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirited and queer people. “Issues specific to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit and queer people affect […]

Sugarbeach Wedding Announcement

SugarbeachLesbian Quarterly is proud to congratulate Marlee and Tully of Sugarbeach on their wedding, happening as LQ is going to ‘press’ on September 1st 2007.

The Vancouver-based lesbian pop duo met in Australia where Canadian Marlee Walchuck recruited Australian corporate accountant Tully Callender into her ‘real job’ as a musican. The couple returned to Vancouver and performed recently at this summer’s pride festival. They have just released their debut single “I Just Love Girls”.

Marlee has been in the lesbian music scene for some time, starting with membership in 80’s rock/pop band ‘Mistress’, popular in the Vancouver area. Mistress - click on the picture to see large version 

Her mainstream experience in the music industry is extensive, starting with her first public live performances with siblings Judy Ginn and Jim Walchuk at the age of 14 – facing 16,000 fans at the Vancouver Coliseum.  She was a regular on the CBC Variety hit “The Judy & Jim Show.” She balanced her club performances with her studio singing for commercials such as McDonalds and BC Lotto, and television appearances on popular programs like The Vancouver show, The Irish Rovers, The Nice Show and many others.

Various duo and trio led to Marlee’s single act which won “Battle of Vancouver’s Best Solo Rock Acts” and a hit single which won 1st prize in the Canadian Song Festival and was on the Canadian A Playlist for 6 months.

Marlee’s album “One More Chance” was released and she toured Canada and Germany playing to crowds of up to 10,000 people. She was nominated for 5 BCCMA awards and won Best Vocalist in 1999.

In 2001, Marlee decided to head down to the land of kangaroos, crocodiles and the endless summer and brought her musical talent as keyboardist and vocalist to Safari, the girls-only cover band born out of Australia style’s famous Party Girls. Marlee’s R&B covers blew the roof off everywhere Safari played and the band leader, Faye Reid, was quoted as saying “I was so busy listening to that voice, I almost forgot to play”.

Tully joined Marlee to form Sugarbeach this year leaving behind her corporate career in Sydney. Tully, who has always had her hand in some musical project or another, from saxophone player in a Jazz band to vocal & piano performances at the Sydney Opera House Town Hall, now focuses on Sugarbeach as her full time gig.

Gloria Steinem on ‘Chick flicks’ and ‘Dick flicks’

This article by feminist matriarch Gloria Steinem was recommended to me by one of LQ’s reader, and I’m recommending it to you.

“Lesbian Life” Blog Excerpts

The links in this article are syndicated excerpts from a blog I found of a lesbian advice columnist with some dating advice and other news (mostly american). This links in this article will change frequently, as they are a live feed from this other site. Click on the link above to view.

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2007 AIDS Walk for Life Fundraiser

With an estimated 55,000 Canadians infected with HIV – and 12,000 to 15,000 in BC alone – it is events like the AIDS WALK for LIFE that play a critical role in increasing community awareness and raising much needed funds for people living with HIV […]

Tops and Bottoms Comedy Event Fundraiser (every wednesday)

Tops and Bottoms – The Improv Show returns Wednesdays at the Jupiter Lounge. You decide who’s on top… and who goes down! Starts @ 7:30pm sharp. Tickets $8. For reservations call (604) 609-6665. On Sept 19th, they’re doing a fundraiser for the BC Schizophrenia Society. […]