Tag: Ongoing Events

Vancouver – Same-Sex Country Dancing Thursday Nights

Vancouver – Same-Sex Country Dancing Thursday Nights

I’ve been going for several years to Timberline Dance – it’s two step and line dancing attended by mostly gay men, and some lesbian and straight women. Super friendly, like a country dance in a small gay town.

Vancouver Dyke March

Saturday August 1st Sixth annual 2009 Vancouver Dyke March and Festival The vision for the Vancouver Dyke March is to bring an all-inclusive, female / family, dog-friendly march and festival into the East side (Commercial Drive area). We hope people and dogs of all ages 

Rhizome Cafe July Events

Editors Note:

Rhizome Cafe is a lesbian-owned business in Vancouver with a lot of great events of interest to lesbians. I’m posting their monthly events newsletter in it’s entirety below.  Enjoy!

July 2009 at Rhizome

Café * Arts Venue * Community Space

317 East Broadway



Dear friends of Rhizome-


We hope you’ll join us for the various events listed below.  Also, remember that we’re open for delicious lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, snacks and drinks.  Our complete hours are listed at the end of this message.  


Also, let us know if you’d like to use our Community Meeting Room for your group’s activities.  You can check our website for more information on what we do and how we do it: www.rhizomecafe.ca.


Please note that Rhizome will be closed for a summer break from Monday, July 13 through Wednesday, July 22.  We’ll reopen at 11:00am on Thursday, July 23.


Here’s what’s coming up:



Art on our Walls


The Muse’s Studio:  Drawings by Kyla Bourgh




YouthMADE: Voices and Visions Premiere! 

Thursday, July 2, 7:00pm

In April, 19 youth from Vancouver and Port Alberni came together to make a series of videos about racism and discrimination.  These incredibly moving films will be used in schools throughout BC to support inclusive, critically aware and socially just communities.  Come and experience the power of digital storytelling.   Film makers will be present.  Presented by the Access to Media Education Society.



When Lions Roar:  An Evening of Expression

Friday, July 3, 6:30pm

The Sikh Activist Network hosts an evening of poetry, spoken word and other artistic pieces to mark the 25th anniversary of Sikh genocide in India. Use the power of words, unity and community on this night to express your feelings, emotions and solidarity against oppression.

By donation


What the F do YOU Know?  Quiz Night Fundraiser for “The F Word”

Saturday, July 4, 7:00pm

The F Word, Vancouver’s only feminist radio show (heard Saturday mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio, 102.7FM) hosts an evening of hilarious, feminist pub quizzery.  This is your chance to have fun and test your knowledge with your friends, while you support a real rarity: women-centered media!  All are welcome!

$5 per person, register in teams


In Our Meeting Room:  Participatory Economics Social

Wednesday, July 8, 6:30-8:30pm

Ever heard of participatory economics?  Interested in finding out how people are working to implement it?  If so, then this social is for you.  Economics isn’t just for old white men smoking cigars!  Hosted by the Vancouver Parecon Collective.

Donations appreciated but not expected.


Women in the Round: Joanna Chapman-Smith, Kate Reid and Sarah MacDougall

Thursday, July 9, show starts at 8:30, but come early to get a seat!

Joanna, Kate and Sarah present a rollicking, estrogen-injected evening of powerhouse women in folk music from the Canadian West.  All three women have just released sophomore albums this year and will be playing songs from their new albums.  Please join them for an unforgettable night of acoustic tunes, laughter and story-telling!

$10-$15 sliding scale


Board Games are So Gay!

Friday, July 10, 7:00pm

We’re back with another round of queer-friendly board games!  Bring your favourite games or use ours.  Our in-house DJs will keep the tunes coming! 

By donation, no one turned away.


Rhizome Summer Holiday

We’ll be closed from July 13 through July 22 for our summer break.  Rhizome will re-open on Thursday July 23 at 11:00am!


Book Launch:  Back in the Days
Thursday, July 23, 6:00pm

North End Girl Productions and Wattle & Daub Books are thrilled to host the launch of Addena Sumter-Freitag’s “Back In The Days,” a collection of poetry and creative nonfiction on war, peace and getting by for one Black family in Winnipeg.  Come join us and celebrate with drinks, laughter, and a selection of exciting stories and poems that will warm your heart, rock your soul, and let you live a while, “Back in the Days.”



Disrupt dis reality!  Featuring abstract random

Friday, July 24, doors at 7:00, show at 8:00pm

This evening will highlight music by arts activists across different communities, media, and genres.  Featuring random abstract (from Toronto)–part poetry, part music, part play, part call to arms to humanity.  random abstract will be joined by the local Cultural Medicine Cabinet, hip hop artists, and more.

$5-10 sliding scale


Brand New Sneakers
Saturday, July 25, 8:00pm

The sun is out and a great time to sport Brand New Sneakers in your bermudas and bangles! Hosted by musician Eirene Cloma, Brand New Sneakers is a diverse, free-spirited, and youthful twist to Vancouver’s women’s music scene. This fourth edition features Diane Reyes, Larissa Feng, Skream-me, and more!
$7-$10 sliding scale


Bi the Way It’s Our Cabaret 2, Featuring The Heartfelt Apologies

Friday, July 31, 7:30pm

The Bisexual Social/Support Group in partnership with The Centre present Bi the Way It’s Our Cabaret 2, an evening of performance in a laid back atmosphere.  Featuring live music by The Heartfelt Apologies and others, delicious food, and the opportunity to meet other bi and supportive folks who have been waiting for a social event like this for so long!

By donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.


Country of the People’s without Owners

Saturday,  August 1, 7:30pm

La Chiva: Colombia Solidarity Group hosts a screening of “Country of the Peoples without Owners,” a documentary film produced by the Colombian Nasa Indigenous Community.  What happens when the poorest and most marginal people confront, without weapons, the most powerful regime of Latin America, sustained and backed by the economic, political, military, and media powers of the United States and their transnational corporate allies?  The response is apparent in the wisdom of the five point agenda that provided the fuel for the Popular Minga.  A short forum will follow the screening of the documentary.  Afterwards, enjoy the rich diversity of Colombian beats with DJ La Salsomana.”

Sliding scale, $5 and up, to benefit the Nasa Indigenous Community Radio Station



Thanks!  See you soon!



Café * Arts Venue * Community Space


Where we are:

317 East Broadway

Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territory


For more information:





Our regular hours:

Tuesdays: 4 to 10pm

Wednesdays: 11am to 10pm

Thursdays:  11am to 10pm

Fridays:  11am to midnight

Saturdays:  10am to midnight (brunch from 10 to 3)

Sundays: 10am to 3pm (brunch from 10 to 3); and occasionally for events from 4:30 to 7pm-ish

We’re closed on Mondays.


A note on our name:

In the botanical sense, a rhizome is a root system that some plants (like lilies and orchids and ginger and bamboo) use to spread themselves about.  While the roots of most plants point generally downward, the rhizome is a horizontal root system that runs parallel to the surface of the ground.  The plant sends shoots up from nodes in the rhizome, creating what look like many separate plants.  These seemingly unrelated individuals are actually all connected, through a system that’s not immediately visible to the eye.



Herstory: the Gazebo Connection

The Gazebo Connection organizes social and cultural events of particular interest to lesbians over the age of 40 (in Vancouver). Visiting their site recently, they have a relatively new piece up on how the organization got formed.  For the remainder of the story, or a 

Women’s Dances in Vancouver – Howard Johnson’s

News update from Diane and Susan of Dreamweaver Productions. “We have some good news. With your continued support, we will be doing a monthly women’s dance at Howard Johnson’s on the first Saturday of the month. The upcoming dates for the Howard Johnson’s/Biltmore in Vancouver 

Monthly Dreamweaver Women’s Dances – Vancouver

We are happy to announce that we have just confirmed a location for a dance in
Vancouver on March 15th!!
The new management at the Howard Johnson’s (formerly the Biltmore) has offered us
a monthly Saturday night for a women’s over-30’s dance. The lounge has an intimate
setting with couches and a good sized dance floor. This is an opportunity to
establish a monthly space for women in a prime location.  There is plenty of free
parking at the hotel and across the street. Continue reading Monthly Dreamweaver Women’s Dances – Vancouver

Rhizome Cafe – Ongoing Events

The Rhizome Cafe is a lesbian owned community cafe on 317 East Broadway in Vancouver that hosts an astonishing array of really fun progressive events. My favourite is the monthly “Board Games are So Gay” night. Click here for their up to date schedule

Substance Use Help for Older LGBT Adults – Vancouver

This group is offered through Prism Alcohol & Drug Services, which offers free individual, couples and family counselling, as well as groups, specifically for LGBTQ people in Vancouver. The general phone number for Prism is 604-658-1214.

Intuitive Readings @ Rhizome Cafe

Every Tuesday, 3:00 to 5:00

Roz Shakespeare and friends provide intuitive readings at Rhizome Café.

$20 for 20 minutes, $45 for 45 minutes.

December at Rhizome
Café * Community Space * Arts Venue
317 East Broadway, Vancouver

Seamrippers Craft Social

Rhizome Cafe Café * Community Space * Arts Venue 317 East Broadway, Vancouver Tuesday, December 11th Free March 11th: Embroidery     March 25th: Spring cleaning craft supply swap Join the Seamrippers Craft Collective to learn a new craft or continue work on your own projects.