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Fallen Stars, Strange Breed, Virago Nation and the Van Vogue Jam are among the headliners at this year's three stages.
Fallen Stars
Fallen Stars perform at 6 p.m. on the main stage for the Saturday, Aug. 13 New West Pride Street Fest.

Indigenous burlesque, improv comedy, a community choir and some riot-grrrl rage are all on offer at New West Pride’s street fest this weekend.

The Aug. 13 festival, running 3 to 8 p.m. on Columbia Street, features three stages of entertainment, plus a series of roving and stationary performers scattered throughout the site.

Here’s what to catch and when:

Main Stage: Columbia and Fourth Street

Join host Dandy (Ryan Leslie Fisher) for an afternoon and evening jam-packed with entertainment, including the QueerProv improv comedy ensemble and hard rockers Fallen Stars. Capping off the evening are alternative rockers Strange Breed, channelling 1990s femme-rock heroines as they serve up music billed as “memorable rock hooks with a filthy side of riot-grrl rage.”

  • 3 p.m.: Opening remarks
  • 3:30 p.m.: QueerProv
  • 4:30 p.m. Awards
  • 5 p.m.: Cass King and the Cassettes
  • 6 p.m.: Fallen Stars
  • 7 p.m.: Strange Breed

Sixth Street Stage: Columbia and Sixth Street

Join host Karmella Barr for five hours of non-stop entertainment, kicked off by local musician Vero B (Veronique Boulanger) in her first public performance in four years. The day includes comedy, music, drag, taiko drumming and more, capped off by a 7 p.m. performance by Virago Nation, an all-Indigenous burlesque collective.

  • 3 p.m.: Vero B
  • 4 p.m.: Tin Lorica (comedian/writer)
  • 4:30 p.m.: Belladonna Von Shade
  • 4:40 p.m. Karmella Barr – storytime
  • 5 p.m.: Carmina Rae (singer-songwriter)
  • 6 p.m.: Belladonna Von Shade
  • 6:10 p.m.: Onibana Taiko
  • 7 p.m.: Virago Nation

Youth Stage: Columbia and Begbie Street

The Youth Stage is hosted by Minor Disappointment, a non-binary, trans masculine youth drag artist and performer, and it’s serving up youth-focused music, drag and dance.

  • 3 p.m.: Soda Pop (music and drag curated and performed by youth, for youth)
  • 4 :10 p.m.: Jester Minute, Minor Disappointment and Satanix (drag)
  • 4:30: It’s a Fairy Thing
  • 5 p.m.: Jester Minute, Minor Disappointment and Satanix
  • 5:30 p.m.: Hal Hart
  • 6:10 p.m.: Izzy Cenedese
  • 7 p.m.: Van Vogue Jam

New West Pride roving performers

  • Renee Mak, hula hooping
  • Yuki Ueda, roving juggler
  • Kasha Konaka, contortionist
  • Mary Elise, harpist
  • Snake Model
  • Rainbow Chorus Choir (5:10 p.m.)

Follow Julie MacLellan on Twitter @juliemaclellan.
Email Julie, jmaclellan@newwestrecord.ca

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