October 9-14, 2018

Celebrate a beautiful, unique, and diverse community of people in beautiful Fernie, BC.


What a wonderful week of events we had during the 2018 Elk Valley Pride Festival!

Pride in Fernie and the Elk Valley has grown and changed so much in the last year and a half since the Fernie Pride Society was formed. We are working hard to create safer and more inclusive communities where LGBTQ individuals can live, work, and play just as they are.

We want to thank everyone; staff, volunteers, the City of Fernie, donors and sponsors, partner organizations, and particularly each and every member of the LGBTQ+ community and our allies for standing with the Fernie Pride Society and Elk Valley Pride Festival, and for showing your commitment to us. Mark your calendars for the second week in October next year for the 2019 Elk Valley Pride Festival!

2018 Events

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Rainbow Raising
Venue: Fernie City Hall

Celebrate the start of Elk Valley Pride Festival with Fernie Pride and the City of Fernie. The raising of the Pride Rainbow and Transgender Flags symbolizes our society and our community’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Join Mayor Mary Giuliano and youth society members as they raise the colours over the city.

Pride Festival Kick Off Reception & Pride Lights Creation Party
Venue: Fernie Arts Station Gallery and Theatre

Immediately following the Rainbow Raising join us for our Kick Off Reception in the Arts Station gallery followed by a creative night of pride lantern building for the Art Station’s Festival of Lights. Use your imagination to build your PRIDE. Appies, beverages and lantern-building supplies provided.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Venue: Fernie Distillers
Free. All ages.

Breathing Lessons author Andy Sinclair will discuss his debut novel with Fernie’s own Angie Abdou, in the new Fernie Distillery. Breathing Lessons is a bold and explicit novel by one of the most visceral new voices in gay fiction. Of the book, Angie Abdou says “Readers will recognize themselves in these brave and daring scenes, even when they least want to. Andy Sinclair writes about sex like no other Canadian writer.” Sinclair was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in gay fiction. He grew in up in North Bay, Ontario and lives in Toronto.

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Venue: Fernie Arts Station
Ticketed Event. All ages.

Celebrate National Coming Out Day in concert with award winning non-binary musician and author Rae Spoon. They have released nine solo albums spanning folk, indie rock and electronic genres and have toured across Canada and internationally. Rae was the subject and composer of the score for the National Film Board–produced musical-documentary My Prairie Home, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2014. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite.

Friday, October 12, 2018
Drag Queen Story Time
Venue: Fernie Heritage Library
Free. Ages 7-11.

During Storytime Fernie Library Programmer Anie Hepher will host Misty Meadows as she reads from a number of library books about being unique and the freedom to be different. Snacks and drinks are provided.

Venue: Fernie Heritage Library
Free. Ages 12+

Misty Meadows will be calling the game all the while offering up her insights into the world of Drag Queens. Of course there will be Pizza and Pop to make things truly messy.

Venue: Fernie Museum
Ticketed Event 19+

An after-dark evening of art, music, self-expression and fun. Live performance art, Bent on Art exhibit, appetizers, cash bar and two floors of DJs for dancing until 1am. Join the Kootenay GSD community for an interactive evening of queer culture, low lights, and dance music late into the night. Tickets are available online on Eventbrite.

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Venue: Isabella Dicken School
Free. All ages.

This is an all day clinic taught by senior members of the Sparwood Shotokan Karate School. Instructors: Bob Gardiner – 4th degree black belt, Barry Musil – 2nd degree black belt, Cindy Paskiewich – 1st degree black belt. The three Ts of physical self-defense; a hands-on program working with partners. It is recommended participants remove any jewelry and piercings and wear comfortable gym clothes and bare feet. Register online at Eventbrite.

Venue: Vogue Theatre
Ticketed Event. All ages.

Gross Indecency documents the story of Everett Klippert, the last Canadian to be jailed for homosexuality. Kevin Allen, of the Calgary Gay History Project and Fernie Pride board member, tries to understand Klippert and his place in LGBTQ history. Kevin will be on hand to introduce the film. Our feature film Transformer, follows the story of former US Marine and decorated bodybuilder Janae Marie Kroczaleski who came out as a transgender woman in 2015 and how her public life as Matt “Kroc” Kroczaleski came quickly crashing down around her.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Dragilicious Dance Party
Venue: Fernie Golf Club
Ticketed Event. 19+

Misty Meadows and her entourage are turning up the heat this year for Fernie Pride’s Fun’d Raising Party. Precious Party Favours and a Cocky Cocktail are included with your ticket at this all-out Dragilicous Dance Party. Bring your pocket books bitches – awesome auction items as well as a 50/50 Drag Draw will raise money for Fernie Pride empowerment and education programming. Cash bar for beverages, credit cards accepted for silent auction purposes. Tickets are available online on Eventbrite and Freyja Lifestyle Fashion.

Sunday, October 14, 2018
Big Gay Brunch and Hike
Venue: Park Place Lodge
Ticketed Event. All ages.

Enjoy a delicious buffet with our official EVP Hotel Partner, Park Place Lodge. Enjoy and relive the wonderful memories from Elk Valley Pride Festival 2018 in a slide show presented by the Fernie Pride Society. Tickets are available at Park Place Lodge.

Hike with Pride
Venue: Park Place Lodge
Free. All ages.

Celebrate the Elk Valley’s stunning scenery as our Pride Hosts guide this afternoon hike to one of our iconic destinations, Fairy Creek Falls. Hiking shoes recommended but good running shoes will suffice. Meet at the Park Place Lodge.

Festival Wrap
Venue: Vogue Theatre
Ticketed Event. 19+

Indie Films Fernie (IFF) in celebration of the Elk Valley Pride Festival is screening The Miseducation of Cameron Post for its monthly offering. After her clandestine romance with her female best friend is revealed, Cameron Post’s conservative aunt and guardian sends her away to undergo conversion therapy. Tickets are available online at Evenbrite.

Silent Auction

  • Vanessa Croome Painting

    Angela Morgan Painting

Vanessa Croome Painting
Angela Morgan Painting

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