As a writer and editor covering events and sexuality issues there are a few things that are quite likely to get my ire up. First are repeated insistences that Vancouver continues to be “No Fun City” despite our burgeoning alt-entertainment and sexuality scenes. Another is just about any time Vancity Buzz covers a story having any relation to sex – from their heteronormative relationship coverage to their insistence on sensationalist stock images for stories on sexual assaults to their piss poor coverage of alternative events.
So when Vancity Buzz’s own sexuality and relationships writer, and their Single In Vancouver columnist, penned a piece entitled “Is Vancouver’s Nightlife Dead?” I read it expecting nothing more than a craptastic re-hashing of how there’s been nothing good in Vancouver besides the Olympics since the turn of the century. And that’s exactly what I got.
Were this story written by just any reporter perhaps my ire would have risen less – but when a reporter claiming to cover the sex beat manages to write a story on Vancouver nightlife without mentioning burlesque, fetish, swing or polyamory, I feel a need to call out that writer and the website that purports to be “Your inside source for Vancouver happenings” on their BS.
Here’s What’s Happening, VanCity Buzz
Vancouver enjoys a vibrant burlesque scene, and rare is the night there isn’t at least one burlesque show playing to a packed house. And the “nerdlesque” scene that has grown out of it is enjoying great successes of its own, most notably the “Geekenders” troupe which runs both variety nights and mounts full blown burlesque theatrical productions to sold out crowds. Their “Star Wars A Nude Hope” was held over not once but twice at the RIO theatre.
Polyamory, which is regularly reported on in the media is growing in Vancouver, although the stories in the press tend to focus on specific relationships or abstract concepts and not the numerous discussion groups, pub nights and meet ups happening in and about Vancouver. To fail to mention their existence is shamefully lacking in a piece by a relationship writer.
Vancouver’s Fetish scene is the envy of scenes elsewhere in Canada, with the possible exception of cosmopolitan Montreal. Sin City celebrates a lucky 13 years running this summer, and NOIR Fetish Ball (which I’m a partner in running) has grown to the point that in addition to monthly parties we now do special events for Pride, Halloween, and New Year’s – and possibly more!
Vancouver’s swingers scene is even busier – and recently two new clubs, Hush and Club Dante, have started to host events in the lower mainland, in addition to the already thriving Club Eden, Club Allure, Bon Bon Club, and others.
Is Vancouver’s night life dead? Only if like column author Ms. Pescitelli you think that night life consists of canned Top 40 music in monster clubs, tired old bands taking to the stages of massive venues rather than small up and coming ones playing wherever the space can be found, and the same old same old of pick up joints, as evidenced by her previous column on the “Top 10 Bars to Meet Single Women In Vancouver.”
No, Vancouver night life isn’t dead, it’s moved on – unlike Ms. Pescitelli, Vancity Buzz, and so much of Vancouver’s media.