This week is Pride Week!

It is time for Vancouver’s Annual Pride Parade! Ever since Craig Rodwell proposed to hold a gay pride parade in New York on November 2, 1969 it has grown into a world wide event attracting thousands of people every year. Even though Toronto has emerged as a leader on progressive gay and lesbian policy in North America, Vancouver knows how to have a great Parade! Last year the Parade spanned out over 20 blocks and attracted an audience of over 600,000 people!

Each year, the Vancouver Pride Society selects a theme for the Vancouver Pride celebration. The theme selected for 2009, “Educate, Liberate, Celebrate,” so accurately gets to the heart of the Pride celebration’s purpose that it will carry through as the theme for 2010 and 2011, as well. Each year, one of the three elements will be highlighted. This year the focus is on Liberate and what it means to be free.

Leading up to the Pride parade on Sunday August 1 there are several Pre-Pride activities to do around town. Some of the pride activities are:

Thu July 29, 2010 Pride Movie NightVancity Theatre

Fri July 30, 2010 Pride Weekend Launch, J Lounge, 1216 Bute St.

Fri July 30, 2010 TELUS Davie Street Pride Party, Davie Street from Burrard to Jervis

Sat July 31, 2010 Terry Wallace Breakfast, Davie and Bute

Sun August 1, 2010 Pride Parade. Starting at 12 pm at Robson St, to Denman St, to Beach Ave.

For more information about the activities during the week, click here

Go out and enjoy one of the many activities being held during Pride Week! Looking for some people to go with? Leave a message on our Facebook site and meet up with other INTERNeX Candidates!

–          Manouk

Calgary International Beer Fest!

Are you in Calgary or looking to travel there soon? You might just have to check out the Calgary International Beer Fest. Happening May 28th and May 29th, there’s so much to enjoy!

  • Arrive early because the first 4,000 attendees through the doors each day receive an official BeerFest sample mug!
  • Once inside, you can purchase sample tokens to enjoy 100s of beers from down the block to around the world, delicious food from some of Calgary’s most delicious eateries, plus a sample of coolers & ciders
  • Talk with beer experts as they educate you about their products
  • Sit back and soak in the live music from some of Calgary’s top local performers
  • Lots of great prizes to be won
  • Get passes to after parties from some of Calgary’s hottest destinations
  • Enjoy watching NHL playoffs, or play Wii games on the largest indoor screen in Calgary
  • A variety of interactive entertainment & games adds to the excitement
  • Once you’ve sampled – Vote for your favourite Beer & help your favourite win the People’s Choice Award
  • The Show Map & Program will help you navigate your way as well as keep track of all your favourite beers to buy later

This amazing two day sampling event runs:

Friday, May 28th, 4 – 10pm open to public, and Saturday, May 29th, 2 – 3 Industry Only, & 3 – 10pm open to public.

For ticket information visit this website.

Make sure to get over there and taste what the world has to offer – BEER!

Cheers!

Laura