West End Festival 2012
Come experience the bigger, bolder West End Fest – formerly Davie Day. On Saturday, September 8th, from noon until 7:00pm, Davie Street will come alive.
The West End Fest is a full day, dynamic street festival along Davie Street from Burrard to Denman. The festival will be bookended by two performance stages: one at Burrard and Davie the other at Denman and Davie. Performers include Really Rod, Deep Seated, Dating Myself, Mathew Presidente, QLUTCH Project and to cap off the day Zak Santiago. Our master of ceremonies, Drag Queen Joan-E, will keep festival goers entertained and giving back to their community with Bingo fun for Friends for Life.
The fun on the street will flow along zones from the Entertainment Zone at Burrard through a Family Zone, an Artist Gallery, an Urban Rec Dodge Ball Tournament and a Charity Ball Run all the way to spectacular English Bay where our second stage will be Emceed by Ryan Steele. The Denman stage will come alive with DJ performances by MY!GAY!HUSBAND!, Nina Mendoza, Michael Fraser and Ronnie Mejia. In addition, over seventy-five street vendors, street performers and artists will provide huge variety of things to see and do. To cap it off, the diversity and quality of restaurants in the West End will ensure there is great food and drink available for all tastes and budgets.
A special recognition will take place at this years’ festival. Davie Village is being recognized by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation as a ‘Places That Matters’. A plaque presentation will recognize the three blocks of Davie Street from Burrard to Jervis as the heart of Vancouver’s gay community in the 1970’s. Gay-friendly businesses were attracted to the street after the first demonstration for rights by the Gay Alliance For Equality in 1971. The first gay pride event was held the following year and is now a major parade each summer.