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BeatRoute Magazine BC Print Edition February 2018

BeatRoute Magazine is a monthly arts and entertainment paper with a predominant focus on music – local, independent or otherwise. The paper started in June 2004 and continues to provide a healthy dose of perversity while exercising rock ‘n’ roll ethics. Currently BeatRoute’s AB edition is distributed in Calgary, Edmonton (by S*A*R*G*E), Banff and Canmore. The BC edition is distributed in Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo. BeatRoute (AB) Mission PO 23045 Calgary, AB T2S 3A8 E. editor@beatroute.ca BeatRoute (BC) #202 – 2405 E Hastings Vancouver, BC V5K 1Y8 P. 778-888-1120

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WITH LESLEY MCHALE OF WOMYN’S WARE JORDAN YEAGER Winter is universally known as the best time of year to get your freak on. Ever heard of cuffing season? When the weather outside is frightful, there’s nothing more delightful than finding someone you vibe with and locking yourselves away until temperatures once again rise to the double digits. A community staple since 1995, Womyn’s Ware is well-versed in spicing up the love lives of those both single and in committed relationships; with Valentine’s Day around the corner, there’s no better time to expand your mind (and your toybox). Owner Lesley McHale took the time to woo us with some knowledge from behind the scenes of her sex shop. What does your core client base look like? The best way to describe our core client base is all ages, genders, and orientations. Predominantly, folks who are aligned with our business values: celebrating sex and desire to parallel sexual health with sexual pleasure. Do you have regulars? Our store has been open since 1995 and we have customers who have been shopping with us since day one. We have regular local shoppers and shoppers who travel from a distance a few times a year to pick up their staples and to pick up the latest and greatest. How does your clientele change around Valentine’s Day? Are there more couples coming in together? More single people wanting to explore self-love? Our clientele doesn’t necessarily change around Valentine’s Day, but we do sometimes see a spike in first time and slightly shy shoppers. We see a good combination of both [couples and single people]. Some folks who haven’t used toys before use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to introduce toys into their sexy time play. At which times throughout the year do you really see a spike in the sex toy market? Any slow seasons? Our store experiences a lot of volume for most of the year. Christmas, New Year’s celebrations, Valentine’s Day, and tourists in the summer are when we see spikes in business. Based on your observations, are there fetish trends? Or have people always kinda been into the same things? We find that many folks are becoming more open to either learning more, or exploring the opportunity to experience fetish play. What’s the most approachable toy for a beginner to the sex toy game? When a person who is new to sex toys comes into the store, we like to provide a safe opportunity for each person to tell us about their expectations of what they would like to experience. Consequently, a first time buyer may choose anything from something that has an abstract appearance and does not have the “look” of a sex toy, to a rechargeable, submersible, blue tooth enabled multi-purpose toy. That’s the amazing thing about people: given the opportunity, they will often allow themselves to explore what it is they truly desire. Helping people come to the realization that they can feel empowered sexually is an amazing way to spend the day! Ann and I have the best job in the world!! Womyn’s Ware is located at 896 Commercial Drive. Photo by Darrole Palmer Business partners Ann Boone and Lesley McHale aim to help people on their quest for sexual empowerment. 4 February 2018

CITY BRIEFS! CHUTZPAH! FESTIVAL TYPHOON CONSTRUCTED ABSTRACTION BLACK HISTORY MONTH BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT VIFF February 5-29 at Vancouver International Film Festival This year, VIFF’s annual Black History Month film series places an emphasis on inspirational women amongst recurring themes of politics, protest, and music. Along with new works from Canadian filmmakers (Black Cop, Brown Girl Begins), Senegal’s Félicité — about a single mother in the Congo — is a highlight. MY FUNNY VALENTINE February 7-18 at Scotiabank Dance Centre In 2008, Lawrence King was shot and killed by his classmate after asking him to be his valentine. In a number of monologues written by Vancouver playwright Dave Deveau, actor Conor Wylie gives voice to seven different people affected by the aftermath of a horrific hate crime. SLEEP OUT February 15 at Covenant House Taking place throughout the year, this movement raises both funds and awareness for homeless youth. This particular iteration is aimed at young professionals, who are overcoming obstacles (completing education, applying for jobs) that many young homeless individuals might be facing. CHUTZPAH! FESTIVAL February 15-March 15 at various locations The annual festival of Jewish performing arts celebrates its 18th year, with international performances in dance, comedy, theatre, and music. Highlights this season include Vancouver musician/poet Barbara Adler, humorist Jonathan Goldstein and Perla Batalla — a longtime touring band member of Leonard Cohen, who will perform a tribute. CELEBRATE CRAFT BEER! February 8 at Performance Works This charitable fundraiser lives up to its name: celebrating seasonals from 10 different BC craft beer breweries including Granville Island, Luppolo, R&B, and Strange Fellows. Tickets include four tastings and jurors will pick the winner. CONSTRUCTED ABSTRACTION February 8-March 10 at Deer Lake Art Gallery The multidisciplinary work of local artist Monique Motut-Firth is featured in this exhibition that explores an intersection of urban space, industrialization, natural elements, and identity by way of prints and collage. ROMEO + JULIET February 21-24 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Ballet BC presents the iconic Shakespearean tragedy about two star-crossed lovers, adapted by famed choreographer Medhi Walerski and set to Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s original score. TYPHOON February 24 at Rickshaw Theatre The Portland, Oregon band is on tour in support of their new album, Offerings — a 14-track conceptual record partly inspired by filmmakers David Lynch and Federico Fellini that explores the spiralling stages of losing one’s mind. MEN’S ACCOUNTABILITY CONFERENCE March 3 at RayCam Community Centre In the wake of #MeToo, this session will include workshops on pro-feminism and accountability. All male-identifying individuals are welcome. February 2018 5

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