CiTR & Discorder Panel Series: Navigating No Fun City: Running Arts & Culture Spaces in Vancouver


Vancouver has been declared one of the most expensive cities in the world. With archaic liquor licensing laws and some of the highest rental rates in Canada, running an arts and culture space in what has been labeled “No Fun City,” isn’t always easy.

Despite these challenges, many arts and culture spaces and ongoing events continue to survive and thrive in Vancouver. This is owed to the creativity, adaptability and passion of dedicated organizers and community leaders within the city.

Join CiTR Radio 101.9FM and Discorder Magazine this September 20th for: “Navigating No Fun City,” a panel discussion on what it takes to run arts and culture spaces and foster community in Vancouver.

Topics for discussion will include: the relationship between gentrification and arts spaces, determining the legalities of running an event, creating accessibility, community accountability and weighing the significance of keeping cultural spaces alive. The panel will be moderated by CiTR’s Current Affairs Coordinator, Alex de Boer.

This panel will be live broadcast on September 20th, from 6:30 – 7:30pm. Tune into CiTR 101.9 FM or listen online at


Ana Rose: Manager of Red Gate Revue Stage
Paige Frewer: Founder/creator of ::Man Up::
Shanique Kelly: Organizer for Intersessions Vancouver

Ana Rose: Ana Rose Carrico is a lifetime Downtown Eastside resident and a Director at Red Gate Arts Society. Red Gate is committed to providing an affordable, supportive and inclusive working space for artists, musicians and creative individuals of all kinds. Currently providing studio space for over 60 creatives, Red Gate also offers members use of a gallery space, free store, darkroom, woodshop facilities and a large multi purpose room and theatre. In addition to studio spaces and amenities, Red Gate is used for community events, workshops, and other short term projects.

Paige Frewer: Paige “Ponyoy” Frewer has been producing drag shows and queer events in Vancouver for over a decade. Paige is the main host and organizer of the city’s longest running queer party, Man Up. Man Up is a broad-spectrum gender performance show that was the recent subject of a locally made documentary “Stay Gold: Man Up,” which premiered at the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Man Up has also produced an offshoot drag show, called Amateur Hour. Amateaur Hour has introduced many new performers to the world of gender performance, some of whom who have gone on to do drag professionally in Vancouver and beyond.

Shanique Kelly: Shanique (softieshan) is a born and raised Vancouver artist and most recently, the Vancouver representative of Intersessionsa series of DJ workshops for women, girls, femme-identifying and non-binary folks, meant to address a gender imbalance in the music industry. Shanique is a resident DJ of Bossy at the Fox, a member of Pep Talk, and can be found playing regularly around Vancouver. You can find softieshan on instagram @lilsoftieshan and on SoundCloud.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited! Email to RSVP.

We acknowledge that this event takes place on occupied, traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples – specifically the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.


Accessibility Info:

The panel is located in Room 2506 of UBC’s The Nest at UBC. The Nest is located at 6133 University Blvd at UBC, which is accessible via bus numbers #4, #9, #17, #25, #33, #41, #43, #44, #49, #84, #99, #258, #480.

The entrance to the AMS Nest is a set of double doors that are 68″ wide when both doors are open, and 34″ when one door is open. One of the doors may be opened by pushing the automatic door opener button located to the right of the doors. Inside the Nest, there are two elevators which open 48″ wide.

Room 2506 is located on the second floor of the Nest. The door to enter the room is 34″ wide. The room’s capacity is 50, and we will let attendees know if the RSVP list fills up, though we do not anticipate this. There are gender neutral and accessible washrooms on every floor of the Nest.

Floor maps of the Nest can be found here:

If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact Eleanor at