Safe Stage w/ Quetzala Carson

Rainbow Youth Centre – 5112 52nd Street
867-444-RCYK (444-7295)

We are stoked to announce that this coming March 21-23 from 1-8pm daily we will be making music! We will have a variety of instruments available for you to choose from, make, and record some sweet tunes of your own. Personal instruments welcome too! This workshop will be facilitated by Quetzala Carson.

Quetzala Carson is a Two Spirit Mestizx from Mana ahuac, Nicaragua. The child of two special needs educators, pe spent per summers in Managua and winters in Amiskwaciwâskahikan. A professional musician from age 13, pe’s current solo project is FRYZZ LYFE. For Quetzala, music is a platform from which to communally discuss and transmute trauma. Pe released an album this year titled Mecayotl Tlazohcamati Axcammochipa (thank you kin into perpetuity) available at

We’ll be talking about how music can be a medicine and a tool for liberation for Two Spirit folks. It serves to shield us and heal us as well as it allows us to amplify our voices and audiences.

Safe Stage is an opportunity for young marginalized artists to create a songs, explore a multitude of instruments, and hold space. All youth are welcome, no matter their identity!

Day 1: Two Spirit identities, decolonization, music as a medicine and as a weapon, youth lead tour, brainstorming
Day 2: Jam instrumentals and lyrics together, work on album art
Day 3: Recording our sounds

If you have any accessibility needs or would like any additional information, send us an email at

Makeup Workshop

Makeup Workshop – Hosted by Nicole Garbutt Makeup Artistry

All ages/genders/identities are welcome!

February 1st 2017
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Rainbow Youth Centre
5112 52nd Street
Yellowknife, NT

Download a poster here.

In partnership with the NWT Creative Collective, we’re really glad to bring you a Makeup Workshop, put on by Nicole Garbutt Makeup Artistry!

Folks use makeup for all kinds of reasons. Some people use it as art, some people use it for performance, and some people use it as part of their daily routine.

Start February off with some new skills that will help you learn some staple components to add to your artistic abilities. Workshop will include classic brow block, contouring and highlighting for structural shifts, beard stippling and simple hair application.

If you have supplies that you would like to bring, please do. Nicole will also have supplies if you don’t have anything!

For a lot of queer and trans folks, makeup can be used to help us navigate any dysphoria that we have with our bodies or faces, or it can help us to express our gender in a way that feels right for us. In this way, makeup can be life-saving.

Some folks also use makeup in drag performance; drag is an art form that expresses a hyper-performative version of femininity or masculinity. In this way, makeup can provide us with an artistic outlet to play with the concepts of masculinity and femininity.

We invite everybody (all ages/identities/sexualities/genders) to attend this workshop, no matter why how use makeup!

If you would like to attend, please sign up here:

Valentine’s/Palentine’s Day Events

We're super excited to announce our first ever line up of Valentine's/Palentine's Day events

Valentine's Day can be weird and traditional sometimes, usually this means that queer and trans people, and the way we express love, are left out of all the fun. That's why we wanted to bring some stuff forward for people to do and enjoy for Valentine's/Palentine's Day!

We call it Palentine's Day because we also want to encourage people to show their love for people in their lives who might not be romantic, but are still important to them. The way that queer people love each other, even just platonically, can be revolutionary. We celebrate that too.

Consider checking out our Valentine's/Palentine's Events and if you have any questions or ideas, don't hesitate to give us a shout!  

January Schedule of Events

Check out our calendar for the New Year! We’ve changed some stuff around..

We’ve moved our Parenting in Full Colour group to the 3rd Monday of the month and the last Wednesday of the month to be able to support those parents whose schedules are often hectic.

We’re also working on re-developing our Q&T Groups. We’re now hosting a Q&T Group twice on Thursdays, one group for youth under 20 at 4pm (right after school!) and one at 7pm for people over 19 to be able to provide an opportunity for queer older youth and queer adults to meet one another.

Make sure that you come by for our Video GAYmes Hangout on the 27th! January is going to be a blast!

Annual General Meeting

AGM If you are interested in joining the board or simply hoping to participate in the meeting, please come to our Annual General Meeting on October 6th at 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Rainbow Centre.

To participate in the meeting, please become a member by clicking here.

If you would like to nominate somebody to run for the Board of Directors (including yourself!) please fill out this form before October 6th at 5:00pm.

We are only accepting nominations for our Board of Directors until October 6th at 5:00pm.

Documents for the meeting:

The following things will be voted on at the meeting, if you would like a proxy form, please email us at

  • Election of Board Members
    • This election will take place online during the AGM from 7:00pm to 7:30pm. If you would like to vote, please become a member and you will receive an email with instructions on how to participate in the election. Alternatively, you can vote in person at the AGM or pick up a physical ballot between 5:00pm and 7:00pm on October 6th.
  • Official/Legal Name Change
  • Financial Review & Discussion
    • Operations
    • Programming
    • Staff

If you have any questions or thoughts, or you would like a time to speak at the meeting, please contact us at

A Pop Of Colour: A Rainbow Dance Party to Celebrate NWT Pride

We’re so excited to be partnering with NWT Pride to host an all-ages event on Saturday night! Get ready to dance yourself proud, because we have a great band, a great DJ and we’re even going to have a photobooth!

You’ll be the first to hear the new soul band: Midnight Soul (Andrew Jossa, Sean Robson, Lucy Escalante & Matt Fournier)!

You’ll also be swept off your feet by the amazing Cynergii Entertainment, a great DJ who grew up in Yellowknife and played the first ever Pride in 2012!

We’ll have food, drinks and prizes, and we’re excited to share what It Gets Better Yellowknife is all about during the annual Pride festival.

A Pop of Colour
August 6th 2016
Doors open at 7:00pm
Band starts at 8:00pm
DJ starts at 9:30pm

The Champagne Room
(above IceBlink)
5004 50th Avenue


For any folks needing a bit of extra time to settle into the venue, we welcome you to come for the pre-entrance at 6:30pm.