It was not a typical After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium last Thursday. Guests dressed in their finest drag: lycra tights, rainbow sashes and ribbons, purple tutus, electric-pink wigs, fishnet stockings and more for —you guessed it — Pride Week! With high-energy drag performances from drag queen Carlotta Gurl (a first-ever for After Hours!) and shocking aquatic animal sex talks (pin the genitals on the angler fish, anyone?), this was by far the fiercest After Hours of all time.
Guests also had a chance to take in the new Vortex exhibit by acclaimed author and artist Douglas Coupland: a provocative art installation on the ocean-pollution crisis. On display int Wet Labs was the incredible diversity of life in British Columbia waters and outside the majestic Steller sea lions and playful sea otters put on a special educational show.