PrideWestern's all-ages Homo Hop hits The Wave in style

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Dancing

Jon Purdy

Next Thursday The Wave will be anything but quiet, as PrideWestern is hosting its annual Homo Hop.

“It’s a night for gays and their allies to come out and be the fabulous people they are,” says Jamie East, PrideWestern’s VP-social.

Homo Hops have run in Toronto for over 30 years, thanks to the University of Toronto group LGBTOUT. PrideWestern continues the tradition annually. The event offers dancing, DJs and an “Oh! Shut Up” level fashion show.

“It’s an evening with gay-oriented events,” East says. “Katu will be hosting the fashion show and performing later. [DJ Tiger Stylz] is a fantastic Kingston-based DJ we have coming down. He spins house, top 40 and R&B.”

East says this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. Unlike previous years, this year’s Homo Hop is all-ages and was heavily advertised through eye-catching posters and Facebook.

“We advertised to LGBT groups at Fanshawe, Windsor, Laurier, Guelph and McMaster,” East says. “There are also posters all around London. The bigger the event, the more fun.”

The Hop’s move to an on-campus venue is one way PrideWestern and the University Students’ Council hope to include the larger Western community in the event.

“Straight, bi, gay, lesbian " this is a way that we can come together and address equality,” says Pedro Lopes, USC VP-campus issues.

Greyson Lewis, a third-year film student, recalls going to the Homo Hop during his first year at Western.

“I had a good time at the Homo Hop and met a lot of people,” Lewis says. “I got to go out and go dancing with the guy I was seeing. It was comforting and exciting because we got to do it together.”

Richmond Row retailer Mi Closet is sponsoring the evening’s fashion show.

“[Mi Closet] did a charity show for the AIDS committee of London and that stuck with me,” East says. “So when this opportunity arose to partner up, it was a win-win [situation] for both of us.”

East says the Homo Hop is just the beginning of this year’s exciting PrideWestern events; he believes the Pride Ball in early April will be one of the biggest and best parties Western has ever seen.

“The Wave has a capacity of 250 [people],” East says. “Last year we had a better-than-expected turnout. We’re looking forward to another year of shenanigans.”

The Homo Hop takes place Thursday, Feb. 8 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 at InfoSource or at the door.

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