Vancouver 2016 Pride Parade
People come from all over the world to celebrate at the Vancouver Pride Festival and to participate in or watch the fantastic Vancouver Pride Parade. This year is the 38th anniversary of the Pride Parade and the enthusiastic crowds should exceed 700,000.
OUTtv is thrilled have a Special Presentation of the Vancouver Pride Parade in HD. And we’re delighted to welcome the team of Barb Snelgrove, Angus Praught and Fiona Forbes as the hosts of this Vancouver Pride Parade coverage. Read more about our talented hosts in the Cast section.
Episode 0Highlights from the Vancouver Pride celebrations of 2014.
Formerly the Host of QueerFM, Barb Snelgrove is now the Promotions Director at Roundhouse Radio 98.3 and is a Reporter for Shaw Television’s Outlooktv. Barb can be seen nationally on OutTV, and has written for numerous publications such as The Huffington Post, shewired.com and the WestEnder.
Barb Snelgrove is in her 3rd term as a member of the City of Vancouver LGBTTQ2+ Advisory Committee, sits on the VPD Diversity Advisory Committee, is a member of Positive Living BC’s Red Ribbon Advisory Panel and the newly formed City of Vancouver Jim Deva Plaza Steering and Oversight Committee (the first of its kind in Vancouver). She is also part of the scholarship selection panel for The LOUD Foundation.
She has been acknowledged for her many years of community service with a Vancouver Pride Society Outstanding Community Member Award, named one of OutTV’s “Top Queers of the Year” and made the GayVancouver.net Annual List of “Ten People Making a Difference in Vancouver”. She has been a Vancouver Pride Parade Grand Marshal (Local Hero), was awarded the 2013 TELUS Pride Legacy Award as Community Superstar, was a finalist for a 2014 City of Vancouver Award of Excellence, and YWCA Women of Distinction Award.
Best known as megamouthmedia, the “quick with a quip” emcee of scores of Vancouver community events, Barb is proud to once again be hosting the Vancouver Pride Parade coverage for SHAW TV.
Angus Praught, President of Gayvan.com Travel Marketing, has been actively promoting Canada and the Vancouver region, as gay-friendly travel destinations internationally since 1996. While serving four years on the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Board of Directors, he chaired both the February 2000 IGLTA Vancouver Symposium and the May 2004 IGLTA Annual Global Convention.
For the past decade, Angus has worked closely with Tourism Vancouver as a tourism marketing liaison for the LGBT travel segment and represented the destination at LGBT Pride events, conferences, tradeshows and media events in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Portland and Dallas.
In Vancouver, Angus partnered in The Royal Hotel from 1998 to 2002, served five years on the GLBA Board of Directors and was the Recipient of Xtra West’s HERO Community Achievement Awards as Business Citizen of the Year, in both 2002 and 2004. Praught was also the recipient of the Tourism Industry Leadership Award at the Travel Gay Canada conference in October 2012.
A regular reporter with Vancouver-based OutLook TV, Angus has been with the show since its re-launch in November, 2011 and has co-hosted the Whistler Pride & Ski Festival shows, as well as the two hour Vancouver Pride Parade coverage for Shaw TV in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
“I feel so lucky to do what I do for a living.” Fiona is best known for her many years on Shaw TV and loves her work: “I get to meet so many interesting people every day and hear their stories. I’ve lost count, but I think I’ve interviewed over 25,000 people over the last 18 years!”
Since the early days of her career when Regis Philbin told her “You’ve got something kid!”, she knew that making a turn (on a whim) in her career choice felt right. Having received a degree in History at the University of British Columbia, she had planned to go to Law School and instead decided to enroll in the Journalism Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Before graduating from the program, Fiona got her first job by accident when she auditioned on a dare and landed an on camera gig as a TV host.
She is both a proud fashionista and a geek…perhaps best described by Hollywood guru Larry Moss who called her a woman with “chutzpah who reminds me of Lucille Ball”. In addition to THE RUSH, Fiona has also hosted several other shows including DAYTIME on Rogers, AUTOMOTIVE MORNING on Life Network and BREAKFAST TELEVISION on City-TV. She has appeared as a guest on MARILYN DENIS, CBC NEWSWORLD, CBC RADIO and on CKNW News Talk 980 as a contributor and fill in host.
While Fiona loves her work, her passion lies with supporting many charities with her talents. Among her favorites are the CKNW Orphan’s Fund, Pink Shirt Day, Ronald McDonald House, Variety Club, Timmy’s Telethon and Easter Seals. Fiona is also proud to be an Ambassador for Habitat For Humanity’s Women Build.