Vanessa Purdy

The Unstoppable Conni Smudge 

DJ Ginger Bear

Dean Thullner 

Developing a character named Conni Smudge has been a quarter century in the making. One that has taken her around the Globe. She has performed in some of the most unlikely of places. From Biker Bars of Nanaimo British Columbia to the Grand Theatres of Europe, Mz Smudge has done them all.


Her wit, charm and approachable nature has afforded her the honour of being a highly sought after event host and spokesperson.  With an uncanny ability to break through barriers and draw the audience in, an evening with Conni is unlike anything ever experienced.


Based out of Vancouver British Columbia, Mz Smudge has been the face of several initiatives, events and charities, including the North American OutGames, Qmunity, The City of Vancouver, North Shore ConneXions, Whitecaps FC, Pride Vancouver, and The Q Hall of Fame Canada to name just a few. She is proud to announce that she has just signed on to be the Brand Ambassador for Haystax Financial, a new, innovative financial company.


She is known as The Unstoppable Conni Smudge and her busy schedule and the high demand for her services are proof that she truly is one Unstoppable Dame.

GingerBear started out as a classical multi-disciplinary musician then moved on to event promotion and design for several decades before his transition to becoming a DJ. The events he put on were fun, quirky, dirty and varied, much of which has formed his retrotech style of music today, a mixture of techno, tech, house, disco, progressive, electro and retro 70/80/90s.


Based in Vancouver BC, GingerBear has played a variety of venues and events in the local and international scenes, including Calgary, Edmonton, Seattle, San Diego, Hawaii and San Francisco for events such as RUFF, Bearacchus, Bear Night San Diego, Beef, Pre-Lubed Folsom, to name a few. This past year, his national and international bookings include Portland, Seattle Pride, Calgary (Bearacchus Weekend & Pride), San Francisco’s Folsom Weekend (three bookings), Vancouver Blue Ball and Ruff NYE.


So far, GingerBear has held his own on stage with some local and international talents like Hercules and Love Affair, Hector Fonseca, Karsten Sollors, J Warren and more. His recent live techno mash of Todrick Hall & RuPaul’s “Dem Beats” has been circulated around the DJ community and played on dance floors all over with support from Matt Consola, Jesus Pelayo and others. 


Enjoying the varied and creative music scene, GingerBear’s plans to takeover internationally with his fun and filthy style proving you don’t have to take things so seriously to have a good time dancing. Music and dancing is about connection and expression, so dance with each other, not just the DJ.