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The Xtra Monthly Events Calendar

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Ongoing monthly and special events
Ours Ottawa Bears Coffee + Gaymer Night

Every Sunday 3-5pm coffee and treats at T's Pub, 323 Somerset St W. A nice afternoon of talking (and gossip) Sunday afternoons, then maybe supper aftrerwards, come on down and see us. Tuesdays Gaymer Night - weekly 6:30-9pm come join Bears and others at Swizzle Bar & Grill, 246 Queen St, as they play a different game each week. See more events at their website:
The Ottawa Senior Pride Network
LGBT Seniors Bowling

Second and fourth Monday of each month, 6:30pm at West Park Bowling, 1205 Wellington St. West. A fun evening of five-pin bowling with other LGBT Seniors? Folks 50 years gang meets for two or three games at the seniors’ special rate of $3.50 per game, Bowling shoes are provided free of charge if you don’t have your own.
Weekly Youth Drop-In

Every Friday, 7-11pm, diverse/ dynamic youth group evening low-pressure hang-out w/ snacks, coffee, tea; board + video games, and couch lounging - open to youth 13-19. Peer counselling available by appointment. Supports from Etc.’s leadership team can provide participants with a confidential listening/ non-judgmental ear, to share experiences and coping strategies.
Ottawa's Sassiest....
Saturday Night Drag Show

Saturdays from 10pm. It's all about feathers, glitter and drama... on stage that is! The Capital's famous drag show, featuring the most popular, beautiful and talented drag queens! DJ Kitty at 10pm; drag shows at 11:30pm and 12:30am. Dance the night away with great people, great music, high energy drag shows + weekend drink and shot specials.
First & Third weekend safe social space for LGBTQIA+ people to share passion
Geek Out! Weekend Meetups

January 18, February 1 + 15, 2020, 4pm-60pm at The Blurry Pixel. Lets Geek Out! Join in with a group of LGBTQIA+ geeks and nerds for some socializing, video games and maybe some board games - first and third weekend each month. Pay what you can, suggested donation of $5. For future dates, plus more details about the group and safer spaces policies. Next dates: Mar 7 + 21.
Hosted by T's
Haus of T's - Sisters & Soul Music + Haus of T's Show

January 24, 2020, 10:30-pm-1:30am. The weekly Haus of T's show - the 1st of the year with theme: Soul! Performances from Peechez, PomponMinoune, DeeDee Delite (Chris) and Cléo Longaria! NO COVER. January 31st, 10:30pm-1:30am. Weekly Haus of T's show, with performances from Tatyana Romanov, Peechez, PomponMinoune, and Rhonda Darling!
An amazing weekend of fun, fur and frolic
Mr. Ottawa Bear Competition Weekend

January 25-28, 2020. SAT 6-10pm Mr Ottawa Bear Competition at Arts Court Theatre. SUN Jan 26th, 3:30pm Bear Coffee at T's Pub. MON Jan 27th, 6:30pm OSPN 5-pin bowling night at West Park Lanes, 1205 Wellington St. TUE Jan 28th, 6:30pm Gaymer Night at Swizzle Bar & Grill, 246 Queen St.
Join OPIRG Carleton and GSRC
Queering Consent

January 29, 2020, 6:30-8:30pm at The Wing, University Centre. Panel discussion explores the relationship between sexual violence, pleasure and consent in queer communities. This event is open to all members of the community - respectful of community guidelines and other community members.
Summer + Winter events
Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest + Ottawa Jazz Fest

January 29 - February 1, 2020. 3-day WinterFest. Also June 19 - July 1, 2020, annual summer festival at various venues. Among the National Capital Region’s most highly anticipated musical events of the year, bring jazz to downtown Ottawa, dynamic programming and innovations w/ the finest musicians from across Canada and around the world; all genres and inspirations of Jazz.
An urban winter celebration in Canada's Capital Region
Winterlude | Bal de Neige Ottawa-Gatineau 2020

January 31 - February 17, 2020. Winter pleasures such as tube sliding, skating on the Rideau Canal skateway, and admiring snow and ice sculptures share the spotlight with a cultural and culinary program. For complete information, see the website, the Capital information kiosk at 90 Wellington St, or kiosk at Snowflake Kingdom, Jacques-Cartier Park.
Part of Winterlude | Bal de neige 2020
The Neverending Story

January 31 - February 17, 2020, Tue-Fri 7:30pm; Sat-Sun 2pm. Play based on the novel by Michael Ende. A magical book falls into the hands of ten-year-old Bastian, hiding in an attic to avoid school bullies. The tale of a hero’s quest to save the world of Fantasia from the encroaching emptiness called the Nothing. Is Bastian just a reader of this story - or a vital part of it?
New Year! New Venue! A safer space for queer & trans pub lovers!
Queers & Beers featuring Kimberly Sunstrum

January 31, 2020, 6:30pm at Overflow Brewing Company, 2477 Kaladar Ave. Love craft beer + getting together with your community/ meeting new friends? Want interesting conversations and to try new things? Yes, yes and yes! Let’s get together to explore the craft brew scene here in Ottcity. All genders/ sexualities welcome!
Ottawa’s only monthly LGTBQ2SIA+ women dance party
Night of Lights Queer Love Dance

February 1, 2020, 9pm-2am. Every first Saturday of the month at Swizzles. Celebrate this month of love with DJ ROXYSUNSET + Drag king acts. Hosted by Miles Zinya w electrifying 11pm Drag King performances by: Hayden Banger, Collin Creamy and Brittney. Performer: Master Cameron Eric Leon. Dance/House/Pop 2000/Hip hop/ Top 40 remixes music with a positive message.
Sashay WinterPride Edition

February 8, 2020, 11pm-2:30am. SASHAY WINTERPRIDE EDITION feat. DJ MAXIME LAFFON (Switzerland) + special DRAG GUEST! Local drag performers: DEVONA COE, JASMINE DYMOND, and ADRIANNA EXPOSÉ. Ashley Gauthier on warmup. Each Season with a spicy party event that features guest DJs and special performances.
LOG is organizing a women-only dance to celebrate Valentine’s day!
LOG Valentine's dance

February 15, 2020, 8pm-12am at the Jack Purcell Community Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Lane. The Lesbian Outdoor Group present Music, food, good company… Bring your Valentine or come find one! Cash Bar, DJ, SnacksTickets on sale on the LOG website or at Venus Envy.
Presented by Kunstadt Sports
Snow Pride | Fierté des neiges

February 21-23, 2020 at Mont Ste Marie Ski, 76 chemin de la montagne, Lac Sainte-Marie, Quebec. Annual LGBTQ2 pride festival at host mountain Mont Ste Marie Ski, Quebec - just an hour from downtown Ottawa/Gatineau, and under three hours from Montreal. An Outaouais mountain setting for an action-packed weekend! See the program at:
Queens On Queen At The Fare!

February 22, 2020, 6-10pm. Mz Horizon monthly show at the Queen Street Fare. Guests: Geri Pageau aka Sydney Chanel + Chris Larabie aka Dee Dee Deelite. Next: Mar 14th - Mz Horizon w/ Icesis Couture + Tatyana Romanov; Apr 11th - A Country HoeDown, celebrating Drake’s 50th birthday, with Drake Jensen + Tenora S Bobo. MC Jack Hummer. DJs Matelot Max + Jungle Jan on alternate months.
Annual Music Festival of French Ontario for over 40 years running
Festival franco-ontarien 2020

Mid-June, 2020 at Parc Major's Hill. The annual three-day weekend festival of music of Francophone Ontario. Get a taste with video clips on their website.
Locations around town
Ottawa Fringe Festival

June 18-28, 2020. The 24th annual celebration of the arts, Ottawa's largest theater festival; providing local, national and international artists the opportunitiy to showcase their original works. Fifty-something shows in twelve days, for a total of nearly 400 performances.
La fête de la nation
Canada Day in Ottawa

July 1, 2020, annual holiday celebrating the birth of Canada in 1867 with the British North America Act that established the Dominion of Canada. A giant patriotic party on the lawns of Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park, Jacques Cartier Park and closed downtown streets. Hundreds of thousands come to the capital city for concerts, street performances, picnics, and fireworks displays.
Ottawa Bluesfest

July 9-19, 2020, LeBreton Flats, 10-day fest, west of Parliament Hill. Among the largest annual international music events, 220+ musical acts perform on outdoor stages; over 300,000 fans each summer. Bike to the fest! Site is bordered by the Trans-Canada Trail, a tree-lined bike path through Ottawa, along the Ottawa River. Find secure bike parking beside the festival site.
2020 International
Ottawa Busker Festival

Early August, 2020, at Sparks Street Mall. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, fire-eaters, comedians, magicians, other street performers from around the world in North America's original pedestrian street mall. Lots to eat and drink too.
Celebrating Indigenous Arts In Algonquin Territory
Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

Early August, 2020. Five days celebrating Indigenous Film and Media Arts in Algonquin Territory, Ottawa. Independent artists and film-makers share, present and disseminate their work - a space where Indiginous peoples tell their own stories and see their own cultures reflected - to entertain and innovate in the heart of the unsurrendered land of the Algonquins of the Ottawa River Valley.
International Gay Rugby (IGR) - The Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament
Bingham Cup 2020

August 8-17, 2020. The biennial world championships of gay and inclusive rugby hosted by the Ottawa Wolves in Ottawa in 2020. Rugby players, supporters and staff from around the world come together every two years in a celebration of equality, inclusivity and sportsmanship. 74 teams from 20 countries participated in the most recent Bingham Cup in Amsterdam in June 2018.
Celebrating 35 years together!
Capital Pride 2020 La Fierté dans la Capitale - Virtual Events

August 21-30, 2020. A virtual week of LGBT celebrations will feature both local and international talent. Festival favourites such as the official Flag Raising, Speaker Series, Capital Pride Pageant and the Parade, which will be delivered in new and innovative ways. See the full schedule:
Hot Air Balloon Festival
Festival de montgolfières de Gatineau

September 3-7, 2020, five days of events in parc de la Baie, Gatineau: hot air balloons aloft; amusement park rides, shows, live entertainment, magic and circus acts on stage and around the site; over 200,000 people in attendance.
North America's largest animation event!
The Ottawa International Animation Festival

September 23-27, 2020. Annual 5-day presentation of the world’s most cutting-edge and quirky animation. For 42 years, attracting film and animation buffs, art lovers and filmmakers from around the globe with screenings, workshops, panels and parties at the ByTowne Cinema, National Gallery of Canada, Arts Court, Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts, and the Chateau Laurier.
Inside Out - The Ottawa LGBT Film Festival

Late October, 2020? Usually a four day weekend at the National Gallery of Canada, BENT LENS presented by InsideOut. The best queer cinema from Canada and around the world. Typically more than 4,000 attendees come to the film programs and parties.