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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.
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.
Ottawa Underground Events

Periodic dates at various venues. Ottawa's premier gay underground dance & cruise event with DJs who know how we like it. The beats that are a little harder, darker, and sexier - featuring DJs Ron Hamelin + .Ash Gauthier.
An amazing weekend of fun, fur and frolic
Mr. Ottawa Bear Weekend - Hot Paws

January 25-27, 2019. FRI 9-11pm Meet the Meat - get to know the competitors at T’s Pub. SAT 1-3pm Bears on Ice - Rideau Canal Skating + 2-5pm Board Games at The Loft + 6-10pm The Mr Ottawa Bear Competition at Arts Court + 10:30pm Celebrate MOB at T’s Pub + 10:30pm After Party at Club Ottawa Baths. SUN 10:45am Survivor’s Brunch at Tuckers Marketplace.
First & Third weekend safe social space for LGBTQIA+ people to share passion
Geek Out! Ottawa

February 2 + 16, 2019, 2:30pm-5:30pm at The Blurry Pixel, 201 Queen St. Lets Geek Out! Join us, 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. Next dates: Mar 2 + 16; Apr 6. For more details about group and safer spaces policy, see website:
Winter + Summer
Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest + Ottawa Jazz Fest

February 7-9, 2019 three-day WinterFest. June 21-July 1, 11-day annual summer festival at various venues. Among the National Capital Region’s most highly anticipated musical events of the year, bringing jazz to downtown Ottawa, trailblazing dynamic programming and innovations w/ the finest musicians from across Canada and around the world; all genres and inspirations of Jazz.
Want to give your pal the blow job of their life, but not sure where to start?
Going Down: Fellatio Workshop

February 7, 2019, 7:30-9pm. What to do once you get going - this workshop is for you! From basic anatomy (in all our lovely varieties) to tips for the advanced, we'll cover a wide range of information about the fine art of giving head. The workshop includes information for all folks who enjoy giving and/or getting head. Everyone welcome!
Hosted by National Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts
Too Attached

February 8, 2019, 8:30pm. Two siblings: Vivek Shraya & Shamik Bilgi. Vivek is a multidisciplinary artist whose album with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Part-Time Woman, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. Shamik is a producer and beatboxer who has performed in 15 countries and toured with Method Man & Redman, Bassnectar, and Tanya Tagaq.
New research at the intersections of trans studies and cinema studies!
Carleton University Film Seminar: Trans*ing Popular Cinema

February 8, 2019, 9-11am, CU Film Studies Program, St Patrick's Bldg, #412. Dan Vena, Bodies Without A Face: Reading Transsexuality into Medical Horror Cinema. Inspired by Susan Stryker's provocative reclamation of the Frankenstein Monster for transsexual subjects, the lecture meditates on visual + discursive connections between monstrous bodies of cinema and trans identities.
Monster Energy Presents the 7th Annual 7 Inches Tour
DJ Jazzy Jeff Returns!

February 8, 2019, 10pm-2am. Now in its 7th year, a unique musical journey through time, showcasing some of the best DJs on the planet, all on 7" vinyl!. The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff will do the first official 7" set of his career. Featuring All-Vinyl Performances from JAZZY JEFF (Phila), MAT THE ALIEN (Nanaimo), VINYL RITCHIE (Vancouver), ILLO (Ottawa).
Poets from Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Senegal, and the United States
VERSeFest - Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival

March 26-31, 2019, Knox Presbyterian Church. Annual Ottawa International Festival of Poetry features English and French poetry of all traditions, styles, and forms, showcasing the best local, Canadian, and international poets in spoken and written word genres. One of Canada’s largest and most successful poetry festivals, hosting some 80 poets from around the world during six days.
Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture
Priscilla Queen of the Desert - the Musical

May 31 - June 9, 2019. The heartwarming, dazzling adventures of Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to develop a show together and take it to the middle of the Australian outback aboard a battered old bus they name "Priscillad". The three embark on unknown roads and end up finding everything they need.
Annual Music Festival of French Ontario for over 40 years running
Festival franco-ontarien 2019

June 13-15, 2019 (TBC) 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 13-23, 2019. The 23rd 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.
100% food, local food...
Manotick Farmers' Market

June through October, 2019, Saturdays 9am-2pm, at 5525 Dickinson St, Manotick, ON, across from Watson's Mill. A “producer-only” market. Meet the people who make the meats, cheeses, vegetables, grains and baked goods in the local community and learn about their ideas about growing food. A project supported by Watson’s Mill.
La fête de la nation
Canada Day in Ottawa

July 1, 2019, 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 4-14, 2019, 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.
2019 International
Ottawa Busker Festival

August 1-5, 2019, 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

August 7-11, 2019. 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.
Celebrating 34 years together!
Capital Pride 2019 La Fierté dans la Capitale

Late August, 2019. Week of LGBT celebrations, dances, exhibits, screenings, sports events, parties: Mr & Mx Capital Pride Pageant 2019; Family Picnic in the Park; Human Rights Vigil; Youth Art Show. SUNDAY afternoon Capital Pride Parade from Bank St at Gloucester Ave, ending at Bank and Somerset. Bank St Fair noon-8pm. Mainstage entertainment 2-10pm. See the full schedule:
Hot Air Balloon Festival
Festival de montgolfières de Gatineau

August 29 - September 2, 2019, 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, 2019. 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

Early November, 2019, 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.