Don’t let Ottawa’s buttoned-up exterior fool you. This here government town has got lots of HAWT happening, you just have to know where to find it.  Here’s a list of some cool, sexy events coming up in the nation’s capital.

Photo by Neal Jennings

Capital Pride August 17th – 26th

Ottawa’s celebration of queer life in the capital. There are tons of great events happening around the city. I’ve listed a select few below, but for the full list of activities check out the Capital Pride website.


August 16th

Jer’s Vision Boat Cruise

Join us for a luxurious tour of the Ottawa Canal aboard Paul’s Boat Lines.  The voyage will include refreshments from Peller Estates and Beau’s Brewery, not to mention scrumptious appetizers. Tickets available at

Time: 7 pm

Place: Government Centre Docks

Cost: $25 (includes open bar).


August 17th

Repo: The Genetic Opera – Stop, Drop and Drag

Shadowcasting is when a live ensemble recreates a movie on stage, while the film is playing behind them. It is the ultimate melding of Film and Theater, with the cast complimenting the action on screen, and subtly contrasting it with their own unique vision. As such, you are really getting two shows for the price of one! Don’t be afraid to come dressed in drag.

Time: Doors – 8:30. Show – 9:00

Place: Club SAW

Cost: $10

August 18th

Ottawa Slut Walk

The freedom to wear whatever you want rules! Slut shaming and victim blaming drools! Blaming the victim is a systemic problem that requires a change both in social climate and policy. Awareness and education will help to bring about these changes, and that taking to the streets is an effective means of drawing attention to the issue.

Time: 1:30-4:30

Place: The Canadian Tribute To Human Rights

Cost: FREE


August 19th

SHAG With Pride

The Sexual Health Advisory Group (SHAG) is a youth-to-youth sexual health education initiative from the Youth Services Bureau.  SHAG enthusiastically invites all youth ages 16 to 24 to join them for a totally FREE event during pride week for an evening of cupcakes, BBQ, sexy DIY crafts, a Venus Envy workshop, Kondoms ‘n Karaoke, and sex positivity.  BYOWG (Bring Your Own Water Gun!)

Time: 4 – 7:30 p.m.

Place: Jack Purcell Community Centre, Rm 101

Cost: FREE


August 20th

OPS Pancake Breakfast

Ottawa Police Services flag unfurling and followed by a lot of pancakes – NOMS! A fundraiser in support of The AIDS Committee of Ottawa.

Time: 6:30 a.m.

Place: Ottawa Police Station (Elgin Street)

Cost: FREE (Donations welcome!)


August 21st

Picnic In The Park

An LGBTQ+  family event that includes a BBQ, crafts, games, activities, a photo booth, face painting, a community information booth and a splash pad!

Time: 4 -7 p.m.

Place: Hintonburg Community Centre

Cost: FREE


Pride Week Karaoke

Get your croon on with my favourite karaoke cowboys. Dog and Pony Sound present mo’fun, mo’singin’ and mojitos during this fun filled karaoke night.

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Place: The Lookout

Cost: FREE


August 22nd

Trans-Queering Your Sex

Interested in a transperson, gender-queer o rnon-conforming person?  Want to experience “nontraditional” sex and desire not based on stereotypes?  This is the workshop for you! Open to all. Seminar hosted by Ignacio Rivera (NYC).

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Place: Venus Envy

Cost: FREE


August 24th

Proud Chix Dance Party

Join the LIX Chicks on Friday for their eighth Women’s Pride Dance at the Ron Kolbus Centre, Lakeside Gardens, Britannia Beach.  The Proud Chicks Dance Party is the largest and most popular women’s dance during the Ottawa-Gatineau Pride festivities.  The dance features a fabulous DJ, a large dance floor, access to Britannia Beach, a licensed outdoor patio, and hundreds of proud lesbians.

Time: 9:00 p.m.

Place: Lakeside Gardens, Britannia

Cost: $20

Ottawa Femme Formal

Ottawa Femme Family is proud to present Ottawa’s first-ever Femme Formal! Think of it as a femmecentric prom for femmes and our admirers! Femme music + femme hotties + femme admirers = a hella good time! Dress to impress.

Time: 11 p.m.

Place: Raw Sugar Café

Cost: $10


August 25th

Dyke March

Ottawa Dyke Day 2012 is rapidly approaching and the Dyke March Committee has been working hard to put together a great day that celebrates the dyke community.

After the speakers we will depart and march from the Human Rights Monument to Dundonald Park located at Somerset and Lyon St.  Our marching route will be -> Lisgar -> Bank -> Somerset -> Dundonald Park.

Time: 12:30

Place: Human Rights Monument

Cost: FREE

August 26th

Pride Parade

The main event! The Parade travels through the downtown core, along Wellington Street, down Bank Street, and turning onto Laurier to end at Ottawa City Hall’s Marion Dewar Plaza. With over 35,000 spectators in 2010, we expect an even greater crowd this year to celebrate Pride.

Time: 1 p.m.








  1. Love this list, thanks Ned! I just wanted to let people know that the workshop on Wednesday, Trans Queering Your Sex actually starts at 7:30 and ends at 9:30.
    PS – Venus Envy has a full week of events for pride including free readings and workshops, a sale, and queer parties to support the Venus Envy Bursary fund: