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Snowblower is an annual, week-long festival in February that aims to bring gay, bi, and queer men’s overall health and wellness to the forefront through workshops, activities and parties. Snowblower began in 2007 as a response to a community need for events that cater to gay, bi, and queer men’s holistic health and wellbeing. We aim to deliver a diverse range of activities that allow men to share, explore and socialize. The festival is proudly hosted by the AIDS Committee of Ottawa.

Click the event titles to link to the Facebook event page.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Family Day

All families are welcome to join us at ACO for story time (LGBTQ+ focused) crafts and snacks.

Location: 19 Main Street (ACO Living Room)
Time: 1-4pm
Contact: Claire 613-238-5014 ext. 235 |


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

HIV+ Gay Men’s Social

Complementary Alternative Medicines (CAM) is practices that fall outside conventional Western medicine. CAM includes mind-body therapies, in which the power of the mind or the spirit is harnessed to heal the body. They also encompass touch therapies, which involve massage and other forms of physical manipulation to perform healing. They also comprise of physical agents that are eaten, inhaled or rubbed on the skin. Join us for presentations on three types of Alternative Medicine: Acu-Detox, Naturopathy and Meditation.

Location: 19 Main Street (ACO Living Room)
Time: 5-8pm
Contact: JP 613.238.5014 ext 223 |


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Gay Men’s Health Forum

The Gay Men’s Health Forum is a series of presentations, workshops, and updates on various programs, health services, research projects, and community services being offered in Ottawa targeting gay, bi, queer, and other men who have sex with men (GBQ MSM), including both transgender and cisgender guys. The forum will bring together service providers and community members to learn about and discuss topics relevant to GBQ MSM health in Ottawa. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Location: 19 Main Street (ACO Living Room)
Time: 10am-5pm
Contact: Derek 613.238.5014 ext. 232

Snowblower Community Fair

The Snowblower Community fair is a great opportunity to connect with a variety of service providers and community agencies focused on health and wellness for gay men. Make this your first stop for engaging with folks who can help you take the next step in meeting your 2016 wellness goals!

Location: Atrium, St. Paul’s University, 223 Main Street
Time: 5:30pm
Contact: Leslie 613.238.5014 ext. 228 |

Movie and Panel – Consent: HIV Non-Disclosure and Sexual Assault Law
(Canadian HIV Legal Network)

A documentary film produced by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Goldelox Productions.  In their own words, eight women — leading feminist scholars, attorneys and women living with HIV — shine a light on the problems of using sexual assault law to prosecute alleged non-disclosure of HIV. Does the legal concept of consent, intended to protect women’s sexual autonomy, in fact increase their risk of violence and discrimination when used to criminalize HIV?  Join for a panel afterwards connecting the documentary to issues facing the gay and MSM communities in Ottawa.

Location: Auditorium, St. Paul’s University, 223 Main Street Ottawa ON
Time: 7:00-8:30pm (following community fair)
Contact: Caleb 613.238.5014 ext. 252 |


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Then & Now: Our Stories

Can story-telling inspire inter-generational connections in LGBTQ+ communities?
For this event, we welcome gay, bi, and queer guys (trans and cis) of all ages and backgrounds that are open to sharing stories.

In our time together, those that have prepared something to share can read aloud to the group. We will take time at the end to discuss themes, ideas, and shared experiences to seek a better understanding of how our histories have shaped our relationships, our communities, and our lives (across generations).

YOU DON’T HAVE TO WRITE ANYTHING! We encourage everyone to participate in the conversation.

To get you thinking:

Tell us a story of a time that you came out, or of one of your most memorable experiences.
Write a poem about love or loss (and everything in between).
Make us laugh, cry, cringe, and think.
Give us perspective.

What does being gay, bi, or queer mean to you, and how has that shaped who you are?
Who is the most influential person in your life?
How have you experienced oppression?
Where do you find community?
What were you like as a kid?

Let’s talk about it… Then & Now.

Location: 420 Cooper Street (Gay Zone/ Centretown Community Health Centre)
Time: 5:30pm
Contact: Grant 613-238-5014 ext. 224 |
or Derek 613.238.5014 ext. 232 |

Snowblower Magne+ Party

A party for guys into guys! Magnet is a night to connect, step out, and stroke down. Come party, soak it up, entertainment by some of Ottawa’s hottest drag queens and kings.

Location: Lookout Bar (41 York Street)
Time: Doors open at 8pm (until 1am)
Contact: Clive 613-238-5014 ext. 236 |


Saturday, February 20, 2016

African Caribbean Black MSM Health Forum

A day of presentations and conversations on issues faced by the African Caribbean Black MSM (men who have sex with men) community here in Ottawa. Come on out and be part of this dynamic event. Let’s speak up and speak out together as a collective community.

Cabaret Volupte

The finale to round off a week of Snowblower workshops and festivities – a fun-filled night of local drag queen and drag king entertainment. Come and be entertained.

Location: Lookout Bar (41 York Street)
Time: 8-11pm
Contact: Clive 613-238-5014 ext. 236 |


Sunday, February 21, 2016


A free dinner planned for/by trans people, friends, and loved ones.  Join us for an evening of good food, and great company. Meal is being provided by the Algonquin College Culinary Arts program, and promises to be a real treat!

Location: 19 Main Street (ACO Living Room)
Time: 5-8pm
Contact: Mathieu 613-238-5014 ext. 241 |