ACO Pride 2015: Looking Back… Moving Forward


Queer Mafia Presents: PRIDE Film Screening w/ Centretown Movies

Date: Friday, August 14 (8:30-11:30pm)
Location: Dundonald Park (Somerset & Bay)
Cost: FREE

PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. (C) CBS

Presented by the Queer Mafia and Centretown Movies Outdoor Film Fest. Licensed via Criterion Pictures.



Queer Mafia Presents: OFFBEAT [pre-pride pop party]

Date: Saturday, August 15 (doors open at 10:30pm)
Location: Babylon Nightclub (317 Bank Street)
Cost: $5 before midnight, $7 after
Accessibility: 1” lip at door, rest on even level, washrooms navigable by some mobility devices

Sexy, dirty, pop music going back to the turn of the century. We’re gonna jam 15 years of your guilty pleasures so you can cram the dancefloor!

feat. Matt Tamblyn

Partial proceeds to QM community workshops and sponsor recipients.


Queer Pride Queer Mafia + AIDS Committee of Ottawa Presents: Safer Partying Workshop

Date: Tuesday, August 18 (5-7pm)
Location: Pressed (750 Gladstone)
Cost: FREE
Accessibility: Accessible for most mobility devices, washrooms on main floor but require a step

During Pride Week festivities many of us love to party or know people who love to party. Come hang out with the lovely folks from QM & ACOs Safer Partying Outreach Team (SPOT) to discuss & explore some of the things you can do for safer partying.

Because partying can be fun & also safer.

This workshop takes a sex positive, drug positive, and harm reduction approach to partying. Let’s talk about the pre-drink, the party, the cutie that you brought home, and the comedown the next day. We welcome feedback and input, and we encourage participants to share information or stories based on their own experiences or knowledge.

Some topics this workshop will cover:

– Substance Awareness
– Harm Reduction
– Safer Substance Use
– Safer Sex
– Safer Planning
– Overdose Prevention
– How to Support a Friend

If you would like to collaborate, or if there are any specific topics that you would like included, contact Derek:
613-238-5014 ext. 232


Queer Mafia Presents: DIY Pride: Knit em’ Upcycle

Date: Wednesday, August 19 (6-9pm)
Location: AIDS Committee of Ottawa (19 Main Street)
Cost: FREE ($5 suggested donation for string art)
Accessibility: Accessible for mobility devices, all-gender washrooms on ground level

A DIY Family Friendly Craft Night
Snacks & Drinks + 90s R&B Spins

Button Making // Zine Making // String Art // & More

Feel free to bring your own crafts & supplies but there will be some materials available when you come.

If folks are interested in partaking in stringart there’s limited wooden boards & a $5 suggested donation. Also feel free to bring your own hammer & wooden board. We will provide the nails & string a plenty!


ACO Presents: Pantsless Pride Party

Date: Thursday, August 20 (doors open at 9pm)
Location: Babylon Nightclub (317 Bank Street)
Cost: $5-$10 suggested donation to ACO
Accessibility: 1” lip at door, rest on even level, washrooms navigable by some mobility devices

Check your pants at the door and dance the night away! Come celebrate the fabulous diversity of our queer and trans communities while shaking your bum. Small lip (1”) to get up at door, ramp available, rest on even level. Washroom navigable for some mobility devices. Door prizes. 19+. + info

Pricing: PWYC ($5-$10 suggested donation to ACO).


Laissez vos pantalons à la porte et venez vous brasser les fesses avec nous! Venez montrer vos talents sur la piste de danse et célébrer la belle diversité de nos communautés queer/allosexuelles et trans! Il y a un petit rebord à l’entrée (1 po), sinon une rampe mobile est disponible et le reste du club est à niveau. Toilettes navigables pour certains appareils de mobilité. Prix de présence. 19 ans et +. +info

Pricing : Coût d’entrée sur échelle mobile (don suggéré 5 $ -10 $ au CSO).


ACO Presents: CHOMP!

(le français suit)

Date: Saturday, August 22 (5-8pm)
Location: AIDS Committee of Ottawa (19 Main Street)
Cost: FREE
Accessibility: Accessible for mobility devices, all-gender washrooms on ground level

Come to our first annual CHOMP! a dinner for anyone who is a friend, partner, family, supporter, or themselves a member of the trans population!

This is a low-scent, pork and peanut free event, with no photography without consent. All-gender washrooms and pronoun buttons available on-site.


+ info:


CHOMP! (événement surtout anglophone, présence et ressources en français aussi)
Comité du sida d’Ottawa (CSO)
Samedi le 22 août 2015
17h à 20h
CSO (19 rue Main, Ottawa)

CHOMP! est notre premier souper annuel pour toute personne qui est amie, partenaire, membre de la famille, sympathisante ou qui fait elle-même partie de la population trans!

Cet événement est sans parfum, sans porc ni arachide, et sans photographie (à moins d’avoir obtenu le consentement). Toilettes plurigenrées et macarons pour pronoms sur place.

Accessible pour appareils de mobilité. Tous âges.

+ info:


Queer Mafia Presents: OHMYJAM [priding dirty]

Date: Saturday August 22 (Doors open at 10pm)
Location: Babylon Nightclub (317 Bank)
Cost: $12 before 11pm, Limited PWYC before 11:30
Accessibility: 1” lip at door, rest on even level, washrooms navigable by some mobility devices

to celebrate our 3 year OHMYJAMiversary
+ the Saturday night of PRIDE in the 613

HIP HOP, RNB, Dancehall, Reggae

on decks
★ Lissa Monet [ 416 ] ★ Yes Yes J-ill [ yes yes y’all ] ★ D-luxx Brown [ queer mafia ]

featured performer
★ Zulu Na$ty

*Partial Proceeds to Venus Envy Bursary Fund ♥


Queer Pride [Somerset Street Specials + sexy bike & car wash]

Ottawa! Are you ready for a Pride Sunday like no other?! Members from your Ottawa Queer community, local supportive friends, restaurants and organizations have been teaming together to create a wonderful community initiative to celebrate Queer Pride!

After the parade, we invite you to come join us in the Somerset Street Village (at Bank) to celebrate!

presenting to you…

Queer Pride 2015 ♥
Somerset St. Specials + Sexy Bike & Car Wash

Suds, speedos, beer, patios, DJs, kids zone and BBQ in support of Ten Oaks and For Pivots Sake

Events will include…

★Sexy Car & Bike Wash with Antique Skate and Tall Tree Cycle. *Free washes for Pride Floats
★Big Gay Photo Booth by Queer Mafia
★The Wallacks & Ten Oaks Kids Zone
★Share Freehouse Patio Gender Mixer
★Six venues on the Somerset Street simulcasting Queer Mafia DJs all day live from Union 613’s non-existent patio featuring Beyond the Pale. Tunes by Dan Valin, Kitty Funk, DJ DAE, D-luxx Brown and DJ Kuero.
★Cake and Community Mural Painting: Help Pride Flag creator Gilbert Baker paint a community mural celebrating our colours starting at 3:30pm!
★BBQ at Centretown Pub
★Craft beer and cocktail tastings with Share Freehouse, Union 613 and Beau’s at the Queer Garden
★Anonymous Rapid HIV testing provided by Somerset West Community Health Center
★The Safer Party Outreach Team from ACO will be there providing information on Safer Partying (safer sex, safer consumption).
★ACO will be providing sexual health supplies and harm reduction supplies.


After your day in the sun head over to Babylon for MOD CLUB Sunday
317 Bank Street
Free admission with options to donate at the door in support of Ten Oaks and For Pivots Sake


Events and Specials brought to you by:

AIDS Committee of Ottawa
Antique Skate
Babylon Nightclub
Beyond the Pale
Centretown Pub
Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity
Ottawa Skateboard Community Association
Ottawa Wolves Rugby Football Club
Queer Mafia
Share Freehouse
Somerset West Community Health Center
Surf Side
Tall Tree Cycle
Ten Oaks
Union Local 613
Whole Foods

With support, love and space from:

Greenspon, Brown and Associates
Canadian Federation of Students
Ottawa Chamber of Commerce