Thursday, Feb 16
Hard Cover Book Club
Men gather to discuss Mary Renault’s The Charioteer, a novel about a romance set during the Second World War. Published in 1953, this is a rare early novel with a gay theme. Some will be more familiar with Renault’s historical hits, which include The Nature of Alexander and The Persian Boy.
6:30–8pm. Centretown CHC, 420 Cooper St. For more info, visit Facebook.
Ignacio Rivera facilitates a workshop on the subject of surviving sexual abuse. How do you go on to have safe, empowering, sexually-healthy lives? The goal of the session is to give partners and allies of survivors tools to help them provide support to their loved ones. Register in-store, online or by calling 613-789-4646.
7:30pm. Venus Envy, 226 Bank St. venusenvy.ca
Friday, Feb 17
Queers and Beers: Winter Chill Edition
Queers relax with some beers and dancing on the upper level of a local brewery. This monthly event is all about taking over a typically straight venue and being all queer and sparkly and mildly tipsy in it. It is hosted by Queering613, an organization aimed at promoting the queer community and hosting events.
6–10pm. Mill St Brew Pub, 555 Wellington St. For more info, visit Facebook.
Saturday, Feb 18
Queerlude Cabatinée Dance Party
Brian Crum, featured on the recent season of America’s Got Talent, performs in Ottawa. This performance and dance party is part of Queerlude (like Winterlude, but queer), a three-day-long winter celebration that includes bowling and skating. Established in 2016 by Black Swan Events, this is the second annual Queerlude event.
6–10pm. The Lookout, 41 York St. For more info, visit Facebook.
Oh My Jam: Unicorn Edition
Revellers dance and flirt at a huge hip hop, R&B, dancehall and reggae bash. Given the fictitious equine theme, unicorn-related costumes and gear is encouraged. DJs Seiiizmikk and D-Luxx Brown spin. Hosted by The Queer Mafia, partial proceeds from the event will go to the causes that the organization sponsors.
11pm–2am. Babylon Nightclub, 317 Bank St. For more info, visit Facebook.
Saturday, Feb 25
The monthly party for queer guys returns with a special guest performer, Tristan Ginger. According to billing, the Montreal burlesque performer has a “wicked reputation for bending steamy performance with artistic expression.” The dark, sexy party features the music of DJs Ashley Gauthier and Dan Valin.
11pm–2:30am. The Bourbon Room, 400A Dalhousie St. For more info, visit Facebook.
Monday, Feb 27
Whip it Good! A 101 Guide to Power Play and Kink
Some of us are born with the kink built in (we grew up tying up our action figures and dolls) and others come to it later. Wherever you fit, you should know a few basic things. This beginner-level workshop includes discussion of sensation play, the available toys, spanky stuff, basic knot tying (and rope safety) and more.
6:30–10:30pm. Venus Envy, 226 Bank St. venusenvy.ca