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Out in Ottawa: June 1–15, 2017

Choice events in the city this week

Ain’t No Party Like a Westfest Party 2017 is presented by The Queer Mafia on June 2, 2017, at Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern. Credit: Courtesy The Queer Mafia

Friday, June 2

Friends Bar Grand Opening

After a long winter of riding dirty buses and flicking the icicles off of your earlobes, it’s time to settle into a new queer hangout spot for the summer. While billing details for the grand opening of the simply-named Friends Bar is sparse, it is bound to be, umm, friendly. And a bar. So, it can’t be all bad. In any case, all LGBT folks and their friends are welcome. 

9pm–2am. Friends Bar, 330 Kent St. For more info, visit Facebook

Ain’t No Party Like a Westfest Party 2017 

This party is a queer complement to this year’s West Fest, an annual celebration of art and culture. Presented by The Queer Mafia, an event promotion and advocacy organization, the bash features DJ D-luxx Brown spinning hip hop, dancehall and R&B. Proceeds go toward an event taking place during Capital Pride 

11pm–2am. Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern, 1084 Wellington St W. For more info, visit Facebook

Friday, June 9

How to Have a Threesome

So, you want to have a threesome, but how do you stop it from becoming a mess of tangled arms and legs and hurt feelings and recriminations? Luna Matatas’ workshop is all about making threesomes happen. It includes discussion of how to find a third person (a “unicorn”), how to broach the subject with potential playmates and more. People of all genders and relationship statuses welcome. Registration required. 

8:30–10:30pm. Venus Envy, 226 Bank St. venusenvy.ca

Shade Nyx’s Theatre Macabre Presents: Sassy’s Sci-Fi Birthday Extravaganza

Sassy Muffin hosts a science fiction-themed night of burlesque and boylesque performances. Some of the burlesquers are Bella Barecatt, Randi Rouge, Mimi Violette Lucky Dubloon and Canary Quinn; and the boylesquers include Oliver Eszy, Tricky Ricky and Wett Willy. And there’s drag. And belly dancing. There’s everything. Billing even promises a “spanking space booth.” 

9pm–2am. House of TARG, 1077 Bank St. For more info, visit Facebook

Saturday, June 10

Manajiwin: LGBTTQ+ Fitness Space

The gym is one of the most intimidating places — especially for people from marginalized communities. That’s why Kind Space and Odawa Native Friendship Centre provide an exercise space for queer people. Folks can get workout tips from on-site volunteers (if they want), and work out in a pressure-free environment. 

Every Saturday, 5–8pm. The Odawa Native Friendship Centre, 250 City Centre Ave, Bay 102. kindspace.ca/manajiwin

Thursday, June 15 

Hard Cover Book Club: Mouthquake 

Men gather at this recurring event to discuss Daniel Allen Cox’s Mouthquake. It’s a coming-of-age novel, where a boy with a stutter uses sound to remember the past. For a more detailed description of this unconventional work, visit the website of its publisher, Arsenal Pulp. The Hard Cover Book Club is one of the ongoing events at the AIDS Committee of Ottawa’s Gay Zone

6:30–8pm. Centretown CHC, 420 Cooper St. For more info, visit Facebook.