Arts & Entertainment
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Out in Ottawa: June 16–30, 2015

Choice events in the city

Art & Literature

Meet the Artists

The art and book store throws regular parties where patrons can enjoy a glass of wine while mingling with local artists whose work is on display in the shop. This month’s event is particularly full, featuring such luminaries as Brian Potvin, Emily Wilfong, Trent Herman and Kristin Anderson. RSVP required.

Wednesday, June 17, 6pm. After Stonewall, 370 Bank St.

Hard Cover Book Club

Samuel Steward was an intimate friend of Gertrude Stein, worked closely with Alfred Kinsey, and kept secret records of his sex life. He changed his identity several times, but newly-discovered documents provided Justin Spring with the material he needed to write a biography. At this month’s book club, men discuss Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist and Sexual Renegade.

Thursday, June 18, 7pm. Centretown Community Health Centre, 420 Cooper St.

Leisure & Pleasure


Bank Street’s businesses band together to produce 10 blocks of such festivities as Kids’ Zone, Pinball Wizard skateboarding park, a phosphorescent enchanted forest, and sound stages. Silent Disco is back too, where, in order to abide by the city’s noise restrictions, festival-goers use Bluetooth-enabled headsets to hear music and dance until the wee hours of the morning.

Friday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20. For more info, visit

Support Snaps

Hosted by the Feminist Twins, this is a night of storytelling on topics related to mental health and addiction. As the name implies, audience members are invited to show their support by snapping their fingers. The evening’s lineup includes Luna Allison, Elaine Marilyse, Tina Wallace, Tina Morison, and more.

Sunday, June 21, 6:30pm. Raw Sugar Cafe, 692 Somerset St W.


Avenue Q

If you were gay, it would be okay. The internet is for porn. Everyone’s a little bit racist. Toto Too Theatre’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q espouses these and other poignant truths. The puppet and human cast includes such characters as the closeted Rod (who insists that his girlfriend lives in Canada), a porn-addicted monster, and Lucy “the Slut.”

Wednesday, June 17–Saturday, June 20, 7:30pm. Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr.

Fringe Festival

Theatre-lovers enjoy dozens of plays and other performances. The roster includes Daniel MacIvor’s In On It, about a man’s effort to come to terms with his partner’s death; Margo MacDonald’s The Elephant Girls (pictured above), which is based on a historical all-female gang; and Gemma Wilcox’s Magical Mystery Detour, about a British woman’s literal and figurative journey of self-discovery.

Wednesday, June 17–Sunday, June 28. For more information, visit

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