Wednesday, March 1
This annual week-long festival is all about promoting gay, bi and queer men’s health and wellness. Established in 2007, and hosted by the AIDS Committee of Ottawa, the festival features a series of workshops, activities and parties. This year’s event includes a talk on HPV, the PrEP Pancake Party, the Chomp brunch and more.
Runs until Sunday, March 5. For info on specific events at the festival, visit aco-cso.ca/snowblower.
Finishing the Suit
It’s 1972 and being out and gay can get you jailed, but inside a Jewish tailor’s shop, all secrets are out in the open on the measuring table. For this play written by Lawrence Aronovitch and directed by Joël Beddows, the audience eavesdrops as a tailor remembers and mourns the two great loves of his life.
Runs until Saturday, March 11, various showtimes. The Gladstone Theatre, 910 Gladstone Ave. thegladstone.ca/finishing-the-suit
Saturday, March 4
Filthy Dirty Art Show Opening Night
Each year, the local sex shop holds a dirty, sexy group art show featuring the work of many local artists. The opening night is a chance to meet some of the contributing artists, have a drink and maybe buy some art. This year’s show is also a celebration of the store’s 16th anniversary. Funds raised go to the Venus Envy Bursary Fund.
8–11pm. Venus Envy, 226 Bank St. For more info, visit Facebook.
Celebrate in a stigma-free environment at this party, hosted by the AIDS Committee of Ottawa and Queering613. DJ Dan Valin spins for the dancers, boylesquer Don Jovi performs for the gawkers, and the Ottawa Wolves rugby club helps with the drinks. Glitter encouraged. Proceeds go to programs and services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
10pm–2am. Happy Goat Coffee Co, 35 Laurel St. For more info, visit Facebook.
Sunday, March 12
Major! Film Screening
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is a black transgender activist who’s been fighting for the rights of trans women of colour for over 40 years. Queering613 and the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women host a screening of Major! a documentary that deals with Griffin-Gracy’s life. The venue is somewhat accessible (the bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible).
3pm. Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St. For more info, visit Facebook.
Tuesday, March 14
Talking Dirty for Everyone
I want to feel your soapy body in the shower. I want to clean you. But not because you’re dirty. Just because I want to feel your soapy body. I mean, you are dirty, but in a good way — Ugh! Sex talk can be tricky. Open to everyone, this workshop is about making talking sexy just as great as sex itself.
6:30pm. Venus Envy, 226 Bank St. venusenvy.ca