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Out in Ottawa: Oct 16–31, 2016

Choice events in the city

Offbeat: Strictly Dance is the socially conscious and inclusive dance party hosted by The Queer Mafia (QM), taking place on Oct 22, 2016 at Babylon nightclub. Courtesy Brit Cory  

Sunday, Oct 16

Bear Coffee

A bunch of hyper, coffee-filled bears stomp around and, one can only assume, hatch mad schemes to get all the honey. The Ottawa Bears invites the city’s burly men and their admirers to socialize and have a couple cups of coffee. Afterward, attendees head to a restaurant for dinner. This takes place every Sunday. 

3–5pm. Centretown Pub, 340 Somerset St W. oursottawabears.ca

Tuesday, Oct 18

Gaymer Night at Swizzles: Politically Incorrect Night 

There’s nothing gentle about this games night, which is focused on games with dark and edgy humour. This includes Joking Hazard, a card game from the creators of the webcomic Cyanide and Happiness. It also includes Cards Against Humanity (with the Crabs Adjust Humidity expansion), Red Flags and more. No drink purchase is required to attend.

6:30–10pm. Swizzles, 246 Queen St. For more info, visit Facebook

Thursday, Oct 20

Hard Cover Book Club

Sean Strub founded Poz magazine, produced the hit play The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, and was the first openly HIV-positive person to run for US congress. At this event, men gather to discuss Strub’s memoir, Body Counts: A Memoir of Activism, Sex and Survival. The book can be purchased at the recently renovated Stonewall Wilde’s at 370 Bank St. 

6:30pm. Centretown CHC, 420 Cooper St. aco-cso.ca/gayzonegaie 

Saturday, Oct 22

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 geared for queer people. Folks can get workout tips from on-site volunteers (if they want), and work out in a pressure-free environment. This takes place every Saturday.

2–8pm. The Odawa Native Friendship Centre, 250 City Centre Ave, Bay 102. kindspace.ca/manajiwin

Offbeat: Strictly Dance

While everyone else is out using racial slurs and being awful, more socially conscious folks attend this party. It’s hosted by The Queer Mafia (QM), an Ottawa-based organization that throws inclusive parties and other events. The music is electronic, and all proceeds go to the various causes that QM supports. This is an accessible venue.

10:30pm–2:30am. Babylon Nightclub, 317 Bank St. facebook.com/thequeermafia

Tuesday, Oct 25

Introduction to BDSM

Many people have kinky urges, but it can be difficult to get into BDSM — a world full of complicated gear and strange rules and terminology. This workshop for beginners covers the lingo, deciding boundaries, communicating those boundaries, safety (including safe words), spanky stuff, basic knot-tying and how to incorporate common household items into playtime.  

6:30pm. Venus Envy, 226 Bank St. venusenvy.ca 

Friday, Oct 28

Sashay Halloween 

Traditionally, Halloween is one of the few times of year when queer people really let loose. This inclusive dance party features DJs Cajjmere Wray and Ashley Gauthier spinning, and Kiki Coe, Jasmine Dymond, Markida Brown and Koko Shennel performing in drag. The visuals are supplied by VJ Ina, so even if you get bored you can stare at something sparkly. 

10pm–2:15am. Barrymore’s, 323 Bank St. facebook.com/sashayottawa