Call for Applicants for Board of Directors

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Capital Pride is Looking for New Board Members!

Capital Pride is looking for new board members to contribute to the organization’s strategic direction and growth, provide sound governance and advice, and serve as ambassadors within the community.

Capital Pride brings together a team of dedicated staff and volunteers to produce our annual summer Pride Festival, Winter Pride and programming throughout the year. Members of our Board of Directors contribute to the organization’s strategic direction and growth, provide sound governance and advice, and contribute to the success of our festivals and events.

Skills and Qualifications

Board Members are responsible for ensuring the success of the organization through attendance at board and committee meetings; helping to develop and implement policies; supporting programs and events, fundraising and reviewing the organization’s financial activity; representing Capital Pride in the community and; assisting with growth and development in other ways.

We are looking to recruit a group of candidates who, together, will have a broad range of experience and contribute an array of skills and who reflect the diversity of the community we serve. Skills and experience that are welcomed include:

  • Communications, marketing, media or public relations
  • Event management experience (including volunteer management, sponsorship, event production, and large-scale logistics and planning) 
  • Planning and/or implementing advocacy strategies and campaigns
  • Non-profit governance, financial and administration experience
  • Experience with, or involvement in, 2SLGBTQ+ community organizations

As an organization committed to having a Board of Directors that represents a wonderful diversity of perspectives within our community, we strongly encourage and welcome individuals who identify as: women, queer, trans and non-binary people, Indigenous, Black and people of colour (BIPOC) individuals, Two-Spirit people, people living with HIV, people living with Hepatitis C, disabled people, 2SLGBTQI+ women, and other people with fabulous and diverse identities and experiences to apply to be a part of the Board.

Time Management

Board members contribute 5 – 10 hours a month. 

This includes attending monthly board and committee meetings, community events and activities and supporting other work of the organization. 

Board members can expect to support programming taking place during the summer and winter festivals.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume that outlines the experience and skills you will bring to Capital Pride via email to [email protected]

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, deadline for submission: December 4, 2023Questions about this role may be directed to the Fall 2023 Board Recruitment Committee ([email protected]) or Executive Director Callie Metler ([email protected]).

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Capital Pride seeking Community Engagement Coordinator

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Job Posting: Community Engagement Coordinator

Capital Pride is seeking a Community Engagement Coordinator to manage relationships with our ever-expanding list of community partners. These include volunteers, community groups, and sponsors. The successful candidate will lead the development of the volunteer program for 2024 festivals (Winter Pride and the Summer Pride Festival), support community outreach and communications activities, and work alongside the Executive Director to build our local business partnership program.

Capital Pride is grateful to offer this role with the support of the Community Recovery Support Fund offered by The Canadian Red Cross Society.

Position Details

Position Type: Full-time, 1 year contract starting December 4, 2023.

Hours of Work: 37.5 hours/week. Some evening and weekend work is required.

Language Profile: All applications will be considered, but bilingual in English and French is preferred. 

Compensation: $55,000/year + health and dental benefits + monthly phone allowance.

Reports to: Executive Director 

Place of Work: The successful applicant must be based in the National Capital Region. Work is carried out in a hybrid model with at least two (2) days a week in the office (403 Bank Street, Ottawa).

Position Description

Community Engagement 

  • Lead outreach and engagement activities related to community groups and partners.
  • Support community groups as they prepare to engage in Capital Pride programming in the year ahead, including hosting one-on-one meetings, town halls and workshops, and through the development of new resources. 
  • Create opportunities to promote the work of community organizations and partners using Capital Pride’s platforms, including the development and maintenance of local community resources lists. 
  • Gather feedback from the community to inform Capital Pride’s programming. 
  • Coordinate training and development opportunities for community partners. 

Volunteer Development

  • Develop Capital Pride’s 2024 volunteer program, including a volunteer handbook and training resources
  • Strategize Team Lead and general volunteer management and recruitment
  • Oversee the 2024 Volunteer Coordinator (summer intern).

Partnership Development 

  • Assist the Executive Director to develop local and small business sponsorship activities. 
  • Identify new opportunities and maintain open communication between Capital Pride and external stakeholders.
  • Update and maintain records of stakeholders in festival management software.


  • Develop communications materials for a variety of platforms (i.e. website, newsletter, social media platforms, annual report). 
  • Oversee the Capital Pride general info email account and phone line, directing communications as required.

Programming and Events 

  • Assist with the organization and development of events and community programming, as needed. 
  • Lead aspects of the 2024 Capital Pride Festival, including providing some supervision to the seasonal Summer Operations Team. 

Relevant Experience

  • 1-3 years of related work experience. This may include working within a community or non-profit organization or working in community development, communications or events management. 
  • Excellent communication skills, with experience communicating with a diverse range of groups and people in a variety of settings (including formal meetings, online, at events etc.).
  • Experience with community engagement or outreach activities. 
  • Experience writing organizational communications such as social media posts, newsletters or blog posts. 
  • Experience leading teams (including volunteer teams). 
  • Experience in event planning, particularly within a community or non-profit organization. 
  • Experiencing leading group discussions, consultations or training workshops is an asset.
  • Strong familiarity with Google’s G-Suite including using Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Forms (or equivalent Office suite). 
  • Experience with a combination of any of the following tools is an asset: Slack, SurveyMonkey, MailChimp, WordPress (or other content management system), and Canva.


  • Member of, or ally to, the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and a commitment to operating within an anti-oppressive work framework.
  • Involvement within, or strong understanding of, the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the National Capital Region. 
  • Education or training in a related field. This may include a college diploma, university degree, or combination of education and work experience. 
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion in busy and occasionally high-stress situations. 
  • Ability to work both independently on assigned projects throughout the year and within a team environment in the lead-up to Capital Pride’s 2024 Festival.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to submit applications to [email protected] no later than Wednesday, November 22, 2023. Please include your resume and one page cover letter as PDF attachments. 

Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to discuss their work experience in more detail and to provide up to two references. Only those candidates contacted for an interview will be notified.

Capital Pride is committed to the principles of employment equity. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome; in particular, applications are encouraged from racialized people, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, queer and trans people, and women.

If you require accommodations to participate in the application or interview process, please contact [email protected]

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Capital Pride is Recruiting a Treasurer for the Board of Directors

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Board Opportunity: Treasurer

Do you have about 10 hours a month to offer to be part of the dynamic and passionate team that provides direction and management to the largest Pride festival in the region? Do you have the financial skills and expertise to lend to a 2SLGBTQ+ not-for-profit organization with a major impact? Can you help us take our organization to the next level? You may just be the ideal candidate to hold the officer position of Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Capital Pride!

Capital Pride (the Organization) brings together a team of dedicated staff and volunteers to make the Capital Pride Summer Festival and WinterPride Festival happen each year, as well as other year-round events. The Board of Directors (the Board) provides overall direction and management of the organization, including governance, policy, and financial oversight and accountability.

The organization creates opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Canada’s capital region – the unceded and unsurrendered traditional land of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people.


The Treasurer will be the lead in ensuring the Board can exercise its critical financial oversight and governance role, and will mainly be responsible for three broad areas:

  • Budget Development: the Treasurer will coordinate with the Executive Director to develop an annual organizational budget, while ensuring that it reflects the organization’s mission, goals and objectives. The Treasurer will also review the budget and year-to-date records on a monthly basis to identify risks and opportunities.
  • Governance: the Treasurer will provide leadership on issues related to financial affairs and ensure compliance with relevant laws, rules and regulations, organizational policies, directives and Board resolutions that relate to the organization’s finances. The Treasurer will also chair the Board’s Finance Committee which meets quarterly, and will be responsible for attending monthly board meetings to provide financial reports clearly stating the financial standing of the organization.
  • Financial Oversight and Management: the Treasurer will act as a signing authority and will be the key contact for the organization’s auditors, bank and bookkeeper. The Treasurer will also collaborate with the Executive Director in monitoring cash flow, revenue and expenses, and prepare audited yearly Financial Statements

Requirements and Desired Skills

The ideal candidate will have financial management experience in a not-for-profit or similarly sized organization and can confidently assume the role of Treasurer, providing the necessary financial leadership. This means that the candidate will likely have:

  • Minimum of 3 years experience in financial management and/or leadership;
  • Strong understanding of nonprofit organizational governance and related laws and regulations;
  • Familiarity with the National Capital Region’s 2SLGBTQ+ community, including community organizations and groups;
  • Experience with non-profit budget development (Capital Pride’s 2023 budget: ~$1,000,000) and financial reporting to a Board of Directors;
  • Demonstrable experience using Quickbooks or similar accounting software; and
  • Reside in the National Capital Region (Ottawa-Gatineau).
  • Previous experience serving on a board of directors is strongly desired.
  • CPA designation is strongly desired.
  • Ability to communicate in both official languages is desired.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume that outlines what motivates you to be involved, as well as the experience and skills you will bring to Capital Pride to [email protected]. The position will remain open until an ideal candidate is found.

Capital Pride is committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome and, in particular, applications are encouraged from members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, persons living with HIV, newcomers, women and francophones.

For more information, pleased contact:

Board Recruitment Committee

[email protected]

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Capital Pride Announces New Executive Director

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Meet the New Executive Director of Capital Pride!

(Above: Previous Executive Director, Toby Whitfield, announces his step-down from the organization alongside Capital Pride Staff & Board of Directors)

After two years of incredible work at the head of the organization, it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Toby Whitfield, the previous Executive Director of Capital Pride. Toby skillfully planned and coordinated the Capital Pride Festival in both 2022 and 2023, in addition to the robust programming schedule throughout the year. We will miss him greatly and wish him the best with this new chapter in his career. Although we are sad to see him go, we are thrilled to announce the new Executive Director that will be taking over the management of Capital Pride: Callie Metler!

Callie (she/her) is a PhD Candidate at Carleton University in the Department of English Language and Literature. Her graduate research focuses on queer archival practice in Canada, and she specializes in teaching 20th and 21st century gay and lesbian literatures. As such, she believes that queer activism and advocacy can be fostered through education, and that such an education should be accessible to all.

Having joined the Capital Pride team as the Operations and Logistics Coordinator for the 2022 Festival, and returned this past summer as the Operations Director. Callie has demonstrated incredible leadership and developed a great understanding of the goals and functioning of the organization. Under her oversight, the 2022 and 2023 Street Festivals and Parades were all incredible successes with the largest recorded attendances in the organization’s history.

Callie was announced as the Executive Director during the annual Capital Pride Reception at the National Gallery of Canada where local community groups, partners, and sponsors come together to celebrate the beginning of Pride Week in the National Capital, following the Progress Flag raising in front of Ottawa City Hall.

(Above: Board Co-President Victoria Wang announce Callie Metler as the new Executive Director).

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Capital Pride announces the 2023 Grand Marshal and Honoured Group!

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With the 2023 Capital Pride Festival right around the corner, we are thrilled to announce this year’s Grand Marshal and Honoured Group. Capital Pride’s awards program celebrates the local 2SLGBTQ+ community. Our recipients are leaders engaged in meaningful work in the local area. Each year, our recipients lead the annual Pride Parade. 

Grand Marshal: Fae Johnstone

Fae Johnstone is a trailblazing trans woman, small business owner and a leading voice on queer and trans rights in Canada. For 10 years, she has challenged Canadian governments to advance systemic change for 2SLGBTQ+ communities. She is an organiser, writer and frequent media spokesperson on queer issues.

Fae is the Executive Director of Wisdom2Action, a consulting firm that works with nonprofit, public and private sectors on queer inclusion, community engagement and organisational development. She is the President of the Society of Queer Momentum – a 2SLGBTQIA+ advocacy nonprofit challenging rising hate and stagnating government action on queer issues. She is the first trans woman to serve on the boards of directors of YWCA Canada and Oxfam Canada.

“Pride was founded in protest, in a radical dream of a better world for all queer and trans people Amidst a global rise in anti-2SLGBTQIA+ hate, we need to Get Loud and Get Proud. We need to challenge government inaction, confront hate and come together as a community to celebrate all we have to offer the world. This pride season, I call on all of us to redouble our commitment to queer liberation, to remember those we’ve lost, and fight like hell for the living. I’ve spent the past decade advocating for 2SLGBTQIA+ liberation, and that’s exactly the energy I’ll bring as your 2023 Grand Marshal.”

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For her advocacy and visibility as a trans woman, Fae has been targeted by far right and anti-trans movements across North America. In March 2023, Fae was included in a Hershey’s Canada International Women’s Day ad initiative which spawned an international boycott campaign against Hersheys, and a tsunami of hate directed Fae’s way from far right figureheads and media around the world. 

Fae has been named an “Emerging Social Impact Leader” by The Peak, a “Top 30 Social Purpose Newsmaker” by Future of Good, “One of Ten Spectacular Canadian Women to Watch” by Notable Life, and was the 2016 recipient of LGBT YouthLine’s Trans Activist Award.

Honoured Group: The Ten Oaks Project

With its unwavering commitment to creating safe and empowering spaces for children, youth, and families of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, the Ten Oaks Project embodies the spirit of pride and inclusivity and is Capital Pride’s 2023 Honoured Group.

As we Get Proud, we celebrate the resiliency of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities and there couldn’t be a more fitting Honoured Group for this occasion than the Ten Oaks Project. Since launching its first summer camp in 2005, the Ten Oaks Project has made a significant impact on children and youth from 2SLGBTQIA+ families and communities in Ottawa and beyond.

Building community has always been how we persevere. Ten Oaks exists to carry on this legacy and ensure that 2SLGBTQIA+ families and communities in Ottawa and beyond have the supports and spaces they need to thrive. When we Get Proud together, nothing can stop us.”

Lux, Executive Director of Ten Oaks project.

Camp Ten Oaks is still going strong and the Ten Oaks Project now runs a host of other programs, including education and support for families of newly out trans and gender diverse young people, a camp for youth with connections to Indigenous Wellbeing Agencies and Children’s Aid Societies, and a monthly social space for trans people in Ottawa to build intergenerational community.

Learn more and donate to support Ten Oaks Project at

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Fierté Canada Pride receives $1.5 million in federal funding to support Pride festivals responding to rising anti-2SLGBTQIA+ hate

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With Pride season underway, organizers say that Pride festivals and events are safe to attend and are important for building 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion – despite increased challenges coming from increased anti-2SLGBTQIA+ hate

OTTAWA — Amidst a climate of rising anti-2SLGBTQIA+ hate in Canada and around the world, Fierté Canada Pride — Canada’s network of Pride organizations — has received a $1.5 million investment that will support anti-hate measures for Pride festivals. From small festivals to the largest in the country, prides across Canada are encountering rising costs due to increased incidents of hate. This funding from the federal department of Women and Gender Equality will be distributed by Fierté Canada Pride in order to offset these increased costs for Pride festivals. 

Over the coming days, Fierté Canada Pride will announce the details around the funding, which will support increased infrastructure costs, emergency and security related costs, and costs for community safety such as volunteer training. 

“For our local Pride in Timmins, we are seeing more hate than ever before. It is unacceptable that progress in human rights is backsliding — and that’s why it is so important to host Pride events, and have strong attendance,” said Julie DeMarchi, who is both President of Fierté Canada Pride and the Founder and Treasurer of Fierté Timmins Pride. “Pride is a time to gather with joy, love, and radical acceptance, and this new fund will help ensure this remains possible. We are encouraging everyone to come to Pride, and support local 2SLGBTQIA+ organizations in any way they can by either donating or volunteering.”

Over the past few years, rising incidents of hate targeting 2SLGBTQIA+ communities has created increased challenges for Prides, which led to the creation of this fund.

“We would like to thank Minister Ien and the Government of Canada for this crucial investment,” said Alessandro Iachelli, Executive Director of Fierté Canada Pride. “While this funding is one immediate part of responding to this pressing issue, more needs to be done, and Fierté Canada Pride will continue to work with all levels of government on anti-hate and 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion work. While we celebrate Pride, we must remember that our focus is to ensure that every 2SLGBTQIA+ person in Canada should be able to be safe, respected, and able to thrive.”

Pride season is already in full swing, and while some Pride organizations have experienced increased backlash, Pride events are safe to attend and an important part of fostering 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion.


ABOUT FIERTÉ CANADA PRIDE:  Fierté Canada Pride (FCP) is the national association of Canadian Pride organizations, membership-based and governed by volunteers.  The main goal of FCP is to promote gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and two-spirited Prides on a national level.  Our mission is to help build vibrant and strong Canadian Pride organizations through collaboration, offering support, networking, helping to develop a national identity of Pride, and by offering resources and advocacy for its members.

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Capital Pride’s Annual General Meeting Celebrates Our Success, Elects a New Executive Committee for 2023-2024

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Ottawa, ON – After the conclusion of another successful Winter Pride, Capital Pride held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on February 25, during which the Board of Directors strategized for the year ahead and elected the following slate of officers for its 2023-2024 Executive Committee:

  • Victoria Wang (she/they) Co-Chair
  • Francesco MacAllister-Caruso (he/they) Co-Chair
  • Jonathan Généreux (he/him) Treasurer
  • Sean Addis (he/him) Secretary
  • Taib Boyce (he/him) Equity and Inclusion Office

“Capital Pride is eager to welcome community members back to our events for yet another year,” said Co-Chair Francesco MacAllister-Caruso. “Building on our organization’s four pillars, our team is hard at work to bring you programming that will celebrate, advocate, educate and connect all members of the 2SLGBTQ+ and allied communities in the National Capital Region.”

“As we head into the warmer months, Capital Pride will present different opportunities for community members to get involved and come together,” explained Co-Chair Victoria Wang. “Between a new round of Board recruitment, fundraisers and networking events, drag shows, speaker panels, and our regular festival programming, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”

Preparations for the rest of the year’s events are already underway, including for the 2023 Summer Festival which will take place from August 19 to 27. Capital Pride is eager to welcome 2S/LGBTQ+ people and allies alike to the National Capital Region to celebrate everything that our diverse and colourful communities have to offer. Information regarding festival sponsorship is available now by contacting [email protected]. Registration for the street fair and parade will open in May.  

Capital Pride creates opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Canada’s National Capital Region.

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Capital Pride raises Progress Pride Flag with allies at Ottawa City Hall

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Capital Rainbow Refuge on hand to celebrate this year’s theme: All Together Now

Ottawa, On – Flanked by members and allies of the 2SLBGTQ+ community, Capital Pride Executive Director Toby Whitfield and Co-Chairperson Geneviève Colverson raised the Progress Pride Flag at Ottawa City Hall today. The Progress Pride Flag features black and brown stripes to represent 2SLBGTQ+ people of colour, the colors pink, light blue and white to represent the trans community, along with the 6 colours of the rainbow. 

“Today we mark the start of the Capital Pride Festival by raising both the Progress Pride Flag and the visibility of the 2SLGBTQ+ community across the National Capital Region,” said Toby Whitfield. Geneviève Colverson added, “Pride honours the victories won to support the 2SLGBTQ+ community – and we continue to advocate for progress locally and around the world. Our communities are stronger when we are all together.”

In August, Capital Pride announced Capital Rainbow Refuge as the inaugural Honoured Group for 2022. Speaking on the group’s behalf today, Durjoy Rahman recalled his lived experience as a beneficiary of their work to support and sponsor 2SLBGTQ+ refugees who resettle in Canada. “I feel free to be myself here in Canada,” said Rahman. “I live in a community that values and accepts me for who I am. This is what I am celebrating this year.”

Today’s Flag Raising marks the beginning of Pride Week: eight action-packed days of programming including six public art installations, an expanded Festival Weekend, and annual Pride Parade. This year’s theme All Together Now is an invitation to celebrate the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the National Capital Region.

Capital Pride celebrates the rich and diverse 2SLGBTQ+ community in the National Capital Region. Our mission is to create opportunities to advocate, educate and connect people through programming and events in partnership with our partner community groups, businesses, and sponsors.

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Capital Pride announces the recipients of the 2022 Community Project Fund

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Capital Pride’s Community Project Fund supports local community groups and individuals who organize events and activities that further one (or more) of Capital Pride’s objectives: education, advocacy, connection or celebration. The Fund provides grants of up to $1000 allowing groups to enhance or develop events taking place during the Festival.

Applicants organizing events or programming that serves marginalized and/or traditionally underrepresented communities within the LGBTQ2+ community were encouraged and prioritized. These include events or programming for trans people, non-binary people, racialized people, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, migrants, and people from other marginalized communities.

We are pleased to recognize the following groups who have received support from Capital Pride’s 2022 Community Project Fund.

Trans Community Picnic

Presented by: Rainbow Ottawa Student Experience
August 20th, 2022
5:00PM – 8:00 PM
Vincent Massey Park – 701 Heron Road

About this project:

The event will be a community picnic for the trans, non-binary, and gender diverse community providing a time to relax, recuperate, and heal from a day of activism. The goal is to provide food, and have 1-3 speakers to provide inspiring and reassuring words at a very difficult time and turning point in the world for the trans community. We’ll be coordinating with other community organizers to have trans-specific postering and chalking happening downtown as a lead up to our event.

Soirée de Drag dans le Vieux-Hull

Presented by: Jeunesse Idem
August 25th, 2022

About this project:

Last year, Jeunesse Idem planned a free drag show in downtown Hull and it was such a success that we want to do it again. A stage will be installed in the center of rue Laval, a pedestrian and commercial street, and the public will be able to attend the performances of several drag queens, from the street or from the terrace of one of the restaurants/bars in the area. Last year, the majority of the spectators came for the show, but a significant part of the crowd was made up of people who simply planned to go out downtown pleasantly surprised by the show, we expect that this is still the case this year. Ideally, the free show encourages a lot of curious people to come and discover the art of drag. We had several hundred attendees last year and expect to have even more now that the pandemic is less present in our lives. The animation will be done in French, allowing French-speaking Quebecers to feel included in the Pride celebrations in the capital.

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Presented by: Open world production
August 24th, 2022
7:00PM – 10:00PM
2265 Robertson Road, Nepean

About this project:

A 100% francophone drag show at Kichessipi Beer Co. with performers from the region who can perform and interact with the audience in French. Our special guest will be Uma Gahd, Montreal-based drag star who is from our area. The event will be hosted by Adrianna Exposée and will feature Elle Faekwa?, Ruby Foxglove, Caligula. All proceeds will be donated to Northern Lights Refuge, an organization sponsoring LGBTQ+ refugees to Canada.

Prism; Capital Pride Edit

Presented by: Osgoode Youth Association
August 26th, 2022
6:00PM – 10:00PM
Osgoode Youth Association – 5479 Osgoode Street, Ottawa

About the Project:

O-YA is located in rural south Ottawa, where there are no existing services for 2SLGTBQ+ youth. But, we know there is a need! Currently, O-YA runs a Teen Drop In program, and a significant number of our teen participants are part of the 2SLGTBQ+ community. The remainder of our participants, and all of our staff are 2SLGTBQ+ allies. We have applied for funding from Bell Let’s Talk for an 2SLGTBQ+ program called Prism. While we await news of this funding, it would be great to try out a ‘mini version’ of the Prism program during Capital Pride week in the form of a fun event called Prism; Capital Pride Edit. Prism; Capital Pride Edit will take place on Friday, August 26 from 6 pm – 10 pm. In advance, the event will be well promoted through O-YA’s existing social media / website / email newsletter / in person marketing. We hope to register up to 20 youth in Grades 7 – 12 from rural south Ottawa, at an event cost of $10 / per person. For Prism, O-YA staff will transform the O-YA space in a fun and friendly Pride theme. When guests arrive, they will enjoy interactive entertainment stations where they can decorate cookies, paint, create a fun Pride sign for O-YA, and make our signature event mocktail (with cotton candy, of course!) and create a DIY appetizer. Guests will then be treated to entertainment. We are currently working with the Pride folks in North Greenville to help us with entertainment. But, we are hoping for a youth friendly drag BINGO or drag show. We will have music, a disco ball and a dance stage to cap the evening off. And, all of our guests will go home with a Pride themed swag bag (which will include Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health resources; A key part of our event will be that we are inviting Ottawa Public Health to be present at the event to answer questions and provide information specific to the 2SLGTBQ+ youth community.

ACB Block Party: Take Back the Block!

Presented by: AIDS Committee of Ottawa
August 21st, 2022
Jack Purcell Park – 19 Main Street, Ottawa

About the Project:

Hosting events during Pride month that centre BIPOC communities is crucial to QTBIPOC community building in Ottawa. BIPOC and specifically ACB (African, Caribbean, and Black) events are hosted annually in nearby major cities like Montreal and Toronto, and it’s time for Ottawa to do the same. This block party would serve as a performing arts space, community space, and an HIV rapid testing opportunity for Black folks during pride week. We’re hoping to reach Black 2SLGBTQ+ folks who are not already connected with our year-round programming at the AIDS Committee of Ottawa. African, Caribbean, and Black communities are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS – 60% of new HIV diagnoses amongst women in particular are ACB women. Gender diverse folks and 2SLGBTQ+ people (in particular, gay, bi, and other men who have sex with men) are also disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. During pride week, it’s our responsibility to create celebratory spaces while also meeting the year-round healthcare needs of priority populations. And so – we’d like to take back the block.

Pride Dance 2022

Presented by: Ottawa Date Squares
August 27th, 2022
1:30PM – 4:30PM
Jack Purcell Community Centre, room 203A – 320 Jack Purcell Lane

About the Project:

The Ottawa Date Squares is an LGBTQ+ square dance club founded in 1995 that teaches a brand of high energy dance moves set to modern music. We are hosting a Pride Square Dance on August 27, 2022. This intro to gay square dancing is free to all who wish dress in their favourite pride attire, enjoy festive music and celebrate who we are and learn something new at the same time.


Presented by: Action Positive VIH/SIDA
August 27th, 2022
Gay village (Bank & Somerset)

About the Project:

A show hosted by Sophie Stiquée with drag performances to highlight queer and BIPOC artists from Canada and the global francophone communities. A dj set will be followed by performances by queer and and bipoc francophone artists to introduce the community to francophone electronic music by queer and BIPOC artists.

Bliss Pride Party

Presented by: Lez Go
August 26th, 2022 8:00PM – 1:00AM
Queen St. Fare – 170 Queen Street

About the Project:

Lez Go is Ottawa’s newest lesbian+ events group (lesbian, bi, trans, non-binary, 2 spirit et al. are welcome). We started the group 3 months ago and now have just under 1500 members in our private Facebook group. Our Launch Party was on May 27th and we had 260 people in attendance. We are having another big party on Aug. 26th during Pride week. We are bringing in two DJs (and looking into belly dancers). Ticket prices will depend on sponsorship.                            

ACB HIV Prevention

Presented by: Somerset West Community Health Centre
August 27th, 2022
55 Eccles Street, Ottawa

About the Project:

The “rooted workshop” is intended for folks to slow down, and support their mental health through plants. Folks will also have the opportunity to connect including a session about mental and sexual health.

Abolishing Tuition & Advocating for Black, Indigenous, and Racialized Students’ Right to Free & Safe Education

Presented by: C.E.D.A.R Care Collective
August 27th, 2022

About the Project:

A new Collective of Black, brown, Indigenous, queer folks who are struggling for the abolition of tuition in what is currently called Canada; we operate primarily on the unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg. Our goal of this event is to share our Collective’s work with the community and build networks with other BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ groups organizing in this geographical region. At our booth we will also be hosting a ‘pay what you can’ clothing drive. The goal of the clothing drive is to continue our work of extending and building bonds of community care.

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