WinterPride 2021 is online and ready to deliver fierce programming!



To align with public health guidelines, the third annual WinterPride festival will take place online. Though there may not be opportunities to celebrate in person, we’re committed to bringing together the 2SLGBTQ+ community to celebrate our truth. Taking place from February 8-12 during Winterlude, the National Capital Region will be dazzled by virtual festive winter activities, performances, and much more.

“I’m thrilled to announce that the Capital Pride team has been hard at work – creating a great lineup that will be sure to put a smile across your face during these difficult times. WinterPride 2021 may be virtual, but we guarantee that you’ll be entertained!”


WinterPride 2021 – Virtual Events

Start your engines racers, because WinterPride 2021 is bringing back our signature event, It’s Drag Henny hosted virtually by Bob The Drag Queen, Winner of RuPaul Drag Race Season 8 and Emmy nominated for her role on the HBO hit series We’re Here. This virtual show, featuring Ottawa’s drag royalty, will leave you gagged, gooped and asking for more.

Furthering our mission to create spaces for marginalized members of our community, we are excited to present Our Voices: Anti-Black Racism – A Black Queer Perspective speaker series featuring Rodney Diverlus (He/Him) and other BIPOC community leaders, Rodney is a Haitian-Canadian multi-hyphenate artist, artivist, and community activator. He is a founder of Black Lives Matter – Canada and a Director of Wildseed Centre for Art & Activism. He is author and co-editor of Canadian bestseller: “Until We are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada.”  

The week will also include a performance by Ottawa’s very own Kimberly Sunstrum. Already well-known in the local music scene, Kimberly’s unique blend of classic R&B, old-time country and 70’s Motown power bops is sure to soothe the soul.

Virtual Family & Youth Events

The Capital Pride Youth Committee partnered with Dress for Success to present FIERCE! Virtual First Impressions webinar. Tune in and learn how to stand out in a crowd, tips and tricks on how to find a job, and how to get noticed in a virtual world.

Youth can also participate in INStudio Winter Edition! a youth-focused art show featuring local 2SLGBTQ+ artists brought to you by the Capital Pride Youth Committee & the Ottawa Art Gallery Youth Council.

Last but not least, the whole family can get crafty with the Drag Family Hour hosted by non-binary Drag Performer and current Mx. Capital Pride Eve Anne Jellicle.

Capital Pride would like to thank our Champion Sponsor, Rogers and its affiliates Kiss 105.3, CityNews, Rogers TV and all other supporters for making this year’s festival happen.

Stay up to date on all the exciting WinterPride programming by visiting the Capital Pride Facebook page or All events are free and can be streamed at Event details will be announced in the coming days.

About Capital Pride

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


Osmel B. Guerra Maynes, Executive Director

Tel: 613.680.3033 ext. 100

Email: [email protected]

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The Capital Pride Youth Committee presents its first virtual coffeehouse


The Capital Pride Youth Committee (CPYC) is proud to present: Cafe au Gay, its first virtual coffeehouse, on January 29th, 2020! Prepare to be entertained by live performers while connecting with other 2SLGBTQ+ youth online!

The CPYC is seeking youth artists based in the National Capital Region to perform at Cafe au Gay. All kinds of performers are welcome, from drag, singing, slam poetry, or more! To apply, visit this link. Applications will be accepted until January 25th, 2020. All performers will be compensated with an honorarium.Limited spaces are available, so be sure to secure your spot!

We are committed to supporting and connecting with 2SLGBTQ+ youth in an accessible way. Tickets to Cafe au Gay will be available on Eventbrite at no cost. The CPYC is looking forward to connecting with the community on January 29th!

So curl up with a warm beverage and a blanket and enjoy the great youth talent we have in the NCR!
If you have any questions please contact Kaitlyn Chen.

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Capital Pride in collaboration with Google Canada Presents: 2SLGBTQ+ Small Business Digital Skills Workshops


Miss Rona got you down this fall, Capital Pride and Google Canada are gathering the small 2SLGBTQ+ business community to talk about operating in a digital-first world helping you gain the knowledge necessary to increase productivity and build your 2SLGBTQ+ small business.

Join us October 27th -November 12th for 2SLGBTQ+ Small Business Digital Skills Workshops hosted by Capital Pride in collaboration with Google Canada. 2SLGBTQ+ Digital Skills Workshops aims to support queer individuals, brands, and small businesses to build the necessary digital skills to succeed an increasingly digital landscape

All workshops are free and can you can register on

Please take a look at our virtual workshops:

Tuesday: October 27
5:00 AM – 6:15 PM

Get Your Business Online: Managing your online presence

Ensure customers can find accurate, updated information about your local business on Google Search and Google Maps, no matter which device they use. This workshop includes hands-on time to build or edit a Google business profile, so you can get real- time feedback and help from Google experts.

Thursday: October 29
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Make Your Website Work for You: Best practices for your website

Learn how to create a search-friendly website that drives user action and supports your goals. Whether you’re launching a new website or sprucing up an old one, this workshop will help.

Tuesday: November 03
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Use YouTube to grow your business

Get best practices for creating a YouTube Channel and compelling video content that promotes your products and services and drives engagement with your brand.

Thursday: November 05
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

Learn the basics of Google Ads

Discover campaign types offered in Google Ads, including features to help you reach the right audience and potential customers to meet your marketing goals.

Tuesday: November 9
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Optimize your energy for high performance

Learn how to more effectively balance your energy and master your time to enhance overall productivity. You will get practical guidance, resources and exercises to incorporate in work and life.

Thursday: November 12
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Maximize your productivity with GSuite

Make the most of your time by managing your work in Google Sheets and creating a meeting agenda in Google Docs that drives your project forward and keeps you on pace.

Capital Pride’s mission is to create opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

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