Capital Pride announces recipients of 2019 Community Project Fund

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 2019 Community Project Fund.

Chalk Rainbow – Craie-en-ciel

Presented by: Chalk Rainbow – Craie-en-ciel
Saturday, August 24
11am – 3pm
Parc Commémoratif (Gatineau)

About the Project:
Chalk Rainbow is a bilingual community event that celebrates the Gatineau LGBTQ2+ community, and welcomes the participation of families, friends and neighbors! Our volunteer committee invites people from the local community to join in the celebrations to break bread with members of the LGBTQ2+ community, and enjoy free refreshments and food. Several community-based groups and organizations will be participating in the community fair to engage participants in their services.

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The Women’s Dance

Presented by The Amazon Collective
Saturday, August 24
8pm – 12:00am
Ron Kolbus Community Centre

About the Project:
The tradition of the Women’s Pride dance, always taking place the night before the Pride Festival parade, started by the now disbanded organization “LIXCHIX”. Since then it has been organized by LOG (Lesbian Outdoor Group). This year, The Amazon Collective has teamed up with LOG to revitalize the event with new artists and DJs and improved sound and lighting.

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Re Building Community Panel

Presented by: Just/Act Committee, Ottawa Senior Pride Network
Thursday, August 22
7pm – 9pm
Keefer Room, Ottawa City Hall

About the Project:

In recognition of 50 years since the decriminalization of some same sex activity in Canada, the Just/Act Committee is organizing a panel discussion on what the work ‘community’ means in the future of Ottawa’s LGBT movement. The panel will facilitate a discussion on what issues of current and future importance our community faces, and what we can learn from the advocacy work of past activists.

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Village Legacy Project Documentary

Presented by: The Village Legacy Project

About the Project:
As part of an expansion of the docu-series of local LGBT history, the Village Legacy Project is developed a new documentary on the history of Pride celebrations in Ottawa. Featuring interviews from Yvon Vaillant, Marion Steel and Gabriella Goliger and archival photos and video footage, the video covers the very first Pride Picnic in Strathcona Park in 1986 to the first parade three years later to what is has grown into today.

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Two Spirit Extravaganza

Presented by: Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Heatlh
Friday, August 23
8pm – 12midnight
299 Montreal Road

About the Project:
The Two Spirit Extravaganza is a night to remember! Everyone in the community is invited to celebrate pride. Event includes live music, entertainment, food and mocktails, games and prizes. Free admission.

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Workshop and Performance with Witch Prophet

Presented by: Girls + Rock Ottawa
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street)

About the Project:
Girls+ Rock Ottawa will present two events featuring Toronto-based artist Witch Prophet, a queer Ethiopian-Eritrean woman and mother, self-managed singer/songwriter, and CEO and founder of Heart Lake Records (FKA 88 Days of Fortune). Witch Prophet will present a workshop focused on self-managing creative projects as an independent artist, which will cover topics such as negotiation and asserting your artistic value, securing bookings, and marketing yourself.

The day-time workshop will be followed by an evening concert featuring Witch Prophet as the headliner, as well as local queer artists and alumni of the Ottawa Rock Camp for Girls+.

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Sweet Tooth: Rainbow Brick Road Fundraising Event

Presented by: Rainbow Brick Road & Capital Rainbow Refuge
Friday, August 23
8pm – 2am
Babylon Nightclub

About the Project:
Sweet Tooth is a fundraiser dance party event featuring local DJs, themed décor, food vendors, and burlesque performers. The event seeks to create a safe(r) space for people to connect, let loose, and play together, as well as to raise funds to support Rainbow Brick Road.

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