Out in Ottawa: Nov 1–15, 2016

Choice events in the city

Friday, Nov 4

Intro to Non-Sexual Submission and Dominance

Kinky sex is the best, but you can enjoy domination and submission in non-sexual settings as well. Luna Matatas facilitates a workshop on the ins and outs of this type of exciting but non-sexual play. It covers finding like-minded partners, negotiating boundaries, consent and more. Open to people of all genders and orientations.

8:30pm. Venus Envy, 226 Bank St. venusenvy.ca

Saturday, Nov 5

Homo Phono

The city seems to be on the upswing when it comes to the number of inclusive dance parties on offer. At this one, queer folks of every stamp socialize and make new friends, and the venue is small, but that just means more grinding (as one imagines). This edition features DJs yalla!yalla! and del Pilar spinning house, funk, disco and more.

10pm-1am. Bar Robo, 692 Somerset St W. For more info, visit Facebook.

DJ del Pilar spins at Homo Phono on Nov 5, 2016, at Bar Robo. Credit: Courtesy Shelley Taylor

Sunday, Nov 6

Bear Coffee

Burly, hairy, cute guys and their admirers trundle out for some socializing, coffee and snacks. The Ottawa Bears, a social group for the more ursine members of the city’s queer population, invites everyone to a laid-back afternoon meet-up. Afterward, attendees head to a restaurant for dinner. Takes place every Sunday.

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

Thursday, Nov 10

Queers Revolt Vernissage

Zac Slams and Luno’s new art project is a series of images taken from 1980s porn magazines and “exploitation films.” It explores gender and queer sexuality and reconsiders family values. The opening exhibit, which takes place at a local sex shop and community hub, includes music from an accompanying album for an immersive experience.

7:30–9pm. Venus Envy, 226 Bank St. venusenvy.ca

Friday, Nov 11

Queers and Beers: Lansdowne Edition


Queering613, the newish collective dedicated to advocacy and throwing events, is back with one of its more popular recurring get-togethers. Each month, queer folks crisscross the city, heading out to local pubs and microbreweries to socialize, enjoy beer and probably leave trails of glitter in their wake. This is a monthly event.

6–10pm. Craft Beer Market, 975 Bank St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Queering613 puts on Queers and Beers on Nov 11, 2016, to get Ottawa’s queer community together and socialize. Credit: Courtesy Bailey Cook

Saturday, Nov 12

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

Monday, Nov 14

OSPN Bowling

It doesn’t take much skill, but it’s always fun and there’s something joyous about the clatter of tumbling pins and the weirdness of wearing shoes that only 1,000 people (at least) have worn before. Folks 50 years and older and their allies bowl a few frames at this recurring bowling event for seniors. For more information, contact georgis@rogers.com.

6:30pm. West Park Lanes, 1205 Wellington St W. ospn-rfao.ca

For more event listings, visit dailyxtra.com/lgbt-events.

Jeremy Willard is a Toronto-based freelance writer and editor. He's written for Fab Magazine, Daily Xtra and the Torontoist. He generally writes about the arts, local news and queer history (in History Boys, the Daily Xtra column that he shares with Michael Lyons).

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