theBUZZ will be at Ottawa Pride this weekend.  Join us there or follow our coverage online.   Keep posted for updates from Ottawa on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Capital Pride Parade, and the Main Stage Performances including: Amanda Lepore, Cazwell, Darienne Lake (the oh-my-voluptuous peach from Ru Paul Drag Race season six) and DJ Mark Anthony and DJ Hex, and many other fabulous performances!

Here is the schedule for Ottawa Pride this weekend:

AUG 21 TO 23

7PM – 9:30PM  – Laugh Out Proud Comedy Festival (292 Elgin StreetYuk-Yuk’s Comedy Club)

From August 21 to 23, Capital Pride’s signature comedy event, Laugh Out Proud, will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Guest MC Elvira Kurt will host a star-studded lineup featuring New York comedian Jessica Kirson and Winnipeg Comedy Festival creative director Al Rae.


7PM – “To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything, JULIE NEWMAR” – International Film Night: American Edition  (Bank Street & Gilmour Street, OttawaBank and Gilmour)

Ah, Julie Newmar…campy, hilarious and as iconic as it gets, “To Wong Foo: Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar” (1995) forms the fourth and final night of the inaugural Capital Pride International Movie Night.

Presented by the Bank Street BIA and the US Embassy, the road trip movie about three drag queens trying to travel across the country hasn’t aged a bit – much like Ms Newmar herself.

For the Village Night, the intersection of Bank Street at Gilmour in the Village will be shut down to traffic and the film shown on an outdoor screen.

9PM – Strip Spelling Bee9 – (317 Bank Street, Ottawa Babylon Nightclub)

Just like strip poker, but it’s a spelling bee, and it’s played in front of a live audience of hooters, hollerers and hecklers who want to see some smart and sexy skin! This event is wheelchair accessible. All proceeds to benefit PTS.

9PM – 11PM – The 10th PROUD CHICKS DANCE PARTY! (Greenview Avenue, OttawaRon Kolbus Centre, Lakeside Gardens, Britannia Beach)

The lesbian social event of the summer is the Tenth Annual Proud Chicks Dance Party. What could be better than a beautiful summer evening with 300 lesbians, a huge dance floor, twinkle lights, fabulous dance music, and a sandy beach for strolling?

Tickets: Advance tickets will go on sale August 1st at Venus Envy and After Stonewall for $20; $25 for tickets at the door (if there are any left).

For information, contact the Lesbian Information Xchange (LIX) at

11PM – Rainbow Party 323 Bank Street and Babylon Night Club (317 Bank Street). 

Is there anything more fabulous, more delicious, more completely and totally dazzling than a Pride party celebrating the LGBTQ rainbow?

Of course not. That’s why Capital Pride is proud to present the Rainbow Party. Sponsored by the Bank Street BIA, this year’s celebration of all things queer will send spines tingling with two of the most dynamic entertainers in this year’s Pride line up.

Pumping up the sexy quota will be Australian-born, California-based Courtney Act, who is everything a drag queen should be: glamorous, talented and quite simply divine. Never mind that she was second runner up on this season’s Ru Paul Drag Race…Courtney Act is top-billing around the world – and at Capital Pride.

Revered by his peers and party goers alike, Montreal’s DJ Stephan Grondin will also bring his uber-talent to the Rainbow Party, promising to deliver unparalleled musical memories. Considered a giant in.


9AM – Saturday Run with the Ottawa Frontrunners (110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa City Hall)

The Ottawa Frontrunners invite anyone from out of town visiting for Capital Pride, and others interested in joining us for a run on Saturday, 23 August, at 9:00 am. We meet at the Lisgar Street entrance to City Hall, 111 Lisgar at the intersection of Cartier.

11AM – 7PM – The Sexy Car Wash (Florence Street, Ottawa Antique Skate Shop)

An afternoon of suds, speedos, beer and BBQ in support of #1SquareFoot—a fundraising initiative for the McNabb Skate Park. Union 613 will be serving up food and Beau’s beer will be flowing from the taps as the Antique and Oaks crew wash down cars, bikes, and willing bodies. Cruise by!

1PM – Charity Softball Match: Divas vs. Dykes (Riverain Park, OttawaRiverain Park Softball Pit)

This event is part of Capital Pride’s 2014 Health and Fitness Day and is sponsored by the Qball league. It will feature men dressed as female 80s pop stars and women dressed up as male 80s rock stars. There will be a beer garden where fans enjoy a refreshing Beau’s while watching the show.

7PM – The Capital Pride Pageant   (110 Laurier Avenue WestMarion Dewar Plaza)

Will you look fabulous in a crown? Of course you would, darling!

Welcome to the annual Capital Pride Pageant, a showcase of the best, most talented and Main Stage-worthy amateur Drag Queens and Drag Kings in Ottawa!

Hilarious, amazing and downright jaw-dropping, the annual pageant produced by the House of SAS will be your chance to join vote on who is crowned 2014 Mr and Ms Capital Pride on Saturday, August 23.

More information:

9PM – Ru Paul’s Drag Race – Battle of the Seasons (110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa City Hall)

Claws in, Ottawa!

Ru Paul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons is about to land in your sweet little lap!

On Saturday, August 23rd, the best of the best from the iconic, hilarious, bitchy and most beloved show, Ru Paul’s Drag Race, will take the stage to out-strut, out-glam and out-act each other for Capital Pride’s Main Stage.

Powered by the House of SAS and hosted by the frankly fabulous Michelle Visage, the Battle of the Seasons will be the sell-out event of Pride. Don’t wait to buy a ticket because this show sold out twice at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom and at Toronto’s Massey Hall.


Because check out the talent, that’s why.

We’ve known and loved them a long, long time, and now they’ll be on your very own stage:

–        2014 winner, Bianca Del Rio

–        Courtney Act

–        Manila Luzon from Season Three

–        Pandora Boxx from Season Two

–        Jiggly Caliente

–        Alaska Thunderfuck

–         More information at:


9AM – Pride Brunch (See for participating restaurants)

This event is a fundraiser parade-day fundraiser for Capital Pride and PTS. Participating brunch-serving restaurants across the city will donate a portion of brunch sales on the morning of the Capital Pride Parade to PTS and the Capital Pride Festival.

1PM –Capital Pride Parade (Gladstone Avenue & Bank Street, Starts Gladstone Avenue & Bank Street)

The highlight of Ottawa’s Most Colourful Festival! Beginning at 1PM and running the length of Ottawa’s LGBT Village (Gladstone to Laurier), turning right on Laurier and ending at Ottawa City Hall, the parade is expected to attract over 75,000 festival goers.

1PM – Capital Pride Beer Garden & Main Stage  ( 110 Laurier Avenue West Marion Dewar Plaza) 

The 29th Annual Capital Pride Main Stage is bigger, better, MORE of what you want, hope for and expect from the National Capital.

Next year is the 30th anniversary blowout celebration for Pride in Ottawa, so we thought we’d tease and please your appetite in anticipation…because as we all know, that’s more than half the fun.

So what can you expect? In a word, plenty.

The Main Stage – hosted by Darienne Lake and executive produced by Sebastien Provost of the House of SAS – will be saturated with talent, including:

–        Grammy Award-winning producer DJ Hex Hector versus DJ Mark Anthony

–        The return of the Australian feline, DJ Kitty Glitter

–        Performance by Cazwell and New York City’s favourite blonde bombshell, Amanda Lapore

–        Live performance by Adore Delano, Ru Paul Drag Race season six runner up

–        Montreal’s celebrated DJ Stephan Grondin with Celeda the Singer

–        Hot Sauce, Montreal’s biggest women’s party with DJ Tizzi and DJ Amara, who headlined Dinah Shore

–        Beats by Ottawa icons DJ Jo Juarez and DJ Dan Valin

–        Titillating dancers from Capital Tease Burlesque

–        Special performances by Mr and Ms Capital Pride Pageant winners

  • The Pride Parade returns on Sunday, August 24th. Marching straight down Bank Street through the Village, it will be the most festive and sparkling entertainment in the city.
  • The community will also gather together for special events like our bi-focused ‘Bi’s and Beers’ event, the Human Rights Vigil and the record-breaking Picnic in the Park.
  • From the youth branch of Capital Pride, Etcetera, we’ll have a week-long calendar of events for youth ages 13 to 18, including a Self-Care Craft Day and Etcetera’s signature event, a ‘Glow in the Dark Dance Circus’ themed Pride Prom.

 10PM – Capital Pride Official Closing Party (41 York Street The Lookout)

The Most Colorful Party in town! Join us at The Lookout in wrapping up Capital Pride 2014. Hosted by Markida Brown, DJ Lady Taly.

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