Capital Pride 2019 set to celebrate

Ottawa is set to celebrate eight days of Capital Pride with the added impetus provided by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson who emerged from the closet on Saturday in a poignant opinion article published in the Ottawa Citizen. The mayor said in his op-ed that he decided to end his silence on his sexuality because it was time. His decision will be a  powerful statement during several events including the flag-raising at Ottawa City Hall and the annual parade.

This year’s Pride is marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots sparked by a police raid in New York City in 1969.

Some 80 events are scheduled including the aforementioned parade and flag-raising(s), films, workshops, drag shows, concerts and a block party. Many of the events are organized by community groups.

There are 15 Signature events. These include:

Aug. 18
Drag brunch
Museum of Nature, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tickets: $45

Family picnic
Hintonburg Park, 2 to 5 p.m.

Aug. 19

Pride flag raising
Gatineau city hall (10 a.m.)
Ottawa City Hall (noon)

Clothing swap (25 and under)
Alt Hotel from 4 to 8 p.m. Free

Aug. 20

Capital Pride Speaker Series, with Tiq Milan
NAC 4th Stage, 6:30 p.m. Free

Human rights vigil
NAC 4th Stage, 8 p.m. Free

Aug. 21

TD block party
Aberdeen Square, Lansdowne Park, 6-9 p.m. 

Youth art showcase
Ottawa Art Gallery, 5 – 8 p.m. Free

Aug. 22

Capital Pride pageant
Delta City Centre Hotel, 7:30-10 p.m. (doors: 6:45)
Tickets: $27.50

Aug. 23

Pride prom
Sandy Hill Community Centre, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Free

Nature Nocturne: Bursting with Pride
Museum of Nature, 8 p.m. — midnight
Tickets: $25

Aug. 24

Rogers Street Festival
Bank Street from Gladstone to Somerset, Somerset from Bank to O’Connor, 12-8 p.m.

TD Main stage
340 Somerset St. (2-11 p.m.) including:
T-Dance with DJ Kitty Funk (2-5 p.m.);
Drag show extravaganza (5 to 7:30 p.m.) with Aquaria, Priyanka, Kiki Coe, Jade London, Adrianna Exposée, Kimmy Dymond, Devona Coe, Vaselina Thorne, Oceane Aqua-Black, Harley Queene, Jasmine Dymond, Shea D. Lady, Aimee Yonce Shennel, Markida Brown, Savannah Couture, Icesis Couture, Misty Mac and Vera Drag;
Evening lineup: 
DJ Sandy Duperval (7:30 p.m.), Siena Liggins (9:15 p.m.), Allie X (10 p.m.

Aug. 25

Rogers Street Festival
Bank Street from Gladstone to Somerset, Somerset from Bank to O’Connor, 12-8 p.m.

Capital Pride parade starts at 1:30 p.m. at Bank Street and Gladstone Avenue. Free

Family pride
Dundonald Park, 2-6 p.m. Free

TD Main stage
340 Somerset St. (2-10 p.m.) starting with rIVerse at 3:30 p.m., Rae Spoon (4:10), Wannabe (5 p.m.), Shawnee (6 p.m.), Michelle Treacy (7 p.m.) DJ Miss M (7:30 p.m.) Ria Mae (9 p.m.)

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.