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Friday, August 22nd, 2008
11:15 am
Ottawa Dyke March is tomorrow!
Ottawa Dyke March to hit the streets on Saturday, August 23

Rally, march and concert to emphasize women's rights and celebrate queer families

The fifth annual Dyke March will hit Ottawa streets on Saturday, August 23, bringing hundreds of queer women and their supporters together for a day of protest and celebration.

2:00 pm: Rally and March begins at the Human Rights Monument (Elgin and Lisgar)

3:00 pm: Queer Family Picnic and Concert, Minto Park (Elgin and Gilmour). Featuring music and words by:

LAL (http://www.myspace.com/lalforest)
LAL is a collective of musicians representing Uganda, Bangladesh, Barbados and India. With a strong belief in the link between art and social change, the group has developed their own unique sound over the last decade, fusing South-Asian roots, West Indian fruits, and melancholic vocals with jazz sensibilities, hip hop influences, down tempo grooves, broken soul, and electro.

Rae Spoon (http://raespoon.com)
Rae Spoon Canada many times as Canada's only transgender folk musician. When the obvious dangers and contradictions of this role caught up to him he hid in a small town in Eastern Germany for a winter. There he was inspired to write an album about his darker experiences of Canada and it's highways. New album superioryouareinferior will launch in October.

Amy Campbell (http://www.amycampbell.ca)
Brings together classical training and folk sensibilities. Recently released her debut solo album Architecture: Live At The Opera House through her own label BattleAxe Folk.

DJ CPI (http://thetastates.com)
Well-known Ottawa DJ Caitlyn Pascal is the creator of the Divergence parties and curator of the LGBT film series Divergence Movie Night. Her specialties are abstract electro, house, hip hop and down tempo. She is known for her "aggressive blending" mixing style.

Plus, spoken word from Luna Allison (lunaallison.com) and Faye Estrella.

Monday, August 18th, 2008
1:15 pm
Rec centre trashes Dyke March posters
Rec centre trashes Dyke March posters
PRIDE / 'Stand up for queer women's rights' says the poster

Marcus McCann / Capital Xtra / Monday, August 18, 2008

Two women say they caught city staff ripping down a Dyke March poster at a local community centre Aug 16.

The women, Ashley Hardy and Ashley Hunkin, say they were told the poster wasn't appropriate because children use the facility.

The poster, half glam, half DIY, shows several pairs of affectionate lesbians as well as women striking power poses. One woman is topless, although her nipples are hidden under black stars.

Staff from the Plant Recreation Centre, at the corner of Somerset and Preston, did not immediately respond to a request for an interview.

Hardy and Hunkin opted not to swim that afternoon. In an email to the Dyke March planners, the pair said they saw staff "smiling and snickering" after they complained about the poster being removed.

It's doubly galling because the Plant Recreation Centre is a city-owned public facility, Hardy says.

"That's the thing that really pissed me off," she says. "If this is how the city is treating the issue — there's no sensitivity, no training."

Dyke March organizer and Capital Xtra columnist Ariel Troster says that she dropped off more copies of the poster on Aug 17.

"We'd like the community centre to put the poster back up, first and foremost," says Troster. "We'd like an apology. And we'd like a clarification of the rules, if there's a city policy about this kind of thing."

Gay-themed material is often seen as more scandalous than comparable depictions of heterosexual situations. The Plant Recreation Centre, formerly Plant Bath, has pictures of people wearing bathing suits posted on its walls. The Dyke March material isn't any more risqué, Troster says.

"I question the idea that the Dyke March posters are not family friendly," she says. "We've gone out of our way to make sure we can accommodate families. Last year, there were tons of kids at the picnic."

The poles around the Plant facility have been plastered with Dyke March posters, Troster adds.

This isn't the first time that the Dyke March organizers have run into trouble. Last year, someone defaced their posters with the word "repent" in front of a church in Hintonburg. This year, volunteers confronted a man on Metcalfe St who was ripping down the ads.

Last winter, Capital Xtra faced opposition to the displaying their newspaper in a publicly owned community centre in the Hunt Club area. A three-month battle with city hall ended with the acknowledgment that Ottawa's gay and lesbian paper had the right to distribute copies in city facilities.

The Dyke March is taking place Aug 23 at 2pm, leaving from the Human Rights Monument on Elgin St. The March wraps up with a barbecue and concert at 3pm at Minto Park, across the Street from Jack Purcell Community Centre.

And as for advertising, it's full steam ahead.

"It just makes me more determined to put the posters everywhere," says Troster.
Thursday, August 14th, 2008
9:18 am
Dyke March: final call for volunteers!

Hey everyone,

Are you getting excited yet? It's just over a week until Ottawa Dyke March hits the streets and rocks out Minto Park.

Visit the Dyke March Facebook event for the complete, updated line-up: http://www.new.facebook.com/event.php?eid=25835653452

Thanks to all of you who responded to our call for sponsorship and volunteers. Posters are going up all over town as I type this. But with only a few days to go, we are still looking for some more person-power. Do you have some time to roll up your sleeves and help make Dyke March an amazing success?

Here is a list of our current volunteer needs -- please email the contacts listed directly, so we can get you connected ASAP.

Do you have half an hour available in the next week to put up posters in your neighbourhood and drop handbills by local businesses and community groups?

Email Ariel at ariel.troster@gmail.com for more info.

We will need some help preparing food on Fri. Aug., 22, starting at 5 pm at the AIDS Committee of Ottawa office on Bank Street. We will also need help transporting and setting up/serving food on Saturday the 23rd. *Volunteers with vehicles especially appreciated*.

Email Heather at womens.health@aco-cso.ca for more info.

Wanna help make the concert a success? Do you have experience running sound equipment? Are you willing to help set-up the concert site on Saturday around noon? *Volunteers with vehicles especially appreciated*.

Email Suzie and Lee at dm_performers@yahoo.ca for more info.

Wanna wear a nifty orange vest and make sure that the dykes don't play in traffic?

Email Ariel at ariel.troster@gmail.com for more info.

We CAN'T WAIT to see you all on Sat. Aug. 23rd at the Human Rights Monument (Elgin/Lisgar)!

Venus Envy (http://venusenvy.ca)
AIDS Committee of Ottawa (http://aco-cso.ca)
Westfest (http://westfest.ca)
Lesbian Outdoor Group (http://lesbianoutdoorgroup.ca)
Jer's Vision (http://jersvision.org)
Robin's Rainbow Computer Services
Mary Beth Howitt Private Catering
Agitate Ottawa (http://agitate.wordpress.com)
Public Service Alliance of Canada NCR Pride Committee (http://www.psac.com)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008
11:19 pm
Friday, August 1st, 2008
8:40 am
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
9:03 am
Dyke March: Don't be fooled!
You might have received some confusing information about what's going on on August 23rd. Ottawa Pride has insisted on confusing the public by promoting their concert and refusing to provide accurate information about the Dyke March.

We designed the schedule so people can join the March at 2 pm, celebrate with a FREE picnic and concert at Minto Park at 3, and go over to the Pride Stage at 5 or later if they want to. But Pride insists on advertising their stage as the only post-March event. Don't be fooled!

Confirm on Facebook, so you can receive OFFICIAL Dyke March announcements:

Thursday, July 24th, 2008
9:46 am
Dyke March: Spread the Word!
Heya Dyke Marchers,

As you've probably noticed, we've created an official Facebook event page for the Ottawa Dyke March: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=25835653452&ref=ts

Remember to confirm your attendance and invite your friends. Help us build our list so we can get the word out and fill the streets with queer women on August 23rd!

We're still looking for volunteer stagehands, sound techs, parade marshals, clean-up and set-up crew, as well as a postering brigade. We are also specifically looking for a couple of volunteers with cars or trucks who are willing to help out on the day of the March. Email dykemarchottawa@yahoo.com if you are interested.

As you can no doubt tell, this year's Dyke March is even more ambitious and exciting than last year. Even more delicious (FREE) food, and a kick-ass line-up of queer and trans positive performers: Luna Allison, Rae Spoon, Amy Campbell, LAL, Lisa Bozikovic and Fae Estrella.

We want to pay our amazing performers for their work (cause that's just how we roll). So please consider becoming a Dyke March sponsor. We run 100% on donations from community members, organizations and small queer-owned businesses. No corporate sponsorship or government grants for us.

Cheques can be made out to the AIDS Committee of Ottawa *with Dyke March Ottawa written in the subject line.*

Mail to:

Dyke March Ottawa
c/o the AIDS Committee of Ottawa
700-251 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 1X3

*Again, please mark clearly on your cheque in the subject line that the donations are earmarked for Dyke March Ottawa*

And send us a note at dykemarchottawa@yahoo.com, to let us know to expect a donation from you, so we can thank you profusely and send you lots of love.

See you on the streets on August 23rd!

Ariel (for the Dyke March Organizing Committee)
Thursday, July 10th, 2008
10:26 am
Dyke March: Performers confirmed! Call for volunteers!

We are thrilled to announce that the preparations for Dyke March Ottawa 2008 are well underway. Last year, we doubled attendance, bringing 350 kick-ass queer women and allies together for an amazing march, free picnic and concert. This year is gearing to to be even better!

Here's what YOU CAN DO to help make Dyke March happen:

1. INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN THE DYKE MARCH FACEBOOK GROUP. This is the #1 way we reached people last year:

2. VOLUNTEER. We need volunteers in the following areas:

- postering
- parade marshals
- stage crew for the concert
- picnic volunteers -- food prep in advance and serving food the day
of the March
- clean-up

* We are also specifically looking for a volunteer sound technician, preferably with a vehicle. Please let us know ASAP if you have this skill set and are willing to volunteer.*

Email us as dykemarchottawa@yahoo.com or post to the message board on the Dyke March Ottawa facebook group, and we will get back to you.


Dyke March 2008
Saturday, August 23

Take to the streets. Stand up for queer women's rights. Celebrate our
lives and our families.

2:00 pm: Rally and March -- meet at the Human Rights Monument (Elgin and Lisgar)

3:00 pm: Queer Family Picnic and Concert, Minto Park (Elgin and
Gilmour). Free food! Open to everyone!


Rae Spoon
Lisa Bozikovic


Luna Allison
Faye Estrella

Contact dykemarchottawa@yahoo.com to volunteer.
Sunday, April 13th, 2008
9:15 pm
Wednesday: Dyke March Community Meeting
Dyke March 2008 is on its way!!!

We want to hear from you about what we should plan for this next Dyke March.

-Are you interesting in organizing or volunteering?
-Do you have ideas about what you would like to see at the next Dyke March?
-We are looking for your contributions/ideas/insights so that we can make Dyke March Ottawa a really great event for everyone!

Join us for a community Dyke March meeting on April 16, 2008 at 7pm at the AIDS Committee of Ottawa:
251 Bank Street, suite 700
(Its between Cooper and Lisgar)

We will be serving SNACKS


If you can't come,
write your ideas on the wall of the wall of this page or send us an email at dykemarchottawa@yahoo.ca

Hope to see you or hear from you soon :)
Sunday, August 26th, 2007
10:10 pm
Congratulations -- and thanks!
Hi everyone,

Congratulations on helping make Ottawa's 4th Dyke March such a success. Thanks so much to everyone who volunteered and attended the March. We had over 350 people take to the streets in support of queer women's rights and visibility. And our family BBQ was a huge success. A special thank you to:

- AIDS Committee of Ottawa (for their support, and for lending out the AMAZING VOLUNTEERS who ran the BBQ)
- Caitlyn Pascal, for her emergency help with the sound system
- Westfest, for sponsoring the concert
- All of the wonderful performers

We'll be in touch soon about a possible follow-up brainstorming meeting. We'd love to hear your feedback about how this year's March went, and what we could do better in the future.

We hope everyone had an amazing Pride!

:) Ariel
(for the Dyke March Organizing Committee)
Friday, August 3rd, 2007
1:37 pm
Thursday, July 26th, 2007
1:23 pm

Hi everyone,

The Dyke March is fast approaching (Sat. Aug 25th), and we're looking for volunteers to help make it happen. If you are interested in any of the opportunities below, please email Nicole at dykemarchottawa@yahoo.ca, or give her a call at 613-262-4804.


We need people to help marshal the parade and do first aid and security at the march. March is at 2 pm -- marshals will need to gather at 1:30 pm at the Human Rights Monument on Elgin.


We need people to run the grill, set up tables, serve food, etc. Some of this will take place before the March at 2 pm, others will be needed after 3 pm to serve food.


We will have an outdoor stage with performances during the picnic (3-5 pm). Who wants to take the stage? Come share your talent at the queer family picnic!


Help us "take down" the BBQ and clean up after 5 pm.

If you are interested in helping with any of these tasks, please email Nicole at dykemarchottawa@yahoo.ca, or give her a call at 613-262-4804.

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
11:05 am
Dyke March organizing meeting tomorrow
Hi everyone!

So sorry for the short notice. We're having a dyke march organizing committee meeting tomorrow (WED. JULY 25) at 5:30 pm at Pink Triangle Services, 177 Nepean St., suite 508, at Bank Street.

At this meeting, we'll be delegating some major tasks including:

1. Coordinating parade marshals
2. Coordinating the queer family picnic
3. Coordinating the variety show that will take place at the picnic
4. Outreach/Communications

Please feel free to drop by and pitch in!

If you can't make it to the meeting, we will be issuing a detailed call for volunteers this week, with contact info for each of the volunteer group leaders.

Hope to see you there tomorrow!

Monday, July 23rd, 2007
9:23 am
Tues. July 24: Divergence Movie Night presents La Putain De Compile
July 24th, Ottawa:
Divergence Movie Night presents La Putain De Compile (Short films by or about sex work)

"Born in the early 1960s, the sex workers movement encompasses groups rooted in 5 continents. The organization of sex workers into a movement has enabled their emergence as subjects of their experiences, of their subjectivities, and of their voices. With short films hailing from Canada, France, USA and India, La Putain De Compile is an eye opening collection that presents alternative discourses and representations about sex work. Be it in traditional media, in feminist groups, or even in our daily lives, there is a need to give space to those most concerned -- sex workers!"

Doors 7pm, movie 7:30pm at Club SAW, 67 Nicholas
Free admission, $5 suggested donation.
flyer: http://www.thetastates.com/dmn/

also coming up...

July 28th, Ottawa:
Divergence Movie Night Scotch fundraiser

Our first major fundraising event is taking place on July 28th and will be an intimate scotch tasting event. With your ticket you will get to try 7 premium scotch whiskeys, each bottle costing an average of $100. It is a great opportunity to try some rare liquor that you might not typically invest in, and at the same time support a great cause.

Interested? Tickets are $50 and must be purchased in advance. Please contact Divergence.Movie.Night@gmail.com to arrange a purchase for you and your friends. This intimate event only has 24 tickets available, so it will be a casual and relaxing evening of sampling and conversation. Help support Divergence Movie Night, so we can continue to show queer documentary cinema for free in Ottawa!

The event is from 7pm to 11:30pm on July 28th, and will take place downtown near Preston Street and Somerset.
Sunday, June 17th, 2007
8:53 pm
Please Help

Please read this as it would mean alot to me personally, no its not a chainmail or anything like that. My name is Emma, I am 20 years old and live in ottawa. I have many issues in my life, I suffer from panic disorders, anxiety problems and many other issues, however something has greatly helped me through all this, and what is helping me, is going to come to an end unless I do something about it.

I am not a bible thumper by any means. I used to make fun of church goers (please dont stop reading this and say to yourself "oh its a church thing") However I have recently started going back to church. I havent gone since I was baptized 20 years ago, and I am currently going to the same one, called St. Columba. In this church it is like a family, its unline any church I have ever known. The reverend is very accepting and welcoming, I even emailed him and asked him about issued I have and what the church and he thinks about those issues including gay marriage, homosexuality, abortion, divorce, and other touchy topics. He accepts everyone. When I first started going there I thought it would be weird as we were not known but they just accepted us and as I have said, it is like a family. Its the first time I think that waking up earlier in the morning isnt a chore.

Here in lies the problem. The majority of the people that go there are over 60, and on average we have about 20 people at the church. We are being threatened of being closed down. I havent been going for long, only about 5 months, but this means so much to me. PLEASE if you could come back to church it would make all the difference in the world. It dosent matter who you are, big small gay straight, black, white. We need you. I need you.

Sunday services are at 10 in the morning and are usually an hour to an hour and 15 minutes. I think that if you give this a chance, you will find that you will feel happier. I dont know what does it, I was so skeptical when I started going, and look at me, Im a big girl, I have issues, I didnt beleive in God when I started going and I am still unsure at times, but I cannot lie when i say it made me feel good when I left. Now I look forward to Each Sunday.

Its not alot of effort, its not alot of time, please help us, help me. I dont want to go to another church, this is like a family to me. I dont want to go to a conformist attitude area, which alot of churches are like.

Please give it some thought, please.

The church is St Columba Anglican Church
24 Sandridge Road

Thank you for listening.

Current Mood: worried
Monday, November 13th, 2006
1:40 pm
March for Trans Equality

Ottawa's First Annual


On the eve of the 2006 Trans Day of Remembrance,
all Trans People and Allies Are Invited to Walk Together
in Visible Solidarity, Struggle and Celebration

Date: Sunday November 19th, 2006
Time: 2:00pm
Gather at: Human Rights Monument (corner Elgin/Lisgar)
March To: Parliament Hill, Eternal Flame
Exact Route: To be announced

Bring your banners and your noisemaker of choice!
Bring your friends and bring your family!
Bring your energy, bring your outrage, bring your joy and bring your

Placard-making goodies will be provided!
Open megaphone after arrival at the Hill! Speak your piece!

(This event is media-positive)
1:37 pm
Trans Day of Remembrance 2006
The Trans Community of Ottawa would like to invite you to the Trans Day of Remembrance.

The Trans Day of Remembrance is held every year on November 20 in Ottawa and around the world to bring attention to Trans People, their lives and struggles for recognition and acceptance.

On Monday, November 20, this year's Trans Day of Remembrance will be observed first in a Candlelight Vigil at the Human Rights Monument on Elgin St at 7:00 pm.

The observance will then move inside City Hall to the Councillors' Lounge to warm up and mingle. The Mayor of Ottawa will proclaim the Day of Remembrance. Speakers will include Paul Dewar and Bill Siksay, MP's and Larry Hill, deputy chief of the Ottawa Police Service. There will be music by Mackenzie Macbride and an Open Mic. This event is open to all Trans People, Allies, family members and friends and is media-positive. The M.C. will be Jessica Freedman.

What: Trans Day of Remembrance, 2006

Date: November 20, 2006

Where: 1) Human Rights Monument, Elgin St.
2) Councillors' Lounge, Ottawa City Hall

When: 1) 7 pm
2) 7:30 pm

We hope to see you out there!
Saturday, August 26th, 2006
9:47 am
Today Dyke March
The Third Annual Dyke March

Date: Saturday August 26th, 2006
Time: 12 noon
Place: Human Rights Memorial (Elgin and Lisgar)
**Bring Bikes, Noisemakers, Drums, your friends, and
outfits of all sorts**

Dyke March Barbeque
Date: Saturday August 26th, 2006
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: Jack Purcell Park
Cost: By Donation
Come have a bite to eat with the community after
marching in the Dyke March.

Speed Encounters
Date: Saturday August 26th, 2006
Time: 3:43 pm
Place: Jack Purcell Park
Cost: By Donation
How better to meet the community then to get to talk
to them One on One

Dyke March Variety Show
Date: Saturday August 26th, 2006
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: Jack Purcell Community Center Room 203
Cost: By Donation
Watch some of the best amature performers in town
perform, burleque, drag king, music, and poetry.

For More information about Dyke March visit our
website: http://www.annelies.ca/ottawadykemarch/
Or email us at:
Monday, August 21st, 2006
3:41 pm
3rd Annual Dyke March
[Please Forward Widely]

The Third Annual Dyke March

The time has come for all Dykes, trans people ,
bi-womyn, queer women of colour, rural lesbians,
butches, femmes, bois, Sapphic goddesses, queer mamas,
S/M dykes, sporty lesbians, punk dykes, FTM's, women
who date women, bi-curious gals, label rejectors, gay
women, homosexual ladies, pan-sexual women, two
spirited women, and women willing to be recruited, to
get back on the streets.

Date: Saturday August 26th, 2006
Time: 12 noon
Place: Human Rights Memorial (Elgin and Lisgar)
**Bring Bikes, Noisemakers, Drums, your friends, and
outfits of all sorts**
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Friday, August 18th, 2006
1:15 pm
Next Meeting
Next Meeting:
Monday August 21st, 2006
6:36 pm
Womyn's Monument (Elgin and Gilmour)
Rain Location: Elgin Bridgehead
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