Vibrant programming to celebrate Capital Pride

Zach (she/her), August 23-28
Aviva Chernick, August 23 & 24
Cyril Cinder, Drag Story Time and Capital Pride Pageant © Kristy Boyce Photography
Drag Story Time
Capital Pride Pageant, August 25
Pride Flag raising, August 22
Margot Durling’s Chosen Family, August 21–28, Kipnes Lantern © Greg MacKay

Show your Pride in the Capital with us and our partners, Capital Pride! 

It’s Pride. This is a time to gather, a time to march, and a time to celebrate. 

During this week of festivities, several activities and events featuring artists from the 2SLGBTQ+ community will take place at the NAC.

Pride Flag Raising
August 22 (City Hall): The Pride Flag is raised with Capital Pride Fierté at City Hall. Join us in solidarity and raise a rainbow flag in your workplace, at home or in your local community. #FierteCapPride

RuPaul’s Drag Race – Werq the World
August 21 (Southam Hall): Attention, RuPaul fans: the queens are coming to town! When an experiment goes horribly wrong, host Michelle Visage spirals us back in time with no way to return. In this “back to the future” attempt, you will encounter iconic drag queens Gottmik, Jaida Essence Hall, Naomi Smalls, Violet Chachki, and the finalists from Season 14 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. You ready for some time travel?

Drag Story Time
August 23 (Peter A. Herrndorf Place): Local drag celebrities China Doll and Cyril Cinder are here to entertain children and families of all ages. Come check out a selection of curated library books from our partners at the Ottawa Public Library, grab some magnets and tattoos for your little ones, and pick up a copy of Elise Gravel’s book on gender stereotypes: Pink, Blue and You!

Zach (she/her)
August 23–28 (Fourth Stage): A highway opera with soaring vocals, stirring lyrics and gritty guitar, Zach (She/Her) is a prayer for healing, a love letter to the lost kids of fragmented diasporas, and playlist for the road trip home. Jump in with songstress Tiffany (AKA Zach) for a musical journey full of humour and heart that takes you on a journey of self-discovery that dwells on the question, “Who are we if we don’t know where we come from?”

Aviva Chernick
August 23 and 24 (free): Award-winning and two-time Juno-nominated queer performer Aviva Chernick offers a meditative take on song and story, that inspires movement in every offering. This Toronto local sings in Hebrew, Ladino and English, come and be swept away by her gorgeous vocals at our last Wooden Terrace concert this summer. 

Capital Pride Pageant
August 25 (Southam Hall): It’s the drag event of the summer you don’t want to miss! We are delighted to host the Capital Pride Pageant where local drag artists compete for the titles of Ms., Mr. and Mx. Capital Pride on the big stage. The evening will be hosted by none other than the fabulous Ms. Capital Pride 2019, Adrianna Exposée. Jury members Icesis Couture, Cyril Cinder and Kiki Coe choose who wins the crown. Get ready for a flamboyant evening!

Resident Chefs Culinary Event
August 25–27 (1 Elgin Restaurant): Partners in life as well as in the kitchen, Chefs Stacy Johnston and Minette Lotz will be at the stove at 1 Elgin alongside NAC Executive Chef Kenton Leier. The Chef’s Table series of food and music evenings is an opportunity for lovers of fine dining to enjoy a three-course menu created by the three chefs. With a focus on farm-to-fork, Stacy and Minette offer an exceptional culinary experience featuring local ingredients. Bon appétit!

Margot Durling’s Chosen Family
August 21–28: This week, an animation of Chosen Family, a permanent installation in Halifax by non-binary, transgender and queer artist Margot Durling illuminates the Kipnes Lantern. The vibrant work is a colourful celebration of gender identities, sexualities, and relationships.


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