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Welcome to “QUEERLUDE” Ottawa’s first Winter PRIDE on Friday, February 5 & Saturday, February 6, 2016!

My name is Andre Proulx (M) and I am the owner of Black Swan Events, an event planning company here in the NCR. I have been in business for 3 years now planning and executing events in and around Ottawa. I also work for PWGSC (now PSPC) during the day since 2009 and have been organizing events for Ministers, DM’s and ADM of PWGSC and have been sent to Calgary for round tables after successful events here in the NCR.

As there were several issues with Capital Pride here in the Capital in the past, I have spoken to some LGBTQ2+ people about the creation of a new Winter Pride Event to raise the spirits of the community. I attended this years Capital Pride Event and was proud to see the number of folks in attendance this year.


Queerlude would be a few days during winterlude and would include a small parade on the worlds largest skating rink where like the bed race, small floats would be created and paraded from dows lake to city hall where all would end the day at a venue called the LookOut Bar in the heart of the Byward Market for a big indoor dance party with performances that would include a Cabaret style show that folks would be able to enjoy for free. A small donation would be accepted for a local charity at the door. It would include loacal performers and some from across the country.


Various sponsors will be acquired for these 3 events and I am open to suggestion from you in order to have it acknowledged by Heritage Canada and/or Winterlude. This invite is open to all Local LGBTQ2+ businesses and breweries here in the NCR.


1. Name of event: “Queerlude Red Pin Event”

Location: McArthur Lanes | 175 McArthur | Vanier, Ontario K1L 6P8

Date: Friday, February 5, 2016

Time: 7:30 p.m. (start time)

Cost: $9.50 (inlcudes 2 games and shoes)

Other info: This event will include a red pin in the deck of pins. Should the person get a strike when the pin is in the centre, they will win a prize that will be determined at the event.

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1668235433444207/

2. Name of event: “Queerlude Parade of Colours”


Start at Dow’s Lake

End at City Hall

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016

Time: 1:30 p.m. (Parade departure time)

Cost: Free

Parade details & criteria:

• Floats will consist of either a lightweight sleigh or group of skaters that can be decorated as you wish depending on the event theme to be provided at a later date.
• Parade will start at 2 p.m. from Dow’s Lake and make our way to the Rideau Locks where we will then move into a local venue (TBC) for an indoor dance party that will start at 6 p.m.
• No motorized vehicles will be allowed at this time. Once Heritage Canada Confirms participation, new details may be provided.

To confirm your float or group, please contact Andre Proulx (M) at [email protected]

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1592947104287708/

3. Name of event: “Queerlude Cabatinee Dance Party”

Location: The LookOut Bar (41 York St | Byward Market | Second Level

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016

Time: 5:30 p.m. (start time)

Cost: Free

Other info: This event is free for all to enter a sleigh to be pushed or skate in a group with flags and banners.

To confirm your float or group, please contact Andre Proulx (M) at [email protected]

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1627556477508029/

More Black Swan Events and personal info for Andre Proulx (M):

I have a passion for entertaining and making every event look absolutely fabulous. From large events to a small gathering of friends, I will help you add the personal touch of elegance of a Black Swan.

For more information on me and my small but mighty company, you can go to my site at http://blackswanevents.webs.com

Should you have any questions, please contact me at 613-240-0519.


Bienvenue a « QUEERLUDE » Le premier festival de la fierté d’Ottawa cet hiver le 5 et 6 février 2016!

La fierté n’est pas un événement durant l’été seulement mais aussi durant l’année au complet!
Commencé en 1979, Bal de Neige est connu come l’un des plus grand et des activités d’hiver des plus populaires qui attire des milliers de touriste du Canada et des États-Unis.

Venez-vous joindre aux événements Black Swan sur la plus grande patinoire comme nul autre. Vous pouvez soumettre une demande d’une embarcation allégorique ou de patiner seul ou en groupe.

Critère et détails du défilé :
• Les embarcations consisteront d’un traineau léger ou un groupe de patineurs qui peuvent être décoré comme vous le souhaitez en fonction du thème de l’événement à être fourni à une date ultérieur.
• Le défilé débutera a 14h00 du lac Dow et fera son parcours aux écluses Rideau et se terminera a un endroit choisi (ad) pour une soirée de dans intérieur qui débutera vers les 18h00.
• Aucun véhicule motorisé sera admit a ce temps ci. Patrimoine Canada nous confirmera sa participation. De nouveaux détails seront fournis.
• Une réunion de groupe prendra place dans quelques mois.

Pour confirmer votre groupe, veuillez communiquer avec André Proulx (M) au courriel suivant : [email protected]

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