qu’ART 2019


Qu’ART is an arts collective of Ottawa-based arts professionals. Our goal is to heighten LGBTQ2S+/ queer artistic activity and broaden intersectional discourse in Ottawa throughout 2019, through increased visibility and programming opportunities for under-represented queer-identified artists, within allied arts organizations and festivals.

Qu’ART works with established festivals or existing events in order to promote integration of LGBTQ2S+/ queer artists, while striving to help Ottawa arts organizations better realize the inherent advantage and potential available for both the queer community and their own audience development. Qu’ART also promotes relevant and important community arts events, through this website, in order to support the work of the Ottawa Queer community.

Our intention is to foster increased opportunities for queer and trans artists, activists, allies, and cultural influencers to cross-pollinate socially and creatively through residencies, workshops, performances, panel discussions, and creative work that connects people across generations and artistic disciplines. Qu’ART sets out on this first year-long project of inclusion and re-queering the local arts ecology in order to turn moments of commemoration or past conflict within the queer community into a catalyst for new and daring creation. We believe that intergenerational knowledge-sharing being is a key tool for community- building, as we encourage intersectional approaches to social justice themes in the arts.







WORKSHOP: Disability Justice

with Syrus Marcus Ware

Hosted by Venus Envy Ottawa Monday, January 14, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

$25 (Sliding scale $5-$20)

Radical interdependence is key to disability justice movements around the globe. Artist Syrus Marcus Ware explores interdependence through collective work and shared activist labour practices.

Explore the disability justice tenets of intersectionality and interdependency in this workshop exploring textile art and banner making. Help make a collaborative banner supporting disability justice activism in Ottawa and learn as you go!

ACCESS: Venus Envy has an automatic front door, the store is all on one level, and the bathroom is large enough for most mobility devices.

226 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 1X1
(613) 789-4646
Toll Free: 877-370-9288






BOOK LAUNCH: QTPOC Histories: Marvellous Grounds

Hosted by Venus Envy Ottawa Tuesday January 15 6:30pm
For the launch, we'll be joined by all three editors of this anthology: Jin Haritaworn, Ghaida Moussa & Syrus Marcus Ware. This event will be hosted by Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah.
About the book:
The first collection of its kind to feature the art, activism, and writings of QTBIPOC in Toronto, Marvellous Grounds tells the stories that have shaped Toronto’s landscape but are frequently forgotten or erased. Responding to an unmistakable desire in QTBIPOC communities for history and lineage, this rich volume allows us to imagine new ancestors and new futures.

About the Space:
Venus Envy is a physically accessible space. We have an automatic door, no steps and a gender inclusive bathroom big enough for most mobility devices.
We use foldable, plastic chairs for our workshops. We have three softer chairs that we're happy to reserve if you get in touch with us before the workshop.
We do sell some scented products so we're unfortunately not able to make this a scent-free space. However, we do ask that guests refrain from wearing strongly scented products.

We're happy to book ASL interpretation by request! Please get in touch with us in advance of the workshop if you would like us to book interpreters. At minimum, we will need one week's notice, but the earlier you can make your request, the better.

Your kids are welcome to join us for this event! We'll have a blanket and toys set up on the floor where young children can play. There is no age restriction in place in order to enter Venus Envy.





Presented by SPAO Centre Gallery in PARTNERSHIP WITH Qu’ART


Artist talk at 6pm, Reception at 7pm and remarks at 7:30pm

January 18, 2019, from 6 pm to 9 pm, join us at the SPAO Centre (77 Pamilla St.) for an artist talk and the opening reception of #oreo_liveitwhite, featuring the work of Rah, an Iranian-Canadian artist from the Ottawa/Gatineau region. A media and performance artist, Rah developed the character of Oreo to address contemporary political issues and to stimulate dialogue surrounding racism and white privilege. In her new work, Rah uses social apps as a “relational sketchbook” where she performs as Oreo to critically examine nationalism in the digital age by appropriating hashtags, visuals and symbols used by nationalists from around the world. With this exhibition, Rah inspires an urgent consideration of the ethics of engagement on network technologies. Rah will present an artist talk at 6 pm, in collaboration with Capital Rainbow Refuge, an organization that works with LGBTQ communities to sponsor sexual minority refugees. Following Rah’s presentation, there will be a reception at 7 pm, with remarks at 7:30 pm.

#oreo_liveitwhite continues until Saturday March 9. It is free and open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays between 12 and 5 pm, or by appointment. The SPAO Centre Gallery is fully accessible. 

SPAO is located at 77 Pamilla Street, Ottawa, Ontario, in Little Italy. Street parking and paid lots can be found nearby. 

Phone: (613) 562-3824 / E-mail: admin@spao.ca

HOURS 10AM - 4PM, Monday to Friday

GALLERY HOURS The SPAO Centre Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 12-5, or by chance. Holiday exceptions apply, and hours are subject to change without notice. There is no admission fee and the gallery is wheelchair accessible. 

Rah, #oreo_liveitwhite.jpg







Produced by UNDERCURRENTS / Ottawa Fridge

Commissioned and by Nightswimming
Created by Carmen Aguirre
Directed by Brian Quirt
Performed by Carmen Aguirre with DJ Don Pedro

Toronto, Ontario
75 minutes | Mature


Enter into one of Canada’s most unique environments… the hidden Latinx dance halls you’ve never heard of! Celebrated writer and performer Carmen Aguirre is joined by DJ Don Pedro to tell the hilarious stories of her experiences in these secret spaces. Daring, sexy, and fun, Carmen weaves stories of intimacy, politics, culture – and the forgotten origins of the salsa – into a public dance lesson that will have even the most reluctant dancer up on their feet.

Gather together to listen, move and be moved!


WEDNESDAY, February 13 at 7:00pm
THURSDAY, February 14 at 9:00pm
FRIDAY, February 15 at 7:00pm
SATURDAY, February 16 at 9:00pm
Arts Court Studio

Produced by Ottawa Fringe.
Our winter festival shows the best original, contemporary theatre being created by Ottawa performers and visiting artists.
Find out more

2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6E2
e-mail: info@ottawafringe.com
phone: 613-232-6162

Carmen Aguirre, Nightswimming | Photo credit: Erin Brubacher