November 4, 2011. History is made as the Village is officially recognized by the City of Ottawa with the installation of six Village street signs on the corners of Bank/Nepean, Bank/Somerset and Bank/James.
August 28, 2011. For the Village's 5th annual presence in the Capital Pride parade, we became the ultimate "friends of Dorothy" with our Wizard of Oz inspired float. GIlnda, Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow all made an appearance, with a huge 30 foot "Yellow Bank Road", all leading up to the Amythest City "somewhere" under a huge balloon rainbow.
August 26, 2011. At 1pm and 5pm, Chair Glenn Crawford proudly unveiled the finished 40th anniversary commemorative mural of the 'We Demand" protest, the first ever demonstration in Canada for GLBT civil rights, held on August 28, 1971. Charlie Hill, a key speaker at the 1971 "We Demand" demo, was on hand to deliver a rousing speech about activism then and now.
August 25-26, 2011. On the corner of Bank and Gilmour, a set of six banners were installed on the second floor of the building housing Aziz and Co., Thimblecakes, and, of course, Wilde's. The banners are coloured in series according to the stripes of the rainbow flag, and have archival photos of Oscar, each with a unique insiprational and witty quote. The banners add culture, humour and history to the Village.
May 12, 2011. The Village's third exciting gala fundraiser. Attendees enjoyed good food and entertainment by Karen Oxorn and Marcie Campbell, DJ Ashley Gauthier and the sexy EgoMen.
Aug 29, 2010. Our fourth year at Pride, and bigger than ever. Village chair Glenn Crawford leads the parade as Grand Marshal, followed by a rainbow-coloured VW Wagon, balloons and a huge crowd of Village People, drag queens, committee members and supporters. Surprise introduction and survey for the newly created Village street signs.
Apr 15, 2010. The second successful Village gala fundraiser. Great food, entertainment and company. Headliners included Fabien Melanson, the Sexual Overtones, DJ Jason Pelletier and Carmina. Exciting live auction raised even more money for our projects this year.
Sep 10, 2009. Another ABBAlous evening under the stars with over 200 Village supporters taking over Gilmour Street, dancing and signing to their favourite ABBA hits. Surprise special appearance by a "Björn Again" Villager.
Aug 30, 2009. Back at Pride, the Village People walked loud and proud in the parade in their awesome Village swag behind our new purple banner. Version 2.0 of Village merch up for sale at the info fair following.
Aug 29, 2009. Village committee members lend a helping hand at the 2009 Dyke March.
Aug 19, 2009. Glenn "Gay Smiley" Crawford is back again at Shang with hilarious sidekick China Doll as the game show host with the loudest jacket ever. Based on the campy 70's Dating Game, same-sex contestants ask and answer revealing questions to determine who will be their perfect dream date.
Aug 8, 2009. The Village was proud to be the charity of choice for the Out Golfing Group's fun-filled charity golf scramble. Beautiful weather and surroundings at the Canadian Golf and Country Club, and great golfing, all for a worthy cause.
Apr 14, 2009. The first of our wonderful gala fundraisers held at the jazzy Café Paradiso. Special performances by China Doll, Dan Valin, Glenn Nuotio, the Sexual Overtones and more.
Sep 9, 2008. I don't think we're in Kansas anymore. Over 200 "friends of Dorothy" showed up for a fun night of revelry, food, singing and community. Two witches, two Dorothy's (one glam, the other hirsute) a Wizard and some munchkins conga'ed down the "yellow brick road" on Gilmour.
Aug 24, 2008. The Village was proud to be the carriers of the huge Pride rainbow flag in the 2008 parade. The first year we introduced our Village line of merch, including sassy t-shirts, fun wearable stickers and cheeky Village undies.
Aug 15, 2008. Gay Smiley is back for the third of the popular spelling bee series. Think it's hard to spell gonorrhoea? Just be glad you don't have it.
Aug 26, 2007. Small by proud, the first presence of the Village in a Capital Pride parade. About 25-50 strong, the Village people walked with placards that spelled the Village in the rainbow colours, as well as slogans such as "It takes all types to make a VIllage".