2019 Beneficiaries

Swirl and Twirl will is pleased to announce our 2019 selected beneficiaries. We encourage all charities and groups that support the LGBT community in Ottawa to apply for 2020.

To date, Swirl and Twirl has given over $145,000 to local LGBT run and/or supporting charities.


  • The Ottawa Wolves

    The Ottawa Wolves form a Rugby Football Club for men and women in Canada’s National Capital Region. The Club was founded by Carl Pilon and Jay Smidt in 2008 with the mission to promote and encourage participation in rugby among those who have traditionally been under-represented in the game. The team members are predominantly part of the LGBTQA community, but diverse in its make-up, and inclusive of everyone.

    This is the first year that the Ottawa Wolves has been selected as a Swirl and Twirl beneficiary.


  • Tone Cluster

    Tone Cluster is a 35-voice auditioned choir for queer people and their allies in the Ottawa area. We pride ourselves on creating a queer-positive environment where singers can be themselves while striving for choral excellence.

    Our core values include creativity, fun, excellence, a caring community, diversity and spirit. Our repertoire reflects our values and is wide-ranging and eclectic, from madrigals to Manhattan Transfer arrangements by way of world music and contemporary Canadiana.

    Tone Cluster is a proud “out” choir! We make sure that our audiences are aware of our point of view when we sing… and we trust that you, as a queer singer or straight ally, are proud to support a queer choir.


  • Youth Services Bureau

    Founded in 1960, the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB) is one of the largest and most comprehensive non‑profit agencies serving youth in this community. More than 350 caring professionals work from 20 locations across the city to deliver a vast range of programs and services that support at‑risk youth and their families.

    YSB is a registered charity (#10822 8545 RR0001). We receive funding from the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa, the United Way, and generous private donors. In 2010, our annual operating budget was over $24 million. Extremely efficient, we spend just 9.5% of our budget on administration, leaving the remaining 90.5% for program delivery.


  • Presenting Sponsor

  • Days Until Swirl and Twirl