2017 Beneficiaries

Swirl and Twirl is pleased to announce our 2017 selected beneficiaries. Congratulations to them and thank you to the other five charities who applied.

We encourage all charities and groups that support the LGBTQ community in Ottawa to apply for 2018.

To date, Swirl and Twirl has given nearly $80,000 to local LGBT run and/or supporting charities.

  • Tone Cluster - Quite a Queer Choir


    Tone Cluster is a 35-voice auditioned choir for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender 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.

  • The Village Legacy Project

    The Village Legacy Project is an initiative to preserve and document Ottawa’s LGBT community within the Village area and beyond. In 2017, the VLP will launch a virtual walking tour with a downloadable mobile app featuring text, photo and video content on the people, places, events and topics that helped shape our community both locally and federally. The tour will be supplemented with historical plaques, murals, banners and other public art installations, with the hope for expansion beyond our 2017 project.

    This exciting project is spearheaded by the Bank Street Business Improvement Association and made possible by funding from the City of Ottawa. The VLP is very grateful for the support from Swirl and Twirl and its attendees.

  • 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.

    Youth Services Bureau is a multi-service agency that provides services in French and English in employment, health and housing, mental health, youth engagement and youth justice. We work in partnership to develop, deliver and advocate for better conditions, services and opportunities for youth and families.

    We are committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental and accessible environment where individuals 12 years and older can pursue their life goals and be encouraged in making informed decisions.

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