History of the Event

Since 2003, Swirl and Twirl has raised over $78,000 through 12 fundraising events for local charities supporting the queer community and our allies.

The first two Swirl and Twirl fundraisers were modest affairs held in bars on Clarence Street in the historic ByWard Market area. As the event grew, we moved to Ottawa City Hall, hosting Swirl and Twirl in the Hall’s Jean Piggott Place for many years. In 2015, we moved again to the newly restored Horticulture Building in Lansdowne Park, which was highly praised as the perfect venue for our event.

Here’s a breakdown of all 12 events, where and when they were held, how much money was raised and for whom.

  • Swirl and Twirl 01

    SwirlAndTwirl1_logoDate: 
    Thursday, June 5, 2003

    Location: 
    Suite 34 Bar Lounge,
    34 Clarence Street

    Beneficiaries: 
    Pride Ottawa Gatineau
    and PTS

    Amount Raised:
    $4,000.00

  • Swirl and Twirl 02

    SwirlAndTwirl2_logoDate: 
    Thursday, March 11, 2004

    Location: 
    Space Night Club,
    104 Clarence Street

    Beneficiaries: 
    Pride Ottawa Gatineau and PTS

    Amount Raised:
    $4,500.00

  • Swirl and Twirl 03

    SwirlAndTwirl3_posterDate: 
    Thursday, June 2, 2005

    Location: 
    Jean Piggott Place, Ottawa City Hall
    110 Laurier Avenue West

    Beneficiaries: 
    Harmony House, Pride Ottawa Gatineau
    and PTS

    Amount Raised:
    $7,633.00

  • Swirl and Twirl 04

    SwirlAndTwirl4_posterDate: 
    Thursday, June 1, 2006

    Location: 
    Jean Piggott Place, Ottawa City Hall
    110 Laurier Avenue West

    Beneficiaries: 
    Harmony House, Pride Ottawa Gatineau
    and PTS

    Amount Raised:
    $6,013.09

  • Swirl and Twirl 05

    SwirlAndTwirl5_posterDate: 
    Thursday, May 31, 2007

    Location: 
    Jean Piggott Place,
    Ottawa City Hall
    110 Laurier Avenue West

    Beneficiaries: 
    Capital Pride, Jer’s Vision,
    SAGE Ottawa and Ten Oaks Project

    Amount Raised:
    $4,508.35

  • Swirl and Twirl 06

    SwirlAndTwirl6_posterDate: 
    Thursday, May 28, 2009

    Location: 
    Jean Piggott Place, Ottawa City Hall
    110 Laurier Avenue West

    Beneficiaries: 
    Capital Pride, Jer’s Vision,
    Toto Too Theatre and the Village

    Amount Raised:
    $3,813.82

  • Swirl and Twirl 07

    SwirlAndTwirl7_posterDate: 
    Thursday, June 3, 2010

    Location: 
    Jean Piggott Place, Ottawa City Hall
    110 Laurier Avenue West

    Beneficiaries: 
    Bruce House, Capital Pride,
    PTS and the Village

    Amount Raised:
    $7,609.97

  • Swirl and Twirl 08

    Date: 
    Thursday, May 31, 2012

    Location: 
    Jean Piggott Place, Ottawa City Hall
    110 Laurier Avenue West

    Beneficiaries: 

    Amount Raised:
    $12,169.70

  • Swirl and Twirl 09

    SwirlAndTwirl9_posterDate: 
    Thursday, May 30, 2013

    Location: 
    Jean Piggott Place, Ottawa City Hall
    110 Laurier Avenue West

    Beneficiaries: 
    Bruce House, the Canadian Tribute for Human Rights, Jer’s Vision and PTS

    Amount Raised:
    $9,783.33

  • Swirl and Twirl 10

    SwirlAndTwirl10_posterDate: 
    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    Location: 
    Jean Piggott Place,
    Ottawa City Hall
    110 Laurier Avenue West

    Beneficiaries: 
    Bruce House, the Canadian Tribute for Human Rights, Capital Pride and Inside Out Ottawa

    Amount Raised:
    $6,866.54

  • Swirl and Twirl 11

    SwirlAndTwirl11_posterDate: 
    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    Location: 
    Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park,
    1015 Bank Street

    Beneficiaries: 
    Bruce House,the Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus
    and PTS

    Amount Raised:
    $8,000.00

  • Swirl and Twirl 12

    Date: 
    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Location: 
    Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park,
    1015 Bank Street

    Beneficiaries: 
    Capital Rainbow Refuge, Ottawa Senior Pride Network, Ten Oaks Project

    Amount Raised:
    $9,500.00

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