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Thursday April 24, 2014 from 6-8pm

Karldon Okruta Book reading and signing of Kaz.

Sudbury born, Toronto raised, Karldon has been an accomplished figure in front of the camera since the eighties, at the same time keeping his hands wet in the Ottawa bar business (Franky's on Frank and Bottoms Up). He presently resides in eastern Ontario, happy and healthy, and is respected for his efforts in helping people living with HIV and AIDS.


Kaz is a well-written first narrative blend of romance, mystery and suspense, spiced up with numerous comedic scenarios that make this colourfully cast-driven story captivating and pleasurable. This is a must-read for all fiction lovers; for anyone who enjoys a good page-turner with many zany thrills and twists.


Thirty-two-year-old Kaz Carter leaves his poverty struggles in Maynooth, Ontario, to start his life anew in Toronto. Luck strikes and he lands a job in a gay and lesbian nightclub, where a festive gala is held to ring in the 1988 New Year. What Kaz doesn’t detect, though, is that he has fallen into the eyes of a dangerous and delusional hustler. After an unthinkable tragedy occurs, the degrees of separation that had guarded Kaz from a madman dwindle to zero and Kaz is driven to take action... in ways he would never have imagined back in his Maynooth days.


Harwood Estates Windward Breeze and Rose served compliments of Harwood Estates Vineyards.








Saturday April 26, 2014 from 6-8pm


CLOSED - Fully Booked    We are considering another one in June.

Hubbs Creek Vineyard (Prince Edward County) wine tasting (Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir) and a chance to meet our Ottawa potters (Kristin Anderson, Colette Beardall, Dawn Burnham, Sarah Dobbin, Laila Elfenne, Carol Holmes-Kerr, Claudia Reid-Musson, Marketa Stastna and Linda Taylor) and discuss their new creations.


Its going to be a great evening.








Saturday May 10, 2014 from 6-8pm

Jeffrey Round Book reading and signing of Pumpkin Eater and Vanished in Vallarta. 

Jeffrey Round is an award-winning writer, director and playwright.


His first novel, A Cage of Bones, was published in 1997. The book garnered acclaim and topped bestseller lists around the world. His comic mystery, The P-town Murders, first in the Bradford Fairfax series, was published in 2007. Both titles were listed on AfterElton’s Top 50 Greatest Gay Books in 2008.

In 2009, Cormorant released Death In Key West, the second Fairfax mystery. The Honey Locust, Jeffrey’s literary novel about the Bosnian war, followed in the same year. Both received high praise from reviewers.


Jeffrey’s fifth book, Lake on the Mountain, is the first in his Dan Sharp mystery series. Published by Dundurn in spring 2012, this literary-thriller continues to garner critical acclaim. Fans will be glad to know a sequel, Pumpkin Eater, is awaiting publication by Dundurn. Jeffrey is currently completing The Jade Butterfly, the third and final book in the series.


Pumpkin Eater: A Dan Sharp Mystery Book

"Jeffrey Round's new mystery, Pumpkin Eater, has a lot of moving parts and they all work beautiful to deliver a complex, suspenseful and touching story. "
Michael Nava, author of the Henry Rios Mystery series


"Pumpkin Eater reminds us why we keep coming back to Jeffrey Round, with a mystery that hooks us and some of the most engaging, complex and satisfying gay characters currently in print. Creepy, touching and funny in just the right measure. I look forward to the third installment."
Christian Baines, author of The Beast Without


"Jeffrey Round is the gay Margaret Atwood!"
Luba Goy, comedien



Vanished in Vallarta: A Bradford Fairfax Murder Mystery

What happens in Puerto Vallarta, stays in Puerto Vallarta...  On a mysterious assignment in the famed Mexican resort town, gay caballero Bradford Fairfax finds he has a lot on his hands while celebrity-sitting a troubled diva in sunny Mexico. Third in the Bradford Fairfax Mystery Series, Vanished In Vallarta was my eighth completed novel.



Harwood Estate Vineyards Pinot Gris and St. Laurent by Harwood Estate Vineyards will be served.











Thursday May 22, 2014 from 6-8pm

Work by ASHe Levesque



Born in Arnprior, Ontario, ASHe has spent most of his artistic career in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and presently resides and works in Montreal, Quebec.


Ashe works mostly with acrylic and charcoal on canvas or wood, and recently developed a new technique involving digitally drawn paintings.


He concentrates the energy of his art on portraying not only his story, but to entice the eyes of the viewer in a tenacious manner or have them rest in a Zen like space of tranquility.  Every piece of work has a line to follow and a place to rest.


His work has been shown in various venues throughout Canada and he exposes and sells most of his work on his personal website and other social media websites.


Ashe became aware of his talent to paint in his 30's while living in Vancouver, where he began his career as a painter.  His self-taught "artist" style comes from instinctual and intuitive direction within.  Since then he has taken various courses to expand on his talents such as encaustic painting at the Toronto School of Art, and various painting/drawing classes at the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal, Canada.


Articles written on his work "such as the Ottawa Citizen" acclaim his ability to capture the attention of the viewer with his use of bold colours and stylized lines.


New projects will include paganism styles and yoga themed asanas (poses), exposing the human form in posture and movement, along with energy filled nature and landscapes.


Wine and winery to be announced for the wine tasting portion of this event.









Saturday May 31st from 6-8pm

Christopher DiRaddo book reading and signing of The Geography of Pluto.

Twenty-eight-year-old Will, a teacher living in Montreal, has spent the last few months recovering from a breakup with his first serious boyfriend, Max. He has resumed his search for companionship, but has he truly moved on?


Will’s mother Katherine — one of the few people, perhaps the only one, who loves him unconditionally — is also in recovery, from a bout with colon cancer that haunts her body and mind with the possibility of relapse.


Having experienced heartbreak, and fearful of tragedy, Will must come to terms with the rule of impermanence: to see past lost treasures and unwanted returns, to find hope and solace in the absolute certainty of change.


In The Geography of Pluto, Christopher DiRaddo perfectly captures the ebb and flow of life through the insightful, exciting, and often playful story of a young man’s day-to-day struggle with uncertainty.


Christopher DiRaddo has published four short stories in anthologies by Arsenal Pulp Press, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning First Person Queer. Currently, he works for CBC Radio in Montreal as a content editor for Canada Writes. The Geography of Pluto is his first novel.


Headshot courtesy of Paul Specht (photographer)


Wine to be announced for the wine tasting portion of this event.









Thursday June 5, 2014 from 6-8pm

Work by José Fontaine, (Gatineau, Quebec)

Meet the artist who creates unique chainmail steel and silver jewellery, for both men and women, as well as leather ties and bracelets.

Wine and winery to be announced for the wine tasting portion of this event.








Thursday June 12, 2014 from 6-8pm



Danielle is a self taught artist born in Toronto, Ontario.  She incorporates organic materials with acrylic paints which creates incredible texture and movement to the canvas.  Meet Danielle in person and discuss her newest works.


Wine to be announced for the wine tasting portion of this event.











Thursday June 26, 2014 from 6-8pm

Wine and Pottery 2

*This is the 2nd Wine and Pottery event as per our clients requests.  Our first event booked solid in less than a week.


Participating potters to be announced. 

Details to follow.....










Thursday July 10, 2014 from 6-8pm

WORK BY Chris Gruver


Details to follow.....






Friday August 22, 2014 from 6-8pm

WORK BY Jeffrey McGuire


Art has been a big part of Jeffreys life since childhood.  From as far back as he can remember he was always doodling or drawing.  His parents nurtured his creativity and he is grateful to them for it.  Jeffrey strongly believes that artistic ability is a gift meant to be shared.  He hopes his work inspires and encourages others to follow their passion.  


Jeffrey works primarily in acrylic and ink but he has explored and experimented with other media as well.  Lately He has been working quite a bit on recyled surfaces wherever he can find them - things like tabletops and pieces of shelving.  Jeffrey likes the idea of liberating a piece of trash and transforming it into art! His creative approach is a journey of trial and error, layering, texturizing, re-working and reflection; Jeffrey is a process artist.  



Wine to be announced for the wine tasting portion of this event.

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