The GO Centre struggled to find a new location after the fire that destroyed their space on Elgin Street. On top of that, they were busy trying to coordinate a major national conference that year, Celebration '79. A space above what was Yesterday's…

Lewis Street Sauna, named for much longer as Steamworks for Men, was a men's bathhouse owned by Wayne Cave and Ed St Jean, who also owned CP and Icon. The location was ideal for those who were at either of the bars, but wanted to walk over to the…

Screaming Mimi's was a coffeehouse beside the old location of Wilde's on the east side on Bank between Gilmour and Lewis, operating for a few years in the 1990s. The space is now the home of Thimblecakes bakery.If you know more details about this…

The Inn on Somerset was a well loved and respected gay-owned bed and breakfast that operated for many years, notably in the 2000s and 2010s. George Hartsgrove, who owned the Rideau View Inn on Frank for many years previously, needed a bigger hotel as…

Whether you loved it or loathed it, CP was definitely an institution. As the longest running gay bar in Ottawa, when it closed in early 2017, the community was reeling from the news. Rumours that it was in trouble had been circulating for some time,…

CCHC is Centretown's (and the Village's) spectacular community centre. Since 1969, they have been offering a wide variety of health and well-being services. Their team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, counsellors, dietitians, community…

Bruce House was formed in 1988 during the height of the AIDS crisis in Ottawa. A sub-committee of the AIDS Committee of Ottawa, the AIDS Housing Group, was desperately looking for funding and a home to offer housing and hospice care to predominately…

The GO Centre would find what would be its final home in April of 1985, opening officially in November 1986. The space moved west on Lisgar to number 318, near Bank Street, and was above a laundromat. The landlord and owner of the laundromat was…

Icon was THE hot spot in town during the 1990s and early 2000s. Owned by Wayne Cave and Ed St Jean of CP, Steamworks and Franky's, The bar offered a multi-level lounge and dance experience for the whole community. The basement bar was frequently the…

The Village Inn Pub was a casual drinking and dining pub on Bank Street. It hosted a popular karaoke night for many years. It changed ownership and was rebranded as Connor's Pub, turning into a more mainstream space. However, with the closing of CP…