Articles tagged with: Michael Burtch

This Is What Sex-Positivity Looks Like

published: June, 24, 2011 Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Capital Xtra’s AIDS Activist of the Year Michael Burtch and the photo shoot that didn’t go quite the way he planned.

The invitation said to dress in your ’super-hero finest’. In January I won the AIDS Activist of the Year Hero Award from Ottawa’s Capital Xtra, after having been nominated three years in a row by the paper, and was having my photo taken for a two page centre spread.   I arrived at Flamingo Bar to have my photo taken with three other activists. Our photos were to be spliced into a larger group shot with another photo taken the day before, through the magic of photo shop. The the

Heroes Week: More from Ottawa and the Canadian AIDS Society

published: June, 09, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

An interview with another hero: feisty aboriginal activist David Nelson, plus a highly personal look at highlights of the 2011 Canadian AIDS Society Forum and AGM in Ottawa last week.

Heroes Week: More from Ottawa and the Canadian AIDS Society

CAS was 25 this year. It celebrated the occasion with one of the best AGM/Forums I’ve attended. True  - attendance at the AGM was down, and we need to examine what that’s about.   But it was an event that felt right with a an emphasis on moving forward without the kind of wrangling from the floor that has marred previous events. Here are my Top Ten highlights. Number one (it’s always number one) was reconnecting with the community represented by people from acr

The All New Wonder Woman

published: May, 25, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

Ottawa guy Michael Burtch goes all geeky on us. “It’s shaping up to be an exciting couple of months for Wonder Woman fans” he says.

With two issues of Wonder Woman hitting news stands in June, the hardcover collection of Wonder Woman issues 600-606 going on sale the same month, and the first official Wonder Woman sculpture (designed by Don Kramer) of the Amazing Amazon in her new costume going on sale in July, it’s shaping up to be an exciting couple of months for Wonder Woman fans! With the year long ’Odyssey’ storyline drawing to a close, I’m excited to see if Wonder Woman will keep her new costume and direction!

Build Our Bank 3 A Success In The Gaybourhood

published: May, 24, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Events, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Michael Burtch reports from Ottawa: “Last week I helped flier and prep for the 3rd annual Build Our Bank, a fundraiser for the Village Initiative . . . “

The event helps fund the campaign to create a safer space on Bank Street (Ottawa) by paying note of the area’s queer history. Regrettably I could not attend the wildly popular event at Café Paradiso because of  work and missed the live auctions, the EgoMen as guest servers, Karen Oxorn, DJ Ashley Gauthier, and others who were booked to entertain that night. If you too were unable to attend, but wish to support the Village Initiative, visit them at to donate or lea

The No Pant’s Dance

published: May, 21, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Gay Men, Fundraisers, Events, Events, Population Specific

PositiveLite’s Michael Butch sent us this announcement for the AIDS Committee of Ottawa’s “No Pants No Problem” Party.

The No Pant’s Dance

Based on Toronto’s Jessica Whitbread’s ‘No Pants, No Problem’ party, the AIDS Committee of Ottawa is throwing the ‘No Pants Dance’ on Saturday, May the 28th at Gallery 101 (301 ½ Bank Street) with DJ Skid Vicious! The sex-positive, anti-body fascist, queer, safer sex celebration aims to engage party-goers in a dialogue towards discussing anal and testicular/cervical cancer and health, HPV, and HIV in a holistic health model. ACO outreach workers and volunteers will also be on hand

Fighting The Good Fight in the Nation’s Capital

published: May, 20, 2011 Categories // Activism, Community Events, Fundraisers, Events

Our man in Ottawa Michael Burtch reports in on a busy program of advocacy, activism and fundraising events

With BASHFUL over, my friends and co-workers turned their attention to attending the hearing of Stephen Harper's appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada to end InSite's life-saving work as North America's only supervised injection site. In the afternoon, they would take to Parliament Hill as part of a pro-choice presence during the ‘March For Life‘. Ottawa’s closeted gay Mayor Jim Watson had controversially declared it ‘Respect For Life Day’, and a women’s right to choose a “slippe

A Bloody Mess

published: May, 18, 2011 Categories // Photography

Michael Burtch says: “Last month I had the honour of being asked to participate in a photo shoot . . . .

 . . . . . . . . with the Arabic Goddess Sultanna and Toronto’s own Dita Dior, as shot by the talented Lucyna DanUta Barossa. While I’m sworn to secrecy about the details of the shoot while the images are in post-production and being shopped around, I did manage to snap this quick behind the scenes photo while I had my makeup applied!

Getting Smashed At BASHFUL!

published: May, 17, 2011 Categories // Events

Michael Burtch is one year older. Here’s what went down at his birthday party bash,

After spending two hours setting up, and another three soliciting and recording bids on the art of Dan Ziemkiewicz after my volunteer curator canceled, I ordered a fourth Rev on an empty stomach and blissfully started down the rabbit hole towards drunken oblivion and Birthday shenanigans. BASHFUL was first and foremost intended as a P.O.W.E.R. fundraiser, but it was also my twenty-ninth birthday , and with many of my friends, co-workers, and acquaintances gathered in one place, I decided to ma

Artist Andrew Gayed Interviewed

published: May, 09, 2011 Categories // Art, Arts and Entertainment, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality

Michael Burtch chats with the twenty-one year old Ottawa photographer about his piece ‘4 Pills Once Daily’, getting hate mail, anuses, and why waiting can sometimes help make better art

(This piece is best read in conjunction with Michael’s earlier entry about the work Andrew Gayed featured him in here.)   Can you talk about the process and camera you used to construct ‘4 Pills Once Daily‘?Supplementary research was made to have a better understanding of the issue. I had an idea of what the series would look like, so I took some initial photos with a 'stand-in' model to decide various compositional elements. Then I interviewed my model to gage a personal accou

News from the Nation's Capital: it's tea dance time!

published: April, 18, 2011 Categories // Community Events, Events

On Saturday, May 7th, Swizzles Bar (246 Queen St-Ottawa) will be hosting a tea dance called BASHFUL

On Saturday, May 7th, Swizzles Bar & Grill in downtown Ottawa will host the semi-annual tea dance BASHFUL in support of P.O.W.E.R. (Prostitutes of Ottawa/Gatineau, Work, Educate, and Resist). In 2010, P.O.W.E.R. published ‘Challenges: Ottawa Area Sex Workers Speak Out’, a report documenting the ongoing harm committed by Canada’s antiquated and moralistic approach to sex work. The report would contribute to the growing body of research that showed the inherent value and important con

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