The most unique party and fundraiser of the year: PROMdemonium!
When I first heard about PROMdemonium a few months ago – I was immediately sold on it by the event’s description:
“Ottawa’s radical, community-oriented, gender-bending, bike-loving, enviro-humping, queer-diggin, slow dancing, big dress wearing prom that you never had!”
Having somehow missed this event over the past four years, I wanted to be sure to catch the fifth anniversary.
PROMdemonium is more than just a great dance party – it also raises funds for a lot of local charities that would otherwise have a hard time getting funding. This year’s list of recipients include: Families of Sisters in Spirit, Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites in Ottawa (CSCS), APT613′s Heritage Redux Minutes, Ecology Ottawa’s Campaign to Clean Up Our Rivers, and The Tool Shed Zine.
All of the proceeds from the event go directly to these charities, providing them continued opportunities to make a difference in our community.
In addition to the opportunity to dress as fancy or as gaudy as you’d like, there are events throughout the night to make the evening extra special. There’s an automated photo booth (what’s a prom without photos?), slow dance lessons from Dance with Alana, community tables from various organizations, and DJs Meera and Yalla Yalla providing fresh tunes for the night.
While many charity events and dances can have high ticket prices – PROMdemonium offers a sliding scale of $10-25 for their tickets to suit both those on a budget and those with a bit more to give. Tickets are available at Venus Envy and Octopus Books – both great, local stores.
As a side note, I’ll be taking out my new, tailored, Indochino suit for the first time – just in time to decide what I’ll be picking up from their Travelling Tailor shop, which is in town next week. If you’re a man looking for a good suit, I highly recommend them!
It’s not too late to pick up tickets and get in on the great party and fundraising – if nothing else, PROMdemonium is certainly unlike any other event in Ottawa. And if you do come, look for the blonde guy with the glasses in the gray plaid suit and say hello!