Confessions on a theatre floor
Oct 16 2012 | “It’s awesome in terms of romance,” says Brad Hampton of his autobiographical cabaret The Picture of Happiness. “The idea of a young soldier in 1941 — all the terror, waste and fear.” When he was 23, Hampton found a photo of two men in his grandmother’s base
Next gay theatre review: La Cage aux Folles
Oct 13 2012 | "I Am What I Am" is such an ubiquitous -- especially the dance remix -- anthem around Pride that we forget where it came from and what it once meant. The production of La Cage aux Folles that is running at the Royal Alexandra Theatre reminds us; Christopher Sieber, magnificently embodying
Next gay theatre review: Saucisse
Oct 12 2012 | Given the title and description -- a musical about “friendship, fate and meat” -- I should have been a little more prepared for the experience of Saucisse. Written, produced and performed by the amazing Helen Donnelly, this is an outlandish, lovely clown show. It’s also very twiste
Next gay theatre review: Bloodless
Oct 12 2012 | Bloodless is well-timed for those looking for a musical with a Halloween feel. The tale is based on the true story of two Irishmen who murdered 17 people in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the early 19th century. The set is hazy and grey, the eyes are sunken — the chorus is mostly people who have been
Gonna dress you up in my love
Oct 11 2012 | During my interview with our cover thing, John O, I asked him how much of a role fashion plays in Diamond Rings. His answer was simple: “Fashion, to me, is just as important as the songs themselves. I don’t privilege any facet, as an artist, above or below. To me it’s all one cohes
VIDEO: Have a gay ol' Halloween
Oct 11 2012 | Halloween is a gateway drug to homosexuality. What other holiday promotes flamboyance and gender bending? How many impressionable young men do you think will dress up as the Ermergerd Gersberms girl this year? A parent’s worst fear.
Thankfully, The Onion, always a bastion of reason an
Oct 11 2012 | “It’s the 25th year of an organization that works directly with our community, and it’s exposing local artists, and — I don’t want to make a tasteless pun — but it’s a very positive event,” says Robert Torbica, the organizer of One World, a benefit for
Oct 11 2012 | “It’s kind of sick in a way,” confesses Danusia Rogacki, Canada’s Wonderland’s area manager of technical and event services. “I like to watch the ends of the mazes — there’s always something especially frightening — and see the people sprinting t
Prohibition & Provocation party
Oct 10 2012 | Thursday, Oct 11 at Steam Whistle, the ultra-fantastic Community One Foundation is throwing a glam party to raise money to distribute to small queer start-ups. The event is called Prohibition and Provocation and is a 1920s speakeasy-themed party.
The Community One Foundation provides grants to or
Diamond Rings takes over Fab issue #461
Oct 10 2012 | And werk and turn and read and walk! Fab's latest issue falls heavy into fashion.
Issue #461 dives into the crazy world of Toronto's pop boy wonder (and Fab cover thing) Diamond Rings. Find out who inspires his style choices!
(Also, click here to see our exclusive interview with the sing
Next gay theatre review: Tear the Curtain!
Oct 10 2012 | The magic of film, the magic of theatre, the nail-biting suspense of film noir, the electrifying tension of horror, and an intense intellectual debate on art versus reality and artistic validity -- Tear the Curtain! exists somewhere beyond an intoxicating artistic hybrid in a world of its own. The s
An artist is born
Oct 10 2012 | For those of you who lack transportation, beyond a TTC token, let me appeal to your friends with benefits: perhaps a drive to the RIM capital of the world should be on your radar this weekend. After all, in addition to the fresh perspective getting out of the city provides, nothing can open the mind
Judy, Judy, Judy
Oct 10 2012 | After the critical and popular success of Mickey and Judy during the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival, the show went on to win many prestigious international theatre and cabaret awards. Now Michael Hughes is back to perform his musical pseudo-memoir as part of the Global Cabaret Festival.
Next gay film review: Keep the Lights On
Oct 09 2012 | Director Ira Sachs’s Keep the Lights On won the Teddy Award in the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. The film is utterly engaging not only for the eroticism but also for powerful realism and subtle complexity.
The story is centered on Danish filmmaker Erik - played by Thure Lindhardt - and his dec
Song and dance and death
Oct 09 2012 | “It’s a sexy, dark comedy, right up the Halloween vein,” says Michael Rubinstein, one of the producers of Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare. “It’s a show about two serial killers, a murder trial with hookers involved, and it’s a musical with costumes in a Tim
Next gay theatre review: Sister Act
Oct 05 2012 | Blasphemy! Disco! Nuns! Sister Act is a delightfully weird hybrid that turns out to be an utterly madcap mainstream musical.
There are no intentional deep thoughts lurking under the glitz, just a relentless desire to entertain. Like a puppy begging to play, Sister Act will stop at nothing to make
Download the exclusive new Fab Mix #2000
Oct 05 2012 |
Our travel issue is full flight! There's no coming down! So we highly recommend downloadiung this mix (it's free!) from Toronto's DJ Kris Steeves to keep that party floating around and around and around!
Steeves spins for parties like Fit, Her and sometimes for his d
Give Divine all your money
Oct 05 2012 | “Like the John Waters protagonists he portrayed in numerous films, Divine was the ultimate outsider. Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine still succeeded in becoming an internationally recognized recording
OMG, the J Crew store is open!
Oct 04 2012 | J Crew has found a second Toronto home on the third floor of the Eaton Centre, right next to Indigo bookstore. Layers of plaid and pops of colour highlight the interior, which is a mix of arcadian design and has the most handsome staff within a one-block radius. I wasn't able to take photos of t
Next gay review: Barbra Streisand's Release Me
Oct 04 2012 | The prospect of a collection of new recordings from Barbra Streisand creates equal measures of excitement and terror. To call her output "erratic" is an understatement - from the brilliance of her disco work with Barry Gibb and The Broadway Album to the sheer horror of a duet with Celine D