Will Munro's magic
Mar 07 2012 | The Art Gallery of York University’s (AGYU) spring exhibition, Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic, is the most complete retrospective of the iconic local’s artwork ever assembled. For some attendees it will be their first exposure to one of Toronto’s most influential queer artists
Mar 06 2012 | "I’m a neo-fetishist. If it’s new, I want to fuck it,” laughs Ryan Russell. Russell is a tech-savvy performer who stays in constant connection with his fans via Twitter (@RyanRussellXXX) and his website (ryanrussellxxx.com). “These are the people who engage with the work
From art-porn actor to Genie nominee
Mar 05 2012 | “I was always very different from my family and my surroundings when I was younger, in a lot more ways than just sexual orientation,” says singer/songwriter Jay Brannan. “For some reason, I’ve always been a bit of a misfit and seen the world much differently than those around
Labour of love & literature
Feb 27 2012 | It was announced on Feb 8 that Glad Day Bookshop, Canada’s oldest gay bookstore, is being bought by a group of 17 community members. The move has rescued the beloved shop from possible closure: current owner John Scythes had decided to either sell or close the doors forever. The new owners hav
Feb 27 2012 | The crew behind the men-for-men site squirt.org is introducing a revamped mobile site, called Squirt Mobile, the first version of which was launched in 2009. “Apps like Grindr and Scruff have changed the market and the way people want to access these sites,” says Jeff
Feb 26 2012 | Paul Bellini: Tell us about your new show, Penny Plain.
Ronnie Burkett: It’s about the last three days of civilization. It is set in a rooming house run by a blind woman named Penny Plain. At the beginning, her seeing-eye dog, Jeffrey, decides to leave and spend the rest of his life as a ma
Little shops of homo
Feb 21 2012 | For about 15 years now, despite hopscotching locations around the block, Flatirons has been a rainbow-hued fixture of the Church-Wellesley Village, even as every observable trend says it should have gone out of business by now.
In the mire of recession these past few years, it’s many
Feb 19 2012 | Known for her high hair and filthy mouth, Lady Bunny is a New York City nightlife institution who helped bring drag to the masses way back in 1985 when she started the East Village festival Wigstock. Never afraid to speak her mind, she’s the perfect choice to be a celebrity judge at Crews and
Feb 13 2012 |
Valentine’s Day is a holiday both loved and loathed. Toronto’s favourite party people tell Scott Dagostino about their most memorable nights of hearts and flowers, and the pleasure — or pain — that followed.
Ryan G Hinds
Naked men, Nazis, show tunes and heart
Jan 06 2012 | Alistair Newton’s audacious theatrical cabaret, Loving the Stranger or How To Recognize an Invert, frames the life of the late Peter Flinsch, gay Holocaust survivor, German expat and painter. It’s an exploration of how liberal times breed the most intense hatred and violence toward those
Pretty, masculine powerhouse
Jan 04 2012 | Montreal-born butch cutie Mike Ruiz (below) is a glamorous multitasker. What else would you call a man who has transformed himself from a successful model/actor into a celebrity photographer who straddles the worlds of queer activism and reality-TV superstardom? Ruiz is not afraid to try anything, s
Dec 28 2011 | How many queens does it take to make a prediction? According to local psychic and event organizer Ralph Hamelmann, it takes only the four in his tarot deck and all their fabulous friends. Ralph and his cohort of carefully selected clairvoyants offer psychic brunches two Sundays a month at Cabbagetow
American, but no idiot
Dec 26 2011 | Drew Rowsome: How did you get the role in American Idiot?
Kelvin Moon Loh: I remember seeing it on Broadway in 2009 and saying, “I don’t care what it takes; I must be a part of this show. I don’t care who I have to sleep with.” Thankfully, I just auditioned.
Did your ex
Our 2011 gay year in review
Dec 21 2011 | After another year of dismal economic news and homosexual hardships, 2011 seemed like our collective breaking point, as if everyone declared, “Enough,” and began pushing back. While Americans won the right to be gay and shoot people, marry in some states, and fine their athletes for bein
Cirque du Soleil goes Boum
Dec 14 2011 | A thick layer of makeup and a concealing costume cannot subdue the bundle of energy that is Rafael Munhoz as he transforms into Boum Boum. “He’s not my basic personality,” laughs Munhoz. “I’m more happy. He’s not ‘down,’ but he is sensitive and serious
Santa and his men
Dec 07 2011 | It’s that magical time of year when thoughts turn to Santa and the load he’ll be leaving under smartly decorated trees. This year we cast our holiday gaze to his right-hand men and what they have in the workshop for your loved ones. After all, even Santa needs a hand figuring out what gi
Sucking back the season
Dec 01 2011 | Traditionally low-culture foods like doughnuts and mini corn dogs have been interpreted into gourmet restaurant menus, and that mentality springboards the Jell-O shooter into becoming the jelly shot,” explains Michelle Palm, the brainchild behind the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen blog and cookbook.
Accenting the ass in classy
Nov 30 2011 | "People like to look at good-looking people." Jorge Saban Jr shrugs, "Who wouldn't want to be served by a hunky guy in boxers?"
Saban created Crewmen & Co -- a company that provides waiters, bartenders and shopping companions in either "classy" (almost formal