Home help for homos
Sep 15 2011 | Small-town virtues on Church St? Some traditions are worth hanging on to. For just over 75 years, Dudley's Hardware has been the go-to place for homeowners and apartment dwellers whenever there is a problem. The list of what they carry, and the services they provide, is impressive — screen
Watch out for the help at Buddies
Sep 14 2011 | You can be drawn into it so easily and go too far. And I think that’s sexy,” says Ron Kennell, who stars in Buddies’ season-opening production of Jean Genet’s The Maids. “The desire to perform, to be someone else, to live out your fantasies can be intoxicating and dange
'80s made Victorian
Sep 12 2011 | "We would never leave Cabbagetown,” Keith Pfeiffer declares. When he and his partner, Lawrence Reiter, immigrated to Toronto four years ago, they settled first in the Annex. They had left South Africa because of the crime, and Reiter was reluctant to live in Cabbagetown because of its pur
Sep 08 2011 | Are you there yet? Have you reached that point in your relationship where if things don’t change you’re going to change the locks? I think I’m there (but don’t worry, Honey, your key will work tonight). Have you tried sex?
I recently re-read an awesome essay entitled &ldqu
The gay divorcee
Sep 06 2011 | It’s hard enough to face a breakup, but for those who’ve been gay-married, getting gay-divorced really sucks. “Of all the other pain and anguish that goes with a relationship ending, it surprised me to feel like I had failed,” says Andrew [his last name withheld]. “I ha
School's in and out
Sep 05 2011 | When club promoter Matt Sims (below left) first moved to Toronto, he was overwhelmed by all the opportunities that our glittering city afforded. But he was only 17, so he couldn’t (legally) get in to many of them. It’s a common problem for queer youth; unlike their hetero counterparts, i
Labour Day Weekend full of bears with balls
Sep 02 2011 | The first weekend in September will be open season for bear hunting in Toronto, as hundreds of bears and their admirers descend on the city like Winnie the Pooh on a pot of honey, for Labour Bear Weekend. Thrown by upstart promoters Francis Gaudreault and Steve Palmer, of Pitbull fame, Labour Bear W
To Sirs with love
Sep 01 2011 | Alex Canning is Mr Leatherman Toronto 2012, awarded the title in a ceremony held at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on Aug 13. The charming father of four told the story of how his little daughter, fed up with other kids mocking her gay dad, stood up and defended him in class. It was the first time an M
Aug 29 2011 | Tweed, Ontario is a small town of 1,300 people where Rob Ford and his ilk would feel right at home drinking beer and protecting their pale skin from the sun. Lately the town has been abuzz about a new adults-only gay campground, where clothing is often replaced by sunscreen. The surprising thing is
The misadventures of Bellini superstar
Aug 25 2011 | "I’ll be reading more selections from my fab columns, including the entire history of my war with the bears of Toronto,” says veteran fab columnist Paul Bellini.
Bellini’s recent reading/standup/performance art piece, Flatus Maximus, was a sold-out hit. The audience was red
Fan Expo for fruits
Aug 24 2011 | Nerds come in all shapes and sizes, and many of them are totally gay. If you are one of those who love all things dorky, there are plenty of guests at this year’s Fan Expo with great gay appeal. Here are just a few:
Sam Trammell: (bottom left) Otherwise known as the shape-shifting owner of
John Waters: Filthy Vaudeville
Aug 22 2011 | It’s hard to believe that John Waters, the enfant terrible maker of such films as Pink Flamingos and Hairspray, is 65, but that hasn’t dimmed his awesome powers in the least. Waters is bringing his one-man show This Filthy World to Toronto to complement the Festival of Fear.
Two years of Sodom
Aug 17 2011 | Gomorrah, eat your heart out. Sodom, Toronto’s over-the-top masquerade club night, turns two this month.
“Two years is a long time in clubland,” says Mitchel Raphael, Sodom’s primary organizer and the photographer of the event’s signature posters that are then enhanc
Underwear Issue: Queen West Side Story
Aug 03 2011 | Above: Dirk Bikkembergs ribbed white cotton underwear ($18); Calvin Klein white body trunk ($25); Unico white trunk ($26) @ Out on the Street
ES Collection Barcelona swimsuit, ($89.95) @ Priape; short-sleeved military shrug
New girls on the Base
Jul 29 2011 | With one sugary pop hit after another, Swedish foursome Ace of Base was once unstoppable.
Like a new-age ABBA (only no one in the band ever bumped uglies since three of the founding members are siblings), they ruled the charts worldwide and broke records with their 1993 album (which many of us...
Queers, beers and rears
Jul 26 2011 | Beer is a fantastic, delicious and complex beverage,” says Mirella Amato, the founder of Beerology, a company that focuses on beer education. “We have such an amazing selection available in Ontario right now. I think people are curious to find out more, what beers they like and why.&r...
fab's Gay Patio Guide
Jul 20 2011 | In spite of (or maybe because of) our miserably prolonged slushy winters, Toronto in the summer briefly becomes one of the greatest places on earth. There’s no better way to realize that than by sitting on a patio, drink in hand, chatting with friends and flirting with strangers. Our city i...
Jul 15 2011 | I love performing for male audiences,” says BoylesqueTO’s Mickey D Liscious. “I feel they’re getting to know what burlesque is and what it offers — the thrill of having someone turn you on without just grabbing your dick.”
With all the hypersexualized images...
Fags on the Fringe
Jul 06 2011 | Following Pride, Toronto is taken over by another big, crazy show. Literally. The Toronto Fringe Festival, now in its 22nd year, is the city’s largest theatre festival, hosting more than 140 shows in 27 venues. Many of its brightest stars are from the queer community.
Toronto natives wil...
Next gay review: Hugh Jackman In Concert
Jul 06 2011 | Hugh Jackman became a household name by starring in the X-Men films as Wolverine, the ultimate ass-kicking alpha male with a metal skeleton and killer chops. On July 5, at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, he showed an eager (and randy) audience a good time by exploring his first love -- ...