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e should have seen it coming. While tabulating the fab Gay Sex Survey 2011 results we were somewhat surprised (astounded, actually) to ﬁnd Stephen Harper listed — not once, but three times — as someone who inspired respondents to masturbate. Could it be the aggressiveness of the attack ads (Harper as a humiliation top)? The piercing chill of his stare (gays are occasionally, and usually tragically, attracted to the blank and unattainable)? The strained smile (some of us like the challenge of turning frigid to ﬁerce — locked lips often disguise gaping jaws of repressed desire)? The Teﬂon quality of his alabaster skin (nothing sticks to this man — not offensive requests that supporters dress in “ethnic” outﬁts, not G20 revelations, not contempt of Parliament charges, etc, etc), which bodes well for bukkake or splashing cleanup? Or could it just be the hunky bodyguards that surround him, preventing questions or interaction? Maybe it’s just the power. And with his majority Harper has even more of it. Let’s hope he remembers Spider-Man’s mantra: “With great power there must also come great responsibility.” That is, if Harper read comic books in his youth — Yann Martel’s What Is Stephen Harper Reading? campaign was inconclusive about our leader’s literacy. Every two weeks Martel sent the PM a book to read but never received a thank-you, or even a response. Are all those ideas now landﬁll? We’ll probably never know — since Harper likes to circumvent that pesky Access to Information Act. It’s a shame that being an intellectual is no longer considered sexy or good in a leader. Hot professor daddy Ignatieff was attacked for being internationally seasoned and for teaching at Harvard and Oxford — in a better world that would be an asset. However, when the ruling party’s science and tech minister is a creationist; the minister of international cooperation can’t remember (or won’t reveal until caught) whether she altered an ofﬁcial document; the government House leader won’t even peek out of the closet (maybe he’s one of the three who jerks off to images of Stephen Harper — try to ﬂush that image out of your brain, gentle readers); and the long-promised tome on hockey (even Don Cherry managed to scribble out an actual book) has yet to materialize, one has to conclude that brain power is not the aphrodisiac responsible for the Conservatives’ allure. It is odd that Jack Layton, having been a fab cover model and a fab guy, didn’t get votes in our sex survey. Perhaps if the survey had come out while Layton was making his powerful surge from behind, the dapper man with the clone mustache would have factored in our sexual consciousness. But in the world beyond the survey, Canadians got past their fears and their twisted Conservative carnal cravings and gave the NDP a solid chunk of the vote. With luck, the power that Layton now wields will trump his nice-guy appeal and he will be able to tap into Canadians’ tendency to fetishize power and autocracy. And just maybe, our fab Gay Sex Survey 2015 will see Layton gleefully topping Harper.
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“What a perfect thesis: take album titles and reimagine them,” says photographer and artist R Kelly Clipperton of his new photography show, Top 30. “No influence from the original album artwork, the band or the music: just let the title feed me ideas.” Duran Duran’s Rio, under Clipperton’s lens, becomes a concoction of sun, sand, sweat and sex. Version 2.0 by Garbage mutates into a woman, post-plastic surgery, soaking in her fancy new visage. Katy Perry’s One of the Boys is a more ballsy take on Perry’s notion; Hotel California by the Eagles is a filthy ode to LA’s casting couch environment; and AC/DC’s Highway to Hell (right) becomes a twisted, naked ride to remember. Albums have never been so sexy. — Matt Thomas R Kelly Clipperton’s Top 30 runs until Sun, May 22 at Pentimento Fine Art Gallery, 1164 Queen St E. kellyclipperton.com
“When he takes his shirt off there’s obviously a wow factor that cannot be denied.” Director Kenneth Branagh on why he cast actor Chris Hemsworth as Thor. “It’s not really necessary to see a shirtless, studly Victor swing chains around and later wrestle with the naked creature for about a minute.” Hidefdigest.com reviews a previous Branagh adaptation of a canonical work: Frankenstein, in which Branagh played Victor. “I just think if same-sex kisses are what he is prioritizing and concentrating on changing, our country’s in trouble.” Actress Brooke Vincent, who plays a teenaged lesbian on Coronation Street, in reference to a proposed ban on gay kissing on British television before 9pm. Reverse-strip-poker nights, Nudepalooza and Nudestock Events planned by the Young Nudists and Naturists of America to recruit new members. “Disease-ridden and shortlegged. A blind imitation of the vulgar culture of the West.” Iranian lawmakers explain why owning a dog is about to become illegal. “Donald Trump is Pompous A**hole! Donald Trump ( mr chapter11) is Only a Mean Spirited BAD ACTOR who couldn’t ﬁnd his a** with both hands & a map!” Cher tweets about the potential Republican candidate for US president.
Metcalf St has been dubbed “the most beautiful street in Toronto,” says John White. “It’s one continuous garden all along the street.” When White and his partner, Gilles Huot, bought and renovated their Victorian Cabbagetown home, they were so caught up in the gutting, reconstruction and moving in that “summer started and we hadn’t factored in the outside.” They made up for it by buying ﬂowerpots for the whole street and creating a spectacular backyard garden — so spectacular that they are proudly opening it to the public as part of the Cabbagetown Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces Tour. Huot, who was primarily responsible, underplays the hard work involved and says the only glitch in the undertaking was that “the previous owner had buried a dog back there. The important thing is that we both have busy jobs and it’s great to come back to our little oasis. Some drive to their cottage; we just open the back door.” — Drew Rowsome The Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces Tour is Sun, June 5 from 10am–3pm. cabbagetownpa.ca
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The fab Gay Sex Survey 2011 found that Fleshlights are the sex toy most respondents wish they had in their homes. Recently, the helpful folks at Come As You Are supplied fab with a carton of Tenga Eggs, which are kind of like disposable Fleshlights. Testing volunteers lined up; I got the Tenga Clicker. I half expect to be greeted by a delicious chocolate shell upon cracking the egg. After getting past the new-rubber-glove smell and the sensation of my manhood being engulfed by a jellyﬁsh, it begins to feel very pleasant. The more the egg is stretched, rotated and rubbed up and down, the warmer it feels. The effect of the bumps inside the Clicker is not that obvious with an upand-down motion, but with a twisting motion — oh, baby. Even the not-so-discreet squelching sound can’t distract from the enjoyment. It becomes almost as natural as bare-palming. How wonderfully Japanese to now have a well-contained, easyto-clean orgasm. Can’t wait to try the other designs. — Eduardo Sabate Tenga Eggs are available for $10 each or $40 for a carton of six at Come As You Are, 701 Queen St W. comeasyouare.com
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he original Arthur was sold with the lyrics “between the moon and New York City.” The new Chaz condominium project at 45 Charles St E is being sold as between Tiffany’s and Woody’s, two places equally appealing to gay men. Marketing consultant Michael Hochman explains that in designing the Chaz, “social life was a big factor. We want it to be a social building.” Shrugging, as if it needs no explanation, he adds that gay men are very social. Every condominium has space set aside for socializing, but the Chaz has sacriﬁced prime real estate to create a welcoming lobby with lounge, wet bar and dining room and an outdoor lounge with barbecues, double-sided ﬁreplaces and waterfall. There is also a post-walk pet spa by the side entrance, making it, as the literature suggests, “quick and easy to get Fido back to a state where he won’t be wreaking havoc on those priceless Persian rugs.” The second ﬂoor has a gym, 3D theatre, theatre with kitchenette, and computer gamers’ arena. The model suite combines extreme functionality with lots of open space; a giant ﬂoor-to-ceiling medicine chest has room for every product imaginable, and sliding doors open up to create one large living space. The dishwasher is larger than the oven, but the open kitchen is ready for the most determined Bobby Flay wannabe. The real jewel is what’s been done with the 35th and 36th ﬂoors. “It’s a party room,” says Hochman, “but more sophisticated. It is the hub of the residence.” With the two ﬂoors turned into one, the room takes up some of the primest real estate in the project. It faces south, with 18 feet of soaring glass offering a panoramic view of the city, and resembles an upscale nightclub more than a party room. A ﬁve-star kitchen for dinner parties and a long wet-bar contrast with casual conversation areas and comfy seating for soaking up the vista. Residents can go out for the evening without ever leaving the building. Many condos in the Village are known for being home to gays, but it’s heartening to see a developer doing actual outreach. As much as the luxurious environs of nearby Yorkville are touted, there is also a big banner with a Church Wellesley Village street sign — rainbows and all — and an acknowledgment that Pusateri’s on Church is the best nearby spot for grocery shopping. The bar in the sky will never replace Woody’s as a social hub, but on those nasty winter days the residents of Chaz will be forgiven for cocooning a few ﬂoors up. chazoncharles.com Drew Rowsome is an associate editor at fab who wishes his position could afford him such a condominium.
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ith more than 15 years of culinary experience, chef Patrick Wiese is the perfect match for the ﬁrst season of Top Chef Canada. After moving to Toronto from Chicago in 2006, Wiese was executive chef at Toronto hotspot Fuzion; he currently works as a private chef. He has done various guest-chef gigs, including a stint in Mexico City alongside celebrity chefs Lynn Crawford and Corbin Tomaszeski, and recently led a food and wine tour of South Africa. It also doesn’t hurt that Wiese worked for Oprah Winfrey for two years, is a super-hot daddy with an expansive palate and has a very quick wit. Matt Thomas made reservations with Wiese and then grilled the only gay in the kitchen on this season’s Top Chef Canada.
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MT: How many “top”-related jokes have your friends subjected you to since hearing you’d be on Top Chef Canada? PW: I haven’t heard any “top” jokes as of yet, but any are welcomed… if they are funny. MT: How was the experience on the show for you as a gay man? Do any other queers step up to the grill on the show with you? PW: My sexuality was irrelevant. I didn’t keep it a secret, but it was about my talents as a chef on the show and getting recognized as chef Patrick Wiese, not as the gay man that I am. As far as other gays on the show, in the words of Daffyd from Little Britain, “I was the only gay in the village.” MT: Do you believe in mixing in a bit of cuisine with the bedroom? If so, what would you whip up? PW: I believe that food and sex go hand in hand. If you have the right imagination and want to explore with each other, then why not bring in food to play with — something salty, sticky but oh, so sweet!
MT: Who would be your perfect dining partner? PW: I have always thought that in a perfect world I’d be able to sit and have dinner with Oprah Winfrey instead of serving her dinner. This would be a dream come true. She has always inﬂuenced my life with the way she has encouraged me to be who I need to be, go after my dreams and understand that I am the only person holding me back. I have learned so much from her and have carried it with me all these years. I would like to sit down and thank her for indirectly being the most inﬂuential person in my life.
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ost design gurus are quick to lecture the masses from on high about how to redesign their living spaces, but Ambrose Price surprises and disarms by admitting that he’s still ﬁguring it out himself. Now in its second season on HGTV Canada, The Decorating Adventures of Ambrose Price follows the 27-year-old designer on his mission to add to his portfolio and build a studio, one risky renovation at a time. “I pride myself on really listening,” says the Gemini Award– winning host, who says his show “has more appeal to the average person who wants to decorate their home.” In taking on each new client, he says, “I look at their personality, what they’re wearing, their home, trying to get a handle on what they would like. For all of the makeovers I did on Season 2 of the show, not one person came back with a complaint.” In essence, he says, “I don’t go against what they want; I add to it.” Price almost became a math teacher, but when his mother got sick with cancer, he left St John’s University and returned to his small hometown of Fortune, Newfoundland, to take care of her. Feeling lost after her death, he says, “I decided to go work parttime at a design ﬁrm and quickly realized I had a passion for it. I always had but never thought I could have a career, especially in Newfoundland.” Price soon became one of the designers at the ﬁrm, but his career truly took off after a night of ﬂipping channels. He saw an ad on HGTV Canada asking, “Could you be Canada’s next design superstar?” and says that at that moment, “I knew this was my ticket.” He applied and was ﬂown to Toronto in 2006 to compete on Designer Superstar Challenge. “I was only 22 at the time,” he says, “but I got ﬁfth place with little to no experience in design. People were eliminated before me who’d gone to design schools in New York.” In January 2007, HGTV Canada told him they were putting his very own show into development. “It happens all the time in shows like American Idol,” he laughs. “You don’t necessarily have to be the winner.” As he turns people’s homes from drab to fab, Price describes his own style as “eclectic,” mixing furniture and accessories from different styles and time periods. “I have all of that going on in my apartment,” he says. “I have a traditional dining room, but my bedroom is more modern. You can have a different look in each room.” While that approach can be stunning in a large home, a great many gay men are living in the cramped quarters
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of downtown condos. But Price insists even a tiny home can be beautiful. “When it comes to small spaces, scale is very important,” he says. “You walk into a condo and you see a big chunky sofa, and it just doesn’t ﬁt with the setting.” The problem, he says, comes when a room is stuffed with well-loved but incongruous pieces. “I think a lot of gay men end up with so much stuff because they see the beauty in everything. Even though people don’t have the space for, say, a beautiful vase they ﬁnd, they’ll buy it anyway,” he explains, noting the resulting visual chaos. “The eye goes everywhere; the room isn’t cohesive.” The solution, Price says, is two-fold and begins with balance. “If you have a traditional table, balance it out with a traditional lamp on your modern side table,” says Price. It’s not just about furniture, either. “It’s all about hard and soft as well. You have all your hard surfaces, but then you can really do a lot with drapery treatments, rugs, sofa cushions and textiles, textiles, textiles. They really add that extra element to a room that gives it a cozy, A quick paint welcoming feel, and you can cater it job is a cheap design solution, to whatever style you like.” says Price. In his own home, Price says, “I like things to be neutral, but I play with colour. My apartment itself is condo-white with some accent walls in charcoal grey. But I have a blue couch that really pops, and I coordinate that blue again in the bedroom with some cushions. And I’ve added in some reds and some blacks. I like to accessorize with colour because it’s so easy to change it out. If I get sick of the red, I replace it with whatever colour tickles my fancy.” That’s the second solution to visual clutter, says Price: “If you have storage, you can continuously change up the look. The leftover pieces can go into storage and you can rotate them out every so often.” Many gay men avoid this issue altogether by sticking with a very modern, streamlined look. “I think it’s all relevant,” Price says, but it must be done with equal care. “A lot of people resort
to IKEA because it’s cheap, and when you go to their store, you see these little vignettes and it’s basically done for you. I’m not coming down on them; I think it’s great what they do,” but a mix of styles, he says, “adds so much more interest to a room than just all modern.” One can have splendour on a budget, Price insists. “One of my favourite stores that I recently discovered is Frontier, on the Danforth at Victoria Park. They buy up estates and bring them into their showroom and sell it all off at a really good price.” He then really surprises by saying, “HomeSense, I absolutely love. I shop there a lot for my TV show. It’s the perfect spot for accessories and ﬁlling in the gaps. You can get great stuff, even antiques sometimes, for a low price.” Hunting for beautiful bargains is both Price’s job and pleasure. “I love walking along Queen East, the Carlaw area, with this big stretch of antique stores.” Even with something old and beaten up, he says, “you can always reﬁnish it and
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Price pastes up some delightful designs. essentially turn it into a new piece. Reduce, reuse, recycle!” Many of us stick with a look we’re not excited about because a major renovation seems daunting and costly, but “you don’t need to go crazy and change the entire place,” Price says. “Take it one step at a time. Paint or wallpaper an accent wall. Buy a new rug. Gradually work in new elements. Even throw cushions and little things like that can really change the look of the space without you having to go and rip up the ﬂoor or tear out the kitchen.” Price’s growing success is based on developing his clients’ design skills as much as his own. “I always tell people to do their own research. Watch TV shows, read magazines and go online to ﬁnd out what it is they like and then try to create their dream room. Some people can easily visualize it in their head, but most people can’t, so doing the research is important.” “The secret to a successful redesign is to really know what you ultimately want,” he says. All the stuff in between is the adventure. The Decorating Adventures of Ambrose Price airs on HGTV Canada. hgtv.ca Scott Dagostino is a fab writer who believes that any home decor project is both an adventure and inherently kind of gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
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INSIDE INSIDE OUT
A peek at some of the offerings at this year’s festival
Every year Inside Out, the Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival, drops a hot steaming load of ﬁlms into the laps of local movie-lovers. The fab team grabbed a handful of titles and sat down for some old-fashioned homo popcorn entertainment.
MAN H AT BAT
If French New Wave at its most banal and pretentious were combined with a blogger sensibility, the result might be something like Man at Bath. Will someone please tell future filmmakers that films about films, and especially films about filmmakers talking about films and themselves, are rarely interesting? Fortunately, into the midst of director Christophe Honoré’s endless blather and Blair Witch Project production style, is dropped arty pornstar François Sagat. While obviously hired to keep the audience awake by flaunting his fantastic physique, Sagat has deeply expressive eyes and manages to smoulder with the little he is given to work with. Snoozing through all the scenes that don’t feature Sagat is a practical way to solve some of the film’s problems, but then it would be just as artistically satisfying to rent one of Sagat’s porn flicks. An older john lambastes Sagat’s naked body and sex appeal as bad art, saying he is beautiful to look at but there is nothing in the memory when one turns away. Alas, all one remembers of Man at Bath is how tantalizing Sagat looked. — Drew Rowsome Screens Fri, May 20 at 10pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1. In the age of internet dating and smartphone grinding, it was only a matter of time before a gay filmmaker imagined the rom-com possibilities in the burgeoning technology around us. JC Calciano’s ECupid tells the story of Marshall, a handsome man who finds himself in a funk as he approaches his 30th birthday and turns to a new matchmaking app to find love. Before he knows it, the city’s best boys are knocking down the door and bending over to please him. The film is charming but not without its cheese, and although not much is said about how real-life technology has changed gay romance forever, its playful approach to the topic makes its clichés easy to forgive. If nothing else, the film’s clunkier moments are punctuated by plenty of eye candy. — Jonathan Valelly
Screens Mon, May 23 at 2:30pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1.
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WHO TO THE BOMOK P LE TIGRE ? ON TOUR
This moving documentary asks five people to share their stories as witnesses to the early days of the AIDS crisis in San Francisco. Among the subjects are a sympathetic nurse turned champion researcher, a flower salesman whose business model changed as obituaries grew in number, a social outcast who found a cause in responding to the epidemic, an activist and organizer, and an AIDS survivor. The intersection of their stories reveals how the avalanche of sorrow and death was matched by the inspirational response of a courageous community. The gruesome footage and tragic episodes are hard to watch, but the deeply personal stories are intensely gripping from start to finish. The film is a must-see for every gay man living in the aftermath of the epidemic. — Jonathan Valelly Screens Mon, May 23 at 7pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1.
RE WE WEE HER
The last time we heard from electro icons Le Tigre was when they worked on the track “Girls” from Christina Aguilera’s bomb, Bionic. Well, they’re back from the past with Who Took the Bomp, a very private look into Le Tigre’s queer world during their year-long 2004 tour. The documentary was filmed by band insiders, so the viewer gets access to crazy tour stories — like when JD and Jo get egged one night after being hit on by a straight girl who thought JD was a dude. The doc’s most interesting bits come when the girls talk honestly about the constant sexism they encounter on tour, as well as the interesting dynamic contributed by the “Justin Timberlake of the band,” genderqueer JD Samson, who went on to form the dance group MEN. Bomp is a sort of goodbye love letter from the band to an alltoo-short musical era of brash electrodance floor jams. I’m just confused about why it wasn’t released five years ago, but better late than never. — Phil Villeneuve Screens Fri, May 27 at 5pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2.
Local rebel pornographer/filmmaker Bruce LaBruce’s canon of work makes a great subject for a provocative documentary. Directed by Angélique Bosio, The Advocate for Fagdom is packed with classic clips from well-known LaBruce films like Super 8 ½, No Skin Off My Ass and Hustler White. These are put in context with snippets from some of his more rarely seen shorts and commentary from collaborators and contemporaries, including Gus Van Sant, Harmony Korine, John Waters, Bruce Benderson and Vaginal Davis. Highlights include candid behind-the-scenes footage of BLAB’s LA Zombie, featuring pornstars François Sagat and Matthew Rush; hearing Van Sant talk about being duped into thinking homocore culture was a big scene in Toronto, rather than just an idealistic invention of LaBruce and GB Jones; and vintage video clips of LaBruce in drag, hunting for poppers in NYC, or poking fun at politicians at Queen’s Park. Plus: hot boys with bad attitudes, horny hustlers, zombie sex, stump-fucking and skinheads licking boots and each other. — Matt Thomas Screens Sat, May 21 at 5pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2.
The big draw in this film is Matt Smith, the newest Dr Who, playing gay author Christopher Isherwood. Although Smith acquits himself well (and is actually quite sexy in a non-nerdy way) the character is an observer and the moments of emotion, lust and opposition to the Nazis come out of nowhere. The real attractions are the sumptuous BBC production values and the loving, lingering pans of 1930s Berlin hustlers in their wife-beaters and bathing trunks. Anyone who isn’t familiar with the plot of Cabaret will be engrossed; the rest of us will enjoy but will keep waiting for Liza to arrive and liven things up. — Drew Rowsome Screens Sat, May 21 at 9:30pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1, and Sun, May 29 at 5:15pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2. For more information visit insideout.ca.
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PHOTOS BY STEPHEN BUTLAND
SCOTT MCGILLIVRAY: PROPERTY
he sexy landlord was, for too long, an underrepresented gay fantasy. Not anymore, thanks to the hunky host of HGTV Canada’s Income Property, Scott McGillivray. He’s a full, time homeowner and renovator, but for three years he has been bringing his real estate expertise and remarkable good looks to the small screen to help GTA homeowners get the best out of their rental properties. Now shooting its ﬁfth and sixth seasons, the show has a legion of fans across North America, a few of whom are just as interested in McGillivray’s muscles as they are his design tips. When asked if handsomeness helps him ﬁnd tenants, McGillivray says, “It’s more of a hassle than an advantage. Looks don’t get you anywhere in this business; it’s all brains.” After buying his first property during his last year of university, he quickly realized the profit potential of house rentals. “I was a business student, so I repeated the process the next year and had two rental properties,” he says. “Every year I picked up a half dozen more. And that’s what got me into real estate investing.” After doing side work for the network, creators caught wind of his investment projects and proposed the series.
THREE ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS
Get all your permits and your inspections. Don’t try to cut corners and go around the building permits; if you do, it’s guaranteed to come back and bite you in the butt. If you cheap out, you’re not going to have legal retroﬁt status when you try to sell the house, and if anything happens to your tenants, your insurance might not cover the claims. It’s a huge mistake to think that you’re in better shape if you save a thousand or two off the top, because it translates into thousands and thousands of dollars more over time.
Do it legally
You want to appeal to 90 percent of the population 90 percent of the time. I always pick one element to highlight that will stick in people’s minds. For instance, one feature wall with specialty wallpaper or an island that’s particularly extravagant will stand out. If you’re showing it to tenants, give them one thing to latch on to, like, “Oh, remember that cool house with the textured wallpaper in the dining room?” or “It’s that house with the red vanity in the bathroom.” But don’t overdo it or people won’t think it’s their taste. Everybody who walks in should say, “Wow, this is my style.” Keep it neutral.
Too much taste
JONATHAN VALELLY CHATS WITH INCOME PROPERTY HUNK SCOTT MCGILLIVRAY ABOUT BEING A GOOD AND SEXY LANDLORD
If sex appeal has no return in real estate, that’s certainly not the case for McGillivray’s TV career. His newfound fame is thanks in part to a considerable gay fan base and, although he is happily married to a woman, internet discussion boards are rife with gay men and straight women scufﬂing over which camp can claim him. McGillivray doesn’t mind the attention. “A fan is a fan, and our gay following is extremely large and probably some of the best supporters of the show,” he says. “They’ve been the most vocal and supportive fans that we’ve had and have been there since day one, which means a lot to us.” McGillivray’s not shy about turning up the naughty once the cameras are off. “We’re a pretty rambunctious group,” he notes. “The jokes get dirty and then get dirtier, and they’re straight, they’re sideways, they’re everything.” In fact, McGillivray admits that they have to warn the show’s homeowners off the bat, “We don’t just do construction; we do cock-struction.” Of course, we’d all love for McGillivray to come personally put his drill in our sockets or compare Fubar sizes. But since he’s a man on the move, he’s conveniently left us with a few essential tips for homeowners, homo or otherwise, to hold on to.
Don’t think that because it’s a rental, it doesn’t have to be in good shape and have all the things that you would like in a home. There are great tenants out there, and better tenants are attracted to better spaces. Good tenants who live in a nice house will never miss a rent payment, because they don’t want to lose one of the best rentals around. Always aim for the highest-calibre tenant possible.
A good space means a good tenant
Make sure you’re getting a return on your renovations. Renovating kitchens, bathrooms, doing painting, updating ﬂoors: these things immediately add value.
THREE EASY VALUE ADDED RENOVATIONS
Paint has the highest return on investment. A paint job is great bang for your buck and makes a place look way better. Nice ﬂoors are also important. People love solid surfaces and hardwood these days.
Walls and ﬂoors
Some people get very attached to the properties, thinking, “Oh, this is a heritage home!” or “It’s a Victorian — I want to restore its natural beauty. I want granite countertops and travertine ﬂoors.” You need to invest in a proﬁtable design rather than invest emotionally. Durable ﬂoors? Yes. Marble ﬂoors? I don’t think so.
The kitchen is the most expensive room in your house, so when you upgrade your kitchen, you upgrade the entire home. A crappy updated bathroom adds nothing. People want nice, new bathrooms and kitchens, if nothing else.
Kitchens and bathrooms
THE THREE BIGGEST MISTAKES DESIGNERS MAKE
What’s behind the walls is just as, if not more, important than what you actually see. That’s the drywall, the insulation, the vapour barrier, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, heating and ventilation — all of the structure. A lot of designers discount the severity of those elements. A place might look great but be freezing cold. It might appear nice on the surface, but then the drywall starts cracking, or there’s a leak and a weird smell or an electrical issue. Walls should be just as nice on the inside as the outside.
What’s behind the design?
Anyone with a screwdriver can change door hardware in 10 minutes, and it makes a world of difference. Think about how it looks to tenants. Any time you’re going to someone’s home, the only things you’re forced to touch are the doorknobs. If they’re nasty, you’ll automatically have a nasty association with the home. Catch new episodes of Income Property on Mondays at 9pm on HGTV Canada. Follow Scott on Twitter:@smcgillivray. hgtv.ca, Facebook/Income Property Jonathan Valelly is a fab writer who appreciates a man who knows how to use his Fubar for the greater good.
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Scott drills to thrill on Income Property
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Deep Dish Rolyn Chambers photos by Tony Fong
hat’s renowned and shows no sign of slowing down? El Convento Rico. The night of its 19th Anniversary Party, huge rotating spotlights shine into the night sky beckoning supergays to its dancefloor. On the sidewalk a free barbecue lures the hungry — though many of those gobbling up the goods are just people wandering by; most of the guests are already inside where the show is about to begin. Hosted by Miss El Convento Rico, Farra N Hyte, and Mr Rico, Trent Ruben, the acts are well choreographed from start to finish by Scott Fordham and his team of show-stealing backup dancers, including Sheldon Macintosh. Performing for the full house are Loretta, Kera Keys, Luna Mercedes and Ivory Towers, whose dance skills have improved immensely since the beginning of her skinny drag career. But as the huge birthday cake is devoured, it becomes apparent that a large percentage of those in attendance tonight are straight. We pray to that nun in the sky that the balance will soon be restored.
Ivory is a purple people eater @ El Convento Rico
Blair and Sean are bad to the boa @ El Convento Rico
Chico just wants to bang his drum all day @ Flawless
Devine, Jeremy, Zoe and Mathew are ready to dole out the birthday spankings @ El Convento Rico
Tulsi sparkles and shines @ Flawless Matthew and Judy are simply gorgeous @ Flawless
This hunk sports sexy Miller Monroe design @ FAT 2011 Myles is a beautiful androgynous mystery @ Flawless
What’s going stronger than an Energizer bunny, honey? Flawless! The lineup to get into Flawless inside Sopra is impressive. Host Woodrow Monteiro welcomes while wearing white spandex leggings that leave little to the imagination as DJ Jamal greets with beats. Joining the promotional team is Daniel McBride, who seems to be maturing into his role as promoter. Tulsi’s sultry show, which involves a shirtless Trent Ruben exploding a load of glitter from a martini shaker over her bare bejewelled breasts, goes off without a hitch. Though it would be great if the short beauty were somehow raised up a bit — say, on a stage. DJ Shawn Riker takes over, blending in classic beats with newer songs like “Hello” by Dragonette as Chico Pacheco plays two bougarabou drums right on the dancefloor. The crowd is a great mix of young and not so young, gay and not so gay, including photographer Myles Sexton in his almost seven-foot androgynous gorgeousness. “I have some black in my family,” he explains of his high, round, perfect behind.
Lena Love looks lovely with a pearl necklace @ FAT 2011
Trent is getting down to his birthday suit @ El Convento Rico
Matt runs to get in line for tickets now @ Inside out 2011 Launch
What keeps on rolling along, ever strong? The 21st Annual Inside Out Film Festival, which runs Thursday, May 19 to Sunday, May 29. The Launch Party at the National Ballet School is a relaxed affair. As clips of upcoming films are shown on the large screen, attendees bid on silent-auction items, such as a stay in one of the wonderful rooms at The Drake Hotel. The illustrious Scott Thompson, of Kids in the Hall fame, makes a brief appearance. “I tried to get his autograph once,” local boy-about-town Aeryn Pfaff remembers, “but I was too drunk.” Tonight is not an open bar event, so Pfaff is sober enough to pay attention to the speeches. Musician and pigment-deprived hottie Gentlemen Reg is all smiles as devilish photographer David Hawe snaps pictures, which he will then Photoshop into ridiculously scandalous scenarios. “I’m really excited about this year. All the films will be shown in one central location [TIFF Bell Lightbox],” executive director Scott Ferguson says proudly. “And we’ll have popcorn!” What is not a myth but rather a force to be reckoned with? The Toronto Alternative Art and Fashion Week (FAT). The smorgasbord of activity taking place at 99 Sudbury is enough to fill any glutton’s plate. While some of FAT’s collections are fun experimental pieces, there are a few designers who catch the eye of keen fashion lovers like 1 Girl 5 Gays cast member Jonathan Nathaniel. Kallvis Chen’s wonderful Human Nature collection contains hints of religious references, but it’s his sexy, clingy, patterned T-shirts that will be bigger than Jesus. Candy Coated Killahz, cute nerds Eight Bit Tiger and others perform in the music space, while art (even in the form of repetitive coat hangers) exists everywhere. “The crowd is very different this year. More 905ers,” Sonja Marie laments. What’s worse than unfashionable suburbanites? Nothing. firstname.lastname@example.org
garth and Zorica keep it weird @ FAT 2011 Malcolm and David watch as Ryan gets some up-skirt action from Fay Slift @ Inside out 2011 Launch george-ongeorge action @ Flawless Scott gets the evil eye from Donnarama @ Inside out 2011 Launch
Dave, Vito, J, Deco and Brenda celebrate in style @ El Convento Rico
Jeff is hot on the heels of any stylish controversy @ FAT 2011 Jamie and Ryan keep it fashionable @ FAT 2011
Bradley, Jim and Sam get excited about film @ Inside out 2011 Launch
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What is the Lambda study?
Lambda was a survey of 2,438 gay and bisexual men in Toronto and Ottawa. The purpose of the study was to collect information from men in these cities about their sexual and other behaviours, including condom use and HIV status. This community report presents some of the key study findings.
The community report and full technical report of the Lambda findings are available at:
Web Developer/ Programmer
Pink Triangle Press, Canada’s leading lesbian and gay media organization, which publishes the Xtra community papers and fab and operates Squirt, is looking for a few experienced PHP programmers to work in our Toronto office. You will be responsible for developing and maintaining our web-based applications, tuning and maintaining databases, supporting our websites and their producers, and performing on-call duties. As a PHP programmer, you enjoy working with the latest opensource technologies in a fast-paced LAMP environment. You have experience working with object-oriented PHP code. MVC experience is a bonus. You are fluent with web technologies (AJAX, HTML, CSS and XML). You have experience in MySQL database design, a PHP framework such as ZEND or cakePHP, and version-control systems (eg Subversion). Experience with Flash, Flex and Actionscript is an asset, but not essential. You are an ideal candidate if you have a minimum of three years’ experience; a computer programming degree is an asset. Your excellent written and verbal communication skills are as strong as your interpersonal and leadership skills. You have strong administrative skills (control and follow-up; decision-making; organization and planning). Experienced with software testing and quality assurance, you are excellent at troubleshooting and a creative problem-solver. You’re a strong team player equally capable of working independently to complete the task at hand. Familiarity with Pink Triangle Press’s web products or dating websites and their features is a tremendous asset. This is a full-time salaried position. Pink Triangle Press provides a generous benefits package, three weeks’ annual vacation, professional development opportunities and an energetic, progressive work environment. If you have the qualifications outlined above and know you are the right fit for this job, send us a cover letter telling us about yourself and a resumé immediately. We will fill this position as soon as we meet the right candidate. (Please note that only qualified applicants will be contacted.) No phone calls, please! Pink Triangle Press is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from women and members of minority groups. email : email@example.com drop off Dan Falkenham or mail : Web Development Project Manager Pink Triangle Press 491 Church St, Ste 200 Toronto ON M4Y 2C6
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BELLINI AT LARGE
Gloria Hole Madame
hen I was a kid, bingo was something that took place in stuffy church basements, in particular the Ukrainian Catholic church up the street. My best buddy Robert worked there, passing out cards for a nickel each. He also served piping-hot cabbage rolls, which is why I went. Decades have passed, and I haven’t thought much about bingo until recently, when I discovered the afternoon games at George’s Play. Honestly, I always thought only retired people play bingo, but my boyfriend Georges and I wandered in one day for a beer and ended up spending the whole afternoon playing. The attraction isn’t really winning, although there are prizes of up to $300. The attraction is the bingo caller, a 49-year-old named Robert McCutcheon, who is probably much more famous as his drag persona, Madame. “Even my family calls me Madame,” he jokes. “Under the B 11, boys. Spread ’em for B-11,” Madame calls out, illustrating the difference between the church basement
and a gay bar. “Gay bingo is a lot more fun, she says.” And who could disagree. Truth be told, I could listen to Madame call bingo all day long. There is a certain musicality to her voice, and I ﬁnd myself digging her hilarious little catchphrases. Whenever she calls G-50, she does this little “Book ’em, Dano” and a few notes of the Hawaii Five-0 theme song. When she calls I-30, she yells out “Dirty Gertie” for some reason, and the whole bar responds with a hearty round of “Hallelujah.” You can just imagine what happens when she calls out O-69. “You can forget what’s going on in your personal life and you can win cash, which is awesome,” says Madame. But more important to her is the fundraising aspect. Thanks to a 50-50 draw, Madame has been able to raise thousands for the Central YMCA’s daycare and preschool program. Indeed, every day, the kids from the Y daycare walk by George’s Play, and every day, the teacher stops so the kids can pop their little heads in the door and shout “Bingo!” It’s impossibly cute, and there is no denying the pleasure it gives Madame.
In 1995 and again in 1996, Madame was Empress of the Imperial Court of Toronto, the only person to hold the title back-toback. She calls bingo at George’s every weekday afternoon from 2 to 5pm and never gets tired of doing it. “A lot of people say I just have that voice for a microphone,” she explains when I praise her patter. But she is more concerned with outreach. “We are wheelchair accessible,” she reminds me. “And $300 is, for some people, grocery money for the whole month.” Over at Zelda’s, they do bingo a different way. And I do mean different. Every Monday night at 8:30pm, Zelda’s hosts something called Dirty Bingo. The upstairs lounge is packed with mostly young people, but how anyone can concentrate on playing bingo with all the bare-chested boys running around is anybody’s guess. For some reason, there are a lot of familiar faces from Remington’s and Goodhandy’s in the crowd. Porn dudes are into bingo? Who knew. Callers Lena Over and Gloria Hole intersperse the game with all sorts of challenges, like offering shots to anyone who takes off his shirt. At one point, the bartender strips down and puts Dream Whip blobs on his nipples and two boys from Boston have to lick them off and each do a shot. The prizes are sex toys, the music blasts away, lights ﬂash, people scream, whipping cream and sparkling wine drench the crowd. It’s great fun, all part of that Zelda’s trailer trash aesthetic that goes so well with heavy drinking. I can hardly wait to go back for more. Really, the only thing that could make bingo at either George’s Play or Zelda’s any better would be cabbage rolls. Think about it, guys. firstname.lastname@example.org
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STYLE Max MacDonald
10 pounds by Pride
t’s May and you’ve discovered that inhaling low-fat Baked Lays all winter didn’t grow you a six-pack, dancing to Glee isn’t cardio, and your elastic waistband shorts are snugger than you remember. Don’t fret. It’s not too late to shed 10 pounds by Pride weekend. Grab your gym bag, treat yourself to a bottle of Smart Water and get moving to avoid looking like a “before” picture come Pride Sunday. Here’s a weekly workout schedule that detours the gym and gets you trying something new so you can go from puff to buff. Finding ways to stay ﬁt or lose weight is like fashion: keeping things fresh is essential. Remember: shedding weight is 50 percent exercise and 50 percent diet, so eat sensible meals, get sweaty, rest and avoid booze.
TUESDAY & THURSDAY
Founded by Kim Donnelly, this next-generation spinning studio is unique. Aside from playing cool trance, house and club music, the instructors are also open to playing requests. They genuinely care about your ﬁtness goals and cater workouts to your ability and needs. And they have RealRyder bikes, which move just like real bicycles. You don’t need specialized cycling gear — just a willingness to try; regular gym clothes work just ﬁne. Various packages are available. Your ﬁrst class is complimentary and the towel service is free. CYKL, 68 Bathurst St. cykl.ca
Hot Damn Boot Camp
Get outside! Trainer Benjamin Paley returns to Allan Gardens with his Hot Damn Boot Camp from May to September. Every class is different, but count on running, dropping and jumping in the gardens while laughing in the outdoor sun — and getting a tan for Pride. Bring gym clothes that you won’t mind getting dirty, running shoes, a towel and water. Healthy eating tips and recipes are part of the package. Your ﬁrst trial session is free; from there, the fee is $159 a month. benjaminpaley.com
Joe Rockhead’s Indoor Climbing
Bikram Hot Yoga
Unleash your inner Spider-Man while giving yourself a total body workout. Indoor climbing will test your ability to tackle heights, listen to instructions and lift your own body weight at the same time. The instructors are friendly, certiﬁed and will work with everyone, from virgin climbers right up to advanced cliffhangers. Bring a towel and gym clothes. You can rent specialty shoes there, and they also have showers. Beginners’ lessons are $35. Joe Rockhead’s, 29 Fraser Ave. joerockheads.com
After a week of building muscle, you’ll need a good stretch. Instructors run through 26 postures over 90 minutes in a 90°F room. Yes, the heat is intense, but if you stick with it, your posture will improve, your stress levels will drop and you will lose weight. The instructors lovingly coach you to try all 26 poses but stress that the key thing is to stay in the room for the 90 minutes without running away. Rental yoga mats, bottled water, towels and showers are available. A two-week trial pass is $20. Bikram Yoga, 208 Bloor St E and 1911 Queen St E. bikramyogatoronto.com
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TUNES Phil Villeneuve
hen I’m at home, there’s always a situation that requires music. I resist turning on my PVRs of The View and instead crank jams to go with whatever I’m doing. When I get up in the morning, I can’t just throw on the radio; I usually play Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Pathfinder: Buried Treasures album. The collection covers some key points in the native diva’s career, including horn— with a Buffy Sainte-Marie ﬁlled rockers like “Sweet, Fast m e l o d i c Hooker Blues” and mystic, elecMontreal twist. I always put on an tro-folk classics like “Starwalker.” It’s great stuff to wake up to because it has enough album when I’m cooking. I try to cook in as energy to get you moving but not so much little clothing as possible so ﬂash that it’ll offend your morning routine. W h e n I g e t as not to create extra laundry — and also home after work, or to make it easier to dance when needed. in the afternoon on Lately my go-to cheffing album is Yael a weekend, I’ve been Naim’s She Was a Boy. You might rememobsessively playing ber this chick from an iTunes ad a few years the new Armistice back set to the song “New Soul.” She’s an E P. A r m i s t i c e Israeli singer (born in France) and sings i s m a d e u p o f mostly in English. This record is adorable Montreal’s Coeur de pop music with super interesting worldPirate (if you don’t beat inﬂuences — it’s like a dark carnival know her, she’s like soundtrack. Imagine if Tom Waits was a Armistice a bilingual, tattooed woman with a honey-smooth voice who Feist but her vocals made a pop album. Perfect background are sweetened with music to ﬁll rooms and ignore the smell of a little more sugar) and Bedouin Soundclash’s burnt food. One of the most imporlead singer/babe Jay Malinowski. tant music slots is the Rumour has it these two used to date pre-drink or getting ready and that’s how the record came to to go out album. be. (I’ve now heard that they broke Australia’s Architecture up and, sadly, it wasn’t pretty.) It’s in Helsinki’s latest — only a ﬁve-song effort, but the results Moment Bends — is the are as refreshing as a drive in a sunny perfect choice. It’s 100 perdesert: dreamy Mexican border cent pure pop goodness. music — they recorded with LA Bouncy Ace of Base numpunk band The Bronx, which proYael Naim bers grind up with giant vided the mariachi-style backdrops synth-dance anthems — it puts me in an automatic good mood. “Contact High” is a new-new-wave disco track that tastes of Pop Rocks and Pixy Stix. Lyrically, this weird-pop quintet is a breath of fresh air — it’s not all about Architecture in Helsinki
throwing your hands in the air, but that’s what it makes you want to do. At a very close second — and this is what I put on minutes before I’m out the door with a vodka-Redbull in hand — is French electrovixen Yelle’s second album, Safari Disco Club: high energy, synth-heavy dance-pop at its very best. I recently asked Yelle a few questions about her new album and what exactly happens in a Safari Disco Club. Check it out at fabmagazine.com.
Finally, giving some tangible credit to the Martha and the Mufﬁns classic, Toronto’s hottest new outdoor concert venue is called Echo Beach. What used to be a beach volleyball hangout is tucked away east of the Molson Amphitheatre, close to an inlet called Brigantine Cove. Our favourite Swedish fembot Robyn will be back Friday, June 3 (along with Natalia Kills and Toronto’s Diamond Rings) to ofﬁcially break in the 4,000-person zone. Beach? Robyn? Inlet? Smells like a new cruising hotspot to me. email@example.com
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Out of the house music
gay agenda John Crouch, Ryan English, Michael Lyons, Drew Rowsome, Rahem Saeed, Eduardo Sabate & Jonathan Valelly
Wed, May 11
Games Night with Bears of Toronto. Things get hairy at this night of fun and games. 8–10:30pm. Pegasus, 489B Church St. No cover. pegasusonchurch.com Red Party. Bathe in red for violence, passion, seduction and lust. 9pm. Spa Excess, 105 Carlton St. Regular rates. spaexcess.com DJ Nyte Hawk spins at 9pm, then Elektra-Fied, a performance competition hosted by Jade Elektra, electrifies at 10:30pm. George’s Play, 504 Church St. No cover. playonchurch.com
Thurs, May 12
LEGIT Toronto. Canadian immigration advice for same-sex couples. 7pm. 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St. No cover. the519.org TNTmen’s Book Club meets monthly for a comfortable au naturel discussion of literature. Watch for unusual paper cuts. Contact TNTmen for location and details. 7:30pm. $4 members, $6 non-members. tntmen.org Smirnoff Best Chest Contest. It’s the Long Hard Weekend kickoff and Prism pre-event, with ticket giveaways. DJ Mark Falco spins. Hosted by Miss Conception and Portia Demonte. Midnight. Woody’s, 465 Church St. No cover. woodystoronto.com
Fri, May 13
Queer Idol. It’s the Steve’s Music Elimination Round. DJ Todd Klinck spins. Hosted by Cajo. 9pm. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church St. $9. queeridol.ca Hunter Valentine performs with Sick of Sarah and Lucas Silveira. 9pm. The Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St W. $12.50. unionevents.com Downtown Soccer Toronto hosts its Draft Party for boys who like balls. Followed by Cruiseline’s Best Men’s Ass Contest at midnight. Miss Conception and Demanda Tension host while DJ Chris Steinbach spins. Woody’s, 467 Church St. No cover. woodystoronto.com Stand up for the Anthem. DJ Craig Dominic spins all the best tracks under one roof. 10pm. WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen St E. No cover. Daddy Next Door is a new monthly Leslieville party for daddies and daddy chasers. DJ Dwayne Minard spins. 10pm. Joy Bistro, 884 Queen St E. No cover. Shake & Pop. Superstar DJs Blackcat and Sumation team up to drive the dancefloor crazy with top 40, dance, house, electro and more. 10pm. Zipperz-Cellblock, 72 Carlton St. No cover. zipperzcellblock.com Grapefruit: Summer Ahoy, with DJs Shane Percy and Aural, featuring a special Gaga-mix performance by Flo. 10pm. fly, 8 Gloucester St. $5 before 11pm with webpass, $10 after. grapefruit4u.com All-Request Friday, with DJ K-Tel. From Radio Gaga to Lady Gaga to Ladytron. 10:30pm. Buddies, 12 Alexander St. No cover before 11pm, $5 after. buddiesinbadtimes.com
Cub Camp, with DJ Scooter and yummy boys with beards and tats. 11pm. The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. No cover. beavertoronto.ca Cigar Party. Suck on a big one while DJ Pashtun spins backroom beats. Plus a heavy bondage demo by Master Tony. 11pm. Black Eagle, 457 Church St. No cover. blackeagletoronto.com
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Bears, Baths and Beyond. See what all the fuzz is about. DJ Danny White spins. 1–6pm. Steamworks, 540 Church St. Regular rates. steamworksonline.com Activist Roland Drake presents his multimedia presentation promoting Adopt a Village in Laos, a humanitarian organization benefiting the hill tribes of rural Laos. 8pm. Java Jive, 585 Church St. No cover. adoptavillageinlaos. blogspot.com Euphoria. Happy vibes and energetic beats from DJ Sumation. 10pm. WAYLA, 996 Queen St E. No cover. whatareyoulookingatbar.com
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Proud of Toronto meets on the eve of the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia to celebrate community achievements and raise awareness about the importance of queer-focused programs and services. 5–7:30pm. Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W. homophobiaday.org Dirty Bingo, hosted by Gloria Hole and Lena Over. Drink yourself dirty and win some outrageous prizes. 8:30pm. Zelda’s, 692 Yonge St. No cover. zeldas.ca All-Star Karaoke, with Danny Reddey. 10pm. George’s Play, 504 Church St. No cover. playonchurch.com FML Mondays Industry Night. Hot Monday-night dance party with rotating DJs. Fuzion, 580 Church St. 10pm. No cover. fuzionexperience.com Kicking and Screaming. DJs George Burt and Pat Ghostwolf spin. Featuring every good song ever done by anybody. 11pm. The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. No cover. beavertoronto.ca
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Pitbull. Get your ass slapped at the sluttiest place on earth. DJ Shane Percy spins as the bears and butch boys grab the bulls by the horns. 10pm. Fuzion, 580 Church St. $5. fuzionexperience.com Manzone & Strong. DJs Shawn Riker and Kevin Bailey spin. Hosted by Charles Pavia. 10pm. fly, 8 Gloucester St. No cover before 11pm for the first 100 people, $10 after. flynightclub.com Jock. Sport-kit night for jocks and their admirers. DJ Geoff Kelleway spins pop, mashups and classic house. Hosted by Charles Pavia. 10:30pm. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church St. No cover before 11pm, $5 after for team members, $10 for sports fans. goodhandys.com Goth Drag Party, hosted by Murderess Miss Margot, with DJs Demonic David Lush and The Sinful Schramm spinning goth, death rock, new wave, industrial, post punk and minimal wave. 11pm. The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. $5. beavertoronto.ca The Men Who Made Men Making Love with Men Look Like Gods Making Love with God. A Reg Hartt lecture illustrated by the films of porn pioneers Wakefield Poole and Peter Berlin. 11pm. The Cineforum, 463 Bathurst St. $20, $10 for those under 30.
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Wed, May 18
Black Queer Youth. Fun, chill drop-in group for queer youth of colour. 6–8:30pm. Sherbourne Health Centre, 333 Sherbourne St. soytoronto.org Muchos Machos. Muscles, meat and men, mmm. A night to benefit the Centre for Spanish-Speaking People. 8pm–midnight. Steamworks, 540 Church St. Regular rates apply. steamworksonline.com Snakepit. DJ Secret Agent spins at this weekly queer dance party. 10pm. Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St W. No cover. henhousetoronto.com Pale Trash. DJs Ess Tee, Simone TB and Ell V spin big fat tunes from A–Z. 11pm. The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. No cover. beavertoronto.ca
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Donny’s BBQ. Soakin’ up the sun with beers, queers, retro tunes and porn. 3–9pm. Black Eagle, 457 Church St. No cover. blackeagletoronto.com Caribbean Queen, with Devine, Kera Keys and DJ Jay, kicks off at 8:30pm; the New York sounds of DJ Relentless spill at Milk at 10pm; Amanda, Charo and DJ Martin are the Lady & The Tramps at 11:30pm, while DJ Viviana infects all with Latin Fever. Crews & Tangos, 508 Church St. No cover. crewandtangos.com Release Sunday. DJs Cajjmere Wray and Luiz Clarck spin for dancing and a live onstage sex show. Hosted by Lior, Matt Barker and Mojo. 10pm. Flash Nightclub, 463 Church St. $5 before 11:30pm, $10 after. prismtoronto.com
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Out and Out New Members’ Night lets the new and curious learn the ropes with OutSport Toronto, a club for gay amateur athletes. Wear a jock just in case. 7–8pm. 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St. No cover. outsporttoronto.org Urban Tantra Workshop, hosted by Barbara Carrellas, focuses on creating and sharing sacred sexual energy between partners. Couples only; all orientations welcome. 7:30–10pm. Come As You Are, 701 Queen St W. $35. comeasyouare.com. DJ daVinci spins for the flight attendants, pilots and non-grounded sex fanatics at Mile High Tuesdays. Bargain drinks and martinis are served, but not from a cart. 10pm. Boutique Bar, 506 Church St. No cover. boutiquebar.ca
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Purplelectricity Prince Party, 7th Anniversary Edition. DJ Doctor Baggie spins hi-NRG Prince. Featuring music and videos by Prince, from 1978 to the present. 11pm. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W. $10. purplelectricity.com
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Miss Conception’s Stage-to-Screen One-Woman Show at 6pm; The Ladies of SAS follow at 9pm; Georgie Girl and Donnarama welcome Sofonda, Ivory Towers, Michelle Ross and Amanda Roberts at 11pm. Woody’s, 465 Church St. No cover. woodystoronto.com Entertainer of the Year Canadian Preliminary. 9pm. George’s Play, 463 Church St. playonchurch.com
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Hazed, hosted by Joseph Patrick and Sofonda, with DJ Sexy Pants. Partygoers get hazed at Delta Sigma Phi. 10pm. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church St. $10. goodhandys.com Rocket: Long Weekend Special Event, with DJ Sumation playing the hottest top-40 jams and dance videos. 10pm. fly, 8 Gloucester St. No cover before 11pm, $5 till midnight, $10 after. flynightclub.com Sky Gilbert takes the stage as his drag alter ego, Jane, in a sneak peek of The Mommiad, a night of structured poetry and performance. A full-scale production will premiere in New York City in 2013. 8pm. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. PWYC. buddiesinbadtimes.com Foxxxy Fridays, with Farra N Hyte and Heaven Lee Hytes, is X-rated for a reason. This infamous drag duo trades insults and throws shade between numbers all night long. No one is safe. 10:30pm. Buddies, 12 Alexander St. $7. buddiesinbadtimes.com
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Canadian Gay Open 2011 is a three-day tennis event with more than 175 participants across three venues. All are welcome to play and cheer. Runs till Mon, May 23. 8am. cgopen.ca Cherry Bomb. Summer explodes when DJs Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson heat up the dancefloor at this party for queer women and their friends. 9pm. Andy Poolhall, 489 College St. No cover before 10pm, $7 after. cherrybombtoronto.com Sodom: Hollywood Zombie, hosted by Myles Sexton and Aeryn Pfaff with DJ Sumation, has the official Inside Out screening of The Advocate for Fagdom, a documentary on reluctant pornographer Bruce LaBruce. Performances by Ivory Towers, Adam Norrad and David Light. 10pm. Goodhandy’s, 120 Church St. $7 before 11pm, $10 after, no cover for students, no cover before midnight for Fagdom ticket-holders. sodom.ca Micky’s Birthday Bash, hosted by the fierce and fancy Gairy Brown, with DJs Micky Friedmann, Jeremy Khamkeo and Mike Vieira. 10pm. fly, 8 Gloucester St. No cover before 11pm for the first 100 people, $10 till midnight, $15 after. flynightclub.com Fit, with DJs Phil V and Kris Steeves, celebrates one year of making all the west-end boys sweat and salivate. 11pm. The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. $5. beavertoronto.ca
Thurs, May 19
Lawn Bowling is the perfect way to meet old and new chums and get some light exercise. 7pm. Cosburn Park Lawn Bowling Club, 525 Cosburn Ave. No cover. cosburnparklawnbowlingclub.ca Thurst has rotating DJs and saucy drag queens every week. 10pm. Alto Lounge, 582 Church St. 10pm. No cover. TNTmen’s Naked Night, with DJ The Robotic Kid. Clothes check at the door, which is also a good place to leave your inhibitions. 10pm. The Black Eagle, 457 Church St. No cover. blackeagletoronto.com
Mon, May 23
Monday Night Drop-In. SOY’s mentoring program brings youth and mentors together for fun and community building. 5:30–8pm. Sherbourne Health Centre, 333 Sherbourne St. No cover. soytoronto.org Village Pool League. Play with balls at this gay and lesbian community pool league. 7pm. Pegasus, 489B Church St. No cover. pegasusonchurch.com
Fri, May 20
Limelight Photo Club Workshop. Club members meet to share and compare photo skills. 6:30pm. Limelight Books & Photographs, 892 Pape Ave. $5. 416-389-2275.
Tues, May 24
Alphabet Soup. SOY’s hangout spot for queer youth who are any colour of the rainbow. 4–6pm. Sherbourne Health Centre, 333 Sherbourne St. soytoronto.org Student Discount Night. Time for some real education. 4–11pm. Steamworks, 540 Church St. Regular rates, $5 discounts with university ID. steamworksonline.com Torontogaysingles.com presents a Casual Mixer and Speed Dating event for single gay men over 30. 7:30– 9:30pm. Royal York Hotel, 100 Front St W. $39. torontogaysingles.com So You Think You Can Strip? A weekly amateur night. 9pm. Remington’s, 379 Yonge St. $5, students no cover. remingtons.com
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