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Dj Relentless

Dj Relentless

Originally from Tampa Florida, Toronto's newest import DJ RELENTLESS is a Queer African-American house music DJ/Remixer/radio personality who concluded a historic 12-year residency in 2010 at New York's famed Escuelita nightclub.

House heads and club kidz alike groove to the New York sounds of DJ RELENTLESS every FRIDAY at his "Club-Lite" dance party in The Zone, DIRTY MONDAYS and NIGHT SKOOL WEDNESDAYS at Crews & Tangos nightclub (508 Church Street, Toronto). Please arrive early to avoid line-ups.

Can't get enough? Music fans can score the very latest releases in his widely celebrated series of promo only CDs mixed exclusively by DJ RELENTLESS on his blogs for PositiveLite.com as well on his website ( DJRelentless.com ). A music subscription service is also available, and don't forget to ask about the historic "Relentlessly Cunty" 5 volume set of cunty beatz and ballroom/runway classics.

My alter-ego:

JADE ELEKTRA is a legendary Queer African-American drag entertainer, nightlife personality, performing/recording artist, film/television/stage actress and outspoken HIV status symbol and role model. She has performed the world over with everyone from Harmonica Sunbeam to Beyonce, from Ill NaNa DiverseCity Dance Company to Calista Flockhart, from MJ White to Bermuda's Sybil Barrington.

Her classic underground c-c-cunty anthems include "Bitch, You Look Fierce", "How Do I Look?", "Why Are You Gaggin'?", "What-Evah", "RIF (Reading Is Fundamental)", "She Turns It", "You Bettah Feel It", "This Is What We Call A Bitch Track" and "Trade".

HIV for 22 years, Miss Elektra premiered her groundbreaking new single "HIVogue" on World AIDS Day December 1st, 2010 with epic remixes by Vjuan Allure, DJ Fierce Tease, and, of course, her less-glamorous twin brother DJ Relentless!

In 2011 crowned Miss Play 2011 and Miss Toronto Continental Elite , Jade's freshly re-issued album Proud Mary: 10th Anniversary Edition (2nd Level Records) features the hit singles "Bitch You Look Fierce", "Why Are You Gaggin'?" and "What-Evah!" plus five bonus tracks including "Don't Explain", "How Do I Look?" and "HIVogue".

Remixes of "HIVogue" by Vjuan Allure, Chip Chop and DJ Fierce Tease go on sale on iTunes as soon as she is able to locate a non-profit organization that is willing to take on the controversial subject matter of AIDS Awareness and sex sites in a track. Be on the look-out for her new single with The Snatsch Sisters called "Realness" in 2012.

Together or separately, DJ RELENTLESS and JADE ELEKTRA are a force to be reckoned with! Please stay tuned to Facebook for their latest club nights, parties, events, music video releases and booking information.

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MORE INFO:

MySpace.com/OfficialJadeElektra

MySpace.com/JadeElektra

MySpace.com/DJRelentlessNY
DJRelentless.com
(Plus you can find Jade Elektra and DJ Relentless on twitter)

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Oct23

HIV/AIDS is everyone's business

Thursday, 23 October 2014 Written by // DJ Relentless Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Contributors, Fundraisers, Events, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Dj Relentless

DJ Relentless on the difficulty in getting people living with HIV to events designed for them and his recent efforts to challenge stigma and make people living with HIV more comfortable about being visible.

HIV/AIDS is everyone's business

It's been an interesting year of fundraising for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. This December will be our 2nd Anniversary of the POZ-TO events. My husband and I have worked really hard to keep this event going. The simple idea of an event where HIV-positivepeople can come and socialize with their friends (poz or not) in a safe space without judgement or prejudice seems like it would be a no-brainer. But the stigma of being HIV-positive and the fear of what others will think keeps many people away. 

When we made the transition to our current space in the Zone at Toronto's Crews & Tangos, we lost some regulars because of the central location. Many are afraid of being seen at the event because others may think they are HIV-positive. Supporters who will attend our other events like SUNDAY NIGHT FEVER at Zipperz on the last Sunday of each month would not want anyone seeing them in an event that has the word POZ associated with it.

For a couple of months, I started a third fundraiser called HAUS 101 at Wayla Bar. Unfortunately, the owner of the venue has decided to close on Sundays until the spring, so this House Music based event will have to take a hiatus until April or May of 2015.

Between watching people avoid our POZ-TO event and others insisting that I change the name, I started thinking about what I needed to do to draw attention to our cause. I even had someone who I thought was a good friend tell me that his other friends were telling him to stop coming to our events and even talking to me because both were making him a pariah in the dating pool. Word was getting out on hook up sites that he was seen at the POZ-TO events and he was getting frustrated that he could not find a date.  If this wasn't an example of the stigma that we fight so hard to get rid of I don't know what is!

But I think the thing that really pissed me off was when I was told that some people of our diverse gay community won't support my events because some don't like the fact that I only support the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation. If anyone had checked, they'd know that I have tried to work with many different organizations. But unfortunately because the way the system is set up here in Toronto each organization is competing for funds from the government. So, that doesn't leave much room for each group to work together or supportieach other.

When I first arrived in Toronto, PWA was the only organization that actually helped me and my husband. And this is why I have decided to make this organization my priority. I would say for those who are boycotting my events because they think I should be fundraising for their favorite, I hope that you are working as hard as I am for your organization. Perhaps Toronto would be an even better place with everyone supporting their causes.

So, a couple of months ago I decided to do something about this. I began a campaign to raise awareness about the subject of being HIV-positive or having AIDS. I wanted to shine a spotlight on getting tested and talking about it with your partners. I want to show that not only the POZ Community come to these events. I want to get everyone's attention on donating time and money to PWA.

I have been pleasantly surprised by the great and brave people who have stepped up and joined our campaign. From the newly crowned Miss Continental, Brooke Lynn Hytes to award winning playwrights like Brad Fraser to very out and proud HIV Activists like Dwayne Bryk, we are seeing folks from all walks of our community coming forth to get the word out.

And the best things about this campaign is that it is completely voluntary. No stock photos of models - these are actual people from our community that you see every day. I believe that has more of an impact on getting the message across.

Hopefully this campaign will make people think differently about what attending a POZ-TO event means and says about them as well how important it is to help PWA. Because you never know when or who may need their services one day. And most importantly we hope that everyone will start talking with their friends and sexual partners about getting tested and knowing their status. Knowing is half the battle.

Our next fundraisers are Sunday October 26th at Zipperz - SUNDAY NIGHT FEVER (our monthly traditional Tea Dance with Old & Nu Disco) and the following week in the Zone at Crews & Tangos - POZ-TO #24 (our monthly video dance party and raffle at midnight).

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