DJ Relentless

Toronto’s Eastside Movement

published: March, 31, 2016 Categories // DJ Relentless, Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Fundraisers, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Our DJ Relentless on the new part of town for LGBT Entertainment

Toronto’s Eastside Movement

Spring seems like its coming and so is a change of scenery for the LGBT community. If you live in Toronto, everyone is familiar with The Gay Village on Church Street and of course the alternative scene on Queen Street West. But have you heard about The Eastside Movement?  I would say it started with a bar called WAYLA about 5 years ago. Great spot. It's actually an auto garage converted into a bar and nightclub. I have spun there on many occasions and even had a few consistent events that r

Relentless Speaking About Music.- February 2016 edition

published: February, 11, 2016 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Toronto’s DJ Relentless aka Alphonso King Jr is living with HIV and also doubles as drag artist Jade Elektra. Here’s Alphonso’s review of recent hits and misses in the music world

Relentless Speaking About Music.- February 2016 edition

It's Black History Month in the year 2016. The entertainment world is heading into the Oscars with a boycott hanging over it with no black actors being nominated in any of the major categories. We just finished Superbowl weekend and FOX News has declared war on Beyonce for her politically charged pro-black lyrics in her new track, "Foundation" that she dropped the day before the big event. And in this presidential election year where the top Republican candidates do not seem to be concerned

Becoming Jade

published: February, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Photography, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

A fascinating contribution from Toronto-based designer/photographer/film maker Kristy Boyce detailing the transformation of PositiveLite.com’s Alphonso King Jr. to drag artist Jade Elektra, aka DJ Relentless

Becoming Jade

In December I started a typological photography project exploring the process that drag queens go through when transforming themselves from "man on the street" into the epic glamazons we see performing in bars and on TV.  My first participant was the lovely Jade Elektra, I couldn't have asked for a better model to start the project with, Jade even did a write up about mental shift that takes place as Jade comes to be through each layer of makeup. Becoming Jade The process of becoming Jade

Relentlessly speaking about music (December 2015 edition)

published: December, 15, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music

Toronto’s DJ Relentless aka jade Elektra with his reviews of new music tracks – from the hits to the train wrecks.

Relentlessly speaking about music (December 2015 edition)

New music We are almost done with 2015 and in my opinion….good riddance! I call this period in music the "Rip Off Era". I can't believe all these producers and DJs who are blatantly stealing vocals or making covers of older songs and then changing the titles to pass them off as "new music". Now…don't get me wrong. There are a few new songs out there.  First up…let's talk about "Focus" by Ariana Grande. I kind of wish that her label would decide what they really want to do with this yo

Relentlessly speaking about music (October 2015 edition)

published: October, 22, 2015 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Another blog by DJ Relentless that explores the hits and misses of the current month

Relentlessly speaking about music (October 2015 edition)

It's October and it must be the season of the Drake…..literally. Canada has artists dominating the Billboard charts right now and Drake is leading the pack with 14 songs on the Top 100 singles chart. He's joined by The Weeknd and Justin Bieber who seem to be battling for the number one spots. And meanwhile back in the US, Janet Jackson has dropped a great dance tune, Rihanna prepares to release yet another album and a social media whore tries buying her way into the dance charts with over 26

Back when a drag number was a signature

published: August, 31, 2015 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

DJ Relentless aka Jade Elektra (or before that, Ebony) on the early days of his drag career

Back when a drag number was a signature

I want to take you back to Tampa, Florida in the year 1987. It’s a hot August Monday night. The place is a popular gay bar known as Rene’s Lounge on Kennedy Boulevard. Rene’s was the home of many Miss Florida pageant winners. Some of the top female impersonators got their start at Rene’s, and Monday nights were amateur night hosted by a future Miss Florida, Lakesha Lucky. That stage was graced by the likes of such legends as Tiffany Arieagus, Tiffani Middlesex, Peter Fernandez, Mahoga

Relentlessly speaking about music.- August/September 2015 edition

published: August, 28, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, Music, Opinion Pieces

Another blog by DJ Relentless, aka Toronto artist Jade Elektra, reviewing the hits and misses of the season

Relentlessly speaking about music.- August/September 2015 edition

Summer is almost over and some interesting developments have happened in the music industry. I remember last year at this time everyone was talking about Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj all trying to out do each other to reign as the Queen of Hip Hop. Commercially, it looked like Iggy had the crown in the bag with her video "Fancy". Azealia dropped some "Heavy Metal". While Nicki pimped herself out while dropping the most infectious hit of her career. Jay Z claimed his new TIDAL

Relentlessly speaking about music – July 2015 edition

published: July, 09, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Music, Population Specific

Our DJ Relentless aka jade Elektra with the latest hits and misses from the club scene.

Relentlessly speaking about music – July 2015 edition

In the words of Maroon 5's latest single"This Summer Is Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf#%ker!"  . . .With all the horrible news stories of Black Churches burning in the U.S., Caitlyn Jenner's every move becomes daily headlines, Jon Stewart's last days on "The Daily Show" are quickly approaching and idiots like Robin Thicke and Donald Trump not knowing when to keep their pie holes shut….it's only July and I'm frightened for August.  There's plenty of new music and remixes being dropped every wee

Relentlessly speaking about music (May/June 2015 edition)

published: May, 29, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless aka Jade Elektra with another batch of hot - and not so hot - club tracks

Relentlessly speaking about music (May/June 2015 edition)

We are getting closer and closer to (Toronto) Pride and I believe that we are in for a great summer for Dance Music. The latest trend is that 80s Dance sound; many DJ/Producers are reaching back into the crates and remixing many of the classics. Unfortunately, a lot of those DJ/Producers are arrogant enough to think that their name should be first instead of the artists who made the songs hits in the first place.  I was doing a search for Donna Summer tracks and came across "Love To Love You

Toronto’s POZ-TO Dance party is back May 3

published: April, 28, 2015 Categories // Community Events, DJ Relentless, Events, Music, Living with HIV

And so is the Morning After Brunch hosted by jade Elektra (DJ Relentless) on May 17, all in aid of the Toronto PWA Foundation

Toronto’s POZ-TO Dance party is back May 3

 And here are the links to the event pages: https://www.facebook.com/events/396280447243478   https://www.facebook.com/events/1561562224106866

Relentlessly speaking about music – April 2015 edition

published: April, 15, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Another set of music reviews from Toronto poz spinner DJ Relentless – plus a free remix

Relentlessly speaking about music – April 2015 edition

It's a slow start for spring in the north east but there's a lot of new music being dropped. Some good. Some bad. Some interesting. So, let's just jump right in and start talking about what's working and what's not….  First up is Rihanna. Many recording artists get to a moment in their career when they have to start growing up and make some serious decisions on where and what their music is going to be. For example Lady GaGa took a bold step with her duets album with Tony Bennett (and also

Things are a little cluttered and messy - but in a beautiful way.

published: March, 16, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // DJ Relentless

Wayne Bristow on the common problem of spreading oneself thin by taking on too much.

Things are a little cluttered and messy - but in a beautiful way.

My life has begun to resemble my living space: cluttered and messy - but in a beautiful way. I think I may have way too many things going on at the same time again. If you’ve been following me, I wrote something a while ago about wearing too many hats so I haven’t broke character….yet! For now, I’ll write about why this might be  happening. I’d say it was around five years ago I began going to HIV-related workshops and training sessions. I didn’t have a plan for getting involve

Relentlessly speaking about music, February 2015 edition

published: February, 19, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Music, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Another music review by DJ Relentless PLUS there's a bonus link

Relentlessly speaking about music, February 2015 edition

After the Grammys it seems like a good time to discuss what's happening on the dance floors (or at least my dance floor). There's plenty of singles and remixes that are working and a few that should never be heard in public…ever!  Madonna's "Living For Love" is the new bell of the ball. With mixes by DJ Paulo, Erick Morillo and Djemba how could she go wrong? Really great productions, but believe it or not…..I'm stuck on the extended version of the album mix. But if you want a great mash-

The 57th Grammy Awards....Hit Or Miss?

published: February, 11, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Television, Music, Opinion Pieces

Alphonso King Jr.aka DJ Relentless reviews last Sunday’s music awards

The 57th Grammy Awards....Hit Or Miss?

The music industry is all abuzz because of last Sunday's Grammys ceremony. From performances that reminded us why we love Annie Lennox to history repeating itself with Kanye West storming the stage to disagree with an outcome at the awards…..people are definitely talking. There were a few surprises. Katy Perry really impressed me with her song "By The Grace Of God" and Rihanna was in great voice for her performance of her new single "FourFiveSeconds" with Kanye and Paul McCarthy. And of cou

Martin Luther King Day (Selma, Ferguson, Staten Island and other destinations)

published: January, 19, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Music, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless talks about Selma, the movie about Martin Luther King Jr., and what it means to him

Martin Luther King Day (Selma, Ferguson, Staten Island and other destinations)

It took me a couple of days to ponder what I was going to write in this blog. Being a gay black man married to a gay white Canadian man watching the film, Selma in a Toronto theatre on one of the coldest days of 2015 (so far), I cried a little for all the people who fought and died for me to have the right to be who I am today.  To say that Selma is required viewing is an understatement. It's phenomenal that in major cities across the United States business people came together to ensure 7th

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