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REVIEW: Floating, another winner from Harbourfront's World Stage series.

published: February, 21, 2011 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy goes to the theatre and comes out liking Hugh Hughes in Floating a lot, but also thinking whether the connections it makes with its audience can be replicated in the HIV movement

REVIEW: Floating, another winner from Harbourfront's World Stage series.

I seem to have a habit of reviewing shows at the end of their run, which means you can’t always get to see them. But I’m also in the habit of connecting the dots between what’s on stage and our lives outside the four walls of a theatre. In this capacity, Floating brought to us from Wales by World Stage, delivers dots in spades. Let me first tell you about the show. Like many I’ve seen lately, it’s decidedly odd. It’s also accessible, funny and engaging, qualities not always found i

True Confessions

published: February, 18, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says "Father forgive me for I know not what I do: I bought the iPhone Confessions app this week – and I feel dirty."

True Confessions

It cost me $1.99, and it’s a rip, but in the interests of research, I needed to see for myself what happens when iPhone technology and bad religion collide. Now I’m not sure where the money goes – hopefully NOT to the Catholic Church - but I’m regretting it already. I just couldn’t resist the description of this app,though, full title: Confession - A Roman Catholic app.  Here’s what the app descriptions says (and I'm not making this up): “Designed to be used in the confessio

REVIEW: A Night at the Opera with Richard Nixon

published: February, 16, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy reviews the very classy Canadian Opera Company production of Nixon in China and muses about why (some) gay men like this kind of stuff so much.

REVIEW: A Night at the Opera with Richard Nixon

Sunday, the significant other and I went to see The Canadian Opera Company’s Nixon in China at the Four Seasons Centre for the Arts, Toronto’s (relatively) new opera house. Hadn’t been there before. I loved the building. The lobby’s a symphony of blonde woods, glass staircases and stainless steel finishes. It seems designed to make patrons feel elegant. It works too.  The auditorium itself is more traditional – five tiers of seats arranged in a horseshoe make for good

The Dave Brodrick Story: Positive and in Prison

published: February, 14, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy brings you a story of drugs, dependency and life inside one of Canada’s medium security prisons in a rare glimpse at the life of one poz inmate who has agreed to speak out, and of those there to support him.

The Dave Brodrick Story: Positive and in Prison

                      Just recently I came across a story in PARN’s newsletter which I found totally riveting. It’s rare, after all, for a client of PARN, a Peterborough-based AIDS Service Organization I have strong attachments to, to want their story to be told. But Dave Brodrick is clearly no ordinary client. He has given permission for his story to be told here. Dave is forty-two years old.  He is from Toronto.  He was adopted and at the age of t

Toronto the Good, Really

published: February, 09, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which country boy Bob Leahy sings the praises of the city he once called home, and shares some favourite images from his portfolio.

Toronto the Good, Really

I’ll be in Toronto the rest of this week. I’m there for the Gay Men’s’ Sexual Health Summit. There will be lots of familiar faces there, the best brains in HIV prevention and support in Ontario. Say hi if you see me. Brian and I will be interviewing some of the key players at the Summit for PositiveLite.com, so stay tuned for those. I have a great affection for Toronto. I know the city well. I lived there for many years, right downtown in fact, before moving to the country fifteen year

SNAP: ACT FUNDRAISER FOCUSES ON PHOTOGRAPHY

published: February, 04, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy gives a shout-out to photographers everywhere to enter their work for SNAP, ACT’s photographic competition and fundraiser. And hurry, the deadline for submissions is February 11.

SNAP: ACT FUNDRAISER FOCUSES ON PHOTOGRAPHY

I’m really happy to be writing about SNAP. First of all I’m a bit of a photography nut. Secondly, I have a very soft spot for ACT. I’ll explain why in a moment, but first, here are details of the event. SNAP: A PHOTOGRAPHIC FUNDRAISER FOR ACT (THE AIDS COMMITTEE OF TORONTO) WHEN: Sunday March 27, 6 – 11 pm WHERE: National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto HOW DO I LEARN MORE AND WHERE CAN I BUY TICKETS?  Go here: TELL ME ABOUT THE PHOTO CONTEST: Entries must be submitted b

When it comes to the arts, why does AIDS = DEATH?

published: February, 02, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy reports on a beguiling dance/drama Questo Buio Feroce (The Wild Darkness) performed at Harbourfront this past weekend – and ponders how HIV has been portrayed in the arts.

When it comes to the arts, why does AIDS = DEATH?

Too bad it was here for only four days.  But Questo Buio Feroce, a visiting production that was part of Harbourfront’s World Stage series, deserved a wider audience. It’s from an Italian theatre/dance company, Compagnia Pippo Delbino, currently on a world tour, but I’m not seeing any more North American dates. Still, file the name of these people away in your memory banks in case they grace these parts again. They are incredible. We decided to go last Saturday after reading a glowin

The Toronto Subway Die In - another round in the fight for Bill C-393

published: January, 30, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

URGENT. Bob Leahy posts a video so hot off the press it's smoking, from activists continuing to fight for affordable access to HIV drugs around the globe. READ NOW

The Toronto Subway Die In - another round in the fight for Bill C-393

The internet is a powerful thing. Below is a video made this morning, edited this afternoon, up on YouTube within hours of the event to highlight the need for the passing of Bill C-393 on January 31. This post, and our quick response, is part of PositiveLite’s continuing coverage of this important issue, most recently here.   Here is what the organizers said about their plans for today . . "A coalition of students and community members will board a subway car and ‘die

Social Media in the Backwoods and Beyond

published: January, 28, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says “I was going to write about blogging in the context of the HIV community and PositiveLite’s greatest hits, but then I got sidetracked.”

Social Media in the Backwoods and Beyond

There I was sitting in my living room, a plate of chicken curry, naan and samosas on my lap and Jeopardy on the TV. But was I paying attention to them?   Not a chance.  Instead, I was glued to my iPhone where there was livestreaming video of the hugely contentious Pride Toronto AGM that was taking place last night. Nonstop streaming Twitter coverage too. And not only was the meeting amazing entertainment, witnessing the perfect storm of a shipwrecked board of directors

More on the Yonge-Dundas Die In in support of Bill C 393

published: January, 25, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

More footage has surfaced of the December 13, 2010 Yonge-Dundas Die In supporting Bill c393. You can see it below.

More on the Yonge-Dundas Die In in support of Bill C 393

We originally covered this story here. What's it about?  This from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network website : “In 2004, Parliament responded to the urgent need for medicines in many developing countries by creating “Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime” (CAMR), with the goal of getting affordable medicines to people in the developing world. Unfortunately, that laudable initiative was, and is, seriously flawed. But now there is a chance to fix it! Bill C-393 aims to reform CAMR a

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