Articles tagged with: Toronto

Dancing in the streets takes to the stage

published: November, 25, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Theatre, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews two innovative shows at Toronto Harbourfront’s 2011/12 Next Steps Dance Season which highlight b-boy culture and urban dance – Enter the Shadow and Klorofyl.

Dancing in the streets takes to the stage

I don’t think I’ve ever seen urban dance – hip hop, breakdancing et al – featured so prominently on stage as in the two exciting shows currently running at Harbourfront in Toronto as part of their Next Steps season-long program of innovative modern dance. Which is another way of saying that if you are an urban/street dance fan – or perhaps you’ve seen it only on So You Think You Can Dance - and are looking for an entry point in to watching modern dance on stage, these two shows ser

OHTN Conference challenges what we know about gay men, sex and online interventions

published: November, 21, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was at the Ontario HIV Treatment (OHTN) Network Research conference in Toronto. In the second of a two part series he talks about research in to MSM online sexual inhabits, interventions aimed at them, the role of pornography and more.

OHTN Conference challenges what we know about gay men, sex and online interventions

If there was one presenter at the OHTN Research Conference last week who held the crowd truly in his hands it was Simon Rosser.  Not just because he was talking about sex,  not because some of it was, frankly, titillating, but that he was presenting leading edge stuff, insights in to an online world that some of us apparently know quite well.  More importantly, he revealed how little research was out there in this most commonplace of activities.  It’s clear that in this a

Love Lies Bleeding far from a drag.

published: November, 10, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews the Alberta Ballet’s extraordinary show inspired by the songs and life of Elton John.

Love Lies Bleeding  far from a drag.

I think I can say with some certainty that you’ve never seen a show quite like Love Lies Bleeding before. More’s the pity. More’s the pity too that it only has a limited run – it’s playing at The Sony Centre, Toronto only until November 12. If you have a chance, even if you have never been to the ballet before, because this is a very unusual ballet indeed, go see it. The show, choreographed with abandon by Alberta Ballet’s totally mad Jean Grand-Maitre, takes twelve songs by Elton

Occupy Wall Street becomes Occupy Canada

published: October, 14, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Events, Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

Even though I'm loving the concept, I question its portability to Canada. What do you think?

Occupy Wall Street becomes Occupy Canada

Tomorrow is the debut of theCanadian franchise of the Occupy Wall Street movement in Vancouver and Toronto. For those who are not familiar with the Occupy Wall Street movement, here are the Coles Notes.   It is a rally to reclaim Wall Street, home to 1% of America's wealth, and the scene of the last economic capital crime, the Great Recession. The financial sector appears to be so much in the pocket of government, it's hard to distinguish between bankers and politicians. This trend very much

Nicholas Flood interviews poet/writer/painter David Bateman

“I recently had a chance to query the legendary David Bateman. David has done much of late to create and co-create spaces for emerging, mid and established career performance artists” . .

.  . . . His two collections of Poetry Invisible Foreground and Impersonating Flowers have been published to critical acclaim by Frontenac House (Calgary). David performs, writes and paints and has been a source of inspiration to many aspiring artists, myself included. What really sets him apart is his generosity of spirit and commitment to bringing the word to the city. Nicholas Flood: You often host in drag, why does drag and performance poetry mesh so seamlessly? David Bateman: I

A Gay Opera?

published: September, 27, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Arts and Entertainment, John McCullagh

NEW BLOGGER JOHN McCULLAGH SAYS THE CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY’S PRODUCTION OF GLUCK’S IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE WINS MUSICALLY BUT HE'S DISAPPOINTED BY ITS FAILURE TO REFLECT ITS SAME-SEX LOVING LOVING THEME.

A Gay Opera?

The Canadian Opera Company has opened its sixth season in its new Toronto home, the Four Seasons Centre, with the eighteenth century opera Iphigénie en Tauride. It’s a story of hope, compassion and love set to magnificent music by German composer Christoph Williband Gluck. Set at the end of the Trojan Wars, the opera is based on the play by the ancient Greek tragedian Euripides. It tells the story of a princess, Iphigénie, who, having been exiled from her Greek homeland, is forced to choos

Dying-In at Toronto City Hall, a short film on AIDS Action Now & Ford Cuts

published: September, 25, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Activism, Contributors, Events, Features and Interviews, Brian Finch

On Sept 23, AIDS Action Now organized a Die-In at Toronto City Hall, this is a short documentary-style video of the day.

Dying-In at Toronto City Hall, a short film on AIDS Action Now & Ford Cuts

For more information on further actions and demos please check out the AIDS Action Now website. 

Watch me get naked for Kathy Griffin: I did win a free pair of tickets with my video

published: September, 22, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Contributors, Performances, Brian Finch

Since I'm off to see Kathy Griffin's show this Sunday, I thought I'd dust off my ticket-winning video for everyone.

Watch me get naked for Kathy Griffin: I did win a free pair of tickets with my video

This September 25th, I will be heading out for my third pilgrimage to see Kathy Griffin who is my comedic hero. A couple years ago I had made a video to win a DVD contest, but then after I got it done I realized I missed the deadline. A few months later they had an even better contest, tickets to her show at Pride in Milwaukee, and a meet and greet. I decided to rework the video I had made and over dub the part about the DVD with “Win a meet and greet with Kathy Griffin” I posted it on the

Finally - a Summer of Movie Blockbusters that Really Rock

published: August, 11, 2011 Categories // Movies, Arts and Entertainment

Louise Binder aka Dame Velveeta Peron is back - and she’s reviewing Crazy Stupid Love, Cowboys and Aliens and Midnight in Paris

 Crazy, Stupid, Love -It's crazy and lovely but not stupid- This movie delivers on every level - funny, well written, well acted, well directed and clever .Oh yes,and Ryan Gosling- actor and eye candy extraordinaire is in it, in a role that is perfect for him, fresh and daring, as the playboy from Hell. Steve Carrell is also incredible in the role of the cuckolded husband going through the throes of a divorce.  It is a real stretch for him - not just funny but also poignant

Thursday July 28 is World Hepatitis Day

published: July, 24, 2011 Categories // Events, Events

World Hepatitis Day is an annual event that each year provides an opportunity for community groups and people living with or affected by hepatitis B or C to raise awareness of the diseases

Thursday July 28 is World Hepatitis Day

People use this day to influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment. It is estimated that between 500,000 and 600,000 people in Canada are living with hepatitis B and C and are at risk for developing complications related to the disease. Each year in Toronto, an average of 2,000 people test positive for hepatitis B and an average of 1,500 people test positive for hepatitis C. To mark the occasion, On July 28 PositiveLite will be posting an in-depth interview

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