Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Season's Greetings from OUTLOOKS!

All of us at OUTLOOKS Magazine thank you for your support and loyalty this year. We look forward to 2010 to continue bringing you the best in GLBT travel, fashion, entertainment, and insight into the issues that matter to you.

Have a safe and Happy Holidays, and a brilliant New Year!

Susan Boyle The Next Bond Girl?

Scottish Marvel Hard at Work

Susan Boyle, 48 made her debut on the British talent show, "Britain's Got Talent" and her sweeping voice spread across the globe like wildfire -

Boyle has been pegged as the next singer for the opening theme of the 23rd James Bond Film which is due in theaters come 2011.

The new Bond film will also be Daniel Craig's third reprise as the world's most famous spy.

Bond's composer, Monty Norman says "Susan Boyle is great[....]she's got the right voice.." as her voice is comparable to that of Dame Shirley Bassey, who sang for three previous titles of the Bond series.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Vancouver - City of Toyland Event!

It's art; it's music; it's fashion; it's dance; it's beauty; it's costume party; it's... TOYLAND...

Come play with your favourite nutcracker...
Step right into the candy cane lounge...
Get a photo on the lap of kris kringle...
Dancing elves...
Flying reindeers...
Learn some moves with the sugar-plum faerie...
Glitter, glitz and jolly moments...
Celebrate in the spirit of the gay ol' season...
BE A PART OF IT - the gayest Christmas event ever!

This Thursday, December 17, 2009 head to Celebrities Nightclub (1022 Davie Street, Vancouver) to get your holiday partying on! DJ G-LUVE and MAXWELL MAXWELL will spin your favourite top hits and holiday mixes. Be sure to visit BIG ROGER a.k.a SEXY SANTA and get your photo with Santa, available between 9pm and 11:30pm. KIKI LAWHORE, the night's SUGAR PLUM FAIRY, will also give some surprising performances. Wear your favourite holiday costume and come celebrate the Christmas Season!

Gifts courtesy of gaywhistler.com, Big Roger Events, Gay Top Model, aussieBum, IQONIQ Swimwear, Picture This! Entertainment, WET, Mirateca Arts, and more...

$10 ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT Little Sister's Bookstore. For more information, please visit www.cityoftoyland.com and join the official event page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=59236919508

Friday, December 4, 2009

Win A Dream Vacation To Palm Springs!

For years, Palm Springs has been a favorite destination for the gay and lesbian traveler. Known for its 350 days of sunshine, stunning scenery and pristine desert air; Palm Springs is a place to relax during the day and party at night. This winter, exchange the jacket and boots for a swimsuit and sandals, and experience stunning natural beauty and endless outdoor activities.

Palm Springs offers a wealth of activities and events throughout the year. Soar to the top of Mount San Jacinto on the world famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, play a round of golf at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, or hike the ancient palm groves of the Indian Canyons. Tour celebrity and mid-century homes, attend fabulous theatre performances, or wind down with a poolside massage. In the evening, stroll the year round Villagefest, then relax with a swim under the stars.

Palm Springs has more than 30 gay and lesbian-owned and/or operated resorts and guesthouses, including many that are clothing optional. Discover a warm desert paradise that is only 2 hours from major Southern California cities, and a direct flight from Major Cities to the Palm Springs International Airport

Visit www.psgaytravel.com for more information and to enter to win a vacation for 5 nights/6 days in this desert paradise!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

December '09/January '10 Issue Now Available!

We love her music, her fashion sense, and her outspoken love of the gays: she is Lady Gaga! Join us inside the Haus of Gaga, as we get up close and personal with the pop sensation in the December '09/January '10 Winter issue of OUTLOOKS, and find out why she's earned her diva status. To heat up your winter, we head to Palm Springs to explore the offerings of this gay paradise. Then cool off with our look at Qu├ębec City and the winter Bonnehomme Carnaval. Check out "Trailblazers”—our new monthly tribute to the revolutionaries, style-makers, frontrunners and torchbearers from coast-to-coast. Also, be sure not to miss our insider with the fabulous Dolly Parton and a dish-fest with Elvira Kurt and fellow queer comedians. Make your holidays merry and bright with OUTLOOKS!

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Calgary AB - Gold's Gym Eau Claire Grand Opening Event

The franchise, representing 140 gyms and 27 countries, comes together to celebrate a state-of-the-art brand new location in the Calgary, AB downtown core. Taking place on December 04 2009, at 6:30pm, Gold’s Gym Eau Claire will play host to this grand event!

Coming together with the Canadian Diabetes Association, this member's appreciation and guest welcoming event will be celebrated in style. Gold’s Gym Eau Claire will be transformed into a Vegas style casino with performances and celebrity appearances like no other.
Hosted by Canada’s master franchisee, Mr. Ziad Jaber, the group will celebrate the opening of the newest and only executive club in Calgary.

Gold’s Gym Eau Claire (200 Barclay Parade SW ) features hot tub, sauna, steam room, hot yoga studio, techno gym equipment, lounge, group fitness, cardio equipment with individual TV’s and virtual trainers, IPod USB links, strength training area, juice bar, tanning, retail, some of the best training experts in the city, and much, much more.

The party is expected to be attended by over 1500 members and guests in support of the Canadian Diabetes Association. With Master of Ceremony Deva Dave - Glamazon to the Stars - the exciting agenda includes female impersonation performances from Whitney Houston, Cher, Bette Midler, Liza Minelli and many more. An honorary ribbon cutting ceremony will be officiated by special guest, Marilyn Monroe! Also in the line up is a Zumba latin group fitness dancing presentation. Complimentary food and drinks throughout the evening.

Over the next five years, Gold’s Gym expects the number of international gyms to quadruple and ultimately account for 40 percent of our total locations. Gold’s Gym currently has 140 international locations open in 27 countries. Established in Venice, Calif. in 1965, Gold’s Gym is the largest co-ed gym chain in the world with over 600 locations in 42 states and 27 countries. Gold’s Gym offers the latest equipment and services, including group exercise, personal training, cardiovascular equipment, spinning, Pilates and yoga, while maintaining its core weight lifting tradition. With nearly 3 million members worldwide, Gold’s Gym continues to change lives by helping people achieve their individual potential.
Visit www.goldsgym.com or www.goldsgymcanada.com

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

World AIDS Day 2009

OUTLOOKS Magazine honours World AIDS Day today and pays tribute to the loved ones that we have lost. The fight is ongoing, and it is up to each of us to show our support and morale towards this cause and to defy the discrimination that exists to this day. Be sure to wear a red ribbon in remembrance and recognition of the importance of this day.

For more information, and to read real stories from people living with HIV, please visit www.worldaidsday.org

AIDS Calgary - HEAT job posting

Position available for HEAT (HIV Education and Awareness Today) Outreach Worker.

AIDS Calgary is seeking a dynamic individual who can work within a harm reduction model addressing HIV related issues specific to the needs of gay men, and “men who have sex with men” (MSM) through the provision of outreach. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational and relationship building skills. Being open-minded, original and resourceful is a must. If you want to join a team trying to change the world, starting with Calgary, AIDS Calgary might be the place for you.

This is a part time position (14 hours per week). A flexible schedule including; day, evening and some weekend availability is required. For a complete listing of the job details, please check out:


The closing date for this position is December 11, 2009. Please send your cover letter, resume, salary expectation to:

Email: hr@aidscalgary.org
Mail: Operations Manager
110 – 1603 10 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T3C 0J7
Fax: 403-263-7358

You must be eligible to work in Alberta. No phone calls please. All applicants are thanked for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance Canada - 2009 Tour

It's here! The SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA second Canadian tour has been announced. The Top 10 dancers will hit 18-cities on a whirlwind Canadian tour. Finalists Amy, Austin, Cody, Emanuel, Everett, Jayme Rae, Kim, Melanie, Tara-Jean and Vincent are heading coast-to-coast where they will be showcasing their incredible talents to audiences nationally. 19 Entertainment, Dick Clark Productions, AEG Live and Donald K. Donald are thrilled to announce the second tour, which kicked off on November 25th, 2009, in Kelowna, B.C.

In addition to hitting the major markets of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Tour will also include first time-stops in Lethbridge, Windsor, Quebec City, Saint John and Halifax! Fans nationwide will have the opportunity to
cheer on their favourite finalists as they perform some of their most-loved dances at Canada’s most prestigious venues.

With the success of last season’s tour, there is no doubt that tickets will be snapped up by eager fans ready for a second taste of the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA‘s electrifying
performances! Full details regarding ticket purchasing is available on AEGlive.com and dance.CTV.ca.

The national tour includes the following 18 stops:

• November 25 - Prospera Place - Kelowna, BC
• November 27 - General Motors Place - Vancouver, BC
• November 29 - Enmax Centre - Lethbridge, AB
• November 30 - Rexall Place - Edmonton, AB
• December 1 - Credit Union Centre - Saskatoon, SK
• December 2 - Pengrowth Saddledome - Calgary, AB
• December 4 - RBC Theatre at MTS Centre - Winnipeg, MB
• December 6 - Sudbury Arena - Sudbury, ON
• December 8 - WFCU Centre - Windsor, ON
• December 9 - John Labatt Centre - London, ON
• December 10 - Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON
• December 12 - Copps Coliseum - Hamilton, ON
• December 13 - K-Rock Centre - Kingston, ON
• December 15 - Centre Bell - Montreal, QC*
(*co-presented by Gillette Entertainment Group)
• December 18 - Scotiabank Place - Ottawa, ON
• December 19 - Colisee Pepsi - Quebec City, QC
• December 21 - Harbour Station - Saint John, NB
• December 22 - Metro Centre - Halifax, NS

Highlights from each week’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA episodes are available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. For exclusive footage and clips, information on dancers, judges and choreographers along with image galleries, videos, forums, blogs from the judges and more, visit dance.CTV.ca

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Stagewest Calgary - Alberta - Rockin' Good Time at British Invasion!

Take a trip through musical history with Stagewest Calgary's latest production, British Invasion! Written By Howard Pechet and Nevin Grant, this ensemble musical trip down memory lane features former lead-singer of The Guess Who, Terry Hatty; Season 3 Canadian Idol Winner, Melissa O'Neil; and local favourite Gerrad Everard.

Back by popular demand, the original BRITISH INVASION has been pulled out from the Stage West vault. In 1962, we were all twisting and shouting to the sound of “Run Around Sue”, listening to the Beach Boys and dreaming of California. Two years later, four mop-haired boys from Liverpool landed in America and changed the landscape forever. Although the BEATLES may have led the invasion, the army was comprised of hundreds of foot soldiers… The Stones, Chad and Jeremy, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cliff Richard, Petula Clark, Lulu, Dusty Springfield, and later Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Elton John, Annie Lennox and many more. Let us take you on a magical mystery tour as we relive…again… the BRITISH INVASION.

This thoroughly entertaining production features strong vocals from the entire cast and spot-on costume changes that really evoke each period and artist. Melissa O'Neil brings a seductive quality to each tribute, and manages to infuse a bit of her own vocal styling with each number. Terry Hatty can still wow a crowd with his strong vocals and ability to play to the audience. The rest of the cast seemed well suited to their strengths and genuinely had fun with the numbers, especially crowd favorite Gerrad Everard. With a great selection of songs, and backed enthusiastically by a live band, this is one show that should not be missed!

British Invasion! is playing from Nov. 5, 2009 - Jan. 24, 2010, so don't miss your chance to groove again to your favorite music from right out of Britain! For more information on Stagewest Calgary, the full menu of their delicious buffet, and to make reservations, head to www.stagewestcalgary.com

Sunday, November 22, 2009

November Issue Sudoku Solution

Oprah - End of an Era

Oprah Winfrey came from humble beginnings and, over the years, built an empire that placed her as a figure that many hold near and dear. Her story is one that is full of triumphs, and come September 2011, she closes a chapter in her life by airing her final episode and saying good bye to The Oprah Winfrey show. Though certain never to fade from the spotlight, it is her past 25 years on the air that have provided indelible moments in TV history and earned her the title of the Queen of Daytime. Oprah is a friend to all, including the LGBT community, and for all her efforts thus far, we salute her and wish her further success... now possibly in the political arena. Stayed tuned, as we are sure to hear much more from Oprah in the coming years.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Calgary AB - POLAR WORLDS JOURNEY - November 23, 2009

Splitting time between guiding in the Polar Regions, and freelancing in Calgary, Alberta; Photographer Kyle Marquardt spent four polar summersencompassing 30 expeditions in great places like Antarctica and thesouthern seas, Greenland, Svalbard and the Canadian Arctic. Inspired not just by the visions of these fantastic places but the grandbiology, deep history and geology that shaped them. Traveling withgeologists, biologists and ornithologists, it became apparent that theseworlds are a lot more than snow, ice, penguins andpolar bears. Join Kyle on an edifying photographic journey that’s a little more than just pretty pictures.

20% of proceeds of the Polar Worlds Seminar go towards the Calgary Zoo Conservation Outreach Program.

Location: Telus World of Science - 701 11th Street SW Calgary, AB
November 23rd, 7 pm - 8 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Discovery Dome Theatre Cost: $35.00
You can order tickets online at:


Or on location at The Camera Store. More info at www.kylefoto.com

Thursday, November 5, 2009

OUTLOOKS Recommended Resort Pick: Casa Cupula Luxury Boutique Resort

If you're heading to Puerto Vallarta to escape the brutal Canadian winter, be sure to book your stay at Casa Cupula. This intimate resort will charm you the moment you see it; with everything from the unparalleled views of Banderas Bay off of the terraces and patios (thanks to the unique way the propery climbs a few stories up a hillside) to it's close distance to the gay beach and bars.
Casa Cupula combines the sophistication of a fine boutique hotel with the comfortable ambience of a gay guesthouse, and was named one of North America's TOP 10 gay and lesbian guesthouses. Casa Cupula offers both bedrooms and suites with sophisticated modern interior design; with amenities that include gourment meals, three full-service heated pools, concierge and luxurious linens.

For sophisticated luxury at an exceptional value, book now at Casa Cupula. Call toll free
1-866-352-2511 or email reservations@casacupula.com and be sure to ask about last minute travel deals. For more information, check out www.casacupula.com

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November Issue Now Available!!!

Evil twins, coming back from the dead multiple times, and wedding after wedding - such is the life of a soap star. Check out our exclusive with Thom Bierdz, star of the Young and the Restless, as he talks about his return to the number one soap opera and opens up about his own personal journey. Learn more about the 35th anniversary of Priape, and the man who started Canada's number one Lifestyle and Fetish retailer. Find out about Canada's new Queer Hall of Fame and see who the first inductees are. Read our insider with actor Leslie Jordan and see why he thinks he's the gayest man out there. Also, check out our Travel Section for an inside look at both Buenos Aires and Whistler.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Chorus Line Comes to Canada!

The new production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical A CHORUS LINE has come to Canada! Playing from October 14 through to November 15; be sure to catch this story of the Broadway experience, through the eyes of the dancers, in the following cites:

Ottawa, Saskatoon, Calgary, Vancouver, and Edmonton

A CHORUS LINE reclaimed its place in the heart of Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 W 45th St) where it opened to rave reviews on October 5, 2006. Elysa Gardner of USA Today calls it “Exhilarating and endearing, it still has a freshness and fervency too seldom seen in contemporary musicals,” while The New York Daily News exclaims “There’s nothing better! The show thrills from the opening number to the glittering finale,” and Jeffrey Lyons of WNBC TV hails it “An American Masterpiece. A show for the ages.” A CHORUS LINE is directed by its original Tony Award winning co-choreographer Bob Avian and is produced by John F. Breglio for Vienna Waits Productions.

A CHORUS LINE recouped its entire $8 million investment after only 157 performances (19 weeks) on Broadway. It broke the theatre’s box office record 7 times in its first 5 months. A CHORUS LINE ended its Broadway run on August 17, 2008 after 18 preview and 759 regular performances. A CHORUS LINE, conceived and originally choreographed and directed by Michael Bennett, features a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban. For this new production, Baayork Lee re-stages the original choreography.

The original production of A CHORUS LINE opened at the Public Theater’s Newman Theatre on May 21, 1975 and transferred to Broadway’s Shubert Theatre on July 25th, opening there on October 19th of that year. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score and Book, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It ran for nearly 15 years, closing on April 28, 1990 after 6,137 performances. A CHORUS LINE remains the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

Tickets for A CHORUS LINE vary in range depending on performance, seat location, and date of purchase and start at $61.15. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.ca or call 403.777.0000. Group orders for 10 or more may be placed by calling 1.800.889.8457.

A CHORUS LINE is presented by arrangement with Broadway Across Canada and is a subscription offering of the 2009 – 2010 Series. Visit the official A CHORUS LINE website at www.achorusline.com

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Toronto - Update on recent hate crime murder

Toronto police have now released security camera video of the vehicle they believe was used in the death of 27-year old Christopher Skinner. The footage can be found at


Skinner was on his way home from his sister's birthday party during the early morning hours on October 18. At the intersection of Adelaide Street and Victoria Street, he became involved in an altercation with occupants of a black SUV. He was then beaten by an unknown number of attackers, knocked to the ground and run over by the SUV when the attackers fled the scene. He was taken to hospital but later died.

Police are calling the incident a homicide, and have yet to classify the attack as a "hate crime", but friends of the victim say he was targetted because he was gay. The victim was not know to have a history of violence.

Several witnesses have already come forward, but police say they are still looking to speak with anyone else who may have witnessed the crime and are searching for the driver of the SUV.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Stacey Gallant at 416-808-7410 and Detective Doug Dunstan at 416-808-7406, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Buck Stops Here! THE 2009 EXPOSURE FESTIVAL in Edmonton, AB

Exposure: Edmonton's Queer Arts and Culture Festival is delighted to announce this year's headliner, the international sensation and popular culture icon, Buck Angel who will be in Edmonton for three days, Friday, November 13 to Sunday, November 15 during the nine-day festival which runs until November 21, 2009.

In keeping with this year's theme of Queer Bodies, Buck Angel was the obvious choice. Buck's message of empowerment has struck a passionate chord with folks all over the world. He is not only inspiring people to think independently and contrary to the status quo, he is re-defining gender and educating an entire generation on the fluidity of sexuality and identity politics.

"I love Canada!" states Buck Angel, "I have a huge fan base in Western Canada and Exposure: Edmonton's Queer Arts and Culture Festival has provided me with the perfect opportunity to visit that part of the country. My work has always been well-received by the gay community and to be a part of something that is a celebration of contemporary queer culture is extremely important to me. I was thrilled when the Festival organizers told me that this year's theme was the 'Queer Body' because everything that I do is about advocating for being completely comfortable and sexual in your own skin; I want to empower people to accept themselves for who they really are, regardless of what society tells you. I am all about thinking outside the box and pushing the boundaries of what is socially acceptable."

Buck Angel, the first-ever female-to-male (FTM) transsexual pornstar has created a Best of Buck reel exclusively for Exposure Festival. Audiences are invited to join Buck at the Metro Cinema as he hosts the screening while giving you behind the scenes stories from the making of the films, his thoughts on his work and to answer questions.

9:00 p.m., Friday, November 13, 2009
The Best of Buck Angel
Metro Cinema
at Zeidler Hall in the Citadel Theatre, 9828 - 101A Ave
Q&A and conversation to follow
Adult Themes and Nudity 18+
$10 at the door, Metro Passes Accepted
Film info:
The Best of Buck Angel
US 2009
30 mins DVD
Director(s); various

Then on Saturday, November 14 Buck will participate in an Imaging Salon at Latitude 53 Gallery (10248 106 street ) from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. where local sculptors, illustrators, cartoonist, painters, and photographers will use Buck Angel as the subject of their work. He will be posing live for the artists to be inspired and create. Participants will be required to bring their own supplies.
$5 suggested donation. This event contains nudity and adult themes.

Later that evening look for Buck Angel to make a guest appearance at the 18th Annual Loud & Queer Cabaret hosted by Darrin Hagen presented by Guys in Disguise and Workshop West Theatre at Cite Francophone (8627 91 Street)
7:30 p.m. $30 at the door.

Rounding out his weekend with Exposure, Buck will make his final Edmonton appearance from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, November 15 at the Really Big Group Show held at Steamworks, the site of last year's hugely successful art installation Bathhouse.

Buck made history when he received the prestigious award from Adult Video News (AVN) for Transsexual Performer of the Year in 2007 for his groundbreaking work in the adult entertainment industry for which he has been nominated again this year. As the pioneer of an entirely new genre: FTM porn, Buck has received international recognition and continues to be a huge box office hit.

His live performances at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival (Scotland), Torture Garden (London), The Box (New York City), Goodhandy's (Toronto) and countless other venues worldwide, have attracted thousands of adoring fans and the respect of critics everywhere.
Buck has been featured by nearly every imaginable international media outlet in television, radio, web, and print. He has appeared on Playboy TV, The Women's Entertainment Network, the Howard Stern Show, Much Music, and others. He's been written about in The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Time Out Israel, London, and New York, and other publications around the world, as well as Armistead Maupin's book Michael Tolliver Lives.

For more information on Buck Angel, visit his websites:



Exposure Festival gratefully acknowledges funding from: Edmonton Arts Council; Provost, University of Alberta; TD Bank Financial Group; and the Stollery Foundation.
Expose Yourself!


Pride Toronto, returning for its 30th year, is seeking submissions from artists of all disciplines to perform at its 2010 festival happening June 25 to July 4. So, whether you're a live band, DJ, drag queen/king, community group or theatrical troupe, we want to hear from you!

Pride Week in Toronto is the third largest Pride celebration in the world and the largest festival in Canada. It takes place over 22 city blocks on 8 stages with hundreds of artists, 3 parades and hundreds of events at venues throughout downtown Toronto. The 2009 festival saw over one million people celebrating the history, courage, diversity and future of our Queer communities. In addition, Pride Toronto has just been named the host city for World Pride in 2014!

Pride Week is produced by Pride Toronto, a not-for-profit, community organization. It's a FREE event for the public supported and made possible by corporate sponsorship, public grants and Pride Toronto's fundraising initiatives.The festival features 10 days of arts and cultural programming, community activities, one of the world's largest street festivals, the Pride Parade, Dyke March, Trans March, Family programming and much more.

Past performers include Kelly Rowland, Deborah Cox, Mel C, Esthero, Islands, Lesbians on Ecstasy, RuPaul, Divine Brown, Jully Black, Thelma Houston, Indigo Girls, Uh Huh Her, Dragonette, The Cliks, Kinnie Star, Carole Pope, Sandra Bernhard, Bitch, Crystal Waters, MEN, Suzanne Palmer, Adam K and Soha, Jeremy Carr, Sydney Blu, Jonathan Peters, Lady Miss Kier, David Morales and White Punks on Dope just to name a few!

Performers participating in the Pride festival have the opportunity to be included in the official Pride Guide, the Pride Toronto website (which averages 23.8 million hits in the four weeks leading up to the festival), coverage through our print, radio and TV partners and targeted marketing by our publicity professionals. If you would like to be part of the BEST free event in Toronto go to www.sonicbids.com/PrideToronto2010 and put in your application!

The deadline is January 8, 2010, so don't wait! Pride week 2010: June 25 to July 4

Go to: www.sonicbids.com/PrideToronto2010

Mary Zondanos, Arts and Entertainment Program Manager
PH: 416-927-7433 ext.233
E-mail: mary@pridetoronto.com

Monday, October 19, 2009

Calgary,AB - Staged reading of "Heterophobia" - October 23 - one night only!

Heterophobia, a one-act dark comedy, first premiered at this year's IGNITE! Festival with Sage Theatre, garnering the biggest audiences in the festival's history!

“Social norms are flipped on their ears in Heterophobia; a tall glass of gay with a twist of straight. Grant comes home for a visit after a tough break-up, with a secret that gets heavier by the second. As she struggles to hold on to her hidden desires, her Moms woo her with waffles, clean underwear, and the prospect of settling down and being artificially inseminated. But as Grant’s secret becomes too big to hold onto, she is forced to make a choice about revealing who she really is.”

Date: Friday, October 23, 2009

Time: Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm

Tickets: $10 at the door or reserve at 403.277.5576

Place: Symons Valley United Church, 38 Kincora Rise NW

¨People laughed, they cried, they were riveted. Pam provokes her audience without alienating them: a great feat. She takes on rather controversial subject matter, handles it with grace and humour, finds depth of character and creates a new perspective on an old argument. Her compassion and ability to ask questions, rather than judge or give answers is a great strength.”
Lucia Frangione, Actress and Playwright

"A terrific satiric premise, which makes for wonderful humour and a pointed but delightful attack on prejudice. The dialogue is fresh and original, a real pleasure!"
-Kathleen Oliver, playwright and theatre critic for the Georgia Straight

For more info, contact Pam Rocker at pamrocker@mac.com or 403.923.6667

Toronto named Host City for WorldPride 2014

Toronto has been named the host city for WorldPride 2014. The announcement was made today in St. Petersburg, Florida at the annual InterPride 2009 Conference. InterPride is the International Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Pride Coordinators.

The presentation of the Toronto bid took place yesterday during a plenary session at the conference, and included the screening of a video filmed for the occasion as well as public addresses by David Whitaker, President of Tourism Toronto, Scott Mullin, VP Government and Community Relations, TD Bank Financial Group and Toronto Police Services LGBT Liaison Officer Constable Thomas Decker. The city of Stockholm was also bidding to host the event.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this opportunity to bring the world to Toronto,” said Mark Singh, past co-chair of the organization and current chair of the WorldPride committee. “In this exceptionally diverse city, the advent of a festival like this is an opportunity to highlight the acceptance of the queer community by Canadians, and to raise awareness of other countries where queers are still discriminated against.”

The first round of voting resulted in 77 for Toronto and 61 for Stockholm. This eliminated Stockholm, however as Toronto needed a two-thirds majority vote to win, a second round of voting took place. The result of the second round was a 78% yes.

WorldPride 2014 aims to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues on an international level through parades, festivals and other cultural activities. The provisional program for the festival includes an opening ceremony with a parade of nations, an international human rights conference, a wall of remembrance in honour of the 45th anniversary of Stonewall, and an exhibition and networking fair. A gathering of all Pride Toronto’s former International Grand Marshals will take place, an AIDS Candlelight vigil will be held, and three parades including a Trans March, a Dyke March and Pride Parade. Cultural events will be scheduled to celebrate Canada Day and the US Independence Day, and a closing ceremony will be held immediately following the Parade.

“All the usual aspects of Toronto’s Pride Week will remain,” said Singh, “such as the Family Pride and FreeZone (an alcohol and drug free environment), and world class entertainment and performers will appear on multiple stages during the festival.”

Pride Toronto’s 2009 festival drew over a million people and brought an economic benefit to the city of over $100m. Now in its 30th year, the festival is recognized as being one of the leading cultural events of its kind in the world and continuously strives to become more inclusive. With a volunteer force in excess of 1000 people, the organization’s profile is evidence of its payoff line ‘You Belong’.

With the WorldPride bid firmly now in its grasp, Pride Toronto has plenty of work ahead. 2010 is its 30th anniversary year, and a variety of new initiatives is planned including the introduction of year-round events, beginning with a Fall program that includes a Halloween Party on Saturday the 31st of October.

Singh says that “planning for WorldPride will begin immediately.”

Pride Toronto is the not-for-profit organization that hosts Pride Week, an annual festival held during the last week of June in downtown Toronto. Pride Toronto exists to celebrate the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto's LGBTTIQQ2S communities (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Two-Spirited) and is one of the leading cultural events of its kind in the world. Toronto’s Pride Week has been named the Best Festival in Canada by the Canadian Special Events Industry, is recognized as one of only Eight Signature Events in the city of Toronto, and is ranked as one of the TOP 50 festivals in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario. www.pridetoronto.com.

Friday, October 2, 2009

September Issue Sudoku Solution

October Issue Now Available!!!

As the leaves fall and the air turns crisp, turn your thoughts away from the coming winter wonderland and plan your escape from the chill! Check out the October issue for the 7 best tips to make your tropical cruise even hotter. Find out why one visit to Puerto Vallarta might be enough to call it home sweet home. Heading to the Olympics this year? Read up on where to stay and play, and learn more about the first ever Pride House. Also, discover la dolce vita with our look at the Italian delights of Sicily and Umbria.

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Find us on stands across Canada and online at www.outlooks.ca

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


The Experience of Spirituality in the Lives of Gay Men

You are invited to participate if you:

- Identify as a gay man (18 years of age or older)

- Experience spirituality as an identifiable dynamic in your life

- Are or have been an active baptized and confirmed member of the Anglican Church

- Are willing to engage in two confidentially audio recorded semi-structured interviews

- Are willing to take photographs illustrating in whatever way you choose, your lived
experience(s) of spirituality.

This aim of this research is to explore and then raise awareness of how gay men, with roots in the Anglican Church and tradition, experience spirituality in their lives.

Participation in this research is voluntary and all information about your participation will be kept confidential. For further information about this research and participating please contact:

Barry C.B Hollowell (403.874.0153 or bhollowe@ucalgary.ca ) or
Dr. Kevin Alderson (403.220.6758 or alderson@ucalgary.ca ) or
Dr. Tom Strong (403.220.7770 or strongt@ucalgary.ca )

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Catch the Latest at Stagewest Theatre Restaurants!

Enjoy an evening out by taking in the fantastic food and performances at Stagewest Theatre Restaurants; both in Missisauga ON and Calgary AB.

Recent shows in Mississauga included The Producers; the big Broadway musical based on Mel Brooks' classic clult comedy film that sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. It is a truly “boffo” hit, winning a record twelve Tony® Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night.

At Stagewest Theatre in Calgary, enjoy the current production of Married Alive until November 1; a riotous new musical comedy about matrimonial mayhem! Book/lyrics by Sean Grennan. Music by Leah Okimoto. Starring Joyce DeWitt from Three's Company, this wacky new musical revue looks at two marriages; newlyweds and the not-so-newlywed couples. From new babies to empty nests, from job stress to domestic bliss; Married Alive is a funny, yet affectionate look at married life. Follow these couples as they experience life from Niagara to Viagra!

Currently in Mississauga, catch Viagara Falls - Playing Sep 17th, 09 - Nov 22nd, 09. This "laugh out loud" comedy is a rare treat! The story involves two widowers who are long time friends, a buxom call girl, and the wonders of a little blue pill! It all takes place in the apartment of Charley on his 77th birthday. The show examines the importance of friendships, the realization that emotions don't diminish with age and the idea that feeling wanted can be the difference between living and just existing.
Next in Calgary, catch British Invasion! - from November 5, 2009 – January 24, 2010; featuring former lead-singer of The Guess Who, Terry Hatty; Season 3 Canadian Idol Winner, Melissa O'Neil; and local favourite Gerrad Everard.
For additional show listings, rates, menu, and booking information; check out www.stagewestonline.com in Mississauga and www.stagewestcalgary.com in Calgary.