Friday, December 31, 2010

Watch FAMILY TIME: 20 Years of LGBTQ Family History

Check out the new short film Family Time -- chronicling 20 years of COLAGE and LGBTQ family movement history including outrageous talk show appearances, the stinging impact of the AIDS crisis, the state by state push for marriage equality and much more.
Whether you're new to COLAGE, want to brush up on the history of the LGBTQ family movement, or are looking for a conversation starter, Family Time provides a great way to introduce your friends and family to COLAGE and the incredible history LGBTQ families have made over the past 20 years.

Beth Teper, the Executive Director of COLAGE, would like to recognize the progress they have achieved over the last twenty years that would not have been possible without people like you - your family and families like yours all over the country - who have shared your very real family stories and tirelessly advocated for equal rights and recognition.

Last month, Time Magazine released a report showing that for the first time ever, a slim majority of Americans consider people with LGBTQ parents to be part of a "real" family. This is good, but it's not enough. COLAGE can't wait for the day Time Magazine reports a resounding celebration of ALL families!

Please click here to view this powerful film and donate to COLAGE so they can continue to amplify the voices of people with LGBTQ parents. With your support, COLAGE will continue to vigorously advocate for children with LGBTQ parents and our families in 2011!


COLAGE is the only national youth-driven network of people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer parents. Living in a world that treats our families differently can be isolating or challenging. By connecting us with peers who share our experience, COLAGE helps us become strong advocates for ourselves and our families.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

OUTLOOKS New Issue #187 Online Now!!

Grammy Award winning artist Nelly Furtado is back, bringing fresh hits - and classics - to her fans! OUTLOOKS chats with the superstar about her new greatest hits CD, the story behind her gay-inspired dance hit "Night Is Young", and catching "Bieber Fever". Read Part One of Randall Shirley's Top 50 Greatest Gay Travel Experiences, and see which one of these choice destinations and events you should hit next. We examine the country of Uganda, and how their anti-homosexuality bill could effect you closer to home. Also; go from Mild to Wild in Fort Lauderdale, see our list of top wines under $20, spruce up your home with the latest winter-themed décor, and more in this Double Issue!

Be sure to visit the Out & About Online Gallery to see event pictures from across Canada, and check out the DYW Gallery to see this month's hottie: Trevor Adams.

OUTLOOKS - Available Canada-wide in Your Community!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas with The Queens: A Holiday Spectacular

KRK Productions Artistic Director Kevin Kreisz takes us on a ride through the holiday season in his magical production debut with festive choreography by Trevor Kozlow, includes dazzling costumes created by Chris Sinosich of Sebastian and Co. These 90 minutes of holiday frivolity in French revue format sizzles like the Lido Paris or the Bal du Moulin Rouge. With dynamic comedic performances, breathtaking dance production numbers, gorgeous costumes and astounding scenes, Christmas With The Queens: A Holiday Spectacular captivates audiences as the new holiday celebration!

Experience the NEW Holiday tradition of Singing and Dancing with the Queens. Come along on our magical journey as Kevin Kreisz, in his Artistic Directing Debut, takes us for a ride through Candyland complete with Tatiana as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Mandy Camp enchants us with Faith Hill’s-“Where are You Christmas” and Connie Smudge is the WILDEST Mrs. Claus you will ever meet. Jaylene Tyme rocks us as Cher and Robyn Graves belts it like Judy Garland. Raye Sunshine, the reigning DMS Empress, will be on hand to shed light on some of the DMS charities such as “Out in Schools” and “Check Him OutIona Whipp and Kiki Lawhore bring the total up to eight Queens of Christmas! Guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.

Christmas with the Queens: A Holiday Spectacular December 23, 2010 @ 8pm
One Night Only at the
River Rock Show Theatre, Richmond BC. Tickets available at

Photo courtesy Daryl Dyck Photography
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

An Open Letter from Egale Canada

The Hon. Lawrence Cannon, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Foreign Affairs

House of Commons
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6

RE: Removal of reference to sexual orientation in United Nations declaration on arbitrary executions

Dear Minister,

We write to you in reference to recent actions taken by the United Nations General Assembly. As you are surely aware, the General Assembly voted last week to remove a reference to sexual orientation from a resolution that condemns extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions. The deletion of this reference, which has been included in the resolution for the past ten years, is extremely disturbing and dangerous. It eliminates the important recognition of the particular vulnerability faced by sexual minorities around the world at a time when homosexuality is still criminalized in 76 countries and considered a capital offence by 5 of these.

While Egale Canada appreciates that Canada voted against removing the reference in the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, we now call on the Government of Canada to publicly condemn this failure of the international community to protect and uphold the rights and security of sexual minorities. We ardently request that steps be taken promptly and unequivocally to affirm Canada’s commitment to fundamental human rights around the globe and to hold accountable those Member States who failed in their duty to protect the rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation.


Helen Kennedy

Executive Director

CC: The Hon. Bob Rae, M.P.

Paul Dewar, M.P.

Ambassador John McNee

Egale Canada is Canada's LGBT human rights organization: advancing equality, diversity, education, and justice.

Support our work: become a member or renew your membership for 2010.

World AIDS Day, December 1, 2010

OUTLOOKS Magazine hopes that everyone recognizes the importance of today towards making a commitment to increasing public awareness and understanding of HIV. Our thoughts are with those braving the fight, and for those that we have lost.

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Issue of OUTLOOKS Available Now!

Is your wardrobe more drab than fab? OUTLOOKS calls upon Clinton Kelly, of TLC's What Not To Wear, to share his eye for style and help you bring out your inner fashionista. Follow the coolest global travel trend this season, as we list the major gay ski week events around the world, including WinterPRIDE in Whistler. We examine the serious threat of anti-gay bullying that has brought tragedy to LGBT youths pushed to the breaking point, and how things must change to end this epidemic. Plus, catch up with the Goddess of Insults - Lisa Lampanelli, head to Inuvik to witness the wonders of the frozen North, find your best local farmers market, and more!

OUTLOOKS attends Con-Version 26

Con-Version 26: By the fans. For the fans.

Written by Dave Cunningham

Being a person with a great interest in science fiction, it should come as no surprise that I look forward all year to Calgary’s longest running science fiction, fantasy, and horror convention. Con-Version has been around for over a quarter of a century, and each year the convention has become bigger and better.

October 15 through 17, 2010, Con-Version 26 was held at the Quality Inn in northeast Calgary. The venue made for an interesting change of pace from what many come to expect at any convention. By holding the convention within the hotel, the ambience seemed significantly more comfortable and intimate than a convention center or arena. The layout of the convention was slightly confusing at first (different events were held in different rooms on different floors), but everything was easily accessed without any frustrating lineups or other delays.

What really made Con-Version 26 a success was the team of organizers who worked tirelessly throughout the year in planning and preparing for the show. Derek France, a head organizer of Con-Version 26, seemed as excited about the show as the fans that steadily flowed through the doors.

“We’re all volunteers,” Derek stated in reference to the team of organizers behind the show, “Con-Version is a convention put on by the fans for the fans.” Rose Tanchyk, also an organizer, proved she was a big fan of science fiction and fantasy by coming to the convention in costume. Rose was dressed as Xena: Warrior Princess and shared that she had several other costumes at home, such as a Klingon costume of which she was very proud. Once I had the opportunity to see pictures of Rose in the Klingon costume, I can say that she has every reason to be proud.

The events at Con-Version 26 were many, and there truly was something for everyone. A costume contest held on Saturday afternoon brought several costumed guests on to the stage. Many of the costumes were nothing short of amazing, such as an Iron Man (mark 1) costume and Bob from the television series Reboot. Even a gentleman dressed as Futurama’s Zap Brannigan made a hilarious appearance on the stage. Kudos to all the competitors in the costume contest, as the time and attention they put into their costumes was well received and appreciated by me and the rest of the audience.

Several panel discussions occurred over the weekend which provided a variety of topics, such as the portrayal of women in Doctor Who and a panel about steampunk. Perhaps the most notable panel event in my experience at the show was one that taught and discussed how to survive in the event of a zombie outbreak. The instructors covered issues such as proper social behaviours in the event of zombie attack (i.e. whether to leave a person behind in order to ensure one’s own safety), which weapons are effective and which are too cumbersome (i.e. katana blades are actually a bad idea to keep handy while avoiding raiding zombies) and how to case a room or other area for possible escape routes (windows are our friends). The instructors maintained an air of seriousness to the point that I often wondered if they were serious about zombie survival or just playing the part for the sake of the audience.

In addition to the obligatory panels and costume contest, there was also a game room that was open and available to guests non-stop throughout the two and a half days that Con-Version 26 was operating. The game room had at least two occupied tables at any time that I stopped by. The guests played board games such as Dungeons and Dragons, of which I regretfully admit I have no experience or knowledge in. However, the players all seemed to be enjoying themselves and at some points drew in onlookers who stood behind the players to watch.

A movie room was available throughout the entire convention as well, and the projector was playing a different movie at every drop-in I made. There was always someone in the room to kick back and enjoy a show, and it was a great idea to include a room for guests to relax in the convention.

The biggest draw to the show was undoubtedly the celebrity guests. Con-Version 26 brought a stunning collection of stars from Star Trek, including John DeLancie, Robert Picardo, Chase Masterson, Ethan Phillips, and Marina Sirtis. The guests arrived late Friday evening and treated us to a brief but enjoyable Q&A. The following two days, all guests provided autographs and photo opportunities for fans (for a small fee). All the guests seemed very personable and kind and took the time to speak with the fans, which made the experience of Con-Version 26 all the more enjoyable. Other guests, such as The 404s, a terrific comedy troupe that has been a welcomed guest at The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo for several years, and the band Heroincredible, were on hand to provide entertainment.

If I were to pick my favourite event during Con-Version 26, it would be the slave auction. A clever way to earn money for charity, the slave auction was a simple and effective event. Volunteers agreed to donate an hour of their time as “slaves” to bidders (such as retrieving drinks, holding bags, amusing their high bidder with stories, etc). The auction was rather informal, with MC Mark (member of The 404s) acting as auctioneer. Bidders in the audience would simply shout out their bids until a high bidder was declared. Bids ranged from $20 to $200 and about $1250 was raised for charity during the auction. Celebrity guests Chase Masterson and John DeLancie also donated their time for the auction (though neither were present during the auction itself) and brought in $125 and $110 respectively. Oh, and good ol’ Zap Brannigan received a high bid of $30. All in all, the slave auction was a very enjoyable time for slaves and bidders alike, and a favourite of mine as I’m a sucker for a good cause.

The only downside to Con-Version 26 was the fact that it had to end. Conventions for such entertainment genres as science fiction, fantasy and horror (not to mention comic books, television, and movies) are far and few between in Calgary, and so having to say goodbye for a year can be difficult. However, all the fans that supported Con-Version 26 are undoubtedly impatiently waiting for Con-Version 27. Not many details have been released as of yet, but I can share that Virginia Hey (of Farscape fame) has already been secured as a guest for 2011 which is very exciting! If you are interested in attending Con-Version 27, tickets for the entire event are already available at a cost of $50 for the first two-hundred guests. After that point, three-day passes will cost $60. So be sure to get your passes soon!

Visit for details about what happened during Con-Version 26 as well as details about upcoming Con-Version 27.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

OUTLOOKS In October!

Feeling the tick of your biological clock? OUTLOOKS takes a look at the option of surrogacy and the changes it has brought to the lives of a few same-sex couples making the leap to parenthood. Could Toronto soon have an openly gay mayor? We speak with George Smitherman on his goals and ambitions for his campaign. Feeling the call of the open seas? Randall Shirley provides tips for your next gay cruise vacation. Looking for some great dining spots? See our Taste of Canada feature to find some of the best restaurants and hidden gems in the country. Plus; catch up with Candis Cayne, read our guide to fall entertaining, enjoy the photographic art of Mike Ruiz, and more!

Enter Promo Code: 992ffe78d0f0 on the home page for your free trial issue!

Also, don't forget to take our big Gay Travel Survey! Tell us about your favourite gay travel destination in our 50 Gayest Places Survey and watch for the results of this unique survey in the upcoming December/January Double issue!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

September Issue Now Available On Stands!

Take OUTLOOKS with you, as you make the leap from summer to fall this September. See the latest theatre updates, as we travel to New York City to see why there are buff boys in bras in the Big Apple. Read our one-on-one interview with Babydaddy from the Scissor Sisters, as he talks about the group's return to Canada and things that go bump in the night. Find inspiration from The New Victorian fashion spread for an update to your fall wardrobe. Ever wonder where Barbie gets her fabulous outfits? Meet Jim Holmes, the designer behind the doll. Also, look at the controversy behind the film I Love You Phillip Morris, learn if Canadian politics still have a religious left, catch our insider with Dan Parent - the Archie Comics artist and writer bringing the first openly gay citizen to Riverdale, and more!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Kristine W, International Dance Recording Artist, live at Twisted Element! - Calgary,AB

This Saturday Sept 4, 2010 - International Dance Recording Artist Kristine W will be Performing Live in Calgary at The Twisted Element Nightclub & Cabaret!

Doors open at 9PM, Showtime Approx 10:00 PM

Tickets are available at the club - $25 in Advance.

Meet and Greet Autograph session! Kristine W's CD will be available for purchase! KristineW has 15 No. 1 Billboard Hits and a new jazz album being released in 15 days - "Straight Up With A Twist"!

For more information, please visit

Pierre Fitch at Club Sapien tonight! - Calgary, AB

EVOLUTION with Gay Porn Star DJ PIERRE FITCH, with warm up by DJ JAY FRAID, and special Performance by JEM! Tonight Friday September 3, 2010!

Presented by Club Sapien & Spectrum Social Concepts

Kick off your Pride weekend and experience the new queer Calgary!


**portion of proceeds to benefit AIDS WALK CALGARY 2010**

Please visit for more information.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Winner of the OUTLOOKS Pride 2010 Cruise Giveaway

It was a successful Summer of Pride across Canada, and thousands entered this year's OUTLOOKS Pride giveaway for a cruise for 2 to Mexico. After a random draw, we're happy to announce that the winner of the cruise giveaway is Tom Sinclair, from Vancouver BC.

Congratulations Tom, and don't forget to pack your best speedo and some sunscreen for this amazing getaway!

The contest is still open to win a 1 week stay at the 5 Star luxury resort hotel, The Flamingo - Inn Amongst The Flowers, in beautiful Fort Lauderdale. This also includes a $1000 travel voucher toward your airfare.

Visit to enter to win this vacation getaway for some fun in the sun in Florida! Contest closes September 17, 2010.

PRIAPE Calgary Looking to Hire New Manager


(Full-Time Permanent)

As leader in Canada's Gay Lifestyle and Adult market, Priape, is
seeking applications for a full-time manager for its Calgary location.

You will play a leading role by supporting the Company’s mission statement and public image, while achieving the financial objectives that have been set and provide an excellent customer service.
You are a person who has a proven track record in managing and training your staff, you know how to motivate your work force so that each employee excels at serving our clientele.

As manager, your primary responsibilities will be to:
• Manage and balance store cash;
• Prepare work schedules and supervise staff under your authority;
• Ensure customer satisfaction;
• Oversee reception and transfers of merchandise;
• Manage store inventories;
• Ensure proper merchandising of products and reorganise store displays according to seasonal needs and promotional activities;
• Lead the Company’s promotional activities in the Calgary and Alberta market place.

We will rely on your ability to ensure that the store meet its profitability targets. You will also be responsible for store safety and hygiene.
In addition to your 3 years of experience as a store manager in men’s fashion and/or men’s erotica, you are familiar with the leather and fetish market, you possess a college degree or the equivalent. You have strong knowledge of inventory management procedures and techniques, and know how to ensure proper presentation of displays and merchandise. You are very comfortable dealing with the public, you are known for your passion for customer service and your understanding of
Calgary’s gay market, and of male and fetish fashion. You possess a keen business sense and are sensitive to the reality of a retail store catering to an gay/straight clientele. You also know how to adapt sales strategies to a changing retail environment.

Priape offers a competitive salary, in addition to a benefits package.

If you are interested by this career opportunity with Canada’s leading gay retailer, please forward you résumé, in confidence, to or by Fax at:
514.521.1309. For information, please call 514.521-8451, extension 33. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 7th, 2010, 12:00 noon Mountain time.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest; however, we will only contact candidates who will be selected for an interview.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Gay Day is coming to Canada's Wonderland - August 22!

Gay Day at Canada's Wonderland in Ontario is coming this Sunday, August 22! For the chance to win a free entrance ticket for you and a friend, simply visit our Facebook page through and read the info on our wall to enter.

It will be a day of fun in support of PFLAG Canada, so head down to Canada's Wonderland and enjoy the great food, rides, and entertainment!

For more information, please visit

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fan Expo 2010 is almost here!

Fan-demonium is set to reach an all-time high this year at the 16th Annual Fan Expo Canada 2010. Expect to see a surge of Vulcans, Storm Troopers, Zombies, Dragonballers and other strange and wonderful characters across the city as Toronto hosts the largest combined gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event in the country.

The 16th annual Fan Expo Canada takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building on August 27-29, 2010.

Owned and operated by Hobby Star Marketing, Fan Expo Canada offers fans of every genre the chance to meet their favourite celebrities and pop culture heroes at autograph and photo sessions; participate in informational workshops with industry experts offering advice, tips and portfolio reviews; and shop for exclusive Fan Expo Canada offers, collectables and memorabilia from more than 600 vendors.

"By offering unique experiences and opportunities to interact with icons, industry leaders, and other enthusiastic fans, Fan Expo Canada delivers a signature event in Canada that satisfies fans’ cravings like no other," says Aman Gupta, President of Hobby Star Marketing. "For the past 16 years Fan Expo Canada has been the only event to bring this level of fandom to Toronto and 2010 will bring even more to visitors than ever before with incredible limited edition offers, the widest range of industry merchandise available, and appearances by genre demi-gods."

Hobby Star Marketing Inc. was founded in 1992 and has quickly become one of Canada’s premiere sports and entertainment marketing companies. Since its inception, Hobby Star Marketing has secured a niche in the industry by specializing in professional sport and entertainment celebrity placement at a variety of venues and events.

With guests like William Shatner, Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, David Cronenberg, Stan Lee and many others attending this year, you'll have your chance to meet your geek icon face to face! Don't miss out on the masquerade costume competition on Saturday August 28. As Canada's largest costume contest, you'll be able to show off your best comic and sci fi tribute - time for drag for some of us, as superheroines are so irresistable to pay homage to!

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit

Friday, August 6, 2010

California Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage overturned

On Wednesday August 4, a federal judge in California overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying the voter-approved rule violated the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.

The decision, issued by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco, is an initial step in what will likely be a lengthy legal fight over California's Proposition 8, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

At stake in the trial was whether California's ban on same-sex marriage violated the constitutional rights to equal protection and due process of two gay couples that want to marry.

For updates on the continuing outcomes of this issue, visit

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Calgary Gets It's First Dyke March

Following in the progressive footsteps of cities like New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver- Calgary celebrates queer women and fights to end oppression.

CALGARY, AB Calgary artists and activists have come together to present the first ever Calgary Dyke March on Sunday, September 4th at 12:00PM.

Dyke Marches are common place in socially-progressive cities like New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver. The first documented Dyke March took place in Vancouver in 1981, and has since become an important event across the world. The event highlights issues of visibility and equality of queer women, while coming together as a community and celebrating our love and appreciation for the Dyke identity.

This year marks the first year that Calgary will number among the cities that have embraced this tradition and have recognized the importance of this event. Event Director Brianne Langille says, “A Dyke March isn’t a parade, its a demonstration. It gives dykes a visibility that is lacking in Calgary. Were coming together to strengthen a community that requires public understanding to thrive.”

The first ever Calgary Dyke March will take place on September 4th, 2010 at Noon. The March will begin at Millennium Park on 11th St and 9th Ave SW and end at Century Gardens n 8th Av and 8th St SW. A rally will begin the march, including performances by some of Calgary’s best musicians and spoken word artists.

More information about the event can be found at

Friday, July 30, 2010

Chromeo - new video for "Night By Night"

Check out one of the new music videos from Chromeo, and remember to enter to win tickets.

Email with your name and contact number, and include "Chromeo Contest" in the subject heading (tickets available for the Calgary AB show only).

Chromeo is coming to Calgary AB - Win a Ticket With OUTLOOKS!

Chromeo is Pee Thug and Dave 1: best friends since their adolescence, virtuoso musicians, walking hip hop encyclopedias, and the only successful Arab/Jew partnership since the dawn of human culture. After three years since the release of their second studio album, Fancy Footwork, jet setting, globetrotting, and embarking on an overall sensual conquest of planet Earth, Chromeo is back with album number three Business Casual set to be released in August and a tour playing Flames Central on Tuesday, August 10.

For your chance to win tickets to their show, email and include "Chromeo Contest" in the subject. Please leave your name and contact phone number to enter.

When: August 10 @ 9 pm
Where: Flames Central (219 - 8th Avenue SW, Calgary AB)

While not much has been revealed about the new album, they have revealed that Solange Knowles lends her voice to “When the Night Falls” and Cassius member and Phoenix producer Philipe Zdar mixed the disc. And in true Chromeo fashion, they will bring out everyone from the teenage lovers, to the 20 something blogpoders, to the 30 something burn-out ex-raver graphic designers, to the 40 something cougars together all to party under one roof.

Chromeo is slick. Chromeo is dripping with reverb. Chromeo is Moog riffs, luxurious harmonies, macho guitar solos and real-deal songcraft. From the dancefloor-ready singles Fancy Footwork and Tenderoni, to the autobiographical Jew-boy ballad Mommas Boy, to the epic sax-laden 100%, Chromeo rolls you through a sleek, melodic world where all you need to worry about is whether youve got your sunglasses on and the right moves to keep up.

For more information, please visit and

Friday, July 16, 2010

Calgary Stampede - Quiet Oasis Among the Crowds

The 2010 Calgary Stampede has brought the midway thrills and rodeo excitement that everyone looks forward to each year, but for those that seek a brief getaway from the crowds and the sun, look no further than the Western Oasis. Conveniently located in the BMO Centre in a separate section from the many vendor booths, this area brings a level of sophistication and culture to those out for an Urban-Chic Cowboy experience.

Take in some of Canada's finest western art on display, and chat with the local and visiting artists as they proudly showcase their work. OUTLOOKS stopped at the Wine Garden, where manager Stephen Welch detailed selections from over 20 varieties of Canadian and International wines. The wine specialists on hand offer great suggestions based on your preferences. One of our favorites is the Hardy's Stamp Series Riesling Gewürztraminer from Australia, with honey tones and backed by a slight spice and zing.

Sip a glass of wine, enjoy the art, get friendly with the living statues, dance to the Waltzing Waters show, and play a guessing game with the Speed Artist before heading back into the craziness of the midway for that extra corndog and crack at besting Whack-A-Mole. You'll thank us!

For more info, please visit or

Saturday, July 10, 2010

OUTLOOKS July/August Summer Issue Available on Stands Now!

Soak up some sun, and relax this summer with OUTLOOKS! Catch up with some of your favorite celebs, starting with our exclusive one-on-one with our favorite D-lister Kathy Griffin. Read our insider with Rufus Wainwright, and find out why he has become one proud primadonna. Follow Sarah McLachlan's return, as she speaks about her new album and why she's bringing Lilith Fair to a new generation. See why Kelis is less about her Milkshake now, and more about her fierce new glamour. Also, we look at some of the best gay adventure tour groups and the surprising destinations you can experience, as well as explore queer theatre, and if it really is vanishing.

Enter Promo Code: 992ffe78d0f0 on the home page for your free trial issue!

OUTLOOKS - Available In Your Community!

The 2010 Calgary Stampede is here!

The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth has hit Calgary once again, so be sure to catch all ten days of the hottest cowboys, midway attractions, concerts, and partying from July 9 - 18. OUTLOOKS Magazine will be on the grounds and at the events, so watch our blog for updates throughout the Stampede. Yeeeehaaww!

Visit for more details and daily schedule of events.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day 2010!

Photo: Mathew Wilson

Have a Safe and
Happy Canada Day
OUTLOOKS Magazine!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

♫♫ GLEEK NIGHT ♫♫ - Thursday June 24, at Celebrities Nightclub - Vancouver

“Being a part of something special, make you special, right?”



A fun & campy club night inspired by the hit TV series GLEE.

DJ ZACH SHORE plays GLEE hits & remixes with videos all night!

Fabulous GLEE performances produced by Bob Loblaw Queer Art Society of Vancouver

Special performance by Fighting Chance Productions.

Doors 9pm | Glee Show 11pm & midnight

Advance tickets available now at Little Sister's | Priape |

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Your Gay Wedding Specialist - Burlington Convention Centre

For memories to last a lifetime, the Burlington Convention Centre is the place to be! Romance drifts through the air as you enter the grand foyer to the music of the grand piano. Elegant European décor and soaring ceilings, with shimmering chandeliers, Wisteria Gazebo and beautiful landscaping, all make for unforgettable photographs. Dine on an exquisite feast, prepared by our executive chef and served French-style, with an elegance that only the most professional waiter can achieve. Then twirl the night away on a mosaic marble floor: The BCC is luxury at it's finest.

Contact their professional wedding coordinator, Yanko Bosch, to plan your perfect union in style.

Burlington Convention Centre
Mr. Yanko Bosch
1120 Burloak Drive
Burlington, ON L7L 6P8
cell: 289-440-3956
fax: 905-319-3989

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Statement from Pride Toronto

Pride Toronto has seen many struggles over the past 30 years, and alongside other Pride festivals around the globe, is no stranger to conflict, mixed opinions, and passionate voices. Within our diverse community, there are many perspectives and opinions to be shared and discussed equally. Pride Toronto is tasked with creating a 10-day festival that acknowledges these voices, while simultaneously creating an inviting, inclusive space for participants.

Pride Toronto respects differences - of opinion, nationality, race, creed, and most of all sexuality and gender orientation. We abandon respect and freedom of expression at our peril. Our decision to restrict the use of the words “Israeli Apartheid” was not made easily, independently, or absent of a commitment to respectful expression. Let us be clear, criticism of Israeli government policy is legitimate. However, the atmosphere created by the use of the words “Israeli Apartheid” in the last three years of the Pride Festival are not.

The Board of Pride Toronto listened to members of our community. What we heard overwhelmingly was that the use of the words “Israeli Apartheid” made participants feel unsafe. For that reason we asked members of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) to re-evaluate their approach when participating in Pride activities – that is not only our right as a Board but our obligation. QuAIA is not being banned from this year’s festival. We are restricting the use of words and phrases that can promote a poisonous atmosphere and detract from the goal of celebrating diversity within our community. No Canadian, Queer or Straight, should have to worry about their safety in a public space because of who they are or what they believe. It is regrettable that some former participants of the Parade are choosing not to participate this year but we respect the difficulty of their decision.

The public presence of the festival, particularly the Pride Parade, is a powerful statement that promotes acceptance of our community. The festival is possible in large part because of our partnership with the City of Toronto. Pride Toronto is obliged to respect various city policies, including the anti-discrimination policy. We take the anti-discrimination policy very seriously as this policy also protects the rights of members of our communities against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict evokes passionate disagreement. However, it should not damage the good work of Pride Toronto and it should not divide Canadian communities. Toronto’s Pride Festival is a celebration of tolerance, of difference, and a demonstration that supports the provision of full and equal rights for members of the LGBTTIQQ2SA community. We hope that our participants can accept the differences within our diverse communities, and come together at the Pride Festival to show their support for each other.

About Pride Toronto:

Pride Toronto is the not-for-profit organization that hosts Pride Week, an annual festival held during the first weekend of July in downtown Toronto. Pride Toronto exists to celebrate the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto's LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities and is one of the leading cultural events of its kind in the world with a total economic benefit in 2009 of $136 million.

Toronto's Pride Week has been named Best Festival in Canada by the Canadian Special Events Industry in 2004, 2005 and 2009, and is recognized as one of only eight Signature Events in the City of Toronto. It is ranked one of the TOP 50 festivals in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) as well as one of the 18 Marquee Festivals of Distinction in Canada. With attendance of over 1,2 million, it is the third largest Pride celebration in the world and the largest in North America. For media accreditation for the festival, please visit

*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2-Spirited and Allies

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

2010 Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival - Calgary AB

The 12th Annual Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival runs this year from May 27 - June 4 in Calgary, Alberta. The festival will be held at the Plaza Theatre in Kensington (1133 Kensington Road NW). Be sure to catch these great films and more from the festival:

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (New Zealand) | Opening Gala: May 27 | 7 PM

Based on the lives of the World’s only comedic, country singing, dancing, and yodeling twin sisters, Jools and Lynda Topp have morphed from radical activists into New Zealand cultural ambassadors. It’s not just the story of two sisters but also of half a century of seismic cultural changes and the foundation of a national identity. Part documentary, part musical and part comedy, you'll laugh, you'll cry... you might just yodel!

Undertow (Peru) | May 28 | 7 PM
Miguel is a handsome, young and beloved fisherman in Cabo Blanco, a small fishing village in Peru. Married to the beautiful Mariela, who is seven months pregnant with their firstborn and harbouring a scandalous secret: his affair with an openly gay, agnostic, local artist who is ostracized by the town. After a tragic accident, Miguel must choose between sentencing Santiago to eternal torment or doing him right and revealing the releation to the entire village. Strikingly photographed to accentuate the majestic Peruvian coastline, this sexy, haunting love story transcends place and time.

A Woman’s Way: Strella (Greece) | May 29 | 10:30 PM
This post-modern Greek tragedy follows a man, Yiorgos, on his first evening out of prison where he meets a young transsexual prostitute, Strella, with whom he falls in love. Portraying people who live on the fringes of society, questioning preconceived ideas, this film presents a parallel world, generally considered as immoral by the masses. A spell-binding and extraordinary film worth staying up on a Saturday night to see.

Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride (Canada) | June 2 | 6:50 PM

A telling and provocative film reminding us why we need Pride parades and the real reason behind the party, Beyond Gay is a feature length documentary following the Vancouver Pride Society’s Parade Director and his colleagues as they travel to places where Pride remains steeped in protest to personally experience the rampant homophobia that still exists.

Violet Tendencies (USA) |
The Closing After Party: June 4 | 7pm (at the Uptown Stage & Screen)
A hilarious look at love and friendship, Violet Tendencies follows Violet (Mindy Cohn—Natalie from “The Facts of Life”), who is desperately searching for love. Constantly hanging around with gorgeous men, none are interested in going home with her at the end of the night. Come see a fun and sexy film and then dance the night away to the beats of DJ Lisa DeLux from Vancouver of THE L WORD fame. The perfect way to close the festival!

For more information, and the complete program guide for this year's festival, please visit

About Fairy Tales Presentation Society

Fairytales Presentation Society is a not‐for‐profit, charitable organization located in Calgary,
Alberta that celebrates and showcases queer culture and artists. Through artistic adventures,
the society strives to provide a safe and respectful venue for members of all communities to
celebrate queer culture. Lastly, through specific outreach endeavours like REELS ON WHEELS,
they provide diversity education to the local community by using filmmaking and other art forms
as educational vehicles.

Fairy Tales is the largest annual GLBTQ Film festival in Alberta.

They currently run an annual film festival in the spring of every year that reflects and challenges
the changing Canadian cultural landscape. They present an annual festival of independent films
made by and/or about the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two‐spirited and queer
community called Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival. This important annual event reaches new
audiences looking for challenging and innovative films. Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival has three
main objectives:

• To bring a rich selection of seldom‐seen films to the Calgary and Southern Alberta
audience that—given the limited distribution network—audiences may otherwise not
have a chance to see.
• To support the work of local, national and international filmmakers.
• To create an atmosphere of respect, inclusiveness, tolerance and pride within and
outside, of the GLBTQ community.

Brief History
The Fairy Tales Festival began in 1999, under the umbrella of the Calgary Society of Independent
Filmmakers (CSIF), and was incorporated January 30, 2004, as the Fairytales Presentation
Society. A governance board runs the society with one full‐time paid festival director, volunteers
and contract staff on an as needed basis. Fairytales programming has more than doubled since
1999, growing in length significantly and featuring over 50 works of various genres and lengths,
Q&A’s and panels.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Vancouver's Gay Top Model 2010!

Come out to Celebrities tonight and party with Vancouver's hottest offerings! Support your favourite one of the top 10 finalists as the winner of VGTM is announced LIVE!



Sunday, March 14, 2010

Jem?!? and Carrie Underwood ?!?

With rumours of a new live action Jem movie in the works, the possibility of a break through role as the lead could send Carrie Underwood on her way to Stardom in imitating art? Stay tuned...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Stagewest Mississauga and Calgary - Glorious!

The joyful Florence Foster Jenkins had a passion for singing, but a voice of disastrous proportions which left audiences crying with laughter. Spinning from her bizarre recording sessions, unbelievable recitals and an ultimate triumph at New York's Carnegie Hall - this is a true, heart-warming story about a group of eccentric friends who lived their dreams. The triumphant West End production was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award as Best New Comedy.

Stagewest Mississauga adds a touch of nostalgic star power to their version of the production, with Mindy Cohn playing the lead of Florence Foster Jenkins. Best known to fans as Natalie Green in the hit comedy series "The Facts Of Life", Cohn brings her comedic skills and talents to this quirky role.

Catch this amusing, and touching, production at both Stagewest locations during the following dates:

Stagewest Mississauga - Feb 11, 2010 - April 18, 2010

Stagewest Calgary - January 28, 2010 - April 4, 2010

For more information, please visit Stagewest Mississauga and Stagewest Calgary

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

March Issue Now Available!!!

Join OUTLOOKS this March, as we take you around the globe - from Whistler to Taiwan. First stop: Oslo, Norway for the 2010 Mr. Gay World competition, and our exclusive interview with this years winner Charl van den Berg. Next we take you to explore Taiwan and Taipei, and the Red House gay zone. Rock your world in Palm Springs with a Dinah Shore Week preview. Find out why there are 500 reasons to be fabulous in Winnipeg this spring. Then head to Whistler for an in-depth look at the Olympic PRIDE House. Also, see our insiders with Liberal MP Rob Oliphant, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, House of Lizares clothing designer Brian Maristela, and queer theatre artist Nina Arsenault.

Available in Your Community!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Winners at the 82nd annual Academy Awards

The Stars came out in style for Hollywood's biggest night, as the coveted golden Oscar statuettes were handed out live in LA at the Kodak Theatre. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin shared hosting duties - the first time the show has had dual hosts in over 20 years - as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave accolades to the best the silver screen had to offer this year. The show - while holding to a tradition of running overtime due to poor pacing - did offer a few surprises and some touching acceptance speeches, adding to the emotion of the evening and capping off a strong year in cinema.

Below is a list of categories and nominees, with the winners in bold.

Best Picture:

* Avatar
* The Blind Side
* District 9
* An Education
* The Hurt Locker
* Inglourious Basterds
* Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
* A Serious Man
* Up
* Up in the Air

Best Director:

* Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
* James Cameron - Avatar
* Lee Daniels - Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
* Jason Reitman - Up in the Air
* Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds

Best Actor:

* Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
* George Clooney - Up in the Air
* Colin Firth - A Single Man
* Morgan Freeman - Invictus
* Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker

Best Actress:

* Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side
* Helen Mirren - The Last Station
* Carey Mulligan - An Education
* Gabourey Sidibe - Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
* Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia

Best Supporting Actor:

* Matt Damon - Invictus
* Woody Harrelson - The Messenger
* Christopher Plummer - The Last Station
* Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones
* Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress:

* Penelope Cruz - Nine
* Vera Farmiga - Up in the Air
* Maggie Gyllenhaal - Crazy Heart
* Anna Kendrick - Up in the Air
* Mo’Nique - Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire

Best Adapted Screenplay:

* Neill Blomkamp - District 9
* Nick Hornby - An Education
* Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche - In the Loop
* Geoffrey Fletcher - Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
* Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner - Up in the Air

Best Original Screenplay:

* Mark Boal - The Hurt Locker

* Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds
* Oren Moverman and - The Messenger
* Joel and Ethan Coen - A Serious Man
* Pete Docter and Bob Peterson - Up

Best Foreign Language Film:

* Ajami - Israel
* El Secreto de sus Ojos - Argentina
* The Milk of Sorrow
* Une Prophéte - France
* The White Ribbon - Germany

Best Animated Feature Film:

* Coraline
* Fantastic Mr. Fox
* The Princess and the Frog
* The Secret of the Kells
* Up

Best Cinematography:

* Maurio Fiore - Avatar

* Bruno Delbonnel - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
* Barry Ackroyd - The Hurt Locker
* Robert Richardson - Inglourious Basterds
* Christian Berger - The White Ribbon

Best Film Editing:

* Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron - Avatar
* Julian Clarke - District 9
* Bob Murawski and Chris Innis - The Hurt Locker
* Sally Menke - Inglourious Basterds
* Joe Klotz - Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Best Original Song:

* “Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog
* “Down in New Orleans” from The Princess and the Frog
* “Loin de Paname” from Paris 36
* “Take It All” from Nine
* “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart

Best Animated Short:

* French Roast
* Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
* The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
* Logorama
* A Matter of Loaf and Death

Best Documentary Short:

* China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
* The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
* The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
* Music by Prudence
* Rabbit à la Berlin

Best Live-Action Short:

* The Door
* Instead of Abracadabra
* Kavi
* Miracle Fish
* The New Tenants

Best Make-up:

* Il Divo
* Star Trek
* The Young Victoria

Best Art Direction:

* Avatar
* The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
* Nine
* Sherlock Holmes
* The Young Victoria

Best Costume Design:

* Bright Star
* Coco Before Chanel
* The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
* Nine
* The Young Victoria

Best Sound Editing:

* Avatar
* The Hurt Locker
* Inglourious Basterds
* Star Trek
* Pixar’s Up

Best Sound Mixing:

* Avatar
* The Hurt Locker
* Inglourious Basterds
* Star Trek
* Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Best Original Score:

* James Horner - Avatar
* Alexandre Desplat - Fantastic Mr. Fox
* Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders - The Hurt Locker
* Hans Zimmer - Sherlock Holmes
* Michael Giacchino - Pixar’s Up

Best Visual Effects:

* Avatar
* District 9
* Star Trek

Best Documentary Feature:

* Burma VJ
* The Cove
* Food, Inc.
* The Most Dangerous Man in America
* Which Way Home

For more information, please visit

Friday, March 5, 2010

Calgary AB - Celebrate the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at The Backlot!

Oscar comes to The Backlot! Join the crew for their Official Oscar Party this Sunday, March 7, 2010 and prepare for a night of prizes, munchies, movie-trivia, and participate in the all important Oscar ballot!

For more information, please visit their event page on Facebook.

The Backlot
209 10 Avenue Southwest
Calgary, AB T2R 0A4
(403) 265-5211

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cyndi Lauper headlines Pride Toronto’s 30th anniversary festival

Cyndi Lauper, one of the world’s most recognized Queer icons, comes to Toronto on Saturday, July 3 2010 for a FREE concert in Queen’s Park.

An unwavering advocate for LGBTTIQQ2SA* rights, Cyndi Lauper established herself as a household name with the 1983 single "Girls Just Want To Have Fun", kicking off a long career which includes more than 25 million in record sales and nominations for 13 Grammy awards, 2 Emmy awards, 2 American Music Awards, 7 American Video Awards and 18 MTV awards. Her most recent album "Bring Ya To The Brink" affirmed her international pop diva status, even more so amongst her LGBT fans, who were featured prominently in the music video for her #1 single, "Into The Nightlife".

"It's an honor to always have the genuine affection of the gay community," Cyndi says. "They have never turned their back on me and I will never turn my back on them. We've had a long and enduring love affair."

In 2007, Lauper created the True Colors Tour, bringing together artists like Erasure, The B-52s, the Indigo Girls, Deborah Harry and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts to raise public awareness about issues facing the LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. A year later, she founded the True Colors Fund to inspire and engage everyone—particularly those in the straight community—to become involved in the advancement of equality.

Most recently, Lauper joined Lady Gaga as a spokesperson for the 2010 MAC Viva Glam Campaign, which was established in 1994 to support people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS around the world.

The Grammy award-winning singer and Emmy award-winning actress is currently working on her newest studio album scheduled for release in June. Lauper is also featured on the new “Celebrity Apprentice” edition on NBC starting March 14 and later this year launches her own reality show.

Lauper's performance during Pride Week will be part of a full program of entertainment and activities in Queen's Park; the newest addition to the ever-expanding Pride Week site which includes eight stages over more than 22 city blocks and an attendance of more than one million. Plans for the new Queen's Park site include a beverage garden and more Pride Week Streetfair exhibitors.

"We are happy that Cyndi and her incredible team worked with us to make this happen" said Mary Zondanos, Arts & Entertainment Manager for Pride Toronto. "Her work both as a performer and an activist is an inspiration to us all. There will be tears, and I’m sure some will be mine."

Keep up on the latest Pride Toronto developments by visiting

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Join in on the Manhunt Road Trip 2010: Untapped Territories

Get in on the biggest road trip across Canada! Join Manhunt at each stop along the Untapped Territories Tour and party with the hottest guys from coast to coast!

The tour is in full swing, having already stopped in Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto, a special Seattle stop, Saskatoon, and Edmonton. Catch up with the tour tonight, February 27, in Calgary at The Calgary Eagle and then on to Celebrities in Vancouver on March 3. The tour hits a climax with the final party stop in Whistler on March 6, perfectly timed during winterPRIDE!

Join the tour, and head to the manhuntroadtrip for more information.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Most Catchy Commercial 2010

This Yoplait commercial is sooo addictively-catchy. Enjoy and share this hummable tune!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Latex Toronto Ltd. - Putting The Sex In Latex

Looking for something special to spice up your life and add a sexy kick to your month-long Valentine’s play time?? Latex Toronto Ltd. can help turn your fantasies into reality with their new line of Red and Translucent gear! Check it out at

Whip some excitement into your life or turn up the heat with some sleek gear, available at Latex Toronto Ltd. the new g spot for a titillating time. They offer a complete range of latex clothing, toys, accessories and more to arouse and stimulate. Visit their site to see all they have to offer!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

February Issue Now Available!!!

With thoughts of love and longing this month, we bring you a little Valentine's treat in the form of a sexy Canadian crooner. Read our exclusive with jazz musician and vocalist Matt Dusk, and succumb to the smooth charms of this perfect gentleman. Find out why Parliament still matters in the face of the fog created by prorogation. Meet Slapshotolus - the proud guardian of the Olympic PRIDE House - and learn more about his talented creator, Edmund Haakonson. For a behind-the-scenes look at the Vancouver Olympics, catch our visit with volunteer team leader Eddie Tantay as he prepares to welcome the world. Also, see our picks for six unique Canadian B&Bs, a look at 5-star gyms and more in the February issue of OUTLOOKS!

Available In Your Community!

Saturday, January 30, 2010


The Dogwood Monarchist Society with The Odyssey Nightclub is proud to present:


They have gathered together the best of the best entertainers who have started to create a splash on the Vancouver scene. There are 9 amazing performers in the finals, each vying for a chance to be this year's ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR 2010.

They are all competing for:
A performance contract with The Odyssey, Vancouver Hottest Gay Bar.
A Command performance at Coronation 39: Higher, Faster, Stronger a night in Athens

Your finalists are:

Amanda Pushawn
Della Devine
Isolde N. Barron
Kelly Armnall
Kiki Lawhore
Peter Breeze

Winners will be chosen based on Judges scores as well as audience votes!
Judging the finals are:

Empress 38 Iona Whip
Emperor 35 Mike Murrell
Empress 35 Jaylene
Promoter and Event Producer TommyD

Hosted by last year's winner and the 38th Imperial Crown Princess

It's all going down tonight, Saturday January 30th, at THE ODYSSEY NIGHTCLUB. Doors open at 7:30, with showtime at 8:30 SHARP!

Cover is $10 with all proceeds benefiting the three DMS charities -
The Health Initiatve for Men
Out in Schools

When you pay your $10 cover, you will get an AUDIENCE VOTE ballot, which could swing the vote if the judges come to a gridlock! ONLY ONE VOTE PER BALLOT AND ONLY PEOPLE WHO PAY THE DONATION GET THE BALLOT.

They are also introducing the candidates for EMPEROR 36 and EMPRESS 39, so it will be a really packed show that is sure to ENTERTAIN!