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Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
3:18 pm - need a font!
Anybody with the ITC Anna font? I need a non-MacOS-X version as well as one for PCs. Pleeeeeeease! Thanks.

current mood: frustrated

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Saturday, August 12th, 2006
5:23 pm - go west!
So I've finally heard from Calgary and it looks like they're going to take care of my accommodations while I'm there, so I'll be booking flights next week. Wheee!

current mood: happy

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Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
2:23 pm
My television somehow tricked me into watching Gene Simmons Family Jewels yesterday and can I just say that I'm glad his 6'7 son Nick takes more after his mom (former Playmate Shannon Tweed)? Thank you, that is all.

current mood: amused

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Saturday, August 5th, 2006
1:39 am - Here in my car / I can lock all my doors / It's the only way to live / In cars
I just got back from seeing Gary Numan at The Mod Club. I'm not exactly familiar with his oeuvre outside of that 1979 one-hit wonder, but my friend Jeff slipped me a comp the other night so I figured I'd check it out. It was actually a pretty good show, and surprisingly, there were a lot of gay boys there. Granted, Numan had been an out gay man in what was back then a horribly straight world, but it's not like he was making music (then or now) that had a huge gay following. And these days, Numan has settled down with a female partner and become a dad, although he doesn't completely disown the gay side of his sexuality. Still, what impressed me about his show was that it demonstrated that you can still make loud, heavy music without screaming unintelligibly. Not like today's "screamo" bands, where one or two songs is about my limit.

current mood: pleasantly surprised

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Friday, August 4th, 2006
1:45 am
Holyfuck was it hot these past few days! 48C, which is about 118F, and that was BEFORE the effects of humidity. Definitely unpleasant to be out and about. On the other hand, my basement apartment feels downright REFRIGERATED since my landlady is a bit of a bigger gal and feels the heat more keenly. It's about 21C in here (70F) so I really feel the heat and humidity hit me like a wall when I walk out my door.

I'm back on the schedule a bit more at work these days, which is good because I need to make cash if I'm a) going to go to Calgary and b) get this film series off the ground. Worked a shift on Wednesday night but numbers were low and tips even lower -- walked with barely 7 points. The only salvageable part of the night was the kind-of-cute guy who gave me his number, which I have to say was pretty brave of him given the crowd was here to see a latino gangster rap crew and drink Red Stripe (a Jamaican beer). It's a civic holiday this coming Monday and I'm working the Saturday and the Sunday nights so hopefully I can make a bill or two.

current mood: blah

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
11:59 pm - can I just ask...
...how did this title get past the barebacking-porno focus groups?

not explicit, but probably NWSCollapse )

Who in the market segment that this is aimed at could POSSIBLY think this was a good idea for a title? For everybody else, maybe it's finally some truth in advertising.

current mood: amused

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Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
5:28 pm - eve. was. WEAK.
gaaaaah. I gave in to temptation and bought a laminating machine from Wal-Mart. I know, I know, Wal-Mart is bad but I'm a sucker for office supplies. (Seriously, I can spend hours in Office De(s)pot looking at all the different types of pens. I'm a dork.) I'm going to try and make up for it by using it for charitable purposes and socially progressive causes.

current mood: embarrassed

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Monday, July 24th, 2006
8:35 pm - méli mélo 9
The last time I wrote an article like this was almost four years ago, back when I was LJing much more regularly. Anyways, here we go...three unrelated musings:


gay games vs outgamesCollapse )



middle east crisisCollapse )



neighbourhood movie theatresCollapse )

current mood: good

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Thursday, July 20th, 2006
10:15 pm - post-presscon sleep deficit
So the press conference/filmmaker's reception for Streets to Screens worked out okay. Not a lot of media there, but the filmmakers got to meet the staff and each other and we looked polished and professional despite the oppressive heat. Lesson number one: make sure your press conference venue is going to be air-conditioned!

Lesson number two: if you ever have occasion to use Avery products and they tell you that their "template software makes it foolproof," DON'T BELIEVE THEM THEY ARE LYING BASTIDGES. Maybe it's the heat or maybe it's the relief from this event finally being over with that I went right home after the press conference and slept for 7 hours. Now all I have to do is finish up the programming pages before 11am tomorrow. Wheee!

Argh. Peaches is in town to promote her latest album, ImPeach My Bush and I'm on the guestlist because I created a cocktail for her official release party event, but I'm too tired to pull together a fabulous outfit and party with her. (Also: too old for this sort of thing, cue old-man voice and pantomime walker) Nonetheless, in the spirit of, well, spirits, I present the Fuzzy Peach Bush:

    3/4 oz peach schnapps
    3/4 oz orange-flavoured vodka
    1/2 oz jagermeister
    orange juice
    raspberry juice (substitute cranberry if you don't have raspberry juice)

    Place a shot glass inside a rocks glass, wedge against the side of the glass with plenty of ice. In the shot glass, pour jagermeister and top up with a little raspberry juice and a stemmed cherry. In the rocks glass, build peach schnapps and vodka with orange juice and top with soda. NO STRAW. Drink is served with the shot glass closest to the drinker; they sip from both the shot glass and the rocks glass at the same time. DO NOT SLAM THIS DRINK -- the inclination when people see a shot glass is to knock it back, in which case you get a sticky mess all over your face (sort of like going down on Peaches).

For a nifty alternative preparation, replace the raspberry juice with a 1/2 oz of Bacardi 151 (overproof rum) and light it on fire. This is a Flaming Peach Bush, but try and refrain from the Vagisil jokes while serving.

current mood: accomplished

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1:49 am - my latest project
Streets To Screens is the new monthly film series I'm producing for the Toronto Public Space Committee. The TPSC is a non-profit volunteer advocacy group that deals with urban issues and the shared common spaces in our cities -- parkland, sidewalks, public squares and plazas, etc. We defend neighbourhoods from corporatization, homogenization, and ad creep. It's a nifty little organization and my role is running their annual film series, which plays a major role in their fundraising.

Our press conference is about 12 hours from now and I'm fretful that there might not be a lot of actual press there...it's tough getting mainstream media attention for our little campaign, especially when Toronto's much bigger and better-known festival just had their press conference earlier this week. Our publicist and I have decided to recast our little event as a "filmmaker's reception" and play down the media angle. If media are there, so much the better. Otherwise, it's an opportunity for our filmmakers to meet the programming and campaign staff and munch on the deli trays. Wish me luck!

current mood: hopeful

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Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
10:26 am - WHY
...do I eat ice cream in the summertime when I know it's going to make my tummy all ick? Oh yeah, because it's JUST SO GOOD at the time. I guess that's what barebackers say too, eh? Discuss.

current mood: queasy

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Sunday, July 16th, 2006
4:05 pm
*yawn*

Had a pretty good night at the bar last night, even though crowds were uneven and tips were even more uneven. Usually Saturday nights rock, especially with the Prince tribute party in the house for the late show. But it's summer and people don't want to be in the basement. The early show was so-so; music wasn't bad but the crowds were sparse. At 7pm in July, it's still bright and sunny outside so nobody wants to go to a rock show. I worked the early show by myself though, and with my share of the late show tips, I walked with more than two bills (over $200), which is okay but not great.

I was the opener which meant I started work at 6pm, so it's a looooooong shift. Plus, I change the "this week at the drake" blackboards above the bar on Saturday nights, which can't start til 4am, AFTER we're all closed and cleaned up. On top of it all, the past week has been busy for me with TPSC stuff so I didn't get a chance to go through the drake's event calendar and write up the copy for this week's events. I didn't roll out of there 'til 6am this morning.

Seeing as it's 4pm and I'm just rolling out of bed now, that pretty much kills any hope of making it to Folsom Fair North today. This will be the second year in a row that I have missed it. Grrr. AND the boy from Sweden I was supposed to hook up with this week is leaving tonight without me having fucked his brains out. Bah!...another casualty of my work week, but at least we had a nice chat on the phone. Plus, he's originally from here so he'll be back.

must. wake. up. and do groceries.

current mood: groggy

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Saturday, July 15th, 2006
6:11 am - hearts grown fonder
Good grief, has it really been over a year since my last confession? Let's see now...where am I? Oh yes...

Still happily employed slinging drinks. I'm one of the few originals still around, my how we've grown! The West Queen West neighbourhood is gentrifying around us as we speak -- condos are replacing warehouses and a starbucks has moved into what used to be a very cool gallery. le sigh. In my other work, I finished another great year at the WSFF and may end up going to Calgary (yeehaw) for their film festival. We'll see what kind of offer they come up with -- it's not like there's a shortage of money out in Alberta. In the meantime, I'm producing a monthly film series this fall for the TPSC...my first foray into the programming side of things. Things are going well for it so far, thanks to my amazing team. Considering we're all volunteers, I'm so very very impressed. Hopefully www.streetstoscreens.ca will be up before the end of the weekend.

Living roommate-free downtown(ish) now...I live in what is unkindly called a "catchment area" -- it's a neighbourhood between neighbourhoods. Which means I get to put a slash in my neighbourhood -- "West Annex/Lower Oakwood". Whatever...I live in a nice area, safe and clean with friendly people. My rock'n landlady lives upstairs, I have utilities and laundry included, and in the current heatwave, her new turbo-AC keeps my apartment REFRIGERATED. Seriously, I have to put on sweats when I walk in the door, even when it's 35C outside. It's on a 24hr transit line and there's a huge 24hr grocery 5 minutes away. That's important when I'm getting off work at 3am and realizing there's no food in the house!

Had an awesome night with a boy about a month ago. We met up for coffee one night after the big gay film festival and then sat on the big rock in Yorkville, just talking. Eventually we lay down together, with him kind of across me with his head on my chest and we just held hands and watched the stars go whirling by. And that was it. Just coffee (not Gay Coffee!) and conversation and unforced intimacy. He's helping me with the film series so we've seen each other a couple of times since then. Maybe it'll turn into something, maybe not. But I'm okay with that, for a change.

And now...story time:Collapse )

current mood: happy

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Sunday, May 1st, 2005
9:18 pm - my picks for flix



Inside Out, the 15th Annual Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival, takes place later this month from the 19th to the 29th. I'm a Benefactor-level donor this year, which means I get priority seating for two and discounts on my tickets. It also means I get a tax receipt for $400 at the end of the year. If any of y'all want to join me at some of these shows, here are my selections for this year:Collapse )

current mood: box office opens tomorrow!

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Saturday, April 30th, 2005
12:53 pm - things making me a smiley happy spuppy
weird things in print:

"but when you're a vampire kickboxer, you don't need a plan"

cool celebrity encounter:

David Byrne, happily sloshed on wine, hanging out at my bar

happy things arriving in the mail:

my signed copy of the new sweatshop union cd, and my new "benefactor donor" package for the gay film festival

cute boys:

giving me their phone numbers


current mood: buzzy

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Friday, April 22nd, 2005
12:48 am - what a way to make a living
Actually, it's not a new job, it's the same job I did last year. My contract with the Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival restarted on Monday, and I'm still not used to working days yet. 9am? Geez...I'm usually just dropping off to sleep at that time! I'm sooooooo not a morning person, but I'm dealing. Lots of pots of tea, extra-strong. Mmmmmm.



My job title is Guest Services Co-Ordinator, which means I take care of all the filmmakers and industry VIPs who come to our festival. I book their flights, reserve their hotel rooms, pick them up from the airport, and keep them entertained while they're in town. It's a fun job and I like it, but it's a lot of work managing all these guests. My cutestr8boy assistant Adam, although a bit ADD, is proving to be a big help this year. He runs the ground transportation side of things and files guest-tracking paperwork so we know where each guest is in the accreditation process. And he has a cute ass which he parades past my desk on a regular basis. Mmmmmm.

current mood: worn out

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Monday, April 18th, 2005
11:45 pm - a rough night at work
    Workin' late night, not that we hate light
    Just feels right, that's when the tracks come out tight
      -- Swollen Members, "Deep End"



I've always been a nighthawk (among other kinds of hawks) so working behind a bar fits my rhythms pretty nicely. Last night, however, was a bit of an ordeal. ...my awful Sunday night...Collapse )

So...how was your day?

current mood: tired

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7:04 am - busy weekend
Went to see White Cowbell Oklahoma at the venerable Horseshoe Tavern on Saturday night. They play southern-fried white-trash rock'n'roll with an outrageous stage show, very camp yet not at all gay. Still, lots of queer folk like them, and they're pretty cool with it all. They all have faux-Southern hillbilly names as their schtick is that they're all related. (Two of the band members, the lead singer and one of the lead guitarists, actually are brothers in real life.)

A typical White Cowbell show will usually involve somebody holding a rotary sander to a metal cowbell (white, of course) and sending sparks flying everywhere. Big-breasted strippers are often onstage. Band members will drop their pants, sometimes playing "Freebird" using their dicks and a shotglass as a guitar slide. And inevitably, some plush stuffed animal meets its demise by being chainsawed in half onstage. Did I mention the big-breasted strippers? And Terri Schiavo jello-wrestling with The Pope? Woooo! Now that's entertainment, folks.




On Sunday, I had brunch with vorziel, hockeyposer, and his boyf Ted at Fire On The East Side, which is the restaurant upstairs of the popular gay nightclub fly. hockeyposer and Ted are visiting from SF and had just been at fly the night before. It was like they just pushed them under the couch overnight!

Brunch was lovely, very leisurely service but we enjoyed our meals immensely. Afterwards, we dropped by Buddies In Bad Times Theatre to take in Fruitmarket, the one-day queerzine fest. I was a sponsor this year, underwriting the costs of all the table rentals so that non-profits didn't have to worry about putting any hard-earned $$ into paying off their table fees. Go me! I picked up some great buttons and some truly demented greeting cards.




More about my hellish Sunday night at work here!

current mood: exhausted

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Friday, April 15th, 2005
12:45 pm - sweeeeeeeeet Sweet Action
Picked up issue 3 of Sweet Action, the New York-based "Porn for Girls" magazine. It's full of skinny hipster boys with hardons so if you're looking for the typical buffed gymbunny gayboy porno, this is SO not for you.

LA Boys


..but if you like to hang out at indie rock clubs, drink cheap beer with cute-but-scruffy artfags, or smoke up with saggy-pantsed sk8rs, drop by your local American Apparel store and ask for it -- it's behind the desk in an oh-so-retro-chic plain brown paper wrapper. Toronto boys, it's NOT available at the Church Street store, only the Queen Street store.

current mood: horny

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Thursday, April 14th, 2005
1:48 am - it's a good day
Gorgeous day out and feeling much better today than yesterday, the cough is largely gone although I'm still kind of phlegmy. Ew. More decongestants are in order.

Caught the second installment of the RESFest Screening Series tonight. RESFest is an international festival showcasing digital video, motion graphics, and CG animation. The Toronto chapter puts on their show at the end of October, and holds screenings every two months to keep up interest levels throughout the year. Neat stuff.

Gay volleyball tomorrow night, which will be good for me since I've been all slothy this week from being sick. My team is 15-12 on the season, which puts us in 9th place out of 24 teams. *sigh* On the positive side, we've got cute t-shirts (see the logo here)

Yee-haw! I'm going to see my friends in this band on Saturday. Southern-fried white-trash rock'n'roll, mm-mm good. Betcha I'm the only gayboy in the audience!

No work til Sunday - yay!

current mood: happy

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