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Sarah McLachlan Presents: Voices In The Park

In: Calan, Music, The Arts

Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, Jann Arden, Hedley, Chin Ingeti, The Boom Booms, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and our very own Vancouver Men’s Chorus are just some of the acts that will be hitting the stage at this year’s Voices in the Park.

The concert is to take place on September 15th in Vancouver’s beautiful Stanley Park at Brockton Point. All proceeds will benefit the Sarah McLachlan School of Music in Vancouver, “which aims to use the power of music to inspire youth in under-served communities by offering free music programs.” Celebrating their 10th year of being in operation they saw 280 students walk through their doors this year. I wish I had known about the school when I was still young enough to attend (grades 4 through 12). It would have been such and amazing experience and it’s also all provided to the students free of charge. Sarah’s goal for the concert is to net $1 million and I for one am going to help her reach that goal. Since I’m part of the Vancouver Men’s Chorus I do get my own entrance but you better believe I will be bringing ALL my friends and family to this. I was going to go before I even knew we were performing so that was just a magical moment for me personally when I found out we would be performing.

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So I was recently encouraged by fellow cast member Patrick to write a Behind The Cast for myself. I never really thought of doing it because I didn’t feel like it went with Homorazzi but seeing as Patrick thought it would be a good idea, here I am! This is a coming out story of sorts (and here I was thinking I’d been there, done that). I recently started filling people in that I’m a psychic. I’ve been doing it for quite a while on a small scale for friends and family mostly but also through referrals. I came out in a big way just recently when I did a big post on my personal blog, Discovering Your Truth, about my psychic work. That post got the most hits my site has ever gotten in one single day so I knew something was about to change in my life. All of a sudden all of my friends and co-workers wanted to book sessions with me and I have been booked solid for the past few weeks. It’s crazy! I was so scared about being ridiculed or criticized by my friends and co-workers but it has been the complete opposite. I guess I should have learnt from my coming out that it would be a good thing (as my was very positive and supportive) but I still had that fear in me. Now talking about it on here is an even BIGGER step because I know what our numbers are for this site and trust me, they are A LOT bigger than my little personal blog. I know that I’m putting myself out there to be mocked and questioned and have my confidence shaken but after Patrick’s little message to me I took that as a sign to just get over my fears and do it.

To many of us are living our lives for other people or in fear of what other people will think about us. As gay men we already know what it’s like to be fearful of being “different” and many of us have already dealt with some of the harsh realities of coming out. I now realize that my playing small about who I am and what I can do was helping no one and as one of my life focuses is on helping others that wasn’t cutting the bread any more. I find that a lot of people are very complacent in their lives the way they are, they don’t want to “rock the boat” so to speak so they keep a lot of who they are on the inside. This goes for everyone out there. So many people are afraid of trying new things, saying what they really think, make a change in their life because they think the people closest to them will in some way make them feel bad about their choice. And you know what, I don’t blame them, you know why? Because so many of us reinforce this horrible habit of trying to knock other people down when they need us to life them up the most. Why is it that when someone achieves something great or has an awesome idea to do something there is always that people who tells them “Oh that’s great but I think you should play it safe and…” and it’s always because they “love” us.

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Rosette Has “Only Just Begun”

In: Calan, Music

This girl is on “FIRE.” Lately Rosette has been all over the map and living the life of a true budding star. Most recently she was in Lommel, Belgium performing at the Daydream Festival with diMaro. Every time she comes out with new music I fall in love a little more. Her song “Amnesia” with Ian Carey and Timbaland was also just added to Much Music’s website. It’s only a matter of time before this girl is all over the place and in my opinion, it will be well deserved.

Give a listen to diMaro and Rosette’s newest track, “We’ve Only Just Begun” which was chosen as the anthem for this year’s Daydream Festival below.

She may be back but sans the bang. So today Cheryl Cole, former member of the famed UK group Girls Aloud, launched her new single off her forthcoming album “A Million Lights” available June 18th. I can’t say that I was immediately drawn to the song when I heard it. I mean it has a good beat to it and it’s going to be played over and over again in the gaybourhood clubs for sure, but it lacks for me. The main chorus is great and I love it but the other parts are womp womp for me.

The track was produced by Calvin Harris and I love a lot of the work he does but I was kind of hoping for more. Is it just me? I thought that if you’re the sweetheart of the UK you’re title track would have had more passion and power behind it. It just sounds like what everyone else is doing at the moment and not pushing the envelope. It’s the same reason I was underwhelmed with MDNA. I will most likely end up listening to it a good few times but in the end the track is pretty forgettable. Lets hope that the rest of the album is stellar and that this was just a bad pick for a first track. I really like Cheryl and I think she has more in her to give.

I personally think the best way to pick up here career again would be to join The X-Factor USA. The US would get to know her better, she could use the platform and she’d be much better than Nicole was (I like her but she did NOT win me over with her poor choices and less than ideal personality traits). So that’s my two cents, what do you all feel? Like it, love it, hate it? Sound off below!

Listen to the track after the jump…

Sh*t Rancid Gay Guys Say

In: Calan, Random Reads, Videos

I know Patrick wanted his to be the last “Shit People Say” because lets be honest, they are getting out of hand, but I laughed SO hard when I saw this one. I have to admit that this one has many things in it that I have heard many gays say…”WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERK MOMA.”

The video was created by Mike Diamond, Giggles, Nick Stryker, and Mike 3.0. It’s not the best quality I have seen but damn it has some of the funniest quotes I have heard in a while. Before I saw this video my personal favorite was “Sh*t Yogis Say.” These are some of my favorite quotes in the video:

  • “Kids just suck up oxygen and slow the subways down.”
  • “I was so surprised when I got gonorrhea from that Indian guy, I figured the spices would kill it.”
  • “And let me tell you b*tch his apartment smelt like bawls, I mean full on nut sack REALNESS.”

Ok Patrick, NOW I will let these videos be put to bed…Enjoy!

Watch the video after the jump…

Pop-Tart Pick: Chic Gamine

In: Calan, Music

So I’ve veered off a little on this pop-tart pick this time round because I was blown away when I saw this group. Over the winter holidays I took a trip to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to visit a friend of mine and as a special Christmas treat she took me out to a local indie holiday concert. Little did I know what I was in for! I was assuming that it was going to be a pretty cool and hip show with good music and a holiday cheer going around. Turns out I was about to get pretty much front row seats to watch some Juno Award Winners in this little trendy 400ish person theatre in WinterPeg Winnipeg. The show was called “JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday Show” and I would highly suggest looking the guy up, he has some awesome tunes and a few stellar Christmas songs. The one’s who really stole my heart were the girls of Chic Gamine, they blew me away the moment they were spotlighted. They were mostly there singing backup for Mr JP Hoe, which I think is super awesome that a Juno Award winning group would be so down to earth to chill in the background. That shows real class in my books.

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Rosette seems to be on a roll, and we like it! Hot off the heels of her last track “Amnesia” with Ian Carey and Timberland, which Patrick did a post on, Rosette has hit the mark again with Michael Mind Project and Bobby Anthony in the song “Rio De Janeiro“. Bobby Anthony’s song with Ian Carey and Snoop Dogg “Last Night” is all over the radio these days and doesn’t show signs of slowing down. I hope this next song will have the same effect and burn up the radio stations.

Rosette says: “The song is about letting loose, jumping up and just heading off to Rio De Janeiro! It’s about have fun and letting go, don’t let anything or anyone stop you from enjoying your life.”

From a personal stand point I can’t WAIT until Rosette starts coming out with more music. This girl has been working her bunz off over the last few years and it’s really starting to pay off. It just goes to show that persistence and dedication can take you a long way. I’ve herd a few of her unreleased songs and I’m really excited for when they come out. There is a specific ballad one that I like and it really showcases her vocals, so trust me when I say she’s not just a house music singer. Now check out the hot new track!

Listen to the hot new track after the jump…

The Occupation Has Begun

In: Calan, Celeb Gossip & News, Politics & Issues

On September 17th “Occupy Wall Street” officially kicked off and saw roughly 1,000 protesters show up. That number has now grown substantially in the past for weeks and The Occupying has spread to more than 45 American cities and is quickly moving all over the world. The protest was originally called for by the Canadian activist group Adbusters but many more quickly joined in. On October 15th, a multitude of cities across the world plan to join the non-violent movement against the banking and major corporate worlds. Canadian places include Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary with international cities London, Dublin and Sydney following suit.

Many celebrities including Rosanne Barr, Kanye West, Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon, Deepak Chopra and Michael Moore have already voiced their support for the movement. Many people are sporting signs that read “We are the 99%,” stating that they are part of the 99% of the population who have had enough with the 1% of the population that controls the money.

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