Pride week has kicked off here in Toronto this week and Church-Wellesley Village and beyond is on fire right now. Just driving or walking down the streets, you can feel the frequency the city is vibrating at. Although I’m sure we’ll be stopping in for a beer at Woody’s and a drink at Crew’s this week here and there, here’s a little pick of what’s different and going on around the city. Whether you’re staying central, or partying West, these should be a blast and make it feel like Pride.
An artist that gave me one of my favourite down low tracks last fall has come back in full force with an amazing new song and video, and if you haven’t heard AlunaGeorge yet, then jump on the wagon because these guys are ones to watch.
I first got to know AG last October after they released a great track called “Your Drums, Your Love” accompanied by a great video, and the track quickly made it’s way onto my repeat list. Then the London duo, still yet to release an album, scored their first chart maker with “Attracting Flies” earlier this year. All these two talented artists, lead singer Aluna Francis and producer George Reid, are doing are gaining momentum and doing a damn good job of it. Well a track they had actually released late last year finally has a killer new video, and I’m thinking big things for it.
“You Know You Like It” has everything from edgy mellow electronic and a beat that you can still dance to with that 90’s R&B feel (and with amazing remix potential), to a great video with the beautiful Aluna, and dear George with those baby blues. This video and song is sex on a stick, and I’m fully looking forward to the team releasing their first studio album finally in July, hoping that they’ll keep living up to the expectation they’ve set.
If “You Know You Like It” is any indication of what they can do, then I’m thinking to keep your eye on AlunaGeorge.
The newest brain child of friend of Homorazzi’s Mark Kenneth Woods, known for the Deb and Sisi series, premiered on OutTV two weeks ago, with the second episode just airing this week. This latest mini series follows a group of delinquent characters all vying to win the title of spokesman for their hometown in a television competition testing their, *ahem*, “skills”.
Premiering to mixed opinions, the comedy series actually does something that I haven’t seen OutTV do before, and new blood and fresh ideas on that network are always welcome in my books. With more extras on the internet than there is actual television show, after every episode you can go online to, for instance, watch the audition videos after the first episode, or catch the blogs the characters have created in a, mostly, disastrous attempt to win that grand prize. Not only do you get an entertaining show, you also can delve into the internet side of the show and get to know the characters a little more in a non-live “After Dark” style thing.
Just recently, after a public outcry, Apple pulled a dangerous anti-gay app called “Setting Captives Free.” The discriminatory app preys on those struggling with their sexuality in hopes of getting them to sign up for the 60 day course on how to not be gay. The website advertises that:
Our Christ-centered courses are free of charge and help people just like you escape impurity, over-eating, substance abuse, gambling, smoking and more.
I know, you’re already all riled up after only reading that one sentence. Well, you can help!
allout.org launched a campaign to get both Apple and Google to pull these apps, and although Apple responded in just 24 hours, Google has not yet. Google has a great history of doing the right thing in these situation, and although I have no doubt they will respond as Apple did, we can sure speed up the process.
I do love me some cute short films, and I love the variety that the Inside Out Festival is offering this year. With more than half a dozen programs of shorts, there is no lack of variety showcasing the best of the best country to country. Here is a couple tips on what’s going on in the shorts’ world this year:
Hailing from France, Rue des Roses is a little window into what it’s like for the new boyfriend to adapt to a man with a child. On Father’s Day, Axel finally gets to meet his boyfriend Mehdi’s daughter Alison. Although incredibly well shot, the film falls flat in performance and heart. What should be a heart tugging story with a happy ending is a one note and emotionless song with completely uncohesive acting, and little to no chemistry. Rue des Roses is forgettable.
Bringing in over 35,000 people a year to view the best of the years’ LGBT films, Toronto’s Inside Out Film Festival is here and begins in just two shorts days. So why attend this year? I have a lot of reasons and there is a lot of great films out this year.
Let’s start with a couple of fantastic parties. Firstly, the opening Gala is this Thursday at a brand new venue, 2nd Floor, where we can expect some great DJ’s and a great dance party to start off this great week. Secondly, Wrong Bar is hosting Peaches After Party where the lady herself will be DJing after the screening of her film. Thirdly, NEXT Thursday, Buddies is hosting a Cineoke party where you can come sing your heart out, and being an avid karaoke(r?), I plan on busting a few tunes. With parties and receptions in between, this all leads up to the closing Gala at Hotel Ocho Sunday June 2nd. Now, enough about the celebrations, let’s get to some films. Here’s three films I’m looking forward to:
So I just got a new phone and have yet to put my own music onto it and have been Songza’ing the shit out of life right now, finding a few gem playlists I can’t live without. In the search for everything on the songzasphere I discovered “90’s R&B Wake-Up Call“, and it’s made my everything, everything. After beating it into the ground, I present to you, 3 delicious goodies that I forgot I loved.
I previously wrote about Mary Lambert when she did the fantastic collaboration with Ryan Lewis and Macklemore on the “Same Love” video. Macklemore really stepped into the spotlight in my eyes with the bold message he sent out with that song, and, well, now he’s a ridiculous success. Stand up for what you believe in people!
Well Mary is still going strong and pounding out some beautiful melodies, now out with a new video for the song “Forget Me”. The video is also incredibly well shot, and really reads like a short film, and with some great harmonies that remind me of why I fell in love with music like Imogen Heap. She’s really done a great job.
Based out of Seattle, Mary’s bio reads slightly humorous, saying, “Mary Lambert is good at two things; crying and singing”, and after YouTubing some of her videos, and some of her great spoken word stuff, I can see this songstress has a lot going on for her besides her humour, with some serious soul and a guitar. Did I mention she’s a proud lesbian? We love that!
I would love to see Mary Live, and after looking at her tour dates, and I can see she’s so close to being here in TO, performing in NYC this Tuesday the 21st for only $12 at Subculture, and then back to the dear West Coast in Seattle on the 23rd at The Crocodile. AND if anyone is going to Sasquatch, she’ll be on stage with Macklemore!
Go to marylambertsings.com to check her out.