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Founded in 1979, The Rhubarb Festival here in Toronto has been paramount to the city’s art scene, and going on sale in January with performances from February 12-23, The Rhubarb Festival has been hailed as the “go to event for thought-provoking, political, adventurous entertainment”. Being in the city for only less than a year, I’ve been profoundly and pleasantly surprised at the inspired and  creative theatre here in Toronto, namely in the LGBT community, none more striking so far than The Gay Heritage Project, an unreal performance that just finished its run and moved a lot of people in this city continuing an already great season for Buddies In Bad Times. Needless to say, I am very excited for my first Rhubarb year.

To put an unnecessary grey cloud over the matter, however, The Rhubarb Festival this year, a festival that creates a lot of buzz in the arts community, has been denied funding by The Department of Canadian Heritage, to the shock of all involved. Although this has happened once before, after being previously denied, Buddies, the oldest and largest running queer theatre in the world, was given clear instructions on the criteria missing so that they could quickly receive funding on a project that aims to preserve local heritage. This year, no explanation was given:

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Dragbook Brings the Queens Togetha’

In: Nic, Totally GAY!

A missed market has been filled with the new and fabulous Dragbook where finally all of the queens and fans of the queens can get together on one social media platform!

In the style of Facebook (some website you might have heard of), an easy to create online profile gives you access to the newly started community base for drag queens, for fans of drag queens, and people playing looky loo from the corner. Whether you’re at Micky’s every week, are Willam’s number 1 fanclub moderator, know every Li’l Kim lyric (WAIT, SHE’S STILL A WOMAN?!), or have watched Drag Race once and wanna’ know the scoop on the scene, Dragbook is looking like the new place to come.

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Watch Haim’s The Wire Video & Sheryl Crow Cover

In: Music, Nic

For people like me who didn’t know that this video existed the last couple weeks, here!

My love for Haim knows no bounds, and everytime the girls come out with something I’m always a little hesitant that they’re finally going to let me down, and yet they never do. The new single of their (finally) upcoming album, one of the now most anticipated of 2013, Days Are Gone, is killer, with a more lighthearted video than we’re used to from the girls.

In the video, all three of the girls, Alana, Este, and Danielle, break up with their boyfriends, including Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone (marry me), and the boys all have extreme meltdowns. Featuring Haim’s signature catchy sound and harmonies, I call Hipster Girl Power.

Also, the girls were recently on Australia’s Triple J Radio (the best radio station on earth), and did an extremely excellent cover of Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough” in case you missed it.

Catch both of the videos below, and although containing quite a few songs Haim fans have already heard, the girls album will finally drop on September 30th.

watch the clips after the jump

Wentworth Miller of Prison Break fame came out as a gay man on Wednesday when he put his thoughts on paper and shipped it out to Russia. Excuse me?

That’s right! Wednesday, Miller wrote a letter to St. Petersburg International Film Festival, declining an invitation as a “guest of honour” because of his sexuality. The letter explained:

…as a gay man, I must decline.

I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.

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AB Soto has been making the rounds on the scene for a while now, and with singles like “Honey Boo Boo” and this year’s “Keep It Movin’“, he’s gotten a lot of attention, and not just because of his loud fashion. His music has been making people dance and his style has been making eyes pop all across North America, and finally he’s making his Vancouver debut at Vancouver Pride this year, performing at the very popular and always sweaty Hustla: Pride Meltdown.

I had the chance to ask the ever sweet and talented AB a couple of questions about what inspires him this week in preparation for his Vancouver debut:

What inspires your fashion?

“I like to break all stereotypes. I believe you can say a lot about a person by the way they dress. I like to push the envelope.”

What inspires your new music?

“I find inspiration by writing about what is happening around me. I get inspired by all types of music: Pop, House, R&B, 90′s Rap.”

What inspires your live shows?

“I’m inspired by fashion, art, music, and dance, but my message is most important. My music is for the people.”

You can catch AB Soto Live at The Cobalt on Aug 4th for Hustla: Pride Meltdown at Vancouver Pride this year. Get your nearly sold out presale tickets here, and make sure to download AB’s latest Fag Out Vol. 2 right away. Happy Pride season everyone!

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Yes, I’m aware what date it is. Yes I know when TO Pride was. But after waking up in a wheelbarrow in Tijuana it took me a while to find my way home. But actually Toronto Pride was a little like that this year.

I was thinking of calling this “Toronto Pride 2013: Sea of Tears” after Willam didn’t show for the weekend, but then it really did feel like the Pride that “Never Ended” because he did in fact show up the weekend after. Okay, let’s back track.

Pride Thursday I didn’t get a chance to go to the Green Space at the 519 and see Jinkx Monsoon perform. The crowd apparently was unreal, the show great, but being a little disappointed I bucked up and moved on because it was Pride, and this was the Pride when everything just worked out for me as you’ll see. I had a great time at Fly later that Thursday for Prism’s College party, and if you’re not a circuit queen, this is the Prism party to go to next year. Every age and shape shows and has a great time, the music is dece, it’s a Thursday and there’s still a great party, so there’s that. And the great thing is Shangela killed it on stage. Went to meet a friend for a cocktail upstairs though, and lo-and-behold there was Jinkx sittin’ pretty anyways, so got to have a bevvy with her after missing the show and she was an absolute dream and a truly lovely person. Nic – 1. Highlight of the night was having Shangela throw, literally throw me her phone in a panic and yell the password at me, and then tell me to bolt for the balcony to film her on stage because no one had been assigned to. I’ve never been so panicked! She may be 4 feet tall, but she gets what she wants with that voice! The footage was gotten.

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Fifth Harmony Releases Video Teaser

In: Music, Nic

I smell burning toast. I may not make it typing through this article. But what a way to go out.

I follow Fifth Harmony on every social media available to me, and FINALLY the girls have released a video teaser for “Ms. Movin’ On” on Facebook today! It’s happening. It’s really happening!

For the last month, “Ms. Movin’ On” has been on repeat, and I could not be more thrilled that the girls put out a killer first single, and it looks like the visuals are not going to disappoint either. Not only does Lauren look stunning, (LAUREN 4 PREZ!), okay all the girls look goddamn ridiculously gorgeous, but the video looks bright, colourful, girly and fun as the girls romp around an amusement park and sing into their microphones. Camilla’s signature bow, Dinah’s side sweep, Normani front and center, Ally’s bangs, it looks like they’re giving me everything I want.

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Breach Gets Hairy With ‘Jack’

In: Music, Nic

I call instant classic on the dancefloor. Calling it.

English DJ Ben Westbeech just released a hairy video for his new track “Jack” under the name Breach. Breach has had some success with tracks like “So Good Today” and “Hang Around“, but “Jack” is the shining star and the newly released video is no exception

Mixing a strange combination of the weird, wonderful, and sexy, the video for Jack gives you a little something no matter if you’re blonde, brunette, or ginger. With a flick of the switch, an alternate and furry universe is unleashed, including a blonde body suit that I don’t know how to live without. It is my birthday in a week, jussayin‘. I would. The video hits the breakdown with a sexy great red head climax (gingers are so in right now), and hints that going native might be comin’ back in style.

The track is a little haunting, makes you wanna’ move, makes you wanna’ learn choreography and grow your hair out. This all in all is one of my favourite tracks and visual accompaniments of the summer. Get into it.

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