Behind The Cast

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Earlier this fall, my business partner Jamie and I pitched our business, MASC, on the reality show Dragon’s Den. For those of you in the United States, this show is the equivalent of Shark Tank and even has a few of the same Dragons!

Today, we were informed that our segment is going to be featured online next Wednesday, September 21st on the CBC website. In order for you to check it out, I want to invite you to join the MASC Facebook Fan Page so we can let you know once it’s online and available. Season 6 of the Canadian series will be premiering on CBC this coming Wednesday.

In the above photo, I’m on the left, our friend (and a customer of ours) Jeff is in the middle, and my business partner Jamie is on the right. Check out more stills from our pitch below.

More pictures after the jump…

Behind The Cast: We Got Engaged!

In: Behind The Cast, Patrick, Tyrell

It’s been a while since I wrote a “Behind The Cast” post, sharing some of the things that are going on in my life, but now is a great time to change that. On Friday morning, Tyrell proposed to me and asked me to marry him.

We’ve been together for about a year and a half now. When we fell in love, Tyrell moved from halfway across the country to be with me here in Vancouver. We’ve been building a future together and despite the fact that both of us are extremely “busy” people, we do our best to try to enjoy each day together to the fullest. Did I mention that because we are the same height and have the same size shoes, our wardrobe has doubled? LOL.

So you’re probably wondering, how did he ask and when is the big day?

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On Wednesday night, I was lucky enough to score tickets to the Britney Spears, Femme Fatale concert. Being the die-hard Britney fan that I am and having gone to two of her previous concerts, my expectations were very high. Since the tour began, I’ve been watching the Youtube concert videos obsessively with anticipation.  It brings me much pain to say that I was less than impressed by the experience.

I’ll begin with the venue. I attended the Femme Fatale concert at the Van Andel arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s not the largest arena, by any means, but it can definitely accommodate a large-scale show such as Britney’s. The first thing I noticed was the absence of her usual catwalk. Nothing brings me more pleasure than seeing Brit Brit strut her stuff up and down (or down and up) the stage. For those of you who haven’t seen the show, this next part may be a bit of a spoiler. During the final song, “Til the World Ends”, Britney flies across the catwalk and into the crowd on a lift equipped with wings. Due to the lack of a catwalk, during my show she just rose above the stage and stayed there until the end of the song. Though still a sight to see, I was expecting much more. Honestly though, I believe that if you’re going to bring a tour to a smaller venue, corners should never be cut.

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Online Anonymity: The Secret Bully

In: Behind The Cast, Patrick, Random Reads

The online community is a breeding ground for bullying. When you can’t see someone’s face or real name, for some reason, people think it’s okay to be total jerks and get away with it. It’s unfortunate that kids in highschool are having to deal with this. When I was in high school, online social networking wasn’t even close to being a big part of our lives – even at all.

When we first started this site, I was quickly introduced to this whole new world of online bullies. We received a lot of hate mail at first from people that wanted to see us fail. We even received threatening anti-gay hate comments! To add to that, it was eye-opening to see the degree of gays hating gays that goes on within our community, as well as the lack of support for people within our own community. It definitely helped me to grow a thick skin and work that much harder at succeeding.

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Since the Outgames & Vancouver Pride, I have been working hard to try and keep the momentum going for the rush of my live shows and getting my music out to fresh ears. At the Anthem Party where I opened for Wynter Gordon, I debut one of my new songs titled Show & Tell which a lot of people said they really loved. However, if you missed the show, you never got a chance to hear it. I already debuted the teaser on my Facebook page, but I thought I’d give you Homorazzi readers a little teaser of that track plus the title track of my upcoming EP.

Show & Tell holds a special place in my heart because I was able to co-write the song with my partner in crime (and in love) Patrick. The song was a big step for me musically and lyrically and I am so happy with the result. It’s my first real big four on the floor dance track and has a really edgy sound and vibe. I am so excited for you guys to hear the full song especially with the sick dance break section in the middle.

The title track for my EP is called Dance With Me. Don’t let the introductory piano line fool you, this isn’t your 80′s power ballad. This song is also really special to me because I am a dancer and I really wanted this song to bring out the dancer (and the beast) inside all of us. Lyrically, I compares the essence of a club and that moment of dancing closely with someone to elements of a storm like the bass as thunder and the strobe lights as lightning. It’s a really hot track and I am excited for the finished product.

Check out the two teasers for my new tracks after the jump

If you’ve read up on Patrick’s posts, you’ve noticed that Homorazzi had their hands full a week ago with the North American Outgames and of course Vancouver Pride. Aside from attending parties and events, I also played the role of support system to Patrick who played soccer in the games while trying to juggle the site and his store Masc. At the same time, I had my own tasks to juggle; writing for you guys and prepping my performances for both events.

As some of you may know, I have been work on music for a while now and have released two singles, Letting Go and In Love and am currently working on my finishing my EP titled Dance With Me which should be out early this fall. I was fortunate enough to be able to showcase these singles (and some of my new material) in front of audiences at a few different places during the week.

My first set of shows were for the Opening Ceremonies for the North American Outgames. I performed my single “In Love” and a cover of StoneBridge’s “What You Do To Me” at the Vancouver Art Gallery just before the flag runners arrived from SFU, UBC and Whistler. What a rush. I was lucky to share the stage with host David C. Jones, Sugarbeach and the amazing Destineak. You can check out my performance below:

Watch my performance and see where else I performed after the jump

As you probably already know by now, this past weekend was incredibly busy (in a good way) for all of the Homorazzi cast with Vancouver Pride and Outgames festivities in full force. Some of the cast organized the big events, some hosted parties, some performed, and some were just full-time partiers.

Just before we watched Ace of Base & Dragonette perform at the North American Outgames Closing Party at the Plaza of Nations, four of us cast members sad down with CBlaze of QueerFM / CITR Radio for a interview. Myself, Tyrell, Adam, and Nic chatted about what it’s like to be part of the site and asked us about some things that we haven’t really got to share with readers. Truth be told, Dan and Rich were supposed to be with us in the interview as well but we lost them at the event grounds while we all tried to find where QueerFM was situated. Regardless, we had such a fun time talking to CBlaze about all things Homorazzi. Listen to the interview below.

Interview after the jump…

This week and weekend was insanely busy for all of us here at Homorazzi, but so much fun. Tommy was busy putting on his annual Rapture events which were a huge success. Tyrell was busy performing at almost every event. I competed in soccer in the Outgames this week (as did Adam) and I also performed in the pride parade. Donovan and Brian were busy hosting many out of town guests in between attending all of the events as well. And Dan, Nic, and Calan were busy taking in as much of the festivities as possible.

Yesterday, a few of us caught Wynter Gordon performing at the Plaza of Nations for the Anthem Party for her three song set. She sang “Til Death,” “Dirty Talk,” and “Toy Friend“. She was a great show and showed of her fabulous body in her skintight outfit. I totally wanted her to perform “Believer,” but apparently she didn’t have the track with her. LOL. After she performed, Donovan, Tyrell, myself, and one of our friends went backstage to meet her.

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