Another year has already flown by and today we start a new one! In 2011, I decided to do a recap of my year through photos and I really enjoyed the process of reflecting on everything that I experienced over the year – so I decided to do it again this year. I noticed that Facebook implemented a feature that does just that this year as well – highlighting key moments from your year.
The funny thing is that I used to be the guy that barely ever took any pictures, but over the last several years, I’ve found that I take way more pictures – obviously social media has had a lot to do with this, as has Homorazzi. You’ll also notice some of my photos have filters and that’s because I used Instagram a lot more this year.
I’ve broken down my year month-by-month and included a little montage of pictures from that month along with a little description. Happy New Year, everyone!
Anyone who’s been on this site within the last couple years has seen Tyrell’s name more than a few times a day as he covers everything from dance to music to the latest entertainment interviews. On top of his insane writing schedule he keeps up his long standing dancing career working with different (oh what do the kids call them these days..?) troupes/companies. With the four remaining hours left in a day, Tyrell has been working this past year+ on his singing career performing at events and locations around Canada, and today marks the release of his latest and by far most professional piece to date: “One Step Closer“.
Tyrell is most often recognized for his work on the CW’s “Hellcats” as a dancer but has come into his own as a solo singer and entertainer. Thankfully he makes huge use of his years of dance experience to liven his shows and- as you’ll see after the jump- his video today. Having opened for acts like Destineak, Wynter Gordon and Martha Wash, Tyrell has learned the ins and outs and dos and don’ts of this insane industry I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. The culmination of his work is most definitely the piece below as the official vid release for “One Step Closer” which he worked on with my good friend and local music talent producer/editor Nick Bertossi whose own work as a (sexy and bearish) DJ proceeds him. Looking at the ever-present issue of “the other man” in the gay community, Tyrell and real-life fiancée and writer Patrick Levesque flirt, fight and f… (KIDDING) their way through a rocky relationship that will probably remind you of at least a few couples you saw out this past weekend. Check it out!
I recently came across this promo video for a club in São Paulo, Brazil called ‘The Society‘ that has a night called “Milk” (happening every Wednesday) and I just had to share it with you. I’ve checked out pictures of the club and it seems like quite a popular place and if I ever find myself in São Paulo (fingers crossed), I will definitely be attending Milk.
The video below shows one sexy shirtless milk man on his bike en route to deliver a couple bottles of milk to his delivery address… The Society. Clearly milk has done his body good. I think more clubs should do promo videos like this!
On a side note, a while back I participated in a photo shoot (along with a handful of other Vancouverites you might recognize from the gay community) with photographer Adam Wojtowicz where we were immersed in a pool of milk (or what was made to look like milk). It believe it was supposed to be for a project for the HIM Campaign, but nothing ended up happening with it. Rather than let these pictures go to waste as “spoiled milk,” I’ve also included them below.
Recently, OutlookTV chatted with Donovan and myself about all things Homorazzi. Taking place on a somewhat chilly afternoon in Vancouver’s Yaletown neighborhood, Clement Luah asked us various questions including where the cheeky name came from, what we like to write about most, what’s new for Homorazzi in 2012 – and more.
The interview aired on ShawTV and OUTtv, and has just now came available online for us to share with you. Just a note, ignore the chyrons as they seemed to have accidentally got our names wrong (labelling me as Donovan and vice versa – LOL).
I’ve included the full OutlookTV episode below, but you can catch our interview starting at the 8:20 mark. Enjoy!
This past weekend, Homorazzi covered the red carpet for the annual Jet Set VIFF Red Carpet event, hosted by ET Canada (Entertainment Tonight Canada) anchor Rick Campanelli. He interviewed actors in town for the film festival as the stepped onto the red carpet, while we were further down doing the same thing. Now, as you know, he’s usually the one asking the questions as one of the reporters on Entertainment Tonight, and even in his former role as a MuchMusic VJ. This time, the tables were turned and I got the chance to ask him some questions! Truth be told, he wasn’t being interviewed by anyone else, but I actually met him way back when he was Rick The Temp because I was at his brother Lorenzo(who was my gym teacher)’s wedding. Thus, he knew me and was gracious enough to let me interview him.
Campanelli got his first big break back in 1996 when he won the Much Temp contest and became known as Rick The Temp. His charm & good looks made him an instant success with fans, so naturally, he went from Temp to permanent. In addition to being a VJ, he was co-host of Much on Demand, writer of The MuchMusic Countdown, and co-host of The MuchMusic Radio Countdown. Almost 10 years later, in 2005 he joined ET Canada as a reporter and has been hosting it alongside Cheryl Hickey ever since.
In the interview, we talk about the VIFF, a day in the life of Rick Campanelli, who is favorite interviews have been, and more!
Recently, Donovan and I had the pleasure of sitting down with multi-platinum record selling, rock singer, writer, poet, motivational speaker and actress,Bif Naked . It was such a beautiful day here in Vancouver, so with my dogs Max & Lucy, and her dog Nicklas, we decided to venture to the park and chat about all sorts of good stuff.
Bif is currently writing a memoir about her life story, which by the way is extremely fascinating. She was born in India, to teenaged American parents attending private school and was subsequently adopted by American missionaries. That’s a story in itself! She has been in the music industry for quite some time and has been very successful, as you know, with hits such as “I Love Myself Today,” and “Tango Shoes“. In 2007, she married her hubby, but in 2008 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to, of course, stop touring as a result. She underwent a lumpectomy and chemotherapy and conquered it, thank goodness.
In the interview, we talk about her book, her battle with cancer, and an upcoming “secret album” that she had been working on, which she describes as “hot pants on a speaker with your top off”. It sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun and she is SO excited to release it. We also talk about how the music industry has changed since she started out, as well as all of the tragic gay teen suicides that have been going on.
The Elise Estrada video for her hit single “You’re So Hollywood” debuted on MuchMusic on Friday, and I love it! Of course, I’m biased because I make a little cameo in it at the beginning, and I know the choreographers, dancers (including Tyrell), and some of Elise’s people. I had the opportunity of be on set for a lot of the filming, but it’s another thing once it’s all edited together. I looks fantastic!
Elise plays a couple different characters in the video. A lot of it was shot at the beautiful Keefer Hotel here in Gastown. I previously interviewed the choreographers, (Paul Becker and Jeff Dimitriou), the costume designer (Brandon R. Dwyer) and Elise Estrada herself.
Now, here’s your first look at the actual video. Enjoy!
Time for another video of me reading Tommy D‘s tweets out loud – because it’s fun and I enjoy doing it, haha! Tommy isn’t afraid to share his opinion and thanks to Twitter, he can share it with his followers with the push of a button. Sometimes they aren’t even opinions, but rather observations or thoughts that he decides to publish and of course when you read texts, tweets, or Facebook status’ aloud, they are always more entertaining.
Enjoy! Love ya, Tommy!