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Wet & Wild: Vancouver’s Newest Night

In: Adam, Totally GAY!

In the past few years, one of Vancouver’s longest standing watering holes (pay attention to the double entendre as we’ll return to it later) has seen quite a bit of change. The Pump Jack bar on our one and only “gay street” has gone from older gentleman attending semi-seedy with don’t ask don’t tell back rooms, through an acquisition of space and remodel to become a sought after dancing club and bar, to a now hit locale that attracts guys of all ages and all types. While the soul of the old gal still exists with it’s regulars from “back in the day” being forever welcome and offered a place to drink or cruise, the face of the place has definitely changed. Recently, in conjunction with our largest bathhouse- Steamworks– the Pump Jack is venturing into a new world with new offerings with its Wet & Wild weekly shower nights.

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A new gay romantic comedy called John Apple Jack is making it’s world premiere tomorrow (Saturday, November 9) here in Vancouver at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF). John Apple Jack tells the story of a modern-day boy-meets-boy romantic comedy about finally finding love… after having slept with everyone else. I had the opportunity to watch the feature film ahead of time and I definitely recommend checking it out!

The film is written and produced by Vancouver’s Rick Tae, directed and co-produced by Monika Mitchell, and produced by Selena Paskalidis. Here’s a little more about the plot of the film: When a glamorous playboy realizes that his dream guy is about to get away, he turns his life upside down in a mad rush to confess his love. Tae’s semi-autobiographical tale unfolds around the escapades of John (Chris McNally), a handsome gay man and heir to a restaurant empire. John lives a lifestyle of extravagance – champagne, fast cars and fast men. But when he discovers his sister is about to marry his childhood crush, Jack (Kent S. Leung), John realizes that the wedding must be stopped. His life spirals out of control as he loses his job, his playboy reputation…and even his underwear.

“John and Jack were childhood friends whose lives have taken different paths. One is living a life of privilege but finds emptiness under its slick veneer. The other is earnest and lovable, but struggling to face his true desires. How do they bridge differences and find each other?” explains Tae. “At its heart, John Apple Jack is a universal love story of ‘opposites attract’ that will resonate with a wide audience. I’m excited to debut my first feature right here at home in Vancouver as it’s a tribute itself to the city’s culturally-diverse community.”

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Two weeks from tonight, Kim Caldwell makes her Vancouver debut at our very own Tommy’s Liberace night at Celebrities on November 21. If you’re in town, definitely check it out.

Caldwell is best known for placing seventh place on the second season of American Idol. For myself, I’ve been a fan since she appeared on Popstars: USA. Not the season where Eden’s Crush featuring Nicole Scherzinger was formed, but the season after. Since her Idol stint, she’s hosted various shows on TV Guide and MTV’s P. Diddy’s Starmaker.

In 2011, she released her debut album Without Regret. It spawned two infectious singles, “Mess of You” and my favorite “Desperate Girls & Stupid Boys.” Recently, she unveiled a new lyric video for “On The Weekend.”

I know she’s performing on a school night, but she always puts on a great show. If you’re a Vancouver Whitecaps fan, you just might catch a glimpse of her handsome boyfriend Jordan Harvey. For more details, head over to the Facebook event. As a side note. While she was promoting her debut album, yours truly interviewed her in West Hollywood years ago. One of my favorite moments.

check out her music after the jump

Out of all the days during this year’s Vancouver Pride, Sunday is shaping up to be the busiest of them all. Between the parade, Trouble T-Dance, boat cruises, Hustla and our very own Tommy’s Victory party, the options are endless. Adding to the dilemma of what to do is Fortune Sound Club & Spit’s YVR Pride Closing Party. They’re bringing in the fabulous Honey Dijon.

Based in NYC, born and bred in the Windy City, Honey is known for her unique take on the Chicago sound with inflections of the deep New York underground. Honey’s recent gigs for such clients as Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Rick Owens and other global taste-makersis also making her one of the most sought after dj’s for top fashion events.

If you’ve never been to Fortune Sound Club, the venue boasts two wicked rooms. On this night, tunes will be provided by G-Luve, Alrick X, Matisse, Franko Baj and The Boy Funk in addition to Honey Dijon. Taking on hosting duties are Celestial Seasons, Lady Jem, Quannah Styles & Shanda-leer. The night also features sexy visuals by Matt Troy. For more information, check out the official Facebook event.

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!

more pictures after the jump

Vancouver Pride 2013: TFD Presents

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!, Travel & Leisure

Continuing with our Vancouver Pride 2013 coverage, I’m sharing our very own Tommy‘s Pride lineup. If pool parties, wicked music and RuPaul’s Drag Race are your thing, his TFD Presents events are a must. Shangela, Morgan McMichaels, Manila Luzon and reigning winner Jinkx Monsoon will be serving MAH-JOR FIERCENESS at their respective performances.

Speaking for myself, I can’t wait. You’ll definitely spot me there, not only to support, but to have a kick-ass time. Check out details for each party below. Just in case you missed it, I also embedded the sexy video promo for RAPTURE: VICTORY featuring Mackenzie Green. See you at YVR Pride.

more details and the sexy promo vid after the jump

Since Vancouver Pride is around the corner, I thought I’d start promoting some of the parties I’m attending. I’m already tired thinking about all the events I’m going to check out. For once, I thought I’d be responsible this weekend and take it easy in preparation for next week’s debauchery. My poor body has no idea what I have in store for it 😉 No sleep and too many cocktails.

To kick off our YVR PRIDE coverage, I decided to go with Big Roger’s Events. I typically don’t love sponsoring parties, but when they asked me sponsor their Friday night party SUGAR POP @ FANCLUB, I couldn’t resist. They let me pick a local charity (YouthCO) that the party would partly benefit. Plus DJ Joe Gauthreaux is mixing tunes, along with performances by Derek Parker & Shawn Wolfe. It’s definitely going to be insane.

If you remember the mayhem that ensues after the DAVIE STREET BLOCK PARTY, you know the clubs in the village are a mad house. Why not go just around the corner to Granville and kick it at this party. If you’ve never been to FANCLUB, it’s a great space. Plus it’s only $20 in advance. Use PROMO CODE “HOMO” and save $5 (valid for only 72 hours) Check out Big Roger’s other YVR PRIDE events below.

SUGAR POP | Big Weekend Kick-off Party

We start the weekend off at a brand new, fun, high-energy candy-coated dance party with world renown DJ JOE GAUTHREAUX (NYC) in one of Vancouver’s sweetest new spaces. Info at

Friday August 2, 10PM – 3AM
Vancouver FanClub – 1050 Granville Street, Vancouver
$20 advance

for more YVR Pride Big Roger Events after the jump

Vancouver Summer Party @ The Yacht Club

In: Donovan, Random Reads

Hey boys and girls in Vancity. If you don’t have any plans as of yet for Saturday, I wanted to share an event one of my friends is holding. Imagine a sea of people in whites and navies, and polo shirts! Intrigued?

Yacht Club is an event being held at The Ticket Kitchen & Bar and it promises to be a summer party to remember. Instead of the festivities beginning in the evening, the promoters are starting earlier to take advantage of the summer weather. For more info about the event, check out the official FB event.

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