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T-Dance @ Nu Restaurant, Sunday July 18th

In: Charge It, Patrick

Attention gay Vancouverites. Summer finally’s arrived in Vancouver. What better way to celebrate the sunshine than to drink some refreshing cocktails and cold beer with a few friends. On Sunday July 18th, Homorazzi in collaboration with Martini Presents and NU Restaurant are holding a T-Dance that will end all T-Dances.

It’s a coming home of sorts for Vancouver T-Dances. NU Restaurant (formerly Rileys Cafe) is the birthplace of the legendary Riley Cafe T-Dances in Vancouver. Located underneath the Granville Street Bridge on the downtown side, it’s a perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon listening to tunes by DJ Jason Van overlooking False Creek while munching away on complimentary tapas. Advanced (*cough* cheaper *cough*) tickets can be purchased at masc skincare, 433 Davie Street (at Homer).

On the fence on whether it’ll be a great time, check out videos from a couple of our previous events. Also, who can forget that awesome party held at the Vancouver Art Gallery during the Winter Olympics. Martini Presents and Homorazzi.com always show you a good time.

reFRESH T-Dance @ Republic: http://www.homorazzi.com/article/refresh-with-homorazzi-at-republic/

Pride Kickoff Penthouse Party @ Loden Hotel: http://www.homorazzi.com/article/penthouse-party-vancouver-pride-loden-hotel-mercury-rising-belvedere-vodka-drinks/

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Lights, Camera, Action! Vancouver (and Canada in general) used to get a lot of big Hollywood productions due to the financial incentive of filming up here. Then, all that went away when it became…not so attractive. Now, it appears that things are gearing up once again with numerous productions currently filming as we speak…as in literally today. Here is a list of 6 big productions, either movie or television that can be found “out & about” in Vancouver alone, right now.

The Big Year

This star studded movie is currently filming in Vancouver and based on the ensemble and premise, it sounds like it’ll be quite a successful comedy – something along the lines of “Best in Show”. The movie is about three avid bird watchers that are competing to spot the rarest birds in North America at a very prestigious annual event. Love it! Main characters include: Anjelica Huston (Witches), Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory), Jack Black (Tropic Thunder), Rashida Jones (Parks & Recreation), Owen Wilson (You, Me, and Dupree, Starsky & Hutch), Steve Martin (Pink Panther, Big Mama)

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In this week’s fitness tip, the importance of warming up is addressed. With warmer weather comes more outdoor physical activity (jogging, hiking, soccer, beach volleyball, etc.). If you’re not warming up your body and your joints, you are increasing the chances that you may get injured and I don’t have to tell you that you don’t want that.

Just a handful of 30 second warmup exercises can make a big difference. Not only is it going to prevent injuries, but it is also going to make your workout more effective and allow your muscles to be at their best.

Check some of Mike Dirks suggestions…I do these ones all the time!

Video demonstration after the jump…

Vancouver Gays Do the Math
Local health organization wants you to calculate your risk

The Health Initiative for Men (HIM) has just launched their latest health communication campaign, Do the Math: Calculate your Risk. As the summer heats up and the clothes come off, HIM wants gay men to think about the kinds of sex they’re having, who they’re having it with and any risks involved.

Postcards, posters, condom packs and banner ads on gay cruising sites will be used to promote the new campaign which depicts gay guys from Vancouver in various situations where risk might exist.

“This campaign prompts gay guys to use their head, to do the math and calculate their own risk before making decisions about condom use.” says Jody Jollimore, HIM Project Coordinator.

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It was getting pretty depressing for a while there when we were barely getting the nice sunny weekends and this past week has been amazing. I really love Summer in Vancouver because there’s just no place like it. Not only do we live in the most beautiful place on earth but we’re also surrounded by beautiful people. It’s funny though because they seem to all come out in the Summer… which makes me wonder, “Where are these beautiful people in the Winter?”

Summer for me is when I come alive and I’m the most social. Going out on a weekday drinking refreshments on a patio downtown somewhere with friends and not a care in the world, even if I have to be up at 7am the next day for work. I also love lazy Summer weekends where you just let the day unfold on its own and just pause and watch life go by. Sometimes we forget and get lost in our surroundings from going about our daily routines. Having been deprived of sunlight & vitamin D all Winter, people, including me are generally in a happier disposition in the Summer. So, go out there and enjoy life because it’s too beautiful and short to take for granted!

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Yakety Yak, Go Kayak!

In: Patrick, Travel & Leisure, Videos

Summer is here and it’s time to get outside and take advantage of the beautiful weather, when we have it! I myself have been trying to do the same because before you know it, fall will be upon us. Now, we can always go for a run, hit the beach, or enjoy a beer on a patio, but why not try something different. Go kayaking! And, YES – that photo above is of me HERE in Vancouver! Amazing view, huh!?

I think kayaking is one of those things that sort of sounds more extreme than it is. River kayaking is of course very different than ocean kayaking, so I thought I’d address that first. Although I found it to be a great upper body workout, it is still very easy for someone to do, as you can go as far or as fast as you want. There’s something to be said for drifting away from land on your own boat when you live in a metropolitan area. It allows you to get back to mother nature, appreciate the peacefulness of the ocean with each stroke of the paddle, and take in the beauty of your city which we all take for granted.

A great place to rent a kayak in Vancouver is Ecomarine Ocean Kayak Centre. They offer rentals, guided tours, and lessons – all at very affordable prices! They even have stand up paddling, which I’m definitely going to try out soon as well! They are very accessible with three locations: Granville Island, English Bay, and Jericho Beach. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, making you feel very safe & ready for your venture out into the sea. Reservations are recommended, so check out Ecomarine.com for more details and contact information. Highly recommended. Next up, Stand Up Paddling! I’ll tell you all about it.

Check out the video of my experience kayaking, along with my boyfriend Tyrell.

Video after the jump…

Now that summer is officially here, it’s important to make sure that you’re prepared for all of that activities your going to be doing as you take advantage of the great weather: Running, hiking, biking, etc. If you’re not used to all the exercise, you may end up sore or worse – injured.

This week’s fitness tip is about preparing your lower body for the summer. An easy routine you can do anywhere – inside or outside.

    Lower Body Exercises:

  • Single Leg Bench Squat Jump
  • Lateral Hop
  • Walking Lunges
  • Split Jumps

Behind The Cast: A Night on the Patio

In: Behind The Cast, Patrick, Videos

Summer is upon us and while some of the cast celebrated Pride in Seattle last weekend, a few of us went to Donovan & Brian’s for a fun evening on their roof top patio. There’s nothing like having some barbeque with some refreshing beverages in the early evening sun, enjoying hilarious stories mixed with stories from each of our week.

In this first video, you’ll see Donovan, Brian, Rich, Redd, Jonny, his boyfriend Kody, my boyfriend Tyrell, Nic’s boyfriend Tyler, and our friend Joel. Stephen came by later with some of our other friends, but it was apparently after I had turned the camera off for the night. You’ll also find out who in the Homorazzi cast is a “Bear Pusher.”

In the second video, after us each having several “drinks,” the night gets crazy with an all out drunken dance party slash walk off. Enjoy – I sure did! Haha.

Video of the best sound bites from the night, as well as a Homorazzi walk off, after the jump…

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