We gays LOVE to brunch: that’s a fact. Be it to enjoy soaking up last night’s toxins with fresh fruit and sweet yogurt or to meet up after a long week and catch up on the ups and downs over mimosas, brunching is a mo’ tradition that even the most conservative of politicians can never take away from us. Something else we gays ought to and do enjoy: giving back to our community to gay it forward (thanks Jack MacFarland) and appreciate that our success as a collective is just that, a group effort and we need to support those that have come before and will come after.
As such, how else could you celebrate this coming weekend than donating your hunger, your laughter and a bit of your $ to YouthCO’s Brunch With Benefits? YouthCO, for those who have never been to this site before and haven’t heard of their amazing work, is a local, Vancouver, organization that works to reduce the impact of HIV and Hep C on the youth of British Coloumbia through peer support, eduction and meaningful community engagement. Full disclosure concerning my bias for this great organization: I’ve recently joined YouthCO’s board to get first hand experience of the amazing work and dedication of its staff and huge volunteership. This weekend however, is about meeting other, giving and supporting members of your community over a fabulous (I said it) meal at one of Vancouver’s most illustrious restaurants, all in the name of philanthropy and a great time.
Whatya’ get when you put together the tallest mountain in Africa, a handful of drag queens, and some seemingly insane paragliders? Well, you may or may not be in Vancouver this Sunday but there’s a way to help out some great charities, or just read about a pretty breathtaking worldwide adventure.
Heels for Kilimanjaro is going to be a fun drag show with tons of local talent, including local bartender Guy Herrington (or that night, Lady Guy-Guy). This will all be raising proceeds towards the event Wings of Kilimanjaro, happening February 5th, 2013, a record breaking expedition in Africa. A group of over 1000 people, including guides and crew, will take 200 paragliders to the top of the mountain, in a once in a lifetime opportunity to paraglide off. And said local Guy Herrington will be one of them!
On January 27th 2013, adventurers from all over the globe will assemble at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The team, the largest ever group to attempt the world’s tallest free standing mountain, aim to ascend the 19,340 foot high and fly from the summit. The climb and paraglide mission, something that is usually banned by the Tanzanian Government, will raise over US$1 million for 3 charities making a difference on the ground in Eastern Africa; Plant With Purpose, WorldServe International and One Difference.
That’s right, the Tanzanian government is lifting the ban for just one day for these heroic people. And with so much to be raised for great organizations, and a lot of adventure to be had, I suggest you help make these people’s dreams come true.
A group of talented Vancouverites just released an amazing video where they sampled various prevalent sounds in Vancouver and matched them with the complimenting visuals resulting in captivating remix that you must see (especially if you live in Vancouver, like many of us).
Sound of the Skytrain departing, getting your Skytrain ticket getting validated, escalators, buses and more all made into music to your ears. It’s hard to imagine, but when it’s all put together, it works! The video was done with the collaboration of a group called I F*cking Hate That! and a music producer known as kthx up with the final product.
There are two songs within the video that are a re-creation of Avicii’s “Levels” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style” using the sounds of Vancouver. Enjoy the video below!
To all of our Vancouver readers: If you’re looking for something to do next weekend for Halloween, join Friends & Company GLBT Networking, 1181 Lounge, and Presenting Sponsor, Telus for an evening of haute Halloween decor, ghoulish cocktails, scary costumes, live performances, and fantastic prizes. The event is titled “Bats In Belfry” and promises to be “a bloody good time.” With live performances by Joan-E & friends (I can’t wait to see her costume) and music by DJ Eric Carver, I’m certain that it will be!
As adults, we don’t get to trick or treat anymore, but there are some pretty amazing prizes to be one that certainly make up for it. An iPhone 5 will be raffled off and a Samsung Galaxy Note Smartphone will be awarded as the Prize for Best Costume.
With your ticket, you get Complimentary Vodka Drinks (courtesy of M2 Vodka) and Complimentary Wine (courtesy of Le Vieux Pin Winery). Again, beats the candy!
“Bats In The Belfry” is taking place somewhere very unique and perfect for Halloween. Find out where and what the rest of the details are below.
Last night, RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars contestant JuJubee was performing here in Vancouver at Post Modern nightclub for an event put on by TFD Presents called “Icon“. As you may or may not know, TFD is headed by Homorazzi’s Tommy so while he had her here in the city (for the second time this year), it was the perfect opportunity to talk to her about the upcoming All-Stars season so myself and Tyrell went to check out her performance and capture Tommy’s interview for you.
Chatting outside the club in the historic Gastown neighborhood of Vancouver (ranked the fourth most stylish neighborhood in the world), JuJubee chatted with Tommy about her experience on this upcoming season and what we can expect. As Tommy kept her dry under his um-ber-ella-ella-ella, he asked her about who she got along most with, if she makes the final three, what she thought when Mimi Imfurst walked in the workroom and what’s next for her.
JuJubee also pleads for Americans to vote for Obama and also says what she’d do if she were president. Check out the interview below!
Can you play Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” using your armpit? Can you “Gangnam Style” better than all your friends? Can you play a guitar using your feet? If you’ve got talent and you want people to marvel at it, this post is up your alley. Starting tonight, Oasis (one of our favorite spots in Vancouver) is holding a weekly talent competition, “Davie’s Got Talent“. Not only will you get your fifteen minutes in the spotlight, but you might also walk away with some cash in your wallet. $200 to be exact.
Hosted by drag superstar Joan-E, each week will host a bevy of celebrity judges. For the inaugural show tonight, they have Real Housewives of Vancouver star Reiko Mackenzie and two of our own cast members, Tommy D and Nic on the judging panel. FIERCE. The festivities start at 8:30 pm every Thursday. Even if you don’t have any talent, drop by Oasis to check out those who do. All interested performers, send in your info to firstname.lastname@example.org. May the force be with you.
It has been a while since the last Friends & Company luncheon because they knew how busy people have been with travel and other activities during the summer months. Now, they are pleased to invite you to their September luncheon this coming Friday, September 21, 2012. The venue will be the much-anticipated new Yaletown hotspot, La Pentola della Quercia. Chef-duo Adam Pegg and Lucais Syme of Vancouver’s award-winning West Side restaurant, La Quercia, have joined forces with Cento Notti creator, Peter Girges, and OPUS Hotel, to deliver artfully crafted Northern Italian cuisine.
Lunch is $25 (plus HST and ticket processing fee) per person with net proceeds going to the anti-bullying and teen suicide prevention work of Out in Schools. Please visit friendsandcompany.ca to purchase tickets (and please remember that indicating that you plan to attend on Facebook will not guarantee your place at the luncheon and you must purchase a ticket on their Website). This luncheon will mark their tenth event, following the first nine sold out events, so be sure to get your tickets ASAP.
The event includes a 3-course lunch, complimenatary Champagne courtesy of Veuve Clicquot, an opportunity to participate in a 50/50 draw benefitting Out in Schools, and a chance win the door prizes.
The guest speaker for this luncheon will be TD Canada Trust Vice President, Susan Hall and the emcee for the event will be Homorazzi’s own Tyrell Witherspoon. This will be his second time emceeing one of these events.
Hey Calgary and Vancouver readers. Do we have a deal for you! Thinking of travelling home for Canadian Thanksgiving? Worried about the high price of airfare for you and your loved one or family members. Look no further. Our friends at Enerjet are ready to help make this holiday travel load a little lighter! It’s The Gobbler.
On October 5, choose to fly from Vancouver (YVR) or Calgary (YYC) one-way for fares starting as low as $99! Once the festivities have completed, head home and book round trip for a fare as low as $318. That’s one steal of a deal for Thanksgiving travel. Enerjet President and CEO Tim Morgan had this share about the deal.
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To make the deal a little sweeter, Homorazzi has teamed up with Enerjet to give an even bigger discount. Live in Vancouver and want to head back to Calgary to see the family? Live in Calgary and want to experience a Thanksgiving in the mountains? Then jump below to get our promo code to book your holiday travel today!