CABIN SERIES

Button up: Tradlands
Jeans: R13 Denim

We weren’t born in the big city, but that’s where that post-university-soul-search led us. We’re 20-something’s, grinding through our days, hard-hustling for survival in this metropolitan rat race. Weeks go by, and we get worn down. I’m so glad you connect to nature like I do. We both need fresh air and starry nights to gather some perspective. A cabin retreat in the woods is our blissful hideaway. We feel relief, with no internet connection or cell phone reception. We unplug from the world and tune into each other. Here, with no sounds of the city, I can hear you out. Here, with no where else to be, we can give each other what we need. When every moment is ours create, we find ourselves losing track of time. Until we meet again, my cabin-mate.

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Aspiring Heartthrob

Everyone’s friend crush, Cody Turner, filmed video portrait of me this summer. Earlier that day I had a meeting with Plutino Group – a modelling agency in the city. They ended up not taking me on. Hence, I am still aspiring to that heartthrob status I’ve always dreamed of.

Polaris Short List Announcment

I’m a music writer, and every now and then I get invited to exclusive industry events. I generally will try to go, cause I’m still at that enthusiastic stage where I think everything is the coolest, and have yet to adorn an apathetic disguise, with an air of pretension like nothing could ever impress me. The Round Room at the Carlu had a fair number of industry types, mostly populating the area around the food layout.

The Polaris Prize is an award that falls under the music snobbery realm, where a panel of  judges select the Canadian album with the most artistic merit, regardless of genre. The winner receives a years worth of clout, along with a cheque for $30,000. Past winners have included Arcade Fire, Feist, and last year’s Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who famously turned the of hoity toity-ness of Polaris on its head when they issued a statement against the ceremony.

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Anyway, this year’s Long List had a lot of fantastic talent, and I was happy to see Toronto locals represented through DIANA, PUP, and Odonis Odonis. I was curious to see who’d make it through to the Short List.

photo 1I waited behind the radius of television cameras as the founder (or whoever he was) of Polaris walked up to the podium. We gave a little applause to the sponsors blah blah, and then he awkwardly introduced Jay Baruchel, who I recognized as the co-host on Popular Mechanics for Kids… wow such celebrity! He was quite fumbly himself, and sped through the list faster than any of us journalists could type into our iPhone notes. The list of 10 nominees is pictured below.



My bet for the overall winner is Basia Bulat, so I was happy to see she made it to the top ten. I was somewhat surprised to see the inclusion of a few bands that have wide commercial success, like Drake, Arcade Fire, and Mac Demarco, but whatever.. it’s about artistic merit… the most subjective thing ever… so who knows! The Polaris Gala will be held September 22nd, where the overall winner will be announced. Hopefully I’ll get invited to that, too!

BORN READY LAUNCH PARTY

That’s right, I throw parties now. Not just regular old parties either. Born Ready is a fun flirtatious playground for queers and all their friends to dance, drink, and get sweaty on the dance floor. Our first event went down at the start of April here in Toronto at Tattoo Queen West. It was a smashing success, with amazing DJs Madam D, Essence Brown, and fuckin’ Regina the Gentlelady (go LIGHT FIRES), plus projectors, photographers, and even a goddamn kissing booth! Too much fun. Some photos from the “Reality Bites” event are posted below. If you are a queer looking to party in the GTA, make sure you keep up with us on the Born Ready Facebook page! More to come my homomies!

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Kissing Fort by artist Paddy Leung – Photo by Paddy Leung
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Photo by Christina Maclean
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Photo by lesbianlooks.ca
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Photo by Christina Maclean

fART Opening Party

My friends Corey and Inez created fART: a show about food + art. I asked if I could help them out with the show in any way, and I landed myself a gig behind the milk bar/cookie decorating table. I couldn’t have been happier! Flirting over cookies with the loveliest crowd of artists and art lovers. It felt like being inside the birthday party of an 8-year-olds wildest dreams. Cake, candy, cookies, and so much colour. Here are a few photos of the event! You can check out fART at OCADU Student Gallery until September 28th.

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Milkin’ it

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Thanksgiving dinner, candy style.

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The curators Inez and Corey!