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!

Kissing Fort by artist Paddy Leung – Photo by Paddy Leung
Photo by Christina Maclean
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Photo by Christina Maclean

Bogdan Aleksandrovich Shoot

In this shoot, Bogdan and I wanted to explore both natural and urban settings. We ventured through Trinity-Bellwoods park, and then took a stroll through “Graffiti Alley” in Queen West, Toronto.
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It’s here! It’s queer! Get used to it!

I’m so pleased to announce the launch of my music column: Listen Queer. It’s published through The Indie Machine; a Toronto-based multimedia music series that plays a discernible role in supporting local music.

The queer community exists on foundations of love, camaraderie and genuine support. As a queer musician, I crave to translate those conventions into my exploration of music. However, as I search to discover new queer music; I find myself dissatisfied. Every LGBTQ  publication has their designated “Music” section, but it’s often solely dedicated to Elton, Ani, and the Indigo Girls. It’s 2013! Where’s the new blood!?

Listen Queer is about providing a resource to discover queer-centric music and events. Through artist interviews, event coverage and ongoing news updates – readers get an inside scoop on the queer music happenings in Toronto and around the world.

Check back to for bi-weekly postings, and follow @listenqueer on Twitter for all the latest. If you have any suggestions on music/events I should cover, please email

Keep it queer my homomies,
– Julia

Video: Tegan & Sara – New Single CLOSER

Screen Shot 2013-01-01 at 2.45.00 PMTegan and Sara fans rejoice! The pop-rock sister duo has released the video for their latest single, “Closer”. The Calgary born pair has seen much musical evolution over their impressive fifteen year career. The latest development of their unique sound has a mainstream appeal, melding with the electronic pop glorification found in today’s Top 40. Despite being doused with synths lines and electronic drum beats atypical of their previous releases, signature harmonies and hooks remain recognizable. To compliment this mainstream track, they snagged noted director Issac Rentz, who has worked with the likes of Blink-182, Cage the Elephant, and Motion City Soundtrack. The video sets out to capture the youthful essence evoked in the song’s imagery. What better way to reminisce of teenage tomfoolery than with late night karaoke, living room fort-building, and cheeky girl-girl make outs?

Tegan and Sara’s new album “Heartthrob” is set for release January 29th, 2013. It will be the band’s seventh studio album. Check out their website for upcoming shows of their current North American tour with The Killers!