Gay Pride and Deals to Amsterdam for August

Gay Pride Amsterdam is the yearly highlight for gay Amsterdam. This year the main Amsterdam Pride weekend will be  from August 4-7th, 2011.

Amsterdam Pride is one of the biggest and most special gay prides around the globe! With street parties all weekend long, the best club circuit parties and of course the famous Canal Parade on Saturday.

Last year Amsterdam Gay Pride drew in a record amount of visitors. Some 500,000 people watched the Canal Parade, where a record 80 boats took part.

Our friends at Travel Leaders have negotiated amazing rates for an 8-day/6 night package  running from August 1-8th.





Roundtrip airfare from Boston (other departure gateways available, pricing upon request)
            6 nights hotel – city center near all attractions
            Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
            All taxes and surcharges
            Local escort from Travel Leaders to show you around
           The price is $1998.00 per person based on double occupancy.

This is an awesome way to experience Amsterdam and Pride! 
Call David for all of the details  1-800-942-1280  or 
email him.




Join DAVE for an unforgettable 8-day/6-night getaway to exciting and beautiful AMSTERDAM, a city that is easy to get  around by bike, canal boat or on your own two feet! You will be impressed with its eclectic architecture, excellent museums,  mazes of canals, great shopping and its SERIOUS PARTY SCENE! The mix of people and cultures is like no other in Europe.




Come with me and be introduced to the unique history, PARTY SCENE and spirit of Amsterdam – from the historical city  center to the heart of the famous RED LIGHT DISTRICT to the many “COFFEE SHOPS” to the AMSTERDAM PRIDE  festivities – you will be amazed at its unique, laissez faire attitude. You won’t be disappointed.



AUGUST 1 – BOSTON – AMSTERDAM: Depart Boston’s Logan International Airport aboard your overnight, transatlantic
flight to Amsterdam with full meal and beverage service available. (other departure cities available).


AUGUST 2 – AMSTERDAM: Morning arrival at Schipol airport in Amsterdam where we board our private motor coach for
the drive into Amsterdam. We will check  in @ a deluxe hotel  the heart of Amsterdam.


AUGUST 3-7 – AMSTERDAM: Buffet breakfast is included at our hotel each day and all other meals are on your own. All days
are at leisure to explore Amsterdam. Dave can assist you in choice of activities. Enjoy the many Amsterdam PRIDE festivities
– throughout the city and the famous Canal Parade on Saturday, August 6. Thousands from around the world flock to
Amsterdam for the many parties, street festivals and other special events.


AUGUST 8 – AMSTERDAM-BOSTON: Buffet breakfast and hotel check-out. Transfer to the Amsterdam airport to board our
return flight to Boston with full meal and beverage service.

This is an awesome way to experience Amsterdam and Pride! 
Call David for all of the details  1-800-942-1280  or 
email him.


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Casper Andreas Shows GOING DOWN IN LA LA LAND inToronto May 22


Going Down in LA-LA Land 
premiered at this year’s Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in Miami as the coveted final night feature this week. And got RAVE REVIEWS!

 It will  show  in TORONTO May 22nd, and Casper will be in town for the screening!

Going Down in LA-LA Land
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1
Sunday May 22 | 9:15pm

 
Based on the novel penned by Andy Zeffer, this film explores the ups and down, and trials and tribulations of trying to make it in Hollywood. What would you do to survive and achieve your ultimate dream? 

Directed by Casper Andreas, the film stars Matthew Ludwinski as “Adam,” a Hollywood newbie looking to get his start in the world of lights—camera—action.


Adam is a recent transplant from New York City who has arrived in Los Angeles to make it big as an actor. Unfortunately, he shares his dream with thousands of other out-of-work actors, and when he lands a job as a production assistant at a porn company he is initially adamant that he is going to stay behind the scenes. It isn’t long, however, before the lure of extra cash sees Adam stepping in front of the camera and eventually turning to escorting.




We recently caught up with Matthew to talk about his starring role, the steamy sex scenes and working with Casper Andreas. 


“I know what it’s like to feel objectified.  I know what it’s like to feel used.  I know what it’s like to feel desperate.  And every actor has thought at some point about the casting couch, and has had the thought, “I wonder if it is possible to sleep my way to the top?” 

“But really his whole journey from arriving to Hollywood bright and excited to the process of his disillusionment—I’ve experienced all of that.  I think most actors have.”




When asked –  What was it like working with director Casper Andreas?


“Casper and I were already friendly from working together on his film, “Between Love & Goodbye ,” a few years ago.  I knew we liked each other and would get along.  We became good friends working on this movie.  It made coming to work everyday a blast!  I also came to ADORE the two other leads, Allison Lane and Michael Medico.  Working with people you like is such a joy.  I couldn’t wait to start each day.”


  Casper Andreas has done several popular films.

Including Slutty Summer and A Four Letter Word


Check out their

Facebook Page and keep up on all of the news and interviews
!


Watch for this film to come to your town!
We’ll be covering it all this summer!
It is the #1  Must See Gay Film of the year!
(it’s in Boston this weekend!)






BUY THE BOOK!
         Casper’s  latest  DVD   …… 

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Kaboom! The Films of Gregg Araki April 8 – 20

The invaluable unpredictability
of Gregg Araki’s urgent and
indispensable cinema arrives at 
TIFF Bell Lightbox this Spring.

Still one of the most unconventional and relentlessly intriguing voices in independent cinema, Araki’s oeuvre intertwines themes of tragic romantic love and alienated youth set against the backdrop of post-punk anthems, hyper-stylized Valley Girl vocabulary and eye-popping art direction.
 
His radical explorations of sexuality as mutable and unpredictable continue to push boundaries throughout his tenth feature, Kaboom, one of the unquestionable hits of last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The film will have its theatrical release at TIFF Bell Lightbox on April 8 and launches a full retrospective of his films which includes his debut feature, the Warhol-inflected Three Bewildered People in the Night (1987); the celebrated abuse drama Mysterious Skin (2004), featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Splendor (1999), a screwball comedy that uniquely meshes the worlds  of Preston Sturges and Jean-Luc Godard; Smiley Face (2007), his beloved slap-happy stoner comedy; Totally F***ed Up (1993), an expedition into the melancholic teenage wasteland of the ’90s; and Nowhere (1997), the Araki-described ‘Beverly Hills 90210 on acid’ starring Shannen Doherty, Rose McGowan, Ryan Phillippe, Heather Graham, Mena Suvari and Christina Applegate.

Gregg Araki will also join TIFF Bell Lightbox Artistic Director Noah Cowan on April 9, 2011 for an in-depth look at his career – from his scrappy beginnings to his current status as one of the recognized pioneers of American independent cinema.


KABOOM! 

Kaboom kicks off the movie week on April 8th.  Gregg Araki returns with a giddy vengeance with his wild new comedy, which shoves a typically Arakian crew of frequently stoned, sexually fluid San Fernando Valley dwellers up against portents of conspiracy and apocalypse. When a sweetnatured, bisexual punk-waif and his tart-tongued lesbian pal arrive for their freshman year at a southern California college, they embark on a lively round of experimentation with sex and substances.

However, their frolics take on a more ominous cast when dream visions, mysterious messages and threatening figures in animal masks seem to foreshadow dark times on the horizon. Unapologetically libidinous and hilarious, Kaboom s perhaps the first great paranoiac-dystopian sex comedy in the history of cinema.

Details, showtimes and tickets online!

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Toronto Mayor Threatens Gay Pride Parade Funding

HERE WE GO AGAIN.

You may recall all of the drama last summer when  Pride Toronto‘s leadership abdicated its responsibility as organizers of the city’s gay pride festivities by allowing a controversial group called Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) to march in the annual parade.

Outraged pro-Israel and anti-discrimination groups, as well as city politicians, pressured Pride Toronto to reverse its decision, which it did, before flip-flopping at the last minute and allowing QuAIA to march.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he will withhold more than $100,000 in city funding to the annual gay pride parade if an anti-Israel group again is allowed to participate.


Ford, who was elected on a right-wing, waste-slashing agenda last November, told the Canadian Jewish News last week that he will cut funding to the annual Pride Toronto event if Queers Against Israeli Apartheid is allowed to participate in this summer’s parade.


“Taxpayers dollars should not go toward funding hate speech,” Ford told the weekly, repeating a pledge he made while campaigning for the mayor’s post.


Pride Toronto received $123,807 from the city last year.


Writer Terry Levine says, “ One can legitimately oppose Israel’s occupation of the West Bank — I do and have done so vocally — but for purported gay activists to be so blinded by their pro-Palestinian views that they, to paraphrase the quote above, bark at the finger of gay-friendly Israel while overlooking the glaring moon of Arab and Muslim intolerance toward gays is ridiculous.


If QuAIA members want to protest in front of the Israeli embassy or board the next flotilla to Gaza, they’re welcome to. But to spray their venom at an event that celebrates gay pride and the struggle for gay rights is obscene.”





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Lazybones Flash Mob for Valentines at Toronto Market


A Valentine’s Day Flash Mob featuring 20 kissing couples hoping to spread some love by surprising unsuspecting shoppers and vendors at a Toronto, Canada market is the newest YouTube Sensation, and is also creating quite the controversy! The video is touching and moving, and to some, perhaps shocking?


The Valentine’s Day Kissing Flash Mob showcases people from all walks of life kissing at a Toronto market. As you will see in the video, one of the vendors at the market was quite distraught at such a public display of love and affection.


The video was the brainchild of the independent Canadian band Lazybones  in the hopes of spreading some love across the world on Valentine’s Day and beyond.   It’s a nice attempt.  Not the best flash mob project we have seen, but cute.

“We wanted  the song to be the perfect sweet love song. But we wanted it to have tension. So we made a song that sounds perfectly sweet at first, but secretly critiques the very notion of romantic love that many of us are obsessed with, and what it costs to get it. We wanted to celebrate love, but make it clear that love is everywhere, in multiple forms – many of these significantly different than the form we have delivered to us thousands of times a year in Disney fairy-tales, romantic comedies, and sitcoms. We wanted to point out the ways in which love is purchased by wealth, and even by forced clichés that evoke a Pavlovian response of conditioned romanticism. But we wanted to also point out that love is real, pure, and beautiful despite these tensions. With the help of some amazing musicians, including guest vocals from Jill Barber, I felt like we had accomplished that. In fact, we were so excited about this little song that we wanted to release it as a single – not as part of a record.”

WATCH THE VALENTINES  VIDEO



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Gay Pride Toronto now accepting entertainment applications

HELP WANTED! 

Pride is just around the corner!  This year Pride week runs June 24 to July 3. Pride Week in Toronto is the third largest Pride celebration in the world and the largest festival in Canada!


Pride Toronto (PT) is now accepting applications for entertainers for the 31st annual festival, says DJ TK, planning coordinator for PT.


TK says he’s looking for performers in every style and genre, so DJs, musicians, drag kings and queens, dancers, comedians, community groups, theatrical troupes and performance artists, get ready to impress.


“I want to see applications in every discipline you can think of,” TK says. “This year we really want to program a lot of local artists and showcase Toronto performers.


“Especially for the local performers; we really try and get out and see the local acts perform in Toronto.”



DJ TK, planning coordinator for Pride Toronto.(From DJ TK)


The application process is open now   and the deadline for submissions is Feb 4.

Past performers include Cyndi Lauper, Kelly Rowland, Deborah Cox, Mel C, Esthero, Islands, Lesbians on Ecstasy, RuPaul, Divine Brown, Jully Black, Thelma Houston, Indigo Girls, Uh Huh Her, Dragonette, The Cliks, Kinnie Star, Carole Pope, Sandra Bernhard and Crystal Waters, to name a few. Headlining acts for 2011 have not yet been finalized.


PT performers will be included in the official Pride Guide, will be featured on the PT website and will get coverage through Toronto media partners, TK says.


To get involved, go to www.pridetoronto.com/festival/arts-entertainment-2011/ to fill out an application. Include a photo, a demo tape or YouTube video, and other support materials. More information is available on the PT Facebook group .


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Winterlicious Returns to Toronto! Amazing Restaurant Samplings!



People come to Toronto for the world class attractions, the shopping, the nightlife, the cultural events and the restaurants!

What better way to experience Toronto restaurants, than WINTERLICIOUS!


Toronto’s favourite winter gastronomic celebration again offers TWO popular programs for you to savour. Discover new favourite restaurants by sampling mouth watering three-course prix fixe menus at 150 of Toronto’s top restaurants. Food gurus will want to explore the culinary event series of 14 unique foodie experiences featuring diverse cuisine and notable chefs.

Prix Fixe reservations will be accepted starting January 13, 2011

*Insider tip….sign up for Groupon Daily Deals too, in Toronto!


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Opera Atelier Offers 2-for-1 to the LGBT Community for Acis and Galatea

Opera Atelier
holds a unique place in the North American theatre community, producing opera, ballet and drama from the 17th and 18th centuries. These productions draw upon the aesthetics and ideals of the period, featuring soloists of international acclaim, period ballet, original instruments, elaborate stage decor, exquisite costumes and an imaginative energy that sets Opera Atelier apart.

Opera Atelier is pleased to offer members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and their allies 2-for-1 tickets to see Acis and Galatea  this fall.

Join us for the opening of our 25th Anniversary
Season and bring a friend on us!

Showtimes
Tues. Nov. 2  7:30 p.m.  and  Wed. Nov. 3  7:30 p.m.

Regular Single Ticket Prices
Section B: $101.00   Section C: $67.00

How to Purchase?
Buy online at ticketmaster.ca with the code: NYMPH
or call Ticketmaster at (416) 872-5555. *

Where to go?
Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street
(North of Queen St. East, across from the Eaton Centre)

Best Gay Toronto

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Nick Adams Comes to Toronto in October for Priscilla the Musical Debut

Broadway triple threat ,
New York hottie Nick Adams will star as the ABBA-obsessed Adam/Felicia in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical.

The glittery Academy Award–winning 1994 film, starred Guy Pearce as Adam/Felicia.

Priscilla. The Musical premiered in Sydney in 2006 and became the most successful Australian musical of all time. The show, which has also received acclaim in a production in London’s West End, will make its North American debut in Toronto in October, followed by a Broadway premiere next spring.

The spectacular new stage musical will begin performances at The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto for a twelve-week only, pre-Broadway engagement beginning October 12, 2010 and officially opening on October 26.

Currently appearing in the Tony Award® winning revival of La Cage Aux Folles as one of the “Cagelles,” Adams has also appeared on Broadway in the recent productions of A Chorus Line, Chicago, Guys and Dolls and The Pirate Queen.

We
  Love
    You
         Nick!

Best Gay Toronto
Best Gay New York

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Toronto Gay Pride Day Marriages

During  this years  30th anniversary Toronto Pride Parade, how would you like to get married  on a float as the parade takes place in front of 1.3 million people?!

Submissions are  now being accepted from couples in the U.S. and Canada who would be interested in taking part in this special day.
 
Canada is reaching its 5th anniversary of nationally recognized same-sex marriage, and we want to show our solidarity and support for the gay community and equal marriage rights.
 
All travel, accommodation, marriage licence, officiant, and rehearsal costs will be covered by the event sponsor, ManCrunch.com . In addition, there will be a reception after the parade.
 
We welcome any and all couples to visit Man Crunch 
to submit their stories. We are also open to re-marriages of couples who are already married or second, symbolic ceremonies.”

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