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Swizzles 3rd Annual GET NAKED BENEFIT: In Support Of The Courage Campaign!

published: August, 01, 2010 Categories // Community Events, Events

hile my father was receiving chemo therapy at the Ottawa General Hospital in 2006, I became aware of the Courage Campaign. Designed to raise funds from the private sector, The Courage Campaign is striving to raise $20,000 000 by 2015 to aid ..

While my father was receiving chemo therapy at the Ottawa General Hospital in 2006, I became aware of the Courage Campaign. Designed to raise funds from the private sector, The Courage Campaign is striving to raise $20,000 000 by 2015 to aid in the reconstruction and expansion of the General Hospital’s Cancer Wing. Motivated to get involved, I started the Get Naked Benefit at Swizzles Bar.    Last year, we raised over $1700.00 and packed the bar to the rafters! This year, we're pa

The G20 Toronto 2010 Post Part 1

published: June, 28, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Events, Brian Finch

Ok, I just was almost finished posting this, and it's taken a long time with the resizing the photos that I'm over this post. So here is the short version. I've been documenting some of the marches going on during the G20.

Ok, I just was almost finished posting this, and it's taken a long time with the resizing the photos that I'm over this post. So here is the short version. I've been documenting some of the marches going on during the G20. I've very lucky that I never once was arrested as I was very close to the action. On the last day I waited around, and about ten minutes or so after I left, several police cars were set on fire and the mayhem began. This day was tense, but turned out to be peaceful. At one

Toronto Pride 2010

published: July, 05, 2010 Categories // Events, Brian Finch

July 4th marked several events. First and the most  important one to me, is the 2nd birthday of my dear little Hildy. And of course the 4th of July. The next time I'm south of the border

July 4th marked several events. First and the most  important one to me, is the 2nd birthday of my dear little Hildy. And of course the 4th of July. The next time I'm south of the border I'll pick her up a little star-bangled outfit to celebrate the dual significance of the day. It's a terrible photo of me. You can tell it's "before" soft lift as my forehead can't move like that right now. Of course, and for those who don't know the background story, these are the twitter-version of the

My Pride is - scratch Political replace with - Sober

published: July, 07, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Events, Brian Finch

As with the pride of probably the past five years, mine was a sober one. My sober means no alcohol, drugs, pot, or even poppers. Not that I have anything against poppers but they do tend to take the starch out of the moment, if you know what I mean.

My Pride is Political Sober! As with the pride of probably the past five years, mine was a sober one. My sober means no alcohol, drugs, pot, or even poppers. Not that I have anything against poppers but they do tend to take the starch out of the moment, if you know what I mean. This year, actually, I was planning on avoiding it all, as I usually do. Traditionally getting caught up in the crowds I start to feel either claustrophobic or triggered to want to grab a beer and bump of Tina (crysta

The Glamour Begins with touch down in Vienna: IAS 2010

published: July, 13, 2010 Categories // Events, Brian Finch

Oh my god it’s been a lot of work to finally arrive in this Vienna apartment in which I now sit. My July 12th, midnight flight was the latest I’ve ever flown out to Europe and I kind of like it.

Oh my god it’s been a lot of work to finally arrive in this Vienna apartment in which I now sit. My July 12th, midnight flight was the latest I’ve ever flown out to Europe and I kind of like it. I was so worn out by all the stuff I had to do before leaving right up until the last moment. By the time we took off I actually felt like I could shut my eyes, and eventually I did. The eight hours passed like nothing, so I must have fallen asleep. When disturbed again they were serving breakfa

The Bliss of a Lightening Storm: IAS 2010

published: July, 16, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Events, Health, Brian Finch

Sitting in my dark living room I communed with the sound of the rain while I watched the thunderous lightening flashes light up to 15-foot ceiling room.

Sitting in my dark living room I communed with the sound of the rain while I watched the thunderous lightening flashes light up to 15-foot ceiling room. This, was by all accounts, one of the simplest, yet memorable moments for me.  It is a rare moment for me to not have sound going on from somewhere. And in moments like this, it seems that all the aspects of being in Europe come together for a moment that was felt on a level more profound than walking around looking at the architecture.

IAS 2010 Vienna - All was not lost

published: July, 19, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Events, Brian Finch

What a day. Even though it didn’t feel like anything was going right, a few things did. I just wrapped up writing out my interview with Melanie Thompson, the chair of the international AIDS Society’s USA treatment guidelines panel...

What a day. Even though it didn’t feel like anything was going right, a few things did. I just wrapped up writing out my interview with Melanie Thompson, the chair of the international AIDS Society’s USA treatment guidelines panel, and threw in a quote from our renowned Canadian researcher Mark Wainburg. The interview with Melanie is a bit of a teaser with the essential information in it The DVD extra in terms of a video will happen later as just when I went to upload the video I discove

IAS 2010 Vienna - Gay Night out "Triggers"

published: July, 22, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Events, Brian Finch

Last night I had my gay night out with a few friends. I’m not one to be going out to the bars when I travel for a few reasons.

Last night I had my gay night out with a few friends. I’m not one to be going out to the bars when I travel for a few reasons. The number one is that I don’t drink, and that usually isn’t a huge problem, but still, most of these places are about drinking, and suddenly I feel rather socially awkward. At our first stop, Village, we hung out in the smoke-filled very hot little bar chatting and watching the videos (music – get your mind out of the gutter). Here I starting chatting with a

AIDS 2010: Leona Aglukkaq - Conservatives turn their back on the Federal Initiative for AIDS again.

published: July, 23, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Events, Brian Finch

I'm off to Budapest this evening, and will not be posting until probably Sunday.

I'm off to Budapest this evening, and will not be posting until probably Sunday. One of the big stories for me at the conference is how dismal Canada is on the international scene with it comes to AIDS. They don't like the issue, and they certainly do not like community. It would be no surprise that she was not well received, and even booed at the pathetic Canadian Reception (I didn't go, my friends provided me the critics) where you even had to buy your own drinks. I can't spell the ministe

Brastlava - International travel for only 14 Euros.

published: July, 25, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Events, Brian Finch

n my world eating at MacDonald’s twice in one day, in two different countries is glamorous.

In my world eating at MacDonald’s twice in one day, in two different countries is glamorous. Not that I intended on it being that way. There comes a time when I’m traveling alone where I can’t bear the thought of sitting and staring out into the air as I eat my meals in restaurants, and it arrived today. Making the most of my last day, I thought I’d head on over to Slovakia. Bratislava, to be more precise; every horror movie, or let me be more specific – train wreck torture porn –

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