Music

Review: Bat out of Hell, the Musical in Toronto

published: October, 24, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Music, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews the Meat Loaf classic turned rock opera, now playing in Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre and declares it plot-flawed but otherwise a vocal and visual blast.

Review: Bat out of Hell, the Musical in Toronto

From time to time, PositiveLite.com explores the cultural references that shape our lives. Some - many - of those lives - have been hard, some less so. We acknowledge privilege where it clearly is a factor in the story being told. This is one such post. Forty years ago this weekend - over half a lifetime - an album was released that had huge impact. Many of its songs became iconic, soaring anthems that were operatic in scope, bat-shit crazy over-the-top marathons penned by mad genius Jim Ste

Zoe Saldana's stunning performance in Sia's HIV video will have you in tears

published: June, 09, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Women, Performances, Photography, International , Music, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Sia's new video, "Free Me" is an achingly beautiful tour de force.

Zoe Saldana's stunning performance in Sia's HIV video will have you in tears

Sia’s gorgeous new song, “Free Me”, and the even more gorgeous video that goes with it both aim to spread awareness for the #endHIV campaign and benefit the Abzyme Research Foundation (all proceeds of the song will be used to advance a new potential HIV/AIDS cure).  The video, starring Zoe Saldana and narrated by Julianne Moore, details the story of an expectant mother who has just learned that she is HIV-positive and that without treatment the virus will enter her child. Zoe Saldana

Shout Sister Toronto South West fundraiser concert to benefit Realize

published: May, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Events, Women, Upcoming Events, Music, Media

Grace Church-on-The-Hill; Concert hall doors open at 7:00 pm Concert starts at 7:30

Shout Sister Toronto South West fundraiser concert to benefit Realize

Event Details Start: 7 June 2017 6:30 pm Venue: Grace Church-on-The-Hill Tickets are available for online purchase here. Tickets available at the door:  Pay-as-you-can (suggested minimum $10) Refreshments will be available for purchase from 6:30 pm Concert hall doors open at 7:00 pm Concert starts at 7:30 Accessible entrance from Russell Hill Road (East side of the church) Can’t attend? Support realize with a donation!

Beating HIV stigma in Uganda with Love to Love Organization

published: December, 30, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Youth, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Photography, International , Music, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

"We provide and advocate for the rights of the innocent children who are orphaned and vulnerable and youth who we believe deserve love, care and support." William Matovu of Love to Love Organization tells his story

Beating HIV stigma in Uganda with Love to Love Organization

One of the things that delights me most in my work with PositiveLite.com is the window it allows me onto a worldwide community that affords me boundless uplift and inspiration. Recently I was privileged to make contact online with William Matovu, a young HIV activist working at Love to Love Organization, which supports orphans and children living with HIV in Uganda.  "We provide and advocate for the rights of the innocent children who are orphaned and vulnerable and youth who we believe des

My quest to ease the pain of loss through music and a tribute to Prince

published: July, 13, 2016 Written by // Samantha Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Mental Health, Music, Travel, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Samantha

Our Samantha on the joy of healing through music."For about two weeks I spent every spare minute, sometimes sitting for hours listening to Prince’s music"

My quest to ease the pain of loss through music and a tribute to Prince

On the same day Prince was found dead, on April 21, 2016, I experienced a personal loss. Experiencing two losses in one day was so painful I did not know how to sooth myself. I paced up and down, had no concentration, couldn't sleep, eat or remain focused on anything to distract myself from the feelings that come with loss. For about two weeks I spent every spare minute, sometimes sitting for hours listening to Prince’s music and a few other artists and it was the only activity that eased m

My response to Orlando in one sublime performance

published: June, 21, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King on Orlando, grief and transcendence - and Fantasia

My response to Orlando in one sublime performance

I can’t watch the news anymore right now. I have it muted, but will admit to glancing in its direction every few minutes. On the screen there are police cars and flashing lights and footage of the injured and there is often someone in tears. It makes me wince with emotion, and twice this morning I have blurted out a sob for a moment, which surprises me, frankly, because I don’t cry much anymore. Tears are creeping up on us everywhere. My husband started crying yesterday while we were wai

Relentless Speaking About Music.- February 2016 edition

published: February, 11, 2016 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Toronto’s DJ Relentless aka Alphonso King Jr is living with HIV and also doubles as drag artist Jade Elektra. Here’s Alphonso’s review of recent hits and misses in the music world

Relentless Speaking About Music.- February 2016 edition

It's Black History Month in the year 2016. The entertainment world is heading into the Oscars with a boycott hanging over it with no black actors being nominated in any of the major categories. We just finished Superbowl weekend and FOX News has declared war on Beyonce for her politically charged pro-black lyrics in her new track, "Foundation" that she dropped the day before the big event. And in this presidential election year where the top Republican candidates do not seem to be concerned

Relentlessly speaking about music (December 2015 edition)

published: December, 15, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music

Toronto’s DJ Relentless aka jade Elektra with his reviews of new music tracks – from the hits to the train wrecks.

Relentlessly speaking about music (December 2015 edition)

New music We are almost done with 2015 and in my opinion….good riddance! I call this period in music the "Rip Off Era". I can't believe all these producers and DJs who are blatantly stealing vocals or making covers of older songs and then changing the titles to pass them off as "new music". Now…don't get me wrong. There are a few new songs out there.  First up…let's talk about "Focus" by Ariana Grande. I kind of wish that her label would decide what they really want to do with this yo

Relentlessly speaking about music (October 2015 edition)

published: October, 22, 2015 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Another blog by DJ Relentless that explores the hits and misses of the current month

Relentlessly speaking about music (October 2015 edition)

It's October and it must be the season of the Drake…..literally. Canada has artists dominating the Billboard charts right now and Drake is leading the pack with 14 songs on the Top 100 singles chart. He's joined by The Weeknd and Justin Bieber who seem to be battling for the number one spots. And meanwhile back in the US, Janet Jackson has dropped a great dance tune, Rihanna prepares to release yet another album and a social media whore tries buying her way into the dance charts with over 26

Back when a drag number was a signature

published: August, 31, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

DJ Relentless aka Jade Elektra (or before that, Ebony) on the early days of his drag career

Back when a drag number was a signature

I want to take you back to Tampa, Florida in the year 1987. It’s a hot August Monday night. The place is a popular gay bar known as Rene’s Lounge on Kennedy Boulevard. Rene’s was the home of many Miss Florida pageant winners. Some of the top female impersonators got their start at Rene’s, and Monday nights were amateur night hosted by a future Miss Florida, Lakesha Lucky. That stage was graced by the likes of such legends as Tiffany Arieagus, Tiffani Middlesex, Peter Fernandez, Mahoga

Relentlessly speaking about music.- August/September 2015 edition

published: August, 28, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, Music, Opinion Pieces

Another blog by DJ Relentless, aka Toronto artist Jade Elektra, reviewing the hits and misses of the season

Relentlessly speaking about music.- August/September 2015 edition

Summer is almost over and some interesting developments have happened in the music industry. I remember last year at this time everyone was talking about Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj all trying to out do each other to reign as the Queen of Hip Hop. Commercially, it looked like Iggy had the crown in the bag with her video "Fancy". Azealia dropped some "Heavy Metal". While Nicki pimped herself out while dropping the most infectious hit of her career. Jay Z claimed his new TIDAL

Portrait of Tim Bartsch, Toronto HIV-positive musician

published: August, 22, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Events, Performances, Revolving Door, Music, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Guest writer Shazia Islam on Tim Bartsch who will be performing songs from his rock opera Southern Time at the Musideum in Toronto on Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. accompanying himself on cello and piano, with excerpts from his story

Portrait of Tim Bartsch, Toronto HIV-positive musician

photo credit www.butterstudios.ca. Tim Bartsch has joined the ranks of other survivors and thrivers living with HIV in Toronto, Canada after driving across the country in spring 2015 from Vancouver. Toronto is not new to Bartsch, who has made the same move two previous times within a span of eight years.  Bartsch said, after his close call with death due to AIDS-related opportunistic infections that started during his second stay in T.O. back in 2009, he felt he had a new lease on life and

Relentlessly speaking about music – July 2015 edition

published: July, 09, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Music, Population Specific

Our DJ Relentless aka jade Elektra with the latest hits and misses from the club scene.

Relentlessly speaking about music – July 2015 edition

In the words of Maroon 5's latest single"This Summer Is Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf#%ker!"  . . .With all the horrible news stories of Black Churches burning in the U.S., Caitlyn Jenner's every move becomes daily headlines, Jon Stewart's last days on "The Daily Show" are quickly approaching and idiots like Robin Thicke and Donald Trump not knowing when to keep their pie holes shut….it's only July and I'm frightened for August.  There's plenty of new music and remixes being dropped every wee

Relentlessly speaking about music (May/June 2015 edition)

published: May, 29, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless aka Jade Elektra with another batch of hot - and not so hot - club tracks

Relentlessly speaking about music (May/June 2015 edition)

We are getting closer and closer to (Toronto) Pride and I believe that we are in for a great summer for Dance Music. The latest trend is that 80s Dance sound; many DJ/Producers are reaching back into the crates and remixing many of the classics. Unfortunately, a lot of those DJ/Producers are arrogant enough to think that their name should be first instead of the artists who made the songs hits in the first place.  I was doing a search for Donna Summer tracks and came across "Love To Love You

Toronto’s POZ-TO Dance party is back May 3

published: April, 28, 2015 Categories // Community Events, DJ Relentless, Events, Music, Living with HIV

And so is the Morning After Brunch hosted by jade Elektra (DJ Relentless) on May 17, all in aid of the Toronto PWA Foundation

Toronto’s POZ-TO Dance party is back May 3

 And here are the links to the event pages: https://www.facebook.com/events/396280447243478   https://www.facebook.com/events/1561562224106866

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