Music

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

Relentlessly speaking about music – April 2015 edition

published: April, 15, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Another set of music reviews from Toronto poz spinner DJ Relentless – plus a free remix

Relentlessly speaking about music – April 2015 edition

It's a slow start for spring in the north east but there's a lot of new music being dropped. Some good. Some bad. Some interesting. So, let's just jump right in and start talking about what's working and what's not….  First up is Rihanna. Many recording artists get to a moment in their career when they have to start growing up and make some serious decisions on where and what their music is going to be. For example Lady GaGa took a bold step with her duets album with Tony Bennett (and also

Relentlessly speaking about music, February 2015 edition

published: February, 19, 2015 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Music, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Another music review by DJ Relentless PLUS there's a bonus link

Relentlessly speaking about music, February 2015 edition

After the Grammys it seems like a good time to discuss what's happening on the dance floors (or at least my dance floor). There's plenty of singles and remixes that are working and a few that should never be heard in public…ever!  Madonna's "Living For Love" is the new bell of the ball. With mixes by DJ Paulo, Erick Morillo and Djemba how could she go wrong? Really great productions, but believe it or not…..I'm stuck on the extended version of the album mix. But if you want a great mash-

The 57th Grammy Awards....Hit Or Miss?

published: February, 11, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Television, Music, Opinion Pieces

Alphonso King Jr.aka DJ Relentless reviews last Sunday’s music awards

The 57th Grammy Awards....Hit Or Miss?

The music industry is all abuzz because of last Sunday's Grammys ceremony. From performances that reminded us why we love Annie Lennox to history repeating itself with Kanye West storming the stage to disagree with an outcome at the awards…..people are definitely talking. There were a few surprises. Katy Perry really impressed me with her song "By The Grace Of God" and Rihanna was in great voice for her performance of her new single "FourFiveSeconds" with Kanye and Paul McCarthy. And of cou

Martin Luther King Day (Selma, Ferguson, Staten Island and other destinations)

published: January, 19, 2015 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Music, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless talks about Selma, the movie about Martin Luther King Jr., and what it means to him

Martin Luther King Day (Selma, Ferguson, Staten Island and other destinations)

It took me a couple of days to ponder what I was going to write in this blog. Being a gay black man married to a gay white Canadian man watching the film, Selma in a Toronto theatre on one of the coldest days of 2015 (so far), I cried a little for all the people who fought and died for me to have the right to be who I am today.  To say that Selma is required viewing is an understatement. It's phenomenal that in major cities across the United States business people came together to ensure 7th

Relentlessly speaking about music – November 2014 edition

published: November, 11, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s not.

Relentlessly speaking about music – November 2014 edition

It's that wonderful time of year when we bust out the sweaters and jackets from the fall collection while the music industry tries to wow us with their big hitters. A classic diva trots up the charts while a young country pop tart switches genres and pisses off The Big Apple. And three big booty hoes fights to be the Queen of the Ass Generation! My prediction about The Return Of House Music comes true while another pop diva takes an unexpected turn.  It's November and I've got a lot to talk

Warriors of the wasteland

published: November, 10, 2014 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin: the road from Frankie’s Pleasuredome to rubbers to PrEP

Warriors of the wasteland

Playing isn't paying so work is what I'm saying  Working for the world go round The battle cry don't mess with me I've traveled the world for eternity   Warriors of the wasteland Sailboats of ice on desert sands Warriors of the wasteland  Frankie Goes To Hollywood, “Warriors of the Wasteland”, (Liverpool)  The year was 1984. Even as the great Death gained malignant steam from hundreds to thousands of dead towards numbers uncountable, grief beyond measure or understanding, some

HIV/AIDS is everyone's business

published: October, 23, 2014 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, DJ Relentless, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Fundraisers, Events, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless on the difficulty in getting people living with HIV to events designed for them and his recent efforts to challenge stigma and make people living with HIV more comfortable about being visible.

HIV/AIDS is everyone's business

It's been an interesting year of fundraising for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. This December will be our 2nd Anniversary of the POZ-TO events. My husband and I have worked really hard to keep this event going. The simple idea of an event where HIV-positivepeople can come and socialize with their friends (poz or not) in a safe space without judgement or prejudice seems like it would be a no-brainer. But the stigma of being HIV-positive and the fear of what others will think keeps ma

Divas Simply Singing raises vital funds for HIV and AIDS

published: October, 22, 2014 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Events, Performances, International , Music, Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA correspondent Kengi reports Sheryl Lee Ralph was fabulous on stage and did not disappoint her fans in a night filled with music and plenty of laughter at the 24th Annual Diva’s Simply Singing at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood.

Divas Simply Singing raises vital funds for HIV and AIDS

An original Dreamgirl returns to Hollywood for Divas 24. Divas Simply Singing, created and produced by Sheryl Lee Ralph, is the longest running music concert benefiting HIV and AIDS in the United States. It is produced in conjunction with the DIVA Foundation in order to raise vital funds for those living with HIV or AIDS as well as provide opportunities for prevention, testing and much needed education through a night of stellar performances from some of the music industry’s most recognized

If music be the food of love, play on . . .

published: October, 09, 2014 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Christian Dolan

Christian Dolan asks “Have you ever listened to a song and it reminds you of a time or place, perhaps of a holiday or a special occasion?” And what's HIV got to do with it?

I listen to music daily - when I get up in the morning, when I go for a run, at the gym, on my way to work (when I'm not cycling that is). It constitutes full-time background noise for me and is on whenever the TV is not.  I am a big lover of music. When I listen to a song, artist or album it takes me back to a certain place. For example, when I hear the Red Hot Chili Peppers "Californication" album it brings me back to camp as a 10 year-old boy along the south coast of England. I could go

Relentlessly speaking about music - September 2014

published: September, 09, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Another blog by DJ Relentless about what’s hot in the club music world

Relentlessly speaking about music - September 2014

It's September and everyone is returning to school or their fall schedule! And that means the new season of music will be intense and hitting hard. Artists, producers and labels will be scrambling to get their best products out. And for the first time in a long time, I am excited about the landscape of clubland. Of course there's tons of new music to make me want to pull what's left of my hair out, but the tide is changing and I believe we are heading towards the right direction when it comes

Movie review – Get on Up

published: August, 08, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Music, Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless: I normally write music reviews but I thought a review of the new James Brown bio pic was appropriate for my next blog

Movie review – Get on Up

My husband and I went to see "Get On Up" on our date night and absolutely loved this film. I have read that we cannot interpret the present without understanding our past, for we are the sum of all that came before us. In this generation of "here and now" I hope that the importance of James Brown in music and the industry is not lost on our youth today. When my husband and I arrived to the 9:05 showing, we and one other person were the only ones in the theatre for about five minutes. I thou

Relentlessly speaking about music (Pride month edition)

published: May, 28, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, Pride, Music, Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless: It's the gayest time of the year and it's World Pride in Toronto! So much music and so little time to listen to it all. So, hopefully my reviews can help you sift through all the new tracks out right now.

Relentlessly speaking about music (Pride month edition)

I guess a great place to start is the new Michael Jackson album, "Escape". About year ago, I got a leaked remix of "Slave To The Rhythm" (as a duet with Justin Bieber). And just like the remix of "Love Never Felt So Good" with Justin Timberlake, I can't tell their voices apart. And probably the most unfortunate song title on his new album is "Do You Know Where Your Children Are", but he always liked pushing the envelope with tiles like "In The Closet" and "Beat it". Of course it's one of his a

HIV pop music icons: (5) Holly Johnson: relax, he did it

published: May, 07, 2014 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Dave R: Holly Johnson from Frankie Goes to Hollywood, is alive and well and still performing, writing and painting but it could easily have been a different story after he struggled to succeed after he contracted HIV.

HIV pop music icons:  (5) Holly Johnson: relax, he did it

“'If only I'd been one of those nice clean-cut Mormons who knock on your door on a Friday night when you're having dinner, none of this would have happened to me.” A lot of people think that Holly Johnson died long ago – he didn’t. However, after it was announced that he was HIV-positive, his publicist had to issue a press release in 1995 stating that he was still alive but the rumour of his demise just seemed to assume a life of its own. He was that cheeky little bugger from Liverpo

HIV pop music icons:(4) Andy Bell: Erasure’s easy breezy frontman

published: April, 17, 2014 Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Dave R: Andy Bell, lead singer of Erasure, was responsible for some of the catchiest hits of the 80’s but also the first to come out as being a star with HIV. His story reveals an honesty that almost every gay man can identify with.

HIV pop music icons:(4) Andy Bell: Erasure’s easy breezy frontman

Considering it’s a rarity comparable with hen’s teeth, it’s nice to be able to talk about a living HIV pop icon for a change and although Andy Bell may not be so recognisable as in the hit years of the 80’s, he’s still going strong and working hard performing to full houses. Despite two hip replacements (thanks to a disease called avascular necrosis and not HIV) which stopped him from ‘pogoing’ around as he used to do, many gay men will remember the irresistible optimism of the

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