Music

The Frankie Knuckles experience

published: April, 10, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Music, Living with HIV, Population Specific

DJ Relentless says “By now you have already heard that the world has lost the man they called "The Godfather of House”, Mr. Frankie Knuckles.”

The Frankie Knuckles experience

I wish that I had a story of how I got to share the booth with him, how he gave me advice and encouraged me to continue as a DJ, but I don't. The closes I ever came to him was showing up early at Soundfactory Bar on West 21st Street one Friday back in 1993. I was still new to The Big Apple and did not know that the club people didn't go out until after midnight. So, there were probably five orsix6 people who arrived early like me. I was in heaven because I was about to experience one of the m

Relentlessly speaking about music

published: March, 26, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, Gay Men, Music, Living with HIV, Population Specific

DJ Relentless on the music he is loving – and not – right now

Relentlessly speaking about music

I know, I know…..I have taken me a while to get back to writing about what's going on in the music industry from a DJ's point of view. There's so much too talk about that I barely know where to begin. But I guess I should start with a track that I am loving' right now.  Over the years I have worked with many DJs, producers and artists and I always love to watch someone blossom into a creative force. One such person is a young DJ that I had the pleasure to  watch get his start in NYC. I am

Toronto dance parties

published: March, 23, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, Events, Music

DJ Relentless with news of upcoming dance parties that benefit Toronto PWA Foundation including the next POZ-TO party April 6.

Toronto dance parties

HIV Pop Music Icons: (3) Klaus Nomi: A Masked Genius

published: February, 24, 2014 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Music, Living with HIV, Media

Dave R: “Undeservedly not universally well-known; Klaus Nomi was an original performer who defied being labelled. He was set to take the New York pop culture world by storm until AIDS cut his life and career cruelly short”

HIV Pop Music Icons:  (3) Klaus Nomi: A Masked Genius

 “A Man Without Makeup Is Like A Cake Without Icing”. It’s dangerous to call an artist an ‘original’ when as Shakespeare said, ‘there’s nothing new under the sun’ and even more dangerous to apply that term to pop music and pop culture, especially these days, when the blandest of the bland are being lauded as heroes, icons, and other superlatives. It seemed easier in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, when music was still searching out its limits and when eccentrics and outrageous

Ukulele baby

published: February, 06, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Music, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Poz ukulele player and guest writer Terry J. Groom is taking to the streets – and the recording studio - to combat HIV stigma.

Ukulele baby

My name is Terry J. Groom. I began my career in 2011 and have since gone from obscurity to becoming one of Canada's best-known Ukulele Street Performers. I am HIV-positive. This year I am embarking on an 'END HIV STIGMA Campaign' and I have released a music video to kick it off. The video features facts about HIV Stigma and offers coping strategies to those who are being affected by HIV Stigma. The video appears below. Being an HIV+ individual has had its many challenges. I have come arou

Sylvester: Don’t Call Me A Drag Queen, I’m Sylvester Bitch!. HIV Pop Music Icons: (2)

published: February, 03, 2014 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Sylvester was a larger than life, self-created disco phenomenon. He thrust drag performance into mainstream faces and apologised for none of it. His death from AIDS cut short a talent that may well have survived the death of disco itself.

 Sylvester: Don’t Call Me A Drag Queen, I’m Sylvester Bitch!. HIV Pop Music Icons:  (2)

“An androgynous, cross-dressing, openly gay, African American, falsetto-singing, unapologetically flaming man-diva influenced primarily by church women, black blues singers, drag queens, hippies, and homos… Sylvester rode his marginality right into the mainstream: a star not despite the boundaries of race, gender, and sexuality he eagerly crossed but because of them.” Joshua Gamson, ‘The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, The Music, The Seventies in San Francisco’. I can close my eyes

DJ Relentless expands his fundraising

published: January, 31, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, Activism, Events, Music, Living with HIV

Our resident DJ writer is finding new ways to help Toronto PWA Foundation, starting in February

DJ Relentless expands his fundraising

2014 is off to a great start! I have decided to take my fundraising up a notch. Of course POZ-TO 15 is happening on February 2nd (Sunday), but I am also proud to announce that there will be two more dance parties that you can help Toronto's People With AIDS Foundation happening this upcoming month as well.  On February 15th (Saturday), I will be spinning for WAYLA's "NYC 90s" event with your hostess Scarlett BoBo as we treat you to a night out in The Big Apple during the 1990's. If you stop

Freddie Mercury: Forty Five Years A Charisma Queen HIV Pop Music Icons: (1)

published: January, 23, 2014 Categories // Gay Men, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Dave R: Freddie Mercury’s death was a shock to many but a surprise to few gay fans. Despite his eccentricity, hedonism and rock god, high camp; his huge talent meant that he was genuinely mourned as the loss of a national treasure.

Freddie Mercury: Forty Five Years A Charisma Queen HIV Pop Music Icons:  (1)

“I’m just a musical prostitute my dear.” Freddie Mercury If you’re aged between 25 and 65, there’s not much you don’t know about Freddie Mercury and Queen. He and the group must be one of the most written about pop phenomena ever, so writing a sort of biopic of the man as a pop artist, or the band he fronted, or his career, would be going over so much old ground, you could just as easily go to Wikipedia for the same information. So this article is going to try to concentrate on

2013 Rewind

published: January, 01, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Music, Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless talks music, politics, life and the future

2013 Rewind

What can I say about the year that gave us "twerking" and the "Gay Lumberjack meets Hillbilly Chic" beard? The year that blatant abuse of power with a side order of racism and homophobia was the order of the day. Where pop divas battled for the top of the charts, but were side swiped by a smarter girl from Houston. Yes, 2013 was a quite a year in news and for me personally. It seems like every year Reality TV gets more and more out of control. We went from a sassy toddler beauty pageant cont

Merry Christmas Exclamation Point

published: December, 25, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Music, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Christmas for the jaded? A video from comedian/musician Jon Lajoie may bring out a smile for the season

Merry Christmas Exclamation Point

Tired of Christmas already.  Feel it’s a bit – well, insincere? Asking yourself why send presents when a text would do the job? Well this one’s for you. Thirty-three year old Jon Lajoie aka MC Vagina is a Canadian comedian, actor, rapper, singer, musician and Internet celebrity from Montreal, Quebec.  He gained fame mostly from his YouTube channel, "jonlajoie," posting comedic original songs, as well as his role as Taco MacArthur on the FX comedy series The League. “Merry Christmas

In the storm we’ve learned how to dance

published: December, 22, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Youth, Performances, International , Music, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

A powerful allegory from Zimbabwe: a joyous video that speaks to strength and survival of children and adolescents in the face of HIV, told by a crack team of Zimbabwean musicians

In the storm we’ve learned how to dance

“I want you to know that we’re just kids, even though we were born with HIV, pre-natal, virgin contraction, the first of a fighting generation, we fight against AIDS and discrimination. We’re God made, put here for a reason, it’s time to change and now’s the season. Yes we’re special, but we’re no different. In the storm we’ve learnt how to dance.” From Aficaid:  "How to Dance" has been produced by HIV positive children and adolescents from Africaid's Zvandiri programme in

Meeting Liberace

published: December, 13, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Music, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest writer Kenn Chaplin recalls the time he met Liberace, the closeted gay performer with AIDS who was the subject of the recent TV movie Behind the Candelabra

Meeting Liberace

This article previously appeared on Kenn’s own blog here. With only the most scant help from Google I have been trying to remember more about my personal, professional meeting with Liberace (“Please, call me Lee.”) It was some time in the mid-1980s, while I was working at a St. Catharines, Ontario radio station, when the subject of last night’s premiere of Behind the Candelabra was making one of his periodic appearances at Melody Fair Theater on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Tonawanda,

White is the new black

published: November, 20, 2013 Categories // DJ Relentless, Music, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless says "it seems that the new thing in music is the return of the white artist who does black music.”

White is the new black

As we get further into the heart of the music industry's big season, there have been some major developments. I've said it before and I'll say it again….."There is nothing new in music. History is destined to repeat itself." It seems that the new thing in music is the return of the white artist who does black music. Oh, we've seen glimmers of it over the past couple of decades. Artists like Vanilla Ice, Snow, Jeremy Jordan, Jon B, Joradn Hill, Teena Marie, Pink, Rita Ora, Anastacia, Fergie,

POZ-TO's first year anniversary is December 1st, 2013. Come celebrate

published: November, 13, 2013 Categories // Community Events, DJ Relentless, Fundraisers, Events, Music, Living with HIV

DJ Relentless says mark your calendars and come down to POZ-TO’s Red Ball at Crews and Tangos where some unsung heroes of the Toronto HIV community will also be honoured.

POZ-TO's first year anniversary is December 1st, 2013. Come celebrate

It's hard to believe that on December 1st, the POZ-TO Dance Party will be celebrating its first year. I wanted to do something special and after several meetings and lots of planning, Crews & Tangos in association with Relentless Entertainment are proud to bring you "The Red Ball" where patrons are encouraged to wear red and support this event that will be a fundraiser for Toronto's People With AIDS Foundation. There will be no cover, but a suggested $3 donation at the door. There will b

The loss of a good friend

published: October, 22, 2013 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Music, Living with HIV, Population Specific

DJ Relentless on his late friend DJ Rick West. “What I do know is that Rick West was a very loving person and a really good friend to me in some of my formative years. His patience and guidance help develop me into the DJ that I am today

The loss of a good friend

On September 29th, while reading some posts on Facebook I learned  that my best friend from 1986 was no longer with us. I am still trying to wrap my head around the death of my friend, Rick West. It's funny how life moves you in different directions. And try as we may, you cannot escape your origins. I grew up in Tampa, Florida. All my life I dreamed of living in a big city. I knew that one day I would find my way to New York City. As an art student at Hillsborough Community College, I would

<<  1 2 [34 5 6 7  >>