Music

POZ-TO keeps dancing right in to 2014

published: October, 14, 2013 Categories // DJ Relentless, Events, Music, Living with HIV

Here’s the schedule of POZ-TO dance parties to be held at Crews and Tangos in Toronto in the coming months. Mark your calendars!

POZ-TO keeps dancing right in to 2014

Relentlessly speaking about music – October 2013 edition

published: October, 06, 2013 Categories // DJ Relentless, Music, Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless on what happened in the music world this last summer - and what’s new this fall

Relentlessly  speaking about music – October 2013 edition

It was a long hot summer. Many were anticipating fall for all the new recordings by their favorites. Folks like Lady GaGa, Katy Perry and Cher were waiting to kick off their promotional tricks to get noticed. No one could have predicted that Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" would break the record for being on top of Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop Charts. It officially holds the record for being on top of the charts the longest.  But I guess we need to talk about the elephant in the room. Of cours

On October 6 POZ-TO moves to Crews & Tangos

published: September, 30, 2013 Categories // DJ Relentless, Events, Music, Living with HIV

DJ Relentless with news of the next POZ-TO dance party – and it’s in a new location. Mark your calendars!

On October 6 POZ-TO moves to Crews & Tangos

One of my favorite Expose songs from the late 80's is "Seasons Change" which is exactly what is happening for the POZ-TO event. The seasons are changing and POZ-TO is changing venues! Starting October 6th, 2013, POZ-TO will be debuting on the first Sunday of each month at CREWS & TANGOS (508 Church Street, Toronto), right in the heart of Toronto's Village!  We are looking forward to this move. I have always wanted to reach a younger demographic to educate about what Toronto PWA Foundatio

With my heel on the banana peel towards 50

published: August, 17, 2013 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

August 17 is the birthday of DJ Relentless (happy birthday, Alphonso!) and he takes the opportunity to look back on a life, half of it HIV-positive, well lived

With my heel on the banana peel towards 50

There was a time when I could not even conceive reaching the age of 46. I remember when I turned 18 and the age of 30 seemed like a million years away. I can remember thinking that 30 was ancient. I was diagnosed  HIV+ at the age of 23. I immediately thought that I would never see 30. So by the time I  reached  30 I was amazed that I was still alive. I was living in New York City, in a serious relationship and my lover at that time took me home to meet his parents in Santa Rosa, California

POZ-TO August edition

published: July, 31, 2013 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Music, Living with HIV

DJ Relentless with news of the next Toronto dance party for poz people and their friends and allies on August 4. Mark your calendars!

POZ-TO August edition

We are all ready for the next POZ-TO Monthly Dance Party on Sunday August 4th! This month we will be raising money for PWA and Latino Positivos. And we have a great line up for you! First we have Toronto's DJ Marco da Vinci (from WEPA! Noche Latina) doing a special guest spot spinning Latin infused House from 8 PM to 10 PM. And then at 10 PM drag legend, Charo Batista will take the stage for a special performance.  Of course, I will be there to close out the night with my mix of House, Pop,

“Homophobia in Country Music” part two. Is Steve Grand the changer?

published: July, 19, 2013 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Music, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on the phenomenon that is gay country singer Steve Grand and whether he will change the face of country music in America.

“Homophobia in Country Music” part two. Is Steve Grand the changer?

When I first saw the Steve Grand video All-American Boy (see below) I thought it was good and posted it on the PositiveLite.com Facebook page. I figured it would get shared and I would be done with it. Then I watched how the video was taking off on YouTube. When I saw what everyone was saying about it, I felt compelled to chime in. My thinking is, with all the changes in the United States on equality and same sex marriage, will this video change the country music industry? His name is Steve G

Flashback: Diana Ross in Central Park

published: July, 03, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Music, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

From TheBody.com, a spectacular video of Diana Ross performing in the rain in Central Park in 1983 brings back memories of the dawn of AIDS in America.

Flashback: Diana Ross in Central Park

This article by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. first appeared on TheBody.com here.   She arrived on the stage covered in colorful braids amid stylized African dancers. Drums played exotic rhythms as she unveiled herself before 800,000 people -- the largest in the history of Central Park. Dressed in a glittering orange suit with billowing fabric, Diana Ross welcomed the cheering masses as an ominous summer storm darkened the sky. She created a magic spell with song and, at one point, implore

POZ-TO Pride Edition

published: June, 26, 2013 Categories // Community Events, Pride, DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Music, Living with HIV

DJ Relentless with news of the next Toronto dance party for poz people and their friends and allies on July 7. Mark your calendars!

POZ-TO Pride Edition

It’s almost time for the next POZ-TO event and this time it is our PRIDE EDITION! When I was putting the party together, I thought to myself.....who would I like to invite to be our entertainment this time? Then I thought....it would be so great if I could get my good friends Jennifer Walls and Troy Jackson to come in. I know that it’s busy during Pride for all us who entertain, so I was totally prepared for them to say “no”. But luckily for me, they said “yes”!  So I sat down wi

Relentlessly speaking about music – May 2013 edition

published: May, 29, 2013 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless on what’s hot and what’s not this month, musically speaking.

Relentlessly speaking about music – May 2013 edition

Finally spring is here and there is hope for a wonderful summer. Everyone is buzzing over what will be the summer anthem this year. Many are speculating that Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" with Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers is the perfect candidate. I love this track! The original version is about 116 BPM and it's nice to see dance music take a swing back down in speed. It was getting kinda crazy with everything up around 130 BPM's. But of course the remixes by eSQUIRE and Laurent Schark are

Thirteen reasons why I made ‘The Key’

published: May, 13, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, As Prevention , Gay Men, Movies, Health, Music, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Guest Magpie Suddenly made a music video supporting negative guys taking PrEP to prevent HIV, with a powerful message about stigma: “Taking Truvada as PrEP doesn’t make someone a whore.” Here is the video and Magpie’s explanation of why he made it.

Thirteen reasons why I made ‘The Key’

1.  Because I was possessed by a demon.  And because I was pregnant for 22 months with its child.  That’s why I made ‘THE KEY.’  2.  Last week, a young friend of mine started PrEP.   He's 24 and heard about it online, has good health insurance, so has it covered.  He told me the news as we were catching up after a recent sex party we were at together.  His news shocked me. And not because he started PrEP.  The shocking part was that none of his peers believed him when h

Six months of POZ-TO

published: May, 01, 2013 Categories // DJ Relentless, Community Events, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Music, Living with HIV

DJ Relentless announces the next dance party in Toronto for poz folks and their allies. It’s May 5. AND there’s a free megamix download here to boot.

Six months of POZ-TO

On May 5th, we will be celebrating six months of the POZ-TO Monthly Dance Parties. We are proud to say that each month has been getting better and better. It is so great to see everyone enjoying themselves and socializing. This is exactly what I was going for - a safe space where the HIV+ community can come and just let their hair down. No worries about having to disclose, because the conversation has already been started. And although we open the doors for the POZ Community, we also welcome

Relentlessly speaking about music, April 2013 edition

published: April, 10, 2013 Categories // DJ Relentless, Music

DJ Relentless reviews the latest tracks that have caught his ear.

Relentlessly speaking about music, April 2013 edition

I haven't written any music reviews lately. Probably because I'm not understanding what the hell is being released these days. I mean….there's plenty of new releases, but I'm not sure these tracks are worthy of seeing the light of day.  Okay….let's start with Beyonce's "Bow Down (I Been On)". With lyrics like "Bow down bitches", it's not hard to understand why the gals on "The Talk" were discussing Beyonce's claims of being a "modern day feminist". I guess this would be her equivalent of

Quiet moments

published: April, 02, 2013 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, DJ Relentless, Gay Men, Music, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless lives a life full of loudness, which is why he penned this appreciation for the quieter moments in life.

Quiet moments

I decided to submit this blog because I am sure there are plenty of you out there who have a friend like this. Someone who can't hear because they are so busy talking….  It's about 3:15 AM on March 25th, 2013. I am scheduled to go back to Toronto today. I am so looking forward to holding my husband when I get home. It's been an interesting trip to NYC. A lot of my friends are going through a lot of personal drama....from health issues to relationship problems. But one in particular was ta

Hey there, Charlie Boyes

published: March, 27, 2013 Categories // DJ Relentless, Community Events, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Events, Music, Living with HIV

Alphonso King Jr aka DJ Relentless talks to Charlie Boyes aka Jenna Syde about her upcoming performance at POZ-To, the next dance part for poz guys happening in Toronto April 7

Hey there, Charlie Boyes

Alphonso:  First, I'd like to thank you for being our model and entertainment for April 7th. Most folks only know you as your stage persona, Jenna Syde. But the "Average Joe" doesn't know that it is Charlie Boyes behind it. How long have you been performing? Charlie Boyes: I have been performing as Jenna Syde for almost 6 years...but the character really stemmed from my old ClubKid/Goth days when i would dress up and wear elaborate make-up to various Fetish events around T.O. including the m

Big Apple dreams of success

published: February, 28, 2013 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music

DJ Relentless and the reality of NYC life.

Big Apple dreams of success

Lately I have been getting inquiries about what it's like to live in New York City. Many of my acquaintances  and friends in the arts here in Toronto are all falling in love with the idea of moving to the Big Apple. I try to tell them that New York is magical and it will definitely cast a spell on you with all of it's legends and tales of success and stardom, but all that glitters isn't gold. I remember my first trip to New York City. It was in late September of 1990. I was there to audition

<<  1 2 3 [45 6 7 8  >>