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You’re incredible weekend retreat awaits at Predator Ridge

Predator Ridge Golf Resort, Vernon, BC

Spring is here! That means it’s the perfect time to get away on your first road trip of the season. While there are plenty of choices, if you really want the perfect all-boys, all-girls, or a romantic weekend for two, Predator Ridge Golf Resort in the beautiful Thompson Okanagan is easily the top pick of where you want to go.

Predator Ridge Golf Resort, Vernon, BC

Don’t let the name fool you. Yes, Predator Ridge Golf Resort is a world-class golf resort that has hosted many prestigious golf tournaments and they have a number of A-list golf pro’s on staff; however, it is one of the best hidden gem vacation destinations you could ever imagine.

Predator Ridge Golf Resort, Vernon, BC

As you arrive, you will instantly be in awe and think you’re in a fantasy dream of perfection. An impeccably manicured golf course, with luscious green grass, peaceful ponds, and aromatic pine trees span acre after acre. Wood frame, craftsman style homes are carefully and strategically located throughout the resort, with the flagship lodge and clubhouse front and centre. Every turn, and every angle, is a picture perfect postcard photo opportunity.

Predator Ridge Golf Resort, Vernon, BC

For couples looking for a romantic weekend, staying at The Lodge is the best choice. The contemporary rooms are tastefully decorated in a modern country-rustic theme, with warm, rich wood floors and trim, slate and ceramic tiles, and a myriad of welcoming fabrics. The beds are soft, with duvets and pillows that make it feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud. The bathroom has a glass shower, but also a very sexy and romantic jacuzzi for two. The living room has a large, LCD TV, complete with TELUS Optik TV and surround sound, in case you want to spend the night on the couch cuddling to a good movie.

Predator Ridge Golf Resort, Vernon, BC

During the day there are plenty of activities. There are marked hiking paths that go up into the hills with spectacular views of nearby Kalamalka Lake, a fitness centre with state-of-the-art weigh and cardio machines that will keep a serious gym rat happy for the weekend, and nearby Sparkling Hill Resort if a spa treatment is in order. If you love being up-close with nature, then you are in luck! Wildlife sightings at Predator Ridge are a regular occurrence; from hawks to whitetail deer, you should have your camera with you all the time.

Predator Ridge Golf Resort, Vernon, BC

Foodies will be delighted too! Recently, Predator Ridge has taken the 100-Mile diet very seriously. In fact, they have even brought aboard a new chef, just to prove their commitment to locally sourced ingredients. This year there is a whole new menu available. From early morning breakfast, through to evening share-plates, the kitchen at the clubhouse pumps out an impressive menu. This is a fantastic change, especially for people who appreciate eating local and who have specific dietary requirements when on vacation. Eating locally become an important part of decision making for travellers, and Predator Ridge has stepped up to the plate, and really delivered, working with local farmers and suppliers.

Predator Ridge Golf Resort, Vernon, BC

Bottom line, Predator Ridge is one of the most beautiful and undiscovered vacation destinations in British Columbia. It’s located about a 10 minute drive from Vernon, BC, which is easily within driving distance of Vancouver. Unlike other resort destinations, Predator Ridge is affordable luxury that will exceed every expectation. From course-side accommodation with birds chirping every morning, to an evening cocktail on the patio listening to the frogs and crickets, you won’t find anything more peaceful, tranquil or fun, for an incredible weekend getaway.


Working in porn isn’t exactly the dream job you’d imagine it to be

Gay porn actor Eli Lewis

Gay porn actor, Eli LewisAt first thought, being a porn start sounds like it would be an incredible job. You get paid to have sex with really hot guys! Ok, in a perfect world, that is true. The reality is, working in adult entertainment is tough. There are a lot of things you have no idea that you need to know about. It’s not like there’s an accredited Porn University that you go to in order to develop your skills before you launch into your career. Much of it you have to figure out on your own, through first hand experiences, and talking to other models and agents. Eli Lewis, a sexy new pocket Gaysian porn actor, had to do a lot of learning on the fly since he starting working in the industry about a year ago.

“One thing I wish I knew before I started working in porn is how to effectively and efficiently clean out like a professional bottom,” said Eli Lewis. “I was doing just fine for myself in my personal life, but learning certain tricks of the trade from douching, to longer erections, and harder, better, faster, and stronger cum shots are something I wish I had learned earlier so I had more time to practice those skills.”

Guys who are going to work in porn bottoming need to understand the importance of diet. Each person’s body metabolizes at a different rate. What might work for one person to prepare might not work for another. However, as Eli explains, there are some tried and true industry secrets anyone can use.

“The two things that work are anti-diarrheal medication and a fleet enema,” said Eli Lewis. “It may seem counterintuitive to use an anti-diarrheal medication, such as Imodium, when you want to clean out, but it reduces the amount of fluid in your bowels to allow for a more efficient flush. For douching, you can use anything from a classic Fleet enema found at your local convenience store, to shower attachment kit.”

If you hate having your picture taken for family events or with groups of friends, you’re probably not going to make it in adult entertainment. Remember, everything is photographed and filmed. Some basic modeling skills are essential for anyone wanting to work in the porn industry.

“I think my one regret, if I were to have any, would be not finding my lighting, angles, and positioning sooner,” said Eli Lewis. “That would have saved me from some awkward still and glamour shots when I first started filming. I also still don’t know how to smile seductively with my eyes, or, as Tyra Banks refers to it, smize.”

While working a regular 9-5 job day-in and day-out, week after week, might exhaust you, you’d be surprise at how hard it is to put in a full day on set filming.

“One thing I find particularly challenging are the unexpectedly long hours, especially if a scene isn’t going as smoothly as we had hoped or expected,” explains Eli Lewis. “A lot of work goes into the production of one scene, and, not to burst anyone’s fantastical bubble of performers constantly going at it on and off camera, holding a certain position for long periods of time, while flexing every muscle in your body, and maintaining and erection, while still being in the moment is all very difficult. Having hot sex with gorgeous men is rough work, people!”

See, working in adult entertainment is not everything it’s cracked up to be. Granted, it can be pretty hot to watch. Now you’ll just have better appreciation for the good work and sacrifices these guys make, just so you can have your fantasies fulfilled.


Chicago Pride at a whole new level: Neverland Pride

Neverland Pride Chicago

http://www.homoculture.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Neverland-Pride-Chicago1.jpgSeattle Pride, New York Pride, Toronto Pride, Chicago Pride… where will you be to celebrate pride the last weekend in June? If you are heading to Chicago, you’re in luck! Neverland Pride returns, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday June 28, with big line-up of fantastic events including world-class DJ’s, performers, and extravaganzas.

“Neverland is a tribute to big imagination,” says founder and creative director of Neverland, Anthony DiFiore. “We’re taking Chicago Pride to a whole new level. This is the first year in recent history that the city will host three big pride dance parties.”

Neverland Pride kicks off on Saturday, June 27 with a pool party in Boystown. Hosted at a two-story venue with a huge outdoor patio, the producers are bringing in a special sound system just for the event. Having recently headlined at the poolside event at White Party Palm Springs, DJ Joshua D (Los Angeles), will be making this one wet and wild party.

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The main event is Saturday night at Metro for Bougie Ball. The Two-story concert hall is one of the best stages in Chicago. Hosted by Kim Chi, guests are encouraged to dress to impress. There will be a live performance bye Sasha Colby and DJ / producers Alex Acosta and Alexander will be spinning from 11:00pm – 5:00am.

“Today’s Neverland is like a Studio 54-style party,” said Anthony DiFiore. “This year’s Bougie Ball will be our biggest production ever, with over-the-top theatrics. We aim to put Chicago Pride on the map with this one.”

The weekend will wrap-up with the Sunday night closing party at Mid. Said to have the best sound system in Chicago, both Tiesto and Calvin Harris spin at Mid when they come to the windy city. DJ Ivan Gomez (Spain) will be spinning from 11:00pm – 4:00am. Queen Bee Ho (Puerto Rico), will be putting on special live erotic performances throughout the night.

Tickets for Neverland Pride in Chicago are on sale now. Weekend passes for all three events are $85 (a $50 savings).


Lemon drop martini [Contest]

Stoli Elit Vodka Lemon Drop Martini

Relax and enjoy a refreshing Stoli Elit lemon drop martini.

  • 1 oz Stoli Elit Vodka
  • 1 oz Limoncello
  • 2-3 Basil Leaves
  • ½ oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon

Mix Stoli Elit Vodka, limoncello, basil and lemon juice in a martini glass half filled with ice. Shake hard for 20 seconds, until the shaker begins to frost. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a slice of lemon and basil.

Contest:

Stoli Pride prize packageEnter now for a chance to win a Stoli bartender appreciation kit, a Stoli Pride bar mat, and two Stoli Pride t-shirts. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post on what pride event(s) you’ll be attending this year.

For an additional entry, once you have left a comment on this blog post, tweet the following:

Happy Pride! I just entered for a chance to win a @StoliCan prize package from @br_webb. http://bit.ly/1HoJv5F #WinStoliPride

Contest closes at 5:00pm PST, Friday, May 29, 2015. One random drawn winner will be announced on this blog post on or before Monday, June 1, 2015. Read the complete contest rules.


The ultimate guide to fabulous summer fashion

Fabulous Summer Fashion

Summer is just around the corner. It’s time to start digging through the closets and drawers to find the clothes you packed away for the winter. It’s also a good time to take inventory to make sure you have the right pieces, to make sure you make a fabulous summer fashion statement, and not a fashion faux-pas.

If you’re hitting up pride events, festivals, concerts, circuit parties, boat parties, and other fun summer events, you’ll need some of these fantastic pieces in your wardrobe arsenal:

  1. Tank tops: The ultimate in gay fashion. Every gay man needs at least a half a dozen or more tank tops in the closet, ready to go at any time. They’re the perfect top to show off a bit of arm. Plus it’s easy to whip off and tuck into your shorts, when the time is right, of course.
  2. Sunglasses: While many events give away free plastic sunglasses, which are perfectly acceptable to fit in for that particular event, it’s not cool to wear them afterwards. Get yourself a good quality pair of sunglasses; a pair that compliment the shape of your face and your fashion style.
  3. Flip flops: Summer wouldn’t be complete without a great pair, or a couple of pairs, of flip flops. Whether you’re at the beach, the pool, or hanging out at your friends backyard barbeque, flip flops are super casual.
  4. Cotton shorts: A good pair of cotton shorts are aways in order, especially at family dinners, afternoons at the park, and doing errands around town. They should hit just about the knee. A quality pair will help make your ass pop! Remember to wear a belt too.
  5. Short shorts: Yes! Every man needs a pair of short shorts. They hit towards the top of the thigh; so don’t forget legs day at the gym guys. You’ll want to have a fresh, colourful pair for outdoor concerts, parades, and Sunday Funday’s with the boys.
  6. Boat shoes: The perfect footwear for any party or event, boat shoes can be dressed up or down. Boat shoes work perfectly with everything from white pants to khaki shorts, to blue jeans.
  7. Sheer shirts: If you don’t quite have a sculpted six pack to show off, but you’ve cut the carbs from your diet and been hitting the gym 5 days a week for the past couple of months, but still aren’t quite there, throw on a sheer shirt. It’s a nice, subtle way to show off your body and lets others appreciate your hard work.
  8. European swimwear: Ok, let’s not beat around the bush here; every guy needs to own a skimpy pair of swimwear. Whether it’s a Speedo, square-cut or trunks, it’s a must-have, especially for pool parties and days at the beach.
  9. Underwear: 3-pack briefs aren’t ever acceptable in any gay man’s wardrobe. Invest sexy underwear. You never want to be caught in a situation where you’re wearing old, tattered underwear. Shedding clothes at a party and hook-ups can happen unexpectedly. Plus a good pair of underwear can double as a pair of swimwear, in a pinch, of course.


When it comes to wine, pink is in this summer.

Neither red nor white in colour, the Rosé wine is seriously pink. The word “Rosé” is not just a fancy, elegant term to describe a wine that is in some hue of pink, but it’s production method and flavour profile are quite different from red and white wine.

Although commonly made from red grape varietals (i.e. Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon), a Rosé wine is sometime made from a white grape varietal (i.e. Chardonnay) and don’t end up in a red colour because they have very brief skin contact. The shorter the skin contact, the lighter the colour of the wine. Skin contact on Rosé wines are anywhere from 12 to 24 hours, compared to days or weeks in red wine. This brief skin contact makes the wine less tannic and often chilled to drink like white wines.

3913b37e-d0f3-4ff9-a880-6e85e4308559So what’s the flavour profile of Rosé wines?

Refreshing and extremely food-friendly, the Rosé is a favourite for wine lovers during spring and summer seasons. Rosé wines tend to have more subtle flavours and are much less tannic than red wines. Common flavours are red fruity notes, including strawberry, cherry and raspberry. The light body and delicate flavours makes it versatile with many food pairings. From picnic food including egg salad and ham sandwich to a plate of french fries or sirloin steak, the Rosé makes a great wine partner.

Origin of Rosé?

Provence, located on the South-Eastern region of France, is the oldest French wine region with Rosé as the oldest known varietal within this region. Since Rosé is a delicate wine and one of the most difficult to produce with success, the long-established traditions and winemaking skills continue to make this region an exceptional Rosé producer. Rosés from Provence are fresh, delicious and affordable for consumers.

If you’re looking to taste some Rosé wines, a good event to attend is FREE Provence Rosé – Wine for the Art of Living tasting event at 39th & Cambie BC Liquor Store (Vancouver, British Columbia) on June 6th from 2pm to 6pm. It’s open to the public and you’ll be able to taste which hue of pink you like the most!

Of course, if you’re looking to taste some BC flavours of Rosé wines, here are a few great selections to try:

  • Blue Grouse 2013 Quill Rosé – There is a stiff backbone of rhubarb like acidity balanced with a soft strawberry undercurrent. Enjoy with smoked or grilled salmon, cheeses, quiche or soufflés.
  • Haywire 2013 Gamay Noir Rosé – Fermented and aged in concrete tanks, this is a wine that is bright and fresh with lifted raspberry, rhubarb, and delicate floral notes. A richly textured mouthfeel is balanced by refreshing acidity and a slight tannic structure from the skin contact. Best paired with fresh crab, cured meats, fresh oysters and salty cheeses.
  • Summerhill Cipes Rosé – Award-winning sparkling wine made with organic grapes. This wine is 100% Pinot Noir cuvee grown at multiple vineyard locations around the Okanagan Valley that were planted and are maintained specifically for sparkling wine production to express a crisp, bright style. Notes of raspberry, strawberry, kiwi, blood orange, vanilla, almond, and white toast. Best paired with salmon, grilled chicken, roast turkey, or with a picnic sandwich.
  • Serendipity Rosé- Notes of strawberry, rhubarb and raspberry sorbet greet the nose, with flavours of kiwi, dragonfruit and pomegranate on the palate. The dryness and wide variety of grapes make this an extraordinarily food friendly wine, pairing nicely with a wide range of flavour profiles.

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Okanagan Crush Pad is the first in Canada to extensively use concrete tanks, and wines that are fermented and aged in concrete carry the Raised in Concrete™ designation. Taste the difference of concrete tanks at Okanagan Crush Pad this summer.


Theo Ford’s advice for having the perfect porn star body this summer

Gay porn actor Theo Ford Summer and Pride season are just around the corner. Every gay man who gives a fuck has renewed his gym membership, is paying attention to every carb, vegetable and ounce of protein, and is shopping like crazy for the perfect summer wardrobe. The goal: to have a the best summer body of your life! But then hopes and dreams get dashed when a photo of a porn actor splashes across his Facebook feed, and he begins to wonder, how do they do it?

There is an expectation that most gay porn actors have perfectly sculpted bodies. For most of these guys, it takes years of dedication. It doesn’t happen over night. Gay porn actor, Theo Ford, knows first hand.

“Working out is the main thing for my job, I need to stay fit,” said Theo Ford. “I don’t inject steroids or do any drugs to get bigger muscles. I don’t have the most incredible body, but it’s my own body and I work on it every day. I go to the gym every day.”

Keeping up with the gym and working out can be incredible hard for porn actors because of their aggressive travel schedule to get to each of their shoots. Higher profile porn actors, like Theo Ford, are constantly in different cities, states, and countries each week. It is hard for them to maintain a regular gym routine. They know they have to get to the gym as much and as often as they can, no matter how tired they are, and no matter where in the world they are.

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“Healthy eating is important,” adds Theo Ford. “What you eat is more important than working out. I like to eat and drink. I eat a lot of protein and vegetables, nothing deep-fried. If you can cut the sugar and fatty foods, you’re halfway there.”

When it comes to maintaining a healthy body, 70% of it comes from diet and only 30% from working out.

You begin to wonder, how is it that porn actors, like Theo Ford, who are frequently at night clubs and events, and are able to drink as much as they want and not gain weight, yet when you do it, you put on five pounds.

“It’s the mixes, the juices and the Coke you put in,” said Theo Ford. “I try to keep it very simple. Vodka and pineapple or orange juice. Sometimes I have a Red Bull and vodka. It really is the mixers.”

Also be careful around drinks like beer, which is high in carbs, or rum, whisky, and bourbon, which are high in sugar. Sticking to spirits like vodka and gin are a good start. Using club soda as a mixer is a great way to get a zero calorie mix, and still add the bubbles. Adding some fresh squeezed lime, lemon or orange juice will give it a refreshing taste too.

Theo Ford’s favourite cocktail is a Bloody Mary. “I believe that tomato is food for the body, and vodka is food for the mind,” said Theo Ford.

You can’t change the look of your body overnight and there’s no special pill you can take to melt the fat away and make you have incredible muscles. You need to be focused, committed and dedicated. You can do this!


Your daily blue: take your Truvada every day

Truvada as PrEP

If you haven’t heard it by now (perhaps you were no a trip to Antarctica), there’s a pill called Truvada that prevents you from contracting HIV. It is known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). There’s one small catch though – you’ve got to take it. Referring to the pill, not cock, though you should take that too. And you’ve got to take it every day, at least while you consider yourself at risk of getting HIV.

Some people, no names Michael Weinstein, think that gay guys are too irresponsible to manage to down that load, I mean pill, every day. Gay men have been living with the trauma of the HIV epidemic for over 30 years. They can and they will take a pill to prevent infection. But yes, adhering to it can be difficult for some so here are some tips to help you take it each and every day for the foreseeable future.

Short term – routine

Fortunately, Truvada is not a very sensitive drug. You can take it at a different time each day as long as you’re taking it every day. However, taking it at the same time every day helps you to remember to take it. Set an alarm, or two, or three so that you don’t forget. It also helps if you can time this with something you do absolutely every day. That may be getting brushing your teeth, breakfast, lunch, your 3pm fuck down at the tubs. Work your pill into that routine.

If you’ve got a chaotic life with no routine, there are apps for your phone to remind you to take your meds. Or, if you’re on holiday and your usual routine is out the window, consider a new routine for your vacation and working the pill into that.

It’s also possible that you’ll leave home and forget it or you stay out partying and don’t go home. Carry an extra pill with you at all times (switching it out with a new one at least once a week). You can get pill bottles that attach to your key chain so that you’ve always got one on you.

Medium term – making excuses

So you’ve got a routine but, unfortunately, you’re human and humans tend to rationalize their behaviour. Maybe you’re out drinking with friends, forgot your pill and can’t be bothered to go home to get it. Or maybe you just think, if I skip this dose what harm will it do. Whatever the reason you give yourself, once you start making excuses, you may find yourself missing pills more often.

Write down a list of all the reasons why you decided to start taking the pill in the first place. Type them on a small piece of paper and carry it around in your wallet. Whenever you find yourself coming up with an excuse to miss a pill, take that paper out and remind yourself why you’re taking that pill each day. It may also help to have a punishment for missing a pill, maybe you have to give up sex or chocolate for a month. Okay, that may be an extreme punishment.

Long term – mental health

Gay men are more likely to suffer from poor mental health. This can impact adherence. People with depression or other mental disorders can go through periods where they don’t care about their own health and if you’re in that mindset, you may stop caring about the pill and preventing HIV. It’s times like these that you may expose yourself to unnecessary risks.

Visit a mental health professional regularly – not just when you’re feeling depressed but to help maintain good mental health even when you feel great. If you don’t have the resources or benefits to pay for it, you’d be surprised how many community clinics or gay centres have subsidized or free counselling. Keep your mind as healthy as your body.


Hilary Duff set to release new album: Breathe In. Breathe Out.

Hilary Duff set to release new album: Breathe In. Breathe Out.Multi-platinum selling recording artist and musician, Hilary Duff, is set to make her much anticipated return to music with her latest album, Breathe In. Breathe Out., scheduled to be released on June 16. This is her fifth studio album and her first original material since 2007.

The new Breathe In. Breathe Out. album includes collaborations with songwriters and producers such as Tove Lo, Ed Sheeran, Matthew Koma and Bloodshy. Her fan favourite single, Sparks, is said to be the hit summer song of 2015, which has pushed the songstress to new peaks on the Billboards Social 50 Chart.

Hilary Duff has had a big year, including her return to television on TV Land’s Younger, which has just been picked up for a second season.


Shed your inhibitions at NYC Pride

For a city that never sleeps, there’s always something to do in New York, especially during NYC Pride. In addition to all the fun official NYC Pride events, and the intense Matinee parties, there are many other events going on. If you want to shed your inhibitions, look no further than these two events: Bathhouse and Night of 1000 Queens.

Bathhouse Voss Events NYC PrideBathhouse is a 70’s themed dance party. The special pride edition is the third installment of its hit roving party, The Crystal Palace. Held on Saturday, June 27 at a former Broadway theatre that has been transformed into a 70’s-style raucous and steamy bathhouse, complete with an adult theatre, locker room, live performances, and over thirty men on stage in nothing more than a towel. DJ Tracy Young and W Jeremy will be pumping beats throughout the venue all night long. Also watch for a special live performance by Amanda Lepore.

“In the early 70’s, the bathhouse was a symbol of gay freedom, a place to literally shed one’s inhibitions and secrets,” said Voss Events producer, Brandon Voss. “Nearly fifty years later, we’re aiming to recreate the experience by inviting today’s generation to she their inhibitions, and iPhones, with complimentary towels and clothing check on the third floor.”

Night of 1000 Queens NYC Pride Voss Events

On Sunday, June 28, Night of 1000 Queens will bring the biggest and brightest stars from the hit TV show, RuPaul’s Drag Race. Held at the Liberty Theatre (233 west 41 Street), the doors at the for the show open at 8:00pm. Great ready for a line-up of RuPaul gurls including Ginger Minj, Pearl, Violet Chachki, Courtney Act, Detox, Alyssa Edwards, Sharon Needles, Raja, and Pandora Boxx.

Tickets to both events are available now on the Voss Events website.

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Looking to do more during NYC Pride? Check out these Pride activity suggestions from Go NYC. 


Happy 30th Birthday Stratosphere Hotel!

The view of the Las Vegas strip from the Stratosphere Hotel

It was thirty years ago, on April 30, 1996, the now famous Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas opened its doors for the very first time. A lot has changed since their opening day. Today, the hotel, standing at an impressive 1,149 ft (350.2 m), remains the largest freestanding observation tower in the United States and is a proud flagship hotel on the entrance of the Las Vegas strip.

The rides on top of the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas

The landmark hotel is most famous for its rooftop rides. Many will remember the original rollercoaster, High Roller. The ride was dismantled and removed ten years ago to make make way for a whole new set of incredible including Big Shot, Insanity, SkyJump, and X-Scream.

The view at dusk of the Las Vegas strip from the Stratosphere Hotel

If being outside on the rooftop of a skyscraper isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy some of the best views of the Las Vegas strip, safely, from the Top of the World revolving restaurant and Level 107 lounge.

Catered dinners in the private dining rooms with spectacular views in the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas

And while the Stratosphere Hotel is proudly celebrating it’s big anniversary, you can make your own dreams come true too. At the top of the tower there are two wedding chapels, where nuptials can tie the knot. With Nevada recently recognizing same-sex marriage, gay wedding a becoming super popular. They also have fantastic rooms for fully catered events.

The wedding chapel at the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is one of the easiest cities to get to from anywhere in North America, and the Stratosphere Hotel is ready to welcome you with open arms and warm hospitality! Make your reservation today.


Matinee New York celebrates 5 years during NYC Pride

Matinee NYC

Matinee NYC Pride Celebrating five phenomenal years in North America, Matinee will be hosting an incredible weekend in the Big Apple June 26-28, during New York Pride. There are four major events planned, each one being unique and over-the-top!

“There is no better time to experience the magic of Matinée than during Pride when we bring the world’s biggest party brand to the greatest city on earth,” says Jake Resnicow, Managing Partner of Matinée North America. “This will be our biggest year yet as we celebrate five phenomenal years.”

The weekend kicks off with the Friday Matinee Main Party at the Capitale, one of New York’s more impressive, state-of-the-art and historic arenas. Organizers are flying in staging and other elements, direct from Spain. What’s more, is that for the first time at any gay pride event in the world, attendees will experience the same Pixmob technology that wowed the crowds at the Super Bowl halftime show and the Olympic opening ceremonies. The event will feature international superstar DJ’s including DJ Borris, who is incredibly well known for his 12-hour marathon sets of house music. Joining him is Lydia Sanz and Rico Alexis, who will be kicking off the night.

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On Saturday afternoon the best party to be at is the Saturday Circuit Festival Rooftop Party in the heart of Hells Kitchen. One of the most exclusive rooftops in the neighbourhood will be transformed with a custom light and sound installation. DJ’s Tom Stephan, The O’Halley Brothers, Serving Ovahness, Dawson, and others yet to be announced, will keep the party hopping all afternoon and into the evening. There will be an open bar from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, plus the world’s only 360’ movie booth, like the one see on the red carpet at the Grammys and the Oscars.

If you didn’t get enough, there’s Action Afterhours starting at 5:00am at Mach 8, New Yorks hottest late-night venue, renowned for it’s award-winning sound system. Resident DJ Billy Lace will headline, alongside DJ’s Hannah and SDOT.

The weekend wraps up with an incredible VIP boat cruise. Boarding at 7:30pm, and setting sail at 8:00pm, partygoers will sail off into the sunset passing the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline, dancing to the beats of DJs Tony Moran and Theresa. Before the ship returns at 11:00pm, there will be a very special and explosive surprise!

Tickets for Matinee New York pride events start at just $99.

Looking to do more during NYC Pride? Check out these Pride activity suggestions from Go NYC. 


5 things you should never say on Grindr

Grindr conversationThe title may be misleading, because there is a time and place to say these things on Grindr, but generally speaking, here are a few things you shouldn’t really do when you’re starting a conversation on Grindr.

1) “Sup”: It may sound like the universal greeting on Grindr, but “sup” makes you sound not that bright. At least spring for the “hi there” or “hello”.

2) “Let’s Fuck”: Whoa, whoa, tiger. Let’s start with a greeting first, OK? Yes, that may be why you’re on Grindr, and yes, it’s direct and to the point… but finesse. At least say “hello” (and not “sup”) first.

3) “Wow, your’e really close by”: This one, you can maybe get away with if it’s a big event (“hey, you’re at the soccer match? Me too!”), but if you’re at a bar – or worse – at home? That can be a little creepy.

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4) “OMG, you’re so hot, and I really think we should get together and we can…”: It’s Grindr. You’re not looking for Mr. Right, and even if you are, writing a stranger a long diatribe is going to make them snooze.   You wouldn’t give your life story to a guy at the bar to start off with, so don’t do it here.

5) “Sorry to bug you, but…”: Don’t start off apologizing – especially if you haven’t done anything yet. Just say hi. If he’s interested, he’ll talk. It’s really that easy. And if he doesn’t… there are dozens of other little squares to choose from.


Love Your Muscles

Love Your Muscles

If you’re going to the gym and lifting weights, and not supplementing with protein, you’re not going to have any benefit and you’re just wasting your time. Your body requires protein both before and after a work-out to build and repair muscles. Pre work-out, you need to consume about 10 grams of protein and some carbs. Carbs raise your insulin levels, slowing down the breakdown of protein in your muscles. Most importantly, you won’t be using stored protein for energy. Post work-out you should consume another 15-25 grams of protein to help muscles repair and strengthen faster. For an extra boost, try taking amino acids, like Monster from CytoSport, which give a boost to muscle recovery.

Tasting just like a berry-bursting creamsicle, the Muscle MLK Love Your Muscles cocktail will have both your taste buds and your muscles loving this refreshing, post-workout drink. Plus, there’s a whopping 25 grams of protein in each bottle, so it’s a perfect way to kick-back after a hard workout at the gym.

  • 1 oz Raspberri Stolichnaya Vodka
  • 1 oz Blueberri Stolichnaya Vodka
  • 1 oz Strawberry Puree
  • 2 oz Strawberry Muscle MLK

Fill a shaker half full of ice. Add in Raspberri Stolichnaya Vodka, Blueberri Stolichnaya Vodka, strawberry puree, and Strawberry Muscle MLK. Shake well for 20 seconds, until the outside of the container begins to frost. Pour into a glass half-filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a fresh strawberry or mint. 15


Countdown to Matinee Las Vegas 2015! Are you ready?

Matinee Las Vegas MLV15Matinee Las Vegas MLV15The big countdown is on for Matinee Las Vegas. It’s the biggest circuit party event before the big pride season ramps up in June. Celebrating their five-year anniversary, event organizers are pulling out all the stops to make this one of the hottest events that you won’t want to miss. Here’s the line-up of events to help plan out your weekend of fun.

The weekend kicks off with the Matinee USA debut of Klubberdom. Hosted at Share Nightclub, there will be a giant, custom-built outdoor stage. Beats will be pumping all night long from DJ Lydia Sanz, DJ Grind, and DJ Kidd Madonny, with a special live performance by Jessica Sutta. It’s going to be an epic night of fun.

Grab your sexiest speedos and board shorts. On Saturday afternoon things really heat up as a pair of Australian DJ’s, DJ Dan Slater and DJ Kitty Glitter, hit the decks, poolside at Heat, the Rumor pool party, at the host hotel, The Rumor.

The most anticipated event is Cowabunga. Matinee is taking over America’s newest water part and setting up a giant stage for one amazing event, so you can party under the sun and the moon, all at one event. The water park has 15 slides, four-person raft rides, a VIP hot tub, lazy river and a wave pool. Matinee all-star DJ, Taito Tikaro and New York’s famed DJ, Hector Fonseca, will make this one of the best events of the weekend.

The late-night party continues with the Saturday night after party, Circuit Festival, coming to Matinee Las Vegas for the first time ever. Hosted at Vanity Nightclub inside the Hard Rock Hotel, the hottest guys will be bumping and grinding all night long to music by DJ Phil Romano and DJ contest winner, SDOT. There will be lots of eye candy at this party, including the Circuit Festival dancers from Barcelona.

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Prepared to get soaking wet on Sunday in the sun. The full day of events kicks off at 11am with the PUMP! pool party at the Rumor Hotel. The O’Halley Brothers and DJ Tiago Vibe, all from Brazil, will be laying down fierce tracks. There will be Pump! Underwear giveaways throughout the afternoon.

LaLeche, the main event Sunday night, is the signature Matinee weekend event. Hosted at Rain Nightclub at the Palms Casino Resort, DJ Isaac Escalante, DJ Lydia Sanz, and DJ Dawson will be on the steel-wheels. Be prepared for a hell of a sexy, over-the-top, event that will amaze you.

Who needs to sleep? If you didn’t get enough at LaLeche, the Sunday after hours, from 5am – 11am, is one of the best events of the entire weekend. DJ Billy Lace and DJ Josh Whitaker at Share Nightclub. There will even be a live performance from Alan T.

With the U.S. holiday long weekend, the party continues on Monday with a wrap-up T-Dance at the Rumor Hotel starting at 3pm, featuring DJ Tiago Vibe and DJ Nando.

If you haven’t got your tickets for Matinee Las Vegas yet, single event passes start at $70 and weekend passes start at $329.

While the host hotel, The Rumor, is sold out, there are still rooms available at the Hard Rock Hotel and The Tropicana Las Vegas, with rates starting from $169 / night. New this year, there will also be free shuttles to the events.

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Celebrate same-sex weddings with the perfect card [Contest]

Same-sex wedding cardSummer wedding season is just about in full swing, as brides and grooms get ready for their big day. It’s been a decade since Canada officially and legally recognized same-sex marriage until the Civil Union Act, on July 20, 2005. And the United States could soon follow suit soon, in what is expected to be a historic year with the Supreme Court about to make a decision on same-sex marriage that will impact the entire nation.

Many businesses struggle with understanding the LGBT market. They do not understand that same-sex couples do not conform to the hetrosexual norms, especially when it comes to same-sex weddings.

 

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An easy example of this is something as simple as buying a wedding card. Very few retailers carry cards for gay or lesbian marriages. It’s a huge frustration for those looking to celebrate an important date with their friends, families, chosen families, and loved ones.

Same-sex wedding cardPapyrus, a specialty store featuring personalized stationary, cards, wrap and gifts, has listened to the needs of the market and offers an assortment of cards to celebrate same-sex weddings. They offer a beautiful line-up of cards featuring same-sex grooms and brides.

With over 160 stores in Canada and the United States, Papyrus has recently opened its newest store at Yonge Eglinton Centre in Toronto.

“We are so thrilled to expand the brand Papyrus to Toronto yet again,” said Dominique Schurman, CEO of Schuman Retail Group. “With this new store at Yonge Eglinton Centre, and 20 throughout Canada, we continue to innovate the card and gift giving experience here and across the country.”

The new Toronto store marks the seventh Papyrus store in the greater Toronto area (GTA). There are three Papyrus locations in metro Vancouver, and you can shop 24/7 through the Papyrus online store from anywhere in Canada or the United States.

Contest: 

Enter now for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Papyrus. To enter, leave a comment on this post on why same sex marriage is important to you.

For a bonus entry, tweet the following:

I want to win a $50 GC to @papyrus_online from @br_webb so I can get the perfect same-sex wedding card. http://bit.ly/1IVI00W #WinPapyrus 

Contest closes at 5:00pm PST, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. One random drawn winner will be announced on this blog post on or before Friday, May 22, 2015. Read the complete contest rules.


Ariana Grande to perform at New York Pride’s Dance on the Pier

Ariana Grande set to perform at NYC Pride Dance on the Pier

Ariana Grande set to perform at NYC Pride Dance on the PierShe’s one of the hottest pop / R&B / dance singers on the charts. In fact, she has the most top 10 singles of any artist in 2014. And while she’s been focused on promoting her latest album, My Everything, on a North America and Europe tour titled The Honeymoon Tour, Ariana Grande has just been announced to perform at one of the biggest pride events in North America, the New York Pride Dance on the Pier.

The 29th annual Dance on the Pier is New York Pride’s largest fundraising event. The event benefits numerous LGBT not-for-profit organizations in the New York metro area. The event is held on Pier 26 along Hudson River Park in Tribeca. The event starts at 3:00pm. In addition to the much anticipated performance by Ariana Grande, the event will close out with the world’s longest running LGBT firework display.

Ariana Grande’s career begin in 2011, when the soundtrack, Music from Victorious, was released, which was a spin-off of teen music from the Nickelodeon tv show, Victorious, she has played on previously. She released her first full length studio album in 2013, Yours Truly, which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. She is best known for her hit songs, Love Me Harder, Bang Bang, Problem, and Break Free.

In her short career, Ariana Grande has risen quickly, raking in awards including New Artist of the Year at the 2013 American Music Awards, Music Business Association’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year, “Best Pop Video” at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, “Best Song” and “Best Female” at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, and two Grammy Award nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Grande joins a long list of amazing performers who have graced the Dance on the Pier stage over the years including Whitney Houston, Cher, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Deborah CoxJennifer Hudson and Demi Lovato.

The Party on the Pier is always the hottest ticket official NYC Pride event. Get your tickets now.

Looking to do more during NYC Pride? Check out these Pride activity suggestions from Go NYC. 

Ariana Grande set to perform at NYC Pride Dance on the Pier


Path to fulfilment: The art of online hookups in 5 easy steps

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From an early age, people in our culture are instilled with shame and guilt around sex, none more so than gay men. Unfortunately, many gay men are reluctant to actually let go and admit that they just want to fuck around once in a while. They are so reluctant to admit this that, instead of just meeting a guy they’re attracted to and having a healthy sexual experience, they do it while blind drunk on a Friday night so that they can excuse their behaviour, while still feeling all the guilt and shame around it. Rather than enjoy the natural fun of sex while they’re sober, they have horrible drunken sex.

Hooking up is not a tawdry, dirty act. That is merely what we’ve been taught – that sex outside of a committed relationship is inherently wrong and should make us feel dirty. This is why many feel unfulfilled from hookups. We expect hooking up to be devoid of emotion and intimacy, so it ends up devoid of those two wonderful things. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. But it doesn’t need to be that way. There are a few things that will help make hooking up a more fulfilling experience – both for you and your lovers.

1. The most important thing is attitude. If you go into a hookup with the attitude that the point of the hookup is to cum, it will leave you feeling empty afterwards. Go to your hookup with the intention of meeting a lovely, probably flawed, person. Look at this as an experience to get to know someone in an intimate way. No matter what kind of sex you’re both into, it is about connecting with someone physically and emotionally. It’s important that you have respect for the person you’re hooking up with – if you don’t, he’ll see straight through you and it will probably impact the quality of sex.

2. Communication is incredibly important. Before and during sex. First, be clear beforehand about what you’re looking for – a quick fuck, a nice long session, or lots of cuddling and kissing. Also be clear before you meet about longer term expectations – do you just want a one-time thing or are you hoping to find an ongoing fuck buddy (and don’t be hurt if he doesn’t want to see you again – there are so many reasons why that may be and it’s probably not about you). And communicate about sex before and during it. Explain what you like and dislike beforehand and ask the same. If something is not going well during sex, don’t be afraid to speak up – if you’re not getting pleasure from the experience it really is pointless. The underlying foundation of communication is to not make assumptions about anything.

3. Be sober, unless it’s a kink. Some people find sexual fulfillment when they combine sex with drugs – no judgement there. But if you’re only hooking up when you’re high because it’s the only way you can be intimate with someone, then maybe you need to see a shrink. Drunken sex sucks and you probably need to get drunk because you lack confidence and are scared. Deal with that or sex is never going to be the great experience it should be.

4. Don’t be afraid to add a little romance! Maybe you chatted online and he’s a Star Wars fan so you bring him a figurine. Or maybe you sense he’s a very cuddly and emotional guy so you bring him flowers. Whatever it is, don’t be afraid to bring him a small inexpensive gift that matches who he is so that the present is meaningful. This is still a date – a sex date – and that means you should still be a gentleman, albeit a slutty gentleman.

5. Take your time. Unless you’ve both expressed a time constraint beforehand, don’t rush the experience. Just because you’ve both shot your loads does not mean sex is over. Just as you need to build up to fucking, you need to come down from it. Cuddle, kiss, caress. Don’t run out the door like you’re grossed out by the guy. This is a great opportunity to get to know the guy (avoid discussing heated topics though).

Bonus: don’t take yourself or the experience too seriously. This is fun. It feels good. Your body was designed to do this. So relax, be confident, and take care of your needs in a responsible, thoughtful manner.

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4 tips to choosing your next bottle of wine

Whether you are a serious wine enthusiast or new to the wine world, we’ve all encountered a time where we’re wandering back and forth between the aisle of a liquor store and still unable to decide which bottle of wine to pick-up for this weekend’s dinner.

Making the choice for a “right” bottle of wine is not a difficult task. It simply comes down to one most important factor, what you enjoy most. Now, if finding what you enjoy most sounds easier said than done, here are four simple tips to follow in helping you find THE bottle.

1. What do you want?

Knowing the kind of wine you want before walking into a store will really help you narrow down on the your selection of wine to purchase. Is it a red, white or dessert wine? If you’re not sure, think about the kind of food you will be having and the occasion. Is it an anniversary celebration? If so, you’ll want to have a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate the festivity. On the other hand, if it’s just a boys night in with pepperoni pizza, then a bottle of Cabernet Franc will do. A heavy wine like the Cabernet Franc will help balance the strong flavour of pepperoni.

2. Which wines do you like? 

Try to remember the wines you’ve tasted before. What did you enjoy or didn’t enjoy? Was it a white or red wine? If it’s a white wine, did it taste like green apple or tropical fruits on the palate? Was it sweet or dry? Or did it have floral aroma? This is when taking notes about your wine tasting experience will come in handy. Your wine tasting notes can help you recall what kind of wines you liked or disliked. Based on your taste bud’s preference, you can choose your next bottle of wine accordingly. 

3. Ask for help.

When in doubt, just ask for a sales representative in the store. These experts have great knowledge about wine, including its flavour profile and food pairings. Don’t be afraid of asking them a “dumb” or “wrong” question. The more you ask and the more you share about yourself (i.e. preferred flavours and budget available for wine purchase), the more you will get out of it. Not to mention, you’ll be more likely to find a bottle of wine you enjoy than from blindly choosing it.

4. Have fun & take a chance.

You’ll never know what you like or don’t like until you try them. Get out of your comfort zone. Take the chance and try a wine varietal or region that you’ve never tried before.

Cheers! Let us know below if you have any other great tips when it comes to choosing wine.

BC is home to one of the world’s best wine regions to visit.

 

 

 

This post is presented by Serendipity Winery in Naramata Bench, BC. Serendipity is about the real magic in life, the moments of unexpected but fortunate discovery. Join us for a Naramata wine adventure and ask us about the story behind every bottle.


Go-away Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea

It’s Wednesday morning. You got up early, went to the gym, had a great breakfast, and enjoyed a cup of coffee on your way to work. As you start to settle in for a long work day, all the sudden you realize something doesn’t feel right. As you sit at your desk you get the sensation like you’re dripping pre-cum, only, you haven’t been hard all morning. You run to the washroom and when you piss, it burns like fire. It’s at this point you realize, the random guy you hooked up with on Saturday night must have given you gonorrhoea.

Gonorrhoea is the second most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection (STI). It’s a bacterial infection that is transmitted through sex. A 2006 study found six per cent of gay men had gonorrhea in their throat, two per cent in their rectum, and one per cent in their urethra. When you realize you have gonorrhoea, you just want it to go away, fast.

Symptoms 

It can take two to ten days for gonorrhoea symptoms to show up. In some cases, you may not have any symptoms at all. For people who do, they can experience:

  • White, yellow or green discharge from the penis
  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Itchiness, pain, and/or mucus with bowel movements
  • White or green fluid leaking from the rectum
  • A dry and/or sore throat
  • Swollen neck glands
  • Inflammation of the eyelid

Transmission

Oral, anal sex, and fisting are all methods that gonorrhoea can be transmitted. It’s spread by skin-to-skin contact and through infected cum.

Even if you use condoms every single time you have anal sex, you can still get gonorrhoea. Transmission is as easy as putting your cock in someone’s mouth who has gonorrhea. It can happen that fast, and that easy.

Getting Tested 

Testing for gonorrhoea is easy. Simply visit your health care professional or your doctor. It is a simple swab taken of your throat, urethra, and/or anus. Test results usually take 24-48 hours.

Treatment

In 2004, the treatment of gonorrhoea changed, based on new medication that was proven to be found more effective. The two common types of treatments are either a 125mg injection of Ceftriazone, or a 400mg pill of Cifixime taken orally. If either of these two options don’t treat the STI, then other treatments may be considered.

In some cases, gonorrhoea can resolve itself, about 50% of the time in cases where there is an infection in the throat. While it can take up to three months, it is possible. While taking no action is possible, you would have to live with the symptoms and be aware that you are knowingly and deliberately transmitting the infection to your other partners.


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