icon: Twitter icon: facebook icon: flickr icon: rss icon: mailing list

Have a gay ‘ol time with Adam Rennie at Broadway Across Canada’s Flashdance the Musical!

Adam J. Rennie, playing Nick Hurley in Broadway Across Canada's Flashdance the Musical

In just a couple of more weeks, Broadway Across Canada will present Flashdance the Musical at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, November 11-15. The much anticipated Broadway show has been the talk of the city for weeks, as fans of the original movie prepare to see the live performance on stage. Australia’s Adam Rennie, who plays the character Nick Hurley, can’t wait to get to Vancouver and to amaze the audience with his talents as he dives deep into his characters role and persona.

“Everyone keeps telling me that Vancouver is one of the most beautiful places that exists in the world,” said Adam, who has never been to Canada before. “I’m looking forward to that, to see how people are in other countries and to experience how subtly different people are.”

Well other than a few accents and slang words, copious amounts of Vancouver autumn rain and the lack of Vegemite, Adam will probably be pleasantly surprised.

Flashdance the movie came out just before Adam was born, but he recalls how it was such a huge phenomenon back in his home country of Australia.

“As soon as my manager called and asked if I wanted to audition for it, I was like, ‘yes!’” said Adam, explaining how he got the part in the touring theatre show. “I had been stocking music. I’m one of the few roles that is a singer and dancer. The songs from the movie, the five most popular songs, I don’t do in the show, but there are 16 new songs, and they perfectly tie in to the 80’s movie. They are music theatre pop songs. I get to go out there and sing some incredible music!”

The theatre company spent a month in New York preparing to go on the road. While the team is still fresh and excited, they are still working on exploring their characters.

“I have a big climax song, Enough, and it’s something that doesn’t get explored in the movie, but in the musical theatre, we get to see into the character more,” Adam said, explaining more about his character, Nick Hurley. “I have a revelation on stage. It’s a high intensity song for me. It’s a song that I always want to make sure I land. There’s a certain amount of energy that goes into that song, and making sure I’m vocally ready. I go through a lot during that song. For the character, it’s important for him.”

Adam also notes that his favourite scene that he is in is the loft scene, when Alex takes off her bra, which is one of the most stunning theatre, power-love duets. Adam is in love with the song!

Like any live performance, there are a lot of moving parts and pieces to the show, and there’s always a chance something could go wrong.

“It’s a big set,” Adam explains. “There are a lot of projections, lots of water and quick costume changes. Everyone on the team has a big and tall order. There are a million things that could go wrong. It’s the nature of live theatre. So far nothing big has happened that has really affected the spirit of the show. We understand if a costume change doesn’t happen perfectly, or a set piece doesn’t function. It’s the music and the people that are important.”

Like the majority of the cast of the show, Adam is openly gay, which is common in the live-theatre circuit.

“I don’t think it’s affected me negatively,” Adam said. “It’s scary going into any industry, thinking something could be held against you, but it’s about who you how and not about what you hide. I don’t go into a character thinking he’s straight and I’m not. I let the writers influence who I am. They take care of the rest. I just be as truthful as I can as a person, in strength and masculinity. I haven’t really felt inhibited by being gay. By being proud an existing within myself, it helps me as an actor.”

Adam reports that the cast is a fun, tight-knit group who gets along exceptionally well, and that the whole show, as a company, which drives a cohesive environment with respect for each other.

“There are a lot of very talented people sharing the stage each night, and if it looks like we are having fun, it’s because we are,” said Adam. “It’s infectious. We are all really happy to share that.”

While most people will never get the opportunity to see a show on Broadway in New York City, it’s the Broadway Across Canada performances that bring Broadway to major cities across Canada, so everyone can experience these kinds of shows.

The Vancouver performance of Broadway Across Canada’s Flashdance the Musical will be particularly exciting because a lot of the Flashdance family will be coming back for the show.

Get ready Vancouver… it’s going to be an epic show! If you don’t have tickets, you can still purchase them online through TicketMaster.

 


Meet male escort, Miles Previtire

Miles PrevitireWhile porn stars are often revered for their stunning bodies and willingness to do almost anything sexual on film for the world to see, the world of escorting is very different. Most escorts maintain a very low profile, have a list of regular clients who will call them up when they are in town, and have specific areas of expertise. But when it comes to dominant male escorts, no one beats the voice and commanding power of Miles Previtire.

From the very beginning, Miles knew that if he was going to make it big in the highly competitive male escort industry, he would have to make a name for himself early on.

“I think it’s important to be one step ahead of your competitors in any business,” explains Miles Previtire. “I was hard pressed to find any other escorts that are complete tops. Who didn’t suck dick. Give a hand job. Who never switch hit in their off time. Who didn’t have boyfriends. Who were just their own man and weren’t physically into men, at all.”

Miles firmly believes that his fan base counts on the fact the he doesn’t do these things. That his clients can have a straight man experience with him, and know that he is 100% legitimate.

“If you watch gay porn, you’ll find many scenes where there is a gay guy blowing a straight guy, and nine times out of ten, the straight guy in the scene is not interactive,” Miles said, explaining the importance of playing a dominant role. “There’s little or no touching at all. God forbid any verbal. The set is just quiet. All the cocksucker is getting in that situation is a straight cock and a straight load. That’s it.”

With Miles, you get all that, plus you get a wicked verbal interaction, what he is especially known for.

“My clients get an interactive straight male,” Miles said. “It sets me apart from gay for pay. Those guys are fucking silent. They are getting paid to do that.”

Being dominant isn’t just part of his persona while escorting, it’s part of his natural, everyday character.

“I’m always dominant in the bedroom,” said Miles Previtire. “I’m pretty commanding in and out of the bedroom. But I am always dominant in the bedroom, whether I’m with a female or male partner.”

His strict, domineering behavior he has carried with him all throughout his life.

“I try to stick to a daily regimen of working out,” said Miles, explaining how he keeps in shape. “I achieve that about three days a week, mostly consisting of cardio. I plan to take up weight lifting when I’m down to the platform I want to build on.”

It’s not just his persona or his gym routine he’s particular about either. Miles is even strict on the type of underwear he wears throughout the day.

“Lately, I wear briefs during the day, either Joe Boxer or 2Xist,” Miles said. “They fit how I feel. A good pair of briefs should fit how you feel. At night, I wear boxes, like Polo. I hate boxer briefs.”

While the rugged and masculine escort is naturally in control, he has been known to show his softer side.

“Sometimes out of the bedroom, or something for a female interest,” Miles calmly stated, explaining times when he may be a bit submissive. “I’ll submit to watching Titanic, I’ll fucking watching Titanic if I know I’m going to get laid. I had to do that with Twilight! Inside the bedroom, no, I’m never submissive. Not at all. Not because I look down on it, it just doesn’t appeal to me. I get off way too much being the boss.”

While only 10-15% of Miles clients are female, when it comes to his sexuality, he is very clear on how he identifies himself.

“I only operate with men on a business platform,” Miles said very factually. “Leisurely, I don’t have sex with men at all. Only with women, not men. Women are less apt to pay for sex. In the event that I want to screw with a girl, it just means I’m not getting paid. Therefore I identify as a straight male.”

In his personal life, Miles has two kids, a son and a daughter, and an ex wife. Being separated from his family is one of the biggest reasons why he is moving out to the west coast, so he can be closer to his kids.

“I just located a house out there,’’ referring to a home he rented in Las Vegas, Nevada. “I lived out there when I was younger. When I was 19, I lived with a girl. We were there for three weeks and it was crazy. Today, I’m a bit more prepared for what Vegas has to offer.”


Do gay’s still fall in love?

Two gay men kissingEveryone is different, and everyone has his or her own story. Our experiences make us the people who we are. Some good; some bad. Life is life. There are real and fake versions of love and every relationship isn’t perfect.

No matter how jaded they may be, don’t let them bring you down. Love is real and it does happen. There are people that will be there to bring you up, even in your lowest moment.

Will the right person find you? Don’t go searching for them. Let it happen naturally. You can’t force it. It will never work. You’d have better luck throwing change into a water fountain and hope for a dolphin to jump in your lap.

While not everyone has found love, they still believe in love, that that it self, is promising.

Of course, there are good and bad sides of falling in love. It can hurt. However, when you find that one special person, who finishes your sentences, encourage you to be your best, and help you in your time of need, then you know it’s true love. You’re one of the lucky ones!

It’s not always the looks of a model, millions of dollars, or whatever drives your emotional mind. The real love is when you can talk on the phone with someone, without saying a word, be absolutely content and enjoying the feeling. It’s at that moment you have found someone you are comfortable falling asleep with, your head on their chest, arm-in-arm.

Yes, gays really do fall in love. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, be patient. Your time will come.


9 things you need to know about gay YouTube celebrity, Josh Rimer

YouTube's gay and sassy sensation, Josh Rimer

He’s one of YouTube’s favourite gay celebrities, and he’s based out of Vancouver, Canada! Josh Rimer has been the voice of sass to his 20,000 subscribers since he began his original channel back in 2007.

Wanting to get discovered by Hollywood, Josh started his channel in a hopes to catch the eyes of casting directors. In 2008, things really picked up when YouTube started their partner program. It was then that Josh realized he didn’t need to wait for Hollywood to call him, he could become a sensation all on his own from his home in Hollywood North!

YouTube is now an integral part of his daily life and Josh Rimer is becoming a household name for the LGBT community. Josh produces 2-3 YouTube videos per week on two or three different channels, plus he is known for making guest appearances on other channels from time-to-time.

If you still don’t know who he is, here are 9 things you need to know about gay YouTube celebrity, Josh Rimer:

  1. Runner up for Mr. Gay Vancouver 2013, which qualified him for the grand finale of Mr. Gay Canada 2013 in Whistler, B.C.
  2. His most popular video is a vlog about Orange County Pride 2013, which has reached over 8-million views!
  3. He gave the closing keynote address at the 2013 Travel Gay Canada Conference in Victoria, B.C.
  4. His first major YouTube video was in 2009, when Father-Lover parody video reached over a million views.
  5. Every Monday night you can catch Josh at the controls of the music and sound-effects board at Queer-Prove with the Boobers.
  6. In the Madonna’s Girl Gone Wild parody music video, HomoCulture.ca owner and editor-in-chief, Brian Webb, was one of the back-up dancers.
  7. Josh hosts travel videos on GayOSphere.com
  8. He is currently in a super-hot inter-racial, inter-cultural, inter-generational relationship.
  9. The Josh Rimer YouTube channel reached over 20,000 subscribers during the summer of 2014
  10. He works with World of Wonder Presents Network, the same YouTube network that represents other major LGBT celebrities including many of the girls from RuPaul’s Drag Race.
  11. Josh has a hot new show on Canada’s OutTV called The Sassy Scoop! It’s a 2-3 minute segment of interstitial content that airs five times a day!

Josh is super cool because he loves sharing his personal views, stories, and moments on his YouTube channel. It’s been his key to success, which keeps his followers coming back each week.

“Check out my show, every day on OutTV,” said Josh Rimer, the voice of sass. “If you’re in Vancouver, come say ‘hi’ and check out Queer-Prov on Wednesday nights at 1181.”


The fast, fuel-efficient, and friendly 2014 Ford Fiesta

2014 Ford Fiesta

When it comes to vehicles, many new car buyers aren’t always looking for luxury; and when it comes to getting back to basics and great fuel economy at a reasonable price, the Ford Fiesta is an incredible bargain!

2014 Ford Fiesta

 

The 2014 Ford Fiesta has one of the smallest engines available in 2014 Ford line-up. The 1.0L eco-boost engine is the most refined and powerful in its class.

2014 Ford Fiesta

 

There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles in the base model, which, if you’re on a budget but still want to own a maintenance free, brand new car, the 2014 Ford Fiesta is definitely for you.

2014 Ford Fiesta

 

For first-time new car buyers, the Ford Fiesta is an awesome choice, especially if you’re a student or young professional and need reliability, dependability, and an easy-to-give car. Because it has just the basics, you get all the benefits of owning a new car, but without the big pricetag.

2014 Ford Fiesta

 

The five-door hatchback model makes it easy to get around town, especially with a carload of friends. And because it’s so fuel efficient, it makes refilling on gas easier on the pocket book.

2014 Ford Fiesta

 

2014 Ford FiestaThe driver experience in the 2014 Ford Fiesta is very similar to some of the mid-range Ford vehicles, having similar steering wheels and basic controls. You won’t find any of the technology packages like in-dash navigation, upgraded audio, reverse cameras or smartphone connectivity; which, isn’t necessarily bad if you just need a really reliable car.

 

 

Original Style / Design: ★★☆☆☆

Material / Workmanship: ★★★★☆

Makes a Statement: ★★☆☆☆

Comfort: ★★☆☆☆

Price / Value: ★★★★☆

Overall: ★★★☆☆

 

 


9 characteristics of an amazing running partner

running partners

Photo credit: Running Room

Most experienced runners tend to enjoy training and running races on their own. It’s a time for self reflection and personal downtime, completely in their own zone. However, most runners enjoy running with a partner. Here are 10 characteristics you should look for in a running partner.

  1. Reliability – a good running partner always shows up on time and ready to run. They adhere to the schedule, regardless of rain, wind, sun, or snow.
  2. Accountability – on top of showing up on time, they also hold you accountable for your solo training runs and ensure if you miss a day of training that you are making up for it, either on your own or through cross training.
  3. Comparable pace – The most difficult part of finding the right running partner is finding someone who runs at the same pace as you. Long slow distance runs are a much difference pace that a tempo run, so ensuring you can run at various speeds through each training day can be extremely hard. You may find that one partner is strong on shorter runs and the other partner is better on longer runs; as long as there isn’t a huge gap, if you are committed, you’ll naturally fall into the same page after a number of runs together.
  4. Encouragement – Training for a race is a huge commitment of time and energy. It can take some people more than six months to prepare to run their first marathon. Positive reinforcement is incredibly important. It can help your running partner get through tough runs, especially during the peak of training and exhausted.
  5. Pushing each other – When you’re incredibly exhausted or don’t think you can make it to the next walk break, your running partner should help push you to your limits to keep going, no matter how tired, thirsty or hungry you are.
  6. Respect silence – sometimes when you’re training you just need someone there will you, as silent motivator. You don’t want to talk about your work week or personal life issues, but at the end of the run, enjoy a high five and exchange a “nice job today” comment. It’s always more comforting to run with someone, especially on the 29 or 32km training days, even if it’s in silence and you’re listening to your own music.
  7. Know each others needs – a running partner should be able to get to know you well enough that they can see the signs that you are getting dehydrated, low on energy, when you need some moral support, or to help calm your nerves on the days leading up to race day. They’ll be there to help support you when you need it.
  8. Respects your training – Sometimes work or life gets in the way of training. But when it does, your partner will understand and let you off the hook; however, there is an expectation that you will come back and help them get back into the training grove, assuming they aren’t gone for more than a few days. It can be hard to catch up if you leave your training for more than two weeks.
  9. Helps you through an injury – it’s the job of a good running partner to help you understand your running injuries and recognize when it’s ok for you to push through the pain, or when it’s time to stop and call it a day. Running injuries are never easy to deal with. Sometimes your partner will make you sit out on a training run if you need just one more day to recover.


Selfish Sex

 

IMG_6483_sm

We’ve all had bad sex. Encounters that are better left forgotten. But what about selfish sex? Pleasuring your partner is half the fun, but when all your hard work isn’t repaid, you’re left hard, frustrated, and unsatisfied.

Sex should be an equal chance for all those involved to bring their partner(s), screaming and clawing, to blinding heights of sexual nirvana. If that’s not happening, then someone need to get their act together. There are times when one partner enjoys a particular act—rimming, for example—and the other doesn’t. When this happens, you have to learn to compromise, or find out other ways to make your partner’s toes curl.

Compromise is a good thing, and worthy of a try, at least once. Going back to rimming, some are turned off at the thought of licking ass, and that’s understandable. However, if you haven’t tried it, or are turned off by past experiences, then you aren’t giving it a fair chance. We’ve all had bottoms that weren’t properly cleansed, but you can’t allow one gut-wrenching experience sour your on eating ass for the rest of your days.

Each partner is unique. The ass in front of you now might be round and utterly delectable, but you won’t find out because of another person’s hygienic failure. Try throwing your inhibitions aside and dig in, see if you really don’t enjoy it. You never know—you might find that you have a hidden craving for ass. The same goes for other sexual acts, like what position you prefer, top or bottom. Versatility allows you to double your pleasure. There are some things a bottom experiences that a top can’t. You can massage the male G-Spot from the outside, but nothing compares to having it worked from the inside.

This area is tricky, as most of us have incredibly tight assholes. Try anal play to start, if you aren’t used to having something inserted anally. At first, try fingers or small toys, either alone or with your partner, or both. Allowing your partner to join you in new exploration is a way to bring you closer together, and it allows you to develop new sexual chemistry.

Versatility is a topic for another day, but the point is that you must remember that sex can’t be one-sided. Your partner deserves to be pleasured as much as you do. The last thing you want is to leave your partner feeling left out. If you’re in a committed relationship, this could lead to issues down the road, and that’s what we want to avoid. Why make sex a chore? Why not make it an adventure instead?


We will miss you Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Any of us that know anything about a good fitting suit know who Oscar was, his death is a tragic blow to the fashion world. We will miss him dearly.

It is somewhat hard to talk about this, but Oscar de la Renta, who was trained by Cristobol Balenciaga, an absolute legend in his own right. He was so influential and strong in the fashion world. At the age of 18, he went to study painting in Spain at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. He quickly became interested in the world of fashion design and began sketching for leading Spanish fashion houses, which soon led to an apprenticeship with Spain’s most renowned couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga. He considered Balenciaga his mentor.

As he moved on de la Renta left Spain to join Antonio del Castillo as a couture assistant at Lanvin in Paris. The rest is history. Creating for the likes of Jackie Kennedy all the way back in the 1960’s and spanning his remarkable career up until his death this past week. Oscar became one of the most amazing, creative and known names in fashion. Well done mate. You were remarkable.

Fashion is a huge part of the LGBT community and even though de la Renta was straight and married, his work still connected with the gay community.

We can all agree that usually my work is laughable and I try to keep it a bit funny but this post is just to pay tribute to someone who I think transformed fashion and the future of it as well. I wanted to take the time to mention and pay respect to Oscar. You will be missed my friend. Your legacy will live on as will your talent. We see it every day and we hope we will always.


Bloody Orange Cocktail

Bloody Orange CocktailHalloween cocktails for a crowd made easy. These bloody orange cocktails taste fantastic and the syringes can be pre-filled in advance. The presentation of the cocktail is a party attention grabber that will have everyone excited for a spook-tacular party.

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • 2 oz Raspberry Syrup

Fill a martini shaker full of ice. Add vodka and orange juice. Shake hard for 20 seconds, until the shaker begins to frost. Strain into glasses half-full of fresh ice. Place a syringe filled with raspberry syrup into to glass. Garnish with an orange wedge.


Black Magic Halloween Cocktail

Black Magic Halloween CocktailWith just a week to go until Halloween, there isn’t much time left to put together the perfect Halloween costume. If you are still searching for ideas, here are the top 10 TV and movie character Halloween costumes for 2014:

  1. King Slayer from Game of Thrones
  2. Jake From Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  3. The Flash From The Flash
  4. Khal Drogo from HBO’s Game of Thrones
  5. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow
  6. Rick Grimes of the Waking Dead
  7. Kevin From The Leftovers
  8. Gustave From The Grand Budapest Hotel
  9. Pornstache From Orange Is the New Black
  10. Emmet From The Lego Movie

If you already have your costume picked out, then it’s time to suit up and serve up the ultimate spook-tacular Halloween cocktail.

  • 1 oz The Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky
  • 1 oz Apple Juice
  • ½ oz Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz Canadian Maple Syrup
  • Ginger Ale

Fill a martini shaker half full of ice. Add in The Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky, apple and lemon juices, and Canadian maple syrup. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into a glass filled with fresh ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a fresh apple slice.


5 musicians you need to be listening to!

IMG_4738_sm

In no specific order here is a quick list you need to read and need to know!  If you aren’t up on these artist’s music game you are ruining your life.  So get to it.  Period.

Ed Sheeran:

This Brit singer/song writer is the best of his generation and refuses to let up.  He is killing the game.  No questions asked. Ed has written songs for artists that you would never have known were his (Taylor Swift, One Direction). Yes, Little Things is his song. This guy just has soul and a swag about him. Not bad for a ginger haired boy from England.

Macklemore:

From Seattle, this new age hip hop writer, artist and activist is someone that has earned his spot on this list for sure. He has changed the music game and did it even when people said he couldn’t. His writing partner Ryan Lewis is definitely a massive part of their success as well and they both deserve all of your attention.

Miley Cyrus:

First off, because that bitch is straight up slaying the rest of the world with bad ass realness. She is the main event wherever she is at so y’all bitches will just have to deal!  Baby girl does not care what anyone thinks about her but you will all think about her. #teammiley

Afrojack:

This all-star fucking superstar DJ from Holland is about as rock star as you can get and he lives a life that you couldn’t dream of; from chopper rides to venues, mixing tracks on the private jet and staying in the most luxurious and posh hotel suites around the world. He is what makes the world go around. If you are in the club… you are hearing Afrojack!

Demi Lovato:

She not only is a fabulous and pretty ass judge on the U. S. American Idol but this girl can sing her ass off.  She is active in the LGBT community and she has some fun and catchy songs.  Check out I Really Don’t Care.

Honorable mention goes out to Sam Smith:

This guy is a fucking superstar and can belt out songs like a legend. He is gay and proud about it and his songs are beautiful.

Follow these artists and your life will be better! Promise.


Top 10 most challenging places to fuck this fall

Corn Maze

Sex can get routine and boring, real quick, real fast. Why not put you and some of your friends up for the ultimate fucking challenge. Here are the top 10 most challenging places to fuck this fall. How many of them will you be able to conquer?

  1. Corn maze at a family farm
  2. Drug store washroom
  3. In the center of a clothes rack at Target
  4. In a park wearing Halloween costumes
  5. The washroom at your best friends housewarming party
  6. In the back of a car at a drive-in movie
  7. Tucked away in a dark corner of a haunted house
  8. Miley Cyrus concert, because there’s nothing else to fucking do!
  9. After the traditional Sunday night dinner at your parents house
  10. In the Christmas tree aisle at Costco!

Is there a noteworthy place you’ve fucked this fall? Leave your story in the comments section below!


Using smartphones in restaurants; today’s technology etiquette

Using your iPhone at a restaurant

Have smartphones, like the iPhone or Galaxy, ruined dining experiences?

Our obsession with technology is killing romantic dinners. It could really go either way. From other diners to the service staff. I really all depends.

People complain about people talking when they are seated right now to smartphone user at dinner.

Yea, yea, cry a fucking river. Shut up. If someone is out and paying for a $50 steak, they have every right to talk on their fucking Galaxy Note 16 the size of a flat screen TV if they want to.

The service staff, contrary to popular belief, really doesn’t give a care about your phone or what you do with it. You could throw your phone across the room after you update your Facebook status and they wouldn’t give a damn. Servers are busting their ass to get your drink order and appetizer to the table quickly. They also pray that the kitchen gets your entrée right, so you don’t send it back. In the end, they just want you to leave a decent tip.

Hospitality workers realize if you are using your phone, you are either talking or on social media, telling people where you are and how great the place is. Essentially, you’re doing free marketing for them, and your friends might show up and bring them more money in tips if they dine with you.

The bottom line. Use your phone if you want. Just don’t use it on dates! If you are having a quick dinner with friends, break the phone out and be all over the internet, social media, Grindr, or even call your grandmother. Those other people don’t know you or understand your busy life. Fuck them.


2014 Ford C-Max Energi SEL

2014 Ford C-Max Energi SEL

When it comes to living and driving in the city, especially a city as environmentally conscious as Vancouver, when it comes to buying a new car the 2014 Ford C-Max Energi SEL certainly needs to be at the top of the list. It’s one of Ford’s most fuel-efficient vehicles in the 2014 line-up.

2014 Ford C-Max Energi SEL

The Ford C-Max is a cute, hybrid vehicle that has a thirst for saving energy. While being energy efficient, it certainly puts out a surprising amount of response, is packed with some cool gadgets, and is a fun city-driving car.

2014 Ford C-Max Energi SEL

The exterior design is very modest, incorporating the body colour into the mirrors, door handles and bumpers, while the grill, lights and trim have a nice silver accent. It’s sleek and compact design screams environmentally friendliness.

2014 Ford C-Max Energi SEL

As a hybrid vehicle, with just a push of a button, the driver has the choice to operate in three options; gas, gas and electric, or just electric. The C-Max batteries, which charge quite quickly, can power the car up to 20km of standard city driving. The car can be charged using a standard 110 volt plug-in, which are found in most parking garages.

2014 Ford C-Max Energi SEL

2014 Ford C-Max Energi SELThe interior has all the standard features expected from Ford, plus options including heated leather seats and a fixed panoramic roof. The Ford Sync touchscreen navigation and audio system are easy to operate and a smartphone can be connected with just a few quick touches on the center control console.

The 2014 Ford C-Max also has features including a power lift gage, rearview camera, and keyless entry. For drivers who haven’t mastered the art of parallel parking, there is also the automated parking assist option.

For city-dwellers who are looking for an energy-efficient vehicle, with incredibly low operating costs, and some upscale conveniences, the 2014 C-Max Energi SEL is a fantastic vehicle!


6 Annual Safe Harbour Champions’ Breakfast

Affiliation of Multicultural Services and Society Agencies

The Safe Harbour Champions’ Breakfast is Affiliation of Multicultural Services and Society Agencies (AMSSA), annual fundraising gala. It is an opportunity to network and congratulate diversity champions in the community. Each year two safe harbor locations out of thousands in BC are awarded champion of diversity. This year it will be held on Thursday, November 6 from 7:30am- 9:30am at The Holiday Inn (711 W Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y2).

The event attracts city councilors, MLAs, business leaders, and not-for-profit partners who all participate in this province-wide program. This year’s keynote speaker is Nick Noorani, Canada’s leading immigrant champion. Tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased online. 

This event also helps AMSSA directly support 20 non-profit organizations dedicated to creating welcoming, safe environments for diversity across BC through the Safe Harbour: Respect for All program. Representatives from businesses, financial institutions, non-profit agencies, and government at AMSSA’s 6 Annual Safe Harbour Champions’ Breakfast to recognize two Safe Harbour Champions for their outstanding diversity leadership in B.C. This year’s Keynote Speaker is Nick Noorani, Canada’s leading immigrant champion.

AMSSA is a non-profit umbrella agency committed to a vision of a just and equitable society in which everyone benefits from social and economic inclusion. Their member agencies serve immigrants and build culturally inclusive communities across BC and strengthen them with knowledge, resources and support to help them fulfill their mandates. AMSSA’s Safe Harbour: Respect for All program works with community partners to advance inclusion and embrace diversity through workshops, events, and dialogues across B.C.


Staying warm and dry this fall

Staying warm and dry this fall

Photo credit: Running Room

With the hot summer weather a distant memory, it’s time for runners to start layering up as the cool, wet weather starts to set in. While early October tends to be a mix of sun-and-cloud with the odd rainy day, the inevitable day-after-day rain storms are about it set in. Runners know, staying warm and dry this fall is going to be key to continuing with outdoor training.

They key to staying warm and dry is to dress in layers, like an onion. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is to dress for how you will feel about 10 minutes into the run, once your body has warmed up. This may mean that you will need to wear a base layer that will wick away moisture, a middle layer for insulation, and an outer layer to protect from wind and rain.

When choosing layers, look for a variety of fabrics from microfiber and polyester, to cotton and wood. Wear them in accordance to the layering above, for maximum effectiveness. For example, cotton is a great middle layer because it works as an insulator; but worn as a base layer, cotton is rotten!

Some runners may have a mini backpack they bring that they can stuff their outer shell into as they warm up, or to keep a pair of gloves in case it gets extra chilly running after the sun sets or in the shade.

If the weather is wet, remember when you get home to remove the liners from your shoes. Running shoes

should be stuffed with newspaper and placed on a shoe rack to dry for at last 48 hours, to allow the foam and other materials to completely dry. If you wear your shoes while they are still damp, it causes them to wear out faster.

Keep up the training, stay warm, and enjoy the fresh autumn air!


It’s time for a fall staycation to the Fraser Valley

Pumpkins

If both time and budget are tight, but you need a getaway this fall, it’s time to consider an autumn staycation. For Vancouver residents, it can be as simple as a weekend getaway to the Fraser Valley.

There is plenty of fun things to do in the Fraser Valley, especially for a fun couples get-away. For a weekend adventure, head out on a Saturday morning. Start off with heading to a number of local agri-businesses, where you can pick up fresh, locally made ingredients, including honey, meats, jerky’s and sausages, cheese, pumpkins, and squash. There are many family run, small businesses that pride themselves on producing top quality products, and the Fraser Valley has an abundant amount to check out.

Coast Hotels Abbotsford Suites

A central location to stay in the Fraser Valley is the Coast Hotels Abbotsford Suites, just moments away from at the Sumas exit on Highway 1, which makes it easy to get to, but far enough away for a peaceful nights rest. The hotel offers clean, contemporary hotels rooms, free WiFi, fitness center, indoor pool, and hot tub. Near the hotel are a number of restaurants and stores, all within walking distance. Just down the block there is also a giant Costco.

Coast Hotels Abbotsford Suites

After checking into the hotel, head over to Castle Fun Park for a fun evening of arcade games, mini golf and fun time in the batting cage. Finish off the evening with a relaxing soak in the hotel hot tub.

When you get up on Sunday morning, there is a complimentary continental breakfast in the hotel lobby. After you’ve checked out and loaded up the car, just down the road is a Starbucks, the perfect spot for a morning pick-me-up.

Goat

Finally, before heading home to Vancouver, head over to Taves Farms for a more romantic day some down-home, farm adventures, games, animals, and U-pick treats.

A weekend getaway doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time to get to, but it can be a lot of fun. Remember to fill-up on gas before heading back home; Sumas has some of the cheapest gas in the lower mainland!


5 steak spots we all need to have dinner

Gotham Steakhouse Vancouver

STEAK! Where are the best steakhouses in Canada and the United States? Don’t worry, you don’t have to think. You might be surprised.

1.SW at Wynn – Las Vegas
Steve Wynn’s hot spot in Vegas gives you glitz, glamour and all of the fixin’s. Amazing atmosphere as well as the best beef on the planet. Remarkable service, not to mention, you’re in Vegas baby!

2. Moishes – Montreal

The last time I checked it was 2014. Well Moishes has been holding it down and sending out some of the best steaks since 1938. I’d say they earned their due. Magical city of Montreal topped off by a magical steakhouse. Moishes also has ridiculous selections of raw selections fresh from the deep Atlantic. Try the oysters.

3. Peter Luger’s – New York

This place is just…wow! Only three on the list because I don’t get to go as often as I would like. Luger’s is a Brooklyn staple since 1887. It has changed from a restaurant, billiards hall and bowling alley to strictly the need to go to place in New York. From the appetizers to the cuts of meat this place is hands down the king of New York when it comes to steak.

4. Gotham Steakhouse – Vancouver

This place is special. In the heart of everything going on in Vancouver. It not only is beautiful but offers you so many options it is hard to say no to any of them! Steaks, lobster, and veal. Throw some potatoes on this and you are good. There is a long list of wines and cocktails available as well. If you are in Vancouver you have to go to Gotham Steakhouse.

5. Gordon Ramsay Steak – Las Vegas

It may look cliche because we all know the name Gordon Ramsay. Don’t brush it off. Everyone I have met that has dined at this spot has said it might be the best meal they have ever had. I took their word for it and man oh man. This place has this sparkle you expect from a fancy Vegas place, they also deliver on the meal. Gordon put together this menu amazingly and the food will not let you down.


Candy Corn Cocktail

Candy Corn CocktailTrick-or-Treating began in the medieval times in Europe. Trick-or-Treating, as we know it today in Canada and the United States, with kids going door-to-door dressed in costumes, really took shape in the 1940’s. It was the pacific northwest region that started the tradition of handing out confections to kids, which the tradition rapidly spread across the rest of the countries.

Candy corn is one of the most popular Canadian and American Halloween candy treats. The candy was first introduced back in 1880’s by Philadelphia based Wunderle Candy Company. The candy corn is three times the size of a real kernel of corn and features the distinctive colours of orange, white and yellow. Each year, 25 million pounds, or over 9,000 metric tons, of candy corn are sold annually.

While the kids are out trick-or-treating to fill their pillow sacks and buckets full of sweet treats, the older adults can be found at elaborate Halloween parties dressed up in sexy, seductive, and creative costumes, sipping on all kinds of themed drinks, including the Candy Corn Cocktail.

  • 2 oz Stoli Honey Vodka
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1 ½ oz Orange Sherbet, softened
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz Milk

Combine vodka and pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake for 20 seconds, until the shaker has frosted. Strain over fresh ice into a clear Collins glass. In a fresh shaker half filled with ice, add softened sherbet and shake hard for 20 seconds. Carefully pour over the back of a bar spoon into the Collins glass, layering over top of the vodka-pineapple juice. Then, in another fresh shaker half filled with ice, combine simple syrup and milk in a cocktail shaker and shake hard for 30 seconds. Carefully pour over the back of a clean bar spoon, layering over top of the orange sherbet.


Fucking gag me; it’s national kink month

The Guard, new from The Stockroom, is a fun new sex toy to try during National Kink Month

In gay culture, October is one of the most sexual months of the year. Montreal celebrates with the incredible annual Black and Blue Party, it’s National Kink Month, and the month wraps up with Halloween, which is also commonly referred to as, Gay Christmas.

Whichever event you are celebrating this October, chances are it is sexually charged and, fun, and on the wild side. National Kink Month is the best time to explore your sexuality and try something new, like The Guard from The Stockroom and Oxballs.

The new The Guard, from The Stockroom, featuring a silicone face plate and leather straps

If you’re a piss-drinking, cum-slurping bottom, you’ll love The Guard! The all-purpose gag has a soft silicone face plate and mouth opening, and a detachable leather strap. If you’re new to trying gag devices, this is a great piece to start with because the mouth piece easily fits in your mouth and allows you to breath comfortably, while still being able to enjoy piggy fun.

The soft and flexible faceplate fits comfortably around the wearers face, and straps behind the head with a stainless steel clasp. The Los Angeles designed and crafted toy has a hollow, cylindrical gag, keeping the submissive’s mouth open to receive everything from spit to a hot load of cum.

Piss-drinking, cum-surping sub missives will beg for The Guard from The Stockroom

When bodily fluids are involved, it’s important to ensure sex toys are sanitized and cleaned. The durable silicon face plate can be placed on the top rack of a dishwasher or soaked in a pot of boiling water for five minutes, without loosing its form or texture. The leather straps can be cleaned with quality leather cleaner. Cleaning after each use will make The Guard last for years.

Get your kink on during National Kink Month with The Guard, the hottest and newest sex toy now available online from The Stockroom. Also check out a sweet gag from The Stockroom and the Daily Special for more great kink-fetish fun.



Social
icon: Twitter icon: facebook icon: flickr icon: rss icon: mailing list