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May 2005 Issue 19


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Official Pride Guide for Pride 2005 The Official Guide for Pride Calgary

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Calgary’s resource for Business, Tourism, Events, Bars and Entertainment for the Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Gay Friendly Community.

Fairy Tales

Four seasons and counting

7 years of Gay Cinema

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8 Established originally in January 1992 as Men For Men BBS by MFM Communications. Named changed to in 1998. Stand alone company as of January 2004. First Issue of Magazine, November 2003. Publisher Steve Polyak & Rob Diaz-Marino, Editor Rob Diaz Marino, Original Graphic Design Deviant Designs Advertising Steve Polyak Contributors Steve Polyak, Rob Diaz-Marino, Nina Tron, Stephen Lock, M. Zelda, Jason Clevett, Benjamin Hawkcliff, and the Gay and Lesbian Community of Calgary Photographer Steve Polyak and Rob Diaz-Marino Videographer Steve Polyak and Rob Diaz-Marino Please forward all inquiries to: Magazine Suite 403, 215 14th Avenue S.W. Calgary, Alberta T2R 0M2 Phone (403) 543-6960 or toll free (888) 543-6960


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8 The Solar Café Four seasons and counting

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Print Run Monthly, 12 times a year Copies Printed Monthly, up to 10,000 copies. Masthead continued on page 4


7 years of Gay Cinema


Official Pride Guide for Pride 2005

The Official Guide for Pride Calgary


Map & Event Listings Mapping Calgary’s core


Fax (403) 703-0685 E-mail

Crowns and Banners

Letter from the Publisher

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Q Scopes


“See foreign films, Leo!”

Adult Film Reviews Q Puzzle

“Queer for a (Half) Day”

The Bishop and The ‘Gay Agenda’ OUTtv vs. Shaw Cable

Media Giant blocking Gay Television Network

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This Issue Cover Designed by Rob DiazMarino using stills from movies being played during Fairy Tales Week.

Pride Calgary

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Letters to the Editor


Bitter Girl


A Couple of guys

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Fundraising Photos

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Best of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Legal Council Courtney Sebree Aarbo, Barristers and Solicitors magazine

Wait, she’s in a good mood? Filling June with Pride

Queer Eye - for the Calgary guy (or gal)

Events that happened around Calgary

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Crowns and Banners Letter from the Publisher

By Rob Diaz-Marino & Steve Polyak

Coronation this month was spectacular! Congratulations to the newly elected Empress 29 Argintina Hailey-Would, and Regent 29 Dion Boink. This is the 4th year in a row, has photographed and videotaped the Coronation, and we have never seen such an amazing turnout. Calgary Alderman Druh Farrell even showed up for the ceremony to give a nice speech about the ISCCA. She added that her decision to wear a business suit was a concession that, had she worn a dress, she wouldn’t have impressed anyone. We were very happy to support the Pride Rainbow Project at their 500 FT. Benefit Party last month. The Pride Rainbow Project is composed of a group of youths from the Unitarian Church. They have been showing their support for equal marriage by putting together a very long rainbow banner from material donated to them. Their goal is for the banner to eventually reach 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) long, to break the current record set by a group in Florida. We were extremely impressed to see these young people taking the initiative to make a change in society. It was a lot of fun meeting them, as they were all thrilled and very appreciative of our support.

vey, we found that 44% of our readers use Shaw as their Internet Service Provider. If you feel so inclined, you can write Shaw a complaint letter, or perhaps even show them the power of your gay dollars. Bar Banter Congratulations to Solar Café, who hit their one-year mark at the beginning of this May! This month’s business review on page 8 is dedicated to them. Empress 28 Erica Divine, who just stepped down in April, is now working days in the kitchen at Solar. Let me tell you – he’s a fabulous cook, and he’s been using his own personal touch to make some changes that’ll blow you away! The Bay Downtown threw a marvelous fashion show at the Twisted Element for their new clothing line, Springfield, which we featured in last month’s issue. It’s very promising to see Canada’s oldest corporation branching

The day after, we attended the Interfaith Statement on Same Sex Marriage Press Conference at the Unitarian Church of Calgary, where representatives from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths clearly stated their support for equal marriage. The Raging Grannies – a very vocal progay group of elderly ladies who fly in the face of many media-enforced stereotypes – sung a song they had created, accompanied by the claps and stomps of the audience. All in all, the event was a very powerful experience. This month we feature an article on page 30 about what’s new with PrideVision TV, and the problems that they’ve been having with cable provider Shaw and satellite service Bell ExpressVu. After you read this article you’ll be able to see why we, as customers of Shaw, have decided to flip over to Bell ExpressVu. We feel that Shaw is purposely punishing those who wish to have access to gay content, and as a media giant, illegally overstepping their bounds and setting a discriminatory precedent for other television providers. From our Reader’s Choice Sur- magazine


further into the gay community. On a quick note, Metro Boyztown has changed their name! They’re now known as “Metro The Club” as of mid April, and continue to open their arms to Lesbian clientele as per their membership amendment last month. In the News With Stephen Harper pushing for an election, there’s a chance that the Conservatives might get into power. We all know how Mr. Harper and the Conservative party feel about the issue of gay marriage – if elected, they will likely throw their weight around to try and block the equal marriage bill. Canadians for Equal Marriage is requesting donations to fight back against our well-funded opponents whose ads have been popping up more and more frequently in the mainstream media. Visit the Canadians for Equal Marriage website at for more information. Highlights this Month The Fairy Tales Film Festival is upon us once again! It runs from May 27th to June 5th – a whole 7 days now! Check out our article on page 10, or the Official Pride Guide on page 14 for more details. Sponsorship We are proud to be Pride Calgary’s Official Pride Guide and Print Media Sponsor this year! We will be hosting a pre-emptive version of the Pride Guide this month, with a more detailed version in our June issue. Pride Calgary has made some big changes this year, so be sure to read the article on page 35. Questions or comments about the magazine or other things happening in the community, please E-mail us at

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Four seasons and counting

By Jason Clevett

It’s been one year since Solar Café opened its doors, and while they’ve had their share of up and downs as any business does in its first year, it was with a great deal of anticipation that they signed a five-year lease earlier this year. Owners Dean Heath and Eric Jackson sat down with to discuss a year in business, and their plans for the future. “While I have a lot of experience, what works for this location and demographic I am learning every single day. When we first started, we chose to open in this location. We thought people would come here to eat and then go drink and dance. What we found was that people were not that hungry before going dancing. It was hard to target the daytime market with our target nighttime market,” Heath said. The early days were a struggle because they

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attracted a young clientele that didn’t support the business financially. “We stand behind the gay community, but a lot of the kids loitered during the daytime. Someone who was more professional, [like] a businessperson, would come here for lunch, see the kid’s behavior and conversations and would eat very fast and we would never see them again. We had to make a change to put money in the till. People also said they wanted a place to smoke, and going smoking meant being 18+, [which] eliminated the immature kid issue. However, we have had kids who just turned 18 who continue that attitude. It can be a struggle to make people realize ‘Hey, if you don’t purchase things then we won’t be around anymore for you to come hang out.’ It is the same situation with any establishment. The amount of people who were making purchases before we were licensed wasn’t enough to support my overhead. There is money in alcohol so we went licensed, and it did save the company. I would never start something this large unlicensed. This

year we added ‘entertainment establishment’ to our license because we have something happening every night.”

ter how much experience I have, we wouldn’t be here,” said Heath.

There are some in the community who compare Solar Café to the former popular hangout, The Midnight Café, which used to be on 8th Street.

There are big plans for the future of the Solar Café. Both Jackson and Heath eagerly talked about plans to expand seating capacity and add a 250 square foot patio from the front window to the tree. While their new lease has made the building non-smoking, nighttime patrons will still be able to light up.

“It wasn’t the plan to replace the Midnight, but we’ve definitely filled some of that niche,” said Jackson. “Debbie, who used to own the Midnight, sent out an e-mail endorsing Solar.” Part of the comparison stems from the ISCCA’s weekly drag shows at the café, as well as their monthly fundraising brunches. ”Doug ‘Erica Divine’ Klein approached me before I had even opened the doors and asked me to advertise in the ball program. It was Doug who brought the court here, because with the Midnight Café closing they had nowhere to perform. We started as a monthly show, the first one was standing room only and a huge success, and it became [a regular event] every Saturday. The ISCCA fundraising brunch came about because they used to have the brunches at the Midnight, and [they decided to] try that. I was looking at it as these people were wanting to work with me and bring in revenue, I wasn’t going to say no,” said Heath. Both owners commented on the tremendous talent that is a vital part of the business. “Jamieson Eakin has his own CD and is incredibly talented. He actually went to the first season of Canadian Idol and made it as far as Toronto. He will be leaving to go to Toronto to pursue his career, which will be a great loss, but until he goes we can see him every week for Open Mike. Charity Doucette is a great hostess for our Equinox parties. Charity being a naturalist and friendly witch, guides us through the events. We have Ryan Bump who is an actor who works for us part time, CJ and Tawde, who host Karaoke and the talent contest respectively, are also very talented.” Heath told us, before praising his management team. “Doug Klein, who is known as Erica Divine is the new kitchen manager. He brings to us a lot of experience. He just took a community center from a 60K loss to a 200K profit. We are fortunate to have him - he has given so much to the community as a past Empress. Eric brings lots of experience, not only did he cook at Midnight Café but he knows a lot of people in the community. He grew up here. In a lot of ways he is the front man of the company - he is very high profile. People would say ‘Dean who?’ but if you say Erica or Mystare they know them right away. A lot of people call and talk to Eric. I have never been one for fame, I prefer to keep out of the spotlight.” Solar Café also owes a lot to Allan Treleaven who is Heath’s financial partner, and used to own the Lacombe Globe newspaper.

“When we were non-smoking, a lot of the smokers wouldn’t go outside because it was the fall. Those smokers who said they would come if we went smoking, [did]. I was visiting a business associate and told him we had changed and he said ‘Oh. I won’t be coming to eat there then.’ My response was ‘I’ve been non-smoking for four months, you’ve never come to eat yet.’ I went non-smoking only because of the lease negotiations, but we are going to amend that. I have noticed a decrease in revenue in the past month, and ironically the person I mentioned hasn’t been in. Two smaller organizations said they were looking for a place to go that was non-smoking and they haven’t been in yet. …With the adjustment we are going to make, we are going to be non-smoking till 5pm because the office tower is non-smoking and then smoking from 5pm to close. It works for both sides because the management company is happy and I get my smokers back. I strongly believe that non-smokers don’t drink as much. I am a non-smoker but as a matter of finance as a business owner, I have to do what will ensure the survival of the company.” Having survived the critical first year, Heath sees a great future for Solar Café. “What a tumultuous year it was. My baby is one year old and learning to walk a bit more steadily. We are going to be looking not just to the gay community but also the arts community, because we are doing so much entertainment stuff at night. We’d like to blend the open minded straight crowd with the gay crowd. We have a lot of big plans in the future, including the expansion. I step back and let others do what they do best, I do the business and let Doug run the kitchen and let Eric market, and together [we] create something great. Solar Café #100 1011 1st St SW (403) 232-6355 If would like to have your business or non-profit group reviewed in an up coming issue of Magazine or have comment or suggestions of businesses to be reviewed, please contact us at (403) 543-6960 or E-mail us at

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FAIRY TALES 7 years of Gay Cinema

By Jason Clevett

From May 27th to June 5th, 2005, the GLBT and Film communities will flock to the Uptown Stage and Screen on 8th Avenue for a week of fabulous gay film. Fairy Tales has once again descended upon our city, and this year it’s bigger and better then ever! “It’s our seventh year, so we thought ‘why not go to seven days?’” Brenda Lieberman, Festival Producer and Programming Coordinator of Fairy Tales told “[In the past], having it over three days, the weekend flew by so quickly that people missed it. The majority of our advertising comes from word of mouth, and it was high over three days so it will be even higher over seven. As well, [watching so] many movies in three days can be a lot to ask, so by stretching it out, it gives more people a chance to watch the films without getting burned out. They can spread the word and really look at the program guide. It helps that our advertisers as well as our sponsors now get an extra four days of advertising, so it has more appeal. Distributors want to see that we have

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opening, centerpiece, and closing galas, and you can’t do that over three days. We didn’t want to shoot too high so we only added four screenings, but for our first year [with this change in effect], expanding that is more than enough.” The festival has changed and grown a great deal from its early days. Lieberman gave us a brief history from the beginning to the present. “Fairytales started in 1999 through the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF). One of the staff at the time felt there was a need for this type of event in Calgary. Trevor Alberts, Kevin Allen, and Kelly Langard started the festival up. In year two, Kelly had left the festival and I was hired on at CSIF as the programming coordinator for the year. I got involved with programming all of their special events, which included assisting with Fairy Tales. At that point Trevor was volunteer-running it, and the CSIF was just hosting it. All three founders had left and Trevor asked if I would take over running it. The festival never 100% fit CSIF’s mandate, so it was bound to separate [to form] Fairy Tales, and that is where we sit now. I organize it as a volunteer and pull together people to assist. We have formed our own board of directors and are working on charitable status. We are expanding to compare to other GLBT festivals around the world.”

While those in attendance see the finished product, planning for next year’s event will start shortly after this year’s event is wrapped up. Lieberman keeps her ear to the ground for films, and attends the Toronto International Film Festival on her own dime to look for potentials. Fundraising and sponsorship is a huge part of preparing, as presently the festival is entirely privately funded. A call to submissions is sent out, and when all is said and done, the selection committee sifts through more than 200 shorts to select what will be shown on screen. They also solicit for the full-length features and review them. It can be hard trying to pick the right selection of films to fit their diverse audience. “We have a mainstream audience – people tend to like slicker production values, strong acting and a good story. We have been looking for high[ly] polished films; in the same regard we get a lot of people who want something edgier and more artistic. As we grow we get more people. We had been catering to people who we felt wanted to see really strong international cinema. Now that we are targeting a broader audience, we can bring in ‘artier’ films. I don’t think our audience goes for the same style of film that San Francisco or Toronto do, as they run 300 films in their programs, and we get a huge number of the submissions from that. We haven’t picked a lot of those because we don’t have a lot of room in the festival, so we try and pick the best of the best. Not everyone who comes to Fairy Tales is a ‘film person’ so we can’t hit them with the really strange material that doesn’t necessarily have a point. I want to bring in the most people so we pick the strongest films we can find.” This year’s festival will have some unique new films including John and Michael – a short film about two boys with down syndrome, Thailand’s “Beautiful Boxer” - their first transgendered feature based on the true story of famed Transgendered kickboxer Parinya Charoenphol (Nong Toom), and “Raspberry Reich” from acclaimed director Bruce LaBruce. “[Reich] is very sexual and political, and definitely comes from an independent filmmaker. It is quite evident that he is keeping creative control over his work. It is heavier and probably the most sex we’ve had in a film ever. It’s not to say that is a bad thing, a lot of festivals show his work and people in Calgary want to see Bruce’s work. We haven’t shown his work before for a number of reasons, including the fact that we have had so many other films we wanted to show. We are also nervous because a lot of festivals don’t have to rate their films but we do, so by rating the film you are limiting your audience. I don’t know what Alberta Classifications will rate this [as], I imagine it will be higher than an R. We never wanted to censor our programming but in the same regards we wanted to wait until we were a little bigger to incorporate films like Raspberry Reich into the programming. … We have never had a Transgendered film before, and Beautiful Boxer is a film that hopefully everyone will see, [since]

it is an important topic. We feel strongly that it will open people’s eyes.” The plan is to bring in a varied audience. The success of last year’s popular short, D.E.B.S., resulted in a fulllength feature that will run at the festival. The event will kick off with the opening gala feature, “Mysterious Skin”, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (seen last year in “Latter Days”), Elisabeth Shue and Michelle Trachtenberg of Buffy the Vampire Slayer! “We get a large percentage of men who only see the gay films and women who go to the others. Some we can market as a crossover film. We want to bring everyone, straight, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans-identified because this whole festival is about showcasing different kinds of work that not only appeals to the GLBTQ community but those interested in film. We watch every movie as a group, guys and girls, gay and straight, and we want to all love the movie so that everyone will enjoy what we put into the festival. We want to reach as much of Calgary as we can. Some distributors don’t want to market to just a GLBTQ audience, and that is why we advertise in different forms to the broader Calgary audience.” The future looks bright for Fairy Tales, as they are taking steps towards applying for grants. Having established themselves, things will only get bigger and better. “I see it continuing to grow, it is here to stay and we can start applying for grants. If we can get more funding I can easily see us doubling in size and bringing in filmmakers – something we have only been able to afford to do once. There is a lot of opportunity for growth. We have [smaller] festivals across Canada modeling after us, and we are modeling after the larger ones. I called a distributor in a city in the US and the person I spoke to knew who we were. Fairy Tales is making itself known on an international level which is great for Calgary and the festival. If we can grow to accommodate more films it will lead to a lot more opportunity. It is tough to decide [on] 9 features out of 200, so it would be great to have more spots open.” This year will be a great opportunity to revisit the event, or experience it for the first time. “People anticipate it more, and wish they could attend. I am amazed with how many more people, when I approach them about the festival, know who we are and have attended the event. People are more familiar [with it] and have attended in the past – I find that out just by phoning people. People are more hardcore and willing to see more movies in a short period of time because it is harder to see these films after they are gone. You can buy some on DVD but the experience of being in a theatre can’t be duplicated. People sometimes focus so much on one negative thing, like a short or film they didn’t like. It is so much work, people don’t realize how much it takes to put this on and trying to appeal to so many different people and not knowing how different our audience [is]. You throw in magazine


one quirky one and then hear about it for a year. I hope that people appreciate each film for what it is worth, and realize they are there for a reason.” Fairy Tales International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival May 27 – June 2, 2005 Uptown Stage and Screen 612 8th Ave SW Advance tickets are available at: CASABLANCA VIDEO 2101- 33 Avenue SW Marda Loop (403-240-3472) 2100 - 4 Street SW (403-244-4502) BLUBOX INC. 1322 A - 17 Avenue SW (403-244-9500) Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to each screening. If would like to have your business or non-profit group reviewed in an up coming issue of Magazine or have comment or suggestions of businesses to be reviewed, please contact us at (403) 543-6960 or E-mail us at

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Official Pride Guide for Pride 2005 The Official Guide for Pride Calgary

Pride Calgary’s Official Pride Guide for Pride 2005 is proudly presented by in both this month and next month’s magazine! Look for updates to the Pride Guide next month. Visit the Pride Calgary website at Go to our website and submit YOUR Pride Event! It’s FREE and will be included in next month’s Official Pride Guide and on our Website!

May 29th

• 7pm - Mixed Shorts #1 • 9:30pm - Beautiful Boxer

• 7pm - Bear Cub • 9:30pm - Mixed Shorts #2

• 7pm - Kitty Group Pride Coffee Night Celebrate your PRIDE at the Kitty Group monthly coffee night - a casual get together for lesbians. Good Earth Café, 1502 - 11 St. SW • 7pm - Celebrating Community Putting the Fun in Fundraiser. Come schmooze at this event being hosted by Money Pennies and GLCSA. Silent Auction, 50/50 Draws, Food, Cash Bar (Benefiting GLCSA). Celina Dolan: 234-8973, Money Pennies: 1742 - 10th Avenue SW

June 1st

June 5

May 30th

• 7pm - The Road to Love • 9:30pm - D.E.B.S

May 31st

• 7pm - Show Me • 9:30 - Gay Sex in the 70’s

Pride Events • Xist 2005 (B) - Saturday June 11th at 8pm - Hall D, Round Up Centre, Stampede Park • Pride Parade - Sunday June 12th starting at 12 noon – 2nd St. to 12th St., along 17th Ave. SW • Street Festival (A) - Sunday June 12th until 5pm - Tomkins Park, 8th St. and 17th Ave. SW

Pride Month Events June is PRIDE MONTH in Calgary! Here are the events so far…


Fairy Tales Film Festival Uptown Stage and Screen 612 8th Ave SW May 27th

• 7pm – Opening Gala, Mysterious Skin • 9:30pm to 2:00am - Opening Gala Party w/ DJ RICE, KABOOM ROOM

May 28th

• 12:30pm to 2:30pm - Panel Discussion, TBA • 3pm - 100% Woman & Masha Mom • 7pm - Clara’s Summer • 9:30pm - Ethan Mao magazine

June 4

June 2nd

• 7pm - Closing Gala, My Summer of Love • 9:30pm - Raspberry Reich

Pride Month June 1

• First day of PRIDE MONTH in Calgary • Rainbow Flags are up along 17 Ave. SW for the entire month!!

June 3-5

• SPLASH Weekend Escape for Women. Accommodations and White Water Rafting on the Kicking Horse!

• 5pm to Close – Pride Pre-Party Calgary Eagle: 424a 8th Ave. SE • 10:30pm & 12:30am - Celebration Pride - 15 Years - The Beginning Pride Calgary Fundraising Drag Show and Shooter Bar Eric/Mystare, METRO The Club: 213 - 10th Ave. SW

June 6

• 8pm - Rocky Mountain Bears Pride Coffee Night Coffee and Friendly Conversation. www.rockymo Good Earth Café: 1502 - 11 St. SW

June 11

• 11am to 2pm – Solar Pride Brunch Solar Café: #100, 1011 1st Street SW

• Calgary Men’s Chorus - “Ten Squared” Roza Centre, U of C. Commemoration the tenth anniversary of the CMC and the 100th anniversary of the province of Alberta • Pre-Dance Specials $1.50 shots with Dance Ticket The Backlot: 209 10th Ave SW • 8pm - Xist 2005 Pride Dance at Hall D, Round Up Centre, Stampede Park Be prepared to dance the night away.

June 12

• 9am to 11am – Beswick House Fundraising Breakfast Before the Parade, join us for breakfast and help with Beswick House. Goliath’s Saunatel: Rear of 308 17th Ave SW - Basement • 11am to 2pm – Solar Pride Brunch Solar Café: #100, 1011 1st Street SW • 12 noon - Pride Parade along 17 Ave. SW Departs from 2 St. and 17 Ave. SW and ends at 12 St. and 17 Ave. SW Come and see, and join in, to a colorful, entertaining, showcase of all the wonderful people in OUR community!! • 2:00pm – After Parade Party BBQ and Drink Specials The Backlot: 209 10th Ave SW • Until 5pm - Street Festival at Tomkins Park: 8 St. and 17 Ave. SW This is where the community will be during

and after the Pride Parade. You will find entertainment, vendors, food and a beer garden. A great place to spend a June afternoon! • 5pm to Close – Pride Party Calgary Eagle: 424a 8th Ave. SE

June 16

• 7pm - Celebrating Community Putting the Fun in Fundraiser. Come schmooze at this event being hosted by METRO The Club and GLCSA. Silent Auction, 50/50 Draws, Food, Cash Bar (Benefiting GLCSA). Celina Dolan: 234-8973, METRO The Club: 213 - 10 Ave. SW

June 18

• Leather Daddy Contest Calgary Eagle: 424a 8th Ave. SE

June 19 • 10:30pm & 12:30am - Celebration Pride - 15 Years - The Finale Pride Calgary Fundraising Drag Show and Shooter Bar Eric/Mystare, METRO The Club: 213 - 10th Ave. SW

June 21 • 7pm to Close – Summer Solstice Party Solar Café: #100, 1011 1st Street SW


tickets must be purchased in advance.) • 9pm to 2am - Cruiseline Barnburner Dance

June 30 • 5pm - Prairie fire warm-up at Money-Pennies Eatery & Bar (1742 10th Ave. SW) • 9pm - Wet Jockey contest at Calgary Eagle (424A - 8th Ave. SE) • 10pm - Twisted Element: Pre-Rodeo Warmup Party (1006 - 11th Ave. SW) • Midnight - The famous Wrangler Hot Buns contest at MetroBoyztown/Rekroom (213 - 10th Ave SW)

July 3 • 8am to 10am - Pancake Breakfast • 11am - Slack Events • 12 noon - Grand Entry & Rodeo events • 5pm - Doors open at the Driftwood Hall • 8pm to 2am - Awards ceremony & MoneyPennies Happy Trails Dance

July 4 July 1 • 6pm to 9pm - Contestant & Grand Entry registration - Valley View Hall (Lower Level), Symons Valley Ranch Friday Night Cabaret: Entertainment • 8:00pm - The DC Cowboys presented by Twisted Element • 9:00pm - The Daughters presented by ARGRA and Stuart Aikens Casting, Inc.

• 5pm - Survivor Party - Money-Pennies (1742 - 10 Ave. SW) • 10pm - The Last Stand - Calgary Eagle (424A - 8th Ave. SE)

July 2 • 8am to 10am - Pancake Breakfast • 10am - New Contestants meeting: Driftwood Hall (main dance hall at Symon’s Valley) • 10:30am - Officials meeting • 11am - Slack Events • 12 noon - Grand Entry & Rodeo events • 6:30pm - Dinner (doors open at 5pm and magazine


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Foxwood B&B ●12 See our ad on page 33 1725 - 12 St SW • (403) 244-6693 Accommodation review in Magazine August 2004 - Issue 10

Goliath’s ●6 See our ad on page 50 308 - 17 Ave SW • (403) 229-0911 Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day 7 Days a Week, Specials on Lockers and Single Rooms for Students. Valid student ID must be shown. Student Rates unavailable 8pm to 4am Weekends. First Monday of the Month - Membership Appreciation. All Day Drink Specials on Beer and Hi-balls in the Texas Lounge. Valid Membership must be produced. 10:00pm Draw for a voucher for Free room or $20 bar tab

The Seville Park Place ●40 See our ad on page 45 239 12th Avenue SW • (403) 265-6111 Renovated Bachelor Suites Starting at $525/month. Right in the heart of the Gay Community. Westways Guest House ●13 216 - 25 Ave SW • (403) 229-1758 Accommodation review in Magazine June 2004 - Issue 8

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Businesses 4th Street Liquor & Wine ●22 1809 4th St SW •(403) 229-1919

A broad selection of spirits, wines & beer A Woman’s Place Book Store 2030 34th Avenue SW • (403) 263-5256 Business review in Magazine March 2005 - Issue 17 Self help, spirituality, Gay/Lesbian, woman’s studies, parenting, children and health. Adult Depot See our ad on page 13 140, 58th Ave SW •(403) 258-2777 524A 6th Ave SE •(403) 264-7399 ●23 Sex toys, and Straight, Bi, Gay video rentals Adult Source See our ad on page 51 Business review in Magazine October 2004 - Issue 12 10210 MacLeod Trail S • (403) 271-7848 1536 - 16 Ave NW • (403) 289-4203 2770 - 32 Ave NE • (403) 250-8225 1127 - 17 Ave SW • (403) 244-6537 ●20 4310 - 17 Ave SE • (403) 273-2701 Calgary’s largest selection of adult DVD, VHS, toys and magazines. B&D Emporium Inc. ●14 See our ad on page 29 Business review in Magazine July 2004 - Issue 9 829 17th Ave SW • (403) 265-7789 Adult clothing store and accessories specializing in fetish, leather, latex, Gothic, punk, and corsets. Bay, the ●29 200 - 8th Ave SW • (403) 262-0345 Blubox ●15 1322A - 17 Ave SW • (403) 244-9500 Business review in Magazine June 2004 - Issue 8 Clothing and home furnishings. Boot Boys Bath Shop (403) 819-2415 E-mail: Bath Products, Massage Oils available for sale at Priape, 1322 - 17 Ave SW ●16. Brian Mahoney & John McNeill See our ad on page 32 #10, 6020 - 1A St SW • (403) 259-4141 Re/Max Reality Professionals

Courtney Sebree Aarbo ●24 See our ad on page 19 1138 Kensington Road NW • (403) 571-5120 Business review in Magazine August 2004 - Issue 10 Barristers & solicitors Cruiseline See our ad on page 56 (403) 777-9494 trial code 3500 Phone chat room & talking classifieds for 18+ Customers First Auto Care 221 41st Ave NE • (403) 276-8001 Brakes, tune-ups, general repair, insurance reports, drivability problems, computer diagnostics Deva Dave Salon ●32 4th Floor, 1304 4th Street SW • (403) 290-1973 Edges Salon & Spa #7 - 400 Crowfoot Crescent NW Phone: (403) 375-0000 Our spa’s unique environment, independent of salon, is a tranquil sanctuary where stresses of everyday life melt away.

(403) 543-6970 Web site hosting and development. Computer Hardware and Software.

Rainbow Destinations (403) 283-0294 E-mail: Travel agent to gay destinations and just about anywhere in the world.

More Better Buses (403) 651-1692 Providing unique, comfortable & affordable transportation. Charter us for: High School Graduations, Senior Groups, Pub Crawls and Sporting Events

RBC Investments - Bob Sokoloski (403) 969-8588

Play Market Mall •(403) 202-1774 2nd Level , TD Square •(403) 252-9672 ●31 Priape Calgary ●16 1322 - 17 Ave SW • (403) 215-1800 Business review in Magazine May 2004 - Issue 7 Clothing and accessories. Adult toys, leather wear, movies and magazines. Gifts. Professional Relaxation Massage See our ad on page 29 (403) 510-7572 Male to Male massage by appointment only

RiTo Styling #5, 5308 17 Ave SW • (403) 686-8489 Unisex Haircuts, styling, massage, facials, waxing and hair products. Video Fantasy 104, 4202 - 17 Ave SE • (403) 248-8620 Adult movie rentals What’s In Store 1600 Edmonton Trail NE • (403) 276-3066 Business review in Magazine January 2005 - Issue 15 Used clothing and accessories. Also costumes and rentals.

Ho Ho Ho Inc. ●38 2nd Floor, Scotia Centre Downtown• (403) 398-4685 The Christmas Store Interactive Male See our ad on page 54 (403) 261-2100, Trial code 3418 or try 1-900451-3800 ($1.99/min) Phone chat room for 18+ La Fleur ●41 See our ad on page 45 #103 - 100 7th Avenue SW (403) 266-1707 Florist Shop Mark Buckley See our ad on page 17 (403) 990-7616 MaxWell Real Estate Agent Mary’s Electrolysis ●39 110 815 8th Avenue SW • (403) 234-8704 Permanent Hair Removal MFM Communications See our ad on page 23 magazine


Clubs and Bars BackLot ●3 See our ad on page 29 209 - 10 Ave SW • (403) 265-5211 Open 7 days a week, 4pm-close Business review in Magazine March 2004 - Issue 13 Internet Terminal Location* Calgary Eagle Inc. ●4 See our ad on page 21 424a - 8 Ave SE • (403) 263-5847 Open Wed-Sun 5pm-close Business review in Magazine February 2004 - Issue 4 Internet Terminal Location* Sunday - Beer Bust 4-8pm. Two Big Beef bones $5.95. $2.00 Draft (12oz) Canadian. Wednesday - Free Pool Thursday - Get Boned. Two Big Beef bones $5.95. and Wing Night. 20 cents per wing Friday - Dark Night - “Feel your way around and come in the Dark” Toonie Sundays (First and last Sunday of every month) - $2 Pizza Slices and $2 Draft Saturday May 7th - Uniform Night Sunday May 15th - Sunday Dinner Saturday May 21st - Harness night Detour/Arena ●5 318 - 17 Ave SW • (403) 244-8537 Open Thursday-Sunday 10pm-close Business review in Magazine November 2003 - Issue 1 Internet Terminal Location in the Loading Dock area* Indulge Closed. Watch for new location coming soon! Loading Dock ●7 318 - 17 Ave SW, side entrance • (403) 244-8537 Open 7 days a week, 3-9:30pm Business review in Magazine November 2003 - Issue 1 Internet Terminal Location* Metro Boyztown ●8 See our ad on page 55 and 45 213 - 10 Ave SW • (403) 265-2028 Open 7 days a week, 9pm-close Business review in Magazine December 2003 - Issue 2 Money-Pennies ●9 1742 - 10 Ave SW • (403) 263-7411


Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-close; Sat & Sun 10: 30am-close Business review in Magazine January 2004 - Issue 3 Internet Terminal Location* Tuesdays - 2 steak sandwiches $9.99 Wednesdays - 15cent Wing Night Sundays - Happy Hour All Day Friday’s - Karaoke at 9pm Monday’s - Open mike on with Chuck 8 to 10 pm Saturday - Karaoke, Name that Tune, or Dancing Sunday - Happy hour all day Check the web site for updated event calendar information. The Rekroom ●10 See our ad on page 22 213a - 10 Ave SW • (403) 265-4749 Open 7 days a week, 4pm-close Business review in Magazine December 2003 - Issue 2 Solar Cafe ●26 See our ad on page 16 #100, 1011 1st St. SW • (403) 232-6355 Sunday to Thursday: 11am to 1am Friday to Saturday: 11am to 2am Internet Terminal Location* Texas Lounge ●6 See our ad on page 6 308 - 17 Ave SW • (403) 229-0911 Open 7 days a week, 11am-close Internet Terminal Location* Check the web site for updated event calendar information. Business review in Magazine November 2004 - Issue 13 First Monday of the Month - Membership Appreciation. All Day Drink Specials on Beer and Hi-balls in the Texas Lounge. Valid Membership must be produced. 10:00pm Draw for a voucher for Free room or $20 bar tab Tuesdays - Karaoke Wednesdays - Hi-Ball Specials Sundays - Beer Specials (selected brands) Ernestine Movie Matinee: May 8th- The Last Samurai, May 15th - Andromeda Strain, May 22nd Thunder Birds, May 29th - MacKenna’s Gold, May 5th - Shark’s Tale. The Twisted Element ●33 1006 11th Ave SW • (403) 802-0230 See our ads on pages 5, 12, and 43 7 days a week 4:00pm to close magazine Internet Terminal Location* The Verge Closed

Community Groups and Organizations Aids Calgary ●2 200, 1509 Centre St South • (403) 508-2500 Non-Profit review in Magazine March 2004 - Issue 5 These workshops are offered free to all interested individuals. Alpine Frontrunners Club Calgary (403) 660-6125 The AFCC was formed in 1991 after individuals who participated in the Gay Games in Vancouver decided they wanted to form a club to promote health and fitness in the gay community. The club has a membership of approximately 20. These members are active in Team Calgary which supports athletes going to the Gay Games. The AFCC hosts a Pride Run as part of Gay Pride Week, every June (on Father’s Day). As well, we send teams to the Banff Mountain Ekiden race held the Saturday after Canadian Thanksgiving in October. AFCC Fun Runs: Tuesdays. Eau Claire YMCA. 200

Barklay Parade SW (4th street and 3rd ave SW) June thru October, at 6 pm. Outdoors. Saturdays. 9 am. Eau Claire YMCA. Brunch follows; location varies. Join our mailing list: calgaryfrontrunners@c Apollo Calgary Friends in Sports Non-Profit review in Magazine April 2004 - Issue 6 Schedule and events are changing, please check website for Fall/Winter activities. Sundays - League Sun Bowling, Regular League at Let’s 10 Pin Bowlerama, 2916 5 Avenue NE. Starting 2:00pm Tuesday - Lawn Bowling, at the Inglewood Lawn Bowling Club, 1235 - 8th Avenue S.E. between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Starts Tuesday, June 1, 2004 and run until the end of August. Wednesdays - Rainbow Riders Bowling League at Let’s 10 Pin Bowlerama, 2916 5 Avenue NE. Starting at 6:30pm. League fees are $15.00 per Night. Shoe rental is $1.25 Saturday - Badminton. 1:30pm - 3:30pm. Hillhurst Community Center, 1320 5th Avenue NW Thursday - Tennis, from 7 pm to 9 pm at West Hillhurst Community Centre, 1940 6 Ave NW., from May 27th to September 9th. The fees are $3 for Apollo members and $5 for non

members. For further information please email Peter at Fridays - Slow Pitch. at 7:00pm - starts Friday May 13, 2005. Sunnyside Hillhurst Community Centre. 1320 - 5 Avenue NW. For more info send email to or call Don B. at 245-6826 Saturday - League Curling. Details North Hill Curling Club (1201 - 2 Street N.W.) 2:20 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. games Round Robin 1 Sundays - Golf. Starting Wednesday May 4, 2005. Tee Time start 5:30. Apollo members $26.00. Non-members $28.00. First payment of 4 nights is required to start. $104.00 for Apollo members or $112.00 non - members. Pay by visa/cash/cheque. Contact Or by phone 2281952. Confirm your booking with payments by phone or email every Sunday. Apollo encourages participation of men and women of all abilities and skill levels. Come out and meet like-minded individuals. And of course enjoy the golf season while we have it. Sundays - Inner-city Volleyball, Starts on September 12, 2004. Drop in: YWCA, 320 - 5th Avenue SE. From 4:00 - 6:30PM ARGRA – Alberta Rockies Gay Rodeo Association See our ad on page 44 Hotline: (403) 541-8140 Non Profit Group review in Magazine June 2004 - Issue 8 May 28, 2005 - Spring Fling Dance starting at 7:30 pm. Dance cost is $6 for members and $9 for non-members. Country music until 10pm and hot mixed music the rest of the evening July 1-3, 2005 - CRIR Rodeo Between Men and Between Men Online Sean (403) 234-8973 or Peer support, sexual health education for gay or bisexual men, as well as those who may be uncertain or questioning their sexuality. Discussions range from personal relationship or life issues, to sexual health and well-being. Mondays - Meetings at Money-Pennies from 7pm to 8:30pm Calgary Gay Fathers (403) 777-9499 ext 2090 Peer support group for gay, bisexual and questioning fathers. Meeting twice a month Calgary Men’s Chorus See our ad on page 12

(403) 262-6295 Tuesdays - Rehearsals, 7:00pm to 9:30pm at Rosedale United Church, 1317 1 Street NW June 11 2005 “Ten Squared” Roza Centre, U of C. Commemoration the tenth anniversary of the CMC and the 100th anniversary of the province of Alberta Camp 181 Non Profit Group review in Magazine January 2005 - Issue 15 Canadians for Equal Marriage See our ad on page 50 We have chapters in Calgary, Edmonton, Medicine Hat and Red Deer. If you would like to volunteer contact us at CBCA Sexual and Reproductive Wellness Centre 304, 301 14th Street NW (403) 283-5580 CBCA offers counselling and educational services that help people consider their sexual and reproductive choices in informed and responsible ways. RU a lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirited or queer youth, ages 17-24? RU interested in helping make Calgary a safer place for people of diverse sexual orientation? If UR, we are looking for dynamic volunteers for our Anti-Homophobia Program. This program is intended to raise awareness and understanding among students about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, two spirited, transgendered, queer and questioning youth. If you are interesting in sharing your experiences with other youth, and are available days, please call us at 283-5580 and ask for an Educator or contact

Swim Club. Non-Profit review in Magazine March 2005 - Issue 17 Wednesday - 7:00 to 8:00 PM at YWCA (Fitness on Fifth), 320 - 5 Avenue S.E. not the Eau Claire YMCA $5.00 Sunday - 6:00 to 7:00 PM YWCA (Fitness on Fifth), 320 - 5 Avenue S.E. not the Eau Claire YMCA $5.00 Don’t Buy In Project This Calgary Police Service Initiative aims to encourage youth to working towards an inclusive environment in which diversity is embraced in their schools and community. Gay Prairie Alumni gayprairiealumni/ This group is for all gay/lesbian/transgendered alumni of Prairie Bible Institute and/or Prairie High School in Three Hills, Alberta. It’s purpose is twofold: First, social -- to renew old friendships and make new ones. Second -- to talk about our common experiences as gay people at a fundamentalist school. Any other questions, please feel free to ask.

Girl Friends Girlsgo Productions See our ad on page 23 (403) 510-2502 Event production and promotion in Alberta for women. Check online for fun things to do! Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - Alix Olson performing LIVE in Calgary! at Liberty Lounge, Mount Royal College. Tickets Advance: $10, Door: $12.50 available for sale at: Woman’s Place Bookstore (cash only accepted) NEW Location!! 2030 - 34th Avenue SW (in Marda Loop) May 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th - Golf Lessons - Spring is here and it is time to start thinking about getting out the sticks! I am talking about Golf Clubs ladies.... put those hockey sticks away! These lessons are open to everyone from the ‘never touched a club’ to ‘once the season starts you can’t pry the club from my hand’ and everyone in between! The lessons will be tailored to the needs of all participants. Check Website for complete details. Saturday, May 7th, 2005 DANCE! (doors

Choices (403) 234-8973 or Choices provides tailored prevention and education to Choices is a partnership between GLCSA and AIDS Calgary. Choices employs a harm reduction philosophy to educate men and HIV/AIDS and STDs, so they are able to make the best decisions for themselves. Different Strokes magazine


open at 8pm) - HERLAND Film Festival Queer Celebration at Inglewood Community Hall, 1740 - 24th Avenue SE. Tickets: Members: $5 (must give membership # with order), Non-Members Advance: $10, Non-Members Door: $15 Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5 - SPLASH - A Weekend of Adventure and Escape! The Women will be taking over the Kicking Horse Pass, near Golden, BC! 5 to 6 people per cabin. Book as a group and take over a private chalet, or book as a single, double or triple and we will place you appropriately. There is a variety of sleeping arrangements available (single & double beds). GLASS, Gay & Lesbian Association of Students and Staff PF4255 in the Professional Faculties Building, University of Calgary (403) 220-6394 Non-Profit review in Magazine October 2004 - Issue 12 GLCSA - Gay And Lesbian Community Services Association ●1 206, 223 - 12 Ave SW, Old “Y” Centre (403) 234-8973 Non-Profit review in Magazine February 2004 - Issue 4 See our ad on page 18 Heading Out Sean (403) 234-8973 or Peer group for men who are looking for an alternative social activity to the bar. Activities vary and are fun and entertaining. The group meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month from 7 pm to 9 pm. Illusions Calgary #206, 223 - 12th Ave. S.W.• (403) 2348973 Social group for Calgary and area transgender community members (cross dressers, transvestites, drag kings and queens). Illusions provides a safe, discrete and welcoming atmosphere, in which transgendered people can meet others of like mind. Illusions offers discretion, acceptance, compassion and a safe place to express your gender. Cross-dressing is the purpose of the group, but is not mandatory. Inside Out 206, 223 - 12 Ave SW, Old “Y” Centre• (403) 234-8973 Peer-facilitated youth group for GLBTQ ages 15-25. The group aims to let youth know they are not alone, and to connect them with their peers. Every Monday, 7 pm to 9pm at GLCSA. It is a funky and safe environment with a variety of resources and activities. ISCCA – Imperial Sovereign Court of the Chinook Arch See our ad on page 39 Non-Profit review in Magazine November 2003 - Issue 1 and December 2003 - Issue 2 Crowns for Kids Integrity Calgary Worship – Every Second Sunday of the month at 7pm. Meet at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, 1121 - 14 Ave SW. Christian fellowship for gay, lesbians, bisexuals and our friend and family. New Directions (403) 234-8973 or Drop in peer/social support group to provide support and resources for individuals who identify as transgendered, transsexual or intersexed. Social support meetings 1st Friday of

every month from 7 pm to 11 pm and peer support meetings 3rd Friday of every month from 7 pm to 9 pm at GLCSA. Kitty Group Phone: Nico (403) 605-6597 E-mail: A social group for womyn – Every First Saturday of the month at 7pm. At The Good Earth Café, 1504 - 11 Ave SW Pride Calgary See our ad on page 2 (403) 262-3410 Non-Profit review in Magazine May 2004 - Issue 7 June 2005 is Pride Month in Calgary Pride Dance Friday, June 11th 2005 - at Hall D, Roundup Centre, Stampede Park. Starts at 8:00 PM Pride Parade - Saturday, June 12th 2005 Along 17th Avenue SW. Starts at 12:00 Noon. Come out and “march to the beat of a diverse drum”. The Pride Parade is a great opportunity to see all the faces of our community and all of our supporters. Whether you want to be a part of the Parade or simply watch it go by, 17th Avenue SW is the place to be... get a great seat as they will go fast! Street Festival - Saturday, June 12th 2005, Tomkins Park Until 5:00 PM. Right after the fabulous Pride Parade travels down 17th Avenue, the Pride Street Festival will kick into high gear at Tomkins Park! Many businesses and organizations market their wares and promote themselves to the thousands of people in attendance. This is a great place to make face-to-face contact with members and supporters of the community. There will be lots of entertainment and great music, a fabulous way to spend a June afternoon in the Park! More information will be added to this page very soon. Sponsorship Package is now available call 2623410 to receive your copy. Check out the Official Pride Guide in this issue. Primetimers Calgary Phone: (403) 612-2430 E-mail: Prime Timers Calgary is designed to foster social interaction for its members through a variety of social, educational and recreational activities. It is open to all gay and bisexual men over forty and respects whatever degree of anonymity that

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each member desires. May 1 – General Meeting at the Old “Y” 223 – 12 Ave. S.W. Meeting starts at 5:00PM Dinner to follow at the Eagle May. 4 – Free Pool at the Eagle May. 7 – Coffee Hour at Timothy’s 1610 – 10 St. S.W. Meet at 10:00 AM May. 10 – Card Night at Harvey and Tony’s. If you wish to attend please let them know at 547–9129. We will meet at MoneyPennies at 6:00PM for dinner for their Tuesday night special before cards. May. 11 - Free Pool at the Eagle May 13 - Pub Crawl . Meet at The Backlot at around 6:00 PM to start out the evening. Place for dinner to be determined at the time. May. 17 – Pumphouse Theatre production of “Natural Causes”. For tickets call their box office at 263 – 0079 . Tickets for this evening’s performance are priced at 2-for-1 . We will meet at MoneyPennies at 6:00PM for dinner for their Tuesday night special May. 18 - Free Pool at the Eagle May. 21 – Coffee Hour at Timothy’s 1610 – 10 St. S.W. Meet at 10:00 AM May. 22 – Dinner at the Eagle. Please call Neil at 283-1086 if you wish to attend. May. 25 - Free Pool at the Eagle May .28 – Potluck Dinner at Neil’s. Please call Neil at 283-1086 if you wish to attend and to let him know what you will be bringing. May 29 – Vertigo Theatre Production “The End Of The Rope” Pay-what-you-can production. Curtain time 7:30PM. Be there at 7:00 PM to be assured seating. May. 31 – Bridge Night at Neil’s . Please call Neil at 283–1086 if you wish to attend. Meet at MoneyPennies for their Tuesday Special prior to cards. Rocky Mountain Bears Non-Profit review in Magazine January - Issue 3 Monday, May 2nd - Coffee Night. Now on the first Monday of every month. Coffee Night & BearBash Meeting - Good Earth Cafe -1502 11 St. SW - 8:00 pm. Saturday, May 14th - Day at the Zoo - Bears do the Zoo - Meet at noon at the Mastodon in the LRT station. Saturday, May 21st - Hot Tub Party - RMB membership drive - 8:00pm Bring a Friend (potential member), Bring a towel - Trunks are optional. Bring your own Booze - snack will be provided at Brad & Gerry’s - 556 Lysander

Dr. SE. Saturday, May 28th - Bar Night at the Calgary Eagle - 10pm Sharp Foundation Phone: (403) 272-2912 E-mail: SHEQ Soulful Healing Ego Quest (403) 234-8973 or A workshop for women that want to be themselves in a supportive, safe environment. It is a chance to grow and share their experiences related to women’s sexuality. Runs for a ten week period on Thursdays at 7pm. Call Trudy or Krista at 585-7437. To participate, please call the exclusive SHEQ line at 585-7437 (you may leave a voice message for Trudy or Krista) or leave your name and a contact time/number with the Gay & Lesbian Community Services Association at 234-8973. Small Change...Big Changes Speak Sebastian Radio Show – Every first & third Wednesday from 9-10pm. Radio for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans gender and kink community. Listen on CJSW FM 90.9. Team Calgary Urban Sex Radio Show – Every second & forth Wednesday from 9-10pm. Focus on sexuality; gay bisexual lesbian trans gendered and straight issues here in Calgary and around the web. Listen on CJSW FM 90.9. Western Leather Federation Coffee Night – Wed, 8:30pm. At the Calgary Eagle. Womynspace (403) 234-8973 or Peer social/support group for women providing an evening of fun, bonding, discussion and activities. Meets every Friday 7pm to 9pm at GLCSA. Youth 4 Youth 102, 1212 - 1 St. S.E. • (403) 283-8591

YouthSafe Alberta’s website for youth with sex-and-gender differences. lists the resources, information and services to help youth find safe and caring spaces in Alberta.

Restaurants Calgary Eagle Inc. ●4 See our ad on page 29 424a - 8 Ave SE • (403) 263-5847 Open Tues-Sun 4pm-close Restaurant review in Magazine December 2003 - Issue 2 Internet Terminal Location* Money-Pennies ●9 1742 - 10 Ave SW • (403) 263-7411 Business review in Magazine April 2004 - Issue 6 Internet Terminal Location* Solar Cafe ●26 See our ad on page 16 #100, 1011 1st St. SW • (403) 232-6355 Restaurant review in Magazine June 2004 - Issue 8 Sunday to Thursday: 10am to 11pm Friday to Saturday: 10am to 2am Internet Terminal Location*

Theatre and Art

Part virtuoso piano recital, part warmhearted comedy, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever tinkled the keys of a piano or dreamed of performing on stage.

Alberta Ballet Great Chefs in Great Homes - An Alberta Ballet Fundraising Event. Sumptuous Food, Unforgettable Wines. Beautiful Surroundings. $250 per person. Tickets 245-4222 ext 32

Fairytales International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival See our ad on page 7 May 27th - June 2nd, 2005. Check website for more details

ATP, Alberta Theatre Projects ●36 Phone: (403) 294-7402 2Pianos 4Hands May 3 – 21, 2005 A lifetime obsession. An everlasting gift. 2 Pianos, 4 Hands is a musical extravaganza about the pleasures and torments of a passion for music. The story interweaves music by artists from Mozart to Tom Waits with warm, comic memories of a youth spent over the keys of a piano. In their quest for perfection, two young prodigies encounter the eccentricities of oddball teachers, the love-hate relationship with practicing and the pressure of piano exams before finally facing the terror of the limits of their own ambition and talent.

New Gallery ●25 516D - 9 Ave SW • (403) 233-2399 Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm One Yellow Rabbit ●35 Big Secret Theatre – EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts • (403) 299-8888 May 17 to 21, 2005 - Solocentric Festival Showcasing some of Canada’s hottest emerging Solo Performance artists, Solocentric Theatre and Dance is proud to bring you its 4th Annual festival of solo performance creation, copresented with One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre. At the Big Secret Theatre in the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts Tue/Wed May

Timothy’s Coffee ● 27 1610 10th St SW • (403) 244-7750 Restaurant review in Magazine September 2004 - Issue 11 Monday - Saturday: 7am to 11pm Sunday: 8am to 11pm The Twisted Element ●33 1006 11th Avenue SW • (403) 802-0230 See our ad on page 5, 12, and 43 Restaurant review in Magazine January 2005 - Issue 15 Sunday 11:00am to close Monday to Saturday 4:00pm to close Internet Terminal Location* Victoria’s Restaurant ●18 306 - 17 Ave SW • (403) 244-9991 Mon Fri, 11am-close; Weekends 10am-close Restaurant review in Magazine January 2004 - Issue 3 The Wicked Wedge ●19 618 - 17 Ave SW • (403) 228-1024 Restaurant review in Magazine November 2004 - Issue 13 magazine


17 & 18 @ 7:30PM & 9:30PM, Thur/Fri May 19 & 20 @ 7:30PM, 9:30PM and 11:00PM, Tickets are $10 in Advance $12 at the door. For Tickets call the One Yellow Rabbit Box Office at (403) 264-3224 Pumphouse Theatre ●37 2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW • (403) 2630079 May 3 - 14, 2005 - Jenny Presented by Broad Minds, In the Joyce Doolittle Theatre, Tickets $15.00 Adults. $12.00 Students/Seniors. plus $1.75 service charge Tuesday to Saturday @ 8:00 pm. Sunday matinee @ 2:00pm. For Tickets Call 263-0079. Inspired by the sculptures, diaries, and short-but-rich life of artist Jenny Read, this poignant play chronicles the journey of Jenny’s mother, Dorothy, as she struggles with her unresolved grief associated with Jenny’s violent death. Jenny incorporates art, poetry, psychotherapy , and the power of forgiveness to tell this emotional story. This intricately woven and ultimately hopeful story also received Honorable Mention in the 1997 Jane Chambers Playwriting Contest. May 13 – 21, 2005 - Natural Causes, In the Victor Mitchell Theatre. Tickets $15.00 Adults, $10.00 Students/Seniors, Tuesday to Saturday @ 8:00 pm, Sunday matinee @ 2:30pm For Tickets Call 253-2002. A brilliant black comedy ensues when Vincent, a professional suicide merchant, is contracted by Walter Bryce and arrives at his country house. He mistakenly assumes that the potion is intended for Walter - or maybe for Walter’s wife Celia? If so, then why is all her suicide notes left unsigned? After several failed attempts at poisoning various characters (resulting in multiple poisoning of a rubber plant!) will Vincent succeed in killing anyone? May 18 - 28, 2005 - Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, In the Joyce Doolittle Theatre. Tickets $15.00 Adults, $12.00 Students/Seniors plus $1.75 service charge Tuesday to Saturday @ 8:00 pm. For Tickets Call 263-0079. The setting is a rundown bar in the Bronx, where two of society’s rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over thier beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is now being cared for by her parents. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call “the animal”, seems incapable of tender emotion. Roberta, still haunted by the memory of an ugly sexual incident involving her father, is distrustful of men in general. And yet, as their


initial reserve begins to melt and they decide to spend the night together, the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge - the first for both of them. In the end there are no facile, easy answers but thanks to the playwright’s skill and compassion both characters are able to probe within themselves to find an exorcism and forgiveness that, while painfully achieved, offers the hope of a future touched with more than the bitterness and loneliness that had been their lot before their fateful meeting. May 27– June 11, 2005 - Pippen, In The Victor Mitchell Theatre. Tickets $18.00 Adults. $15.00 Students/Seniors plus $1.75 service charge Wednesday to Saturday @ 7:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday matinee @ 2:30pm. For Tickets Call 263-0079. A traveling group of players tell the tongue-in-cheek story of Pippin, son of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlrmagne. His attempt to become a soldier, a lover, and revolutionary all fail miserably. Finally, he tries settling down with a decent woman. Pippin, however, believes that he is meant for extraordinary things and must find a way to reconcile his life with his need to be extraordinary. Stagewest 727 42 Avenue SE • (403) 243-8642 California Dreaming April 28 – July 3, 2005 The British may have dominated the airwaves in 1964, but by the late 60’s the new “ California sound “ was all the rage. From the snow-covered Prairies to the concrete jungles of New York and Toronto, teens dreamed of surfboards and souped up 56 Chevy’s. California was the land of bleached blondes, blue skies, bikinis and the Beach Boys! From the Beach Boys to CCR, Fleetwood Mac to the Mamas and Papas, the hits had made music history in North America and had us all doing a little “ California Dreaming “ Theatre Junction Vertigo Mystery Theatre ●34 161, 115 – 9 Ave SE • (403) 221-3708 If you would like to add your business or non-profit group to the list above, please call (403) 543-6960 or E-mail You can add your information to the directory on the website for free. endeavors to have the magazine

information here as accurate as possible. Events and listings can change at any time so it is recommended to check with the establishment before you head out. Non-Profit groups free listings. Business receive a listing once an ad has been placed. The business listing will last 3 months after the last ad is placed unless there is a service located at that location. magazine


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Q Scopes

“See foreign films, Leo!” Lifestyle | Astrology

By Magazine Staff

Saturn is quincunx to Pluto for a month, which presents irritating challenges to making deep adjustments. Mercury is briefly aspecting both, offering ideas and messages on how to use those challenges. It’s a great time for research projects, especially in history, genealogy, and archaeology.

ARIES (March 20 - April 19): Normally, problems at home should be solved there, but solutions are now coming from as far away as possible. Find a foreign and/or philosophical fount of wisdom to offer new insights.

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Words lie heavily on your tongue - but what really needs saying? Take some time out for meditation or another introspective focus. That will just make you sexier, so take time to play too - and then who needs words on your tongue?

GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): Loans to or from friends will only make trouble later. Get by on what you have and let others do the same! You’re especially forceful and persuasive now, so you shouldn’t have trouble sticking to your guns - and that will earn you great respect.

CANCER (June 21 - July 22): Working too hard could make the boss suspicious that you’re after his or her job. The two of you are due for a talk about your duties and about how to work more effectively. Relax effectively, too! Stress from overwork can be dangerous.

LEO (July 23 - August 22): You’re getting into arguments too easily. Instead, try to confront what’s really bothering you. Pick from a list of foreign films - for entertainment, yes, but also for a clue to what is really working your nerves.

VIRGO (August 23 - September 22): Power struggles are more easily won on your home

turf. Getting all involved in your work space or usual hang-out is OK, but nothing wins them over like a homecooked meal - or at least coffee and treats at your place.

LIBRA (September 23 - October 22): Asserting your authority in any matter will only create more problems than it solves. Simply and concisely spelling out the facts of the matter at hand will demonstrate your mastery of the situation. Remember, what’s right is more important than who’s right.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21): Domestic arguments largely boil down to problems around work and money. Cut through the emotional drama and get to practical issues. The real trick is to respect everyone’s emotions in the process.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20): Ever-lucky Saj! While Saturn is giving everyone else headaches, he’s making you the queen (OK, Butch - or the king!) of leather and fetishes. Just don’t be too assertive about it. Your natural confidence is quite enough. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19): Relationships feel especially problematic now. Working it out together is ideal, but a time-out may be in order. Whether family traditions are a source of the problem or offer wise insight, digging around your roots will help.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18): If something is bothering your tummy, it’s likely to be from the weight of something you need to get off your chest. Even if there are repercussions, difficult adjustments are better than the status quo. Sing out, Louise!

PISCES (February 19 - March 19): Your profound creativity is blocked now. Diverting your attention to work, especially on money matters, will help. Balancing your checkbook or reviewing the household budget is fine, but doing similar tasks at work is better. magazine


Adult Film Reviews By Benjamin Hawkcliff

If you like them tall, dark and handsome, you’ll definitely want to check out Raging Stallion Studio’s Passport to Paradise, available at Adult Depot. Blonde pierced cutie Pete Ross is vacationing in Costa Rica, but I guess he didn’t do much research beforehand… rather then being on a beach, he’s shivering in the cold. To warm himself up, he slips into Miguel Leonn’s mansion in the hills, where he sneaks around watching hot Latin men getting it on. He was finally caught by the owner of the house, who seduces him by the fire in a scene that is as visually beautiful as the men it contains. The next morning the owner leaves him be, but I guess the night before wasn’t enough because it seems everyone is still horny, and more steamy latin sex ensues. While the action is damn good, the second disk of the set is an interesting look into the world of adult film. Cameras take you behind the scenes for interviews and an in-depth look at exactly what it takes to put together a porno. You truly get a sense of the actors behind the bodies and the amount of effort it takes. These guys have to be ready to go while people watch, film, stop to take still pictures, and switch positions between scenes. The first scene alone took all day, so although it may seem like a great job, you still work very hard, no pun intended. Well, maybe a little… The theme for this month’s Adult Depot features is “real men.” Like them rugged, rough and furry? Pick up Hairy Chested Hunks – it may have a slightly corny name, but hairy chested hunks is exactly what you get! Nasty Men has the slogan “They’re Raunchy, They’re Ready, They’re Ripe” and it’s true. These guys partake in some unmentionable activities that are a little beyond my threshold. If you’re into kink though, this’ll definitely appeal to you! While there’s nothing wrong with liking chicken, sometimes you want 100% grade A beef and these three releases give you all that and more. Many of us know what a pain it can be to renovate and sell your home. If life was like Open House, available at

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Review | Adult Male

Adult Source, then we’d all be out house hunting as much as possible! From the painters who decide to take a three-way break, to the Real Estate agent’s partner who seduces the delivery boy, there is some steamy stuff in here. The open house quickly turns into a sexual free for all, the hot tub boils over with passion, and the agent “signs the deal” in a whole different way. Despite the fact that the film isn’t in English, you can still follow the plot…but when the sex is this good, who cares? Check out’s two other DVD’s of the month from Adult Source. Rescue 69-11 has one of the worst William Shatner impressions ever, and while it may be hokey, it still has some damn good stuff. Richard Wagner’s Bodyrocks takes place in Seattle, Washington and features an All-Seattle cast. The story is set in a massage parlor and as you can imagine, it isn’t just backs that get rubbed. There’s a whole lot of tension relief in this place! I am feeling less tense myself now! Passport to Paradise, Hairy Chested Hunks, and Nasty Men Available at Adult Depot 524 6th Ave SE – (403) 264-7399 140 – 58th Ave SW – (403) 258-2777 Open House, Rescue 69-11, Richard Wagner’s Bodyrocks Available at Adult Source 10210 Macleod Trail SE – (403) 217-7848 1536 16th Ave NW – (403) 289-4203 2770 32nd Ave NE – (403) 250-8225 1127 17th Ave SW – (403) 244-6537 4310 17th Ave SE – (403) 273-2701

Q Puzzle

“Queer for a (Half) Day” Fun | Crosswords

By Magazine Staff

A crossword which looks at “queer” parts of the day. Across 1 Article of Fassbinder’s 4 Claim of some porn stars 11 Mary Cheney’s partner Heather 14 “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” mountain 15 Blanche Wiesen Cook subject 16 River of Ulrichs’ country 17 Mexican resort Quintana ___ 18 Like the real thing 19 Cats inspirer’s monogram 20 Cary Grant’s To Catch a ___ _ 22 Child-care writer LeShan 23 Top floor 25 Simultaneous discharge of guns 26 Caesar’s thus 27 Fruit peel 28 The Gay ‘90s, for one 30 Men Behaving Badly writer Simon 31 2000 gay flick _ ___ and Charley 34 My Own Private ___ _ 38 Veg out, with “around” 42 Petty of A League of Their Own 43 Difference between a slut and a whore? 44 Problem for one’s bitch 45 Use your hands instead of your mouth 46 The bottom line 47 Seamen 48 Whitman work 50 Was out in front 51 “Hot dog!” 52 Crack code-cracking org. 53 R.E.M.’s former record label 54 Writer Castillo 55 Bates of Primary Colors 57 Stuff for a blow job? 58 Afraid of S/M, e.g. 61 Opera queen’s fave, perhaps 62 What you do after you drop the soap 64 Colette’s Parisian heroine 65 A Beautiful ___ _ 66 Like a woman without a woman 67 Hearty partner 68 Presbyterian activist Michael 69 “God loves everybody,” at Metropolitan Community Church 70 Oddly shaped testicle? Down 1 Comes quickly 2 Hello at Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand 3 What sugar daddies may do to boy-toys 4 Request on one’s knees 5 Island in gay Paree 6 They make you gay, they say 7 With 36-Down, Barbara Wilson novel 8 Seminal computer

9 Mama’s boy 10 What the religious right and the gay community need? 11 Frequent Mapplethorpe subject Smith 12 Wet spot on a blanket of sand 13 How Homo sapiens walks 21 Michael Jeter sitcom 24 William Shakespeare comedy 29 “It ___ Necessarily So” 30 Coward of The Scoundrel 31 Showboat’s “Nobody ___ But Me” 32 Be het up 33 Evita, for one 35 Hepburn’s Eliza 36 See 7-Down 37 Mick Jagger? 39 Jim Nabors, for one 40 Apartment ___ _ 41 Hair’s “___ to Be Hard” 49 Cheer that goes either way 51 Bit of grain for a granola lesbian 55 Gay ___ Sutra 56 Dry as a bone 59 Queer ice house? 60 Advice from Richard Simmons 62 Posed for Berenice Abbott 63 Stroke your furry one

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The Bishop and The ‘Gay Agenda’ By Stephen Lock

So, this bishop sends a letter to his local parishes and a local tabloid newspaper – stop me if you’ve heard this one, okay – denouncing equal marriage, right, and calling for the “coercive power of the State to proscribe and curtail” homosexuals. So everybody gets upset and the bishop says the gay lobby groups are trying to curtail his freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Thing is, they aren’t – and this is the punch line – the national gay lobby group in Canada actually supports his right to say that. Funny, huh? Of course, it’s not funny at all. Egale Canada, the national equality-seeking organization that advocates on behalf of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans-identified people and their families is, and always has been, a pro-Charter organization. Egale doesn’t advocate Charter protections only for those it agrees with, but also for those it disagrees with, including Catholic Bishops who say some pretty bad stuff about GLBT people. Things like we’re “evil”, their comparison of homosexuality to adultery, prostitution and pornography, and how we, along with those other things, undermine the family and thus the very foundations of society. When Bishop Henry issued his Pastoral Letter in January 2005, many within the GLBT community had issues with its content. Now, most of it is simply Henry, as Bishop, reiterating Catholic teachings. That’s his job; he’s supposed to do that. No problem there. One can disagree with Catholic teachings, and many do, but it’d be pretty peculiar if a Catholic bishop didn’t reinforce what his church teaches. It kinda goes with being a bishop, doesn’t it? The problem arose when he called on the “coercive power of the State to proscribe and curtail” homosexuals “for the public good”. What does that mean? To many of us it sounded like he was calling for The State to repress us, for a return to the days when police could enter a gay bar and round up all the homosexuals simply for being there and dancing together. Would the “coercive power of the State” mean that next year’s Pride Parade would have a battalion of police cars swoop down on us – lights flashing and sirens wailing – to arrest us? Did it mean a

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same-sex couple caught holding hands in public or (gasp) showing affection to each other would be issued a Summons to Appear in Court? Bishop Henry now says that is not what he meant. I can accept that. We all say or write things that are misunderstood as things we really didn’t mean to say. I’ve done it. So when that happens, one tries to clarify or take responsibility for what was said or written. One way of doing that is to explain exactly what was meant. At the time of writing this article, the bishop hasn’t said what he actually meant; only that he didn’t mean homosexuals should be arrested en masse. That’s a relief. The bishop has had two Alberta Human Rights complaints laid against him over the “coercive power” comment. Initially, everyone assumed the complaints came from within the GLBT community. After all, who but homosexuals would take offense? Turns out, it wasn’t some lesbian or disgruntled gay guy at all, but two heterosexuals; one of whom, at least, agrees with the bishop in regards to protecting traditional marriage, but had some major issues about the bishop “overstepping his role” and moving into the political realm. At first blush it will probably seem odd that Egale Canada actually supports the bishop in this case. However, it’s important to understand that what is being supported is not the content of the Pastoral Letter, or any agreement whatsoever with Church doctrine in regards to homosexuals and homosexuality. What is being supported is the bishop’s right, anybody’s right, to freedom of speech and religious belief. That’s pretty basic. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is for everyone. Voltaire once said, “I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. That quote keeps floating around in my head and no other quote is more applicable here. There are some who have described the bishop’s comments as “hate” or “hateful”. That the comments are hurtful, insulting, and degrading there is no doubt – but they are not hate. The Criminal Code of Canada (yes, I know this is not a Criminal Code of Canada case, it’s a human rights case, and the criteria are different) is very specific about what legally constitutes hate, hate speech, and hate propaganda. This isn’t it. What the bishop said simply does not meet the legal definition of hate under Canadian jurisprudence. What is actually in his heart and mind, only he and his God can answer. I won’t presume to even try and guess.

The problem with describing hurtful and insulting comments and views as “hate” is rather like the boy who cried wolf; if we cry “hate” too much, when hate actually does swoop down on us, nobody is going to listen. Hate is what one reads on a white supremacist website. Hate is what the supposedly Reverend Fred Phelps spews out. Hate is a carload of youths speeding by tossing beer bottles out the windows at the fags and dykes coming out of a club, or screeching to a halt and beating someone up while screaming “faggot!!” That’s hate. And sometimes it kills us. A bishop saying the teachings of his church reflect biblical proscriptions against sodomy and therefore homosexuality is wrong, sinful, intrinsically disordered and an affront to the divine plan (at least as his church sees it to be) is perhaps misguided, even arguable. We are as free to disagree with the teachings of the church (or temple, or synagogue or mosque) as he is to espouse those teachings. That, my friends, is this messy thing we call democracy. Stephen Lock is the Regional Director for Egale Canada and the Calgary Representative for The Canadians For Equal Marriage Coalition. He is also the producer and host of a semi-monthly glbt radio show, Speak Sebastian, airing at 9pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month on CJSW FM 90.9. We are still looking for contributions to the Goliath’s Defence Fund. Donations can be made by cheque or money order, payable to “Stephen Lock (trustee).” In the memo section write “to be held in trust for the Goliath’s Defence Fund” and mail to: The Goliath’s Defence Fund, c/o The Calgary Eagle, 424-a 8th Ave SE, Calgary AB T2G 0L7. All proceeds go to defray the legal costs of the man charged as a found-in. magazine


OUTtv vs. Shaw Cable

Media Giant blocking Gay Television Network By Jason Clevett and Rob Diaz-Marino

For nearly 4 years now, PrideVision TV has been available on Shaw as an Á la Carte (stand-alone) adult service. As the world’s first GLBT television network to broadcast 24/ 7, aside from it’s popular adult shows, PrideVision contained a wide range of informational programming including current affairs, documentaries, health and fitness, lifestyle, finance, relationships, music, cooking and travel. This April, PrideVision launched a new channel, OUTtv, which effectively split the network into two different realms. OUTtv took over all of the informational programming, while the new Hard On PrideVision TV provides hard core gay adult content 24 hours a day. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has reviewed the programming for the new OUTtv and classified it as Category 1. This puts it in the same arena as other lifestyle channels such as the Food Network, Men TV, Discovery Health, One: Body Mind and Spirit Channel, Fine Living, and Fashion TV. Oddly enough, the original PrideVision TV was also classified as Category 1 when they first launched, before they started featuring their adult programming. “Shaw resisted very highly the distribution of PrideVision in 2001 at its inception, and they ignored PrideVision being treated like all the other Category 1’s,” said Bill Craig, president of OUTtv and Hard On PrideVision. “PrideVision submitted a complaint to the CRTC in September 2001 that stated in part: ‘Fair and equitable packaging of PrideVision on distribution systems owned by Shaw Communications Inc. has been problematic from the outset. As the Commission knows, representatives of Shaw have made public statements to the effect that Shaw will not carry the service in certain areas. Shaw representatives have also said that if the service is carried it will not be packaged with other programming services. Having realized that PrideVision is a must-carry service, Shaw is now impeding the preview of PrideVision in order make it as difficult as possible for anyone to sample the service.’” With Shaw insisting on offering PrideVision as premium-only distribution, all the other cable operators had

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to follow suit to stay competitive. The gay community and PrideVision have suffered greatly from this decision. For Craig, this pattern is starting to look all too familiar. Once again, Shaw has overlooked OUTtv’s CRTC classification, refusing to bundle it with other lifestyle stations and continuing to charge customers $7.95/month for the channel. On their website, they list OUTtv in their Adult Á la Carte services, alongside of the straight pornography stations – PlayBoy TV, Hustler, and a bundle of the two. Ironically, Shaw has refused to carry Hard On PrideVision altogether, deeming it inappropriate. When a representative from phoned Shaw’s customer service, Shaw reiterated that OUTtv contained “adult” content, and would continue being classified as a premium stand-alone channel.’s calls to Shaw’s Media Relations department were not returned in time for our press deadline. PrideVision has tried many times to solve these issues, to no avail. “The new owners [of PrideVision] have tried to negotiate with Shaw since July 2004. Shaw continues its high resistance to gay-based programming services,” Craig said. A complaint was submitted to the CRTC March 23rd and the Commission is presently assessing if and when there should be a hearing. Initially, PrideVision was running into similar problems with satellite service Bell ExpressVu, who has since come around. The company has taken steps to include OUTtv as a bundle or an Á la Carte service at a lower rate. Nathalie Moreau, Associate Director of Media Relations at Bell Canada told, “OUTtv does not contain any Adult programming. As a result Bell ExpressVu has re-priced this service on an Á la Carte basis

from $7.95 to $1.99 to $2.50, depending when the service was first purchased and depending on the combination of other packages with which it is purchased. Actually, most other satellite and cable distributors have adopted the same approach. PrideVision was positioned in the Adult programming section of Bell ExpressVu’s EPG and in it’s marketing materials because this is the way the service was positioned by both the former and new owners of the service. OUTtv (PrideVision’s successor), while operating under the same category 1 must-carry licence from the CRTC, is free of this [adult] category of programming and has consequently been repositioned by Bell ExpressVu and other distributors as per the request of the current owners.” How can the GLBT community help support OUTtv? “We are asking that the world’s first GLBT channel be finally treated like all the other Category 1’s by Shaw Cable and Direct Choice. Letters, emails and phone calls [even leaving a message] as high up the chain as possible would be of the most help,” said Craig. “Consider sending [an] email to others that may have a similar interest in getting proper distribution of OUTtv, the World’s first Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender TV Channel.” OUTtv and Hard On Pride 6166954 Canada Inc. “PrideVision TV” 200 - 491 Church St Toronto, ON M4Y 2C6 The following is a list of contacts at Shaw and the CRTC where you may send your comments on this issue: Shaw Communications Inc. (403) 750-4500

Cynthia Rathwell VP, Regulatory Affairs 440 Laurier Ave. West, 200 Ottawa, ON K1R 7X6 (613) 234-5759 Fax: (613) 234-7502 Michael Allan Corporate Vice President (In charge of programming decisions for Shaw Cable and Star Choice) (905) 403-2025 (Toronto Area) Fax: (905) 403-2630 Assistant Maria Pagnini (905) 403-2633 Assistant Joy Loder (905) 403-2652 The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) General Questions and Comments 1-877-249-2782 (toll-free) TDD Line: 1-877-909-2782 Client Services (819) 997-0313 TDD line: (819) 994-0423 CRTC Edmonton Office (780) 495-3224

JR Shaw, O.C Executive Chair of the Board Jim Shaw Chief Executive Officer Peter J. Bissonnette President magazine


2 Pianos 4 Hands Preview | Theatre

By Jason Clevett

Alberta Theatre Projects is ending the 2004/2005 season in the same way it began – with two talented actors taking their audience through an array of characters, morphing between them using only their voices and body language. Running from May 3rd – 21st, 2 Pianos 4 Hands stars Kevin McGugan as Richard, and Jonathan Monro as Ted, two boys in search of concert pianist stardom. The first half sees each actor play the youngest version of their character, while the rest portrays the influences in their life – teachers, adjudicators and parents. The two main characters grow up over 15 years as friendly rivals, competing in festivals and trying to become famous. Along the way they experience the terror of the limits to their own ambitions. The play was written by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, who originally starred in the production. It has been performed, sold out, to audiences in 100 cities and four continents – even translated to French, German and Japanese. It is one of the most successful Canadian productions, proving both men are talented actors and pianists. McGugan and Monro are left with the unenviable task of filling the shoes of the original actors, especially since long-time ATP patrons will remember Dykstra and Greenblatt performing in the original, back in the fall of 1996. But considering their background, they can pull it off. Monro grew up in Newfoundland and started his career as a concert pianist, playing in New York’s famed Carnegie Recital Hall at age 16. In 1995 he switched to acting, starring in two Broadway shows, as well as the US Touring production of 2 Pianos 4 Hands. McGugan has design and music direction credits for plays across the prairies. The show is very much about dreams – the desire for success, the hope and passion for something that consumes your life – and wraps it up amidst music and a warmhearted comedy. Much like the two talented actors in season opener Stones in His Pockets, McGugan, Monro, and director Bob White will take you on a journey that is sure to strike a chord. Make sure you get your tickets, as the show is

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very popular. It is a fitting way to cap off what has been a fantastic season of Alberta Theatre Projects!. Alberta Theatre Projects 215 8 Avenue SE (403) 294-7402

Best of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Jubilations dinner theatre promises to be there for you. By Jason Clevett

Jubilations dinner theatre can best be described as an “experience.” When attending their shows, you quickly get drawn into the cast of characters not only on stage but also serving you. Mixing parodies of classic TV shows with popular songs equates to an evening of dining and entertainment that is truly one-of-a-kind. This is especially the case with their current production, “The Best of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.” which is a takeoff from the hit TV show that went off air last year. Set after the finale, the talented cast of actors immediately knocks you off your feet with their dead-on grasp of the characters. From their voices to the little mannerisms each character is well known for, you truly believe that the original cast is in front of you. Without a doubt, it must have been a great deal of hard work for the cast to nail these parts, and it speaks to their talent that they pull it off so brilliantly. Before the show, patrons sample the delicious potato leek soup and “Rachel’s Greens” salad, before choosing from their main course to be served during the first intermission. While the Prime Rib (dubbed “Joey’s Big Beef”) is very popular, my companion loved “Ross’ Rustic Chicken” while I chose the delicious “Monica’s Marine” – salmon with hollandaise sauce. For those who like pasta or are of the vegan inclination, you can try “Phoebe’s Veggie Medley.” You get to wrap up the night with a choice of either strawberry cheesecake or lemon meringue pie. The show also features theme drinks like “Ross’ New Monkey” coffee, “Joey’s Juice” shooters and “Phoebe’s Favorite Smelly Cat” cocktails.

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one of the best in Jubilation’s history. A night out with some great food, awesome music and a few good “Friends?” As Chandler would say, “Could there BE anything better?” Best of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. April 22 – July 10, 2005 Jubilations Dinner Theatre 1002 37 Street SW (In the Westbrook Mall) Box Office: (403) 249-7799

The cast interacts with the audience as well! Much to our amusement, Phoebe served us our dinner and kept telling people about the “torrid affair” she and I had when we were both in college. She told people she could read my mind, and demanded I stop thinking dirty thoughts about her. When I asked her about the rumor that her character was bisexual, she replied “Oh yes. I’ll buy anything, I love to shop.” We also forced one of the poor characters wearing an N-sync jacket to give us a few bars of “It’s gonna be me.” If you were a fan of the original show, you have to see this production! From the jaw dropping choreography to classic 80’s rock songs, the show will likely stand out as magazine


Jann Arden

Wait, she’s in a good mood? Review | Music

By Jason Clevett

Just when you think you know Calgary’s Jann Arden, she throws you for a loop, making you realize you don’t know her at all. While famous for her powerful songs of heartbreak mixed with her comedic timing, many of her fans are looking at her new self-titled release, containing tracks like “I’d Be Glad”, “How Good Things Are” and “Life is Sweet”, and thinking maybe this CD should have been called “Happy 2.” Originally intended to be an “anonymous” work, to have fun and alleviate the pressure and reputation of writing songs heavy with emotion, Arden and collaborator Russell Broom created one of Arden’s best works yet. It is no wonder that, in its first week, it has already gone gold and become her best selling debut ever. As always the songs stem from current topics such as elections, war and terrorism. The CD also reflects the positives in Arden and Broom’s lives – Broom’s new daughter, friendships and love. Highlights include opener “Calling God” about prayer, first single “Where No One Knows Me” - a fantastic driving song. “How Good Things Are” is the saddest song on the record and very emotional, while “Rock This Girl” shows Jann’s sexier side. Arden had some other help on the album. Calgary’s Bob, Clint, and Scott Moffatt added background vocals to the stunning “Beautiful Pain”. Arden’s duet with Sarah McLachlan on her classic “I Would Die For You” will give you goosebumps. On an interesting trivia note, McLachlan presented Arden with an award for the original video at the 1993 Junos. As a long time fan of Arden, I consider everything from her early releases “Time for Mercy” and “Living Under June” to 2003’s “Love Is The Only Soldier” to be works of art. I couldn’t help being nervous while waiting for this new release. The first single “Where No One Knows Me” was so different from the usual Arden work – I wondered if she would continue to take her listeners through a gamut of emotions and evoke the same response as she has for over a decade. I needn’t have worried. Jann Arden, while a much lighter collection, still packs the same emotion that Arden has always possessed.

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Without a doubt, my favorite song on the disc “All of This” sums life up in a nutshell. “All of this, was wonderful and worth the heartache. All of this, was beautiful and full of light. All of this, was everything I ever hoped for. All of this was life.” While heartache continues to be a prominent theme in Arden’s music, on the whole her work boils down to hope and love. It’s something we all seek. Arden, it seems, has captured it on CD to remind us that it’s out there. Jann Arden

Pride Calgary Filling June with Pride By Jason Clevett

Calgary’s Pride Celebrations have become an exciting part of the calendar for the past 14 years. Ever evolving, for its 15th anniversary this year, the Pride Board took a giant leap into the future, being one of the first organizations in the world to announce a full month of Pride! Starting from May 27th with Fairy Tales and wrapping up July 3 at the ARGRA Rodeo, June this year will be filled with rainbow flags, and all sorts of exciting events! “Pride Month came about back in October when the Pride Committee was coming together. We looked at what events we knew about already, and when we found out that Fairy Tales and ARGRA Rodeo bookmarked June, it was fun to play with the idea of Pride Month so that we could include those events. What has happened is that it has allowed other groups and organizations to have [Pride-endorsed] events during the entire month, rather than being confined to the week. It’s working. We are having events come forward that, in the past, we couldn’t have promoted because it didn’t fit into that week,” said Linda Craig, who along with Dean Burton are the CoChairs of Pride 2005. “This year we also have changed to have all of the Pride Calgary sponsored events on one weekend. The dance ‘Xist 2005’ is June 11th, and on June 12th we will be having the parade and street fair along 17th avenue. We are excited about these substantial differences and are looking forward to seeing the feedback of how the community likes it. So far we have had a lot of people expressing interest in having events during the month. [Those events are] listed on our website and [in] the official pride guide in Magazine. There will be lots of exposure for the events.”

Community | Spotlight from this point forward ‘Xist.’ Last year we didn’t have everybody come out to play because of the weather, but the location has better exposure. It is right in the middle of where everything is, which allows more people to include themselves in the celebration. The Parade route is longer… There are a lot of advantages to 17th, it is a great place to be and it is right in the middle of the community. Our rainbow flags will once again be up on 17th Ave for the full month of June. We are going to have flags that were up last year up again, and those who haven’t had them before or want new ones can get their logo printed and have them up this year.” Now is the time to get involved – Pride Calgary is looking for volunteers! Forms for sponsorship, parade registration, and volunteering at the street festival are available on their website. Craig expects this to be the biggest Pride yet, and encourages people to attend or volunteer. “I have been involved with Pride Calgary for a number of years, and what I find most exciting is that every year there are new ideas and events. We can see it changing in the future and it is amazing to be a part of. I encourage anyone to volunteer as this is the best time of year to be involved – it is unbelievable! The most important thing is to come out in June for Pride Month, have some fun and be part of this incredible celebration. It is because of you folks that we make this happen.” Pride Month May 27 – July 3, 2005 Pride Calgary (403) 262-3410

Pride Month also allows those traveling from out of town to take in as much as possible. Pride 2004 saw a lot of changes, and they continue this year. “We are going to have an incredible opportunity to accommodate the visitors, who no longer have to pick which weekend to be here. They can come for the one weekend and hit [all of Pride Calgary’s events]. We have had a lot of positive feedback from the dance being at Hall D [in the Round-Up Center]. It’s bigger, [has] great lighting and sound, and looks more professional. It will be almost like a circuit party this year, which is why it has been dubbed magazine


Letters to the Editor Straight to Diva - Success! Here are the final numbers so far. I can’t give you the exact ones as of yet, due to the fact that not all the monies have been turned in yet. The Straight to Diva fundraiser brought in approx. $4,000.00 thus far. The HIV Peer Support Group would like to thank the following for their contribution towards our group: • The Calgary Eagle for their absolutely outstanding donation of time, commitment, and support for the group. Not to mention their donating the venue, food and advertising. Without them, the event would not have been as successful as it was. • Ron Sheetz of the Calgary Eagle – without his ongoing support & commitment toward this fundraiser, none of it would have been possible. He went above and beyond the call of duty. • Laurie from Money Pennies, who has demonstrated her ability to engage her patrons to buy tickets in advance, donate items for the silent auction, and being a friend by supplying food when training new volunteers. Again she is another one who went above and beyond the call. • All of this would not have been possible without assistance from the great people of Calgary. We would like to thank the following people and businesses for donating the Silent Auction items: B & D Emporium Best Western Inn Big Rock Brewery Calgary Eagle Hair 2000 KaaDiKi Money Pennies Fairmont Palliser Wade Daniels The Bay Downtown Rona Home and Garden Izo Bizo Hair Salon Dirty Laundry Cole Freight Inc. Sheraton Suites Eau Clair Priape Edges Salon & Spa Dragon Spirit The Foxwood Bed & Breakfast Kelly Gartner Tony Romas Restaurant Cyclepath Bruce MacDonald Cakeworks ARGRA DJ Live Auction items donated by Lady Fawn, Professional Massage by Daniel Darequay. Flowers donated by Red Rose Florist. Special Thanks to: • Lorna Littlewood for her time, commitment & support

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with her vehicles for transporting larger items. • The countless volunteers that have generously donated their time and commitment to make this event a success. • Gay Calgary Magazine for their advertising and promotion of the Straight to Diva Fundraiser. • Expressprint for printing materials. The HIV Peer Support Group would like to acknowledge and thank Zoltan, Eldon, and Don who went out of their way and comfort zone to put on a dress and perform on stage in front of a live audience. Without the help of the Drag Queens Octavia Houston, Brandy Bishop Towers, Anita Lay, and Argintina, this event would not have been possible. We would like to also Thank Jocelyn Laidlaw from CFCN for putting us on the Noon News and promoting our fundraiser. And lastly we would like to thank Stephen Locke for finding the space to put us on his radio show “Speak Sebastian” at the U of C. Rob Julien Chairman HIV Peer Support Group (403) 230-5832

Let’s be Proud! I want to thank Pride Calgary for organizing the annual Pride Parade. Every year is fabulous, and this year should be no exception. I hope everyone in our community shows up and participates in this great event. Nothing else brings our community together like the Parade. It’s refreshing to have such a colorful and diverse celebration in a city that is often depressingly conservative. I look forward to seeing everyone on June 12! Ken Erickson

Thank You!

Shaw Discriminates?

What do Aspen, Whistler, and the Canadian Rockies have in common? A hugely successful ski event for gays and lesbians! “Powder & Pride” commenced their first-ever gay ski weekend and gala ball at Lake Louise ski resort and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise from April 1st to 3rd, 2005. This inaugural event, hosted by UB Productions Inc. of Calgary, will become an annual tradition within the gay and lesbian community in Western Canada.

I just wanted to draw your attention to something - Shaw Cable has replaced the old PrideVision TV with “OUTtv”, after the channel decided to split into a family oriented one (OUTtv) and a gay erotica one (PrideVision). I used to subscribe to the old PrideVision TV so I phoned Shaw; I was told that Shaw felt gay porn was not “appropriate” and thus wasn’t offering the new PrideVision at all! This is discrimination in my opinion - straight customers do have a choice and can subscribe to Playboy or Hustler, but gay viewers can’t have a similar option? What is Shaw TV afraid of? There is no danger that any conservative-minded viewer will accidentally switch on the wrong channel and come across gay porn. If viewers want the channel, they have to order it, so why should offering PrideVision be a problem? Had Shaw discontinued any other channel, it might have been somewhat disappointing for viewers, but this is different. This decision, I think, truly offends and discriminates against Shaw’s gay customers. I wonder - does Shaw want to be perceived as homophobic and intolerant? I doubt it. So please complain to Shaw by letter, e-mail and phone...hopefully they’ll reconsider the issue.

“Powder & Pride”, welcomed a growing group of quality guests in its first year. They successfully provided a recreational opportunity for the gay and lesbian community through sponsorships, advertising, and business arrangements with local and international providers. UB Productions meets the recreational needs of all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals through safe, fun and energizing special events in Southern Alberta and beyond. Following the successful launch of “Powder and Pride” in April 2005, UB Productions will continue to host “Powder & Pride” in Western Canada targeted to the gay and lesbian community. Other planned summer events may follow in years to come. Nevertheless, our events will be affordable and accessible, and will continue to bring the business sector and gay community together. Presented annually, “Powder & Pride” will continue to be our core event for UB Productions, and will expand in scope each year. SPECIAL THANKS None of this would have been possible without our SPONSORS who assisted and supported us through this process. A special thank you goes out to Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Ski Lake Louise, Magazine, Interactive Male, Twisted Element, XTRA! West, Apollo Western Cup, Design Fresh, Purple Wanda Creative Design Solutions, Egale Canada, and Christopher Wittke for all their perseverance, creativity, continued support and encouragement. As we look forward, we feel confident that each and every one of us can and will make a difference. “Be the change you wish to see in the world” - Mahatma Gandhi UB Productions Thanks You!!! Dawn Tournier Nicole Buday UB Productions 1-866-840-8357

Best, - C. Burian, University of Calgary

Against Gay Marriage - A Tongue-in-Cheek Parody Top twelve reasons homosexual marriage should not be legal: 1. Homosexuality is not natural, much like eyeglasses, polyester, and birth control. 2. Heterosexual marriages are valid because they produce children. Infertile couples and old people can’t legally get married because the world needs more children. 3. Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children. 4. Straight marriage will be less meaningful, since Britney Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage was meaningful. 5. Heterosexual marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are property, blacks can’t marry whites, and divorce is illegal. 6. Gay marriage should be decided by people not the courts, because the majority-elected legislatures, not courts, have historically protected the rights of the minorities. 7. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in North America. 8. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the magazine


same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall. 9. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract. 10. Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why single parents are forbidden to raise children. 11. Gay marriage will change the foundation of society. Heterosexual marriage has been around for a long time, and we could never adapt to new social norms, since we haven’t adapted to cars or longer life spans. 12. Civil unions, providing most of the same benefits as marriage with a different name are better, because a “separate but equal” institution is always constitutional. Separate schools for African-Americans work just as well as separate marriages for gays and lesbians. Luke G.

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Answers to this month’s Q-Puzzle located on page 27

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GayCalgary Magazine - May 2005  

In this edition: Solar Café, Fairy Tales, Q Scopes, Adult Film Reviews, Q Puzzle, The Bishop and The ‘Gay Agenda’, OUTtv vs. Shaw Cable, 2 P...

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