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Creative synergy Flair and forests along the Humber by Michael Pihach
Canadian male Klaxon Howl at LG Fashion Week by Derek Dotto
Look for the urban label Hot designers, on and off Toronto runways by Paul Aguirre-Livingston
COLOMBIAN GOLD Adventures off the beaten path by Paul Gallant
6 KENNETH COLE on AIDS campaigns 7 SOUND OFF on ethical oil 8 SHUT YOUR FACEBOOK by Michael Thorner 18
CAROLYN QUINN’S STYLE with Chris Tyrell
22 MIKE HARRIS: THE SEQUEL by Krishna Rau 24 OCTOBER EVENTS CALENDAR 26 BLOORDALE’S ORTOLAN by Anna von Frances 27 GREAT GASTROPUBS by Alice Lawlor 28 INTERIOR DESIGNER TOMMY SMYTHE by Paul Gallant 31
COMPOSER JOHN CORIGLIANO by Gordon Bowness
33 SEX & RELATIONSHIPS with Adam Segal 34
CAUGHT IN THE ACT with Michael Pihach & Ann Gagno
toronto talk exchange
VIEW FINDER → OBSTACLE COURSE With big events like Nuit Blanche and Art Toronto, October is a busy month on the Toronto art scene. Not to be outdone, the Hammer offers up a sexy showcase for Canadian artist Attila Richard Lukacs, paintings from the collection of Salah Bachir curated by Melissa Bennett. The show runs Sat, Oct 8 to Dec 31 at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (123 King St W); call (905) 527-6610 or go to artgalleryofhamilton.com.
In their own words Kenneth Cole
an intelligent species.”
“I did my first AIDS advertising campaign in 1985,” said the acclaimed designer at the third annual Cinema Against AIDS, the gala fundraiser for the American Foundation for AIDS Research and Dignitas International held during TIFF last month. “The president of the United States hadn’t mentioned the word AIDS publicly and didn’t until 1987. But it was so obvious and so apparent back then that we didn’t have a cure, but we knew how to contain it. It was about adjusting human behaviour. It seemed like that’s what I do for a living so I thought I should be able to [start a campaign]. That’s what I set out to do and have been doing it ever since.” Cole, who is the honourary chair of amfAR, was among 500 guests at the Carlu, including Kathy Griffin, John Legend, Kim Cattrall, Cheyenne Jackson and Backstreet Boy Howie D (see page 34).
toronto talk exchange Sound off Oily ethics
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ethic oil. a choice we have to make.
Advancing ideas from conservative commentator Ezra Levant’s book Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands, ethicaloil.org is a website3.set up by policy analyst Alykhan Velshi, former communications director for federal minister Jason Kenney. It promotes Alberta’s controversial tar sands development by contrasting Canada’s human rights record with respect to women, gay men and lesbians, workers and indigenous people to that of oppressive oil-producing nations of the Middle East. A new low — or high — in spin? Three experts discuss.
“It’s derived from an effective political campaign. In politics, negative attack ads highlight how bad the other guy is. They take the focus off your record. This campaign takes the focus off what is happening in the oil sands and puts it on to what’s happening elsewhere. It’s smart on their part.”
Ira Basen, Writer, broadcaster, CBC Radio’s Spin Cycles
“It is propaganda to counter both local and international criticism — Canada is in the spotlight for its shameful stance and lack of leadership on environmental issues, specifically linked to continued tar sands developments. On the gay rights analogy, our Conservative government is not a champion (or even an advocate) and so this intersection is all the more questionable. Oil is becoming an oldschool paradigm. It is clear we need to invest in forward-thinking, environmentally sound solutions that consider the environment and future generations.”
Liz Marshall, filmmaker, environmentalist
“Ethical oil allows gay marriage — in Canada [that message] works. As a nation, we traditionally perceive ourselves as good people, contributing to good in the world. Anything that tarnishes that reputation would be something Canadians would want to overturn. This campaign appeals to a sense of being fair and good. ‘We are an exporter of oil and we are ethical’ is a statement Canadians would want to identify with. People will believe anything if you tell them enough. It’s an innovation in spin.”
Mark Federman, former strategist at the McLuhan Program, University of Toronto
on his amazing dedication and impressive fundraising efforts (Top of the World, In Toronto, Sep 2011). As ACT’s largest annual fundraiser, the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life provides crucial funding for the programs and services provided by ACT to support our communities. To keep on giving go to aidswalktoronto.ca. Join us in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Daniel Knox, Director of Development, AIDS Committee of Toronto, Toronto
TIFF RIFF → So delighted by Peter Knegt’s
story on actor Louis Negin (Enchantment, In Toronto, Sep 2011). I worked with Louis 20 years ago; loved him then. He is an amazing talent with an incredible arc of a career and generosity of spirit. Excited to see his new film Keyhole. Sheldon Larry, producer, Leave It on the Floor, Los Angeles
BLOCK PARTY → It’s interesting that none
of the “urban thinkers” in the Sound Off (Towering over the Village, In Toronto, Aug 2011) noticed that the Church/ Wellesley Village is over, dead and done with. The only people still there are tourists of one persuasion or another. Heck, even Fab and Xtra have left, and when they join a trend, you know it’s over. You want to see the future of Church Street? Visit Yorkville. Richard Costello, Toronto
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toronto talk exchange Letters
How Tweet It Is Keeping us up at night
Continued from page 7
by Michael Thorner
CONNECTABLE → Dude, your video is awesome
did not start reporting the design
now includes the revamped news
upgrade until it was obvious that
feed and scrolling ticker. News
major changes were under way.
feed info is blue-tabbed, with an
Facebook initially altered its
algorithm determining and pri-
news feed to make it easier to not
oritizing news stories based on
follow another person’s status
updates, not include their content
with whomever posted the sto-
within their news feeds, and basi-
ries, by how many comments
cally not interact with them at all,
they have received, the “type of
yet still keep them in the “friends”
story it is,” and so on.
list. Just “unsubscribe” them.
I’m not sure if I like Facebook
These changes, while increas-
ing user control, take away the
ests are. But the seemingly eter-
egalitarian aspect of the social
nal ticker at the top right of
network, creating more bound-
the new homepage is fascinat-
aries, silos and barriers to shar-
ing. Constantly refreshing sta3.
ing — a gated community with gates within gates. And a user
tus updates by all my
friends make me dizzy. I can see how addictive this feature might
hen shifty, ever-evolving Facebook began to
will never know if a friend has
would say that. This is the poten-
removed them. It does beg the
tial power that Facebook wields.
question, why share? Once again,
Astute moves on Zuckerberg’s
online “friendship.” Social
implement changes —
Google+, having learned a thing or two from observing Facebook and
a piecemeal way, at first I thought
Twitter, created opt-in options
they were fine-tuning their news
on content sharing. Facebook,
feed content sharing mechanism
in reaction, has gone for opt-out
into complete and utter obliv-
controls, alienating some users
ion. At first, users agreed, voting
by taking away access to content
against the changes by a two-to-
they previously had. It feels dirty.
Part of the uproar occurred
social networking has become in people’s lives. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls the dramatic redesign “a new way to express who you
The timeline is a complete profile page rethink. The homepage
→ I can’t wait for Asian pop
music (K-pop, J-pop, C-pop) to explode in Toronto’s queer party district and across North America. Thank you Kevin Ritchie (Get into the Groove, In Toronto, July 2011) for covering Asian pop culture. DJ Quinces, DestinAsian producer, Toronto
the future.” Well of course he
mine the outcome.
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But then came the sweeping
no announcement. Media outlets
are. I think it’s the engine for
because the changes began with
of data shows how assimilated
always, user behaviour will deter-
without warning — to its service in
“The scrolling wheel of data shows how assimilated social networking has become in people’s lives.”
(Colin Phillips: Gay, Disabled and Proud, intorontomag.com, Jan 2011). I am a gay guy who recently opened up a service called GLBT Disability Support Services (glbtdisabilitysupportservices.com.au), the first in Australia. One day I want to be able to set up something similar in Canada. Take care, man. Adam Sharpe, Director of Services, GLBT Disability Support Services, Melbourne, Australia
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drama in the valley â†’
Event planner Rob Dittmer had to use Google Maps to first find his boyfriendâ€™s cozy, two-storey home hidden in the lush forests of the Humber Valley. Seven years later, Dittmer and hair/make-up artist Hanoch Drori have built a home reflecting their creative synergy Story Michael Pihach | Photography Nicola Betts
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How did you first meet? HD: We met on Gay.com. Both of us had been in a previous relationship of 15 years. I was previously married to a woman, who I met in Israel, which is where I’m from. Rob was the first guy I ever went on a date with. First and last. RD: We were both looking for something serious. You guys moved in together after four months of dating. How did you wind up in this house? HD: I bought this house 11 days before Sep 11, 2001. I originally moved in with my ex-wife (who I eventually bought out) after living in Canada for six years. Meanwhile, Rob was living in the Pantages condos and paying lots of money for rent. RD: I eventually got rid of my condo and moved here. Moving from a downtown condo to a house in the Humber Valley must have been an adjustment for you. RD: I remember the first time I came here I was like, “How do I get out of here? There are so many trees.” I had to Google Map my way out.
You’re located on the edge of Old Mill and Bloor West Village. What do you love about this neighbourhood? RD: My industry, event planning, is all about the look and being overthe-top. When I’m here we can just relax, watch movies and hang out with friends. There’s no pretentiousness. We’re only 15 minutes from downtown. HD: The Humber River is a five minute walk away. A restored forest is two minutes away. It feels like living in the country
→ INSPIRED Hanoch Drori and Rob Dittmer (bottom left) have packed their living room (opposite page) with Old Masters-type paintings, Persian rugs, antique clocks and fur throw covers. In the dining room (middle right) hangs a print styled by Drori. The master bedroom (bottom right) features a chandelier for added luxury. The eclectic, open concept den (lower left) is home to numerous style magazines and books for inspiration.
And your neighbours? RD: They love the gay guys living next door. We like that we can live like “normal” people, be in a neighbourhood and not be around the whole gay scene. We can still be ourselves and live our life and be happy about that. HD: We’re also seeing more gay couples out here. We see them in Bloor West Village all the time. It’s clear the styles in the house are eclectic. RD: Design is a revolving door in Continued on page 12
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here, from the furniture to the art.
tional. We just like that little bit of
And Hanoch, you specialize in hair
a lot of stuff to make an impact.
We love Old Masters-type paint-
Less is more.
HD: Yes, I’ve been in the industry for
ings and Persian rugs. We like drama, in a good and stylish way.
Rob, your event planning busi-
16 years. I do everything: Celebrities
How do you guys stay inspired?
HD: He likes drama a little more
ness, Three Events, has its own
at TIFF, magazines, weddings. I’ve
RD: We constantly buy magazines.
than I do. I sometimes feel like I live
boutique store, Three Design at
worked on shoots with everyone
They’re always around the house.
in Fantasia. I like a home that’s cozy,
Jane and Dundas. How did that
from Valentino and Lush magazine
We’re not trying to grab the next big
cluttered, but not too cluttered. We
to shoots for The Bay, Sears and even
thing. Hopefully we’re in it already.
tend to meet in the middle.
RD: When I started doing events
RD: I get the house has to be func-
people were like, “Where can I get
What about kids? Do you want
this cutlery? This vase?” And now
Is it true you once styled Amy
I can say, “You can get it from our
Winehouse? What was she like?
HD: I am friends with a gay couple
store.” We sell everything from
HD: She was in a different world. She
in Tel Aviv, Israel, and they have
plates and cutlery to candles and
kept to herself.
four kids. I get jealous. RD: We’ve talked about having
floral vases. Rob, you design the room at LG
one girl. The space and time needs
Do you bring your work home
Fashion Week twice a year. What
to be right. But if it’s gonna hap-
can people expect this season?
pen, it has to happen now. But no
RD: I acquire so much stuff from
RD: This year is intense because
we’re outside Roy Thomson Hall,
HD: I’ll take the minivan. I’ll be the
sculptures on our outdoor patio, for
which I love because you’re not
example — those were used in the
obstructed by a building in a box.
movie Blindness starring Julianne
You have to make something of
Moore. The palm trees were left
a tent. We’re manipulating the
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label Klaxon Howl by Matt Robinson, showing at LG Fashion Week this month, redefines modern vintage, taking style cues from the frontlines and high seas Story Derek Dotto Photography Matt Barnes
→ au t hen t ici t y Klaxon Howl’s fall/ winter 2011 collection, with its nautical theme, is inspired by how demobilized servicemen treated fashion.
att Robinson is a cloth-
son they tell you, ‘That’s no lon-
utilitarianism to his line. “There
ing designer in the most
ger relevant. You don’t need that.
is a lot of stuff that you can wear
traditional sense. The
You need this,’” he says. Robinson
season after season,” he says. “All
man behind Toronto-based label
won’t reinvent himself with every
the stuff we do is kind of rugged.
Klaxon Howl doesn’t get caught
collection. “The shirt you bought
You can dress a lot of these pieces
up in the fast-paced fashion cycle
two seasons ago or two years ago,
up, but they’re also supposed to be
bray shirts and a khaki shirt, a
that enslaves so many designers.
if it fits you well, if the fabric is
functioning, active clothing.”
jacket, jeans and a white T-shirt,”
“It seems like the whole consumer
good quality, you should be able to
end of fashion is built on telling
find a place for it.”
Launched in 2006, Klaxon Howl
Robinson says. “We’re just build-
is a label built around staple
ing on it, slowly adding pieces,
you one minute what you need to
Robinson’s no-nonsense approach
pieces that rarely change. “Our
have is ‘this.’ And the next sea-
to fashion brings a high level of
very first collection was two cham-
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Continued from page 13
or his work, too seriously.
ing to Robinson’s customers, who
recreates a life at sea. “This sea-
Robinson is a history buff and
value Klaxon Howl’s authenticity.
taking some away.” You can see
a storyteller. “I’m kind of roman-
Robinson ensures his clothing is
inspired,” he says. A sober pal-
Klaxon Howl’s spring 2012 collec-
tic and nostalgic,” he says, “so all
recreated in the image of its inspi-
ette of navy, black and grey sets
tion when it debuts at LG Fashion
those things that I design go back
ration, manufacturing the entire
the tone for a collection anchored
Week this month.
to that.” He boasts an impressive
by wool pea coats, bomber jackets
Robinson recreates and modern-
knowledge of menswear history
izes looks from bygone eras, draw-
and the era that influences him the
ing inspiration from vintage work
most. “The 1930s and 1940s was
wear and military uniforms in his
the beginning of casual sports-
personal collection. “These things,
wear. Returning World War II vets
you see them all around you, they
were demobilized and demobbed.
speak. They’ve had an existence,
You all of a sudden have millions
they’ve had a life. I try to take that
of returning service men who now
feeling, that construction and ele-
want a pair of Levi’s. They want to
line in Toronto. “There are lots of
The entire collection can be
ments that worked, and remake
get rid of their military uniforms
alternatives out there if you want
found at Klaxon Howl’s flagship
them.” he says. “When I design,
and slip back into their civilian
to spend $9.99 on a shirt. You can
store, which, like the clothing line,
sometimes three of my favou-
life, but they can’t get them so
do it and have it fall apart. But
is a discovery worth seeking out.
rite shirts get combined into the
they start improvising and mixing
that’s really killing our industry,”
The only visible hint at the shop’s
ultimate shirt,” Robinson adds
in pieces of their uniform.”
he says. “We try to make things
location, in a back alley just off
the way they used to.”
Queen Street West, is a spray-
with a smirk and a hint of sar-
His appreciation for “the real
casm, not a man to take himself,
thing” is all the more comfort-
“I’m kind of romantic and nostalgic, so all those things that I design go back to that.”
and Klaxon Howl’s staple pieces in heavier, more protective fabrics. Photographer Matt Barnes shot a stunning, almost haunting, campaign for the collection. Keeping with
Haida, a World War II destroyer, served as the set.
For fall/winter 2011, Robinson
painted logo and a few arrows
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Really luxurious,” he says. The Bay’s more well-known multi-
far beyond Queen Street. The
stripe blanket served as inspira-
label has been picked up by shops
tion for a wool backpack and a
in New York, London and Tokyo.
But it’s Robinson’s recent part-
With one foot in the past and
nership with the Bay that seems
the other firmly in the present,
the most obvious. For a designer
Robinson ensures his place in the
so infatuated with history, it feels
future of Canadian fashion.
only natural he would jump at the chance to work with a company that boasts more than a 341-year heritage. This season Robinson designed a vest and mackinaw coat, using the Bay’s signature grey eight-point blanket. “This one’s a mackinaw, so it’s a double-breasted with a shawl collar.
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THE NAMES OF TORONTO FASHION → As
we gear up to see Canadian designs for spring/summer 2012, LG Fashion Week prepares for its new home at David Pecaut Square on King West. Whether or not these designers will show on or off the official runway remains to be seen, but look for these labels to make serious sartorial strides this month Story Paul Aguirre-Livingston
Who: Calgary native Caitlin Power has uprooted her entire
Who: With a degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New
life for a proper chance at making it on the mean streets of
York, designer Ken Chow has been hard at work refining his craft and
really thinking about the future of menswear.
The goods: For the ladies, not gals. Power is big on using
The goods: Chow is known for his structured, fashion-forward (and yet
leather and other unconventional fabrics, and she’s relentless
functional) bags, with nods to industrial design in his very graphic and
in her quest for playing with the female form, creating gar-
visual clothing. From classic button-ups to interesting leather harness
ments that fit effortlessly or fall just right.
creations worthy of the Black Eagle, there’s something for every man.
The appeal: This season will mark Power’s first official run-
The appeal: His debut showing on the official runway last year had
way show during LG Fashion Week. After smaller, crowded
everyone buzzing with excitement. You’ll admire this strong and val-
presentations at venues like the Drake Hotel, and serious vic-
iant effort from a Canadian male for Canadian males. It’s also his first
tory laps around the fashion competition circuit, her moment
time showing a spring/summer collection in town, and he’s got everyone
in the spotlight is (finally!) just around the corner.
waiting with bated breath.
Spring 2012: “Inspired by retro-futurism. It’s a mix of Flash Gordon, Star Trek and Blade Runner.”
Spring 2012: “Explores the softer side of the Krane man. The collections will also take a colour and graphic cue from the paintings of
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Ashley Rowe Who: Rowe has been crafting and creating since 2009, and she’s mostly self-taught. Her cool, easy minimalist style has garnered her serious accolades and a cult following. The goods: Heavily influenced by the ’70s, each new Rowe collection continues to define and refine her target markets. Her pieces have also become increasingly unisex, sported by several boy bloggers about town. The appeal: Rowe is known for her unconventional runway presentations.
Last season, she showed her collection entirely on an Internet livestream out of her studio’s hallway. The time before that, it was in a warehouse with her tie-dye creations. It just keeps getting better. Spring 2012: Inspired by the ’70s, from Mick Jagger to black and white photos of her dad in Corfu.
Korhani Home Who: German-born Kirsten Korhani and husband Moji have turned their home fashions line of superb rugs into, well, actual fashions that are sent down the runway on actual models. The goods: 100 per cent made in Canada, the duo churns out exquisite accents for the home that show interiors really are the most fashion-forward endeavour in a person’s life. How do they do it? A simple textile pattern from the newest home collection is revamped and made into a one-off shirt for the runway. You can’t possibly get that shirt, but you’re left wanting more anyway. Fall/winter 2011
The appeal: It’s easy to dismiss this as a marketing tactic, but if you witnessed last year’s runway presentation — the first of its kind in the world – you’d say the whole thing was pretty brilliant. One can only dream of what they’re cooking up this year aka something completely different. Spring 2012: “Is top secret, of course.”
JUMA Who: Toronto’s brother and sister team Alia and Jamil Juma have propelled their namesake label into a thriving global business in just a few years. They now operate out of Toronto, New York and China. The goods: The siblings’ unisex line, complete with custom prints and untraditional fits, is a hit with a younger crowd of metropolis-dwelling, fashion-forward urbanities. Drop-crotch pants, tops with heaps of generous fab-
Fall/winter 2011; Irina Luca
ric and everyday basics that aren’t so dull. The appeal: Last season marked the first time the established label showed on anything near an official runway. This time around, the buzz is whether they’ll even make an appearance. The duo tried to raise money for a show at last month’s New York Fashion Week, so there’s definite excitement about what’s coming next (the rumour: evening dresses). But when you start producing custom garments for female megastars like Nicki Minaj, some question the need for another round on a Toronto runway at all. Spring 2012: “Inspired by our mother’s frequent trips to Turkey, using her photographs and ceramics to create digital prints.” •
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stylin' with chris tyrell → You’d be forgiven for thinking this vivacious blonde, Carolyn Quinn, associate producer of LG Fashion Week, belonged on the catwalk. But she’s more of a mover and shaker behind the scenes. She makes it all happen by keeping the Fashion Week machine running smoothly. Carolyn always tempers her classic Grace Kelly looks with a touch of whimsy or a nod to edgier looks.
What are you wearing?
Pink Tartan pants, Yves St Laurent cardigan, Adrienne Landau fur vest and Valentino shoes (I’m bummed they didn’t make it into the photo).
What items of clothing can you not live without?
Fave designer internationally? Yves St Laurent.
My vintage handbags from my grandmother. I rarely use them. I have them displayed in my library. They are beautiful works of art.
What should every guy or girl buy this season?
If money were no object what would be your fashion purchase?
Canadian! I try to wear something by one of our Canadian designers everyday. We have so much design talent in this country.
Shoes, bags, dresses, coats… shall I go on?
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Strike gold → Discover
the joyful energy emerging in Colombian cities like Bogotá and Medellín (yes, that Medellín) Story Paul Gallant
am wandering around downtown Medellín at night with a scrap of paper on which I have scrawled the address of a gay bar called Machete. It’s unnerving. The first time I ever heard of this Colombian mountain city was in 2000’s Our Lady of the Assassins, a gay fantasia based on a novel by hometown author Fernando Vallejo, that features handsome young employees of warring drug gangs shooting at each other from motorcycles. I flinch every time a bike passes by. I wonder if I should head back to my hotel in the posh south-
ern end of the city. Then across the street I spot a motley little parade. A dozen people playing bongo drums, tambourines and a glockenspiel are being led by a fairy princess, decked out in a poofy white gown. I have no choice, really, but to follow. Around the corner on Calle 57A, there are so many people standing on the street and sidewalk that cars can barely pass through. It is hard to count the number of LGBT bars because it’s hard to tell what is a bar and what is merely a takeout counter, what’s purposely gay
and what’s just been overwhelmed by gayness. In the circus-like atmosphere, it all melds into one flamboyant mess, ruled over by a fairy princess, who I later discover is local personality and performance artist La Dany. She continues to lead her marchers up and down the street for much of the night. I stand there thrilled and confused until a trio of friendly locals introduce themselves. After a chat (they tell me that many of the bars on Calle 57A are owned by lesbians, who use the street as a soccer field on Sunday afternoons),
→ FROM T HE HILLS Writer Paul Gallant was given an impromptu tour of Medellín at night, ending up in the hills overlooking the city drinking beer with partying locals.
they offer to show me Medellín by night. I hop in the car and we’re off. We drive past where the trans prostitutes gather, where the gay bars were in the 1980s and ’90s, where the drug cartel bars were during those same decades (very close to the gay bars, I notice) and past the nightclub that served as Continued on page 20
LIVING & DESIGN Continued from page 19
Pablo Escobar’s base during the
handed responses toward solv-
time when the drug lord reigned
ing those two problems — were not
LGBT Colombians face the same
Medellín were taken by surprise —
supreme in Medellín. We buy beer
the best tourism marketing. In the
puzzle — and then some. They’ve
not unpleasantly so — when I told
at a grocery store and drive to the
last decade, cocaine distribution
had some good news lately. This
them their city seemed to have a
top of the valley in which the city
— the messiest part of the drug
summer, the Colombian congress
small gay village.
of 2.2 million is located. Slightly
trade — seems to have been out-
passed an anti-discrimination bill
In Bogotá, there are reportedly
chilled from the altitude, we stand
sourced to Mexico. The rebels have
that levies prison sentences for
more than 30 gay cafés, lounges
on the side of the road with people
been dramatically weakened and
discrimination on the basis of race,
or discos in the Chapinero district
on their way to or from parties and
now have little effect on life in the
ethnicity, gender, religion, political
— nicknamed Chapigay — and
discos, everyone looking down at
major cities. The national govern-
belief and sexual orientation. Also
probably more than 80 establish-
the twinkly yellowy lights of urban
ment, if not yet squeaky clean, has
this summer, in a storyline that
ments citywide. That’s impressive
life below. It would be peaceful if
made some progress in reducing
will seem familiar to Canadians,
for a city of 8.8 million people. But
people weren’t blasting Latin pop
poverty and improving the quality
the Supreme Court gave the gov-
aside from a website or two listing
from their cars.
of life of Colombians.
ernment two years to come up with
names and addresses, and a couple
So what a visitor finds is a pop-
legislation that would legally rec-
of stapled-flyer booklets, there is
ulation with a pent-up eager-
ognize same-sex relationships and
little published information about
ness to show off the true core
gay adoption. Still, the gay people
any of these spots. Mostly, it’s all
of the nation, a core that’s both
I met in Medellín and the capital
word of mouth.
Bogotá seemed more likely to be
For a Bogotá newbie, going club-
Brazilians praise the genetic stock
closeted than their peers in, say,
bing is little like a box of chocolates
“Do you like?” asks the host who speaks the least English. “I like,” I say, before we descend back to the city for a nightcap. It seems La Dany, not Escobar, rules Medellín now.
in their own streets and plazas.
for their own. Straight people in
of Colombians — and hospitable.
Brazil or Mexico. And in a country
— you don’t know what you’re get-
ust eight or 10 years ago,
Of course, an uncertainty lingers
where policy and practice are often
ting yourself into until you put it in
Colombia seemed an unlikely
under the newfound optimism.
leagues apart, they had a justifi-
your mouth. I swung by Brokeback
gay and lesbian travel destination.
Things have changed so quickly,
able skepticism that the legislation
Mountain to discover a tiny space,
The headlines about drug cartels
Colombians themselves don’t have
would shape their everyday lives.
decorated with a DIY-funky aes-
and leftist guerillas — combined
a strong sense of their own world
Young people might call each other
thetic, full of twinks making out
with corrupt governments’ heavy-
now, what they can and cannot do
“marica” (little faggot) as casually
as Canadians call each other dude,
ately, had no signage on its sheet
but when I called myself one in
metal exterior. Inside, 30-some-
front of some young, professional
things danced to diva pop remixes.
straight people, everybody blushed
Romeo had tight security, a classy
and went quiet. Nobody knows
velvet-rope vibe and a cutting-edge
what the boundaries are now.
So what you get in big cities like
Café Bear was jam-packed with
Medellín and Bogotá are LGBT
hairy 40-plus guys. Dark Club had
communities that are low-key in
a mandatory nudity policy.
the mainstream, but boisterous
The exception to all this mystery
in the areas they have claimed
was Theatron. What used to be an
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“As Colombia steps into the light after decades of darkness, there’s a newfound passion for putting it all out there.”
its neighbourhoods, where a good the best way to discover the city’s charms. Medellín is more compact and warmer, and so better able to showcase its architecture and quaint squares, the nicest of which is peppered with the voluptuous statues of the city’s best-known
old theatre now contains seven
artist, Fernando Botero Angulo.
themed gay bars, three of them
But, with its reputation as a busi-
as grand as anything in post-Circa
ness centre, Medellín is no show
Toronto. The showstopper is a
rooftop lounge that would pass for
What makes both cities remark-
a New York hotspot except it fea-
able is the people. For all its new-
tures attendants stoking a massive
found yuppiness, Bogotá’s cornered
bonfire all night long. In a security-
conscious society, a one-frisk, mul-
youth, who have turned formerly
tiple-venue mega club makes per-
rundown historic neighbourhoods
fect sense. In a society undergoing
into hubs of underground art and
massive cultural upheaval, so do
fashion. It’s not quite São Paulo
the complaints from the boys that
(yet) but takes its urban edge seri-
the club is getting straighter week-
ously. By contrast, Medellín’s easy-
end by weekend.
going friendliness is almost flirty.
meal or smart drink with friends is
No wonder the city has a reputa-
here is more to Colombia than
tion for bisexuality; even soldiers
gay life, of course. The coun-
and stroller-pushing dads seem all
try’s most winning tourist attrac-
too eager to practice their English
tions are in the Caribbean region,
on obvious foreigners.
the coffee region or colonial cities
As I jump the security hurdles at
like Cartegena and Villa de Leyva.
the Medellín international airport,
The capital, Bogotá, never had
I spot the only queer publication I
the boom and bust cycles of, say,
saw during my visit to Colombia.
Mexico City or Buenos Aires, and so
Inexplicably, a lesbian magazine
doesn’t have the stellar architec-
from Chile takes up 20 percent of
ture such cycles produce. It doesn’t
the airport’s newsstand. Why not?
boast world-famous attractions or
As Colombia steps into the light
natural beauty and its cool temper-
after decades of darkness, there’s
atures are not conducive to sitting
a newfound passion for putting it
around outside. Torontonians get
all out there. It’s a thrill for visitors
that. Its appeal is tucked away in
to be able to play witness to it. •
Bogotá’s equivalent to the CN Tower is the cable car ride up to Cerro de Monserrate (cerromonserrate.com), a lookout over the sprawling city. Among Bogotá’s many museums, The Gold Museum (banrep.gov.co/museo) is the most popular, the Botero Museum (banrepcultural.org) probably the best. In Medellín, the most dramatic attraction is actually public transportation. It sounds like faint praise, but it’s not. The cable cars connecting the poor ad hoc mountain settlements to the rest of the city are a photographer’s delight (metrodemedellin.gov.co). EATING
Unlike Mexico’s tortilla, Colombia’s starch staple, the arepa, comes in many shapes and sizes and with many fillings. They seem to come with every meal, including at Andres DC (andrescarnederes.com/dc). Spread over four rambling floors, the place is as much amusement park as it is restaurant. Campy performance artists wander among the tables. You get a tableside serenade from the in-house troubadours whether it’s your birthday or not. NIGHTLIFE
No gay visit to Bogotá is complete without a stop at the massive and glam Theatron (theatrondepelicula.com), with its army of security and bigger army of lovers. For a more mixed gathering, the upscale bars and restaurants around Parque 93 are a good choice, as are the spots in the T-Zone, the pedestrian area in the shadow of the posh Centro Comercial Andino. Medellín’s ever-morphing gay scene is not so shiny, though it’s always a party at La Cantina de Javi (lacantinadejavi.com). Those with a more mature mien can rejoice. In both cities, last call is usually before 3am, extremely early by Latin American standards, so it’s not unusual to hit the clubs by 10pm. SLEEPING
Hotel High Park (hotelhighpark.com) is Bogotá’s oldest (and, depending on who you talk to, only) exclusively gay hotel. It’s run by a sweet straight couple who use dance music and sex appeal to market the place, but deliver friendly, homey service. They have grown accustomed to turning a blind eye to who shows up for breakfast.
PO L ITI C S
dÉjÀ voodoo economics → With
American mania for budget cuts infiltrating north, this provincial election could return us to the anti-government, slash-and-burn policies of the Mike Harris era Story Krishna Rau | Illustration Ian Phillips
he ghost of former Ontario
the enviroment ministry, a judicial
cial Conservative leader Tim Hudak
backyard, federal cabinet ministers
premier Mike Harris and his
inquiry later concluded, contrib-
join himself and Toronto mayor
John Baird, Tony Clement, Lisa Raitt
obsession for cutting taxes
uted to the Walkerton water disas-
Rob Ford in power. And the num-
and Jason Kenney have all made
is looming large in the province.
ter. Harris forcibly amalgamated
bers suggest that it could happen.
numerous appearances to support
Are Ontario voters going to turn
cities and downloaded provincial
Harper has, in fact, been pour-
the clock back to 1995, when Harris
services to municipalities — moves
ing high-profile Tory troops into
was first elected? His administra-
from which Toronto has still not
the GTA, whose ridings are seen
McGuinty are virtually deadlocked
tion had a devastating effect on
local candidates. Hudak
as key to deciding who will be the
in the polls with two weeks to go,
many in the province. The Tories
With the Ontario election on
next leader of the province. While
with the NDP riding high on the Jack
slashed funding for welfare, hous-
Thu, Oct 6, prime minister Stephen
the PM himself has confined his
Layton wave — actually leading in
ing, women’s shelters, rehab and
Harper is calling for a Conservative
Toronto in some polls. Hudak’s
hospitals. Deregulation and gutting
“hat trick.” He wants to see provin-
Ford’s annual BBQ in his mother’s
soulmate Rob Ford, however, is
in freefall as the city anticipates
programs actually increased. He
vantaged communities, including
But he does see similarities, espe-
massive municipal cuts. What will
says he doubts that Hudak would
LGBT people. It’s time to push back
cially when it comes to taxes.
Ontario voters do? Will they bring
be so generous.
on the pushback.”
back the Harris era?
“I regret that the public discourse
“I have absolutely no faith that
Brown sees signs that minority
has become how to cut taxes.
Glen Brown, one of the origi-
a Tim Hudak government would
groups could be a particular tar-
Politicians are appealing to cyn-
nal founders of AIDS Action Now,
do anything for our healthcare
get after this election. He points to
icism, to people’s pocketbooks.
a former executive director of the
the ways in which race has already
People seem to have a knee-jerk
AIDS Committee of Toronto and
been raised as an issue. Hudak has
reaction to cut, cut, cut.”
a longtime community activist,
Trans Lobby Group, agrees that a
repeatedly attacked a Liberal pro-
But Hawkes says the growing
does fear a return to the Harris era
Conservative government might
posal to offer tax breaks to com-
opposition to Rob Ford’s attempts
of sacrificing services for tax cuts.
be disastrous for the health of
panies that hire skilled recent citi-
to cut services in Toronto is
As Ford did municipally, Hudak
minority groups, especially trans
zens as “affirmative action” and as
encouraging. Polls have shown not
is talking about cutting costs and
taking jobs away from Ontarians.
only growing opposition to Ford,
finding waste. He, too, is promis-
“Politicians are appealing to cynicism, to people’s pocketbooks. People seem to have a knee-jerk reaction to cut, cut, cut.”
but a willingness to pay higher
leader and former NDP premier
taxes in order to maintain services.
taxes on the rich. One can just do the math. Even if there were good
ing no cuts to services. “I fear that that’s a possibility. The prospect of having federal, provincial and municipal, not just conservative, but right-wing conservative governments, gives one pause. Not just pause, but shivers. “Conservatives have been tremendously
of Ontario, and even Ernie Eves,
“For me paying taxes is the pri-
the former finance minister under
mary way people respond to the
Harris, have both accused the pro-
Biblical instruction to love thy
vincial Conservatives of emulat-
neighbour,” says Hawkes. “I don’t
ing American Tea Party politics by
want tax cuts. Tax cuts that can-
adopting such divisive policies.
not be proven to be of benefit are
“You’ve seen how quickly they
leapt on an ugly, ugly wedge
But Hawkes says that regardless
issue,” says Brown. “They’re lying
of who wins the election, a lot of
people. She says the coverage of
through their teeth. The fact that
groups will find their government
sex reassignment surgery under
they’re willing to demonize that
funding cut. The answer, he says,
news on the economic front, they
OHIP, which was restored by the
population makes me worried.
is to build new movements.
will have reduced government
Liberals after being cut by Harris,
The style of Conservative we’re
“To rely so heavily on that level
revenue. They are peddling the
could be at particular risk.
seeing today would use wedge
of government funding, I’ve been
issues against us.”
saying for the past couple of years,
ting people to oppose taxes, even
same bullshit that Rob Ford ped-
dled so successfully. I don’t know
Liberals never included gender
Brent Hawkes, the pastor of the
that’s very dangerous. I really
how much we’ve learned.”
identity in the Ontario Human
Metropolitian Community Church
challenge people that they can’t
In fact, Brown says he thinks vot-
Rights Code, she agrees that the
of Toronto who conducted the
get paralyzed by fear. This is the
ers might be even more alienated
resurgence of right-wing politi-
memorial service for Jack Layton
time to build movements.”
from government today than they
cians at all levels of government
in August, hopes voters don’t go
were during the Harris era.
feels like an unwelcome case of
for that sort of division.
“Neo-liberalism has gotten us to
And Brown says he sees hope for that sort of movement.
“This compassionate country is
“I think we’re seeing a bit of a
the point where people no longer
“They said there would be a
at odds with a Tea Party mental-
resurgence of activism. I’m cer-
see the apparatus of government
pushback after same-sex mar-
ity,” he says. “I think prejudice lies
tainly seeing at community events
as belonging to them.”
riage, but they could never have
just below the surface at all times.
a lot of young folks out and about.
Brown fears things might be
predicted it would look like this.
My hope is that people would react
And we’re going to need them.”
worse in some ways, especially for
It feels very much like we’re going
with horror to that. The politics of
Hawkes sounds one more cau-
minority groups like gay men and
backwards. There is a danger of
attack and division just horrify me
tionary note. “The problem with
lesbians, under a Hudak govern-
going back 10 or 15 years. There
when it looks like it’ll reap benefits
democracy is it assumes an intel-
ment than they were under Harris.
may be an attempt to cut fund-
at the polls.”
Brown points out that under
ing for basic healthcare, not just
Hawkes doesn’t think voters
Harris, funding for HIV and AIDS
for trans people, but for all disad-
want to return to the Harris era.
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Print & Readings
Review Anna von Frances
International Festival of Authors Running
Ortolan is by far the best restaurant in Bloordale, but many are saying it’s the first in what will soon become an onslaught of trendy spots along the Bloor West strip — the new Ossington, some say, but without the Liberty Village suburban expats. Fittingly, Ortolan is the brain child of restauranteur partners from Delux and Pizzeria Libretto, both Ossington staples. The space is quaint and quiet, seating just more than 20 people with a small reclaimed wood bar and pared-down, but chicly designed, table tops and chairs. Sitting in the window is the real spot for nosh and drinks. People watching on Bloor West is a mix between young lezzie moms, a variety of street people and old guys coming out of either Duffy’s or the House of Lancaster nearby. The menu is à la carte from the blackboard. You pick your appetizer, main and side as well as wine and beer from an edited list on the board. Taxes are included in the prices, which struck me as a nice change. We went all out with the rabbit rillette ($10), which came with bread and peppered mustard, the skirt steak ($18), the trout with chantrelle mushrooms ($18), and new potatoes and green beans ($7), and red cabbage ($7) as 26
→ WESTWARD HO Ortolan leads the charge to remake Bloordale.
sides. Everything was delicious. The rillette was like a pâté with sour dough bread, the trout was cooked beautifully, moist and light right through, and the sides were just the right amount of crunchy and comforting. The steak was a little dry, but it was a minor bump in the road. Including two glasses of wine and a beer, the tab came to just under $100 for two people, which wasn’t bad, except we were expecting slightly closer to midpoint between the food, décor and service. It didn’t feel crosstown enough for the price point, but the food was good. We liked our server, although it was hard to tell if the service is good since we were the only people in the restaurant, so how could they go wrong? Long story short: Worth checking out, great for a date.
ORTOLAN 5pm onwards. Tue-Sat. No reservations. No wheelchair access. 1211 Bloor St. W. (647) 348-4500.
Wed, Oct 19 to 30 the IFOA opens with the PEN Canada Benefit featuring design guru Bruce Mau, discussing his life and work. $50. 8pm. Oct 19. Fleck Dance Theatre. Other events to watch for include: Linwood Barclay, Brian Francis, Dany Laferrière, and Emma Ruby-Sachs reading from their latest works. 8pm. Oct 22. Douglas Coupland discusses his latest book, Marshall McLuhan. 8pm. Oct 26. Readings by Johan Harstad, Bharati Mukherjee, Ruth Roach Pierson and Sina Queyras. Noon. Oct 23. Author, heiress, jeans designer and mother to Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt reads from her latest collection of stories, The Things We Fear Most. 8pm. Oct 25. Helen Humphreys reads from her latest novel The Reinvention of Love, in a program with Riel Nason, Ruth Roach Pierson and Miriam Toews. Noon. Oct 29. Michael Ondaatje reads from his latest novel The Cat’s Table. 2pm. Oct 29. Most events: $18. 207 & 235 Queens Quay W. (416) 973-4000. readings.org.
Dance Fallen Rain Hari Krishnan’s contemporary spin on traditional south Indian courtesan dance. Originally a series of solos and duets, the piece is now expanded into a work for seven dancers and six musicians. Featuring Nalin Bisnath, Sreyashi Chakraborti, Hari Krishnan, Hiroshi Miyamoto, Srividya Natarajan, Shobana Raveendran and Vinod Shankar. $25. 7pm. Sat, Oct 1. 3pm. Oct 2. Robert Gill Theatre. 214 College St, third floor. indance.ca. Season 2011 ProArte Danza presents new and recent works by Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbeck, Guillaume Côté and Kevin O’Day. $22-$39. 8pm. Wed, Oct 5-8. Fleck Dance
Theatre. 207 Queens Quay W. (416) 973-4000 . proartedanza.com. Eight Ways from Mara
Danceworks presents the world premiere of Zata Omm Dance Project’s distillation of Buddhist principles as conceived and choreographed by artistic director William Yong. With video by Elysha Poirier and music by Andrea Rocca. Performed by Heather Berry, Kate Franklin, Nicholas Melymuk, Erika-Leigh Stirton and Yong. $23 & $28. 8pm. Thu, Oct 20-22. Enwave Theatre. 231 Queens Quay W. (416) 973-4000. danceworks.ca. Pteros Tactics Toronto Dance Theatre’s season kicks off with a revamped version of artistic director Christopher House’s Pteros Tactics. $20-$26. 8pm. Wed-Fri. PWYC. 2pm. Sat. Fri, Oct 28-Nov 5. Winchester Street Theatre. 80 Winchester St. (416) 967-1365. tdt.org.
Stage The Girl Who Wants to Fly Theatre 20’s concert
production of a new musical by John Gray (Billy Bishop Goes to War) about aviatrix Amelia Earhart. Starring ElizaJane Scott, Karin Randoja and Steven Gallagher. Directed by Sarah Phillips with musical direction by
Michael Barber. $59 & $69. 8pm. Mon, Oct 3. Panasonic Theatre. 651 Yonge St. (416) 872-1212 ticketking.com. The Ugly One Theatre Smash presents the Toronto premiere of Marius von Mayenberg’s black comedy about today’s image-driven culture. Starring Jesse Aaron Dwyre, David Jansen, Hardee T Linehan and Naomi Wright; Ashlie Corcoran directs. $18$34. 8pm. Tue-Sat. 2:30pm. Sun. Tue, Oct 4-16. Tarragon Theatre Extra Space. 30 Bridgman Ave. (416) 531-1827. tarragontheatre.com. I Send You This Cadmium Red The Art of Time
Ensemble presents a theatrical exploration of the correspondence between artist John Berger and filmmaker John Christie, paired with Soudain, l’hiver dernier, a pas-de-deux from choreographer James Kudelka. Featuring dancers Ryan Boorne, Andrew Giday, Michael Sean Marye and Luke Garwood and actors Julian Richings and John Fitzgerald Jay. Daniel Brooks directs, with music by Gavin Bryars. $22-$45. 8pm. Mon-Sat. 1:30pm. Wed. 2pm. Sat. Mon, Oct 10-22. Berkeley Street Theatre. 27 Berkeley St. (416) 367-8243. canadianstage.com.
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→ gv and t he glorious bird Recent works by Sholem Krishtalka this month at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. De Colores Festival
A showcase of works in progress from local Latin American playwrights. Featuring Staying Alive by Martha Chavez. A woman deals with memories in the form of drag queens (José Arias, Ryan G Hinds and Jonathan MortonSchuster). With an excerpt from Ayekan by Gilda Monreal. 8pm. Thu, Oct 6. Excerpt from Anti-Romantic by Aracely Reyes and Danza del Venada by Ari Belathar. 8pm. Oct 7. $15. Wychwood Theatre. 601 Christie St. (416) 652-5442. alamedatheatre.com. Ghosts In this Soulpepper production, Morris Panych translates and directs Ibsen’s haunting and provocative examination of a family’s shattered glory. Starring Diego Matamoros, Nancy Palk, Joseph Ziegler, Michelle Monteith and Gregory Prest. $51. Various dates and times. Fri, Oct 14-Nov 18. 55 Mill St, bldg 14. (416) 866-8666. soulpepper.ca. THE NORMAL HEART
A Studio 180 Theatre (The Laramie Project) production of Larry Kramer’s landmark 1985 play chron-
icling New York’s AIDS crisis from the perspective of uncompromising writer and activist Ned Weeks (played by Jonathan Wilson). Joel Greenberg directs. Fri, Oct 14-Nov 6. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. 12 Alexander St. (416) 975-8555. buddiesinbadtimestheatre.com. God of Carnage All hell breaks loose as two married couples meet to sort out a playground fight between their sons. Théâtre Français de Toronto presents the original French version of Yasmina Reza’s Le Dieu du carnage. Directed by Diana Leblanc and featuring Colombe Demers, Olivier l’Écuyer, Christian Laurin and Tara Nicodemo. Ask about English surtitle performances. $28-$41 (PYWC Wed). 8pm. Wed-Sat. 3:30pm. Sat. 2:30pm. Sun. Fri, Oct 21-Nov 5. Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs. 26 Berkeley St. (416) 534-6604. theatrefrancais.com. Don Giovanni Opera Atelier presents Mozart’s dark comedy in a new production designed by Gerard Gauci and Martha Mann. Starring Canadian baritone Phillip Addis in the title role, with Carla Huhtanen, Vasil Garvanliev, Peggy Kriha Dye, Meghan Lindsay, Curtis Sullivan and Lawrence Wiliford. Italian conductor Stefano Montanari makes his OA debut leading the Tafelmusik Orchestra. $90-$230. 7:30pm. Tue & Wed, Fri & Sat. 3pm. Sun. Sat, Oct 29-Nov 5. Elgin Theatre. 189 Yonge St. 1 (855) 622-ARTS. ticketmaster.ca.
Classical & Broadway Toronto Symphony Orchestra Hollywood
Hits. Gay conductor Steven Reineke leads the TSO in tuneful faves from movies. Featuring soprano Jodi Benson, tenor Hugh Panaro and the Amabile Men’s Ensemble. $29$109. 8pm. Thu, Oct 4 & 5. 2pm. Oct 5. Former TSO conductor Andrew Davis is joined by pianist Louis Lortie for Mozart’s Piano Concerto #25, in a concert featuring Beethoven’s Symphony #3 “Eroica.” $35-$145. 8pm. Wed, Oct 12. 2pm. Oct 13.
Following programs of baroque and Racmaninoff, the TSO finishes up the month by accompanying live a screening of The Wizard of Oz. Emil de Cou conducts. Audience members are encouraged to dress in costume. $20$105. 8pm. Sat, Oct 29. 3pm. Oct 30. Roy Thomson Hall. 60 Simcoe St. (416) 593-4828. tso.ca.
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The Musicians in Ordinary Apt for Voices,
Viols or Violons. Elizabethan and Jacobean court music with soprano Hallie Fishel and lutenist John Edwards. $25. 8pm. Sat, Oct 8. Heliconian Hall. 35 Hazelton Ave. (416) 535-9956. musiciansinordinary.ca. Liza Minnelli The mega talent, live, in concert. $60-$200. 8pm. Fri, Oct 28. Roy Thomson Hall. 60 Simcoe St. (416) 872-4255.
Party & Events Operanation The Canadian Opera Company’s annual gala. This year’s headliner is Rufus Wainwright. He is joined by Austra (Katie Stelmanis’s hot new band; Stelmanis was a member of the COC’s Children’s Chorus when she was a kid) collaborating with Ensemble Studio members Adrian Kramer and Ambur Braid. All proceeds benefit the COC Ensemble Studio for young opera professionals. $150. 9pm. Fri, Oct 21. Four Seasons Centre. 145 Queen St W. (416) 363-8231. coc.ca. Rapture Northbound Leather’s annual fetish ball returns with fashion show, dungeon and dancing featuring DJs Jimi LaMort, Betti Forde and more. Dress code in effect. $45 adv; $55 door. 9pm-6am. Sat, Oct 22. Sound Academy. 11 Polson St. (416) 972-1037. northbound.com. Halloweek A week of community fun, from a resto tour to pumpkin carving. Culminates with a big night of drag and costumed revellery. The Queen of Halloween drag contest hosted by Miss Conception is Wed, Oct 26. Woody’s. 467 Church St. The big outdoor party and street closure is Mon, Oct 31. churchwellesleyvillage.ca. •
There’s nothing like people watch-
modern palate: Potted duck and pork
ing on the Firkin patio, or a bear and
comes with wild cherries; a cider-
a burger at O’Grady’s — but temples
infused duck leg is served with curry
of gastronomy they’re not. Now that
sauce and croquettes. And for afters?
the cooler weather is here, perhaps
It has to be sticky toffee pudding.
it’s time to do a little cheatin’ on Church. Check out these three great gastropubs downtown.
THE GOOD GERMAN Just opened in July, The Bohemian Gastropub is a new kid on the Queen
THE COZY CLASSIC
West block. Chef Paul Boehmer (of
Cabbagetown favourite House on
Boehmer on Ossington) and chef
Parliament has been serving up high-
de cuisine Chris Scott (formerly
quality pub fare and local beers on
of LAB on College) have created a
tap for more than 15 years. Although
menu that makes the heavy fare of
a fire forced a move into the three-
Central Europe seem, well… kind of
storey Victorian next door, the HoP
fun. There’s spaetzle “poutine” and
is still hopping and tables can be
fried pig’s ears. There are potato fun-
hard to come by. But with such jovial
nel cakes and a currywurst sand-
service, reliable standards (try the
wich with mango pickle. There’s a
pulled pork sandwich) and creative
well-chosen selection of beers that
specials (grilled mahi-mahi with
includes many local favourites. Best
green peppercorn beurre blanc) it’s
of all, the ambience eschews the
always worth the wait.
Queen West try-hard-hipster vibe in favour of a casual, come-on-in
THE TRUE BRIT
English expat Jamieson Kerr (owner of Crush on King West) was so dismayed by the lack of proper pubs downtown that he opened his own: The Queen and Beaver. The name is a tribute to Kerr’s dual national alliances, and the décor takes tonguein-cheek elements from both. The food is classic British updated for a
HOUSE ON PARLIAMENT 454 Parliament St. (416) 925-4074. houseonparliament.com. THE QUEEN AND BEAVER 35 Elm St. (647) 347-2712. queenandbeaverpub.ca. THE BOHEMIAN GASTROPUB 571 Queen St W. (416) 361-6154. thebohemiangastropub.ca. intorontomag.com
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Honesty in design → “There
isn’t anything about me that’s off limits,” says décor guru Tommy Smythe Story Paul Gallant | Photography Michael Graydon
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“I was interested in décor before
Smythe can tell when peo-
I was interested in men,” Smythe
“Some of the men of our gen-
ple have fluffed their homes
says, during a break from shooting
eration learn to lie early on in our
Lawrence Antique Market. The ten-
prior to his arrival. His friends don’t
Sarah 101, Richardson and his latest
gay lives. It’s a slippery slope to get
sion between their styles and how
do it — they know he’s dated slobs
TV offering, a back-to-basics design
into the habit of false pretence and
they react to problems is a big part
in the past. He can deal. But some
course (season two airs early next
false character,” says Smythe, who
of what makes Brand Richardson
people can’t resist. Who wouldn’t
year). At age eight, Smythe chose
is within spitting distance of 40. “I
work. But you have to wonder if
want to clear away the clutter, hide
the furnishings for his bedroom,
know that a lot of kids and young
playing Robin to Sarah’s Batman
the dead flowers, haul their grand-
visiting his grandmother’s interior
people watch the shows, so it’s
for so long has made Smythe rest-
mother’s favourite candlesticks out
design office to choose the drapes
important to be honest. There isn’t
less. Does he ever wish for his own
of storage and, if there’s time, paint
and wallpaper. (He still remem-
anything about me that’s off limits.
the kitchen a fresh shade of Sarah
bers the beige and cream herring-
“If it was the right thing, suggested
bone wallpaper design. “To this day
Para) before the arrival of their bow-
I’d buy it again.”) At 14, he designed
tied visitor? He does notice things.
his own bed, shaped like a triangle,
“There’s nothing more personal than what you find beautiful, what you find relevant, what you collect, what you read.”
by the right people, at the right
Smythe seriously considered was
I use Crest Whitestrips. Sometimes
Rick Mercer, Ann-Marie MacDonald,
I wear a bit of makeup. I take pills to
Mark Tewksbury, Rex Harrington
help male pattern baldness. I don’t
and David and Glenn Dixon —
really have any secrets.”
Smythe tied his gay identity even
“If I go into one more home in July
with built-in bookcases and storage.
and see a snowsuit on a hook, I will
When the old family home went up
lose it,” Smythe declares in a clip
for sale two years ago, he visited out
promoting Sarah’s House 4, which
of curiosity, only to discover all his
premieres on HGTV this month.
furniture was still there. Although
Smythe losing it would be some-
he was once a waiter at the CN
thing to see.
Tower, the only other career option
Smythe has appeared by design queen
they are, unfluffed.
Smythe is the one who’d rather spend
time, I’d consider it. But I’m here by choice. I don’t ever feel there’s anything lacking,” says Smythe. “But I must say, I don’t think at 75, I will want to still be on TV shows.” As the co-creator of last year’s It Gets Better Canada — a heart-tugging video targeting LGBT youth that featured high-profile Canadians like
for more than nine years, in vari-
A décor guru and TV personal-
ous TV incarnations, starting with
ity are not exactly the same thing.
Design Inc. He exudes a vibe that’s
TV personalities, by default, have
Honesty seems relatively easy,
more closely to his public persona.
quirky and sprightly and encour-
no private life. For example, each
though, when all your adoring fans
Although the difficulties of youth
aging, yet very, very controlled
time he moves — and Smythe has
want to talk about are rugs and
remain dear to his heart, his cur-
and precise. It’s as if he’s from the
had three relationship-prompted
closets and the perfect dining room
rent big gay project is Casey House.
same school of gay advice-givers as
moves in the last couple of years,
chairs. For Smythe, though, these
Parallel to the HIV/AIDS hospice’s
Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, where
the most recent in the direction of
questions are deeply personal, inti-
$10-million Capital Redevelopment
extraordinarily lucid opinions are
singledom — the décor glossies and
more effective than direct orders.
blogs are immediately after him
“There’s nothing more personal
Lose it? You can’t imagine Smythe
to shoot the space. His friendship
than what you find beautiful, what
so much as dumping out your
with Richardson is real — they met
you find relevant, what you collect,
Snowball. Though the details are
unworthy can of Benjamin Moore
through his sister, fashion designer
what you read,” he says. “When
still under wraps, the event will be
Gypsy Rose 1327. But still. Would
Christie Smythe — but played with
you put yourself out there that way,
much more design-focused in 2012.
you really want to test him?
a bit more edge for TV viewers. To
you always leave yourself open to
stay sane, Smythe tries to practice
→ PRIME T IME Tommy Smythe has been doling out design advice on TV for nine years.
complete and absolute honesty. His home and his personal life are as
“It won’t be a ball in the classic sense,” says Smythe. “And it’s
On air, Richardson is more contemporary
with his fellow co-chairs to retool
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Continued from page 29
hot, new and ripe for Sarah 101.
Cares. But we want to reposition it
He’s also got to make a trip to the
as an exciting place to be.”
optician’s. He promises it will not
Meanwhile, TV is the hungry beast that’s never satiated. Sarah
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result in a change to his trademark thick-rimmed eyeglasses.
101 2 began production just as
“No, they’re still part of the cos-
Sarah’s House 4, which once again
tume, so to speak,” he laughs.
focuses on the makeover of a sin-
“Round glasses would turn [the
gle home, wrapped up. While he’s
audience] on its ear.” Indeed, a
in production, it’s all early-to-bed
Tommy Smythe without clunky
and no drinking. And Richardson’s
frames might just cause them to
office/studio is also getting a make-
over, so Smythe isn’t even sure where he’s supposed to sit. He has interns to deploy to find out what’s
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It’s the age-old answer: paint (I recommend Sarah’s designer palette for Para Paints, naturally). If money is no object
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From unfathomable depths → Composer
John Corigliano confronts two of the most harrowing contemporary tragedies, AIDS and 9/11 Story Gordon Bowness | Photography J Henry Fair
n tragedy’s wake, out of numbed silence, US composer John Corigliano coaxes trembling sounds of hope; from unfathomable depths emerges music both brutal and kind. Corigliano is one of the most successful and celebrated classical composers working today. Best known for his Oscar-winning score for the 1998 film The Red Violin, Corigliano’s body of work spans 40 years, garnering numerous awards including two Grammys for recordings of the Symphony #1, his AIDS symphony from 1990. The New York Philharmonic recently commissioned Corigliano to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11; the world premiere performances of his song cycle One Sweet Morning continue until Oct 4 in NYC. This month also sees the Esprit Orchestra perform the Symphony #1 in Toronto on Oct 19. Corigliano recalls wandering around Manhattan 10 years ago after the World Trade Center had collapsed. Traffic and subways were at a standstill; everyone had to walk home. What struck him was the chilling silence. “No one could find anything possible to say.” A silence of a different kind fuelled his AIDS symphony. “I always saw AIDS as a war, but no one acknowledged it was happening. No one wanted to know. No one cared,” he says from his home in upstate New York that he shares with his lover, composer Mark Adamo. “We could shout and
of three movements, each built around a theme evoking a friend of Corigliano’s who died from AIDS — or was dying. His best friend, pianist Sheldon Shkolnik, died a week after the premiere. One of Shkolnik’s favourite pieces, a transcription of Isaac Albeniz’s Tango, is heard off stage during the furious first movement, titled Apologue: Of Rage and Remembrance. The second movement is a tarantella, a form of music that gets faster and faster as if dancing wildly to ward off the effects of a tarantula
“Rage is just impotence, the inability to do anything about what’s happening, about what you feel.” → MEMORIES ENDURE John Corigliano’s first symphony is a furious and compassionate response to AIDS.
shout, and no one heard.” The 73-year-old Corigliano still gets angry when talking about AIDS and the indifference of many during the early years. “There are two parts to my life: before AIDS and after AIDS,” he says, “and after AIDS is a much darker place.” His symphony is at times terrifying and raging. “Rage is just impotence,” he says, “the inability to do anything about what’s happening, about what you feel.” The symphony is comprised
bite. The movement is based on a piece that Corigliano had earlier composed for another friend, Jack Roman, head of Baldwin Pianos, who developed AIDS dementia. The third movement recalls his friend Giulio Sorrentino, an amateur cellist. A haunting cello solo gives way to a number of other musical sketches of dead friends in a conscious emulation of the AIDS Quilt. The Symphony #1 has been played hundreds of times around the world, enjoying an unusually successful run for a new classical composition. “I want music to grab
you, to shake you,” Corigliano says. He recounts how, a couple of years after the symphony’s premiere, it was played in Kiev. Through an error, no program notes were given out; the audience didn’t know about the AIDS connection. “But the audience knew what it was about,” says Corigliano. “They reacted the same way as the audience in San Francisco a week later. “The symphony gives expression to something buried inside. That rage is within everyone…. It’s universal, it’s human.” In both the first symphony and his new 9/11 commission Corigliano composed the last sections first. “The first symphony couldn’t be just rage and remembrance… because then what? I couldn’t just leave the audience there.” The piece concludes with waves of sound moving through the brass section to evoke the ceaseless motion of ocean waves. Memories, like the sea, endure. The 9/11 song cycle, with its evocation of innocence lost and its litany of death and violence, concludes with a setting of a poem by Yip Harburg, librettist of The Wizard of Oz. “For out of the flags and the bones/ buried under the clover,” it goes, “Spring will bloom/ Peace will come/ One sweet morning/ One sweet morning.”
STIRRED SO MUCH The Esprit Orchestra plays John Corigliano, Arvo Pärt, Chris Paul Harman and Douglas Schmidt. $56-$67. 8pm. Wed, Oct 19. Koerner Hall. 273 Bloor St W. (416) 408-0208. espritorchestra.com.
S EX s p onsored by spa excess
— with Adam Segal → For the past six months I’ve been having regular sex with a guy who is in a long-term relationship with another gent. He tells me they’ve been on a rocky road for a while now and don’t have sex anymore. We hook up regularly for very hot sex and have an incredible time together. This arrangement has been running smoothly, although I sometimes find myself thinking about us and wondering if he would ever become fully available. I so rarely meet men that I’m this drawn to, but am worried that our arrangement will end up screwing me over in the end. What should I do? Brian
It’s a good thing that you’re feel-
a potentially risky situation. One
ing worried — getting involved
injuring outcome, for example, is
with someone who is already part-
that their relationship eventually
nered certainly has its set of emo-
improves and you find yourself
tional risks. Your fear is a healthy
discarded just as you’ve become
response that is like those weird
highway signs proclaiming “Danger:
Your part-time lover is also pro-
Falling Rocks.” (What on earth are
viding you with valuable informa-
you really supposed to do in that
tion about himself: Part of how he
copes with dissatisfaction in his
On some level, you have actively
relationship is by getting something
chosen to connect with someone
on the side. Should you two ever end
who isn’t actually available and
up together, there’s a strong likeli-
there could be any number of rea-
hood that he could avoid address-
sons why you would do this. You’ll
ing relationship issues head-on and
need to be honest with yourself in
act out instead. In fact, there’s an
your exploration of how, despite
opportunity here for you to take
stressing you out, his unavailabil-
some responsibility by speaking up
ity is in some way serving you.
and initiating a discussion about
For example, if you’ve been ago-
your respective intentions.
nizingly heartbroken in a previ-
If you are both able to stay on the
ous relationship, there’s a chance
same page in strictly wanting occa-
that your current set-up feels safe
sional mind-blowing sex, then it’s
if only because there’s not much to
pretty safe. If you’re holding out
lose to begin with.
hope that he’ll ultimately toss his
Design: Jonathan Kitchen, jakcreative.com
How you proceed should also be
relationship and choose you in a
informed by your personal val-
ues. If your loverman is keep-
claim-you kind of way, then you
ing your hookups (and any others
might be on a path of self-sabo-
he’s got going on) a secret, then
tage that only you can choose to
you’ll need to know whether this
is something your conscience can feel okay with. If they’ve agreed upon an open relationship, then this becomes less of a moral/values issue, though it still remains
Adam Segal The writer and therapist works in private practice in downtown Toronto. Ask him your relationship or mental health question at firstname.lastname@example.org. intorontomag.com
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caught in the act by Michael Pihach & Ann Gagno
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