PRIDE 2012!

Photo by David Hawe

Gay Christmas is exhausting. So far I’ve been able to hit up Winnipeg, Oshawa & Thunder Bay. Up next is the busiest of them all…Toronto!

Here’s some events I’m either organizing, performing at, or just excited to go to:

Friday June 22nd – I love hip hop & I love queers, so together it’s a night I can’t miss. Work It! at Buddies is the first show presented by the fantastic MC Jazz, who I love enough to challenge her gf to become her biggest fan. With so many performances, a great DJ, dancers & a rap battle this is going to be a great night.
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre – 9pm, $7 (free before 9pm!)

Tuesday June 26th – It’s my birthday! To celebrate I’m throwing The Crush Project presents CHAFE. When I heard UK fat activist Charlotte Cooper would be in town I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to host the after party for her panel discussion “The Queerness of Fat Activism”. So I’ve gathered some friends and we’re gonna have a party in the Ballroom!
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom – 9pm, $5-10 sliding scale

Wednesday June 27th – I like gay things so when I was asked to participate in a show called The Gayest Show on Earth, how could I resist?!?! Vancouver comedian Darcy Michael is coming to town & Fluffy gets to perform with some hilarious comedians, the Queer Comedy Collective, and her sister Fay Slift!!!
Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – 9pm, $20 in advance

Thursday June 28th – There are several things I’m excited about this night and luckily they’re all under the same roof! It’s the opening reception for That’s So Gay, the Gladstone’s 3rd Annual Pride Exhibition and lots of good friends are showing work. On the second floor is the opening of 10×10. Thanks to Renee Navarro there’s a great photos of me & Fluffy. There are 10 photographers & 100 photos of queers in the arts & that means I get to look at SO MANY beautiful faces of friends. After the openings it’s time to dress up for Steers & Queers: Night of 1,000 Dollys. Last year’s S&Q was so fun but the Dakota is WAY too small to hold in that much Dolly love. I’m thrilled we get to host it in the Ballroom like the old days of queer dance parties like Foxhole.
That’s So Gay: 3rd & 4th Floor Galleries, 7-10pm, FREE
10×10: 2nd Floor Gallery, 7-10pm, FREE
Steers & Queers: Ballroom, 10pm, $10 ($8 in advance)

Friday June 29th – I’m finally leaving the Gladstone and going SO FAR down the street to the Beaver! Fluffy is making her DJing debut at WMST and celebrating feminism and homotastic good times! Take yer trans or trans ally ass to Church Street then party hard with us after!
Beaver Cafe – 10pm, pwyc

Saturday June 30th – I have no idea what I’ll be wearing to Hotnuts but I can’t wait. I had such a blast at the last one, I’m looking forward to this one even more. With a performance by Christeene, it’s going to a party people are talking about afterwards so I don’t want to miss it.
Garrison – 10pm, $10 advance, $12 at the door

Sunday July 1st – I plan on spending most of the day celebrating our own West End Pride at Trinity Bellwoods Park. Relaxin. I do however have to haul ass across town for Fluffy to perform on the North Stage at 3:35pm. Got it? 3:35pm for ten minutes. Then it’s back to the park!

Sunday July 1st – Isn’t Pride over yet? Hell no, now it’s time for the biggest party of the year! VAZ/Shame Party at Wrongbar with Limp Wrist & this year’s fave band Vag Halen. Money for Will Munro’s cancer fund, the biggest west end party & stumbling around the corner home at the end of the night. Perfection.
Wrongbar – 10pm, $15

And here’s a short blast of other shows/events I plan to/hope to make an appearance at:
Thurs June 21st – Shawn Hitchins Fire(crotch) Sale – with special guest Andrya Duff
Buddies in Bad Times, 8pm

Sat June 23rd – Babes ‘n Beards Backlot Bonanza
Doll Factory by Damzels, 2-6pm

Sat June 23rd – Karaoke at the Henhouse Pride Edition
Henhouse, 10pm

Fri June 29th – Trans March & Rally
Starts at Norman Jewison Park (east of Yonge and Gloucester), 6pm

Sat June 30th – Watching Rae Spoon play the Trans stage (North Stage)at 7pm

Homo Night in Canada – with special guests Queer Comedy Collective
Buddies in Bad Times, 8pm

Sun July 1st – Blockorama
Always an awesome time and a huge number of performers I love
Wellesley Parking Lot, all day

Help Fluffy Get ‘Pegged!

The Darling of Parkdale, Miss Fluffy Souffle has an opportunity to continue her takeover of Canada and travel to the far-off land of Winnipeg to host Steers & Queers.

You know Winnipeg needs some Fluffy, just like Fluffy needs to get ‘Pegged. You can help make it happen!

The event is FREE! Money will come from bar sales (so drink your precious little faces off), a portion of a shot special, limited edition Fluffy Souffle buttons, a Fluffy dress-up station and whatever else we can think of to make this night a blast.

DJs Sigourney Beaver + Secret Agent will be playing your faves old + new all night long.

10pm til late

Go to this event on Facebook!

Can’t make it out? Want to help? Want a button?
Donations can be made through Paypal & every donation over $10 will get a Fluffy button (including shipping) + a special note!

Thems fighting words…

Ah the sweet smell of controversy. So the venue where I was supposed to perform on March 16th has pulled out of hosting because they didn’t want their regular clientele to feel uncomfortable. Hmm. This is a bar in my neighbourhood that makes me uncomfortable every time I walk past it on Friday and Saturday nights. Which, actually is rarely because I cross the street to avoid it. What also kills me is that they have this on their website:

“At The Parkdale Drink, we are committed to our clients, community and grassroots. Our dedicated team is devoted to our clients to ensure that every experience is gratifying and pleasurable. Our diversity is evident in our international dining and drink menus, clientele and our staff.”

What?!?!?! That is the biggest load of bull I’ve ever heard! They are cancelling a queer event a week and a half before it’s supposed to happen. The event was part of the Fireside Festival where they intentionally put on events in some spaces that might not be the obvious choice. This is the second year that they were putting on a queer night. The owners seemed excited about the event. Not sure what changed it for them. I was skeptical about it, but willing to put my own judgements aside and go there with an open mind. Oh well. Glad they will not be receiving my hard earned queer dollars.

New event Feb 3rd

Friday Feb 3rd
The Pool – Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 10:30pm, $7
HIP HIP HOORAY!! Another Fantastic time frolicking in The POOL! We have a CRAZY talented lineup of performers who will be sure to heat up the coldest of February Friday nights! Come for a “dip” and stay to dance the night away! Daddy K & the Rhythm Method are doing a comeback performance and I’m DJing the dance party post-show.
Facebook event!

New stuff…

I’m going to Newfoundland today! First time! Gonna hit up some thrift stores and see if me or Fluffy can get some new threads.

Last night I saw a preview of the show that Fluffy is in next week. It’s spectacular. Can’t wait to be a part of it. The way they incorporate music, video, and drag is inspiring and exciting.

Gladstone Hotel’s 5th Anniversary Party!

One of my favorite places in the city is the Gladstone Hotel. I love putting on events in the Ballroom, I love showing people the gallery spaces, I love popping in occasionally for karaoke in the Melody Bar, and of course I love the artist designed rooms. It is an amazing cultural hub that I’m lucky to have in my neighbourhood.

Five years ago it officially had it’s rebirth as a boutique art hotel. It’s been a family run hotel for 122 years! On Friday the 21st they had a huge bash and I was lucky to be a part of it. First Miss Fluffy Souffle cruised and shmoozed the community partners event. Then I (Kaleb) got to host the show in the Ballroom and introduce the fine ladies of Skin Tight Outta Sight.

At midnight after yet another room giveaway, Miss Fluffy Souffle took to the stage in front of a huge crowd and entertained them with a special new medley of songs. I got to emerge from a 6′ tall gorgeous pink glittery cake that was made by Trixie and Beever ( I was joined onstage by two members of my favorite dance troupe, JAT, looking foxy as ever. After chugging a bottle of 50 (to 50 Cent’s “In Da Club”) I took to the floor with a tray of mini cupcakes. It was like people had never seen cupcakes before, they were so excited. It was amazing! Managed to work my way to the Cafe bar and hopped up on it. Did some air guitar up there to the Beatles “Birthday” before shoving through the crowd to get back on stage and finish up the number. So much fun and the crowd was great!

Pictures were up on NOW Magazine super fast with lots of Fluffy:

More are posted on the Gladstone’s Facebook page, or become friends with Fluffy on Facebook!

The Me Show My Show

Tonight I’ll be performing at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre for “The Me Show My Show”. It’s a showing of work by myself and Andrya Duff. It’s a bit of a departure for us both to do solo work that isn’t in the context of a larger cabaret style show. I’m working on material for my own portion, “The Me Show” which will be presented on Feb. 26th at the Rhubarb Festival of new work at Buddies.

Exciting! Terrifying!

I’ll be doing three numbers. One is a duet between my two performing alter-egos, Miss Fluffy Souffle and Daddy K. The second is a video showing me reading the book Flowers in the Attic aloud around town. And the last is a dance piece which also shares stories. It’ll be sung live tonight by Rae Spoon.

DJ stuff!

New regular DJ night! Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday I’ll be playing music at Sweaty Betty’s (Queen & Ossington). What I play will depend on the mood, but there’s been a lot of old country, bluegrass and good old rock ‘n roll. Sweaty Betty’s is small and cozy, so bring a pal and hunker down for a good chat, or loiter around me and slur your requests in my ear. Just kidding. Please don’t do that.