Halloween, it’s one of my favourite times of year. Having spent 13 years in Toronto, I have enjoyed the extraordinary celebrations the boys in the village put on every year. The one night a year when the gays shed their crowns for other masks. Hundreds of people from every walk of life congregate to Church and Wesley, the heart of the Gay Village, to celebrate all that is ghoulish and evil in the supernatural world. I’ve gone for several years. The streets erupt in celebration, as the Witches of Salem, Vampires, Ghosts, and Goblins flood the strip. The tradition began as far back as the 1960’s and allowed gay and straight men alike to dress up in what’s now described as drag. I’ve never gone in drag, maybe this year. I’d love to get my spook on, and gather my pals together for a night of frolic and run amuck. If you’re looking for the perfect costume and you live in the Toronto area, check out these great Halloween celebrators.
Its incredible to think that there are only 3 months left to 2019. Its mind blowing. The Beards of the month this year have been amazing. You can vote for your fav beard by hitting the heart on the article and pic that is posted monthly. Instagram @bruceinthecity
Without delay! Here is your Beard of October!
This is David.
love biking everywhere
im big into meditation and am kind of on a journey of enlightenment. So I truly believe in being open, loving, compassionate to others and oneself.
being active generally
love cooking and meal prepping
learning and trying new things whether it is a dish, exercise, activity, etc
sometimes meditate in a sensory deprivation tank
listening to music
not a party animal or bar scene kind of guy. Actually prefer doing something active like walking, hiking, playing virtual reality games, etc
Amazing! Thanks David. You can follow david on Instagram @hiiback
Very excited to announce that this month on Bruce in the City my 1 on 1 interview with canadian comedy icon Rick Mercer! Dropping out 27th. Dont miss it!
You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been writing a few stories from outside the GTA. That’s the greater Toronto area for those not from around these parts. I’ve been visiting my folks taking a little break from the big city life. That’s what summers are for right? While visiting my folks, I thought I’d take the opportunity to check out some trendy spots in Peterborough. I was actually concerned I wouldn’t find any. Does a city east of the city delve into the trendy? Well it was my curiosity that got the better of me so out I went. Before I do anything, this boy needs coffee. In Toronto, there’s a corporate coffee shop on almost every business corner. To be fair, there’s a ton of mom and pop coffee shops to enjoy, as well. I’ve written about a few over the last 9 years. I love a good coffee. I went downtown Peterborough to check out the culture of the city. There are a dozen corporate coffee shops in the borough too, but I was looking for something a little less burnt cheap beans and a little more rustic cosmopolitan. I started my downtown stroll on the lower east side. The cities one and only cineplex stands there. A big business eating up the local theatre, now housing Pride events and live theatre. At least the city adapted to the, I’m guessing hostile take over of movie night? Surprisingly, I actually quickly discovered several cute and trendy coffee houses downtown. I had to chose one, and so I searched along the main strip, if there is one, in the downtown core. “A place where people can mingle and mix and be.” Tom Hanks (You’ve Got Mail). To my surprise, I stumbled across one. So cute! So rustic sheik. The Cork and Bean.
Isn’t that a great name for what has now become all the rage, the coffee/whiskey bar? The front is appropriately adorned with large sliding windows to let the smell of roasted coffee beans waft out into the street. I entered the front door and to my left are shelves with merchandise in perfect product placement. To my right, was the coffee bar and a row of bar stool style seats and tables. Women and men dressed in the fashions of two years ago, but still looking sharp and the cutest fellows behind the counter. Oh what do they call people who have studied how to make coffee? Um, A Barista! I almost blurted that out from my cozy spot on the comfy couch located just up the next landing to the right. I get so involved when I’m writing. I was impressed by the persuasive beverage menu. Lattes, Espresso, Whiskeys, Wines, and beers!
Oh my! I’ve used that joke before, but it still holds up! Well to anyone over 30. This may be a shallow thing, but don’t you like to go where the pretty people are? I do. I think there’s nothing worse than dining, shopping or even breathing around people with no sense of style or bathing. I don’t want to smell what you had for dinner last night. Is that wrong? Toronto has jaded me, I guess; made me kind of a coffee expert. And I’m pleased to report that there were no stinkys to be smelt anywhere in the shop. Love it. Apparently, there’s another one of these in Oshawa, but who really wants to go there? Come check out Cork and Bean. So hot! So now! So tall, dark, and handsome. My favourite part? It’s super LGBTQ friendly. Maybe I’ll see you there sometime. Don’t be shy, say hello and don’t forget to tip your hottie!
When I saw the name of this singing duo, “High & Lonesome” I thought, that pretty much sums up my summer, so why not go check them out and see what sad songs they have to offer while I down a few melancholy brews. As fate would have it, I had heard the lead vocalist, Kate Kelly, many years ago, when she was just getting into the music world. I heard her do a few Dixie Chicks songs, among others I can’t remember, and then that was it. I carried on in my little bubble, and she carried on singing and learning the guitar. Fast forward 10 years and there hangs a poster, in a local pub, literally with her legs on it. Kate, and an accomplished guitarist Bobby Watson decided to jam with each other, and High & Lonely was conceived. As most local bands go, they play, you get drunk, you dance. You forget them, but I couldn’t forget this dynamic duo. I decided to sit down with Kate Kelly, the lead vocalist of the group, and find out what the devils been going on. Bobby and Kate have been crushing the haunting sounds of The Eurythmics, Amy Winehouse, Dolly Parton and Sheryl Crow for five years now. From what I saw there were no signs of slowing down. Bobby Watson played in Memphis, for over 10 years back, in the 80’s. He released an album titled “From the Eastside” which was produced by Greg Wells, a well-known producer from L.A. Kate and Bobby started playing together five years ago. Bobby’s licks and chops are on point, and he pulls them together nicely. Kate’s vocals are raw and unrefined. A perfect blend of sultry and heartache as she pours our her soul. Kate is an accomplished poet that has taken her works to many poetry slams, including on a national level. Bobby and Kate slam on YouTube. You should check it out! When they’re not performing out, they’re songwriting. They played a few of those the night I went to check them out, and they were awesome. The show was intimate. The audience response said it all. This duo is defying age, gimmicks, and music genre as they work on their debut CD. It’s encouraging to know there are still singer-songwriters out there that give a damn about the art of writing. I’m just glad I got to see them before they get repackaged by corporate greed. When the music is still real, and no one has fake tits and botox. Amazing show! I’ll keep you all up to speed on a release date for their album. It’s looking like there are going to be 10 to 12 songs on it. I got to hear four of them live. They were badass. Look em up! You can find High & Lonesome on YouTube.
What a week!. I’ve got so much to tell you guys about what I’ve been going through over the last several months, but first one must have a rousing breakfast — got to keep your strength up when dealing with stressful adulting bullshit. Who here enjoys adulting? I’d love to hear from you. Tell me why you love adulting. You can write me at email@example.com. If I pick your reason, I’ll feature your Instagram account on my official Instagram account. Get yourself some new followers! So breakfast; I spent the weekend with some friends, out in Tweed, (thanks for the incredible time) and on my way back from that adventure, I stopped off in Cobourg. I was traveling by Via Rail. Just a side note, I love Canada! The diversity and for the most part, the acceptance we show to each other is healthier than our neighbors to the south. I sat down in my seat and pulled out my book to read; Sex Sorcery and Magic. I looked to the left of me, and quietly sitting is a Tahitian monk. He’s dressed in full traditional clothing and looking nonjudgmentally at my choice of reading. He was also reading. Certainly not how a gay guy brought down a bathhouse, but we quietly respected each other’s selection of read. I only noticed the difference when another passenger offered to buy him a tea, looking right past me like I wasn’t even there. We shared a shrug and a smile, and we went on reading. I’d never been to Cobourg, on my own, and thought I’d explore their downtown. I’m not sure, but my initial reaction was that the town’s hub is having some problems. It’s such a cute area, though many stores have closed. Don’t get me wrong; there is still lots to see, but there’s a lot of darken store windows as well. Luckily, I managed to come across a cute little spot called The Buttermilk Cafe. A good, hearty, breakfast was what I was itching for. This looked like the place. Jennifer was my server. She reminded me of a young Meg Ryan. An absolute joy. I had a seat on the patio and ordered up the big breakfast, and was it ever! Two choices of pig. I also chose scrabble eggs, toast, and chocolate pancakes; just to satisfy the kid inside me. It was excellent, and Jennifer was the icing on the cake. Well I didn’t have any cake, but the refill coffee was fabulous