Force of Will

Hey Brucesters! To keep with the spirit of my love for beards and my love for artists, here is one sexy fellow you just have to meet. Will Wilson is a 30-year-old Queer artist based in Toronto. He has worked in the photography world for a decade, previously volunteering with TIFVA and TIFF. He has also worked for Henry’s and Vistek, leading photo imaging stores in Ontario. In addition, Will has been a part time actor, as well as a PA for a few reputable and talented casting directors.

After gaining this experience, he has now enrolled at George Brown to continue his studies in photography.

In getting to know Will over time, I learned of some very real losses he has faced over the past three years and he has truly been an inspiration of strength and determination to many friends and fans alike.

I’m definitely a fan and have been personally inspired by him. It is a true force of will as he focuses his love and passion to express himself from behind a lens.

Will is an avid traveller, having ventured to 20 different cities in 2017. Incorporating travel, he is focusing on his career as a photojournalist. Currently his work is being displayed at one of my favourite hot spots in The Gay Village, “Pegasus on Church”. Will has some other venues lined up and I’ll be sure to let you guys know where and when.

B.I.T.C

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Mary Ellen Monk

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Badass B.I.T.C Beard #2

I really enjoy all your amazing beard pics you are forwarding to me. I especially enjoy all your fun facts. The response for my beard segment and contest is getting an overwhelming response. Thank you for that. I recently had a fellow ask about moustaches. I’ll guve that some thought but fir now it’s all about the beard. Let’s meet our second Badass B.I.T.C Beard of 2018!

Hey everybody! I’m Wayne! Im a dog groomer. I’ve been grooming for 13.5+ years. I’m a huge video gamer, RPGs such as Final Fantasy are my favorite. I enjoy working out. I love baking and enjiy cooking. I’m covered in tattoos and plan on getting many more, of course.

Congrats Wayne. You are now entered in the monthly draw!

B.I.T.C

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Bruce Christopher

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3,2,1 Launch!

Brucesters!

Tonights the night! I hope you tune in to a fabulous new show on CTV! Oh so Canadian and oh so exciting! I got a golden ticket to one of the hottest shows hitting the small screen. The Launch! Of course I say nothing about what I saw and all it’s exciting details but I will say. The taping I was at featured one of my favourite artists of all time! Boy George!!!! It was an exciting day for sure and I was one of the lucky few that got to ask Boy George a question during question answer period. He was a gentleman through and through. I never asked him a question but took the opportunity to thank him for building bridges for LGBTQ people around the world through his music and his style! Let the auditions begin!!!

B.I.T.C

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Get Noticed!

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A Wonder Woman

I had another blog planned for today but at the last minute I decided to change my mind. I could have gone with my restaurant review but I’m still coming off of my holiday high and before I rip a local eatery a new one, I thought it might be nice to share one good story about outstanding customer service.
You may wonder why customer service is such an important career to me. Well that’s easy, I’ve been in customer service since I was 18 and I have always tried to give the best service I can. I worked for some tough companies that expect the best and I have always delivered. Sometimes to the point of breakdown which, thankfully has only happened twice in my long and distinguished career. Unfortunately, I’m one of those people pleasers that companies burn out because I’m usually always giving way more then my counter part and yet they still push, push, push. Such is the life of an elf but when I actually experience or hear of some wonderful act of customer service I get excited because the art of great customer service is as cold and dead as the Canadian winters.
But just when you think no one cares out there in retail land you come across a shining light that returns hope to the weary shopper.
This happened to my mom this past Christmas season. We have a pretty new tradition that she started only a few short years ago. I love Christmas tree decorations a lot and so my mom, over the years, has bought me some of the cutest decorations I have on my tree. Well this year she had her sights set on a super cute Wonder Woman tree ornament that Hallmark released. I have several from their collection from John. Yes, I’m spoiled. But anyway, this year to my mom’s dismay the ornament box had been damaged and there was no way she would give a gift in a damaged box. It wouldn’t have bothered me but my mom is a stickler for detail and quality so she told Sue, the customer service ambassador at this particular Hallmark, that sadly she wouldn’t be taking the Wonder Woman tree ornament. Well Sue took my mom’s name and number and said leave it with her. Now typically this is the kiss of death because most people would have filed that under “Garbage” and she would have never been heard from again. But you know this Sue called around to other locations until she found that box or a brand new one since this was her last one in shop that she had. And not long before Christmas this real life customer service Wonder Woman called my mom with the great news that my ornament was ready for pick up. Now this may seem like a small thing to do but at Christmas when I got to open that special little box with my mom at my tree side, it was no small moment. That is what Christmas is all about (well aside from baby Jesus). But you know I’ll never forget that Wonder Woman and I hope Hallmark doesn’t forget her either. She really cared and that meant the world to my mom and it meant the world to me.

Thank you Sue!

Always

Bruce in the City

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Mary Ellen Monk

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Badass B.I.T.C Beard of the Week #1

It’s back!! The Badass B.I.T.C Beard of the Week. Our first Fellow is quite interesting and sports one heck of a beard. Let’s meet John!

I’m 48
I play softball, volleyball, bowling, curling, and go to the gym
Hobbies are baking (Lil Bear Bakery), reading, movies, hiking, cooking, music, and theatre
I was Assistant Commissioner of the Cabbagetown Group Softball League (CGSL gay softball league in Toronto) for 2 years and then became Commissioner of the CGSL for 10 years.
I was a Delegate on the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) for 12 years and during that time Fundraising Chair. I was then voted onto the NAGAAA Board as Member at Large and was appointed Assistant Athletic Director for the Gay Softball World Series (GSWS).
I was just nominated for the position of Assistant Commissioner for the NAGAAA Softball Organization
When it comes to movies I like all types from Indy to Horror
I always try to have a positive attitude and look for the best in everyone
For about 6 months I did a daily #ShareTheLove post on Facebook and would pick a friend or family member or organization or some random person and write something positive about that person to maybe put a smile on their face.
I did this in the hopes that they would pay it forward.
There’s too much negativity in the world
I think I’ll have to start this again starting tomorrow.

Now this is one fabulous beard. Thanks John for submitting your photo and super fun facts. You are a catch for sure. Although we are left wondering are you single?

You are now entered in the monthly draw! I gotta try some of your bake goods. I smell a future blog!

B.I.T.C

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BJ Cinema…Our Reviews Will Blow You Away! #1

Here we go, Brucester’s! Our very first movie review on Bruce in the City! BJ Cinema….Our Reviews Will Blow You Away! I’m excited to work with John, my partner of 12 years, to bring you our points of view on motion pictures! I’m certain there will be a lot of laughs and a lot of sass! Maybe even a bit of class. Certainly from me! Not sure what John’s got planned.
Without further ado, let’s get the show on the road! Our first film review is The Shape of Water directed by Guillermo del Toro. John and I were actually planning to see a different film but our good buddy, Bobbie, made a suggestion to see this one with her. I watched the trailer and thought it looked dark and mysterious. Just like me. So I said sure! I’ll be a gentleman and so John you may go first.
Unlike Bruce, I didn’t know anything except the title of this movie before taking my seat in the theatre so I was greatly moved by the experience and the 2 hours and 3 minutes of sitting was not even noticeable to me.
Do you remember the days of “B-movies”? I remember seeing some of them on the telly in my youth. Admittedly, I never really got into them. Likely, it was because of my age….. The Shape of Water, however, reminds me of those “B-movies” I never really got into, but has been done with an “A-movie” story/script and an amazing cast that make the events that take place in this Baltimore of 1962 feel legitimate and not corny in the slightest. The pacing of the story is so well handled that I was swept into the events that unfold and never felt the pangs of “Oh, that is just sooooo contrived!!” The only complaint I have with the movie is that during the opening credits, Richard Jenkins character, Giles, introduces us to “the Princess without voice” but I ended up feeling confused if I should accept this as “factual” information to the establishing of the story or if it was intended to be “impressionistic” in relation to his particular character. It didn’t help that the imagery floating across the screen during the voice over was so mesmerizing that trying to take it all in was a challenge. (I will be watching and listening more closely when it comes out on DVD, or should that be rewinding endlessly to catch every detail then shutting the volume off to just watch the visual magic!)
So I guess your going for simplistic in this first round of reviews? Less $10 dollars words if you will. I’m already feeling exhausted like taking in the opening credits of Schindler’s List. As for me,the director Guillermo del Toro, who also directed Pans Labyrinth, has an edgy style and a persuasion for the creatures that lurk in dark places. Of course, as I’m writing this, John is in the back ground filling me on some fun facts that all you Murdoch Mysteries fans will love. Did you know there were at least 13 actors in this film that appeared on Murdoch Mysteries! Just for that alone every Murdoch fan should go see this film and play find the Murdoch Actor! I think it may be possible Yannick Bisson was the pond creature. For the subject matter in this film the acting was right on point and surprisingly stayed away from the ridiculous. This film could have easily gone there if not handled properly. The line between the fantastical and the absurd were respectfully drawn. I had a bit of a problem with the creature’s special ability causing continuity issues for me but a beautifully strange film and captivating non the less. A stand out performance for me was Octavia Spencer in her supporting role. She nailed the need for humour but also switched to dramatic character when the scene called for it. The one thing I just gotta say for this movie is it gave a whole new meaning to giving someone the finger! John?
I couldn’t have said it with my $10 dollar words. I think it’s time for our rating! We would like to give The Shape of Water….
4 Cosmopolitans out of 5!!
Bruce Christopher & John Sigerson for Bruce in the City!

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Bruce Christopher and John Sigerson

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And the winner is….

Our Badass BITC Beard contest for 2017 is over!! We had some sexy entries in Bruce in the City’s first Beard contest!

Our Beard that will be crowned The Badass BITC Beard of the year 2017 is….

Jordan! Congratulations! Your prize is on the way! Your choice of a gift card from Toronto’s renowned Men’s Room  or Some amazing beard product from Proraso! B.I.T.C

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from everyone at Bruce in the City! Bruce, Mary Ellen, Sarah, Erik and John! Wishing you health and happiness in 2018! 

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Beard On!

Wow! Another year flies by and it’s almost time to crown the first Badass B.I.T.C Beard of the year! The first annual of its kind on my blog! How exciting! However before I do this, we still have one more Badass Beard of the week to announce! Drum roll please! Go for it….

Awe fun. Okay!
I’m a queer bear daddy in training!
I was a body piercer while I went to school for nursing!
I’m a world traveller. Especially eco and city adventures!
I belonged to a dance troop when I was younger.
Dancing is church!
Taking vogue chore classes!
Practice loving kindness and daily meditation.
Gender fuck painting!?!
My favourite exercise is the squats.
I’ve lost my bank card and replaced it 86 times (I finally have a wallet after as of a couple of weeks ago)
I love to laugh and will be starting standup comedy classes.
I have bedtime eyes (they change from blue green and grey)
Advocate and passionate for our community LGBTQIA2 and marginalized population! I’m Donnavon!!!

How is that?

Well Sir! That’s pretty damn good! You sound like a hoot and a holler! The perfect Badass Beard to end Bruce in the City’s first Beard contest!

Tomorrow our first Badass B.I.T.C Beard winner will be announced! Good luck to all the sexy beards who have been featured over the last few weeks! My panel of judges will begin the fun task of voting! Cocktails high! Happy New year and may all my readers have an outstanding 2018!

Yours Truly

Bruce in the City!

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