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Poetry Corner

What Happens Now

You saw me.I was there.Your smile as warm as the day.Yet time seemed to freeze What happens now


You smiled at me.I was thereLike I’d never seen a smile before.I couldn’t see anything elseWhat happens now


You laughed with me,We were thereExploring something new.No thought of anything pastWhat happens now


The Fall came.I didn’t want to seeThe reality was too much to bare.Holding too desperately to summers’ dream What happens now


You comforted me So afraid was I You were too grand a man, I too self-obsessed to see What happens now


Winter was never more cruelA lonely and desolate placeThe playfulness of summer long past I fell into despair
What happens now


You didn’t smileI tried to mend Your heart grew coldSelfish and cruel was I What happens now


Still am I Gone are weWinter has burned my soulNot winter, but me – my spiteful tongueWhat happens now


You were magicI, the curse that chased your love awayKin forever tattooed on my heartI could never forgive myselfWhat happens now


You saw meNo one ever saw meMy tears burn my skinI’m certain I’ll never be seen againSo, what happens now?


By
Bruce Christopher

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It’s Valentine’s Day, Let’s Get Real!

Brucesters!

Well where do I begin? This is my first Valentine’s single in 13 years. What the freak does one do after a lifetime in a relationship that – in spite of my best efforts – just could not even come close to what I was hoping for. A jagged little pill would be an understatement.

There are so many things one can do to bleach out the past on Valentine’s day. My choice was to get out and embrace the city. I hit up a couple of friends that know what I’ve been dealing with over the past year since my breakup. It’s been hell but there’s been some real friends along the way that, inspite of my outbursts of sorrow and hopelessness, have stood by my side.

One thing that can help chase the Valentine’s blues away is to support a local talent show. Not just any show, however, but one that highlights the artists within the LGBTQ community. Here’s some info on the one I checked out.

Producer and Hostess Halal Bae presents Living in Colour. An event with the aim to increase the visibility of and create a space for queer and trans performers of colour. It was created in order to give QTPOC an open space to show their artistic abilities, ranging from drag, dance, music and more. Every month at Glad Day Bookshop, there is a new theme which allows participants to share their experiences and truths. The hope is that it will create discussions and opening dialogue on issues facing the QTPOC community while celebrating their history and achievements.

If you want you can book that room at the Hilton you were going to book with your ex as an anniversary gift. I was fortunate enough to be the invited to tag along with a buddy who was doing just that. It was a great time and we’re looking at maybe booking another weekend trip in the near future.

The next effective way of chasing the blues away is with food. I know some say a terrible idea, but once in a while you gotta give yourself allowance to indulge. I decided to go to a hot spot called Belly Busters. It sounded like a fat burning place. As I got closer I realized it was a local sub shop. They have two locations in Toronto.

I love seeing old school sub sandwich shops and mom and pop stores, to me I would go the extra mile to get quality and something you can’t get at one of the chains. The prices here are more than fair for what you’re getting.

Had my first one last week and been craving another one ever since.

If things in your life are feeling a bit more severe this time of year. Check out Steve Tully. He’s a brilliant life coach I really get a lot of great life strategies from, posted that there is no sense becoming bitter but be happy for those who have found a significant other, and also take this special day to show yourself some love.

I also hope you will check out @STEVE_R_TULLY on Instagram. Great life skills and health & fitness.

Hey its Valentine’s, let’s get real!

B.I.T.C

Writer Bruce Christopher

Publicist Mike Tubbrit

Guest Editor Martin Rye

Hair by Paul Ferguson

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Viking Spirit

Brucesters!!!

How’s it going Brothers?!? Are you getting through the winter? I think I am. Only time will tell. Who knows, you may find me frozen somewhere with a smoke in my mouth and icicles growing from my nose. I’m not a fan of winter at all. I don’t really have any winter hobbies. The winter leaves me with a lot of time to explore other interests like history, for example. 

  Over the last couple of years I’ve been digging into the history of the Vikings. I’ve always been fascinated by the ancient gods and folk lore around the magnificent men and women who apparently kicked a lot of ass while they were discovering the globe. Of course I have a thing for beards. One may refer to me as a ponogophile, which you’d know about if you followed my blog at all.

  I think the one thing I respect about the Vikings was the importance of loyalty and brotherhood. From my experience dudes are just not that cool in modern society, at least not in the LGBTQ world. In my experience it’s just as back stabbing and disappointing as the US president. Of course, I could be running on bitterness from my own experience. I’ll share more of that in later blogs. As for the Vikings, I discovered a modern day worldwide brotherhood, found on Instagram and called Viking Beard Club. I’d been watching their Brotherhood for some time. And unlike other Brotherhood’s this one seemed less conservative and judgy. I reached out to them and I’m now a proud member of an amazing brotherhood that encompasses my three most favorite pastimes, beards, Vikings and men. I died and went to Valhalla.

  I haven’t had much luck at all throughout my life with bonding with other men. I was always different and still am, and I’m often extremely misunderstood. As insignificant as you may feel about being part of a pack it is in fact human nature, and extremely healthy, if of course, the pack is healthy. Believe me, I’ve run from a few! One thing was for sure I was not going to get involved in a Brotherhood that did not understand the value of loyalty, male identity in its entirety, and badass beards. I’ve found it here, with the Viking Beard Club. I’m proud to let you know that they have promoted me to a recruiter for the Canadian chapters.   Now of course, there is some incredible history when it comes to the Vikings and their warrior triumphs, but I wanted to investigate something a bit more provocative. I wanted to know about their sexual behaviors. I was shocked at what I learned. Pleasantly surprised is more like it. Did you know before Christianity, Norse people did not view homosexuality as being against nature? The act of two men having sex did not go against any law or any of their gods. Although a Viking who was penetrated by another man would not be permitted to fight or take leadership roles. This is so typical of men in general. Just because they can fuck they are the dominant actor. Of course in modern society that’s not the case, as we’ve seen woman in more dominating or masculine roles. Viking men who submitted to another man would no longer be seen as masculine but not in the way it’s meant today. Hell, every top should want to protect their bottom, right? If I was there I’d be more than happy to make the meals and bathe the men. I mean wash their clothes. 

  I’m honoured to be part of this inclusive Brotherhood. Let’s hope they’re more loyal then the men I’ve dated and the friends I’ve had. I’m hoping for the best. It’s looking good so far. Check out their Instagram @vikingbeardclub

B.I.T.C

Author Bruce Christopher

Guest Editor Kate Kelly

Kelly is an educator, singer/songwriter, poet and now a novelist. A mother of three, she lives and works in Peterborough. She is also a spoken-word artist and has competed nationally in Toronto and Montreal. She can be found on YouTube, performing spoken word and a sample some of her writings are posted on her blog at thesoulfulside.com. “A Harsh and Private Beauty” is her debut novel.

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Artistic Excellence

Brucesters!

This week I’m featuring one of my favourite painters, Dijon Curley.


Growing up in the south shore of Nova Scotia in Chester, Dijon has been surrounded by the natural beauty of the region and by art his entire life. His mother Rosalie Bishop and his father Donald Curley, are both established artists in their own right, through their encouragement and influence, he has acquired his own expressive voice in his art.

​He draws inspiration from the local landscape. growing up along the ocean coast, he was exposed to rural life, the beauty and simplicity of the area. Trees, sky, open fields punctuated by his use of light, are transformed into dramatic vistas

​Executed by his heartfelt response to his environment, his deep appreciation for the landscape is obvious to the viewer, whether it is a field of golden wheat or a coastal scene of deep blue.

​Dijon has had successful showings at the Teichert Gallery in Halifax , Nova Scotia. In both solos and group shows for the past 12 years and also Amicus Gallery in Chester, Nova Scotia. he has collections in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.

​He now resides in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

The interview:
Bruce: When did you know you were an artist?

Dijon: I was brought up in an exceptionally creative household. Both my parents are successful commercial artists and always encouraged me from a very young age to explore my artistic and creative side. I realized pretty quickly that I wanted to follow in my parents’ footsteps.

Bruce: What’s your favourite medium for creating?

Dijon: I have always loved working with acrylic. With acrylic-based mediums, glazes and finishes, the possibilities are endless. Plus, I love that I can finish a painting and have it varnished and ready for a gallery three days later. Other mediums, like oils, take far longer to dry and cure.

Bruce: What were you like in high school?

Dijon: Like most teenagers, I had a great circle of friends, of which a lot I still keep in touch to this day. I majored in art in high school, so I was surrounded by other creative peers and encourage even in other curriculum to use my art in different ways. I was a popular kid and loved school.

Bruce: Who would you say is your biggest inspiration?

Dijon: First, I have to say my parents have always been my biggest inspiration, through their teachings and guidance, they allowed me to find my expressive voice in painting. They continue to be my inspiration with every brushstroke and painting I produce.

Other people who have inspired me over the years are artists like Vincent Van Gogh. I love his use of colour and forever movement with his brush strokes.

Alphonse Mucha is another inspiration to me. He lived in Europe during the Art Nouveau movement, at the turn of the last century. He created beautiful paintings, sculptures, furniture, and jewelry. He continues to be an inspiration to this day.

Bruce: How many art exhibits do you do a year?

Dijon: I moved to Peterborough in 2013 from beautiful Nova Scotia, where I grew up. I am quite well known in Nova Scotia and would have at least two solo shows there a year and would always submit to group shows as well.

I moved here and realized nobody is familiar with my work here. So I am currently looking for representation here. I still show in Nova Scotia at the galleries that have carried my work for years.

I also sell directly from my studio here in Peterborough. With social media and the internet, it allows me to show my work all over the world.

Bruce: What time of day are you at your best for creating?

Dijon: That tends to rely on what I’m currently working on entirely. If it’s a painting that flows right from the start, the best creativity is the entire process from start to finish.

My parents always taught me to challenge myself with each painting, and whether it’s colour or values or composition, I like to challenge myself with each work.

There are more times than not that the creative process is not flowing while working on a painting. I always try to find the positive in that situation as I enjoy the challenge and feel I grow as an artist with not only every work, but especially the ones that I struggle with now and then.

Bruce: Where can one go to see your work? On line? In-Person? Studio?

Dijon: All of the above. In Nova Scotia, the main gallery that has carried my work for years and have had a number of solo shows is Teichert Gallery in Halifax, at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. I’ve also shown at many smaller galleries over the years.

Here in Ontario, until I find representation, the best way is to view my work is on my web page, www.dijoncurleyfineart.ca or my Instagram dijoncurleyfineart. I have a Facebook art page under the same name.

I also encourage people interested in my work by inviting them to my studio. People love seeing the process and the place where all the creativity happens. My studio is in East city in Peterborough.

Bruce: What is your ultimate goal as a Canadian Artist?

Dijon: My ultimate goal as a Canadian artist is to always enjoy what I do and make the most of what I’ve been given. It’s hard living off my paintbrush as there are millions of other amazing artists out there, but I’m confident my work will always create a path for me to pursue my art and ideas as a career and living. Being self-employed is harder than being employed by someone else. I find I am constantly working on promotion and exposure all day and every day. It is exceptionally rewarding.

Bruce: If there was one thing you would like to accomplish before you are 80, what would that be?

Dijon: I have always wanted and hopefully will someday open my own gallery and art center and artist retreat. I have taught art to children and adults and love helping others find their creative flow. Plus, I have a huge list of places around the world. I’d love to visit and paint someday. Suffice to say my bucket list is pretty big.

Writer Bruce Christopher

Editor Bruce Law

Publicist Mike Tubbrit

Hair for Bruce by Henry’s Barber Shop Peterborough

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DIJON CURLEY Artist

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Beard of February


Brucesters!!!

Its beard time! What better way to kick off a month that has groundhogs and Valentine’s with this romantic bearded fellow. Very well-groomed with a mustache that is the envy of most. This is Rick!!

First of all, I’m a barber! I live in Palm Springs, California, with my two partners! This is known as a polyamorous relationship. I live a keto-lifestyle. I’m a big fan of singing. I’m a karaoke whore!

Well, there you have it, folks! If you’re going to be a whore, it may as well be a karaoke one! Thanks, Rick, for your fun facts! Head on over to my official Instagram @bruceinthecity and vote for Rick’s beard by hitting the heart on my two posts featuring Rick. You can also follow Rick’s Instagram @ric1guy

Writer Bruce Christopher

Editor/Publisist Bruce Law

Publisist Mike Tubbrit

Hair for Bruce by Henry’s Barber Shop

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