Beards! Beards! Beards!
Hey Brucesters! Every week a new wonderful bearded fellow! I love this gig! What a Beard I have for you this week. The first Beard to heat up July! Plans of course are underway for the Badass B.I.T.C Beard 2019 calendar for PWA. July will be the last official month this years winners will be featured in the calendar. In order for production to begin the last four months of the 2019 calendar will feature The last four beards of 2017! Winners from September, October, November and December will be featured in 2020 calendar. I know blah blah blah bring on the Beard!
This is Jason!
Jason is a photographer. He’s currently living in two countries. He used to be a Drag Queen! I’d love to see those pics! Jason sleeps on the right side of the bed. He hates cilantro! Jason, when it comes to his under wear he’s bi, boxers and briefs but never a thong. Hmm I wonder if he wears a jockstrap?
Thanks to The Men’s Room Toronto for being the prize destination for the Badass B.I.T.C Beard contest.
June was definitely a battle of the beards on Bruce in the City! The most votes for the contest to date! The grand champion is chosen by how many votes the bio and pic post receives on my official Instagram @bruceinthecity It looks like this months winner and our winner for April Andrew are kneck in kneck for Badass Beard ambassador for 2020 cover beard on the official calendar. You can continue to vote until year end on all the monthly winners to chose the beard embassador. Without further ado the winner for June and is titled Badass B.I.T.C Beard of the month is….
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Let’s Get Soaking Wet
I’m thrilled to bring to you my first naked edition of Bruce in the City! Now that doesn’t mean we’re all getting naked over here, but this blog is really about taking pride in the beauty of your natural state!
Wonderful and ever perfect nakedness. Every year in Toronto, literally thousands of beautiful people of every shape and colour gather at my favourite watering hole found tucked away in our very own oasis from the noise and crazy of the city. It’s known as Hanlan’s Point. Hanlan’s Point Beach was a traditional site for nude sunbathing for decades.
In 1999, Toronto City Council approved a one-year pilot project for a nude beach at Hanlan’s Point following a proposal by a naturalist organization and Councillor Kyle Rea. In 2000, the council extended the project for another two years. Finally in 2002, the clothing-optional beach was made permanent. Of course the council was met with heavy opposition from who else?… the conservative-councillors such as Giorgio Mammoliti. I just want to know how many friends this person has. I’m serious. Stuff old ideals, this would never be an issue in Europe. Dan sums up Hanlans this way. “Toronto’s own beach getaway that’s right in our backyard that feels like it’s hundreds of miles away. A nice place to spend a summer day hanging out with friends.” It was also an infrequent target of police crackdowns for nude sunbathing. Not to mention the raiding of fellows in the bush who may have been suspected of partaking in a bit of sensual negotiations. With one of the Fords back in the hive, Christ only knows what bullshit he is going to try and pull off in our diverse city. Certainly
In my honest opinion Toronto is only as diverse as you find yourself behaving under the thumb of it’s all too many religious groups. I hate to be a skeptic but I don’t trust this freedom as far as you can throw it. Hanlan’s official status has resulted in a distinct increase in ferry traffic, and fairy traffic it appears, is a profitable component of public and private sector advertising campaigns, since it draws visitors to Toronto. So basically freedom is money! Hence the new pot laws. They finally figured out how they could profit from the plan without the overwhelming backlash from those crusty old conservatives. Police and park officials now work in partnership with the beachgoers to maintain the friendly atmosphere. Well in other words, there are finally enough shootings in the city they can focus on that they can leave the peaceful naked people alone. Where would they pack their gun? Up their bum? In the cleavage? I could probably pack some heat in mine. I’ve got some serious man cleavage at the right angle. So get naked while you can and fight for true freedom not just religious freedom which, basically tries to handcuff all non believers. Clearly I’m over heated! It’s time to chill out, get naked, and I’ll see you and Hanlan’s! By the way it is clothing optional if you are more modest than most and that ok to! If you happen to see me in all my wonder don’t be shy, come say hi! I’m either under a shade tree or at that fabulous little canteen just outside the beach area. Happy Canada you amazing people! Let’s get soaking wet!
A note from the editor
I give you credit, I would never have the confidence to utilize a naked beach. I’ll keep my suit on. LOL.
Mary Ellen Monk
Thank you to everyone who contributed photos for my blog this week. It was super cool of you. Not all photos were taken at Hanlans.
Photos by Instagram followers used with permission.
@jwill_fitness @marcostoro81 @danhoban3 @itsandrewstupid @tenting3 @zerocub @caltabiano.anthony @jerome_inton
There will be a draw for a $20 gift card from The Men’s Room! Winner announced Monday!
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Bruce in the Cities final June Badass Beard competitor is the perfect fellow for our Canada Day Weekend celebrations! This is Nick from Sudbury Ontario.
I’ve played hockey for 18 years now. I love modern history, I’m a civil engineer. I love travelling and as Bruce mention I’m from Sudbury Ontario, born and raised.
I cant help but notice his Blue Jay cap! Clearly a fan! Nice pic bud. Now ladies and fellows go vote for this sexy cub over on my Instagram account. You have two chances to vote. On his solo pic post and his bio post both found @bruceinthecity.
Always a big thank you to The Men’s Room for being Bruce in the Cities prize destination for the Badass B.I.T.C Beard contest.
Hey Brucesters! Happy Pride!🌈
Today is the big day! The Boys are bottoms up! 🍑The Dykes are dancing! 💃🏻The Trans are teasing and the closet cases are up at Steamworks!🧖🏽♂️Hang on it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
The parade is all set. The police are playful! 👮🏻♂️👮🏽♀️The Drag Queens are raking in the tips and the Male dancers are too! It’s Pride! 💪🏻🧔🏻✌🏻
The street is packed with locals and on lookers and the Queer Ghetto is the bell of the balls!
Clearly we got the Church Street Strip under control.
However if what you need is a little Pride without the populous, just up and around the way is a gay friendly, flag flying, all day breakfast place that has the best egg dishes one queer would demand without the roar of the crowds. Don’t get me wrong. The line up for this amazing hen house is thick but there’s just that bit of breathing space one may need after a month of LGBTQ festivities! he owner is a cutie and his portions are huge! At least I thought it was. I wasn’t sure how I was going to squeeze it all in. I actually didn’t. I ended up taking a bit of it home with me and it was still quite a load. I got the big breakfast with all the trimmings. The side of pancakes was a gay bears dream. Check it out and tell ’em Bruce in the City sent you! It’s Pride and no matter what shenanigans we all get up to one things for certain, people are still eating! Eat hardy, and Swallow on!
Chew Chews Diner
186 Carlton St
5 kisses out of 5💋
Edited by Mary Ellen Monk
This article is dedicated to all my LGBTQ friends I consider family. Especially my dear friend Odalys. I could always speak my truth with you.
Its the biggest of its kind in my neck of the woods! It just keeps getting bigger! I’m talking about my beard contest! The Badass B.I.T.C Beard of the Month contest! Local hot guys! Showing off their beard pride just for you! They come in all shapes and sizes and it only matters that you got one! Not how big it is! With Pride month in high gear this sexy beard is really taking it to the mattresses! He’s in it! To win it! Vote now on my Instagram @bruceinthecity for Kevin. Maybe with enough votes we can get this sexy bearded Torontonian to drop that towel so we can get proud of the rest of him!
Ladies and Fellows this is Kevin….
1. I love travelling to Europe
2. Married to a fantastic guy
3. I’m a secret country music fan
4. My favourite movie is ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’
5. I absolutely love great sex
Bruce in the City
This contest is going to raise funds for PWA People with Aids foundation. When you purchase the official Badass B.I.T.C Beard calendar proceeds with go directly to this important foundation. You can always support them by becoming a volunteer or by your generous donations of cash or food for their essentials market.
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Brucesters! It’s Pride!
For the past 20 years Cafe California has played host to an annual event unlike no other. The event has brought many shapes and sizes but I still like my medium sized white ones! Don’t get me wrong, I have tons of yellow, black, and tan in array of sizes but I just keep my hands on that old reliable. Those white boxer briefs! Cafe California has been an important part of the backbone of the Church Street strip. Their underwear fashion show has brought the boys to the yard year after year. This week’s two day extravaganza stopped traffic and brought the house down. The community sadly lost an incredible drag queen, Chris Edwards, and I can’t imagine being the next female impersonator to step into Chris’s high heels. I think everyone would agree her shoes only fit one Queen, her supreme self. However I’m saying that you can’t mourn a loss forever and some brilliant Queen would have to step up to lead the pack. In sashays Sofonda Cox! A brilliantly funny female impersonator that brings it to the stage at every performance. Sofonda will be my special guest in the coming weeks to share her story with us. Today however I’m gonna focus on the boys! The underwear fashions for the show were courtesy of my favourite men’s shop in town, The Men’s Room, the prize destination for my Badass B.I.T.C Beard contest.
Jay is the new owner of Cafe California. Also, no easy understanding after the retirement of Latisha. The community loved her. People wonder in the dark corners of the gay ghetto whether this community go to would survive. After all Latisha WAS Cafe California. I always told her it should have been called Latisha’s! But then the old girl retired. I’m not sure we ever forgave her for leaving us but we understood.
So now Jay. I have to admit I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to change. I’m a loyal guy and I’m also very careful who I support in the village because it’s a sacred place to me and to many and the idea of someone running a business in the village just to empty our wallets alone doesn’t interest me at all. It’s one reason why I won’t eat at the burger shacks that have taken over. I’m not even convince they’re in it to support the community. I mean how many burgers can one homo eat. I digress. I stopped going to the cafe. I just wasn’t sure what this new owner’s motives were. What has he done to prove he is a supporter of the gay community? After a year of not eating at the Cafe I decided with a group of mates that we would attend the ever infamous Underwear Fashion show. The menu for the event was excellent. Though on revealing who I was Jay decided to offer me something special that was not on the evenings menu with some white wine. Okay, he had me at chicken souvlaki. I thought you sneaky little fellow. Tempting me with food. As if a bearded bear can be swayed by a delicious plate of Greek fare. I was still going to watch this man closely. Could I see it in his eyes? That sparkle Latisha used to have as Chris Edwards commanded the stage. It wasn’t the wine talking. He really seemed to be enjoying the sites and sounds of his business. Working the bar and being a significant presence in the restaurant. No hiding in the back like so many owners do. He was very generous all evening and made my little group of homos happy! It was there; the passion and the heart. I can honestly say I’ve been converted. I’ll always miss Latisha but I think she would be happy to see how Jay and his motley crew continue the legacy of a friend who even at this event many years later was on the lips of patrons. It was a great show. I think you got it Jay! Keep up the great work. The food was stellar. The wine divine and the laughs a dozen barrels! On a quick side note my partner said his Filet Mignon from your events menu was outstanding (though he did steal some of my chicken souvlaki).
edited by Mary Ellen Monk
Hey, so summer is unofficially here! The weather has been brilliant in Toronto. The city is a buzz with festivities and culture events. Lots of stuff was or is happening. You can check local BIA’s for info on what’s going on in different parts of the city. Did you know that? I think it’s probably a very under used and under appreciated resource for people who live here as well as tourists. There’s Cabbage Town, Yorkville, and Greek Town on the Danforth. There’s Lawrence Village, China Town, Korean Town and Kensington Market. You can’t miss Little Italy when you visit Toronto, Roncesvalles, Leslieville. I featured places from most of those areas but still I’ve barely scratch the surface of this great city.
Today it’s all about the beach. The area I’m talking about is called The Beach but it’s known locally as The Beaches. It’s been a debate in the city for years. People who live in The Beach area call it the beach and everyone outside the beach always seem to say, “Let’s go to The Beaches” as if there’s more than one in that area… there’s not. It’s just one long beach strip but whatever you decide to call it, it’s an amazing area in the city. Lots of California style culture. It’s so chill there, except for the bitchy young people who always seem to abuse a good thing. Damn I just made myself sound like an old Bitchy Queen. Well if the crown fits?!? All metropolises are wonderful places but can be very stressful. Thank the gods Toronto has many spots around this concrete jungle to escape from the hustle and bustle. My partner and I love to head down to the beach and take a stroll along the boardwalk before heading up to one of our favourite ice cream parlours. It’s called Ed’s Real Scoop. Super yummy ice cream and fudge shop. They have a rainbow of gelato too. They have shops in Roncesvalles and Leslieville too! Although to be honest, I’ve never been to those ones. Project!?! Here’s a cute little blurb you will find on their website!
“Growing up in the 1950’s as one of 6 children, I was lucky to have a mother with great cooking skills, a very limited budget, and a sweet tooth(!) so that a huge array of baked goods, sweets, and ice cream were made at home as a way of entertaining the kids and saving money at the same time. I founded Ed’s Real Scoop with the aim of offering many of those homemade treats, especially my favourite – ice cream, to Toronto. We use only the highest quality ingredients we can find to make all our artisanal ice creams, gelati, frozen yogurts and other treats.”
It’s just that good. I can’t resist a family business. It inspires me. Without them the city would be box store after box store, with no culture at all. Explore your neighbourhood. Talk to the people in your neighbourhood. Their stories will help you escape to a simpler time. Stress will be a distant reality. Even for just a moment.
Ed’s Real Scoop
2224 Queen St. East
Edit: Mary Ellen Monk
Happy Pride Week!!!! Well almost! I just love this Happy time of year! You know it’s the only celebration in the city where the streets look cleaner after the parade. The Gays just do it better! Now don’t let me down kids! Keep those streets junk free! Victoria Day in the city was horrific when it comes to the garbage left all over the beach. We are Torontonians. We can do better than that! Give a hoot! Don’t pollute! Omg throwback Saturday! Do you remember those ads? I was a kid when those ads came out! They were so cute. There was an owl and some kids. They did their best to get people to stop throwing their crap all over the place. Awe simpler times! We should all be giving a hoot more than ever!
Now on to more Bearded news! I’ve got a cutie for you this week and a smarty to!
This is Cody!
1) I founded a natural beard care company
2) I have a Master’s degree in Digital Media
3) I have 5 siblings
4) I studied woodcarving in Oaxaca, Mexico
5) I speak Japanese
There you have it! Bam! Right to the point! Now get your finger ready and head on over to my Instagram @bruceinthecity and hit the heart on Cody’s pic and his bio that’s posted on my blog. Two chances to vote for this bearded fellow!
This contest has a bigger reason other than enjoying hot guys and hot beards! The calander that will be produced this year featuring some of the winners of last year and this year, will be available for purchase to raise funds for PWA People with Aids foundation.
Dont forget to check out the hottest shop for bearded products, leather fetish goods, sexy swimwear, a spa, barber shop and so much more in the city! The Men’s Room the Badass B.I.T.C Beards official prize destination!
Disclaimer: Before you read this article I wanted to be clear I am not endorsing smoking of any kind. I am only sharing my memories regarding the subject matter.
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You know I’ve been recently asked to contribute to a very cool magazine. I know… me! It’s pretty cool and I’ve been given my first assignment. It’s pretty weird because I’ve been blogging for so long now with very little fan fare in comparison to some of the younger bloggers who also do the video blogging thing. I just feel like there’s way to much talking going on and not enough reading.
I was thinking about this when I stopped by a shop I’ve frequented often over the years. When I first moved to Toronto I was a smoker. I’m not sure I ever told you guys I used to smoke. I think I had given up the habit before I began my blog. Lucky for you or you would have had to go through the incredibly horrendous task of witnessing me butting out. My new man at the time made it pretty clear it was him or cigarettes. (Very Carey Bradshaw and Aden. He hated that she smoked and she lied through her stained teeth until inevitably she met someone bigger who just let Carey be Carey.)
So now I just go into my old smoke shop to say hello to Michelle. She runs the place. It’s on Church Street of course, my regular stomping ground. Now you’ll find me buying phone chargers all the time from her because I’m always leaving mine at home. I must have bought a dozen from her already this year. Okay, fine, half a dozen. Anyways, she’s awesome! Always a constant support in the Gay community. She’s been there for years. You know like when you’re a kid, the way you feel about the old people that ran the corner store. It was like going home. I just wanted to give her a little shout out even though I’m not smoking anymore… well, cigarettes anyway. I enjoy buying the odd summer cap from her or sniff a nice cigar. I should really have one of her Cuban cigars. One won’t kill ya. I’ve always been curious about those vapour things she sells. She tells me it’s very popular. I don’t know. I do like that I broke the habit. I look around her shop and she poses for a Pride month pic with me and we share a laugh. It’s very cool when you realize this big old city has become home and familiar like an old house pet. They’re always happy to see you and they never judge you for smoking that smoke or lighting up that pipe. I like going down those stairs to see Michelle. I don’t really know why. Maybe it’s the smell of that old tobacco. Who can be sure.
Mr. Tobacconist (Michelle)
Cuban Cigars and Pipes
473 A Church St
Edited by Mary Ellen Monk