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Top 10 Gay Male Indie Rockers

by Yogi

Arcade Fire with their 4 Juno Awards

After watching Arcade Fire won 4 Juno Awards (Canadian’s Grammy Awards), my inner indie hipster wonders what gay male indie rockers out there that I listen to. I have to admit, I was quite surprised to learn that A LOT of my favorite bands has at least one gay member that is quite prolific in the indie music world. It’s the same realization I had when I learn that loving Broadway musical or listening to “diva” music like Celine Dion or Mariah Carey is gay. I guess I just gravitate towards these gay musicians, eh? Hmm… Anyway, here are my top 10 gay male indie rockers:

10. Joel Gibb (The Hidden Cameras)

Joel Gibb of The Hidden Cameras

Joel Gibb fronted this Canadian pop-folk indie band, which he described as “gay church folk music”.  They are known to use crude language in their lyrics (“Two golden streams / Run down my cheeks / When buns are deprived / Of my dreams of men” ~ Golden Streams). Continue reading

On The Scene: AMC’s The Killing Blue Carpet Premiere

by Yogi

Katie Findlay & I rockin' the blue carpet

I had a very fortunate opportunity to attend the premiere of AMC’s The Killing in Los Angeles. Based on an acclaimed Danish TV series, Forbrydelsen, the series follows the investigation of the murder of a young girl and how her killing potentially affects the town’s election. My sister, Katie Findlay, is an up-and-coming actress who plays Rosie Larsen, the ‘killed’, in the series. I’m one of those people who can’t lie if you ask me what I think of your play, book, performance, or whatever it is, and honest to god… The Killing is absolutely riveting! You get suck right into the story and the characters. Every character is well rounded and you can’t help but to be so curious about each and every one of them. Under Patty Jenkins (Monster)’s direction, the intensity of the pilot is heightened to the same (if not higher) level as Twin Peaks did with the question “Who killed Laura Palmer? Continue reading

Gleeful Prom

by Yogi

I actually had a lot of fun at my Senior Prom; we created our own fun Kings & Queens like Best Hair, Best Smile, Most Athletic, Most Geek Chic, and other crazy categories. I happened to win two categories, Friendliest and Most Artistic King. Anyway, when I heard that the boys of Glee are doing Teen Vogue’s Prom Issue I was, well, gleeful.

The four boys featured are Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike aka Other Asian), Darren Criss (Blaine), Chord Overstreet (Sam), and Kevin McHale (Artie). While I had hoped that Chris Colfer (Kurt) would make the cut, I am really happy with the chosen ones. To be honest, I’m just happy that it’s not Lea Michele (after her CQ and Cosmopolitan “controversial” spread). These boys looks so dapper in their prom outfits you just wish you could bring one of them as your prom date :)

Did you know that Harry Shum, Jr. was born in Costa Rica and is fluent in Spanish and Chinese? Also, he is a dancer and choreographer for a dance web series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers who have performed at Ellen DeGeneres’ Ellen’s Even Bigger Really Big Show, Glee Live! Tour, and last year’s Academy Awards! Love him even more now? Yeah, take a number.

Darren Criss joins the long list of ridiculously good looking half-Asian actor; he has a Filipino mother and an Irish father. Before Glee, his claim of fame was his portrayal of Harry Potter in A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel, which he wrote most of the music. Oh yeah, he also released an EP called Human on iTunes. *sigh* Continue reading

Next to Normal is Next to Perfection

by Yogi

I first saw Next to Normal with the original cast members in New York in 2009. It is a musical about a nuclear family with a bipolar mom dealing with her efforts to keep her family together while going through the treatments. Not your typical musical material, right? The New York Times called it “a brave, breathtaking musical… It is much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical.” The musical won 3 Tony Awards in 2009, Best Actress (Alice Ripley), Best Original Score (over Elton John’s Billy Elliot!), and Best Orchestration. Continue reading

It Gets Better – Vancouver Men’s Choir

by Yogi

Check out the “It Gets Better” video by Vancouver Men’s Choir that I produced:

Oscar 2011: So Young Yet So Old

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“It’s the young and hip Oscars!” hailed co-host Anne Hathaway after Kirk Douglas became the most adoring presenter and gave the award for Best Supporting Actress to Melissa Leo, who proceeded to drop the F-bomb. “Fantastic! This is going to be a great, fun show!” I thought.  It does seem that the Academy really try to make this year’s show to be the awesomest Oscar ceremonies you’ve ever seen. Continue reading

And The Nominees Are…

by Yogi

It’s Tuesday, January 25 at 5.30am and I’m wide awake. It’s hard to believe but I’m one of those people who watches the Oscar nominations being announced live and I yelled and cheered when I watched it, just like a straight man watching the Super Bowl. As expected, The King’s Speech leads the competition with 12 nominations, surprisingly followed by True Grit (10 nominations), Inception and  The Social Network (8 nominations). Continue reading