Harvest: Sponsored by Raymond Helkio

I’ll be seeing lots of films again this year and hope that you’ve got your picks ready because the 21st annual festival is May 19-29th, 2011. This year I sponsored Harvest which is German with English subtitles so they’ll be some reading along with the queer eye candy. I hope to see you during the Festival!

North American Premiere
This program is rated 14A
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1
Sunday May 22 | 7:00pm

Harvest is a rich, quietly understated film that follows two young apprentices who are completing their training on a farm outside of Berlin, their relationship slowly evolving and taking root. When new apprentice Jacob arrives the pair form a friendship, but Jacob’s laidback, outgoing demeanour appears at odds with Marko’s introspective personality. During the long, solitary days spent together in the fields, however, the twosome form a natural bond that hints of deeper feelings.

A big-city road trip, away from the prying eyes of their fellow farmers, allows a tender relationship to evolve. But neither young man has ever thought about how – and especially about how openly – he wants to live his life. Director Benjamin Cantu has a background in documentary film-making, and in this first feature-length drama he creates an intriguing hybrid, the film’s fictional love story developing against the setting of a real working farm that is populated by a supporting cast of actual apprentices.

Know More. The Lambda Study results are in, I mean out.

The Lambda Study was a survey of 2,438 gay and bisexual men in Toronto and Ottawa that collected information from men in these cities about their sexual and other behaviours, including condom use and HIV status. This community report presents some of the key study findings. You can download the report for free from www.lambda.ca or like our facebook fanpage to know more. Graphic Design: Raymond Helkio

29 of 704

With some help, I captured 29 of the 704 pixel art space invaders installed around Paris. They are made of tiles inspired by the 80s Rubiks Cubes. They have these cool installations in 30+ cities around the globe. Unfortunately, Toronto isn’t one of them, but let’s hope that changes.

Also burning in Paris was the Israeli Palestine conflict showing itself through street level poster art around the core. At least Paris allows for free speech – any mention of the Israeli Palestine conflict in Toronto and you’re likely to get censored. Speaking of which, Toronto City Hall is at it again this year (specifically Mayor Rob Ford) is planning to withhold $100,000 in funding for Pride Toronto if the Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) group are allowed to participate in the parade. C’mon Rob, get the facts about this group and get your nose out of Pride Toronto. Pride is about belonging as well as the right to free speech and we’ll fight to keep it that way.

For more on this last year’s drama click here.