Thursday, September 18, 2014

#MyNameIs Facebook Drag Name Protest Event

Facebook needs to realize that we have the right to be known by whatever alias, moniker, stage name, or pseudonym we want. Forcing LGTBQ people to use real legal names is dangerous and unnecessary.

Join us on October 6, change your name on Facebook to your Drag Name/ DJ Name or Porn Name to show Facebook you stand in support with the hundreds of drag queens and queer performers who have had their accounts frozen recently, and then only temporarily reactivated long enough to change their names. Who is Facebook to decide who we are?

Join the event here!
Spread the word!

Friday, May 02, 2014

Great Canadian Bear Weekend 2014



GREAT CANADIAN BEAR WEEKEND
The Fellowship of Alberta Bears (FAB) are proud to announce the second annual Great Canadian Bear Weekend will be June 6-8.

Join us for a full weekend's worth of events coinciding with Edmonton's Pride Festival.   Featuring the best in bear entertainment.  We are are flying in Big Dipper Jelly.  Big Dipper is a Chicago-born Brooklyn-transplant bear of a rapper. His crazy antics, exciting live shows, and infectious music make him the most exciting hot and hilarious independent bear act to watch this year.  Vancouver's DJ Del Stamp will be providing the music and spinning for us all night on Saturday.  Del is quickly becoming one of the hottest gay djs in north america and has been playing events all across the continent. 

We listened to all of your feedback from last year's event so this year's CBW is going to be bigger and better than before. A portion of the profits from the weekend will be going to the Edmonton Pride Centre and the charities of the ISCWR. 

  • Central Location at a great host hotel in the heart of Edmonton's downtown with discounted room blocks reserved for event members only.  It will be our home base for registration and our Friday and Saturday events. See hotel information on the right for booking.
  • Improved icebreaker activities and Bear Ambassadors to help first timers meet and greet new people. 
  • Better information and scheduling so you know what is going on when and a single run pass for all of the events.
  • The very first Mr. Alberta Bear contest.  Crowning the bear/cub/chaser that best embodies the values and goals of the Fellowship of Alberta Bears.
  • Silent Auction that runs Friday and Saturday.
  • FAB will also be staffing all of the events this year with bears cubs and chasers so no need to worry about any awkwardness with hotel staff. 

Friday June 6

6 pm - 1 AM Meat and Greet Registration 
  • Collect your run pass and register for events.
  • Enjoy our vendors market 6-10 pm.
  • Mingle with the bears and participate in icebreaker activities with the FAB Ambassadors.
  • @ Main ballroom Coast Plaza second floor.
  • 7 pm - 9 pm Beareoke with Claire
  • 9 pm - 11 PM Dirty Bear Bingo & Bear Pole Dancing

Saturday June 7

11 am - Edmonton Pride Parade and Beer Gardens in Churchill Square
  • Join the FAB pride float or cheer them on from the sidelines. Spots on the float are limited and will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. 
  • The hotel is just steps away from the parade route.
4 pm - 7 pm West Edmonton Mall-Waterpark Excursion
  • Vist one of the largest malls in the world!
  • Please note this event is not included in the standard run pass.
8 pm - BEEF Bear Pride Underbear Party
  • This super charged world class bear party will blow you away. We will have great music featuring DJ Del Stamp and a set by Big Dipper Jelly.  We will close the night with a wet underwear contest. Come dressed in your favorite underwear fetish gear or jock, whatever that may be (no frontal nudity allowed)! @ Main ballroom Coast Plaza second floor.
2:30 am - BEEF Bear Buns after party @ Steamworks
  • ​You already showed off in your undies at the dance now it is time to take them off! 
  • Work out all that pent up sexual energy with the bears at our after party.   
  • Discounted entry with run pass or FAB card.

Sunday June 8

12 PM - 4 PM BEEF Bear-BQ Buffet
  • Spend the last day of pride unwinding with the best bear-BQ Edmonton has to offer.
  • All you can eat meat!
  • Our beef is delicious and the food is great as well! 
  • Victoria Park (site number TBD).

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Take your chia pet beard gift and shove it.

What kills me about this duck dynasty asshole is the people defending his right to free speech as if the particular brand of ignorance and bigotry is some sort of benign opinion like the preference between coke and Pepsi. 
Please say whatever you like and justify it however you want but know that such statements have consequences. Some much more serious than a bible thumping millionaire getting suspended from his prime time show. Hateful words like the ones he spewed in the name of a god are more than just an expression of free speech they are ammunition. They are bullets for other bigots and bullies that are used against people like myself when we are at our most vulnerable. 
I can't be bothered with this faux outrage from conservatives over a rich white man who is inherently privileged enough to have no idea what real discrimination is.  Lets be real here A&E brought the proven racist Dog the Bounty hunter back after a very short suspension after his disgusting rant.  Phil will be back too and hopefully he will have learned that most contracts that entertainers sign come with clear no-controversy clauses which I suspect has more to do with the suspension than anything else.  
What I can do is ensure that privileged bigot and the companies that support him does not get a single cent of my money. So use your free speech all you like but know I have that right as well and I will use it to protect queer youth to the best of my ability by removing you from your pulpit.

I guess I will have to return all those hideous duck dynasty chia pet gifts I bought for all my straight cousins.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

BEEF Bearbash returns this Friday November 22


After a long wait the Fellowship of Alberta Bears (FAB) are bringing back Alberta's biggest and best bear event.

We have found a new home at the fabulous Evolution Wonderlounge.   This great new gay owned and operated venue is giving us the run of the place on Friday November  22.

Cover is 10$ at the door with proceeds going to the Edmonton Pride Centre and FAB.   FAB will also be offering membership cards at a discounted rate at the door (5$) for our 2014 events.

Come check out the back Bear Den lounge available exclusively for FAB card holders.  In the Bear Den lounge we will have bear porn playing on the screen and anyone wanting to wear chaps and jockstraps are welcome to but note you can only show off your bare assets in the Bear Den.

FAB Facebook Group 

Evolution Wonderlounge Address: 10220 103 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0Y8

Map to Evolution

Friday, May 17, 2013

Beef Presents: The Canadian Bear Weekend

Alberta's biggest bear event has grown! After the huge success of Bearacchus Bear Weekend in Calgary we have partnered up with the best in bear entertainment to bring you the Canadian Bear Weekend!

A full weekend's worth of events coinciding with Edmonton's Pride Festival
A supportive host hotel with discounted room blocks reserved for event members only. It will also host two of the events.
Alberta's first Bearracuda dance party featuring DJ Matt Consola! 

Friday June 7 -8 PM - BEEF Bear Pride Underbear Party
We will kick off the Pride weekend with our notorious underbear party. The meat & greet will have great music featuring DJ Phon3hom3 and a wet underwear contest. Come dressed in your favorite underwear fetish gear or jock, whatever that may be (no frontal nudity allowed)! @Lockeroom Bar, 11834 Kingsway Avenue NW, Edmonton.

Saturday June 8 - 11 AM -Edmonton Pride Parade
Join the Fellowship of Alberta Bears on our very first parade float or come cheer us on during the pride parade. Spots are limited so if you are interested please contact us.

9 PM -Bearracuda
This super charged world class bear party will blow you away. Great music and the best bear and cub eye candy around! @ The Lockeroom Bar 11834 -Kingsway avenue N.W. Edmonton

Sunday June 9: 12 PM - 4 PM BEEF Bear Bust BBQ
Spend the last day of pride unwinding with the best BBQ Edmonton has to offer. Our beef is delicious and the food is great as well! Come and join us on the spacious back patio for an entire afternoon of good drinks good food and great company. @ The Mercury Room Patio, 10575 114 Street NW Edmonton.

A portion of the profits from the weekend will be going to the Edmonton Pride Centre and the charities of the ISCWR. Booking and ticket details on the website.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I haven't gone.

I have been in survival mode for the last 6 months maybe longer.
The pressure at work has been insane.  The BEEF Bear Bash events have become 10 times more work to organize and the house renovations are coming along at a slowed pace.

Creating things is not easy.  Building anything is a battle.  It is an act of sacrifice.

These are the things I tell myself when I don't bother to return a call, when I snap at someone or in those quiet times when waver between resenting everyone and everything around me and utter despair.

Creating things is not easy.  Building anything is a battle.  It is an act of sacrifice.

These are the excuses I make because I have chosen to follow my ambitions at the expense of my friends, family and sanity.

Creating things is not easy.  Building anything is a battle.  It is an act of sacrifice.

These are the excuses I have for being a dick.

I tell myself all these things over and over.

I tell myself that next week, month, year will be better.

After the software is done.
After I finish staining the stairs.
After the kitchen is done.
After we have our house warming.
After the next BEEF event is planned.

Then I can take the time for the ones who have been waiting for me.  Hoping I will come back.

Why they bother I don't know...  

In my darker moments I resent them for needing things from me.  Don't they get it?  Don't they understand?  I feel like they all want a pound a flesh measured out by onces of guilt.  Guilt for events missed, for milestones ignored or belated wishes and apologies half felt.  Because anything that gets in the way of me finishing this frantic todo list in my mind is an impediment that needs to avoided or incinerated.

Small pleasures abandoned or barren.

Sometimes I catch glimpses of myself and what I see terrifies that little part of me that doesn't care about the infernal todo.  The rest of me says this is the way you need to be to get shit done.

If I had a dollar for every time someone I love has said "we need to spend more time together" or "I wish I saw you more" in the last year, I would be a wealthy man.

Then that little island of resistance in the storm of my brain whispers.  You are wealthy so very wealthy and so very misguided.

Thats when I know I haven't gone, at least not completely.

Maybe one day I will be back but am not sure the path or the process.

Maybe I should add it to my todo list...




Thursday, February 21, 2013

BEEF Presents: BEARacchus Bear Weekend


 BEEF BEARS CUBS GAY PARTY

BEEF Presents: BEARacchus Bear Weekend - Calgary

The next BEEF Bear Bash is going to take place in Calgary.  We are working with the fine fellows from ARGRA to bring you “BEARacchus Bear Weekend". Not only is this our first Calgary event but this is the first bear run of this size in Alberta!  We are very excited to announce that we have a full weekends worth of events and a dedicated and supportive host hotel! 
  • Dates: April 12th to the 14th  
  • April 12th - 9 PM - Meat & Great Hawaiian Party @ the host hotel with a Best Bear Buns Contest (prizes to be awarded). Tropical drinks and more!
  • April 13th - 2 PM - Bear-b-que & Cocktails @ Backlot Bar
  • April 13th - 9 PM - BEEF: BEARacchus Toga Party @ Arrata Center, 1315 – 7 Street SW, Calgary
    •  Get ready to go Greek and pay tribute that fuzzy, fun, Greek God Bacchus. The Arrata Centre is an old church and promises a totally unique venue for our first big Calgary event.  This will also be our first TOGA PARTY !   Underwear Auction, kinky retail booth, bear munchies and Edmonton's D.J. Phon3hom3.
  • April 14th - 11 AM to 2 PM - BEAR-RUNCH @ Cheers Restaurant- Ramada host hotel.

BEARacchus Booking Details: 

Tickets:  Will be available online through the beefbearbash.com and  argra.org websites.  We will notify you when tickets become available.
Host Hotel: The Ramada Hotel Downtown Calgary (Address– 708 – 8 Ave. S.W. Calgary.) will be hosting several events.  Highlights include:
  • Rooms for Bear Event attendees at $89.00 per night single/double or $99.00 triple/quad, Friday thru Tuesday night.
  • All Bears on an exclusive floor.
  • Reserve at 403-263-7600 and ask for “BEAR EVENT” rate or code CGS477.  Toll free @ 1-800-661-8684.  Rate only applies if you reserve through these numbers and codes.
  • Friday night Meat & Greet Party location
  • Sunday Brunch Event Location
  • 8 blocks from the main party location – Arrata Opera Centre
  • Heated underground parking.
  • Right beside C-Train Station