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Former Red Deerian Josh Rimer named Mr. Gay Canada

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Josh Rimer will represent Canada at the Mr. Gay World competition in South Africa

When we last saw Josh Rimer in Red Deer, he was working at the local TV station (back when there was one), starting down a path in the TV industry.  It was 1997.  He had recently graduated from LTCHS French Immersion program and completed the broadcasting program at Mount Royal College.

He moved to Vancouver 11 years ago and up until last year, Josh was just a regular Canadian living in Vancouver building a career in the biz. But… that changed recently when Josh was designated Mr. Gay Canada 2019.  He will be the country’s representative at the Mr. Gay World competition in April.

Rimer, who grew up in Red Deer and moved to Vancouver 11 years ago, has volunteered with a number of local charities including the Dr Peter AIDS Foundation, A Loving Spoonful, AIDS Vancouver, the LOUD Foundation, and Foundation of Hope. He also hosts and produces interstitial programming for OUTtv, Canada’s national LGBT TV station, where his content will now focus on his journey as Mr. Gay Canada.

“I’m planning to bring viewers along with me behind the scenes on this exciting year that I have ahead of me” says Rimer, who has been regularly uploading videos to his YouTube channel as well, where he currently has over 33 thousand subscribers. “In 2018 I showcased more than 30 different gay-friendly destinations in my TV and online content, but in 2019 I want to put a spotlight on some of the amazing organizations and people in our LGBT community, in Vancouver and across the country.”

Click here to see an announcement video for his new series.

About Mr Gay Canada:
Each year a new delegate is selected to be Mr. Gay Canada and he will represent the nation at the annual Mr. Gay World competition. A candidate is chosen for the position from the gay community who is inspiring, charismatic, articulate, and confident. He will travel to South Africa to compete for the title of Mr. Gay World along with other delegates from a number of countries around the world.

President Todayville Inc., Honorary Lieutenant Colonel 41 Signal Regiment, Board Member Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award Foundation, Board Member Canadian Forces Liaison Council (Alberta) Musician, Photographer, Former VP/GM CTV Edmonton.

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ADAM BALDWIN’S No Rest for the Wicked – Raw, Real and Full of Heart!

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“I SPEAK IN RAINBOWS,
IT’S MY NATIVE TONGUE…”

“Let me go insane…” from ‘Half a Mind’ hits my ears over and over and I can’t help but think that it’s exactly what I need to hear right now. In fact this could be one of the most profound heartfelt 23 minutes and 15 seconds of music I’ve heard in a hell of a long time. Yes, I understand that this EP came out last year but wow. Sometimes something pops up and just screams at you to stop and pay attention. Musically that doesn’t always happen for me. As an artist it’s something I strive for. To connect. Adam Baldwin hits the nail right on the head with this rock n roll collection of songs that simply put are incredible and beautiful. It’s rare when honesty meets authenticity and is completely vulnerable.

“BABY MIND YOUR FOOTING,
MY TERRAIN IS DEADLY…”

‘Dark Beside the Dawn’ is absolutely one of the coolest songs ever written. Yes, I said that. The raw integrity that Adam is able to deliver vocally is amazing and reminiscent to the likes of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. Of course Adam is no stranger to the Rock N’ Roll life playing guitar alongside Matt Mays as well as his own legacy that he’s certainly creating. There’s just something so emotionally captivating about this EP that resonates.

I had the pleasure of meeting Adam a couple years back while he was in Red Deer, AB performing with Matt Mays at Bo’s Bar & Stage back when concerts were a thing. Adam gave me nothing but time and sincerity. Which is not always a given amongst peers within the industry so it was a really nice surprise. I could tell immediately that Adam was one of the ones. You know, the “it” quality.

Sometimes tho, you get the “it” combined with organic vulnerability and that transcends. That my friends becomes what we’ve all come to look for in searching for those epic moments of self discovery and realization in life. I call it “Heart.” You ever get that feeling where all of a sudden whether it makes sense or not, it just feels like it doesn’t matter because for that moment, there’s a certain euphoria that just takes over? Me too. Then it’s gone. Fleeting. That’s what this EP does for me but it’s not fleeting. These songs make me feel like I can hold onto it for a little while longer. I like that.

So… If you didn’t know who Adam Baldwin was before reading this now you do, you’re welcome. Take a you day, pull up Adam Baldwin’s No Rest for the Wicked on any major music platform, hit play and then hit repeat! Give yourself a soundtrack and stay well.

  • For all the Adam Baldwin bio and show info you’ll likely wanna check out adambaldwin.ca
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Bing and Ol’ Medicine Hat

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Reynolds, Crosby and Astaire

It seems that Medicine Hat was hit with movie gold not once, but twice since the 1940s.  There is, of course, the well documented case of the Monty Python skit ( https://www.todayville.com/monty-python-and-medicine-hat/ ) but also another well known and higher profile mention of this Alberta city….

Bing Crosby was an American entertainer who was well known world-wide for his crooning and his entertaining films and his USO tours with his friends and co-workers over during WWII and subsequent conflicts.

Among his many memorable films, “Holiday Inn,” was released in 1942 with great success for not only one of the first releases of ‘White Christmas,’ which won an Oscar for best music but also the pairing of Fred Astaire and Crosby in a delightful love triangle film set in a ski resort.  The film was reprised in the classic ‘White Christmas,’ that included Rosemary Cluny and song and dance legend Danny Kaye in 1954.

‘Holiday Inn,’ starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds centred around Fred Hardy, a laid back composer who buys an Inn to put on Broadway style shows on special days so his life is not so hectic.  Sadly, Fred Astaire, Ted Hanover, has a history of stealing dance partners and falls in love with them.  Hardy discovers Linda Mason (Reynolds) and much to the chagrin of Hardy, Hanover winds up at one of his holiday specials and finds her, falls in love with her and the rest of the film follows Hardy’s efforts to keep Mason away from Hanover.

During the film, a couple of great moments occur, one with Astaire, apparently very drunk, dancing with Mason for the delight of the gathered crowd.  The dance choreography is amazing, just as Astaire was an amazing performer and teacher.

However, Medicine Hat comes full front and centre when Hanover is expected to come hunting for Mason and Hardy askes his driver to take the long way home so she cannot be stolen by Hanover.

Hardy hands his driver $10, and utters the now famous dialogue…

“For that kinda of money you oughta be able to go by way o’ Medicine Hat!

Of course, the ploy is successful, and she is angry with Hardy that she could not refuse Hanover, but in the end, love wins and show biz rules the Inn.

This may seem like a random entry into the film but it may have been planned or more likely an improv by Crosby who had a predilection for pheasant hunting in the area just as Humphrey Bogart liked moose hunting in Cabri, Saskatchewan!

The story behind the story is that Brooks at one time was the BEST pheasant hunting area in North America and along with Bob Hope, the pair hunted in the area in the 1940s.  An old timer recalled seeing Crosby and Clark Gable in the Cecil Hotel during hunting season!

Is there evidence that Crosby was in the Hat?

Only old hotel records could ever say, and the Cecil Hotel has been stilled forever…

In the meanwhile, “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas…”

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