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June 24 to 29 at the Winchester Street Theatre.
It wouldn't be Pride without Ryan G. Hinds, the exuberant actor, writer and monthly host of the Flying Beaver Pubaret's Comedy, Cabaret And Coffee Talk. Hinds is in acting/dancing mode in the remount of MSM [men seeking men], a look at online dating's pitfalls and pleasures. See listing.
What does WorldPride mean to you?
Solidarity with our LGBTQ family around the world, identifying where our collective attention and efforts are needed, and celebrating our history. Oh, and cute guys with accents.
Beginning with the words "In a world..." can you pitch your show as a movie trailer?
"In a world dominated by house music, MSM is what happens when a tribe of guys become the physical embodiment of their online/app profiles and take you along on the hunt. What are you looking for?"
How has MSM changed since Fringe 2013?
So much of the show comes from our own lives. In 2013, we were strangers, but a year later we've bonded and can go to deeper and more intimate places onstage. We've finally finished the show and found an ending. We also have a new cast member, which led to a lot of restructuring and creating.
What song has the potential to be a Pride anthem?
None of today's pop starlets give me life or get me "turnt," as the kids say. My Pride anthem is Sylvester's You Make Me Feel Mighty Real, because it makes me feel both mighty and real!
Pride weekend must-have accessories?
Condoms, glitter (not to be used together), water bottle, sunglasses for your Monday morning walk of shame, and a ticket to MSM.
Favourite Pride pickup line?
"Want a reason to avoid the lineup at Steamworks later?"
Favourite line that's worked on you?
"Omigod, it's Ryan G. Hinds!" With me, flattery really does get you everywhere.
Best queer-related piece of news of 2014?
All of them. They add up to an unstoppable wave of positive energy that is slowly making the world better bit by bit, every day.
What's your fantasy green room rider?
Ensuite masseuse, the best hair and makeup artists (in Toronto, that's Gary Allen of World Salon and Larissa Palaszczuk) and a private space so Barbra, Judy, Sylvester and I can warm up together in peace.
And your actual rider?
Believe it or not, I'm a simple diva: my only requests are dark chocolate, herbal tea and sweet fruit: strawberries, mango or kiwi. At a recent Ottawa gig, my dressing room had a private balcony! I felt like Evita.
If Mayor Rob Ford saw your show, what would he think?
MSM is a multi-racial orgiastic gay male dance show. He'd probably be terrified and go running back to rehab and then use MSM as an excuse to de-fund future Pride parades!
And what would you say to him?
"Wanna trade pix? If you think you have enough to eat at home, you should come to my place sometime."
Message to couples taking part in June 26's mass gay wedding?
I'm positively thrilled that you've found someone to spend your life with, and not jealous at all in the least.... Um, where's the bar?