Friday, December 14, 2012

"In times of community or world-wide crisis, 
it's easy to assume that young children 
don't know what's going on. 
But one thing's for sure -- 
children are very sensitive 
to how their parents feel. 
They're keenly aware of the expressions 
on their parents' faces 
and the tone of their voices. 
Children can sense when 
their parents are really worried, 
whether they're watching the news 
or talking about it with others. 
No matter what children know about a “crisis,” 
it’s especially scary for children to realize 
that their parents are scared."


Friday, November 16, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

"Rough mixes today... 
v2 on the way and a possible xmas single!"

Friday, November 02, 2012

Celebrate their 15th Birthday 
Sunday, November 11th!

Monday, October 01, 2012

An evening in support of the 

At the beginning of the year, I started organizing an event to celebrate the 
Toronto People With AIDS Foundation's 25th Anniversary. 
I was working directly with the foundation and consciously 
made the decision to perform at Toronto Pride in June 
so I could announce the event live during my set. 
A discussion after my performance lead my friends and I to believe that 
as a culture, we lost an educating and evolving "cutting edge, boundary push" 
that came along in the 1990's. 
The most accurate description of this year's Pride festivities 
was written on a wooden board covering a nude senior. 
It read; 
"Pride used to be about PROTESTS - Now it's about BEERFESTS." 
This year's Pride festival was also the first time I walked away 
without someone in the crowd handing me a condom, 
while promoting safe sex awareness and education. 
If they were there, my friends and I certainly didn't see them 
nor did we feel their presence. 
In fact, we had more people approach us 
asking if we wanted to buy cocaine. 

Born in 1983, 
I am now a 29 year old man who was attending high school at a point 
when safe sex education and HIV/AIDS awareness was at a high! 
Unfortunately, this no longer seems to be the case in our system. 
When speaking to those younger than myself, 
I find that they are promiscuous 
but also only partially aware of the risks, 
realities and facts of sexual health. 

My ultimate goal and concern as an artist and inhabitant on this planet
 is to help build better environments for our communities 
while maintaining health and safety within them. 
My work as an artist is motivated by the potential for growth 
and positive change among the youth within our communities. 
Last year, I had solely organized an event at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 
in support of Free The Children and more recently, I've taken part 
in an event in support of SickKids Foundation
Earlier this month, I had scheduled a show with Winnipeg's Mahogany Frog 
in Peterborough to coincide with their Pride festivities and personally delivered 
the "pay what you can" donations to the PARN offices the following morning. 
Later in October, I will be performing at an event in support of 
To get a better idea as to who I am, further explore my blog.
These events are part of a personal mission for me. 
It is my intention to have a sell-out night with ALL proceeds 
from the ticket sales donated to the 

The name ONE WORLD reflects and unifies the human race as a "whole" 
- the mirror pool - the ripple effect - the connection we all have. 
It's also a slight reference to two new albums 
released by the performers for the evening; 
Reenie, who has recently released her debut album "The Real World
and to myself and the recent release of my album "Third World". 
The recordings serve as audio interpretations of our individual environments. 
The REAL world is a THIRD world and we are ONE WORLD.
Healing and rebuilding - together.

Robert Torbica makes a special announcement
live at Toronto Pride, June 2012.

I am not a major label artist nor am I funded by any major label or corporation. 
I'm renting out the theatre and taking care of the promotional materials 
(printing and distribution of the flyers/posters).
I also made sure to mention the event during an interview with Trent Radio 92.7FM
on the afternoon of September 19th and I've contacted various sources 
to help try and spread the word on PWA's 25th Anniversary.
I certainly wouldn't be in the position that I'm in if it were not for 
a small group of faithfully devoted supporters,
who essentially help in funding my projects.

In the middle of all of this work, it suddenly occurred to me to try 
and obtain sponsorship from various local businesses 
for financial assistance with the organization and promotion of this event. 
I made a list and contacted fifteen local businesses; 
twelve of which are located on Church Street. 
I sent out an email detailing the entire event. 
Out of the fifteen emails I sent out, I received replies from three 
and those were from businesses located outside of the village.

Two weeks after sending out the emails and receiving next to no response, 
I attached my business card to a print out of the email
and personally paid a visit to each of the businesses 
located on Church Street on the afternoon of August 23rd. 
I introduced myself and left an envelope with all the information about the event. 
The amount of sponsors generated would have determined 
the percentage of proceeds going towards the cause.
Since I am not funded by any major label or corporation, 
compensation for sponsorship wasn't extravagant 
but it was sincere and from the heart.

Donations of $25 received -
- THANK YOU mention with your business logo and link 
on the Official Facebook Event page
- THANK YOU mention with your business logo and link 
on a post for the event to be featured on 

Donations of $50 received - 
- SPECIAL THANK YOU mention with your business logo 
and link on the Official Facebook Event page
- SPECIAL THANK YOU mention with your business logo and link 
on a post for the event to be featured on 
- VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU announcement and mention 
to be made live at the event

Donations of $100 or more received - 
- VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU mention with your business logo 
and link on the Official Facebook Event page
- VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU mention with your business logo 
and link on a post for the event to be featured on 
- Your business name and brief description added 
to the LINKS section of RAZORMADE-TORBICA website
- Promotional mention on all upcoming RAZORMADE-RADIO podcasts 
between August-October 2012 (approx. 3 episodes)
- Additional option of one brief interview segment 
(approx. 1-3 minutes describing your business 
and why you've chosen to support this event) 
on an upcoming episode RAZORMADE-RADIO podcast 
to be aired mid-late September
- VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU announcement and mention 
to be made live at the event.

People Get Ready!
Left to right: Ashley Lockyer, Robert Torbica, 
Irena Perkovic, Jonathon Sebben 
photograph by SayaMedia ©

Sadly and especially in the gay community, 
I find myself to be a minority of a minority. 
Church Street has been the least successful area 
in securing sponsorship for PWA's 25th anniversary celebration. 
I've made it clear that this event isn't going to be an underwear party. 
The poster for the event doesn't feature me topless and oiled, 
flexing my abs in my briefs. 
The name of the event isn't "Hard", "Fully Loaded" or "Solid". 
I know sex sells, I'm not an idiot - but I'm not an idiot. 
Perpetuating stereotypes isn't doing anyone any good
The music selection for the evening will be music with more than a beat 
so there won't be any typical gay anthems heard in the "village".
You will leave the event thinking about something. 
This already puts me in the underground of gay-culture.
My inner circle speculates that if I presented an event 
to the would-be sponsors under different circumstances
I would have received enough of a response 
to host a monthly party.

Other than FAB Magazine, I directed all previous interview requests 
over to contact Kristen Lawrie, Philanthropy Officer at PWA
as the focus of this event is the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation 
and their 25th anniversary, not any individual/performer/etc. 
I accepted the opportunity to speak to FAB at the beginning of September,
as more exposure within the gay community was obviously needed.
I have also personally invited and requested the presence of 
several local organizations relevant to the subject and objective 
including HALCO and the Hassle Free Clinic,
who will both be providing information on their services at this event.
On that note, I find it ridiculous that the Hassle Free Clinic in Toronto 
currently only has 115 "Likes" on their Facebook page 
yet how many names would they have on file?
I'm pretty sure they've helped to treat over 115 cases of gonorrhea alone 
and every time I've walked into the clinic, it has always been full
so what's the sense and reasoning behind the perceived shame? 
It's my belief that if members of the community using these services 
don't step up to recognize and support them, 
they may eventually disappear before our eyes.
Those people filling up the clinic are the same people 
who help sustain those businesses on Church Street.

I have yet to receive a response from any of the remaining 
twelve businesses on Church Street.
Regardless, ALL of the proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the 
Toronto People With AIDS Foundation.
For a community that claims to support each other and embrace diversity, 
I was disheartened yet motivated by your lack of support, 
which ultimately made me that much more determined to succeed. 

As for those twelve businesses on Church Street 
- you know who you are - 
if you would like to help and contribute to this ONE WORLD of ours, 
I now publicly challenge you to contact the 
Toronto People With AIDS Foundation 
and directly donate the same amount of money 
that I have personally put towards organizing this event
See me for details.

Shame on you, Church Street. 

If you expect to host World Pride in 2014, 
you're going to have to step it up a bit.
Things are changing.

See you October 11th.


FAB Magazine -
Odyssey Books and Resource Centre -
Saya Media -
The Old Nick Pub -
Toronto People With AIDS Foundation -
HALCO HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario -
Hassle Free Clinic -
DJ Lynz -
Reenie -
Buddies In Bad Times Theatre -

Monday, September 24, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012



An Evening in support of the 
Toronto People With AIDS Foundation

* 25th Anniversary Celebration * 


Hosted by Ashley Lockyer 
featuring an exclusive theatrical preview 
and live performances 
by Reenie and Robert Torbica. 
Music by DJ Lynz. 

Buddies In Bad TImes Theatre
12 Alexander Street, Toronto, ON.
Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Doors @ 8:00PM

Available at the 
Buddies In Bad Times Theatre box office 
located at 12 Alexander Street, 
two blocks north of Carlton, east of Yonge. 
Tickets may be purchased during regular box office hours 
using Cash, Visa, MC or Debit. 
 Tuesday-Saturday,12-5 PM
 Tuesday-Saturday 12-8 PM
and Sunday 12-5pm

BUY BY PHONE 416-975-8555
Accepting Visa or MC. 
A $3.00 convenience charge is applicable to each ticket 
purchased by telephone.

ONLINE - Tickets can be purchased on-line 24/7



The Old Nick Pub 

Odyssey Books And Resource Centre 

Saya Media 

Hassle Free Clinic 

HALCO HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario 


For more information, please visit :

Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Digital Release
available on CD Baby and iTunes.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Back in April, I published a 

They have just announced their Toronto debut
DEREK MILLER'S latest album 

Shake Down
at the El Mocambo on
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Show starts at 10PM - Cover is $15 at the door

That same evening, 
performs live at 
performing live in Toronto - Yonge Dundas Square

Your night starts at 7:30 ... !

Juno Awards Red Carpet

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Monday, July 02, 2012

SPECIAL THANKS - TK and Christopher Whitlock


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

at the NEVERENDING NOTES Exhibition, 
Saya Media Gallery, 
Toronto, ON.
May 2012

Friday, May 04, 2012

Legendary Smashing Pumpkins guitarist 
sits down with Brian Solis 
to discuss the state of the music industry.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

May 26, 1940 - April 19, 2012
Services for Levon
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Levon’s friends & fans are invited to pay their final respects 
on Thursday, April 26, 2012 
between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 
at his home/studio in Woodstock.  
Personal vehicles will not be permitted 
at the studio, however. 
Parking will be available at 3 locations in Woodstock:  
The Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, 
Cucina Woodstock, 109 Mill Hill Road 
and Andy Lee Field, Rock City Road, Woodstock. 

Buses will run continuously between 10 and 3 
from Andy Lee Field and from The Woodstock Playhouse. 

Thank you, all, for your kindness and respect for privacy 
during this very emotional time

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I will never forget coming to Woodstock for
in May 2006, having BBQ with everyone, 
attending the Midnight Ramble later that night, 
and having the absolute pleasure of meeting you! 
Thank you very much!
Bless you and your family, Levon!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


My thoughts and prayers are with Levon 
and his loved ones.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"Inspired by yesteryear's 
parties and nightlife, 
Salon Noir began as an evening 
to celebrate art, music, 
dance, and fashion 
with style and meaningful glamour."

I first heard of SALON NOIR 
at the beginning of the year 
when musician David J. came to town.
It wasn't just a gig 
but an entire event!
He was scheduled to perform at the 
Lula Lounge in February 
with a private performance 
taking place the following night.
I'd seen John Cale at the Lula 
three nights in a row back in 2005 
so I knew this would be a good show!
.... and it was all being organized by SALON NOIR

The line-up for the evening featured 
flapper troupe - the Sugar Shakers, 
burlesque by Beau Dayshus and Esther De Ville,
barbershop quartet - the Expressions, 
DJ's Uriel and Mistress McCutchan, 
and various vendors!

Unfortunately due to my schedule, 
I wasn't able to attend Salon Noir's Sunday night 
presentation of David J. at the Lula Lounge 
on February 19th but from all accounts, 
it was a complete success!

I was able to attend 
David J.'s Monday night performance on February 20th 
at a private location in Toronto. 
Everyone in attendance was refreshingly friendly, 
polite, considerate, and respectful.

There was an impressive sense of 
dedicated organization that I got 
from those responsible for SALON NOIR 
I introduced myself to our hosts 
Mistress Laura McCutchan 
and Steve Comeau of Hollywood Deathsquad
to thank them for resurrecting what I felt was 
a dying sense of taste and class in our city!
SALON NOIR have another event coming up!
on Sunday, May 20th.
This ALL AGES event has a 
The line-up features 
a fashion show by Ceridwen's Cauldron, 
a special reunion set by Toronto's
a very special performance by 
prizes for best dressed, 
various vendors, 
and DJ's Uriel and Mistress McCutchan!

Talking with Mistress Laura McCutchan, 
I asked her a couple of questions 
to find out more about Salon Noir.
RT = Could you tell me how SALON NOIR came about 
and who's all involved?

LM = The idea of Salon Noir came up during a discussion I was having 
with my partner, Justin, about a local event WE wanted to attend. 
We felt like all the cool, big events were happening in NYC and Europe, 
and I was certainly inspired by Dances of Vice and some of the old parties 
that used to be thrown in New York at a club called Mother. 
I thought, well, why CAN’T we do something here? 
Why couldn’t we have a dress-up party with live music, 
art, dance, and a nice dinner?
So I started researching venues, 
talked to various friends and musicians, and Salon Noir was born. 
The Salon Noir team is primarily my baby with my partner, Justin. 
Justin is the designer and printer of posters, 
the wrangler of booze sponsorship, and other miscellaneous tasks... 
and me, the producer, the manager of paperwork, 
coordinator of flights, etc... It’s very glamourous work (ha!). 
We also have a few friends who help us go postering and promote.
RT = What was the first event 
organized by SALON NOIR
and how did that develop?

LM = The first one was April 24, 2011 with Voltaire headlining. 
The support music acts were Amy’s Arms and TyLean 
and dance performances by Laura Atma, Rosanna McGuire, 
and The Serpentina North Ensemble. 
The theme was Victorian Bohemian Cabaret, 
and I’ve never seen so many top hats in one room! 
I knew that that combination would be the right kick off 
to bring people out (even on Easter Sunday) to see the show.
RT = Each Salon Noir event holds a different theme; 
where do you find your inspiration 
in selecting these themes?

LM = I love history and researching period fashion. 
I’m inspired by various time periods 
and we have a wish list of headliners we’d like to bring to Toronto. 
It’s a matter of connecting the dots 
and matching up the right artists per theme 
and what will entice the audience. 
We want to keep things fresh 
and switch up types of acts to keep things interesting. 
The goal is to go beyond putting together an event, 
but creating an experience.
on Sunday, May 20th 
will be the second event held at 
Toronto's eclectic Latin-based, Lula Lounge
How has the response been regarding that venue 
and the organizations and performers 
involved with SALON NOIR events?

LM = We love Lula! It’s a beautiful venue, has fantastic food, 
and we have a great working relationship with them. 
Eventually, I’d love to throw a party somewhere uber decadent 
like Casa Loma, but I’m concerned with keeping costs reasonable. 
A $30 ticket can prevent some people from coming 
because it’s too expensive for them and in a recession, 
people should still be able to come out 
and have fun without completely breaking the bank. 
The response so far as been great, and our headliner, 
JARBOE, is very excited to be coming! 
This is her first show in Toronto since being with Swans (back in 1997, I think). 
We’re thrilled to get tons of great sponsors for prizes for our contest 
and are looking forward to seeing what people’s medieval garb will be like!

RT = How often can we expect events 
presented by Salon Noir
What does the future hold?

LM = So far, we’ve thrown two parties a year. 
Depending on how well this one goes 
will help determine if we can throw a third Salon Noir this year, 
maybe in October for around Halloween…