September 29, 2014
NEXT STEP

Hello everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know that I have decided to revert my professional status back to being a free agent for my next album.

Thank you to Tricatel for supporting me throughout the cycles of my last two albums.

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September 6, 2014
Y’ALL PRAWBUBBLY DON’T KNOW THIS BUT…

I LOVE TENNIS EVEN THOUGH I HAVEN’T PLAYED IN YEARS.

Feel free to PM me your questions and I will do my best to reply to as many of them as possible in order for y’all Barbaraphiles to get to know me better.

September 1, 2014
Still from the Mo-dettes’ “White Mice” (1979) - Mode Records
Directed by R4949

Still from the Mo-dettes’ “White Mice” (1979) - Mode Records

Directed by R4949

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August 16, 2014
Howard Pyle. The Mermaid (1910)

Howard Pyle. The Mermaid (1910)

August 16, 2014
Y’ALL PRAWBUBBLY DON’T KNOW THIS BUT…

I’M A TOTAL INTROVERT EVEN THOUGH I DON’T LOOK LIKE IT!

Feel free to PM me your questions and I will do my best to reply to as many of them as possible in order for y’all Barbaraphiles to get to know me better.

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August 13, 2014

June 27, 2014
Brave Radar - Message Centre

Sit down listen and relax.

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June 25, 2014

JEF BARBARA - on Livestream.com

June 25, 2014

JEF BARBARA - on Livestream.com

May 28, 2014
ABOUT THE NEW ARCADE FIRE VIDEO

Hey guys,

A lot has been said about the most recent Arcade Fire video so I finally got around to watching it.

I am compelled to add my two cents although I initially didn’t feel like it because a lot has already been written. However I believe that it’s my place to voice my opinion as a man who has often explored his own gender without ever becoming a fully realized trans woman. This issue also hits close to home because it concerns a band that is from my hometown, and although their immense fortune has taken them thousands of miles away from Montreal, I am still able to identify with them, in some small, awkward way.

I personally don’t think there’s a big problem with the lead character being portrayed by a non-trans actor. Of course, giving opportunities to gender non conforming thespians is a good idea, but in practice, hiring a widely known person for any role ensures more visibility, regardless of one’s aims, whether political or otherwise.

In an interview with The Advocate, Arcade Fire has argued in its own defense that young gay kids in Jamaica would probably feel inspired to be themselves after watching the video. I (passionately) disagree. I for one doubt - as Laura Jane Grace pointed out - that any of those black kids, most of whom live in poverty, will even ever be aware of the video itself. No offense to AF but I’m sure they’re well aware of who their audience is. Yet most importantly, I believe that young queers (Jamaican or otherwise) need to see positive images of themselves in order to be encouraged to be themselves. The same way a number of gays are still closeted because the gays they so often see or hear about about are the ones that get bullied and rejected. A lot of images in mainstream media tend to portray us as victims when there’s a wide spectrum of experiences that can be associated with LGBTQI humans - both positive and negative. I’ve been physically assaulted once but that unfortunate encounter does not summarize my whole existence as a bigender individual.

I would have enjoyed getting a trans-positive message out of the Arcade Fire video. For instance, seeing the lead character attend a blissful, drama-free family gathering, or go out on an awesome date with a dreamy guy (played by a famous actor), the possibilities are endless.

In the end, what I feel the video says is that although it’s not safe to be trans, Arcade Fire concerts are secure havens for the non gender conforming. I’m sure it’s not entirely what the band and the music video’s director meant but switching the narrative to a violence-free one would have been perhaps more effective, provided that their objectives were to a) encourage transgender youth to be themselves and to b) raise awareness on transgender identity, rather than simply dramatizing our obstacle-laden existence.

We exist but we also live lives that are complex, varied and sometimes more normal than most people think. I believe it’s time to literally flip the script and quit repeating the same old tragic story of what happened to Hillary Swank’s character in Boys Don’t Cry. If anything, it could lead to more positive recognition, and perhaps a decrease in the amount the medieval barbarity that the transgender community is so frequently the target of.

Still I would like to give kudos to Arcade Fire for using their fame and trying to bring up the important issue of transgender violence to the best of their abilities, and to the attention of millions of fans. I’m sure they’ll weather the storm as they have before. I have seen them live in the past and I think they’re a really good band.

For whatever my two cents are worth, you guys.

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