It may come as a surprise to you all, but I haven’t had a full EP up for sale on iTunes… EVER! Reason being, when I officially released my debut EP instead of putting it up for sale I decided to give it out in exchange for a pay what you can donation to CANFAR (The Canadian Foundation for Aids Research) Which officially launched a year ago to coincide with the 2014 Kisses 4 CANFAR Campaign.
My decision to fundraise for CANFAR was based on my effort to give back to the community that had given so much to me. I won’t elaborate too much here, because you all know how I got my start performing in the Toronto drag scene. (If you don’t and would like to, read my post ‘Creating a Smash Hit, Performing Live’ for more insight on my journey) When I started spending more time in the Toronto LGBT community it dawned on me that HIV/AIDS was something that was effecting so many people, but no one talked about it. In fact, I felt like it was taboo and it was something to be avoided at all costs during conversation. I mean, chatting about an incurable disease isn’t the best dinner conversation, right? Well, it might not be incurable for much longer… CANFAR is working to not only help people live with HIV through research, they have found a vaccine to reduce and sometimes even prevent the progression of HIV. That’s amazing news, but not many people know about it. It seems to me that the main reason people are afraid to talk about HIV/AIDS is because we are still afraid of the disease. Yes, it is a scary thing, but it isn’t unbeatable. Through research CANFAR is working every day to find our AIDS free future. However, a huge part of an AIDS free future is education on prevention. And the only way to educate yourself is to open up the conversation. So, educate yourself on how to prevent HIV/AIDS, and then educate others.
To celebrate the launch of my first official EP release on iTunes, for the rest of February I will donate 10% of my EP sales to the 2015 Kisses 4 CANFAR Campaign. And, just so you know, this is ‘The Fabulous Edition’ -because I have a few extra songs on there ;) If you donated and received my EP the first time around, you can also purchase the bonus tracks individually.
The EP: The Fabulous Edition iTunes Purchase Link:
Educate Yourself, CANFAR HIV/AIDS FAQ’s: