Friends of VicBears
VicBears like to foster close working relationships with many key LBGTI community representatives and our members who run their own businesses. Here you will find a list of just some of our favourites!
DJ’s & Entertainers
Our regular VicBears Union DJ at The Laird every 4th Saturday of the month!
His career as a DJ started over 30 years ago playing at the Under 18’s discos in Geelong. Influenced by disco, and inspired by dance music of the 90’s, Boogie Discos was born in Geelong, performing at private functions including weddings, birthdays and events.
The start of the new millennium was the start of a new direction in David’s DJ career, the gay bar/club scene. Sunday night retro sessions at the Trade Bar Melbourne in 2000, then a residency at the Xchange Hotel, Melbourne. Later came The GH Hotel St. Kilda. Music styles are commercial dance music, house, progressive house.
The Carnival T-Dance of 2003 was to be his first major party gig. David treasures the experience as one of, if not, the highlight of his DJ career!
From his exposure at T-Dance came Winter Daze 2006 and 2007, Rogue 2008, and he was a willing voluntary participant in the Xchange Hotel Bushfire Benefit in 2009 that raised thousands of dollars for those affected by the Victorian bushfires on Black Saturday. Guest DJ spots for Gossip Sundays at Love Machine.
As well as donating DJ services for Good Friday Appeal Inverleigh for several years!
Now DJing for The Laird Hotel for their VicBears Union nights and a regular for the VicBears Inc Parties. As well as resident for Fabuland and co promoter of Popsicle Pop party at The Laird.
His contempt for bad or careless mixing gives him the professional drive and passion to ensure his fans get as near perfect a performance he can give, every time he plays.
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Photographers & Artists
After discovering his father’s camera at an early age, Steve embarked on a professional career in a series of photographic commercial labs. He witnessed the beginnings of the digital camera revolution and embraced the change, becoming an Adobe Certified Expert.
In the years since, Steve pursued the photographic form in both his artistic and commercial practices. He built and steered his own professional studio and discovered inspiration in passing on his skills to others. Along the way he’s acquired numerous awards. Most recently being honoured with Epson Victorian Travel Photographer of the Year in 2016 three years running and and the Australian Travel Photographer of the Year in Melbourne.
His talent on the ground for inspiring his fellow photographers and nurturing his peers through education, as well as his continuing public advocacy for the digital arts, have led to him being honoured with the title of an ILFORD Master.
Today Steve continues to expand his commercial portfolio whilst also developing his artistic profile. This has resulted in a number of personal art exhibitions to date.
If you have a project or concept you want explored — be it artistic, commercial or educational — feel free to get in touch with Steve to discuss whatever you have in mind.
Find out more: http://www.stevescalone.com/
David Cooke – Photographer. Podcaster. Bear.
Ever since high school I’ve had a creative itch. From music and performing arts to modern day photography and radio / podcast social commentary.
My artistic outlets are an extension of my connections to the world around me and a source of fulfillment where I can not achieve through my primary employment alone.
Through the production of visual and audio mediums I seek to connect disjointed or disharmonious concepts or ideas, in hopes to find balance with the various worlds and lives around me.
Find out more: http://www.furink.com/