Since his early teens Puelo, has created, produced, marketed and publicized his own events. Puelo was an original organizer of the protests following Sex Garage Party. Sex Garage is widely held as Montréal’s version of the Stonewall Riots. In 1993, he founded, produced and developed DIVERS/CITÉ – MONTREAL
GAY PRIDE CELEBRATIONS into a weeklong cultural festival, which continually attracts over a million participants each year.
From small-scale cabaret events, to large-scale mega-shows, charity events, major dance parties and parades with over 750,000 participants Puelo has produced a wealth projects. For five years beginning in 1994, he created and co-produced the groundbreaking JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL hit comedy show, Queer Comics.
In 1998, he was the associate producer on In thru the Out Door. The CBC/Showtime, queer comedy pilot featuring Lea DeLaria, Maggie Cassella Elvira Kurt and Bob Smith was nominated for a Gemini Award.
During his time in Toronto from 1998 – 2003, he launched and promoted the world premiere of Citytv’s QT-QueerTelevision, a half-hour magazine show; publicized Laughing Matters, a benefit comedy event for Casey House AIDS hospice and taped for broadcast for the Bell Media’s The Comedy Network. He also did PR for We’re Funny That Way! International Gay and Lesbian Comedy Festival.
In 2000, Puelo was listed by Quebec’s French-language gay publication Fugues as one of the province’s 100 most influential gay Quebecers. In 1996, he was singled out in a feature article on “People who make Montreal a great place to live” by Montreal’s English-language daily, “The Gazette.” In 1995, Divers/Cité, the event he spearheaded won the Rainbow Award, the gay and lesbian community’s highest honour for outstanding contribution to Montreal’s cultural and social fabric. The year before, he was chosen as a “Young Turk” (an annual celebration of young movers and shakers) by the editorial team of the Montreal weekly, “Hour.”
Puelo was Director General of the Table de concertation des gais et lesbiennes de Montréal, a formal negotiating voice for the gay and lesbian community (now known as Le
Conseil québécois LGBT) during the historic Quebec Human Rights Commission public hearings on discrimination and violence against gays and lesbians.
He has sat on the boards of Image & Nation, Montreal’s gay and lesbian film festival, AIDS Community Care of Montreal (ACCM), a support organization for people living with HIV/AIDS and presided over Concordia University’s Communications Studies Guild.
For three year’s in the early ‘90’s Puelo produced and hosted two CKUT Radio McGill culture/entertainment shows including Queercorps that continues to air today.
Originally from Ottawa, Puelo studied at the School of Hard Knocks, he received a degree from The Skool for Wayward Boys, which lead to a BA (Communications Specialization) at Concordia University’s prestigious Communication Studies Department.
Today, Puelo is an established film, television and entertainment communications and marketing professional. He has worked with major stars such as Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Cate Blanchett, Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger. His recent feature film credits include Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies starring Nicholas Hoult and Immortals directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke.
HOLY TRANITY! that premiers at the 2013 St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival is Puelo’s first ensemble play. He wrote, performed and produced his one-man show; You’ve Got To Be Kidding! at the 2004 St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival.