Stay Tuned for Playground Year 5

It’s hard to believe that it came and went so quickly, but Playground 2014 is already behind us. With over 250 of you, we laughed, we cried, we shared, and we flirted our faces off. Thank you to everyone who made this quite the year to remember.

Stay tuned for more about next year’s event (yes, we’ve realized that the people really want a 5th anniversary event so okkkkk, we’ll do it!), when you can buy your super duper early bird tickets, and when we’ll have the speaker submission form online. Plus .. soon we’ll have photos! In the meantime, sign up for our newsletter on the right-hand side, be sure to check out our sponsors and exhibitors and learn more about the great sex-positive community we have here in Toronto.

If you attended Playground 2014 and have some thoughts, we invite you to take our wrap-up survey. We couldn’t do this event without you, so it really means a lot to us when you share your feedback. Playground is one helluva passion project and we try to make it great for you.

Also check out this recent article in NOW magazine on kink and consent where I (Samantha), along with Playground, am featured.

Until next time ….

It’s Time to Play!

Playground 2014 is upon us!

Here’s a handy random checklist of information that you might need to get the most out of your weekend.

  • Have you downloaded the Guidebook app yet? We have printed program guides, but the app has EVERYthing. There’s more information on our schedule page;
  • Registration for pre-registered attendees opens at 5:30 pm Friday night;
  • Doors for the public open at 6:30;
  • Yes! Our opening keynote with Kaleigh Trace is FREE to the public! Feel free to bring your friends;
  • Same goes for our sexy storytelling slam, Tell Me Something Good, shortly following the keynote presentation;
  • Tickets will be available at the door with cash or credit for the full weekend, day passes, or individual sessions;
  • If you’ve pre-registered, there’s no need to bring a ticket. You remember what name you put down for your badge though … don’t you?
  • Staying at the hotel? Bring your bathing suits! There’s a pool in the building;
  • The Holiday Inn has free wifi throughout the entire venue, even the bedrooms;
  • The accessible entrance to the Holiday Inn is via Wood Street;
  • Playground takes place on the second floor of the hotel, past the lobby and up the stairs and escalator (or via the elevators in the foyer);
  • There’s LOTS of amenities in the neighbourhood: Just down the street is a large Loblaw’s (grocery store), with a handy liquor store on the top floor! There’s plenty of restaurants all around, including sushi, pub, diner, thai, and more! There’s also a Starbucks attached to the hotel just in case you missed our limited supply of free breakfast nibbles in the morning;
  • We’re just up the street from the College Street subway stop on the Yonge line. The TTC fare is $3;
  • Polyamory Toronto is presenting a special stream of content all day Saturday;
  • You can sign up for the Saturday night talent show at registration;
  • We’ll be watching Young People Fucking, (the movie, silly) on Saturday night in the Wellesley Room;
  • Playground attendees get gender neutral pricing of $20 ALL weekend at local sex club Oasis Aqualounge, and especially for our special closing party on Sunday at 8 pm. Oasis is only 300 m east of the venue, on Mutual Street. Bring your bathing suit for the heated pool!
  • BE GOOD TO ONE ANOTHER! Let’s play!

<3 Samantha

Get the Playground Schedule on Your Phone

Enhance your experience at Playground 2014 by downloading our guide on Guidebook. You’ll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse speakers, exhibitors, partners, maps and general show info. Plus you can share your contact info with other attendees.

The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry users can access the same information via the mobile site at guidebook.com/browse.

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Let’s Get Serious (For A Second)

It’s been a tough day or so in Canada with multiple heavy conversations about “celebrity”, BDSM, consent, abuse, and the law dominating so many social media feeds. There’s a lot to talk about and you might be struggling with the best way to do so, what to say, or if you should say anything at all.

While we like to have a lot of fun at Playground, we also try to deliver serious content that matters, particularly in moments like this. Check out our three highlighted sessions that we think are totally relevant.


Raymond MoteeOn Saturday, Nov 8 at 11 am, Raymond Motee returns for his session; Playground Laws: Examining the legalities of alternative relationships where he’ll be discussing BDSM and non-monogamy. Bring your specific questions!


Jeff Perera, and the What Makes A Man conference, is hosting a discussion focused presentation, Striving to be a Consensual Ally’ which on Nov 9 at 11 am. Let’s discuss what it means to be an ally in an inviting and inclusive space that demands we step up around self-accountability.


JP RobichaudPlayground co-producer JP Robichaud and Heather Elizabeth will be hosting a workshop on consent that will be a nuanced and complex conversation about both the easy and the challenging areas of consent, both in the giving and receiving of it, on Nov 9 at 12:15 pm.

Playground Free Friday Night Fun

Tell Me Something Good

Following our free Friday night keynote, our opening party promises to be an extra special night as we’re pairing up with Tell Me Something Good, a free monthly sexy storytelling event that brings together people from all walks of life to share their true stories of sexual glory, gaffes and growth. To celebrate Playground’s inclusive and welcoming environment, the theme for the evening is wide open. Share your favourite sex stories for the chance to win sexy prizes!

Samantha Fraser and Sophie Delancey are your lovely co-hosts for your storytelling pleasure and we will have some great judges to make you laugh along the way!

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

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Friday night opening keynote, free to the public: Kaleigh Trace

Kaleigh Trace is a Halifax-based writer and sexual health educator who writes about safe and shameless sex of all kinds, for all kinds. Her first book, Hot, Wet & Shaking: How I Learned to Talk About Sex, was published in July 2014. Her written work has also appeared in The Coast,The Huffington Post, CRIT, The Tide, and on her own blog: The Fucking Facts. As a disabled, queer, feminist, sex educator Kaleigh has spoken at conferences across Canada, including the Western Canadian Sexual Health Conference, The Guelph Sexuality Conference, and ConsentFest.

Saturday morning opening plenary speaker: Dr. Jessica O’Reilly

Jess O’Reilly began working as a sexuality counsellor in 2001 and she has never looked back! Her training includes courses in counselling skills, resolving sexual concerns, sex education, clinical sexology, sexual development, sex and disability, group therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Alongside her academic and television credits, Dr. Jess is also an accomplished writer and her first Hot Sex Tips, Tricks and Licks is already a best-seller.

Call for Volunteers is now open

Call for Volunteers now open

Playground is a group effort and now we are calling on you to help us make the 2014 edition a success! We’re grateful to have community members offering to help us make this weekend a great success. If you would like to be considered as a volunteer, please fill in our online form here. We are currently looking for friendly and reliable people to fill the following roles:

We will contact everyone who applies, but only have so many spots available.
Thank you for your interest!

Playground Closing Party at Oasis Aqualounge

Oasis Aqualounge

Join us on Sunday, November 9th for our closing party just up the street at Oasis Aqualounge at 8 pm, though you can show up earlier if you wish. Special gender neutral pricing of $20 applies for all Playground attendees (all weekend long!), just remember to keep and show your badge / ticket at the door. We regret that Oasis is not an accessible venue as there are stairs.

Visit www.oasisaqualounge.com to view their event listings and attendance / ticket policies.

Special Presentations at Playground 2014

This year we are trying something new at Playground. Recognizing that we, as organizers, have limited experience and exposure along with our own privilege, we’ve asked a few, prominent community members to help us with three very special presentations. The content you will see in these presentations is completely curated by these special guests. They are given the time to use as they see fit, whether they want to personally speak, moderate a panel of their choosing, or bring in other speakers and remain behind the scenes; the point is to offer Playground up as a platform for issues to be raised, to be respected, and to be heard.

This year we’ve invited:

  • Focusing on the sex-work community: Sonya Barnett, Madame of the Keyhole Sessions;
  • Focusing on how to be a good ally: Jeff Perera of the What Makes a Man conference and White Ribbon;
  • Focusing on trans specific issues: Sophia Banks, prominent trans activist.

Check out our schedule for more information on these presentations.