We Are Hiring! Sort of …

Playground 2015 is looking to fill three key volunteer positions to help us make the 5th year the best year ever. We are searching for three candidates enthusiastic about human sexuality, intersectionality, and being a part of Toronto’s only conference devoted to connecting sexuality communities and sharing knowledge.

We currently have openings for the following volunteer positions to join the team:

Each of these positions has a different application deadline and start date. Our general call for volunteers will go out in September. We welcome people from all genders, gender identities, races, abilities, backgrounds, HIV statuses, and sexual orientations to join us at Playground and we strongly encourage indigenous, non-binary, POC, and other under-represented and marginalized groups to apply for these positions.

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 ….

Meet Our 2014 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.