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.
Playground 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.
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!
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.
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!
Join us on Sunday, November 9th for our closing party just up the street at Oasis Aqualoungeat 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.
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.