Playground 2015 Call For Speakers

Interested at presenting at the fifth annual Playground conference in Toronto from November 13-15, 2015? We are currently looking for amazing people, passionate about sexuality, and relationships to share their knowledge. Whether you have an individual presentation, a panel idea, or a workshop suggestion, we are excited for your input. Playground is an inclusive sexuality and relationships event for all, and we welcome a diverse range of suggestions.

Our audience (attendees AND speakers) is made up of sex educators, sex workers, therapists, teachers, students, general enthusiasts, and those who simply want to connect and learn with like-minded folks about sex and sexuality. 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.

Additionally Playground welcomes speakers who aren’t academics or have formal education in topics. We simply ask that you be up-to-date on current research around the topic(s) you propose, are able to engage with the audience in a respectful and confident manner, and are open to having your opinions expanded. Preference is given to people with prior speaking experience, though this is not always a necessity.

As Playground is a conference that tries to be as inclusive as impossible, please keep the audience in mind when creating your session ideas. Presentations that are too “niche” may not be considered, though we welcome them as possibilities.

Click here to fill in our speaker submission form.

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.