Brian Ballard / Andrea Bredbeck / Alex Cafarelli / Kim Crosby / Michael Erickson / Dahlia Darling / Derek Forgie / Stacey May Fowles / Samantha Fraser / Amy Jo Goddard / Master Aslan AKA Carrie Gray / Lil Heather / Kody Hersh / Kendra Holliday / Darren Infinity / Paddy Jane / Heather Jarvis / Michael Kenny / Max Lagos / Cynthia Loyst / Tara McKee / Cheri Michael / Reid Mihalko / Raymond Motee / Dr. Jessica O’Reilly / JP Robichaud / Dr. Ruthie / Jon Pressick / Adele Ryan / Dana Shaw / Dainty Smith / Lilita Tannis / Julie Veilleux / Natalie Zina Walschots / Stef Woods / Emma Woolley / Janet Vu
Special appearance by Tori / Scout for Wendy Babcock
Lux Alptraum is a writer and sex educator currently serving as editor for Fleshbot, the web’s foremost blog about sexuality and adult entertainment. Prior to working at Fleshbot, she worked as a sex educator at an adolescent pregnancy prevention program, an HIV pretest counselor, and founded ThatStrangeGirl, an alternative porn site, and Boinkology, a blog about sex and culture.
Her writing has appeared in TheAtlantic.com, Time Out New York, Jezebel.com, SundanceChannel.com,Bizarre Magazine, Jalopnik.com, BlackbookMag.com,Best Sex Writing 2008, and GOOD Magazine. She has spoken about sexuality, the internet, and adult entertainment at Harvard University, Brown University, Yale University, NYU, Columbia University, Ohio State University, SXSW, and New York City’s Museum of Sex, and was recognized as one of 2008′s Heeb 100.
Brian Ballard has been actively pursuing a life of honest and ethical non-monogamy for nearly 7 years. He is passionate about opening people up to new choices and possibilities, encouraging and inspiring others to fearlessly invent the life style and relationships of their dreams. Through his work and association with The Martini Society, freedomcommunityand other online communities, and through organizing special events welcoming positive self-expression, play and exploration, he has had the pleasure of watching many people open themselves to new entirely new ways of being.
Andrea Bredbeck– As a survivor of three separate rapes, a therapist who has treated PTSD for twenty five years, a single mother who has raised three children, a writer, film-maker, speaker and visionary, Andrea brings her passion for words and her love for this fallible species we are, into a model that reeks a possibility for a life that comes AFTER. She designed, offered and taught the first technical solar energy courses for women in the United States. Between 1978 and 1996, Andrea was asked to speak on a number of subjects by numerous organizations. Most notably, in 1981, she presented at the United Nations Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy in Nairobi Kenya (UNCNRSE), and in 1996, she was commissioned by Bridgewater State Prison to speak to two hundred (200) convicted rapists about sexual assault. Currently Andrea is in the process of filming a documentary under the working title of: ‘LIVING AFTER RAPE’.
Most recently Andrea was the keynote speaker for Slutwalk DC. Her ‘Join the Conversation’ (cause) was featured at this event. After the rally, march, her Keynote address, and several other speakers, Andrea and her team filmed many hours of interviews for the documentary ‘Living After Rape’.
She co-founded the Minneapolis-based performance group the Psycick Slutz, whose original work includes a capella singing, queer campy spoken word theatrics, and kinky anti-oppression themed feminist Sex Magick.
Her recent performances include touring with Body Heat, a fierce, sassy, irreverent queer Femme artist collective, and performing in the 2011 production of Sins Invalid, a San Francisco-based performance on disability and sexuality.
Working seasonally as a professional gardener, Alex also spends her time teaching martial arts, body mindfulness, creative writing, and Sex Magick.
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Kim Crosby is an award-winning activist and multi-disciplinary artist who has been organizing for over a decade. With a career spanning food justice, Queer organizing and decolonization, she believes that these struggles are all interconnected and she lives, works and resists at their points of intersection. Kim is a prolific creative writer, and as a spoken word artist was invited to the stage as part of the acclaimed Les Blues Collective with the Black Theatre Company, and has performed solo at Toronto’s Rhubarb Festival. Kim is currently the co-director of The People Project, an organization producing innovative arts and leadership opportunities for queer and trans youth in Toronto as well as engaging in a partnership based approach to institutional change.
Dahlia Darling is a social dissident and a sensitive soul. A writer, a producer, a vocalist and burlesque performer, she specializes in telling stories, making TV and breaking hearts.
Mother to one of the world’s fiercest little girls, Dahlia is determined to be the kind of woman her daughter can admire without reservation. To that end, she is an outspoken feminist and a deep thinker on all topics having to do with gender, identity and body image.
Dahlia is a passionate advocate of Handsome Tuesdays for everyone, everywhere. She knows her way around a roller derby track. And she keeps a haiku blog,[O Haiku. You can find her on twitter @dahlia_darling.
When Derek Forgie is not entertaining the daily in-studio audiences at MTV Canada he somehow manages to balance a hardy diet of stand-up comedy, activism and popping up in the occasional television commercial/show. While stumbling upon a discussion on same-sex marriage on the television show; 100 Huntley Street in 2003, he felt inspired to identify and empower heterosexuals that were in favour of LGBT rights. Derek wanted to show that the anti-gay voice was simply a very vocal minority. This sparked the inception of the HSSE: The Heterosexuals For Same-Sex Equality. The HSSE now boasts thousands of international supporters, a popular line of “Straight Not Narrow” apparel, a successful and effective student presentation called “Equality Check”, as well as a dazzling concoction of activists that comprise it’s proactive steering committee.
Stacey May Fowles is a feminist writer, critic, and magazine professional living in Toronto. Her first novel, Be Good, was published by Tightrope Books in 2007. This Magazine called it “probably the most finely realized small press novel to come out of Canada in the last year.” In fall 2008 she released an illustrated novel, Fear of Fighting, and staged a theatrical adaptation of it with Nightwood Theatre. The novel was later selected as a National Post Canada Also Reads pick for 2010. Her writing has appeared in various magazines and journals, including The Walrus, Taddle Creek, Prism, and Kiss Machine. She has been widely anthologized in Nobody Passes: Rejecting The Rules of Gender and Conformity; First Person Queer; Second Person Queer; Yes Means Yes; and PEN Canada’s Finding The Words. Most recently, she co-edited the anthology She’s Shameless: Women write about growing up, rocking out and fighting back. She is the former publisher of Shameless magazine, and currently works at The Walrus.
Samantha Fraser is an author, educator and ethical slut who thinks about sex more than she thinks about cheese and she thinks about cheese an awful lot. She shares her open marriage experiences & lessons on her blog,and is currently finishing up her book “Not Your Mother’s Playground: Open Relationships for Everyday Folk”. She loves giving people insight into their own relationships by discussing taboo subjects openly, with wit and a side of naughty, personal experience.
In addition to the blog, book and guest writing spots in various printed and online publications, Samantha has appeared in Canada’s National Post, on CBC Radio Q, SexMatters TV and the recent CBC Doc Zone documentary “Thoroughly Modern Marriage”.
Samantha also teaches relationship and sexuality workshops in Toronto. Never a preacher that non-monogamy is the only way, she remains open to learning about relationship structures and what works for every individual she comes into contact with. Sex often distracts Samantha from getting her to-do list done though she just likes to think of it as another type of to-do.
Samantha decided to plan Playground because she loves uniting communities and taking on more than she can chew.
Amy Jo Goddardthrives on creating environments that foster growth and assisting people in having the delicious sex and relationships they desire. She believes that healthy, non-violent, fulfilling relationships are a key to changing the world. As a sexuality educator, sex & relationship coach, writer, performing artist and activist she has spent 15 years bringing her message to the people using a fascinating array of tactics. A professional trainer of sexuality professionals, medical students, college students and youth for over thirteen years now, she has taught courses relating to sexuality at the City University of New York and the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Amy Jo has taught breast and pelvic exams to medical/nursing students for 8 years and she is director/producer of the forthcoming documentary, At Your Cervix, a film that depicts this work. Amy Jo was host of CherryBomb.com’s web stream program “Fresh Advice,” developing, researching, writing and performing over 60 episodes on women’s sexuality. She is co-author of Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men and is a contributing author of All About Sex: A Family Resource Guide on Sex and Sexuality. Her article about queer performance artists and activism was published in 2007 in the Social Justice Journal and she has been published in numerous other publications including LOFT and Bust Magazine. She maintains a private sex & relationship coaching practice and travels to colleges, universities and conferences teaching workshops and speaking about sexuality. She teaches her Women’s Sexuality Empowerment Apprenticeship in New York City and can be found blogging about all things sexual that make her tingle at www.amyjogoddard.com.
Master Aslan aka Carrie Gray (AslanLeather.com), is a Toronto based BDSM educator, photographer, manufacturer and designer of strap on harnesses, bondage equipment and owner of ASLAN Leather Inc. Carrie identifies as a Gender Queer, Transgendered Butch and is a passionate advocate of BDSM as a self-empowering form of sexual, psychological and physical play. A lifestyle Daddy and Master, Carrie enjoys the discoveries that come from pushing the psychological and physical boundaries of top and bottom space through role play, the intimate power of spanking, flogging and the beautiful submission and control of bondage.
Carrie’s scene experiences and sadistic pleasures cover a variety of activities including knives, canes, needle play, single tails and age play. Carrie believes that playing is an ongoing growth process and is always ready to learn new skills to share with others. With over 10 years experience as a BDSM educator, Carrie shares personal expertise and lessons in an engaging, open and entertaining format that encourages participants to learn through communication, play and participation.
A solo-polyamourist who currently identifies as ‘all thing non-dominant’, Lil Heather has been helping people have the conversation they want to have around sex for almost a decade, focusing mostly on kink and power exchange for just over half of that time.
Very active in the public sphere of BDSM, Heather currently helps to organize the Toronto TNG; a youth kink group as well as theTriple ‘s’ Discussion Group; peer support for those who live and play on the bottom side of the kink scale. Recently she was recognized for her contributions to Toronto’s sexual minority community with a Craig Rose nominee.
In her downtime she spend way too much time on FetLife, and probably not as much as should sharing her rarely traditional views of the kinkoverse on her blog.
Kody Gabriel Hersh is a queer Quaker minister, youth worker, writer, Sunday school teacher, vegan baker, and purveyor of awkward flirtation. He loves talking about the things you’re not supposed to talk about in polite company, like theology and sexuality and discrimination and privilege and who you have a crush on– especially if he can get them all in one sentence.
Kody likes to challenge “that’s just how it is”s in religion, sexuality, gender, politics, and just about everything else. To this end, he has led workshops, given talks, and written articles on sexuality and spirituality, trans issues, sexual ethics, and all things Quaker for religious and non-religious folk alike. He currently lives in Philadelphia, where he pillow-fights regularly with his two- and six-year-old housemates.
Kendra Holliday is a 38 year old bisexual atheist mother located in St. Louis, MO and the Editor of The Beautiful Kind. She is a passionate sexplorer when it comes to kinks, fetishes, BDSM, swinging, and polyamory. She is the author of The Book of Goddess: Elevating Your Desirability to Mythic Proportions as well as a Sex & Relationship Consultant.
Co-founder of Sex Positive St. Louis and an Alternative Lifestyle Advisor and Gynecological Teaching Associate for Washington University School of Medicine, she has been featured countless times in the local alternative weekly The Riverfront Times. Winner of 2011 Web Award for Best Sex Blog, she also has a monthly advice column in The St. Louis Sinner. She has presented at Washington University, Shameless Grounds, IdeaCity Toronto, Show Me the Blog, and SlutWalk St. Louis. Her life experiences include monogamous marriage, divorce, sex work, parenthood, as well as being fired and sued for her sexuality. She is currently in a polyamorous BDSM relationship with her long-term partner, Matthew. The last time she allowed someone to slut-shame her was on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Never again.
Darren Infinity is a 31 year old Queer, Non-Monagmous Switch Leatherman from Toronto. He has been actively involved in local BDSM and Alternative Sexuality communities for over a decade and has played many supporting roles in helping to build community and provide education through most of that time.
Much of his energies are currently focused on Perspectives on Power, a support and education group for people currently in or interested in exploring Power Exchange relationships. More information on this group can be found at www.perspectivesonpower.com.
More information to come.
Heather Jarvis is a queer feminist currently living in Guelph. With experience in gender studies, social work and community activism she has spent several years supporting and initiating projects around sexuality, gender, education and health, anti-violence efforts and creating safer spaces for support.
As a survivor, this past year Heather was infuriated upon hearing a slut-shaming and victim-blaming comment made by a representative of the Toronto Police force when discussing safety. Having had enough, she co-founded SlutWalk in early 2011 – a small idea that began in Toronto to fight sexual violence and has since spread across the world.
Identifying with sex- and body-positive politics and as a kinky and poly part-time femme, Heather Jarvis constantly aims to shed shame around sex and sexuality. She has a fascination with language and identities and strives to utilize language to interrogate ideas and blend important conversations across oppression, desire and expression. Through her politics and her work she has become a speaker, advocate and educator and is excited to be participating in the first Playground.
Michael Kenny has been an environmentalist and social justice activist since his youth, volunteering with numerous organizations including the City of Toronto Environmental Volunteers, Oxfam Canada, Toronto Bay Initiative, High Park Children’s Garden, Sierra Club of Canada, Jane’s Walk, Taylor-Massey Project and more. He was a candidate for the NDP in the 2007 provincial election against incumbent Kathleen Wynne and PC leader John Tory. He previously served as president of the Don Valley West NDP Riding Association (Federal and Provincial) from 2006-2008, and as President of the Green Party at York University from 2008-2011. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of the environmental and social justice organization, Regenesis. He is the founder of the Oxfam chapter at York University, and served on its executive as President and Treasurer. An avid outdoors person, he is an event coordinator with the Toronto Outdoor Club. He currently attends York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies where he is conducting research on activist spaces and intentional communities.
Michael wrote and submitted to Canada’s Green Party, the ‘controversial’ resolution to decriminalize poly relationships.
Max Lagos, a reformed journalist, only truly felt at home when he merged his writing talents with another of his passions: sex and sexuality. Relatively new to writing professionally, Max is working to get more of his pieces published and would like to thank all the editors and publishers who have accepted and printed his stories.
A strong orange flag on the left, Max is trying very hard to establish a reputation as a stone-cold, hard-assed Dominant but his cover keeps being blown by lovers and friends who call him a sweetheart or a teddy bear on Twitter (@maxlagos).
Max is a polyamorous, pansexual married man, the doting father of two children and lives in Toronto, Canada.
Cynthia Loyst is an advice columnist, a certified life and relationship coach and television producer/host. After many years as the supervising producer for the award-winning and internationally syndicated documentary series SexTV she then moved on to producing and hosting a weekly talk show called “Sex Matters”. She’s a multi-faceted woman whose work revolves around thinking about, researching, and questioning cultural notions of love and sexuality.
Her newest role is as the co-host of “InnerSpace” a daily, national entertainment talk show that covers film, television, video games, technology, comic books, gadgets, and all things genre. In this new role Loyst brings a female perspective to the topics and keeps busy doing a variety of fun things like exploring gender & videogames, playing with sexy apps, interviewing saucy celebrities like Hugh Jackman & Ryan Gosling and generally asking people about their…um…inner spaces.
Over the past several years, Loyst has appeared many times on radio and television, including ETALK, CP24, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, CTV NEWSNET, Virgin Radio 99.9 FM, 103.9 Proud FM, 104.5 CHUM FM and TVO, reporting on dating, mating and relating. Her public appearances have included speaking engagements at colleges and universities throughout the GTA, such as Ryerson University, Sheridan College, Centennial College, Bishop’s University and University of Toronto – where she often guest lectures on media, technology and sexuality.
Tara McKee has a persistent passion for sexual education in all forms. Known for creating open, fun and interactive spaces for people to learn about sex, Tara’s compassion and years of experience shine through. She has been teaching public and private workshops throughout Ontario since 2001 and is often consulted as an expert in the realm of sexuality for television and radio. She is a recognized G-Spot expert and holds extensive knowledge about women’s sexual and reproductive health. Her G-Spots & Female Ejaculationworkshop has been running in Toronto for over 8 years.
Tara is constantly developing workshops in areas where she sees a need such as self-pleasure and masturbation for women, lover skills for women and men, positive body awareness, youth and sexuality, female pelvic pain, gynecological alternatives and more. She has a special interest in transforming conventional messages and education into sex-positive, body-positive, inclusive messages that provide individuals with an enhanced sense of self. Tara has a private practice in downtown Toronto. For more information on private sessions and currently scheduled workshops, please visit www.taramckee.com.
Cheri Michaelis a sexuality coach and educator specializing in sacred sexuality. She uses the expressive arts in her coaching, sexuality workshops and specially designed programs for individuals, those in relationships, and with groups. She is the co-creator of Sacred Sex Starts with Me. Utilizing her experience and training, Cheri provides support services such as mentoring and workshops to assist others in their own sexuality exploration.
Cheri continues to expand her personal and professional knowledge base and experience through enrollment in the Yoga of Sex training program with Joseph Kramer, Ph.D. Cheri holds a BA Hons. in Psychology from York University, is Path of the Qadishti Level One certified and a member of the POTQ leadership team. She has over 7 years experience as a sexuality educator and is also a long-time artist with over 12 years experience as an expressive arts facilitator.
Reid Mihalko of www.ReidAboutSex.comhelps adults create more self-esteem, self-confidence and greater health in their relationships and sex lives, no matter what their self-expression of those happen to be.
From his rated-PG/PG-13 workshops (Cuddle Party, Speed-Flirting) to the rated-R (Iron Slut Sex Educator Showdown) to his explicit, NC-17 rated, Show-N-Tell sex education workshops (where audiences get to watch, take notes, and ask questions), Reid has worked with thousands of individuals from myriad walks of life, orientations, relationship styles, countries and religions. Known for his charisma, wit and emphasis on integrity, Reid travels the country teaching, coaching, consulting and collaborating on fulfilling his mission: Create more self-esteem, self-confidence and health for adults in and out of the bedroom.
Reid has been a featured speaker at dozens of conferences on relationships and sexuality and is a sought-after presenter and teacher at colleges and sex positive stores across the country.
Reid has been a writer and producer on a number of films and television projects about sex and relationships, and appears regularly in the media. He has also appeared on the Emmy award-winning talk show Montel, Fox News, VH1’s Scott Baio is 45 and Single, Showtime’s Penn & Teller’s Bulls**t!, Canada’s The Sex Files and SexTV, and the short-lived Life & Style on NPR, Sirius’ Maxim Radio and Cosmo Radio, and in Marie Claire, GQ, Details, People, Newsweek and The National Enquirer, as well as media across the globe in thirteen countries and at least seven languages.
Raymond Motee is a lawyer primarily practicing in the area of criminal defence, in the Greater Toronto Area. He has acted as counsel and co-counsel on a wide variety of civil, family law and criminal cases including first degree murder. He has argued in all levels of court in Ontario and attended (but did not speak) at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Mr. Motee was defence counsel for three years on the Toronto 18. In that case, Mr. Motee worked on many unique legal arguments, including a constitutional challenge that he argued at the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Dr. Jess is a Toronto-based sexologist whose work focuses on sexual health, education, pleasure and relationships. She maintains a private counselling practice in Toronto and travels extensively to teach fun, educational workshops designed to improve
communication, relationships and of course, sex!
A sought-after speaker who loves to laugh at herself, Dr. Jess is a go-to media source featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Globe and Mail,The Playboy Advisor, Cosmo TV, CTV News, CBCʼs Steven and Chris and Canada AM.
Her clients are wonderfully diverse and include those who identify as straight, gay,
lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, transsexual, transgender, polyamorous, queer, vanilla,
kinky and many other beautiful shades of sexual. www.jessicaoreilly.com
JP Robichaud has been playing and living with rope for about six years now. In addition to organizing and hosting a number of workshops in Toronto, he has for the past two years been acting as head rigger for the Keyhole Sessions, Toronto’s raciest life drawing experience. He’s appeared on Sex Matters TV talking about rope, performed at dance clubs and strip joints across Ontario, and will be returning to Madison Young’s Femina Potens gallery in San Francisco for the spring 2011 Art of Restraint. He enjoys strong coffee and excellent chocolate (at least 70% dark). He can be found on Twitter at @controlenthused.
Dr. Ruth (Dr. Ruthie) Neustifter knows that our sexuality is our most intimate form of body language in our relationships with others, and with ourselves. She works with diverse individuals, relationships and professionals who are seeking to enhance their sexual well-being and communication within a sex-positive framework. She also spreads sex-positive education through her blog, toy reviews, and brief educational videos.
Dr. Ruth Neustifter holds a Ph.D. in Child & Family Development, with advanced training in Family Therapy and Qualitative Research. She is a recognized relationship expert specializing in sexual communication and education as well as recovery from intimate partner violence. She teaches student-therapists, conducts original research, offers workshops, and offers private consultations to clients throughout North America. Dr. Ruthie is looking forward to the release of her first book, The Nice Girl’s Guide to Talking Dirty, in the Spring of 2011. You can visit her online at www.ExploringIntimacy.com and on Twitter @DrRuthie.
Jon Pressick is a sexual gadabout. As Managing Editor of SexLife Canada he spreads the word of sex positive culture and community. As co-host of Sex City on CIUT 89.5FMhe talks about sexy topics that titillate and teach. And as a DIY creator of smutty stuff, he is constantly fiddling with new projects and ideas.
Jon was recently voted Favourite Adult Journalist in the TNT Awards and was deemed one of Broken Pencil’s 50 People (and Places) We Love.
Adele Ryan has been a bunch of things: writer, community worker, counsellor, educator, mother, partner, friend. Her special interest is sexual and reproductive health in all its flavours, focusing more specifically on where it intersects with in/fertility, alternative family structures, youth, queer identities, and disability/chronic illness. She approaches her life from a social justice perspective, chronicling it at www.livingmysocialwork.com. She lives in Toronto with a couple of kids and a bunch of cats.
Dana Shaw (aka Black Orchid)is a polyamorous bi-dyke in her mid 40s. She is a very kinky and switchy sick fuck who loves intensity. She’s a 3rd generation Torontonian. For over 25 years she has organized community groups and events in the kink and queer communities. Since 2004, Dana has run BENT, the first Ontario play party to allow play to mix with sex following the “swingers club” supreme court rulings of 2005.
Dana was trained as a volunteer safer sex educator by Fenway Health in Boston, MA (2001) and was a member of Toronto’s Women/Trans Community Bathhouse Committee (2005-2007). She has presented workshops about kink, sexuality and relationships at Toronto’s sex shop Come As You Are (2005-2009), WoodsStocks in Pennsylvania (2002), Black Rose in Washington, DC (2003-2005), the Guelph Sexuality Conference (2000-2005), Unholy Harvest in Ottawa (2007), Toronto’s Church Street Fetish Fair (2003 to 2010), and Kapital Kink in Ottawa 2010).
Since 1999, Dana has been involved in organizing Bisexual Women of Toronto (BIWOT), the Toronto Bisexual Network (TBN) and BiNetCanada. She presented workshops at the first North American Conference on Bisexuality in Vancouver (2001), the 8th International Conference on Bisexuality, Gender and Sexual Diversity (8ICB) in Minneapolis (2002), and Transcending Boundaries in Hartford, Connecticut (2003). She led the organizing committee hosting 9ICB in Toronto (2006). Dana was a civilian member of the Toronto Police Services LGBT Community Consultation Committee (2007-2010), representing the Toronto Bisexual Network (TBN).
Dainty Smithis a Toronto based writer-actor-burlesque performer. She is a storyteller, who believes that through the art of storytelling or truth telling and a willingness to be exposed that genuine human connections can be made. She is interested in telling stories regarding race, religion, sexuality and challenging social boundaries.
Dainty is a self identified Femme-Fatale. She believes in breaking down concepts and ideas on what makes a ‘good woman’. She is a firm believer in loving and honouring the inner sexual diva that is in all women with guilt or apology. She writes in first person narrative, essayist style, and in this particular style of mixing sweetness with medicine in a form of writing through humour and sincerity emotional doors can be opened. She has written for Sway magazine, About magazine and Xtra! Newspaper.
Julie Veilleux is a Montreal-based translator, blogger, activist, and one-time sports radio personality and human resources professional. An avid feminist, she strives to foster and promote equality, and dispel slut-shaming and victim-blaming. She is a survivor of incest, and volunteers as a crisis counselor to victims of sexual assault at her local rape crisis centre. She is vocal about wine, sports and sex positivism at http://metricjulie.tumblr.com or in 140-character doses @metricjulie.
Lilita Tannis has been working on the research and development of xoxMuseum for 2 years. A natural strategist and engaging group facilitator her skills range from identifying and dissolving the elephant in the room, to recruiting and leading focus groups to redefine their vision and profile in the community and marketplace, to developing and launching bold, new public projects.
Born and raised in Toronto, she attended University of British Columbia and Carleton University in Ottawa to gather a BA in literature and humanities. In Syracuse University New York she completed graduate courses in film, radio and television.
Her foremost talent is leading the inclusive strategic process called Metaplan used broadly throughout Canada, Europe and the USA. The core value of the process is her company’s mission: bringing unlikely partners and groups together to experience and realize new ways of thinking. From Executive Director of UrbanArts Community Arts Council, to Senior Manager Public Affairs for The Toronto International Film Festival Group, to Director of Outreach and Development for Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Lilita insists that people and projects an work better than they do and helps forge the adventurous path to getting there.
Lilita loves the remotest, silent landscape but also her musical and thinking sons, Latvian culture and wit, launching new ideas for and with people, mountain hiking, skiing, sailing, writing and crème caramel.
Natalie Zina Walschots’ first book of poetry, Thumbscrews (Snare Books, 2007) is a sadomasochistic exploration of poetic language. Her newest manuscript, Supervillains, explores the darker side of sexual desire and attraction. Her poetry has recently appeared in Carousel, broken pencil, The Peter F. Yacht Club, dANDelion, ditch, Last Supper, Misunderstandings Magazine, Open Letter, and Rampike. Natalie completed her MA in English/Creative Writing at the University of Calgary. She has served as the Managing Editor of both fillingStation and dANDelion magazines. She also co-curated the Flywheel reading series from 2005 to 2008. She currently serves on the executive board of the Scream Literary Festival as the Volunteer Coordinator and was recently employed as a writer-in-residence through the NOW HEAR THIS!/S.W.A.T. Program, the literacy outreach arm of the Descant Arts & Letters Foundation.
Natalie writes live concert reviews, album reviews, interviews, blog posts, and articles for Hellbound.ca, Metallus Maxmimus, Alternative Matter, and Canada Arts Connect. Her base of operations is located in Toronto.
Stef Woods is a writer and advocate from Washington, DC. She blogs about her dating adventures, reviews body-friendly toys, and offers advice to readers’ relationship and sex questions. For two years, Stef wrote anonymously as “City Girl,” in the hopes of protecting her career as an attorney.
In 2010, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Stef has openly shared her experience with others via photographs, interviews, runway shows, panel discussions and her blog to encourage early detection and raise awareness. Stef recently “came out” in the blogging world to allow her to do more advocacy work.
Stef has been featured on online talk shows, Let’s Talk Live and In Dr. Jenn’s Den, and in numerous online publications, including NBC Niteside. She is a supporting member of the American Association of Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and has written for FunLove.com and Lotus-Blooms.com. Stef was profiled in the fourth edition of Dr. Janell Carroll’s textbook, Sexuality Now, and Sibley Hospital’s On Health magazine. She served as a panelist at the American University Social Learning Summit and the Momentum Sexuality and Feminism Conference.
She received her BA from Wellesley College, her MA from Georgetown University and her JD from American University.
Emma Woolley is a web editor by day and a feminist writer and blogger by nights/weekends. She was a regular blogger for shamelessmag.com and her other writing has appeared on besthealthmag,com, maisonneuve.org, and aggregationmagazine.com. She is currently working on a short story collection.
Janet Vu is a queer femme identified sex educator, and anti-oppression/abused woman support. She is passionate about sexual education and over the years has worked through elementary and high school education systems alongside the Sexual Education Centre at U of T. Academically her background is in microbiology, molecular genetics, and neuropsychology.
As a survivor of multiple attacks, Janet has worked hard to create comfort and support to others at her local rape crisis centre. She has transformed her own self shaming into grounds for personal and community growth. Enveloping herself in sex and body positive politics, BDSM, and self sexual actualization/exploration; she helps build healthier and safer sexual practices by organizing Pleasure Palace with The Women and Trans Bathhouse Committee.
Wendy Babcock was a long time sex worker right activist who created significant change in the way sex work is policed in Canada. She started the Bad Date Coalition, Created an anonymous line for sex workers within a special unit of the Toronto Police and she also stood on trial for the Canadian Constitutional Court Challenge to Decriminalize sex work in Canada. Tori met Wendy through her involvement in sex work and activism and over the years they became close friends, co-workers and allies in activism.