2012 Speakers

Check out our amazing lineup from Playground 2012.

Aleisha Cuff / Bliss / Brian Ballard / Steve Biggs / Jayy Black / Shelly Ann Black / Claire Dalmyn / Sophie Delancey / Dr. Stephen de Wit / Elle / Heather Elizabeth / Samantha Fraser / Chanelle Gallant / Jazz Goldman / Master Aslan AKA Carrie Gray / Stephanie Guthrie / Kody Hersh / Lorraine Hewitt / Ryan G. Hinds / Darren Infinity / Heather Jarvis / Carlyle Jansen / Viktoria Kalenteris / Sher Khan / Kaitlyn Kochany / Olga Marques / Katrina McKay / Melissa / Sabrina Morgan / Raymond Motee / Jessica O’Reilly / Brad Pajuluoma / Jeff Perera / Jon Pressick / Adele Ryan / Shankari / Dana Shaw / J. Sinclaire / Lisa Speer / Storm / squeaktoy / Erika Szabo / Sheila Wijayasinghe MD / Jaime Woo


blissBliss is a queer, kinky, poly switch who has been fascinated with rope bondage for the past five years, mostly as a bottom, but also more recently as a novice top. Along with Storm, she presented on “Hotness with Rope” for the So You Want to Be Kinky workshop series early this year. As co-founder, she’s been the administrative engine behind the GTA Rope Social since its inception in 2009, and also co-facilitates the Triple s Discussion Group, a monthly peer support & discussion group for slaves, submissives, switches and bottoms. As a regular attendee at Unholy Harvest, she credits that supportive environment for encouraging her experimentation and growth as a pervert.

To reach GTA Rope Social: @gtaropesocial / info@gtars.ca.

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brianBrian Ballard has been actively pursuing a life of honest and ethical non-monogamy for nearly 8 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 public speaking, blogging and special events encouraging and welcoming positive self-expression, play and exploration, he has had the pleasure of watching many people open themselves to new possibilities and new ways of being. He has spoken at the MOMENTUM conference (Washington, DC) and FetFest, and for Open Love NY and the New York Open Center. In addition to his work in sexuality and relationships, Brian is also a professional opera singer and freelance software engineer. You can find Brian blogging with his two partners at http://www.teamtriad.org. He is thrilled to be presenting again at this year’s Playground Conference!

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stevebiggsSteve Biggs has been practicing psychotherapy for nearly two decades, and has a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from York University. He has a small private practice, but spends most of his working hours at a large urban hospital in Toronto. While his practice is general, his patients are very diverse, spanning many cultures, and sharing a wide variety of sexual expression including but not limited to kink and open relationships. Personally identifying as queer and pansexual, he draws on his experience in alternative lifestyle communities both in Toronto and on the west coast. Steve has facilitated workshops on communication skills and negotiating consensually monogamous and non-monogamous relationships. He has been an invited speaker on topics in sexuality at University of Waterloo and Guelph University, and is part of a loose community of Kink Aware Therapists in the GTA.

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jayyblackJayy Black hails as an organizer of queer, feminist, kink community events in Guelph. Creative process that is guided by inclusivity, diversity and education is what drives their passion.

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Shelly Ann Black has been a sex worker majority of her adult life. One day Shelly Ann decided to start blogging about her life as a sex worker and the blog has grown into a nice part-time hobby. Writing became something that blossomed when she took a writing class in a college upgrading program. Shelly Ann has started making plans for college in her future. Shelly Ann Black can be found on twitter @girlShellyAnn or you can read her blog www.mycuteblackdress.com

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Claire Dalmyn first entered the kink community in Winnipeg, MB, as an active participant in January 2007. She moved to Toronto in August 2008 to begin a graduate degree in Social Anthropology at York University, exploring queer women’s kink culture in Southern Ontario from an insider perspective. She has presented on kink-related topics both at academic conferences including CASCA (Canadian Anthropology Society/La Societe Canadienne D’Anthropologie) and PCA/ACA (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association) and at community events such as An Unholy Harvest. She lives with borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress, and is a survivor of rape and emotional abuse.

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sophiedelanceySophie Delancey is currently PR and Marketing Coordinator for websites such as TheArtofBlowjob.com, PornographicLove.com and SlowMotionBlowjob.com as well as a sometimes blogger/reviewer/interviewer for sites such as Fleshbot.com, WhackMagazine.com, Peeperz.com, GirlzPorn.com and MetAnotherFrog.com. On a personal level, she is a perv, a secret amateur porn maker and a queer fat femme switch.

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dewitDr. Stephen de Wit is on a one-man mission to ensure everyone – young, old, gay, straight, bi and trans – has a great sex life. Stephen brings a fresh perspective to this age-old taboo topic; turning it upside down and inside out, examining from every angle to help you have a better sex life. Stephen infuses fun and thought provoking questions that will disrupt your usual programming and leave you looking at sex in a new way.

Stephen’s passion is sharing his message of sexual empowerment with the world. He is a speaker, writer, sexual communications coach and also works at Toronto’s Hassle Free Clinic as a Sexual Health Counsellor.

Stephen is a Board Certified Sexologist through the American College of Sexologists, a member of the Sex Education and Information Council of Canada, The American Association of Sex Educators, Counsellors and Therapists and a member of the National Speakers Association. He holds his Master of Public Health in Human Sexuality and Doctorate of Human Sexuality.

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Elle has been involved in BDSM and D/s relationships for twelve years and speaking, putting on workshops and events for five years. She is a BDSM and lifestyle mentor who has been coaching and mentoring singles and couples with her Master for nearly two years. She has contributed to a number of publications on the subject of BDSM and has been honoured to be asked to speak alongside her friend & author Morpheous at various Universities across north america on the subject of kink and BDSM. Elle identifies as a service-oriented submissive. With respect to kink and BDSM practices, she is passionate about service, boot worship, leather, objectification and rope bondage. Elle enjoys her full time job as a consultant in the field of health & wellness and moonlights teaching pole dancing to women looking to take a ‘little something special’ home to their man.

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d6518e56ddc82919093af1d6a7f32481A solo-polyamorist who currently identifies as ‘all thing non-dominant’, 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; the Triple ‘s’ Discussion Group (a peer support group for those who live and play on the bottom side of the kink scale), and coordinates the Community Dungeon for Toronto’s Sexapalooza show.

In her downtime she spends way too much time on FetLife, and probably not as much as should sharing her rarely traditional views of the kinkoverse on her blog, Kinkopedia.

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Samantha Fraser, Playground Conference, TorontoSamantha 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: A Realistic Guide to Honest, Happy & Healthy Open Relationships”. 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 and decided to start Playground because she loves uniting communities and taking on more than she can chew.

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Chanelle Gallant is a community organizer lady with a soft spot for prison/policing abolition, transformative justice, relationship building and sex work organizing. She has been doing sexuality-related organizing and writing since offering her first lap dance 13 years ago.

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jazzJazz Goldman is an actor, singer/songwriter and social justice advocate. She currently works as an assistant to author and sex educator Barbara Carrellas and also as a sex educator and sales associate at the feminist adult toystore Babeland. Workshops she leads for Babeland include: Spanking, Art of Oral Sex and the Art of the Blow Job, and How to Get What You Want In Bed. Recent performances include a lead role in the acclaimed Hidden: A Gender by Kate Bornstein. She is a graduate of The New School where she received her degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in the social sciences and gender studies. You can find Jasmine and her partners on www.teamtriad.org and Twitter @TeamTriadNYC.

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carriegrayMaster 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.

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stephguthrieSteph Guthrie is a communications professional and community organizer based in Toronto. As founder and executive director of Women in Toronto Politics, she coordinates events to promote women’s voices in discussions about Toronto politics on and off council floor. As a Twitter-obsessed feminist with a passion for community engagement, she led a spontaneous effort to hold accountable the creator of a video game inciting violence against feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian, and discussed the game’s harmful impact with both the creator and his supporters. Most recently, she co-organized Take Back the Block (#TBTB) parties in two neighbourhoods affected by a string of public sexual assaults in downtown Toronto in summer 2012. During the day as manager of community outreach for CareerMash, Steph works to transform the way that young people (especially young women) think about technology careers. Steph holds a Master of Arts in Communication & Culture from York and Ryerson Universities. You can follow her on Twitter at @amirightfolks.

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kodyhershKody 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.

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cocoLorraine Hewitt a.k.a. CoCo La Creme is a prominent Toronto sex educator as well as a performer with Canada’s premier burlesque troupe Skin Tight Outta Sight. She is also the Creative Director for the Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards and the official moderator for the Public, Provocative, Porn panel of directors each year. Lorraine is hugely committed to continuing the dialogue around sexuality and pleasure and has developed several workshops to help enrich and enhance the sex lives of Canadians. Current workshops include: Open Relationships for the Open Hearted, Flirtation 101, Romantic Sex for Couples and Burlesque and the Art of the Tease. Classes are available through www.goodforher.com. Lorraine is also a sex advice columnist for the sexuality blog www.metanotherfrog.com.

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ryanghindsRyan G. Hinds is an award-winning singer, dancer, actor, and writer. This year, he made his cabaret debut in Brazil, created critically acclaimed work for Summerworks and Nuit Blanche, and performed at pride festivals in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. He has worked with Liza Minnelli, Douglas Coupland, Sky Gilbert, The Scandelles, and more, and was the first black actor actor to play Hedwig in Hedwig & the Angry Inch (after appearing in a tiny role in the movie version).

For Buddies in Bad Times, his credits include Tightrope; STADIUM; Madonna Saved Me, Glitter All the Way, Half-Cocked, and P’artiste. He has written the Toronto at Night column in Xtra for nearly 3 years, and is one of the founders and co-curators of ARTWHERK! Collective. More info at ryanghinds.ca

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darrenDarren Infinity is a 32 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.

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heatherjarvis
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, 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.

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carlyleCarlyle Jansen, founder of Good For Her, is an expert on modern day sexuality for everyone. She has facilitated over one thousand workshops in 15 years covering various topics for youth, older adults, people of all orientations and sexes. She is a regular invited guest to speak to sex therapists and sexual health professionals, schools and universities as well as for those simply seeking more pleasure in their lives. She has made numerous print media and television appearances including the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, The Toronto Star, Discovery Channel, The Life Network, WTN and several documentaries. She is also a proud mom of two.

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Viktoria Kalenteris, is all about Playful Loving. A passionate avant garde Sex Educator and Confidante for the knowledge seeking, open minded adult. She resonates integrity, mindful awareness, empowerment, and presence of mind. Her professional, yet open manner inspires confidence, curiosity and communication. She imparts wisdom and cultivates sexual well-being.

She presents and speaks at local organizational groups, community colleges and universities. Instructs, facilitates, organizes and offers educational classes, consultations and home presentations on a variety of adult sexuality topics to small groups, couples and individuals.

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Sher Khan is a pangendered cismale with 26 years experience with non-monogamy structured relationships, but considers that he has only figured things out enough for healthy polyamorous relationships in the past 7-9 years.

Sher Khan has battled Cyclothymia and chemical imbalances that cause mental illness for as long as he can remember. Sher has recognised himself as kinky for almost as long. Being kinky and polyamorous means he is exposing himself to extreme physical and emotional states, which does affect his mental health. This has lead to experience of over 25+ years of trying to balance kink, mental health issues and their interactions.

Sher has been out in the Toronto kink scene for over 19 years. In that time Sher has hosted Eden and CyberFetish in Toronto, and Sin City in Hamilton. Sher has also acted as DM/PM for many of the events in Toronto, Hamilton, Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo, as well as Tease. He has previously taught a few skill-based workshops in flogging, impact play, fire play and wax play, and recently held a workshop on “Playing With Physical Limitations” at Tease.

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kaitlynKaitlyn Kochany is a Toronto-based blogger and writer who has written for the Huffington Post, Up & Coming, dandyhorse, Spacing and more. She has been blogging for xoxoamore.com since January, where she reviews toys, writes how-to articles, and spreads the word on smutty comics. She also has her own blog, hipstersareboring.blogspot.com, Toronto politicians, why watching porn isn’t cheating, and Michelle Obama’s arms. She can be reached through kaitlynkochany.com

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Olga Marques is a Lecturer at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Criminology at the University of Ottawa, where her main research focus is on examining the intersections between sexuality and deviance. Her Ph.D. research aims to understand womens use of sexually explicit materials (whatever that term means to women!) for their own sexual pleasure, a topic that is still mired in stigma and taboo. In addition to this research, she teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in criminology, including an undergraduate course she created entitled Sex, Sexuality and Crime, where different sexualities and sexual practices are discussed non-judgementally, and in relation to how they have been constructed as either deviant or criminal. Olga has also published academic articles on male sex work.

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katrinamckayKatrina McKay is a sex-positive serial entrepreneur and charismatic speaker who has consulted and presented everywhere from New York City to Mumbai. She is the proud owner of Ohhh Canada, an online boutique carrying the very best in sex toys, plus burlesque-style lingerie and sexy beauty products; often cited by the media as “the fashionista’s sex toy store.” Katrina also speaks about lifestyle design, and is passionate about helping women and men feel sexy and find ways to live sexy lives.

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Melissa – Feminist & fun, safe, sexy, and explorative — this is the atmosphere Melissa creates in her workshops. As a longstanding erotica aficionado, Melissa has performed her spoken word at open mics across the world, and facilitated erotica workshops at the Hillside Festival, Red Tent Sisters, Footprint Memoirs, and for private house parties. Melissa has a strong belief that using writing to explore desire can be empowering, healing, and very hot.

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sabrinamorganSabrina Morgan works in sex, sensuality and connection, in all its profound, messy glory. She is a sex worker, an advocate, and a sexuality educator and facilitator. Fascinated with the places where society and sexuality intersect, she has been practicing kink-focused sex work since 2005 and chronicling her experiences since 2006.

Her work in the sex trade has allowed her to work with others’ sexuality in a very personal way, giving her a deft sensitivity to the needs of those exploring new facets of their sexual selves and an understanding of hands-on sex and kink education for adults.

She presents regularly at conferences and workshops across the US on topics such as kink, sex work, media, advocacy, relationships, and conscious sexuality and is available for one-on-one coaching and mentoring as well. A queer femme with a little nylon fetish, she spends entirely too much time on Twitter as @SabrinaMorgan. Keep up with her at www.sabrinamorgan.com.

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raymondRaymond 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.

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jessicaJessica O’Reilly (Dr. Jess) is a sexologist, relationship expert, and television personality who travels the globe to promote healthy and deliciously pleasurable sex. From hosting PlayboyTV’s top-rated reality show, SWING, to running beachside couples’ retreats in the Caribbean, she relishes in every moment.

With a Ph.D. in human sexuality and an extensive resume of international experience, Dr. Jess has become the go-to expert for all things sexual. Her speaking engagements draw sold-out crowds and her first book, Hot Sex Tips, Tricks and Licks, has received rave reviews prompting the release of two more titles next year! Learn more at www.SexWIthDrJess.com

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bradBrad Pajuluoma: We spend our whole lives learning. Everything we do furthers our comprehension on life, so I took it upon myself to learn more about myself. I thought reviewing sex toys and other fun adult stuff would be a great way to do it. In doing so, it has not only helped me learn about myself, but it has also helped me learn more about those around me — be it my girlfriend, friends or complete strangers. It has helped bring me to a very interesting understanding of what sexuality is to everyone, no matter how they identify themselves. Do you want to know what the best part has been? It’s making people laugh, think twice about what sexuality means to them and sometimes even learning something new.

You can check out my sex toy reviews at xoxoamore or follow me on Twitter @BRAD_Respawn.

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jeffpereraJeff Perera is a Community and Youth Engagement Manager for the White Ribbon Campaign, the world’s largest effort to redefine masculinity, engage men and boys in working to help end gender-inequality and gender-based violence. Jeff speaks to students and people from all walks of life on how society’s unattainable concepts of manhood are effecting men and boys as well as impacting women and girls. He is the director of the annual discussion-focused ‘What Makes a Man’ White Ribbon Conference, helped organize the first TEDxWomen event in Toronto and has facilitated or spoken at numerous workshops and events, both here and abroad. Jeff delivered the TEDx talk ‘Words Speak Louder Than Actions’ discussing gender construction as well as the impact words have on our everyday lives.

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jonpressick2013Jon Pressick is a sexual gadabout. As co-host of Sex City on CIUT 89.5FM he 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.

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Adele Ryan, Playground Conference, TorontoAdele 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.wordpress.com. She lives in Toronto with a couple of kids and a bunch of cats.

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Shankari has an Undergraduate degree in Psychology and Criminology and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, while building clinical and research skills that are accepting of, and beneficial to, people whose mental health problems interact with their relational and sexual functioning. Shankari understands that human beings are infinitely diverse, with varying ethnic and cultural backgrounds, education levels, political leanings, immigration histories, mental and physical health problems, sexual orientations, and sexual and relational identities and practices. She continually strives to educate herself on human diversity and history, with the goal of providing non-judgmental, nuanced, individually-tailored, and competent mental health care.

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Dana Shaw, Playground Conference, TorontoDana 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).

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J. Sinclaire is a Toronto based writer by profession but erotic by nature. Her work has appeared on LoverMagazine.ca and in anthologies such as Cheeky Spanking Stories, Lips Like Sugar and The Happy Birthday Book of Erotica. A firm believer that sex and masturbation are both healthy and necessary, she considers it her civic duty to write smut. The rest is up to you.

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Lisa Speer is a life coach and works with people to create their life joyously from the bedroom to the boardroom. She coaches individuals on areas of life that are important to them, particularly relationships and sexuality. You can connect with her at CoachLisaSpeer.wordpress.com and on Twitter @BED_BOARDROOM. She received her coaches training through Accomplishment Coaching and is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Additionally, Lisa has spoken at conferences such as MOMENTUM in Washington, DC, festivals such as FetFest in Maryland, for community groups such as Open Love NY and Black Phoenix in Philadelphia and educational facilities such as the New York Open Center.

Lisa is in an open polyamorous triad with her partners Jasmine and Brian. They live, blog and speak together. You can find them on www.teamtriad.org and Twitter @TeamTriadNYC.

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stormStorm is a queer, kinky, poly, sensual and sadistic Dominant and founder of the GTA Rope Social, now in its fourth year. He’s been tying up people since he was five years old, when he routinely bound his Grandma into her knitting chair. (He had a very understanding Grandma.) In addition to presenting regularly at GTARS, Storm has presented in the So You Want to Be Kinky workshop series and performed at Kink In the City and at Morpheous’ Bondage Extravaganza on Nuit Blanche for the past three years.

To reach GTA Rope Social: @gtaropesocial / info@gtars.ca.

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squeaktoy identifies as a polyamorous submissive woman who really doesn’t like dealing with conflict in relationships but knows that sometimes you have to put on your big girl panties and own up to your responsibilities. She has attended conferences in the US and Canada and can be heard at various events around the city.

@to_squeaktoy

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erikaErika Szabo is a technology and sex blogger based in Toronto. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of xoxoamore, a sex + romance blog devoted to sex positivity in Toronto and beyond. She’s passionate about exploring the ambiguities of sexuality in a fun, personal way, and frequently questions and fascinates over gender identity and what makes us who we are.

She also writes for Seduction.ca, the Future Shop Tech Blog, Eggplante! and post-pomo art zine Steel Bananas. When she’s not writing, Erika spends her time pole dancing, gaming, and gushing about Sailor Moon. You can connect with her at erikatszabo@gmail.com or on Twitter @erikaszabo.

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Dr. Sheila Wijayasinghe is a family doctor in Toronto with a special interest in womens’ health and sexual health. She studied medicine at the University of Alberta and completed her Family Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Low Risk Obstetrics at the University of Toronto. She is a Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and she writes a weekly “Ask a Doctor” column for the Globe and Mail.

Dr. Sheila is the Medical Director at the Immigrant Womens’ Health Center, and works as a Staff Physician at Hassle Free Sexual Health Clinic. She has received the Early Career Development Aware and National Resident Leadership Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

In January 2012, she created the “Reframe the Pap” photo exhibit as the photographer and curator. The purpose of this exhibit was to raise awareness in a fun and non-threatening manner of the importance of screening for cervical cancer and HPV.

She believes that by increasing awareness of our bodies and health needs, we can be more informed to make decisions to lead healthier and more satisfying lives. www.drsheila.ca

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jaimewooJaime Woo is a Canadian writer, game designer, and community organizer.

Jaime has written for national publications and his work can be found in the Toronto Standard, Vancouver Sun, Financial Post, Xtra, Yonge Street, and the Ethnic Aisle. He is the author of “Meet Grindr,” the first book looking at the popular cruising app to be released in November.
He is also the Festival Director and Co-Founder of Gamercamp, an annual videogames festival in Toronto every November. His physical game Gargoyles was selected to be part of the 2011 Indiecade Big Games program in Los Angeles, the 2012 Come Out and Play festival in New York City, and the 2012 Hide and Seek Weekender festival in London, England. In addition, he has curated and organized events examining the roles of gender and queerness in videogames.
He has spoken at the influential SXSW Interactive conference, as well as for organizations such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Rotman School of Business (at the University of Toronto), North by Northeast Interactive. He has been featured and interviewed on programs such as CBC’s Here and Now, Q with Jian Ghomeshi, and Metro Morning, Globe and Mail, Metro Toronto, Xtra, Fab, In Toronto, and the AV Club.

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