Schedule

The Playground 2014 schedule is coming soon. In the meantime, browse last year’s selections.

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This schedule is subject to change. To view the schedule from 2012, click here.

Friday, November 8, 2013
5:30 – 6:30 pm Registration opens for registered attendees only.
6:30 – 8 pm
Opening Keynote #FreeSexAdvice Discussion with Francisco Ramirez/
(Doors at 6:30 pm, keynote at 7 pm)
Wellesley Room. Free drink ticket for all registered Playground attendees.
FREE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO ATTENDAsk your questions now for the chance to interact with us live on Friday night.
8 pm – Midnight
Exhibitor / Vendor space opens + Playground Kick-off Party & KARAOKE with 43 North Productions!
Join us for drinks and dessert as we get to know one another and then let it rip on the microphone!
FREE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO ATTEND
Saturday, November 9, 2013
TIME WELLESLEY AVENUE
ROSEDALE
9 – 10 am
Registration, Coffee & Morning Mingling – treats provided by Glory Hole Doughnuts
10 – 11 am
Opening Keynote Plenary
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Spirituality & Sexuality [panel] Torture Porn: Why the Trafficking Narrative is Seducing the Media [presentation] Legal Issues for Alternative Relationships [presentation]
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Consent Culture [panel]
Jealousy: Taming the Green Monster [workshop] The Art of Talking Dirty [workshop]
1:30 – 2:45 pm
LUNCH BREAK – CREATE YOUR OWN SESSIONS – Wellesley Room
2:45 – 4 pm
How We End Relationships [panel] What Is Collaborative Consent?[workshop] The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure [workshop]
4:15 – 5:30 pm
Navigating Porn and Relationships [panel]
How to Not Be “That Guy” [presentation] Sexy Spanking as Foreplay [workshop]
5:30 – 8 pm DINNER BREAK – Free Time
8 – 10 pm
Playground’s Got Talent – sponsored by CIUT 89.5 FM
Show us what you’ve got for the chance to win great prizes, including Lelo™ Pleasure Objects, Ammo Vibes, & classes/party package from the Toronto School of Burlesque. Wellesley Room.
10 – Midnight
Pyjama Party – Movie Screening! (following the talent show)
Grab your pjs (if you’ve got ‘em) and join us in the Wellesley Room as we relax with a fun movie and maybe some cuddles.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
TIME WELLESLEY AVENUE ROSEDALE
10 – 11 am Registration, Coffee, & Morning Mingling – treats provided by Glory Hole Doughnuts
11 am – 12 pm
Kink in Pop Culture [panel] Fat Sex/uality [panel] You Already Have The Skills for Successful Non-Monogamy[workshop]
12:15 – 1:30 pm Defining Sex-Positivity On Your Own Terms [presentation]

Mythbusting Cismale Sexuality [workshop] Beyond the Kink Community [panel]
1:30 – 2:45 pm LUNCH BREAK – CREATE YOUR OWN SESSIONS – Wellesley Room
2:45 – 4 pm
Feminism & BDSM [panel] Non-Monogamy in Canada [panel] Sex & Health – The REAL Fountain of Youth [workshop] – CANCELLED
4:15 – 5:15 pm Closing Plenary Session: Cultivating Resistance: Challenging Spaces, Supporting Selves
5:15 – 5:30 pm Closing Remarks

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Friday, November 8th, 2013

5:30 pm
Registration opens outside the Yorkville Room for registered attendees only.

6:30 pm
Doors open to the Wellesley Room. The bar opens in the Wellesley Room for registered attendees and the public.

7 – 8 pm
#FreeSexAdvice
with Francisco Ramirez

FREE FOR THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND! Want to check out the Playground vibe but aren’t sure if you want to stay for the whole weekend? Join us Friday night for free and grab your weekend and day passes at the door! (Individual session tickets will not be available at the door)

Our keynote speaker, Francisco, will be sitting down with Playground Executive Producer, Samantha Fraser, to answer YOUR burning sex & relationship questions. This promises to be a fun and interactive hour of conversation where we can break the ice and get to know each other a little better.

Ask your questions now for the chance to interact with us live on Friday night.

8 pm – Midnight

Opening reception party & Ice-Breaker Karaoke in the Wellesley Room. Join us for drinks and dessert.

Some Exhibit / vendor tables are open for browsing in the Yorkville Room.

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Saturday, November 9th, 2013

9 – 10 am
Registration, coffee & mingling. Treats provided by Glory Hole Doughnuts.

WELLESLEY ROOM

10 – 11 am
Opening Keynote Plenary
with Francisco Ramirez

Whether he’s consulting on sexual health at the United Nations, making sure his language around sex is still hip and relevant on MTV, or talking to strangers for hours doing his Free Advice sessions in parks, Francisco Ramirez wears many different hats. At times, we all struggle with managing different parts of our identity, sexual or otherwise. What can we learn from the different voices (or parts of ourselves) that we bring to these different spaces and situations? Francisco will be discussing the idea of being more than one person at once from his own perspective, sharing the struggles that he faces while working in the MTV context, and the fears that he had (and still has) doing Free Advice in parks.

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11:15 am – 12:15 pm
WELLESLEY ROOM

Spirituality & Sexuality [panel]
with Monique Darling, Judy, Shannon Salisbury, Sher Khan & Kody Hersh (mod)

When is sex spiritual? What practices do people have that bring together spirituality and sex in their lives? How has sexuality shaped our spiritual journeys, and how has spirituality shaped our sexual journeys? What faith communities have we left because they didn’t support our honest sexual expression, what communities have we stayed and struggled with, been supported by, or made peace with, and in what new communities have we found support, acceptance, and authenticity?

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AVENUE ROOM

Torture Porn: Why the Trafficking Narrative is Seducing the Media [presentation]
with Sabrina Morgan

Frequently the subject of erotic media, lately sex workers have taken center stage in a lurid tale designed to put them in jail and out of business. Policies are pushed on every level–from local to international–to combat the alleged growing threat of human trafficking while threatening the privacy, safety, and dignity of those in the sex trade. Sex worker and advocate Sabrina Morgan will uncover mainstream media’s fascination with sex slavery, how it impacts current policy and thought on sex work, how the sexualization of trafficking harms both sex workers and the coerced or trafficked, and how sex-positive culture and sex workers’ rights allies can effectively promote a message of consent culture and sexual justice to a media that discards nuance in favor of a juicy story.

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ROSEDALE ROOM

Legal Issues in Alternative Relationships [presentation]
with Raymond Motee

This returning presentation will discuss current legal issues with respect to alternative relationships. Past topics have included the Supreme Court’s decision on a recent case involving a failure to disclose HIV status, the constitutional challenge to prostitution laws, the law with respect to sexual assault including the issue of what is consent, the Constitutional Reference to the Polygamy laws as well as family law considerations with respect to polygamous relationships.

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12:30 – 1:30 pm
WELLESLEY ROOM

Consent Culture [panel]
w/ Shannon Salisbury, Jeff Perera, Jaedyn Starr, Muna Mire, & Steph Guthrie (mod)

As terms like “rape culture” begin to permeate popular discourse, a massive public discussion is building around consent. What does consent look like in theory and practice, in pop culture and in our bedrooms? What do young people learn about consent from their teachers, parents, peers and media? How do modalities of oppression such as gender, race, sexuality, class, dis/ability, size and age impact the dynamics of consent in our own interactions and those we bear witness to? These questions and others will guide this interactive panel discussion about how to build a consent culture: rape culture’s worst enemy.
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AVENUE ROOM

Jealousy: Taming the Green Monster [workshop]
with Dana Shaw

Jealousy is one of the most difficult things to navigate in a relationship. Where does jealousy originate? Is it the same for everyone? Do we have a “right” to be jealous? What can we do to help us deal with it? These questions and more will be answered as much as possible in the time allowed. There will be time at the end to troubleshoot specific relationship scenarios. Join into this important conversation to tame that green monster!

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ROSEDALE

The Art of Talking Dirty [workshop]
with Anlina Sheng

They say that our biggest sexual organ is our brain, so why not tap into the unlimited potential of your erotic imagination? Well, maybe because talking dirty can feel awkward, vulnerable or just down-right impossible sometimes. This fun and interactive workshop will explore the language and ideas that turn us on, how to create safe space in our relationships to get started with talking dirty, introducing dirty talk into our sex and taking it to the next level.

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1:30 – 2:45 pm

LUNCH – CREATE YOUR OWN SESSION!

Want to continue the conversations, share thoughts on a common interest, or talk about some brand new ideas, this year at Playground? We’re inviting ALL attendees (ticket holders, speakers, volunteers, and exhibitors) to take part in our lunchtime “unconference” chats. Suggest your topic on one of our table cards located in the back of the Wellesley Room, and when lunchtime rolls around, we’ll place it on a table for you to host your own mini-session discussion, while eating some of the local neighbourhood grub.

2:45 – 4:00 pm

WELLESLEY ROOM

How We End a Relationship [panel]
with Niya Bajaj, Dorianne Emmerton, Dr. Stephen de Wit, & Jon Pressick (mod)

As much as we don’t want to think about it, relationships end and break-ups have to happen. This situation might come with heartache or relief or shock–or all of the above. The stories of how our break-ups happen can be downright cringe-inducing. This panel will address how we can try to make our break-ups better for everyone to move on easier.

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AVENUE ROOM

What is Collaborative Consent? [workshop]
with Jaedyn Starr

The general framework for consent workshops is to blend group discussion with pairing participants into smaller groups to allow more quiet individuals opportunities to engage. A SASS framework will be used to break down consent: Stories, Assumptions, Shoulds, and Space. This begins with opening dialogues around the stories we’ve been taught about dating, relationships, and consent. Reflecting on assumptions we may be carrying about others or assumptions other people may be making about us.

The “shoulds” refer to experiencing a feeling that we should do something that we may not actually want to do. Where do these feelings come from? Have we ever had the space to talk about these feelings?

Lastly, creating space in ourselves, our relationships, and our communities to talk about consent. How can we create space in our relationships, communities, and ourselves to talk about consent? There will also be space to discuss communication tools to enhance consent and intimacy!

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ROSEDALE ROOM

The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure [presentation]
with Charlie Glickman

Are you curious about prostate play? Or maybe you’ve tried you’re tried it and want some tips to make it even more fun? Charlie Glickman, author of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure, will give you all the info you need to see for yourself why more men and their partners are discovering how much fun prostate stimulation can be. We’ll talk about the common concerns that sometimes keep people from exploring it (and how to overcome them), tips for easy and pleasurable anal penetration, prostate massage, which toys work best for prostate fun, pegging, combining prostate pleasure with other kinds of sex, and much more. Whether you’re just starting out or you already enjoy prostate play, come learn some new ways to make sex lots of fun!

4:15 – 5:30 pm

WELLESLEY ROOM

Navigating Porn and Relationships [panel]
with Carlyle Jansen, Kate Sinclaire, Taylor Kohut, & Sophie Delancey (mod)

Porn and relationships can go together beautifully, but there are a number of issues to navigate. We will be touching on issues surrounding three central topics: watching porn as a couple, when porn is a sexual roadblock for couples and making your own porn as a couple. This will mean addressing sexual incompatibility, infidelity, revenge porn, porn marketing, when desires are incongruous to politics and more, approaching porn from legal, ethical, business and psychological angles.

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AVENUE ROOM

How to Not be “That Guy” [presentation]
with Charlie Glickman and Sabrina Morgan

Asking people out or looking for a play partner can be tricky for men, especially guys coming from a vanilla or heterosexual dating background. There are a lot of confusing messages about how to act, which makes it hard to enter sex-positive, kink, or other sexual subcultures. Being able to recognize these challenges and craft effective invitations are essential for men who want to avoid coming across as creepy. Sabrina Morgan and Charlie Glickman PhD are here to give you new tools for successfully navigating dating and sexual situations with ease. Come find out what you can do to not be “that guy” and improve your chances of creating fun and mutually-satisfying sexual connections.

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ROSEDALE ROOM

Sexy Spanking as Foreplay [workshop]
presented by 6 Whips: Visit them in the Yorkville Room!
with Dr. Ruthie

Learn how to tease and arouse your lovers (and yourself) through spankings designed with pleasure in mind. Watch Dr. Ruthie’s live demonstrations and have the opportunity to practice with a partner. You’ll discover the secrets to a soft touch, a firm hand, and perfectly delicious pacing as well as techniques for turning spanking into an exciting twist on foreplay and sex. Leave ready to practice your new skills right away so you can enjoy sexy spankings by themselves or as a kinky path to further intimacy.

*note: All demonstrations and practice opportunities are clothed. Participation in follow along is optional. Availability of practice partners is not guaranteed; bring your own partner/s!

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5:30 – 8 pm
FREE TIME
8 – 10 pm (approx)

Playground’s Got Talent!

For the first time ever, Playground is giving you the opportunity to show off your talents for the chance to win great prizes. Not your bedroom talents, you dirty birds! Playground attendees and their friends will get the opportunity to perform in Playground’s Got Talent for the chance to win some great prizes like vibrators from Lelo Pleasure Objects, Ammo Vibes, and classes/party package from The Toronto School of Burlesque.

All you have to do now is put your thinking cap on, practice your routine, and start gluing those sequins to make sure you’re one of our top contenders. We can’t wait to see watch you sing, dance, twist, and shout your way to stardom!

10 pm (approx.) to Midnight

Pyjama Party Movie Screening

Grab your pjs (if you’ve got ‘em) and join us in the Wellesley Room as we relax with a fun movie and maybe some cuddles. (Pyjamas optional!)

Sunday, November 10th, 2013
10 – 11 am

Registration, coffee & mingling – Treats provided by Glory Hole Doughnuts

11 am – 12 pm

WELLESLEY ROOM

Kink in Pop Culture [panel]
with Jenna Danchuk, Soha El-Sabaawi, Jairus Khan, Stacey May Fowles, Julian Spillane, and Natalie Zina Walschots (mod)

While relegated to the position of something underground, unspoken and hidden, kink sexuality has always found representation is pop culture. On this panel, we will discuss the ways in which kinky sex appears in, and dovetails with, music, literature, fashion and video games. We will also explore the tropes, cliches and patterns associated with the way kink is representation, and also ways in which kink, or specific types of kink, are under-represented or obfuscated within these forms of pop cultural expression.

AVENUE ROOM

Fat Sex/uality [panel]
with Leah Henderson, Kelsey Ann, Dr. Ruthie, & Sophie Delancey (mod)

Having sex and sexual agency as a fat person is not included in the dominant cultural understanding of sexuality. We seek to address issues pertaining to fat sex/uality including self-esteem, empowering the sexual self, dating, cruising, navigating fat sex subcultures, problematic relationships, racialized/gendered/ablist assumptions, practical physical applications of sex and more. We acknowledge the need for more voices regarding fat sex/uality and will leave room on this panel for other who wish to speak and take part, particularly POC and trans*/queer/gender non-conforming people.

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ROSEDALE ROOM

You Already Have The Skills For Successful Non-monogamy [workshop]
With Sher Khan and Hera

This workshop is based on Sher Khan’s and Hera’s perspectives and experiences. They hope to foster discussion and introspection in the workshop attendees, rather than deliver a set of instructions on “How to do Poly!”

By examining the socio-political reasons for Monogamy and how that relationship has different “rules” than every other type of relationship we form through our lives, we can begin to uncover the skills an average person would have already assimilated and see how they apply to non-monogamous relationships. Sher and Hero will also touch on the “Jealousy Vs Compersion” discussion through the workshop.

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12:15 – 1:30 pm
WELLESLEY ROOM

Defining Sex-Positivity On Your Own Terms [presentation]
presented by Human Awareness Institute Ontario: Visit them in the Yorkville Room!
with Dr. Ruthie

In a culture filled with sources of shame about our bodies, genders, and sexuality, it is important to create bigger definitions of “normal” and “healthy” based on accurate information and respect for diversity. This session will introduce participants to foundational and inclusive sex-positive feminist concepts combined with interesting health research on sex, gender, and body diversity. Participants will then be encouraged to create a theory of sex-positivity that fits their unique perspectives and experiences while respecting the perspectives and experiences of others. All genders, sexualities, and levels/types of sexual experience are welcome.

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AVENUE ROOM

Mythbusting Cismale Sexuality [Workshop]
with Darren Infinity & Brian Ballard

Brian and Darren will talk about some of the myths around sexuality of cisgendered men and their partners. This workshop is open to folks of all gender identities. During the hour, this interactive workshop will cover some of the lies we are regularly told about cismale sexuality, and how we can create space in our lives and bedrooms to combat these myths and create hot, authentic and fulfilling sexual experiences for us and our partners.

Unfortunately Darren is unable to attend this session but you can chat with him on Saturday.

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ROSEDALE ROOM

Beyond the Kink Community [panel]
with Heather Elizabeth & JP Robichaud

As much as it sometimes seems to not be the case, there are many more kinky people in the world than there are on FetLife or attending local play parties. Not everyone who enjoys kink in their lives wants to use these online and offline communities to find someone to connect with, for many different reasons. How can people connect with other like-minded folks without having to dive head-first into the kink community, and in a way that brings the most safety and comfort to all concerned? This session will be a mediated discussion, aiming to involve all attendees in the conversation.

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1:30 – 2:45 pm

LUNCH – CREATE YOUR OWN SESSION!

Want to continue the conversations, share thoughts on a common interest, or talk about some brand new ideas, this year at Playground? We’re inviting ALL attendees (ticket holders, speakers, volunteers, and exhibitors) to take part in our lunchtime “unconference” chats. Suggest your topic on one of our table cards located in the back of the Wellesley Room, and when lunchtime rolls around, we’ll place it on a table for you to host your own mini-session discussion, while eating some of the local neighbourhood grub.

2:45 – 4 pm
WELLESLEY ROOM

Feminism & BDSM [panel]
With Darren Infinity, Heather Elizabeth, Mistress Katia & Nymphetamean (mod)

If feminism is about choice, and we embrace a sex-positive philosophy, then any role in kink is acceptable, since Kink is built on a foundation of consent (at least that is what the kink community preaches). Unfortunately, things which make sense logically sometimes fail to work emotionally. The question then becomes how can we bring these things together, how can we find happiness when the thing that makes us happy leaves us so torn?

To answer these questions the panel will delve into current feminist thinking and address some of the arguments that some feminists have against kink. Members of the panel will also share the perspectives of women in kink – some of who are comfortable with their role and some who have (and are) struggling with it.

Unfortunately Darren is unable to attend this session but you can chat with him on Saturday.

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AVENUE ROOM

Non-Monogamy in Canada [panel]
with Zoe Duff, Anlina Sheng & Samantha Fraser (mod),

Examining non-monogamy from a few different Canadian perspectives. More information to come.

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ROSEDALE ROOM

Sex & Health – The REAL Fountain of Youth – CANCELLED
with Eva Maya Devi

The pure power of mindful, healthy sex & sexuality as it relates to your body, mind & spirit is highly underestimated, misunderstood and overlooked. Conscious living and conscious loving is the single greatest key to life transformation. Learn about essential practices and knowledge to enhance your life – in and out of the bedroom – and reclaim your vitality and youth!

Unfortunately, Eva Maya Devi could not join us this year due to illness.

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4:15 – 5:15 pm
WELLESLEY ROOM

Closing Plenary Session: Cultivating Resistance: Challenging Spaces, Supporting Selves
with Heather Elizabeth & Aida Manduley

Just when you think you’ve found some like-minded people and a safe space…the rug gets pulled out from you and you come face to face with some of the very things you were hoping to escape. While circle-jerks and rant-sessions might be fun, this is not what this workshop is about. We’re not here to simply complain or pat ourselves on the back for being The Most Activisty Activists of All, but instead look at concrete ways of dealing with oppressive acts and behaviors in alternative sexuality communities. What do we do when the spaces we love hurt us? How do we take care of ourselves while trying to move our communities forward? And what things are we doing that may be making spaces less safe or inclusive for other people?

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5:15 – 5:30 pm
WELLESLEY ROOM

Closing Remarks

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