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article imageNaughty & Nice: Village embraces its sexual side at Toronto fair Special

By Andrew Moran     Aug 14, 2011 in Lifestyle
Toronto - Thousands gathered along Church Street between Toronto's College and Wellesley Streets to embrace the sexual side of the community. From BDSM to gentlemen covered in latex to techno music, the fetish fair was “naughty and nice.”
Digital Journal provided an in-depth look at the Church Street Village Fair on Saturday, otherwise known as the Church Street Fetish Fair. The annual festival celebrates the fetish culture and the Church Wellesley Village community – from “Leather to Lace.”
On Sunday, thousands came out – some sporting leather jock straps and kilts and others carrying whips – to embrace and promote their fetish. The village’s BIA new community fair urges its attendees to explore the “continuum of sexual fantasy and freedom of expression from leather to lace.”
Man riding the bull at the Church Street Fetish Fair.
Man riding the bull at the Church Street Fetish Fair.
The 10-hour event included a marketplace of vendors that sold different kinds of leather whips, jock straps, BDSM equipment and costumes and outfits “of all things naughty and nice.”
Alongside the vendors, the not-for-profit corporation Toronto Leather Pride offered information about upcoming leather events, such as January’s Leather and Laughter, August’s Bootblack Toronto Competitions and November’s Toronto Bound.
Neighbourhood information booths were also established at the fair to help better the lives of the gay community.
A vendor selling kilts for men at the Fetish Fair.
A vendor selling kilts for men at the Fetish Fair.
To make it more like a fair and family-friendly, there were games setups from Alexander Street to Gloucester Street. A Ferris wheel – next to a DJ playing techno music and a woman dancing to the beat – basketball games, a mechanical bull and other games were stationed along the strip.
Some of Sunday’s DJs included DJ Chiclet, DJ Quinces, DJ Craig Dominic, DEKO-ZE, DJ Alain Plamondon and DJ Triple-X.
Folsom Street Fair, Elbow Grease, the Church Wellesley Village Business Improvement Area, Steamwork and Toronto Leather Pride were sponsors of the village event.
A man demonstrating a whip at the Fetish Fair.
A man demonstrating a whip at the Fetish Fair.
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