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Sex, Drugs and EDM: high times and overdoses in Toronto’s dance festival scene Sex, Drugs and EDM: high times and overdoses in Toronto’s dance festival scene

The electronic dance music genre has spawned a $20-billion economy of giant festivals, thumping bass and designer drugs. The partygoers think they’re invincible. The overdoses tell another story By Lauren McKeon | Photography by Dave Gillespie In the world of electronic dance music, summer is high season. Every weekend brings another festival, the crowd a… Read more »

The Bay Street Tinder Diaries: dating in the age of the internet hookup The Bay Street Tinder Diaries: dating in the age of the internet hookup

At 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Earls at King and York is roaring. From the surrounding towers, players descend to blow off steam and seal the deal—with clients and that night’s conquest. This is their playground. And Tinder is their Little Black Book By Courtney Shea Valerie met “The Suit” on Tinder. She called him that… Read more »

The Kink Club: inside the secret world of BDSM The Kink Club: inside the secret world of BDSM

A growing cohort of Torontonians are indulging their wildest fetishes—and negotiating every slap, spank and lash of the whip. By Stacey May Fowles Lord Morpheous, arguably Toronto’s reigning king of kink, lives in a downtown penthouse with a panoramic view of the skyline. He’s one of the city’s premier rope-bondage experts, though nothing about his… Read more »

Now Magazine’s adult classifieds may now be illegal Now Magazine’s adult classifieds may now be illegal

11 —The number of pages of advertisements for various kinds of sexual services in last week’s 95-page issue of Now Magazine. The ads, which have long been a source of revenue for the alt-weekly, are now suddenly of questionable legality because of Bill C-36. In a note published on Sunday, Alice Klein, Now’s editor and…

Dear Urban Diplomat: should I tell my new husband that his teen daughter’s... Dear Urban Diplomat: should I tell my new husband that his teen daughter’s on the Pill?

Dear Urban Diplomat, I recently married a man who has a 15-year-old daughter, and I accidentally discovered she’s on the Pill. Her dad would be apoplectic if he knew. She begged me not to tell him and said she’d never forgive me if he found out. What should I do? —Contraception Interception, Bennington Heights

Giorgio Mammoliti: “I don’t pretend to represent pedophiles.” Giorgio Mammoliti: “I don’t pretend to represent pedophiles.”

“I don’t pretend to represent pedophiles. I don’t want anything to do with them and quite frankly I don’t think they should exist in society, and if that means death then that’s fine with me.” —Ward 7 councillor Giorgio Mammoliti at a public consultation meeting on Monday night, doubling down on yesterday’s panicky rhetoric about… Read more »

Toronto’s city-branded condoms are here, and they’re amazing Toronto’s city-branded condoms are here, and they’re amazing

Ahead of this month’s WorldPride celebrations, Toronto Public Health is making good on its promise to release a batch of Toronto-branded condoms. The design, revealed on Twitter earlier today, says what we’ve all been thinking about street names like “Coxwell” and “Cummer.” (A CN Tower joke would have been too easy.) For a product of… Read more »

Survey says: most Canadians think selling sex should be legal Survey says: most Canadians think selling sex should be legal

66% —Percentage of respondents to a Department of Justice online survey who answered “no” when asked whether selling sexual services should be a criminal offense in Canada, according to CTV News. Oddly, 56 per cent of respondents thought buying sex should be illegal.

Q&A: Rudi Czekalla Martínez on sexing up strip clubs Q&A: Rudi Czekalla Martínez on sexing up strip clubs

Adult entertainment expert Rudi Czekalla Martínez and the powerful employers he represents plan to integrate brothels into Toronto strip clubs. Here, the skinny on bawdy politics By Malcolm Johnston | Photograph by Daniel Ehrenworth After the Supreme Court decriminalized brothels last year, the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada hired you to tour strip clubs around… Read more »

Dear Urban Diplomat: Should I ask my 72-year-old mom why she’s taking STD ... Dear Urban Diplomat: Should I ask my 72-year-old mom why she’s taking STD medication?

Dear Urban Diplomat, My 72-year-old mother recently moved into a retirement home. On our last visit, I noticed her taking a new medication. She wouldn’t say why, but I googled it and found out it’s to treat an STD! My mom is very private so I can’t ask her what’s up. What should I do?… Read more »

And the Toronto neighbourhood soon to welcome a multi-storey sex pavilion is… And the Toronto neighbourhood soon to welcome a multi-storey sex pavilion is…

…Unclear, at least at the moment. What is clear is that Wicked, the 10-year-old “hedonistic” club in Little Portugal, is dismantling its exhibitionist cage and moving to a new location. The club closed its doors earlier this year when its West Queen West lease expired, and the owners are on the hunt for a new venue…. Read more »

UPDATED: Does AshleyMadison.com make fake profiles of sexy adulterers? A former ... UPDATED: Does AshleyMadison.com make fake profiles of sexy adulterers? A former employee says yes

Extramarital hook-up site Ashley Madison may just be the world’s most prolific catfish (sorry, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo—it was a valiant effort). That’s the accusation being made by former employee Doriana Silva, who says she was instructed to create 1,000 fake female profiles in three weeks for the site’s Brazilian launch. The Toronto resident claims she hurt her wrists typing up all those sexy profiles and is now suing Ashley… Read more »

This 70-something male escort may have the best website in the world This 70-something male escort may have the best website in the world

Mesdames, meet Vincent. For a mere $300, the part-time Toronto resident and full-time “Straight Male Escort and Ladies’ Companion” could be all yours—for an hour. Then again, you could just spend that hour reading his ridiculously amazing website. Under headings like Notes to the Ladies, I Lead Two Lives, and Glamour and Allure, Vincent sets out… Read more »

Memoir: after years in denial, I finally worked up the courage to switch genders Memoir: after years in denial, I finally worked up the courage to switch genders

By Lucas Silveira | Illustration by Cat Yelizarov In my earliest memory, I am four and it’s bath time. I see my brother’s penis and turn to my mother to ask where mine is. She laughs the question off as normal kid stuff. But I am legitimately confused, and in that bathtub, I realize for… Read more »

Girlfriends for Hire: the rules of Toronto’s new sugar daddy economy Girlfriends for Hire: the rules of Toronto’s new sugar daddy economy

Olivia dates rich older men in exchange for gifts and money. She doesn’t consider it prostitution. In her mind, and in the minds of tens of thousands of other young Toronto women who have struck up similar for-profit relationships, it’s much more than a commercial exchange. By Lauren McKeon | Photograph by Norman Wong As… Read more »