As a rule, I don't like conventions. Admission is charged for something that at its core is an advertising opportunity. Yet something draws me in-perhaps it's the people watching, though I think in the case of The Everything to Do with Sex Show it's pretty obvious what I like about it.
The convention, North America's largest "sexy" trade show, is typically held at Toronto's Exhibition Place, but last year was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Whether you're shopping for a butt plug, looking to attend a seminar on giving head, or interested in discovering more about electro stimulation and your nipples, there's probably something here for you. And yeah, it's all happening again this weekend.
Last year, I decided to check it out and take some photos. The place was a little quieter than I had expected-still, the crowd seemed fairly diverse, further proving the point that, yes, all kinds of people really do like sex. One of the first things that caught my eye was the guy trying to entice people to give the Sybian a go. He was successful in roping in some passersby and even brought one woman to orgasm as her friends, a few strangers, and I watched. Meanwhile, on the other side of Exhibition Place a whole bunch of S&M stuff was going on where members of the public were also invited in to be tied up, spanked, and degraded in other ways consenting adults often find enjoyable.
The rest of the night included a lingerie runway show, sausages in the food court, autographs from erotic models, and a pretty lengthy scene between two female porn stars making out and masturbating as throngs of viewers (mostly college boys) gathered around.
The night wrapped up with models looking bored as their boyfriends showed up and their booths closed down. I took off into the cool autumn night as the couples around me dispersed, no doubt headed home to their apartments with their new toys and free lube.