The Fetish Fair celebrates sexuality and shopping
“We will still celebrate sexuality, because we’re all sexual,” says David Wooten, of the Church Wellesley BIA. “But the Village Fair won’t necessarily celebrate our specific fetishes.” The seventh annual Fetish Fair is being revamped into the Church Street Village Fair — Leather to Lace, partly because Church St businesses felt the fetish/BDSM crowd didn’t spend money or generate repeat business. The demos, stages, spankings and nudity will become the property of Toronto Leather Pride’s celebration in the Zipperz parking lot. Closer to Wellesley is, according to the website, “a celebration of Church St’s business community and the many facets of peoples who make up our village.” There are still 20 fetish-oriented vendors, supplemented by 19 extended patios, more vendors, carnival games, a Ferris wheel, rock climbing, a mechanical bull and robo-surfing. Wooten notes that the revamp reflects changes within the Village as demographics shift. “Come and express yourself,” he urges the gay and fetish communities. “However you want.” And please shop.
Leather to Lace runs noon–10pm on Sun, Aug 14 at Church and Wellesley. churchstreetfetishfair.com. The Toronto Leather Pride Day Celebration runs noon–11pm on Sun, Aug 14 on the Zipperz-Cellblock patio, 72 Carlton St. torontoleatherpride.ca