There was a little something for everyone this weekend, as Canadians were treated to a sex toy expo and the Vancoufur 2013 furry convention all on the same day.
Expo producer Liz Lewis Woosey told the Toronto Sun:
They come for a good time and to buy lots of stuff for the bedroom. When you’re in a big crowd, people are more likely to go ask questions and buy stuff. Plus, we have a bar here, so you can have a couple of drinks, which honestly makes a huge difference.
She added that the expo – in it’s fourth year now – was a safe space for people to browse sex toys, see bondage demonstrations and meet like-minded Canadians interested in expanding their scope in the bedroom.
One of the vendors, Madeline Whilsmith, spent the afternoon dressed as a sexy beaver selling personal wipes.
We’re giving out Fresh and Sexy wipes, so you can stay fresh before and after sex while camping, on a plane or in a car. It’s all a part of our slogan — a clean beaver gets more wood.
Other participants were there to get Rachelle Wilde’s autograph, and ask about her experiences at the Playboy mansion and her work as an anchor on Naked News.
Far from demure, Wilde was happy to engage her fans and talk about her experiences.
My grandparents actually went out and bought my first Playboy. My dad said I looked pretty on the cover, but he said he didn’t want to look inside, which is totally cool. When I’m 50, I want to know I had a good time when I was younger.
For Canadians at the other end of the sexual spectrum, the VancouFur 2013 convention was held in Burnaby, British Columbia on Saturday, and was ground zero for those who get their kicks while dressed as giant stuffed animals.
— Silvershock Nicktail (@nicktail) March 1, 2013
Boasting more than 450 attendees, the convention was held at the Executive Hotel and Conference Centre and featured events such as a furry parade, meet and greets and a “headless lounge”.
An uncommon habit, participants were quick to defend their kink.
A middle-aged man named “Mic the Squirrel” told the Province that he sometimes wore his squirrel suit to his job at a car dealership, and was attending the convention “just for fun”.