Disclaimer: This article is about sex and sexuality. If you don't feel comfortable reading about that, please feel free to skip this article.
Taboo… The Naughty but Nice Sex Show is coming to Regina this weekend and with it comes many questions you probably didn't know how to ask. As somebody who has never gone to Taboo, I have done the down-and-dirty research to figure out what to expect during your first time.
Taboo runs from February 22nd – 24th at the Conexus Art Centre and is more of a trade show than an actual performance. The premise of the show is mostly education, not just entertainment. It's important to remember that adult entertainment is just that: entertainment. It is based around reality, but it has an element of fantasy attached to it too. Just like how movies and video games take everyday life and puts it in fantastical situations, adult entertainment does the same.
However, there is still a negative connotation surrounding adult entertainment, especially when it comes to influencing young people. There is a lot of blame thrown at the adult entertainment industry for "corrupting youth" or "desensitising sex", but few people talk about all the good that comes out of the adult entertainment industry too. Adult websites are some of the most accessible content available on the planet, with efforts constantly being made create content that is more available for people with visual or audio disabilities. These same adult websites also provide scholarships to students in need, help raise money for breast and testicular cancer research, animal spaying and neutering, whale conversation and even panda breeding.
Not only that, but adult entertainment drives many of the innovations in technology, from virtual reality to big data collecting. The reason some social media platforms like YouTube even exist is due to adult entertainment. The world's largest video platform was invented because the creator wanted to find a video of Janet Jackson's 2004 "wardrobe malfunction".
But the adult entertainment industry realises they have a responsibility for education, and that's one reason Taboo exists. Sexual education is important for both health improvement, enjoyment of oneself and acceptance of your own identity. In many countries in the world sexual tendencies that defer from the societal "norm" can cause imprisonment or even death. In Canada we are lucky this isn't the case, and we should embrace that freedom.
Taboo also acknowledges the sexually transmitted disease crisis we have in Saskatchewan. The adult entertainment industry takes health problems like this much more seriously than other industries do (talking to you, NFL) and strives to educate people on how to better protect and treat themselves. The trade show has exhibitors from AIDS Program South Saskatchewan, Alberta Sex Positive Education, Gay & Lesbian Community Regina, Planned Parenthood, and sex educators from Industrial Luv.
When learning about the show I went in with two separate mindsets on what to expect. Either Taboo would be like Bodies: The Exhibition and be a cut-and-dry education workshop, or it would be a risqué sexual performance like the one I saw at Casa Rosso in Amsterdam (sans gorilla). Instead, it's a mix of the two, being listed as an "adult playground" dedicated to enhancing lifestyles, encouraging romance, personal betterment and all things otherwise "taboo".
The entertainment has several stage acts, which although are bound by the "boring" realms of local law (eg: no gorillas), are full of entertainment and excitement. These include burlesque, drag queens, pole fitness, and male dancers. The event is hosted by Yada Ya-Oughtta-Book-Ahead (Gerrard Dillman) an award-winning drag queen performer from Regina.
Taboo has exhibits and booths dedicated to both "vanilla" and "cosmopolitan" sexual experiences. These include the Taboo Sex Dungeon and The Pup Play Panel which specialises in puppy and master role play.
For those who love animals but aren't into people dressed in leather acting as animals, Taboo has also partnered with Lucky Paws Rescue who ask for donations in exchange for sloppy puppy kisses.
There are also several seminars dedicated to sexual exploration, sexual education and sexual freedom which include topics such as Tantric sex, erotic wax demonstration and strip teasing.
Taboo has been in operation for over twelve years, with sixty percent of the annual 8,000 attendees being female. This statistic surprised me since I expected most of the audience to be male. But, as it turns out, shows like Taboo allow women to embrace their sexuality and feel more comfortable and empowered in their own skin.
There are many new exhibitors this year at the show such as Jimmy's Cannabis, NoMoreWetSpot, Industrial Luv Products Inc., Miss BumBum North America and Nut Man Regina, which serves delicious (non-sexual) nuts. Guests can take pictures of performers on stage, and can meet them in person too.
Frank Albo is known to many as "The Dan Brown of Canada". He gained this informal title through his many decades of research, interviews and investigations into the secrets of the Manitoba Legislature. Through his work, he claims that Winnipeg was meant to have a much larger role in Canada – going so far to say that it was to be the "Jerusalem of the New World".
It may sound odd, but there are a lot of strange motifs within the Manitoba Legislature that otherwise wouldn't make sense. These include being the exact dimensions of King Solomon's Temple, having medusas and demons guarding the entrances, and a "black star" of sacrifice beneath the rotunda. Stranger still is that none of these symbols are in the visually similar Saskatchewan Legislature which was constructed about the same time and for the same purpose. For some reason, the Manitoba Legislature was uniquely created in this manner.
Albo's research has not only gotten a lot of attention in Canada, but international attention too. One of these people was His Excellency Konstantin Zhigalov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan. While visiting Winnipeg in 2014, Zhigalov attended Albo's tour. After it concluded, Zhigalov pulled Albo aside and invited him to the capital of Kazakhstan. The request was peculiar, but the moment Albo arrived, he knew exactly why he was chosen.
A few articles ago I listed Ogema as one of the top destinations to visit in Saskatchewan. Immediately after I wrote the article, I put my money where my mouth was and booked a weekend trip to Ogema for my girlfriend and me. I figured it wouldn't be fair to my readers to recommend a place for them to visit without actually visiting it myself, and after getting my new Galaxy S7 from TELUS I figured I needed a reason to test it out.
Earlier this year I took my Galaxy S6 to La Ronge, and had very little coverage. I wanted to use Facebook's new Live Video option, but I couldn't get enough service to even send a text message. I was pretty disappointed by the coverage with that provider, so I was interested to see how TELUS' network was in Ogema.
The result was pretty darn good! We streamed Spotify all the way there, were able to do a Live Video from the Deep South Pioneer Museum and took some really great pictures and videos of the trip. It also helped to have a reliable network when I got lost driving there (don't ask me how!). TELUS has invested over $29 billion into their network since 2000 and it has really paid off. It's a great feeling knowing that no matter where you travel, you can rely on TELUS to keep you connected.
Imagine the bustling streets of New York, then times it by ten. Add a dash of Chinese culture, a wallop of nature and half dozen fish balls that don’t actually contain any fish, and you have the beautiful city that is Hong Kong.
At 7.2 million people, Hong Kong is a dynamic city with an incredible history, towering skyscrapers and a unique mix of English and Chinese that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. While Hong Kong has existed for a millennium, it was officially founded in 1842 to solidify a truce between Great Britain and the Qing dynasty of China during the First Opium War. A decade after the British took control of Hong Kong, the Black Death swept into China, killing hundreds of thousands of people. It would remain part of Hong Kong’s life for a century.
During World War II, Hong Kong was captured by the Japanese. For three years and eight months the British-Chinese culture of the city was destroyed, replaced with Japanese text, language and art. The booming city of 1.6 million people was slashed to only 600,000. Japanese occupation was incredibly harsh for the Hongkongese, being the darkest part of their history. Japan ceased occupation on August 6th, 1945, in response to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For forty-two more years, Hong Kong was controlled by the British, with the reunification between Hong Kong and mainland China finally occurring in 1997.