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Outlooks Magazine
10 October 2005
By Shaun Proulx
It’s Leather Time
EYE ON TORONTO


Here’s something that men who love men across this great country of ours can enjoy: Eighteen Men. That’s the name of the new calendar launched recently at the Black Eagle by Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2005, Sean Cribbin. Not your typical Chippendale prototype, it’s an eighteen-month tribute to real men in all their different colours, shapes and sizes. Cribbin’s organization of choice during his reign was the mentoring program SOY—Supporting Our Youth Toronto—and that’s where funds raised will go. You can order your copy by surfing to eighteenmen.com.

You know the movie sucks when not even Madonna, sitting next to you in support, can help control the snickers going on in the dark during the screening. In town last month for the Toronto International Film Festival, Guy Richie’s wife stole the show when she appeared with him on the red carpet at the premiere of his film, Revolver. But the ABBA sampler’s star power ended there; the Revolver audience didn’t care who was in the house and were not kind. Wonder if the power couple made it to the fest-fete celebrating a/k/a Tommy Chong, where 200 pot brownies baked by the Toronto Hemp Company were served?

Gentlemen, polish your leather. This month sees the annual preliminary competitions taking place at local businesses like Zelda’s, The Black Eagle and Woody’s; guys will compete to represent at the Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2006 Competition next month. The competition weekend, which includes social shin-dings galore, an educational seminar series, a leather market, the MLT 2006 competition itself and a big blow out called the Victory Ball, is one of our community’s social events of the fall season. So, too, is Northbound Leather’s annual fetish party, October 22 at The Docks. It’s time again for another pervy party, this time called Climax, but regular attendees shouldn’t expect the usual forty-five minute fashion show. Instead, watch for storytelling and vignettes Northbound Leather-style. Producer George Giaouris and Co. are planning to push the envelope as far as possible “without getting arrested”, and this is a man who doesn’t joke around. Medical play, mummification, an insane asylum scene, shaving scene and fire-play are all fetishes to be staged. Takes the edge of off a simple piss scene, doesn’t it?

Of course, this month also brings that gay High Holiday, Halloween. I know of a pair of lads who have been at work since the end of August on their Good/Evil costume. Church Street will once again be closed to traffic that night and it’s expected the community will descend en masse to find out who’s wearing what. I’ll never forget last year when there seemed like a dozen pairs of Siegfried and Roy’s-with a white stuffed tiger in mid-chomp attached to each Roy’s neck.

And finally, please indulge this plug directly targeting Outlooks’ Toronto readers: With Thanksgiving celebrations coming up and pie likely on the menu, consider supporting Pie In The Sky, the annual Toronto People With AIDS Foundation fundraiser. Top chefs from around Toronto donate gourmet apple and pumpkin pies, with sale proceeds going to support PWA’s Food For Life Program. Ten meals for people homebound with HIV/AIDS are provided via every $35 pie sold. Visit torontopieinthesky.com to place an order.

Shaun Proulx is a Toronto writer who contributes to The Globe And Mail, is Publisher and Editor of GayGuideToronto.com and is a feature contributor and columnist (Cocktail Confessions) with Xtra.



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