Toronto’s only Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair (EACF) returns for its seventh year on Saturday, February 9th, as a celebration of the city’s diverse erotic artistic expression in crafty and quirky ways. Presented by the progressive Queen West co-operative sex shop, Come As You Are, this year’s EACF will feature free admission, an ever expanding and evolving group of vendors, and the return of last year’s hugely successful EACF cabaret and after-party, all held at The Gladstone Hotel, known as the city’s hub for the indie arts scene.
From noon until 8 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to interact with dozens of artists and vendors exhibiting sexy crafts from crocheted pasties, handmade lingerie and corsets, & suggestive baked goods, to cards and posters, naughty lampshades, and knitted dildo cozies. Featuring fearless and humorous erotic art that dares to challenge and astonish, the event has proven to be the perfect place to pick up handmade gifts for Valentine’s Day and celebrate DIY romantic culture.
“Every year, we get to experience a growing movement of skilled, edgy and fun artists subverting the expected innocence of crafting. From political to cheeky, novel to luxurious, and sexy all the way, it’s just a great event to see come together in the beautiful Gladstone Hotel right before Valentine’s Day! We’re super excited to announce our seventh year! ” said Annanda DeSilva, co-ordinator of this year’s fair and one of five worker-owners at Come As You Are co-operative.
The EACF aims to bring together different communities to showcase the diversity of erotic artistic expression that is active in Toronto. This year the EACF is proud to be sponsored by Now Magazine, Tonic Magazine, JimmyJane, and Love Bumper.
Seventh annual Toronto Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair
When: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Time: Craft Fair: Noon to 8 p.m., Cabaret: 9:30 to 10:30 p.m., After-party: 10:30 p.m. to midnight
Where: Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W.
About Come As You Are:
Come As You Are (493 Queen St. W.) is the world’s only worker-owned and operated sex toy store, democratically run by Annanda DeSilva, Jack Lamon, Nina Choi, Noah Kloeze and Sarah Forbes-Roberts. The store’s approach to sexuality is one of respect, openness, humour, communication and responsibility. Come As You Are has garnered dozens of retail awards including NOW magazine’s Best Sex Shop Award for 13 consecutive years, and has been featured in the media across Canada including Globe and Mail, MuchMusic, Zoomer magazine and many more.