Toronto International Porn Awards Review

 

by Malcolm Lovejoy aka Addi Stewart, exclusively for Math Magazine,
a 2017 Toronto International Porn Award media partner

Image courtesy of Good for Her and the Toronto International Porn Festival

Image courtesy of Good for Her and the Toronto International Porn Festival

 

The Toronto International Porn Awards has just finished, and it was an experience I'll never forget in my life. Thank you to everyone that made it happen! It was a dream come true in so many ways, and it was exactly like your first time having sex: exciting, surprising, not perfect, but ultimately deeply satisfying.

Four days of sex, talks, videos, networking, laughter, community and celebration all culminated on Sunday at the Great Hall on Queen Street West in downtown Toronto, but before we get to discussing Zyra Lee Vanity's explosive burlesque magnificence, we have to start with the foreplay of the festival.

 

DAY ONE
Best of the Last Decade: Hot Docs Theater, 506 Bloor Street

The damp weather couldn't keep the hundred curious people away from the opening festivities at the esteemed Hot Docs Cinema just east of (the former!) Honest Ed's and Bathurst St. With tasty cool beverages and bags of popcorn available, folks gathered for a two-part screening session of some of the finest feminist and independent porn selected by the Awards Committee from the past 10 years. It was simple, straightforward, and sexy fun.

Short clips of various movies played for over an hour, such as 'Handcuffs' by Erika Lust, 'Dangerous Curves' by Carlos Batts, ‘Sexing the Transman’ by Buck Angel, and more. The kinkier selections were shown in the second half included, 'Rough Sex' by Tristan Taormino, and Crash Pad's 'Joey Minx & Lyric Seal' by Shine Louise Houston. There was much to be aroused by, laugh at, think about, and maybe even get squirmy seeing, but it was overall a pleasure for everyone. I loved hearing Pink and White co-producer and porn superstar Jiz Lee share insights and answer audience questions. It was just the right way to start the festival.

 

DAY TWO
Public. Provocative. Porn.

Nicer weather greeted the supportive folks who came to see the 2017 selections for the Toronto International Porn Festival. The second day was a nice continuation of the good vibes and uniquely joyful experience of watching thought-provoking and pulse-pounding pornography on the big screen with friends and porn family.

This time, it was about playing selections from the cream of the crop from this year's submissions and having a bit of a conversation together, too. Selections like ''Having My Cake' by Morgana Muses, 'X Confessions' by Erika Lust, 'Last Call' by Katybit and 23 were teased on screen in short, while people giggled, oohed, aahed, and discovered again the primal joy of pure human intimacy on the big screen. It never gets old, trust me! A slightly bigger crowd than yesterday witnessed both parts of the events, with the relatively-softcore shorts first, then the hardest of the hard coming second. Not too hard though, as 'Femmes' by Kate Sinclaire, featuring Samantha Fraser and Jessica Sinclaire (no relation) was a tasty treat to indulge in, for sure. 'White Fur' with Nikki Silver and Neve Be was frolicking furry fun. It got quite hot and steamy with 'Breathtaking' by Morgana Muses, as well as the blood play feature 'Vital Signs' by Gala Vanting. Not for the faint of heart, please believe it! Yet, 'Etage X' by Francy Fabritz will have you looking at two ladies in an elevator like nothing you've ever dreamed before. Pure good times! A short Q&A with four members of the production of various videos ended the event, plus a last word from Festival founder Carlyle Jansen, as it should be.

 

DAY THREE
Panel Discussion: Are Sex Workers and Porn Producers the New Educators? at the Super Wonder Gallery. Moderated by Carlyle Jansen with Panelists: Caitlin Roberts, Don Anahi, Malcolm Lovejoy, Kate Sinclaire, and Jiz Lee

As a small group of curious folks took in the virtual reality porn in the front room of the College Street art gallery, with the windows covered up in black fabric. A table for the Mark S. Bonham Center for Sexual Diversity Studies featured some wonderful people sharing historic memorabilia such as DVDs, magazines, prints and such. The room filled with about fifty folks gathered in the back of the room to discuss: Are Sex Workers and Porn Producers the New Educators?

It's pretty obvious to me. Religion isn't doing it, the government is doing a bad job of it, and schools just can’t keep up. Most people turn to the internet and what's the internet mostly made of? That's right: pornography! Each panelist spoke of their experiences in struggling to teach others about their particular specialty, and Don Anahi's insights on her experiences in Mexico's "machismo" industry brought shudders of fright to all who heard her tales of survival in the face of overall patriarchal oppression and opposition. Jiz Lee spoke eloquently about industry body standards and told stories no other could tell. I spoke about being authentic in my scenes, Kate Sinclaire spoke about how she maintains her high standards for her website, and Caitlin Roberts spoke about her experience teaching university students about her porn company. They all tied into education in various ways, and the full crowd was well engaged. Nothing but an edutaining experience for all, it was sweet.

 

Panel Discussion: Sex Workers and Porn Performers Speak For Themselves Moderator: Reina (SlutWalk T.O.) with Panelists: Jiz Lee, Jane Way, Ellie Ade Kur, Jassie Justice at Super Wonder Gallery

A continuation of the same energy, but the conversation went in a different direction. A much-needed direction. Simply the voices of the people on the front lines of sex work and porn speaking about their experiences, sharing stories and thoughts. It was just a torrent of truth and insight on a variety of issues such as race, class, economics, gender, police, the law, safety, pleasure and so much more. The discussion overflowed with quotable moments and questions answered completely.

It has to be said: Ellie Ade Kur's razor-sharp critique of the critics that think she can't express her own genius mind or profit from her own sexual agency was borderline stand-up comedy: "Is your pimp outside? You can escape with us!" on top of countless other gems of real life human wisdom. Jane Way told stories from their weary heart about their extensive experience dealing with troublesome clients, as well as their new Vice article. Jassie Justice opened up about being an intersex person of color and their days and nights doing their work in the community with tender care and smarts.

Conversation bubbled up from the audience and around the room as people discussed all manner of the world's oldest profession and how the expert's lives compare to public perception. An audience member noted a wide gap in what she observed as the panelist's advanced overall awareness as compared to what the masses imagine. Both panels were very successful in conveying their messages, and making connections between audience and the guest speakers. Journalists from Quebec, a writer for Elle Magazine in America, and others asked their curious thoughts, and once again, it was both educational and entertaining to behold. Afterward, a few more hours of VR Porn commenced with a few open-minded folks, before the grand finale to come: Day Four!

 

DAY FOUR
Toronto International Porn Festival Awards Gala on Sunday, April 23rd starting at 7:00pm

The sun shined favorably upon the endeavors of the day, the fourth and final of the festival. I spent the weekend thus far as both a volunteer and a panelist. I had experienced a wonderful weekend at the TIPF, and couldn't have asked for anything more, except to have one last day of good times with friends and family in the porn community from around the world. We gathered in this chapel-like venue, except the seats were white folding ones, not pews. But please let it be known, once the beloved people had all collected in their respective seats with drink in hand, and the ridiculously comedic host Deb Pearce got things rolling, the show reached towards some very divinely inspired moments of holy fuck and hallelujah, as opening performer Travoy 'TKO' Deer sizzled his sexy way around the spot.

Between Deb's jokes, the presentation of the awards, the dazzling performances, the occasional technical difficulty, and the photo booth complete with assorted dildos and vibrators, and the overall energy of the night from the sex-positive community of fans, friends, porn makers and producers, the TIPF was a good thing to have back in effect. Perfectly parallel to actual alternative pornography, the event wasn't without minor mistakes, but just like real sex, they made it more human and hilarious. No need to be so serious!

I was impossible to not smile, cheer and even dance, after seeing Zyra Lee Vanity's eye-melting burlesque act tear up the stage with feral confidence and sparkling supremacy. The night ended with a mind-blowing pole dancing and virtual magic act by the uncontainable Mahogany Storm. With what seemed like 5-foot-high ornate rhinestone boots, legs working overtime and eyes ablaze, they shut shit down with an acrobatic display of gold pole control that stole a helluva lot of hearts and souls. And when the Vogue-inspired dancing tag team of Irvin "Irv" Washington and "TKO" came out together and intertwined their lithe designs of sly black desire together, it was volcanic fire.

Dancing, laughing, watching porn, drinking, having fun... that's really what it's all about, and that's what we were blessed to experience. I was extra blessed to also win an award for 'Canadian Content', called the 'Golden Beaver', and I am still pretty stunned that I won! It was a gift on top of a miracle to make porn already, and I was nearly beside myself in joy as I collected my glass dildo-shaped award with John Bee and Caitlin Roberts of Spit Magazine, who were the videographer-producer team for the video, as well as for Maron De Sade, my delicious co-partner in the winning video. It was a memory like no other to win a Toronto International Porn Award, and I want to thank everyone that supported my porn, writing, and art in general. It was amazing to have Porn Awards in Toronto again, so thank you to the Festival, Good For Her, and Math Magazine, as well as all of the sponsors, for your support and faith in feminist porn and beyond. Until next year, keep having the best sex and best love you can, whether on camera or off! 
 

Photo courtesy of Good for Her and the Toronto International Porn Festival

Photo courtesy of Good for Her and the Toronto International Porn Festival

Congratulations to the 2017 Toronto International Porn Award Recipients: 

Sexiest Short Trinity Ms. Naughty

Best Short White Fur Nikki Silver and Neve Be

Smutty School Teacher Award for Sex Education Vital Signs Gala Vanting

Most Tantalizing Trans Film All My Mother’s Lovers Arabelle Raphael and Mona Wales

Hottest Newcomer Enactone Sky Deep

Hottest Kink Film ETAGE X Francy Fabritz

Heartthrob of the Year Bishop Black

Golden Beaver Award for Canadian Content Reunited John Bee featuring Malcolm Lovejoy and Maron De Sade

Best Orgasm Blue Room Goodyn Green

Best BDSM Scene Breathe Goodyn Green

Movie of the Year SNAPSHOT Shine Louise Houston

Indie Porn Icon Trinity, Hand Jobs, I mmersed Ms. Naughty

Hottest Orgy Last Call Katybit

Most Tantalizing Mature Please May I Come, Mistress Pandora Blake

Most Dazzling Docu-Porn Fifty Shades Of A Tranny Ames Bexxx and Michelle Austin

Steamiest Straight Movie Bed Party: Jack HammerXL and Nikki Darling Shine Louise Houston

Best Fetish Having My Cake Morgana Muses

Hottest Straight Vignette Xconfessions Vol. 8 Erika Lust

Njoy Viewer’s Choice ETAGE X Francy Fabritz

Hottest Lesbian Vignette Eden Nikki Silver

Best Direction of an Original Concept The Bedroom Anna Brownfield

Honourable Mentions


Tangled Heartstrings Madison Young
Gone: A Story of Love and Courage Angie Rowntree
Femmes Kate Sinclaire
Breathtaking Morgana Muses

Honoured Websites

FTM.XXX
CineSinclaire.com

 

For more information about the Toronto International Porn Festival

visit www.torontointernationalpornfestival.com

 

About the Author

Malcolm Lovejoy is a porn star, professional love maker,
and Renaissance man like no other. Sometimes known as
Mindbender Supreme, hip hop icon extraordinaire, or his
government name Addi Stewart, social justice activist and
music culture journalist deluxe; this forever young-spirited
man spends every waking dayand sexy night of his life
creating art, spreading wisdom,cultivating compassion, and
eliminating ignorance with love and honesty the best
he can. Malcolm Lovejoy is A Toronto, Canada resident
with international aspirations to bring an enlightened
approach to modern sexuality to ALL. 

 

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