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The Duke of Burgundy: BDSM in Silk

If you like your erotica on the silky, luxurious side, with a soupcon of cerebral titillation, then allow me the pleasure of turning your head away from the recent, FiftyShadesofGrey, and towards the ultra-feminine kink of TheDukeofBurgundy, and its credits to, not only  a Lingerie designer, but a perfume maker. Director, PeterStrickland (BarbarianSoundStudio) shows that he obviously understands that the brain is the biggest sex organ, and has chosen to involve all of our senses: we can't smell the perfume, but we can tailor it to our own specifications; we can't feel the lingerie, but we can imagine what it would be like wear something close to our body and made from the softest materials.

Who is the dominant  and who is the submissive in this amber-toned, distaff fantasy? Is it the mistress Cynthia (SidsieBabettKnudsen) or her maid, Evelyn (ChiaraD'Anna)? At the onset of the film, we see Evelyn riding her bicycle to Cynthia's home to do whatever chores has been assi…

So I walk into The Beadery on Queen Street West and...

So I walk into The Beadery on Queen Street West and am immediately impressed with the feel of the place. With so much stock, I expected to feel hemmed in, but it's a longer venue than I expected, and even though I was the only one in the store, I could imagine it still being a negotiable space during prime time shopping hours. The interior is wonderfully laid out with colourful beads of various sizes and materials hanging on the walls and jewellers cabinets nicely spaced atop wooden floors. Bowls of beads practically beg your hands to hunt and peck.

Because of my sensitive ears, I was in need of some shepherd"s hooks to add to mixed metal earrings that I only wear once in a while. In the back half of the store was Claude (as I came to know) working on a piece of jewellery. When I told him what I was looking for he brought out his "high quality silver" wire and demonstrated how to make a hook. It seemed a simple task in his hands, but I don't have the patience t…

Rap N' Roll February 27th!

Source/text by Dalton Higgins What: Rap N' Roll: The Afro-Alternative Music Concert Series + Project Where: The Rivoli (334 Queen St West – Toronto, Canada) When: Friday February 27, 2015 Time: 9:00 pm9pm Damage: $10
Advance Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/rap-n-roll-afro-alternative-music-series-tickets-15262619907 Honestly, are you Torontonians tired of some of these predictable, empty, overly commercial musical playlists being thrust upon you, the ones that take pleasure in trafficking nauseating LCD (lowest common denominator) music that passes for "good" black/urban music, with its low musicianship and cheeseball lyrics...another example of some Machine doing its best to shill these hip hop / R&B-soul / African / reggae caricatures to society at large? Then Rap N' Roll: The Afro-Alternative Music Project, a carefully calculated & curated music showcase might be for you! This “urban alternative” concert experience features the genre-bending electronic, punk, …