Entering its 13th year in Calgary, the Taboo Naughty But Nice Sex Show returns to provide a unique opportunity for sexual exploration and adventure. Touting itself as an “upscale adult playground” the show offers shopping, seminars, entertainment, fashion shows and more, all with the goal of guiding its patrons towards increasing fulfillment in their erotic lives. Canwest Productions’ managing partner Terra Connors notes, “It’s a market that’s not going away, people are always interested in enhancing their romance and improving their love lives.”

Taboo---R-JeffEntertainers at the show this year include Kabuki Guns Burlesque, Carmen Electra, The Lindsay’s Sexy Circus Sideshow and the Body Heat all-male erotic dancer team, which, as Connors laughs, “goes over like gangbusters every year.” Calgary has responded positively across the board to the Taboo show, with attendees across a spectrum that Connors says includes “everyone from 18- or 19-year-old groups to couples in their 90s walking around giggling and pointing. It’s a vast demographic.” Taboo, Connors adds, “Is as much about education as it is about entertainment. We offer seminars—everything from Spanking 101 to How to Meet Your Next Great Mate.” From Steamy Sex for Couples, to Oral Sex: Tips, Tricks, and Licks, there’s a session for all interests and comfort levels. Experts are on hand for everything from buying the right lingerie to finding the right toy to meet your desires. Essentially, Taboo strives to provide a safe and entertaining opportunity to delve into sexuality and provoke a reaction with new experiences.

Make no mistake, though, it’s not all dildos and dancers. The 2013 Taboo show is also bringing in some unusual and fascinating displays to accompany the array of porn purveyors and party companies. One such exhibition is the world’s largest antique corset collection, which is sure to be a hit with more alternative attendees. Another intriguing element is brought to the table in the form of performances by Brent Ray Fraser, famed for his “Ecdysiart,” an interdisciplinary art form that combines striptease and painting with the intention of exploring sexuality.

Canwest’s holistic approach to creating a sex show that represents the interests and abilities of a diverse range of individuals does wonders for its clientele. Opening minds, enabling growth, and showing patrons a damn good time are all in a day’s work at Taboo.

The Taboo Naughty But Nice Sex Show will run from November 7 to 10 at the BMO Centre. 

By Brianna Turner
Photos: Azriel Knight (top, thumbnail), R. Jeff (middle)

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