2015 Activities

Note: Starred activities (*) will include ASL interpretation.

FRIDAY

Newcomer Lounge and Q&A
Friday 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
If this is your first Harvest, even if you’re a veteran leatherqueer, the Newcomer Lounge and Q&A is where you wanna be. It’s a low-key space, with one of our long-time participants hanging out to answer your questions, put you at ease, and introduce you to folks as they arrive. If you’ve signed up for a Harvest buddy, this is a great time and place to meet up with them in person before the event really gets going.

Opening Words and Cabaret!*
Friday 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s… SUPERVERTED! Kick off An Unholy Harvest’s ninth year by joining us for our traditional Friday night cabaret, featuring superqueeroes, supervillains and sidekicks galore. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get to know your fellow Harvest participants, win kinky door prizes for your most excellent theme-specific outfits, and various other deviant delights.

SATURDAY

Fresh Meet and Kinky Swap
Saturday 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Fresh Meet, our traditional Saturday morning meet and greet, is getting a makeover… and you could too! We’re taking two great ways to socialize and meet each other, and blending them into one awesome hour of fun. Come mingle with your fellow Harvesters over coffee, tea and baked goods (gluten-y and gluten-free). And, if you are so inclined, partake in the simultaneous kinky swap. The way a swap works at Harvest is, you dump whatever stuff you don’t want anymore (clothes, kinky gear, porn, etc) and take whatever you want. This isn’t tradesies – one-for-ones are not necessary. The ideal outcome is a room of empty tables! The leftovers will be donated to a local women’s shelter. (Note: At Harvest, our attendees run the gamut of gender expressions, body types, styles and sizes. If you’re on the masculine spectrum: YES, there will be stuff for you too.)

Kink and Identity Panel: Martial Arts, BDSM and Consent*
Saturday 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
This year’s Kink and Identity panel brings together kinky practitioners of various martial arts and combat sports. How does consent work differently in these different worlds? Do the ethics of BDSM enter a martial arts practice, or vice versa, or do they inform each other? How do practitioners manage controlled violence, pleasure, discipline and other elements of these activities? What about top/bottom drop, gender, sexuality and other factors? Join us for a stimulating discussion with plenty of time for audience questions and contributions!

SUNDAY

Colouring and Board Games
Sunday 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Pretty much what it sounds like. Come have a chill time over lunch hour and share low-key space with your fellow Harvesters.

Caucuses
Sunday 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
This year, we’ve got three simultaneous caucus spaces available in the main venue. All that’s missing is you! What specific sub-group of people would you really like to connect with in order to share stories, make connections or find support in a closed discussion setting? If you are inspired to make it happen, just write the topic and your name on the board on the front wall of the venue at any point during the weekend, talk it up a bit to others, and enjoy.

Bilingual Erotica Open Mic*
Sunday 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Harvesters are really good at writing porn. The Bilingual Erotica Open Mic is your chance to hear our very own writers – new voices and seasoned writers alike – share their work in their own voices. This includes YOU, of course! Come share your dirty stories in the language of your choice. Stories inspired by our Superheroes, Supervillains and Sidekicks theme are encouraged, but any smutty story line will do! You don’t have to be a writer to attend – just come and enjoy the show!

Closing Ceremonies*
Sunday 9:30 – 10:00 p.m.
The Harvest closing ceremonies aim to bring everybody’s energy together to close out the weekend in a spirit of celebration. It’s the kind of ritual that’s low on woo but high on fun. Every year this short event provides a sweet conclusion to the event and powerful kick-off to the final party. Don’t miss it!

MONDAY

Kinky Klean-up and Bye-Bye Brunch
Monday 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Can’t bear to say goodbye quite yet? Up for lending a hand to tidy up the event space? Come down to the main venue to be part of the community clean-up crew! It’s kind of like conference aftercare. Many hands make light work – and many people means many final opportunities for flirting. When the job is done, we’ll all head to a nearby accessible and kink-friendly brunch restaurant for a satisfying meal to cap off a more than satisfying weekend. (Brunch is at your own cost.)