An Unholy Harvest is Canada’s annual weekend-long leather/BDSM event for women and trans people*, co-founded in 2007 by Jacqueline St-Urbain and Andrea Zanin. It takes place each year over Thanksgiving weekend in October. An Unholy Harvest draws kinky queers from all over the country and beyond. For its first five years, Harvest took place in Ottawa; from 2012 to 2015 it was held in Toronto; and in 2017, it moved back to Ottawa. Attendance is capped to encourage a friendly atmosphere, and our programming is designed to appeal to people with a wide range of interests and experience levels, from the fresh-faced novice to the seasoned pervert.
An Unholy Harvest features three play parties, a full slate of workshops and panels, two lunchtime activities, closed-group caucuses, two evening activities, and a closing clean-up brunch. We place a strong emphasis on fostering Canadian community, and as such we are committed to encouraging new Canadian presenters to share their skills at Harvest as well as welcoming more experienced Canadian presenters. We keep our price low, provide a discount to our many volunteers, and offer a limited number of scholarships so as to remain accessible to people from a wide range of financial situations, and we work hard to make Harvest more accessible for people with disabilities. Please check out our FAQ section for more details on the event, or our accessibility page to learn about our accessibility measures, or our testimonials page to see what past attendees have said about the event!
*An Unholy Harvest is open to women (trans* and cis); intersex people; transfeminine, genderqueer, gender-fluid and non-binary folks; and trans-identified people of all genders who respect and honour a women’s play space and who feel they have a place among leatherdykes.