Harvest is a community affair. What you contribute—time, energy, money, a friendly smile to a new participant—makes the event what it is, and sustains the sense of community created at Harvest for the other 361 days of the year. There are tons of ways to contribute even if you don’t volunteer for a shift. Perform in our Friday-night cabaret… type notes during a workshop for a Deaf or hard-of-hearing participant… clean up a spill so nobody slips on it… set a personal goal to talk to three people you’ve never met before. All these little things make the magic happen!
Every year, some 35 volunteers and 20 workshop presenters devote a few hours of their time and energy to making the entire Harvest weekend run like a well-oiled machine. You could be one of them!
Graphic designer: A. M. Reid has been with us since the very beginning. She handles graphics for our website, our printed event program and our participant dog tags each year, and we love her for her steady reliability and the way she always comes up with the perfect visual to match what’s in our heads.
Webslave: When webslave indi isn’t wrangling the Harvest website, they wrangle websites for some pretty heavy corporate hitters. Geeky, kinky and Deaf, indi’s superhero webwrangling has meant a revamped website this year (you can’t see it, but they have totally restructured things underneath – think of it like re-boning a corset!) and improved the flow of registration and the like. They handle whatever we throw at them with grace and speed, which is good, because it’s *always* last-minute when it comes to Harvest stuff.
Translator: The charming and brainy Youkali Youkali, also known as Ms Leather Toronto 2013, is our intrepid English-to-French translator for both our website and our program. She has professionally translated fiction and non-fiction in the past. These days she’s focused on her teaching and writing careers, but she is always willing to advise people on how to translate kink! We are terribly grateful for her flair with le français cochon.
Harvest wouldn’t be the same without the dedicated efforts of our volunteers. Hats (and various other items of clothing) off to them!
Jacqueline St-Urbain and Andrea Zanin met in Montreal and have been getting up to no good together for quite some time. When Jacqueline founded the Unholy Army of the Night, Montreal’s leatherdyke group, in 2003, Andrea jumped right on board and helped organize parties and workshops for the group for the next four years. They co-founded a film and discussion series called CinéKink (not to be confused with the New York-based film festival) which ran monthly throughout 2005 and 2006, and in 2007 they co-founded An Unholy Harvest, which ran in Ottawa for five years until its move to Toronto in 2012. They’ve been colleagues in unholiness for over a decade now and have no plans to slow down!
Jacqueline is an unrepentant switch who likes floggers, fists and sharp, pointy things. Beginning with the founding of the Unholy Army of the Night in Montreal, Jacqueline’s activism has always been firmly rooted in creating welcoming, fun spaces for leatherqueers. Jacqueline has been teaching for most of her life, and has facilitated workshops on sexuality for almost a decade. She’s taught for a wide variety of organizations, from grassroots groups to universities. Kink is Jacqueline’s hobby, one she’s passionate about. Her aim is always to create community but fucking – in all its glorious permutations – comes first. She is @TheModeratrix on Twitter.
Andrea Zanin, a.k.a. Sex Geek, has been teaching about queer sexuality, non-monogamy and BDSM/leather internationally for over a decade, and she endeavours to bring an awareness of privilege and oppression to all her work. The first SM workshop she ever taught was for the Unholy Army of the Night in Montreal, of which she is a founding member. Andrea is pursuing a PhD in women’s studies at York University with a focus on Canadian leatherdyke history. She writes for In Magazine and blogs at http://sexgeek.wordpress.com. Her erotic short stories and essays on sex and SM have been published in numerous anthologies. Andrea also runs a pervy book club called The Leather Bindings Society and judges the occasional leather contest. She lives in Toronto and enjoys cultivating M/s relationships with exceptionally high-quality individuals, eating fine dark chocolate and wearing really nice shoes. You can find her on Twitter at @sexgeekAZ.