First Amateur Bondage group meet – Oct 3
Our first beginners bondage group meet was a huge success. A lot of people came to learn about bondage, share with others, and refine some of those knots we couldn’t quite remember how to tie.
Many of us had attended one or more of the bondage workshops offered at the ALCC-CCVA and learned a few rope ties that we were doing. All of us had forgotten one or more of the steps to getting it right but interestingly, we all remembered a different part and combined, we were able to remember the whole process and finish the tie perfectly! It was fantastic watching someone get to a stand-still and another jump in to carry us to the next part lol.
I had hoped more people would bring step-by-step instructions or ROPE at the very least, so we didn’t quite have enough for everyone to practice with. While we have some we can share, please do not depend on this for the next group. It is very important for everyone to bring something to contribute. I’d like to see more books and photos to help us learn more.
Thank you to all those who attended, laughed, had fun with us, and to the wonderful people who allowed me to practice rope bondage on them. Since Moonchild Kitty was not there, I didn’t have the chance to fulfill my challenge of tying her so she can’t escape. However, hindsight, I’m REALLY glad I didn’t have to do it that day because my serious eff0rts to practice my technique on Kasandra resulted in a 30 second escape and a quickly defeated challenge lol…. I’LL GET YOU NEXT TIME MY PRETTY, AND YOUR LITTLE KITTY TOO!!!
See you next month!
– Contessa Alura
Drop in Day – Oct 3
A lovely day with familiar faces and of course, interesting conversation.
A small group this Sunday but a lively bunch nonetheless. I arrived and was immediately offered a fork and told to dig in to the community poutine. That was a nice surprise lol, and a delicious one!
Petal and Frank were there to represent the ALCC-CCVA and offer info to those who came by. We are working on expanding our materials and offering more info that people can simply take home.
Thanks to those of you who dropped by to visit us and to Petal and Frank for their hard work.
Another DID – Sept 12
Yet another suprise turn-out for drop-in-day!
We had many lovely folks come by ad spend time hanging out with us, chatting about all kinds of things. There was a great deal of conversation about the BDSM community in Montreal, more the English group dealing mostly with public events. People seemed unanimously disappointed in the events being offered and seemed to be saying they want more private underground play parties. They were saying that the public events are more just social gatherings for dress and that the play doesn’t reflect the old school or long ago nature of true BDSM play. Some said and others agreed that they felt that in a more private context people could really feel free to get in that “space”.
We had a few new people which is always wonderful. One, a lovely lady from Toronto that has just joined our community and an older gentleman who found out about us at the MFW.
There is a very special mention I would like to make and that is of the incredible generosity of someone who dropped in and donated $500 to the help support the centre! We extend a deep and heartfelt THANK YOU to the person who offered this to us! You have no idea how much your donation helped us!
Great seeing everyone, glad you all came out and see you next time.
Remember this is our last day in the Joytoyz location… we are moving to the room next door #417!
– Contessa Alura
Cross-dressers Unite #3 – Sept 11
Our third Crossdresser group had a fun new element- a makeup lesson.
Vanessa Cummings is a transsexual woman who was very generous in sharing her knowledge, time, and experience with us. We learned a lot about makeup, but also especially how to use makeup to hide some of our male features.
We all learned how to change our look. It was a fascinating lesson. Vanessa really knows her stuff and explained so well. I was very impressed.
As in the previous groups, we discussed topics of concern to crossdressers: going out in public, why we cross-dress, places to go, etc. Really interesting things to talk about, that I certainly would not discuss at work for example!
That is one of the great things about the ALCC, it gives people of varying interests, a place to go and chat about things in a totally non-judgmental forum.
BDSM Literature Group / Groupe de Littérature BDSM – Aug 30
[La version française est ci-dessous]
This is a brand new group that we were trying out.
Only two persons attended the first meeting of this proposed group. Topics were: preferred genres of literature (fiction, poetry, drama) most suited to BDSM topics, and preferred types of BDSM activity to be discussed in any literature which might be produced. Also discussed were sources and forms of inspiration, and how to recognize them when they arise.
This group will not be continuing after Septemeber since I am unable to predict my availabilities due to weather. Perhaps we will pick this up again in the spring.
– Clov Saffron
Nous avons essayé de créer un nouveau Groupe de Littérature BDSM.
Pour notre première rencontre, nous avions que deux participants. Nous avons parlé des
activités BDSM que nous préférons voir dans la littérature et quels genres de littérature sont
les plus appropriés selon nous pour parler de BDSM. Nous avons aussi parlé de nos sources
d’inspiration, et comment les utiliser lorsqu’elles se manifestent.
Les rencontres de ce groupe ne se poursuivront plus dès le mois de septembre, puisque la
météo m’empêche de déterminer quelles seront mes disponibilités. Nous allons peut-être nous
réunir à nouveau le printemps prochain.