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Saturday, 21 September 2013 11:20

Rough House returns to Steamworks in Toronto

Rough House, Toronto’s popular BDSM dungeon party, will hold three Leather parties at Steamworks Baths Toronto, 540 Church Street, Level 2, Toronto, Ontario, Canada between October and February coinciding with Steamworks’ popular Sunday Service party. Also organized by the Rough House gang is the annual twisted Squeal party at Steamworks, which will return in April 2014 as part of Eastern Canada Leather Sir and Leatherboy weekend.

Published in International Leather
Thursday, 11 April 2013 05:00

IMsL XXVII 2013 Contestant Youkali Youkali

Youkali Youkali MsLT2013 final

VT: Is your contestant run sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?  Please tell me about your Sponsor(feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.

YY: Is your contestant run sponsored by an Event, bar, club, organization?  Please tell me about your Sponsor(feel free to include a copy of their logo and a url to their website) and your involvement with them in 100 words or less.
I have two sponsors: HOTF—Heart of the Flag Federation (, membership club that presents Toronto Leather Pride Week and other leather events throughout the year (, and Northbound Leather (, Toronto’s premier makers of leather clothing and dungeon gear. As Ms Leather Toronto 2013, I have represented HOTF at various events (Montreal Gay Pride, Unholy Harvest, Ottawa Leather Pride), promoting the Toronto leather scene and fundraising for the CGLA—Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. (

VT: Power Exchange or SM?

YY: Yes, please!

VT: In 100 words or less, tell me about your answer to number 2.

YY: When I first came into the lifestyle, I thought I would be into SM only within a power exchange relationship. I gradually realized that SM plays an important role in the intense power exchange I crave.

VT: Tell me in your own words how you feel about Service.  

YY: I have always enjoyed watching elegant and well-considered Service, but I initially did not think of myself as a service-oriented submissive. I think that is because I had a narrow, “butler style” concept of Service. Through submission, I gradually discovered the pleasures of serving someone with my whole body and soul. And also, at another level, the rewards of serving the leatherdyke community that is precious to my heart.

VT: How does your body react to the scent of worn leather?

YY: I am inspired and aroused by the smell of leather. Even when it is not worn by anyone—for example when I walk through the door of Northbound Leather, it is a turn, on because I can sense the potential of that heady aroma. But there is a special synergy when that leather is worn by someone I love or am attracted to. When I dive my hand between the leather and the skin of my lover, space becomes electric. When my face is pressed down on a flogger that has just been used on me, time telescopes itself. How does my body react? Physically…

The basics:
Name: Youkali Youkali
City, State: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website (if any):

VT: Regular community events that you regularly participate in?

YY:  Surge! Munch: Toronto’s brunch for Kinky women and trans*people,  Toronto Leather Pride bar nights at the Black Eagle,  Spring Fling (Ottawa, Montreal)

YY: (my favorite leather?) Favorite Leather item in your arsenal of bar/fetish wear: my Harley Davidson's boots.

VT: 100 words about what you will with the IMsL Title.

YY: I love people of leather, and I want to listen to more of their stories, and help them share them. Serving as International Ms Leather would avail me the unique opportunity to greater impact others who share my lust for leather and kink, crave additional education and to help provide a safe haven for newcomers to the community. I would like to serve as International Ms Leather, so that I may proudly represent our community and help educate and facilitate events around something that is one of my great motivations and passions in life.

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Graphic artist Daimon Rowanchilde from Toronto was creating terrific art in several mediums in the early 90s. One of his illustrations was The Leather Journal, Issue #47's cover.

The 1993 March On Washington got 10 pages of coverage. Dave Rhodes got a few photos from the Los Angeles Gay Rodeo. NLA: Austin's Texas Leather Pride drew Leatherfolk from all over the Lone Star State and dignitaries from all over the country the first week of May. A boat cruise to Hippie Hollow on Lake Travis brings about 5,000 sunbathers and NLA: Austin has added it to the weekend each year.

The Pagan article that appeared in Issue #43 got the Christians to respond; Reverend Bob Arthur defines the word "Christian."

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Canada Flag SmallThe Heart of the Flag Federation Inc. (HOTF) announced the nominees for the 2014 Toronto Leather Pride Award. The award will be presented on Saturday, August 9 during the Toronto Leather Pride Competitions.

The nominations for the 2014 Toronto Leather Pride Award are: Mistress Sydney Creighton, Toronto, Ontario; Jaco Lourens - Cape Town, South Africa; and Alex Wisniowski - Ottawa, Ontario.

Nominee bios are listed at

The Toronto Leather Pride Award is presented on an annual basis to an individual or organization in the local, national or international leather community who has contributed significantly to the development of Leather Pride and/or for Life Time Achievement. This award focuses on the people and organizations which have created and contributed to the vibrant and diverse Leather Community which exists today in Canada and throughout the world.


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Northbound Leather announced that its 18th annual Fetish Fashion Show and Party, entitled SCANDAL will unveil nine original mini collections for men and women, designed by its Creative Director Cheryl Kocot, on Saturday, October 25, at Sound Academy, 11 Polson Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“SCANDAL will take a humorous, tongue in cheek, look at a variety of the types of scandals we’ve performed, participated or have witnessed throughout history, and the fashionable clothes we wear to do so,” said Paul Ciantar, Producer of this year’s Fashion Show.

Cheryl Kocot is designing 54 original period inspired designs of mix and match and wearable separates, including accessories. Each piece is custom fitted for each model but can be recreated to fit any size.

“For my third fetish fashion show, I am mixing textiles, color blocking and playing with textures to develop an elegant collection, reflecting fetish meets ready to wear and high fashion, taking Northbound and into a new direction, said Kocot."

Chery Kocot, a graduate of The Academy of Design at RCC Technical Institute of Technology, was one of six up and coming fashion designers recruited by Northbound Leather to design apparel for its Fetish Fashion Show DREAM in 2012. Following that she was appointed the store’s news in-house designer. With a background in dance, she’s taken inspiration through the arts and her love of vintage film. She has also worked in the music industry which gave her an eye for detail at all angles.


Published in Regional Leather

IML LogoMr. Leatherman Toronto 2003 Paul Ciantar and Canadian Leather Man 2004, has been named as a Judge for International Mr. Leather 2014, replacing Carlos Filetti of who withdrew due to a pressing family matter out of the country. Both gentlemen are from Toronto, Canada.

“We wish nothing but the very best to Carlos and his family and we look forward to having him join us in Chicago in the future,” said Executive Producer Chuck Renslow.

Other judges on the panel are International Mr. Leather 2013 Andy Cross, Mr. Atlanta Eagle 2010 Chandler Bearden, American Leatherwoman 2002 Tobin Britton, Northeast Mr. Drummer 1997 Will Clark, Mr. Leather Colorado 2006 Mike Maez, Mr. Iowa Leather 2012 Jeremy Morris, Mr. Maryland Leather 2010 Justin Terry Smith and Chairman of Leather Friends Italia Andrea Zanella.


Published in International Leather
Friday, 25 November 2011 16:00

HOTFF Awards Recipients Announced

The Heart of the Flag Federation Inc. (HOTFF Inc.) presented their 2011 Community Awards at the Barn Nightclub during the formal award ceremony on Saturday, November 26. Master Jack Pearce and Victoria Windsor, announced the recipients during the first edition of Toronto Bound weekend.

The 2011 awards and recipients: The Courtlan Forsey Award was presented to former MLTC Inc. Executive Producer David Adkin and Northbound Leather’s Enza Silano.

The Francis Robichaud Award went to community activist Anna Willats.

The David Galbraith Award was given to Carlos Fileti of the Black Eagle Toronto.

The Craig Rose Award winner was Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2011 Ryan Lemesurier.

The Claude Brazeau Award, given to an individual volunteer, went to Robert Jeyes, community and Heart of the Flag Federation, Inc.

The award ceremony also recognized the Canadian recipients of the Pantheon of Leather Awards handed out in los angeles last August. The recipients included Alex Wisniowski, International Award; Spearhead LDSC Toronto, Large Event of the Year; Master Tony Palazzo, Canadian Regional Award; and Nancy Iwrin, Community Choice Award (Woman).

The formal award ceremony also included an amazing key note address from noted speaker and long-time Leatherman. Master Mike Zuhl.

Other weekend events included a Welcome Party at the Black Eagle Toronto; Educational BD/SM and bootblacking workshops and presentations at Goodhandy’s, Crews and Tangos and the Black Eagle; Just
Dance event at The Barn Nightclub; Toronto’s famous Leather Brunch at O’Grady’s on Church; Play Parties at Oasis Aqualounge and Spa Excess and a Farewell Party at the Black Eagle. Heart of the Flag Federation

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