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Toronto Bound 2015 to include inaugural Fireside Chats

By January 24, 2015

images/club-logos/HOTFF Toronto Logo 350.jpgThe Heart of the Flag Federation announced that Toronto Bound 2015 will include inaugural Fireside Chats, hosted by Douglas O’Keefe on Sunday, February 15 , at 2:00 PM, at Club 120, 120 Church Street.

The inaugural Fireside Chats will include conversations with boy-alex Dunlop and Duncan MacLachlan.

The Fireside Chats are a co-production of Douglas O’Keefe, Christina Court and Joanne Gaddy, in association with The Leather Archives and Museum and Heart of the Flag Federation Inc. The “Chats” seek to capture the memories, reflections, and experiences of community leaders. Presented live on the stage, in a talk show format, the Chats consist of a formal interview, followed by an audience Q & A segment. Each Chat is filmed for historical preservation in The Leather Archives and Museum. A filmed copy of Toronto Bound’s inaugural Fireside Chats will be donated to the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

Douglas O’Keefe is co-producer and host of A Fireside Chat. He is the 2004 Cell Block Shel-Don Chicago Leatherman and an IML 26 top 20 finalist. In 2013, he received the Pantheon of Leather President’s Award. He is a long-time Vital Bridges Chicago volunteer, a community educator, and author of Jeff’s Way, the true story of 9/11 flight attendant Jeffrey Collman.


boy-alex Dunlop is a Leatherboy and bootblack and he has been an active member of the Toronto and international Leather communities since 1999. He held the titles of Mr. Black Eagle 2002 and Bootblack Toronto 2006 and he has judged several local and international contests. In 2010, he received the Central Canada Leather Sir/boy Community Builder Award and in 2013 he received the HOTFF David Galbraith award for outstanding contribution to bootblacking. He has taught workshops on bootblacking and on D/s dynamics at various North American Leather events. He is involved in a Sir/boy relationship with Master Jim of Texas, and a D/s relationship with his partner Ms Charlie.

Duncan MacLachlan is the Chief of Staff for the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). Previously, he served as the Director of Community Health Programs at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). He was responsible for leading the development of award winning ACT resources, is an innovator in program development and implementation, a community based researcher and has been a community developer for 25 years. In 2010, he received the Canadian Institutes of Health Research National Scholarship Award, in the “Universities Without Walls” program, for his community research contributions. His research work and has been published and presented at multiple conferences internationally. In 2015, his research will be published, that investigates sex, drug and alcohol use and risk management among gay men attending World Pride 2014. MacLachlan is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Department of Psychology’s Mental Health and Addictions Program. He has volunteered in various leadership roles, including Director and President for a variety of community organizations. He served as Executive Producer of Mr. Leatherman Toronto Competition Inc. (LLTC) and helped relaunch the Mr. Leatherman Toronto title in 1996. He is married and lives in Toronto. He has been living with HIV since 1984.

During the Fireside Chats, Heart of the Flag Federation will present the HOTFF Community Awards for 2014. For a complete list of nominees please see http://www.hotfftoronto.com/#!Heart-of-the-Flag-Federation-announces-nominees-for-2014-Community-Awards/c1lpd/66033653-5B36-436D-8004-8399F219A704

Tickets for the Fireside Chats are included as part of the Toronto Bound VIP Pass or $5 for general admission. Doors open at 1:30 PM.