Latex jetset fly in for 2017 Montréal Fetish Weekend

Richard Burnett

Passion, fashion and kink-themed late-night parties are the order of the day when fetish lovers from around the world jet in for the Montréal Fetish Weekend. This year’s 13th annual festival features workshops, kink expos, fashion shows, parties and all kinds of fantasy adventures programmed over six days, from August 30 to September 4.

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Whet Your Appetite!

Attendees come from as far away as Japan and Germany to taste what Montréal has to offer. The hugely popular Welcome Dinner and Cocktail from 8 pm to 3 am on August 31 (the cocktail party begins at 10 pm) is one of the best ways to meet new friends and renew old friendships. The ambiance is casual to all-out fetish. A fetish-fantasy, goth-glamour dress code is suggested.

Relive Montréal’s Sin City Golden Era

The annual KABARET KINK takes place Sept. 1 at Montréal’s iconic Café Cléopatra, a showbar since 1893 and the last hold-out from Montréal’s fabled Sin City-era red-light district. Cleo’s classic cabaret space is on the second floor, above their first-floor strip joint.

Featuring seating for 100+ guests—with décor, lighting and disco balls straight out of the 1970s—this year’s theme is “Burlesque Elegance.” The floorshow will feature many sexy and exciting performers. A fetish-fantasy, goth-glamour dress code is mandatory.

That same night, Underworld Creatures at Katacombes nightclub—with its suitably subterranean feel—explores the darker side of Montréal’s fetish, goth, new-wave, industrial and underground scenes, complete with body modification presentations.

Fetish Fashionistas

Montréal has always been a very accepting city, so it comes as no surprise that Montréal Fetish Weekend is also presenting outdoor events that are sure to enlighten and provoke.

The festival’s colourful Mode en Folie street fair and celebrations on Sept. 2 will showcase Shibari presentations (Shibari is an ancient Japanese artistic form of rope bondage), street fashion shows, fetish presentations, special presentations by Montréal burlesque queen Velma Candyass and the Candyass Cabaret Artists, and more from 7 to 10 pm on the red carpet on Rue Ste-Catherine in the heart of Montréal’s Gay Village. Free admission, and all are welcome.

The photo opportunities are legion, especially with Montréal’s iconic “Rainbow Balls” installation – made of 180,000 suspended resin balls – covering the lively terrasse-filled one-kilometre-long Aire Libres pedestrian mall in the Gay Village.

Lights! Camera! Action!

Montréal Fetish Weekend will host its ninth annual legendary Fetish Photo Tour on September 3. Dressed in full-fetish regalia, participants will visit some of Montréal’s most picturesque hotspots popular with both locals and tourists.

The tour departs from Place Émilie-Gamelin across the street from the festival’s Hôtel Gouverneur home base. Festival organizers state they are “definitely not seeking non-fetish-dressed photographers.”

However, bystanders always want to take photos of what they are seeing, as well as take selfies with tour participants.

The Fetish Photo Tour is one of the most popular events of the Montréal Fetish Weekend.

Studio 54 With a Latex Twist

Montréal Fetish Weekend climaxes with its Saturday night main event, the Latextacy Ultra-Glam Studio 54 Theme Fetish and Fantasy Ball at the massive Club Unity in the Gay Village. Revelers will revisit New York’s legendary Studio 54, except with a fetish and latex twist.

Richard Burnett

Richard Burnett, blogger

Richard “Bugs” Burnett is a Canadian freelance writer, editor, journalist, blogger and columnist for alt-weeklies, mainstream and LGBTQ publications. Bugs also knows Montréal like a drag queen knows a cosmetics counter.

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