How Taboo…?


This article is intended for adult audiences and contains mature content that is sexually explicit in nature and may be disturbing to some readers. Discretion is advised. (Some names have been changed to protect the identity of the individual).

If you’re like me, chances are you’ve never been to the Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show that’s hit Winnipeg on it’s western Canada tour every spring for the last decade and a half.

In fact, to be honest, I don’t even think I’ve heard of it until just recently. When I sat down to chat with Kevin Blackburn, the guru behind the show, he really gave me some insight that not only quashed any of my hesitations about the show, but resulted in me requesting press access for the next one.

Surprisingly, more than 70 per cent of the people that attend this festival of sex are actually female, with less than 30 per cent being men. From live fire sex shows that resemble an erotic circus, to celebrity guests like Carmen Electra and last year’s Alexis Texas, there is a wide variety of entertainment within its walls for everyone from the virgin to the promiscuous.

Comprised of local merchants selling sex toys and international corporations with the paraphernalia you’d only expect to see in underground Amsterdam, the show is fully licensed and a virtual mardi gras for the horny.

Open to adults only, security is tight and nudity is null. When I speak with Blackburn he makes it a point to clarify that it’s really not much more than a convention like Comic-Con, of course, with the only difference being that Taboo is, well, taboo.

Dates are still up in the air for the next show geared to hit Winnipeg in the spring, but Blackburn assures me that they have a number of surprises for the ticket holders that is guaranteed to make this year the best Taboo show Winnipeg has ever seen.

Certainly, there are many local sex industry workers attending, but that’s actually a relatively small number compared to the many married women, college students and even grandmas that come year after year, stocking up on sex toys, lingerie and lubricants for a small fraction of the price they’d spend any other day of the year.

The one thing I really got from this: Men: If you’re single and looking, this is a proverbial fish farm where it’s not up to you whether you pick someone up, but whether you let them go. Just remember, just because it’s a sex show, doesn’t mean attendees want to see your “sex show.”

Tickets are available in advance and at the door. CGB