I am one of the hosts and producer of Sex City, a radio talk show where we explore the many different, fascinating stories and aspects of sex and sexuality. Sex City airs every Tuesday from 11pm–midnight ET on CIUT 89.5FM and streaming on ciut.fm. The other hosts of the show are Dorianne Emmerton, Bryen Dunn and Louise Bak. We are teched by Mark Tara. I host approximately once a month. Check my posts for upcoming shows.
DECEMBER 9, 2014
It was an honour to host last night’s Sex City show all about Consent. Many thanks to my special guest co-host Lisa Bucher for putting this show together with me and doing a great job. Many thanks to all of the guests, each of whom we could have easily dedicated an entire hour to. Raymond Motee gave us just a glimpse, but very key information on the status of consent in the legal realm. Matt Scott and shadow-girl introduced us to Ontario Kink and how Jian Ghomeshi’s calculated inclusion of BDSM in his initial, defensive statement affected the kink community and how they and others are working to educate on matters of consent. And Heather Elizabeth and JP Robichaud provided the building blocks for us to bring consent into our lives, in clear, compassionate ways.
NOVEMBER 11, 2014
Last night’s Sex City gave me a bit of a shiver. My guests were just THAT good.
I welcomed a legend, a powerhouse sex ed couple and a tremendous advocate! Candida Royalle porn superstar and director, author and educatortold us about her entirely personal and moving new project While You Were Gone, a documentary about her search for her mother. Then, Sheri Winston and Carl Frankel, sex educators behind the Center for the Intimate Arts have both has just released new books. We discussed Winston’s Succulent SexCraft and Frankel’s Secrets of the Sex Masters. Finally, Andrew Morrison-Gurza‘s writing on being queer, sex and disability has been creating much conversation. We continued the discussions his work has been starting.
OCTOBER 14, 2014
It is that time of year again! Sex Geeks from Toronto and beyond are gathering for the annual Playground Conference November 7–9! I previewed the conference with some of this year’s presenters, including Kate McCombs who will told us about Sex Geekery, Lisa Bucher who related stories of being a blogger for an escort agency and Dr. Ruth Neustifter who will be speaking on stigma involving those with STIs.
September 9, 2014
What great fun we had on Sex City last night! Well, probably mostly for me because I was developing a pretty wicked fever and was kinda loop. However, it was a pleasure to welcome Ducky Doolittle to hear about her journey to sex education and her workshops. It was also fun to turn the tables on Alicia ‘The Sexual Intellectual’ of RAW SEX and ask her the questions about her fantastic sex radio show. And of course, I always have a wild time talking with Rose Caraway. Seriously, pick up her book The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica—SO HOT!
August 26, 2014
I was very lucky to host a very special roundtable discussion on sex entrepreneurs and sex-related business on last night’s Sex City. I welcomed three inspirational women who are succeeding with their different, awesome endeavours. Many thanks to Rosanna from In My Bed magazine, Marika from Kink Engineering and Deanna from Hanky Panky for their insight and encouraging words about the prospects of running a sex-related business.
August 12, 2014
Last night’s Sex City was a ride! A damn fine ride!
It was a pleasure to speak with each of Kelly Shibari, Epiphora and Shane Allison. I really enjoy shows that bring together a mix of topics and personalities. We talked Plus Size porn with Kelly, sex toy reviewing with Epiphora and cop erotica with Shane! That might seem really random but ultimately, I took something important away from the show. Sure, we’ve all got our niche and we’ve all got our personal interests when it comes to sex. These differentiate us and make us all uniquely awesome. But at the same time, we find commonality when we hone in on our niche.
July 29, 2014
Last night’s Sex City was definitely a different experience…and it was AWESOME!
We often talk to people about the mechanics of, the feelings or, the politics of, the art of sex. But we don’t always take enough of a listen to our stories of sex. Thank you to Samantha Fraser and Sophie Delancey from Tell Me Something Good Sexy Storytelling Slam and a special thank you to Elle Chronique, Wil McLean and Tynan Rhea for sharing their experiences.
July 15, 2014
I was so happy to explore different versions of sex education on this week’s Sex City—and with some fantastic guests!
One thing I hope this type of show can do is to throw off stigma and stereotype. That foolish line of thought that purports porn performers to be airheads, fools or unintelligent is so off the mark. Not only are my guests Stoya, jessica drake and Conner Habib brilliant, compassionate, articulate people, but they are just a few. The porn world has a lot to offer—as long was society at large wants to listen.
July 1, 2014
Last night’s Sex City was a fun one! And important!
All of my guests—Wil McLean, Tynan Rhea, Carlie Ritch—are doing work in the community to better our sexual lives. This is good work, work that I really appreciate. Sex-related work of any sort gets pushed to the edges—despite the role that sex can play in many of our lives.
June 3, 2014
This week’s Sex City was special to me.
I will readily admit when I am shameless in my fandom and I am a big fan of all of my guests. Ms Quote’s A Good Woman’s Dirty Mind blog is a must read for me and I am truly inspired by #AdultSexEdMonth. She’s created something so valuable. Philip’s book, 101 Vagina, is gorgeous and very important. And given how much I like talking about porn, you know I am a voracious reader of Dr. Comella‘s work and I am very glad we met this past spring.
May 6, 2014
Last night’s Sex City was a great experience. Sex education comes in so many different forms and can happen at times you don’t even expect. I am sure the Come As You Are Crew are going to help so many people across Canada this summer as they embark on their road trips of sexy, sexy sex ed. And I highly recommend Mark and Patricia’s Partners in Passion. It will give you so many amazing ideas for yourself and your relationship. It is an essential resource.
April 22, 2014
As you might guess, I rather enjoy talking about porn and erotic film. It is such a rich, complex and controversial subject. As such, last night’s Sex City was a great experience.
First, Christopher Zeischegg, aka Danny Wylde, opened up for all of us, telling us why he had to leave his porn career and why he decided to make a different return to filmed sex with his partner. Very moving.
Then I had a great time talking to Kitty Stryker all about porn parody films. It is a huge and still-growing genre in porn that Kitty notes is accessible because of the humour and familiarity with characters.
Finally, Paul Deeb sheds some light on his process in breaking the fourth wall of film in his Feminist Porn Award-winning short film Trains. His unconventional technique results in a stunning and compelling narrative that is a treat and well deserving of the title “Sexiest Short.”
March 25, 2014
I had a fantastic time on Sex City last night! It is always good to connect with Carlyle Jansen of Good for Her. I’ve known her since she was greatly influential and supportive of my old queer zine TRADE: Queer Things. The Sex and the Erotic Film Festival looks like a great addition to the community here in Toronto. Another great addition is SPIT! Khadeja sat with me while I went through some technical issues and was so fun and full of a great energy. I look forward to following their work. And speaking of great energy, Goddess got me really thinking about Tantra and all of the possibilities that lie within.
March 4, 2014
Jon is joined by Sex City’s favourite legal counsel, Raymond Motee to discuss the ramifications of Canada’s Supreme Court decision striking down 3 provision in sex work law. We also hear from Dee Dennis, organizer of the upcoming sex conference CatalystCon as well as Jennifer Phillips who presents “The Vagina Monologues Meets the F-Word” at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in March (including International Women’s Day).
February 4, 2014
Jon is joined by Audacia Ray, editor of the sex worker literary journal Prose and Lore. We also hear from Tim and Natalie, founders of The Rose Centre, discussing sex and disability. And finally erotica legend Cecilia Tan joins us to discuss her Struck by Lightning series, with the recent release of book #2 Slow Seduction.
January 7, 2014
Porn and adult entertainment, and the people who work in the industry, went through a lot of change in 2013, proving that porn work is work can really be just like any other.
Jon was joined by award-winning director Nica Noelle to discuss her decision to mandate condom use in all of her studios. Kate Sinclaire of Winnipeg-based softcore photo site Cherrystems.com told us about the difficulties in establishing a porn community in Canada. And returning guest Sophie Delancey will gave us a big update on some major changes at Art of Blowjob.
November 27, 2013
Jon chats with Jaeleen Bennis who discusses Bondassage and her book Bondassage: Kinky Erotic Massage Tips for Lovers. We hear from sociologist Chauntelle Tibbals about her work and book You Study What? One Sociologist’s Journey through Sex, Society, & Adult Entertainment (Volume 1). As well, author Kristina Wright gives us some tips for long-term relationships from her book Bedded Bliss: A Couple’s Guide to Lust Ever After.
October 30, 2013
I had so much fun with last night’s Sex City show. I could have talked with all of my guests for much more than an hour—each. Take a listen, check it out, and then get on over and pick up your Playground passes.
Raymond Motee discussed sex and the law, Morgan Thorne told us about the roll of a Dungeon Monitor at play parties and issues in BDSM and feminism and Sabrina Morgan discusses the complexities of the human trafficking debates.
September 17, 2013
August 20, 2013
Jon welcomes acclaimed pornographer Courtney Trouble back to the show and she tells us about her latest, Lesbian Curves 2: Hard Femme. Jon was also joined by Toronto’s Poet Laureate, award-winning writer George Elliot Clarke who will tell about his latest collection, Illicit Sonnets. As well, Mirra Kardonne, the creator of an intriguing photo series called Depicted in Human Form: Photographing Objectification in Sex tells us about her work.
July 23, 2013
June 18, 2013
This week on Sex City, Jon chats with Cindy Gallop, founder of the revolutionary concept MakeLoveNotPorn.com; David Henry Sterry, award-winning writer of Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent whose latest book isJohns, Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks: Professionals & Their Clients Writing about Each Other and Rose Caraway, erotica writer and podcaster behind the Kiss Me Quick Eroti-cast.
May 28, 2013
Jon chats open relationships with Samantha Fraser, author of the soon-to-be-released Not Your Mother’s Playground: A realistic guide to honest, happy, and healthy open relationships. We also hear from Dr. Trina Read, sexologist and educator who uses media as her platform for teaching. As well, D.L. King discusses femdom and her new anthology of femdom erotica Under Her Thumb.
April 23, 2013
Jon chats with three fantastic guests!
- Reid Mihalko, sex and relationship role model and SEX GEEK!
- Laura Antoniou, author of The Killer Wore Leather, a kink mystery!
- Jason Armstrong, the man behind raunchy, awesome sex blog Hunting for Sex: Cautionary Tales from the Quest
March 19, 2013
Carol discusses her upcoming lecture at the University of Toronto: “Absexuals and Erotophobes: Why They Hate Us for Our Freedom.”
Hugo tells us about what happened when porn star James Deen came to Pasadena City College.
Joan talks about her anthology of “seasoned sex” Ageless Erotica and seniors and sex.
February 26, 2013
Jon welcomed Tristan Taormino back to the show, to chat about the upcoming Feminist Porn Conference (as part of the Feminist Porn Awards weekend). As well, Dr. Charlie Glickman shared some secrets about prostate fun (you know that is one of my favourite subjects) with his book The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure and The Vulva Girl aka Amrit Phull, organizer of Support Group for Sexual Pain told us about her group and the help that is offered.
January 29, 2013
Jon chats talking blogs and bondage with Erika and Brad from sex blog xoxoamore.com and 66-year old Domina Ms Classique Silvr tells us about how she got into the business and about her handmade sex and bondage accessories!
December 11, 2012
Jon chats erotica with prolific writer, 76-year old Desiree Holt; sex and relationship expert Dr. Jessica O’Reilly; and Suzanne Paddock, Director, Programs and Services of Toronto People with AIDS Foundation.
November 13, 2012
It was a wild night on Sex City! Vijaya from Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention talked about their organization and the upcoming Sweetest Taboo Fundraiser; Tereasa Jay Cee of Dirty Bingo Toronto brought the fun of her events into the studio (and spanked Jon!); Darryl of Darryl’s Hard Liquor and Porn Film Festival told us all about the event coming this weekend and Martin Lingnau surprised us with the details of how is erotic photography site got its name.
Sex City at Word on the Street 2012
Jon spoke with Karleen Pendelton Jimenez about her memoir How to Get a Girl Pregnant as part of CIUT’s coverage of Word on the Street 2012.
September 11, 2012
Louise talks with Tamara Faith Berger about her recent narrative Maidenhead. It’s a very provocative tale tracing the turns of sixteen-year-old Myra, who meets Elijah, a Tanzanian musician twice her age during a spring break family vacation and enters his worlds of porn, race and class. Louise will also look in to Jon Pressick’s upcoming prostate passion workshop, set for Wednesday, September 19th at Come As You Are.
August 14, 2012
Jon chats with: Katrina McKay of sex toy and burlesque purveyors Ohhh! Canada; the provocative, delightful and always controversial Mistress T; and Annanda deSilva ofCome As You Are comes in to serve up some sexy food from theirLusty Locavore workshop!
July 10, 2012
Jon welcomes a fantastic variety of guests to the show for smart and sexy good times! We’ll chat with Jasmine Aziz, retired vibrator seller and author of Sex & Samosas; Bill Burke, the writer and director of Sweet Prudence and the Erotic Adventure of Bigfoot; and Hima B., director of the upcoming documentary License to Pimp about strippers and labour conditions.
June 5, 2012
Jon chats with Glenn Blake from AIDS Committee of Durham Region about their upcoming Pride celebrations culminating in Queerstock. Myna Wallin joined the show to untie the erotica phenomenon 50 Shades of Grey (with a dramatic reading by Jon, Myna and the Narrator!). As well, the crew from Heat of the Moment Express come on to tell us stories about their bustling sex toy hustling (with special guests!) and an exciting new projects. See their gift to Jon below.
May 1, 2012
Jon welcomes Sex City favourites Kids on TV who come to showcase their brand new single “Bobby” (a torch song floor filler about the closeted relationship between 20th century pop artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns). Jon will also chat with Lusty Day about her intriguing zine “I saw your ad online.” And a great way to kick off May is to participate in Masturbate-a-thon 2012, and Sarah Forbes-Roberts from Come As You Are will help us kick things off.
March 20, 2012
Jon chats with Shaya Dhinsa, Manager of Sexual Health for Middlesex-London Health Unit about their innovative sexual health video game Adventures in Sex City, Susie Brightdiscusses erotic memoir writing and Red Herring talks sex scandals in advance of her burlesque extraganza SCANDALOUS.
February 7, 2012
Jon chats with Lee-Anne Poole of Halifax’s The Sex Festival, Jacqueline Sinclaire of The X and O Show and Phil Anderson of Gallery 1313’s The Sex Show.
January 3, 2012
Jon is joined by fantastic sex journalists Joanna Chiu, Andrea Houston and Sex City guest host Dorianne Emmerton to discuss 2011’s biggest sex stories as well as a look ahead to 2012 and what happenings might dominate the sex world.
December 6, 2011
Saturday November 19, 2011
Guest host Dorianne Emmerton and I zip around the sex community, chatting with the sexy scientists behind Kink Engineering, the wonderful and witty folks behind Met Another Frog and Nichola Ward and her play Jackie’s Not a Real Girl: A Play for Voices.
Saturday October 1, 2011
I spoke with Melissa Ramos of Sexy Food Therapy, Scott Rayter of University of Toronto’sBonham Centre for Sexual DiversityStudies about their new Sex in the City course and Samantha Fraser about the upcoming Playground Conference.