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Where to do erotic life drawing (for a limited time)

Keyhole Sessions, Toronto's own erotic life drawing class, is closing its doors in December, following its final two sessions: White Wedding (November 13), and Fight Club (December 11). White Wedding will see the organizer herself--known as the Madame--don her wedding dress, accompanied by two maidens, while Fight Club aims to be an epic blowout, cramming as many models and artists as can fit for an evening that's bound to turn into a proper farewell afterparty.

The Sessions began in 2009, and initially ran out of the Lower Ossington Theatre, before moving to their current home at the Revival. Held on the second Tuesday of every month, the classes provide artists not with the demure poses of a Botticelli painting, but rather represent women of a wide variety of body shapes, who are often tattooed, and offer up truly dynamic poses.

You'll find them in various stages of undress, frequently accented by themed get-ups, and most sessions feature some variety of shibari-inspired rope bondage courtesy of JP Robichaud (whose website is very much NSFW).

The events are, predictably, 18+, the room holds about 60 people, and you must bring your own drawing equipment. There's no instruction, and no photography permitted. Otherwise, the music is good, the bar opens a half hour before the class starts, and the audience is usually quite keen on actually producing quality artwork. The exception was Nuit Blanche, where frat-boy-looking-types nursed a beer and looked on glassy-eyed, while going through the motions of sketching the same lopsided oval, over and over.

Feeling blue? Don't. Girls on Film, which is tailored to photography amateurs and enthusiasts alike, and is currently held just 4 times a year, will be continuing and perhaps expanding. It's something of a halellujah moment for those of us who lack the prerequisite sketching skills, but who still appreciate a less inhibited take on the female figure. Particularly titillating is the Madame's hint in her farewell missive that they will be "working on adding a pornography component." Naughty, naughty.

White Wedding takes place at Revival Bar on November 13, 2012. Doors at 7 p.m., tickets are $20 and cash only. Photo from Nuit Blanche 2012 by the author.


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