We headed there early to mingle, drink a bit, and break the networking ice. Getting into the scene was far easier than I expected. Every single person I met was so nice, so supportive, and so positive. I think the same goes with everyone met by Dayna, Brynna, and Marie. I'd be shocked if that wasn't the case.
Anyhow! Imagine my surprise to see Elvira Kurt walk out on stage to host the awards! How I managed to miss that, I have no idea. She's been making me laugh for years and years, and I didn't even know she was hosting?! I guess I was caught up in too much of the business to read too much about the event. Thinking back, I think that's probably the best way it could have been. The moment she walked out with that trademark screechy voice, I was floored. The moment was worth a million forgetfulnesses. ;)
The gala itself was amazing. The entertainment was unparalleled, diverse, sexy, provocative, and thrilling. Among the performers were DiverseCity dance group, Olive-or-Oliver, Buck Angel (hello striptease, complete with hot lube action!), Coco La Creme, and Elvira herself. It was definitely an entertaining evening.
This was also the night that we pulled out press kits. Yeah yeah, they were a bit bulky. We realize this now - but this was our very first time doing something like this. Perhaps next time I'll make an online press kit with a simple fancy card to hand out to link to it. Learning curve! We're such babies in the scene, but it's honest and I love it.
The gala ended and we caught up with the man who invited us to the whole event in the first place, Buck Angel. We got some amazing shots with him and his lovely wife, which are posted below along with others.
The whole night was eye-opening, and made us realize that we should indeed expand into video. We've been considering it for 3 months now, and I've decided to make the move. We're also working on a sister site, one that's more explicit. Why a sister site? Because Cherrystems has been in the works now for 6 years. We've been launched in this state for 2 years, gaining steam and growing everyday based on who we are. To suddenly decide that CS was something more explicit wouldn't be fair to the people who joined because it was something softer. But at the same time, I have to acknowledge that I've grown and matured, and that there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be *more* naked and *more* sexual.
So we're going to do it. We decided that night at the gala. It's a done deal.
Anyhow! Saturday was spent touring a bit more of Toronto for the ladies. For myself, I had a meeting with the lovelies at Fuze Toys to finally meet them and hammer out some of the last details of our impending partnership. If any of their toys look appealing to you, contact me! I'll be heading up their sales and online marketing starting May 1! Holy shit! Canadian porn leads to Canadian butt plugs!
Saturday night, however, was the most amazing night of all. We went to Oasis Aqualounge, and I admit that we were all a bit nervous. We've got bath facilities in Winnipeg, but this wasn't Winnipeg. This turned out to be the most amazing thing. So classy, so clean, so sexy, and so unintimidating. Swimming naked next to people I've adored for years, hottubbing with Charlie Spats and Courtney Trouble, watching live porn (!!!!!!!!).
So I'll end this blog post with a thank you. A huge thank you to every single person who shook our hand, who treated us well, who offered partnerships, and even who just smiled our way. Starting out is never easy, but in this scene it's certainly been easier - something we couldn't know until we tried.
And now, it's time to play with my new Lelo toy and get down to some post-trip action with my partner (our programmer), Aaron. Home sweet home.
Here's the photos! Have a great night!
Our first night in town was a bit on the side of super awesome.
Subway fun with the CS crew.
Getting there is half the fun. ;)
Dayna and Marie are babes.
Dayna loves good lighting.
So I got a bit sick of posing. :)
All of us posing with Buck after winning his award! Including our newest model, MJ!
All of us plus Elayne!
Marie and the plug!
Everyone, meet MJ! He deserves that award, being part of the film!
MJ and Marie!
Dayna and Elayne!
MJ and I patiently await the gala's start from our seats!