Porn karaoke is a thing and it’s coming to Toronto

Do you have what it takes to moan and groan along to feminist porn at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre?


PORN KARAOKE at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander), April 10, 8 pm. $10-$20. buddiesinbadtimes.com.


Porn and karaoke don’t usually go hand in hand. One tends to be consumed in private and the other is performed onstage in bars.

But a group of students from Humber College are bringing both together for a one-night stand. On April 10, Nice Touch Collective hosts an evening of porn karaoke at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre for porn enthusiasts and singers of all stripes.

So how does porn karaoke work exactly? As one of the organizers explains, participants improvise steamy dialogue to muted porn clips.

“First, participants select a type of porn – such as kink, fetish or amateur – and then the rest is improvised,” says Daniel Carter. “They can groan, moan, do the cheesy dialogue, purr or whatever else comes to mind.”

The Toronto International Porn Festival will provide the clips, all of which are ethically made and have a feminist bent. This means featuring actors of diverse bodies, races, ages and abilities, and ensuring that everyone involved in the film was treated and paid fairly. Carter first got the idea for porn karaoke after attending a similar event in Montreal created by Sherwin Sullivan Tjia.

“I thought it would be a cool way to create an inclusive space to talk about sex and a platform to bring the community together, whether that be queer, straight, Indigenous, LGBTQ folks or sex workers, to celebrate sex in a pressure-free environment,” says Carter.

The event, the final project for a group of students in the arts administration program at Humber College, will be hosted by drag queen Pearle Harbour and include DJ sets by Babygirl. All proceeds will be donated to Maggie’s: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project.

“We’re contextualizing this event around what’s been going on in the news and how we as a community can work together to improve the lives of sex workers,” says Carter.

For those nervous about showing off their porn star chops – albeit fully clothed – Carter has some advice.

“It’s always easier to do these things in numbers, so bring a friend. And remember, you’re going to be surrounded by like-minded people who are all sex-positive. You just have to go for it.”

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