Montreal, Canada – Monday, February 4, 2019 – The first legal swingers’ club in Canada made world history at the annual Salon de l’Amour et de la Séduction trade show in Montreal on January 18th, 2019.
L’Orage Club – Espace Libertin became the first club ever in North America to legally accept its members within its private play area, right in the heart of Place Bonaventure as the Salon de l’Amour took place.
This was the second time that Jean-Paul Labaye, the founder and owner of L’Orage, made Canadian history. In 2005, Mr. Labaye presented his case at the Supreme Court of Canada to legalize the existence of swingers’ clubs in Canada and won the right to operate L’Orage Club legally under the new legislation.
Together with its partner SDC.com, L’Orage Club created the SDC / L’Orage Zone Libertine, within which L’Orage set up a private play area that resembled the club itself, equipped with covered mattresses, sofas, a wash-up station, towels, wipes, condoms, and other amenities to ensure the experience was clean, safe and pleasurable for anyone who wished to play.
Trade show attendees aged 18 and up who were not yet members of the club were able to purchase memberships to L’Orage on site if they wanted to enter this designated area. Canwest, the producers of the Salon de l’Amour and Taboo Shows across Canada, allowed L’Orage to operate the club, and were fully satisfied that L’Orage was adhering to the Supreme Court ruling of R. v. Labaye,  3 S.C.R. 728, 2005 SCC 80.
The swingers’ lifestyle was well-represented on and around the Zone Libertine’s large dance floor, featuring music from local DJs, shibari bondage performances, and various local vendors. On the We-Vibe Womanizer stage, educational sexuality seminars were hosted by L’Orage, entitled First Visit To a Sex Club: Are There Rules and Expectations?, as well as several workshops given by Lexi Sylver, producer and host of SDC’s radio show Seek, Discover, Create.
“We’re going to keep finding new ways to push the limits of what is commonly accepted,” said Mr. Labaye, “and challenge the boundaries of society’s mainstream standards.”
Since 1999, SDC.com has grown to over 3 million members worldwide on their lifestyle dating platform. Their website now features educational resources such as articles, videos, and podcasts about sexuality, relationships, and health from leading experts.
L’Orage Club – Espace Libertin is a private membership-based swingers lifestyle club that legally opened its doors in 2005. It is located at 7387 St. Hubert Street in Montreal and is set to open a second club location in the city later this year.