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Sexapalooza returns to Ottawa in time for Valentine's Day

Here’s some advice for heterosexual couples on Valentine’s Day: Go buy that sex toy together. It’ll be more bang for your buck.

At least that’s Liz Lewis’s advice.

“When it comes to sex toys, if your girlfriend picks it out, it’ll get used,” said the president of Sexapalooza. “I think, for women, they prefer to use toys in the bedroom that they feel comfortable with and I think most men are willing to try anything. They don’t care. They’re having sex.”

So goes the lead up to Sexapalooza on Feb. 7-9 – just in time for Valentine’s Day shopping. The low-lit annual sex tradeshow features burlesque dancers, lingerie, pole dancing and a sex museum. An amateur stripping contest invites impromptu dancers onstage to strut their sexy stuff. Usually, the older men draw the most applause, said Lewis.

Lewis said about 12,000 to 15,000 people flock to the Ottawa Convention Centre every year since it started in 2008. She said the capital is one of the best regions to host the event.

“I think the conservative cities do better,” she said. “It’s funny how these cities have reputations of being conservative. Columbus (Ohio) is the same way … a lot of government workers, very conservative and yet that show does very well.”

Sexapalooza heats up Friday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. and it goes all weekend. Tickets cost $15 per day or $25 for a weekend pass. They can be bought at

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