In a previous blog post detailing my experience at the 2014 World Pride Parade in Toronto – where I wore nothing but my birthday suit – I had mentioned that going forward I would be attending Pride in Toronto every year for the rest of my life for as long as it remained legally acceptable to do so in the nude.
Naturally for Toronto Pride 2015 I was extremely disappointed by the forecast of cold rain for the entire weekend. It literally rained on my parade! But in the end that didn’t stop Jade Sambrook from stripping off all of his clothes and spending a great deal of time naked in public. In other words mother nature was not going to get the best of me!
Yes there was obviously some “shrinkage” in the forecast due to the cold rain – however by and large I had the best weekend of my entire life! It was totally liberating. It was a feeling of freedom I cannot explain. And the reaction from people – including the Toronto Police – was nothing but positive.
Suffice it to say that spending so much time naked outdoors – in public – has both recharged and re-energized my soul. I received so many compliments, so many thumbs-up, so many smiles, so many winks and so many high-fives and fist bumps. So many women shouted to me “you are beautiful” and “I love you”! I met so many new people – again mostly women – that if I ever want a girlfriend I should probably spend more time naked in public. In fact I have come to the conclusion that I attract more when I am naked than when I am clothed.
I always meet tons of new people when I wear my kilt because it is an icebreaker. And it seems like I meet even more people when I am only wearing shoes. Probably because my shoes are pretty awesome and that alone is a great icebreaker.
Again, the rain initially had me depressed, but in the end I chose to sing and dance under it wearing nothing but my birthday suit and a great big smile. You only live once, and I definitely took advantage of that during Toronto Pride 2015.
I have put together a video that highlights my experience. It is somewhat long – with a run-time of almost 35 minutes – but it is something that I will be able to watch over and over while laughing and telling myself that I did absolutely everything that I wanted to do during my short time here. Again, you only live once!
Naked Pride 2015 (Toronto Pride) with Jade Sambrook:
Finally, should you be interested, my Toronto Pride 2015 photos can be found on my Flickr page by clicking here.
In the meantime I will be impatiently awaiting Toronto Pride 2016, and I hope to see you there just like me – without any clothes – rain or shine.
A little while back I wrote about my experience at Bareoke, otherwise known as strip karaoke. If you have not had the chance to read that post it is available here.
On the second Thursday of every month, the Cabaret Playhouse in Montreal is host to the bareoke event which is organized by the Lipster entertainment group. Fortunately Lipster puts on such an event, as finding clothing free activities is often difficult. Unfortunately though, you can only be free of clothes while you are performing on stage.
According to Lipster, the bar licence only allows for nudity on the stage. Meanwhile, in a conversation with the owner of the bar, I was told that he didn’t care whether people were naked off of the stage, as long as they were not barefoot. He did however add that since this was Lipster’s event, they had final say in calling the shots.
Personally I would love to stay naked after leaving the stage, and I know that this is the case for many others. Especially considering the hot summer months are on their way and it is naturally hot inside of the venue. With that being said, I am hoping that some slight diplomatic pressure will lead to Lipster allowing nudity off of the stage.
Now regardless of that issue, I am still more than happy to attend. In fact, at last night’s bareoke I performed Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’. While I may look 100% ridiculous in my performance, what is important is that I am able to laugh at myself and have fun. After all we only live once, right?
Quite frankly I am not sure if Michael Jackson would be proud of me or if he is rolling over in his grave. Regardless, what is important is that Jade Sambrook got to have some fun while partially naked to boot. I say partially naked because I only remove my kilt during the song. And now we all know what is worn under the kilt! As they say: ”Nothing is worn under the kilt, everything is in perfect working order!” Actually, if I keep jumping around on the stage like I did in last night’s performance, something might be worn sooner rather than later, if you know what I mean?
Besides, it is obviously difficult to undress while singing at the same time. Therefore, only removing the kilt is good enough for me. I’ve done Michael Jackson songs in the past, and I had told myself that I would never do so again. To be honest, I’ve learned that Michael Jackson’s music is actually quite complex and hard to sing.
I had originally planned on singing ‘Kiss’ by Prince, and was actually practicing all day long in anticipation of my bareoke performance. To my surprise though, ‘Kiss’ by Prince was not available in the song book. I’d like to say that I practiced for nothing, but in the end nothing is lost, since I can now sing that song with the right lyrics from beginning to end. Now if only I could learn to dance like Prince, but that is another story for another day.
I therefore opted to do an MJ song, even if I had promised never to do so again. And I learned that ‘Beat It’ is probably the easiest of the MJ songs to karaoke. Naturally I am always looking to sing a song that is upbeat so as not to put the crowd to sleep. I’m sure that nobody wants to hear me karaoke something like ‘Foolish Games’ by Jewel or ‘Angel’ by Sarah McLachlan.
On a funny note, it came to mind after my performance that maybe singing ‘Beat It’ without wearing any underwear was kind of inappropriate. Whatever.
Again, what is important is that I had fun! And unlike in previous occasions, this time I allowed a friend of mine to film my performance, which I am sharing with you today. Although I am 100% ridiculous, I had fun and I got to take my kilt off at the same time.
If you live in or near Montreal, and would like to come to Bareoke, the Facebook event page can be viewed here.
Otherwise, going forward I will hopefully be able to provide additional videos of my bareoke performances, and hopefully, I will also one day be able to stay naked even after leaving the stage.