P.J. and Ms. Stacey promote alternative lifestyle in Calgary and beyond
Some people go to nightclubs to get lucky. While most clubs discourage you from fornicating on the premises, the Calgary Adult Playground Centre (CAPC) offers a club atmosphere where intimate acts are permitted and often encouraged.
"It's not like you walk in through the door, you strip down and you jump each other," said Peter Krenz, co-owner of CAPC.
Peter, 57, and his wife Stacey, 50, better known as P.J. and Ms. Stacey, sit cozied up on a couch in their little condo just off 17th Avenue in downtown Calgary. They're a cute couple that might remind you of your parents.
We're high up and the floor to ceiling windows offer a fantastic view of southwest Calgary and the mountains beyond. Beautiful paintings of landscapes and flowers adorn the walls. Pictures of their children and grandchildren sit on the mantle. Everything is very ordinary, except our conversation.
I ask P.J. and Ms. Stacey what kinds of activities people get up to at their club.
"You can meet people, you can share some discussion, dance," P.J. said.
"And... if something evolves, something starts to electrify and get people going, then you have the opportunity to take it to the other portions of the club and partake in each other's pleasures," he said, "Let's call it that. Engage in sex."
P.J. and Ms. Stacey are well aware of the stigma associated with the adult entertainment business, but they don't care what other people think.
"We're not ashamed of who we are," said P.J. "Not by any means. But we don't need to brag about it either. We just do our thing quietly and we enjoy our lives."
The couple said their philosophy is that sexuality is healthy and should be explored in a safe and consensual manner. For over a decade they have provided the Calgary community with CAPC as a safe space for people to play and explore.
On top of weekly parties like Fetish Fridays and Swinger Saturdays, the couple hosts numerous special events in the alternative lifestyle nightclub, which according to P.J. maintains a healthy private membership of over six hundred.
The only way to get inside the club is to be invited by a member in good standing or arrange an interview with the proprietors. Members range from experienced "lifestylers," to those who are new to swinging, bi-sexuality, polyamory, nudity, exhibitionism, voyeurism and fetishes.
"We've had in the club regular people, all the way through to adult babies, to [people dressed up like dolls,] to cross-dressers," P.J. said. "It goes on and on and on."
Ms. Stacey said CAPC is not just about sex; it's about alternative social experiences.
"It might just be the case that you wanted to come out and have a drink and talk to some people who were open minded," Ms. Stacey said.,
"I get pure enjoyment out of watching everyone have a good time."
And the couple's commitment to exploring sexuality and having a good time doesn't end with CAPC.
Inside P.J. and Ms. Stacey's business headquarters, and adjacent to CAPC in northeast Calgary, every surface has a computer, camera, or battery of some sort on it. Electric cables snake between rooms.
In a back room a woman sits in front of an editing suite cutting up porn while a couple of doors down, a man and a woman talk about masturbation in a conversation broadcasting live on an Internet radio station.
It's Tuesday night and P.J. and Ms. Stacey are gearing up to host their weekly online radio program — GTFO Radio.
"We talk about swinging, open relationships, poly, BDSM, cross-dressers — the whole gamut," said P.J.
"All of our hosts are lifestyle people. They actually live the lifestyle."
P.J. and Ms. Stacey's enterprise also produces adult photography, erotic films and hosts a platform for 'cyber companionship' where models using webcams can offer clients intimate experiences in the comfort of their own home.
Stacy said that cyber relationships provide people a range of opportunities, from exploring their sexuality to just having someone to talk to.
"The reality is, we're providing a service for people to better themselves," Ms. Stacy said.
Whether it's providing cyber companionship or running CAPC, P.J. and Ms. Stacey convey pride in all of their undertakings. By facilitating lifestyle changes and helping people become sexually fulfilled, P.J. and Ms. Stacy said they are making the world a better place.
"[Individuals using our services] can become more open-minded and more accepting of different lifestyles and genders," said P.J.
Ms. Stacey adds, "Which is a 'you changed my life' experience."
- By PAUL BROOKS