Buddy, aka Jacques Coetzer, Named Bootblack Toronto 2017

TORONTO –The Bootblack Toronto (BBT) Title is proud to announce the appointment of Buddy, aka Jacques Coetzer as Bootblack Toronto 2017. Buddy becomes the 12th person to hold the title of Bootblack Toronto after its 5 year hiatus from Toronto’s Leather/Kink Community.

Jacques Coetzer, affectionately known as Bootblack Buddy, and proudly known as Mama’s Canadian Boot Boy, originally hails from Capetown, South Africa. (Yes, that sexy accent is real!) He initially learned how to take care of boots in the South African Air Force, but didn’t discover the Leather Community until he moved to Toronto in 1998.

Eventually Buddy attended a few bootblack workshops and surprised the instructors with his knowledge and natural ability. Buddy held the title of Fetish Fair Bootblack 2011 and went on to place 2nd runner up at the Bootblack Toronto Competition. He didn’t win that year, but that didn’t dampen his spirits or his love of boots.

In 2014, Buddy was presented the “Volunteer of the Year” award from Heart of the Flag Federation Inc. (HOTF) for his ongoing commitment to the leather lifestyle, and to the community of people who had brought so much light into his life. Buddy is also the current HOTF Head Tally Master for the Toronto Leather Pride Contests.

Please help us welcome Buddy as our new Bootblack Toronto titleholder at the BBT Leather Brunch to be held on Sunday, May 07, 2017 at 11:00 AM at The Lodge at O’Grady’s (518 Church Street – 2nd Floor), where he will be presented the Bootblack Toronto Mantle at 11:30 AM. The BBT Leather Brunch is open to everyone, so bring your kinky friends to this non-fundraising social community event and help us celebrate Buddy’s new title and the return of the BBT to the community.

Buddy’s first official shift as Bootblack Toronto 2017 will take place on Sunday, April 02, 2017 at the Black Eagle Toronto from 3 PM – 6 PM during Spearhead Toronto’s annual Easter Food Drive to benefit the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (TPWAF). Please see their event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1865213977083407/ for additional information regarding their “Hunger is No April Fools Joke” Easter Food Drive.

via press release