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The 5th Annual Toronto Burlesque Festival
Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Monday, July 23, 2012 at 2:00 AM (EDT)
Skin Tight Outta Sight Rebel Burlesque, Coco Framboise and Great Canadian Burlesque present
The Fifth Annual Toronto Burlesque Festival
With over 120 Performances Over Seven Shows!
Starring Reigning Queen of Burlesque, IMOGEN KELLY (Australia)
Thursday July 19th – Sunday July 22nd
TORONTO - The summer is heating up once again with the Fifth Annual Toronto Burlesque Festival! In less than six weeks the Festival celebrates FIVE years of presenting the most scintillating and seductive performances to our audiences. They’ve succeeded in their goal to make Toronto a burlesque destination in the world and the community grows every year by leaps and bounds with more performers and new producers sharing their visions. At the same time, experienced producers expand their scope with increased show time and experimentation within our field. Toronto itself has become a hub of talent in the burlesque world. This year the Toronto Burlesque Festival received a record number of amazing applications from both local and international performers – so many that they were forced to add a show! This year’s Festival will feature more than 120 unique performances over a record seven shows!
The Headlining Line-up includes such powerhouses of the neo-burlesque community as first Canadian to win the title of Queen of Burlesque, ROXI DLITE (Windsor: 2010), MICHELLE L’AMOUR (Chicago: Miss Exotic World 2005), international award-winning Master of Ceremonies ARMITAGE SHANKS (Seattle), KRISTINA NEKYIA (Hollywood: First Runner-Up, Burlesque Hall of Fame 2010), JETT ADORE (Chicago: Best Duo Burlesque Hall of Fame 2012, Best Troupe 2011), AMBER RAY (NYC), NASTY CANASTA (NYC: 2ND Runner-up, Burlesque Hall of Fame 2010; Most Comedic 2007), pole-dancing duo GRAVITY PLAYS FAVORITES (St. Louis), CHERRY TYPHOON (Japan: Best Troupe Miss Exotic World 2006), LOLA MARTINET (Chicago/San Francisco: Best Variety Burlesque Hall of Fame 2010; Most Comedic 2011), MISS ALYSSA KITT (Australia: Winner of Most Classic and Best Tassel Twirl, Miss Burlesque Australia Competition 2012), PACO FISH (Baltimore: 2012 Most Humorous, Boston Burlesque Expo; 2011 King of Southern Exposure – Southern Fried Burlesque Festival), VICTORIA ROMANOVA (Russia/Netherlands), The EmpeROAR Fabulous (Seattle: Judges Choice, Boston Burlesque Expo 2011) and KISS ME KATE (San Francisco).
Closer to home, the Headlining Line-up also features amazing solo and group performances from Founding Troupe, SKIN TIGHT OUTTA SIGHT, including Festival Founder SAUCI CALLA HORRA and Artistic Director/Ist Inductee into Canadian Burlesque Hall of Fame, TANYA CHEEX. Gracing our stage from Toronto, COCO FRAMBOISE, MYSTERION THE MIND READER, MISS MITZY CREAM (2nd Inductee in Canadian Burlesque Hall of Fame; Multiple award-winner, Boston Burlesque Expo), FIONNA FLAUNTIT, MAHOGANY STORM, LES COQUETTES, ST. STELLA & JAMES AND THE GIANT PASTY (Winners of Most Beautiful Award, Boston Burlesque Expo 2012) and BOYLESQUE TO will delight our crowd. They are also thrilled to host such luminaries of the Canadian Burlesque Scene as BURGUNDY BRIXX (Director of The Vancouver Burlesque Centre; Best Soloist, Boston Burlesque Expo 2012), MLLE OUI OUI ENCORE (Founder of Blue Light Burlesque, 1st troupe in Montreal), SCARLETT JAMES (Founder of Montreal Burlesque Festival) and CHAMPAGNE SPARKLES (Founding Member of Cheesecake Burlesque Revue, Victoria, BC).
Last but definitely not least, they will be hosting the first Canadian Legend of Burlesque, MS. JUDITH STEIN. Originally from Woodbridge, ON, Ms. Stein answered an ad for topless go-go girls in the late ‘60s and this led to an international burlesque career spanning 17 years. She retired to Nelson BC in the 1990s but was sought out to join the neo-burlesque scene in BC just two short years ago. Ms. Stein will knock everyone’s socks off with a performance on Saturday night before her induction into the Canadian Burlesque Hall of Fame during their Closing Ceremonies on Sunday July 22.
Beyond the Performances, the festival has partnered with Kristi Holtam of Bombshell Artillery to produce a series of illustrated images of some of the key players in Toronto’s burlesque scene. Image of Sauci Calla Horra, Festival Founder is featured in this year’s logo to celebrate our fifth year of producing the biggest burlesque event in Eastern Canada. These illustrations will be featured in commemorative merchandise for sale, in display in our Art Show and during the shows on Thursday and Friday at The Gladstone Hotel.
Olena Sullivan of Photolena and The Painted Lady have sponsored this year’s Art Show, titled “Crossing Borders.” Art will be on display from Monday, July 16 through to Sunday, July 22 and will be auctioned during the Inaugural Closing Ceremonies with partial proceeds going to support the Festival. The Reception will be on Wednesday, July 18 at The Painted Lady from 6 pm to 1 am. Come mingle with the photographers, artists and performers for this FREE event, featuring bar top burlesque, a special edition of Naked Girls Reading and live music by Big Rude Jake!
The prestigious Burlesque University has expanded to include an Oakville campus, sponsored by Aradia Fitness, offering fabulous workshops with some of our amazing Headliners, with more convenience for people who live outside Toronto. TheToronto campus is sponsored by our new Partner, Theatrix, located at 165 Geary St. (2nd Floor), at Dufferin and Dupont, just a short bus ride away from our hub at the Gladstone Hotel. Workshops include Fan Dance, Introduction to Pole-Dancing with Gravity Plays Favorites and more!
Can’t get enough of the fabulous performances you’ve just seen at The Toronto Burlesque Festival? We’re excited to announce that the Festival will be having our first ever Wrap Party that’s open to the public. And even more enticing, it’s on a BOAT! EPIC CRUISES sponsors the Festival with the first ever Burlesque Boat Cruise on Friday, August 10. This is one party you won’t want to miss! Cruise around the Toronto Islands while watching stellar performances starring the biggest names in the Toronto scene!
Leading up to the Festival, you can catch “Babes ‘n Beards Backlot Bonanza” at sponsor Doll Factory by Damzels, 1122 Queen St. E. Saturday, June 23 from 2 to 6 pm. Tickets for sale for the Festival and for the Boat Cruise! They’ll also be at The Fringe Festival, Pride, Les Coquettes Speakeasy (July 8) and other events. Follow Sauci Calla Horra on Twitter (TOBurlesqueFest) and Facebook as she has her new costume for the Festival built by Theatrix! http://www.facebook.com/torontoburlesquefestival
Thursday July 19th
6 pm: Press Party/Meet & Greet Teaser, The Melody Bar of The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Hosted by Sexy Mark Brown (Skin Tight Outta Sight); performances by Scarlett Sparks (Halifax), Sucre a la Crème (Montreal), Koston Kreme (Ottawa), St. Stella, Dolly Berlin, Mlle Belle Jumelles and more! Live music by Big Rude Jake. FREE
9 pm: Headliners and Producers Showcase, The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. Tickets: $40 to $80
Hosted by Armitage Shanks (Seattle). Featuring Michelle L’amour (Chicago), Roxi DLite (Windsor), Kristina Nekyia (Hollywood), Gravity Plays Favorites (St. Louis), Burgundy Brixx (Vancouver) and from Toronto, Skin Tight Outta Sight, Ava Noir and Miss dd Starr, Coco Framboise, Mysterion the Mind Reader, Fionna Flauntit, Miss Mitzy Cream, Dew Lily, Mahogany Storm and Lili Bubulatovich of Les Coquettes.
Friday, July 20th
7 pm: 1st International Strip Search Competition, The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom. Tickets: $22.50 to $50
Hosted by Sexy Mark Brown (Skin Tight Outta Sight). Featuring Toronto Winner Pastel Supernova, Vancouver Winner Veronica Vex, Halifax Winner Miss Tipsy Sips and more! Headlining (non-competition) performances by Natalia Rose, Bianca Boom Boom and Percy Katt.
10pm: VIP Pre-Party for World Premiere of “Burlesque Assassins,” The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom Tickets: $45 to $50, includes performances at The Gladstone Hotel, price of film and VIP Seating with Performers, Producers and Media at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Performances feature Amber Ray (NYC), Champagne Sparkles (BC), film stars Armitage Shanks and Roxi Dlite and surprise stars of the Toronto burlesque scene!
11 pm: World Premiere of “Burlesque Assassins,” The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Tickets $15 to $20. Q&A with Director, Jonathan Joffe and Film Stars Roxi Dlite and Armitage Shanks.
Saturday, July 21st
7 pm: The Burlesque Ball, The Virgin Mobile Mod Club, 722 College St. Tickets: $35 to $80
Hosted by Armitage Shanks. Performances by St. Stella and James & The Giant Pasty, Festival Founder Sauci Calla Horra, Lola Martinet (Chicago), Burgundy Brixx (Vancouver), Les Coquettes, Festival Artistic Director Tanya Cheex, Paco Fish (Baltimore), Nasty Canasta (NYC), Coco Framboise, Miss Mitzy Cream, Skin Tight Outta Sight, Amber Ray (NYC), Kristina Nekyia (Hollywood), Jett Adore (Chicago), Michelle L’amour (Chicago), Roxi Dlite (Windsor), Canadian Legend of Burlesque, Ms. Judith Stein (Nelson, BC) and more.
Includes Tease ‘n Twirl Marketplace and Dance After Party with DJ Mark Holmes. Surprise Late Night Performances!
Sunday, July 2nd
12 noon: Return to Your Roots Burlesque Brunch, The Cadillac Lounge, 1300 Queen St. W. Tickets: $10 to $20
Hosted by The Great Canadian Wolfman; performances by The Saucy Tarts, Velma Candyass (Montreal), Kay Licious & Buster Price (Halifax), Esther de Ville, Kitty Kane (UK), and more. Headlining performance by Nasty Canasta (NYC)!
6 pm: Closing Ceremonies/Headliners Showcase, The Virgin Mobile Mod Club. Tickets: $35 to $80
Hosted by La Minouche (Les Coquettes). Performances by Billie Black (Les Coquettes), Mysterion the Mind Reader, Cherry Typhoon (Japan), Ms. Chaos Divine, The EmpeRoAR Fabulous (Seattle), Miss Alyssa Kitt (Australia), Victoria Romanova (Russia/The Netherlands), Obskyura, Viva La Meurte (Chicago), Lucky Minx, Lady Josephine (Montreal), Fionna Flauntit, Mlle Oui Oui Encore (Montreal), Kiss Me Kate (San Francisco), Scarlett James (Montreal), Gravity Plays Favorites (St. Louis) and more. Closing performance by “No Pants Romancer” Jett Adore!
Includes Tease ‘n Twirl Marketplace and Dance After Party with DJ Sigourney Beaver!
HOW TO BUY TICKETS:
Guaranteed Seating and General Admission Festival Passes are only available online.
Guaranteed Seating Individual Tickets only available for select events and only online at Eventbrite.
Early bird tickets in effect online and at special events only from June 16 to July 1, 2012.
Advance ticket vendors: Hell’s Belles, Nearly Naked and Rotate This. On sale June 25, 2012.
$5 surcharge per ticket for at-the-door sales.
When & Where
Multiple Locations - The Gladstone Hotel and The Mod Club
Gladstone Hotel - 1214 Queen St. W.
The Mod Club - 722 College St.
Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Monday, July 23, 2012 at 2:00 AM (EDT)
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