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20090917 I’ve been a little quiet on the blog front lately, while I’ve been tending to other creative projects (and adjusting to the demands of full-time French school). One of the fruits of my labour is this cover story in Hour, a MontrΓ©al arts and entertainment weekly. I had the pleasure ofΒ  talking to Scarlett James, organizer of the first annual MontrΓ©al Burlesque Festival, which starts today and runs until Sept 20. While researching the story, I was surprised to discover that burlesque faces some of the same challenges as yoga ~ tradition vs evolution, commercialization, hybridization, and the risk of being “dumbed down” as the art form becomes more mainstream. I’ll have more to say about that later… in the meantime, you can expect some kind of recap of the festival, since I’ll be checking out some of the gala events and participating in workshops and drinking martinis all weekend. Glitter and tassels and feathers, oh my!

Read about my brief flirtation with burlesque.

Hot on the heels of the coregasm post, I have some updates on next month’s Montreal Burlesque Festival (Sept 17-20). First of all, tickets are on sale now, and you can buy them online. Second, the lineup is finalized and available on the website, including adorable pop-up bios of each performer. And finally, support the festival and get a sneak peek by coming out to The Silk Stocking Revue, a fundraiser event happening on Wednesday, August 5 at the Opus Hotel. Tickets are $20 at the door ~ though if you flash a little thigh, the “box office bombshell” will knock off $5.

The show will feature some of the brightest stars in MontrΓ©al’s burlesque community:

Bianca Brightheart
BonBon Bombay
Cammie Mudflaps
Connie & Kittie
Dom Castelli
Lola Lamb
Lea Rondot
Mimi
Peter J. Radomski
Scarlett James
Seska Lee

n179181930857_7531Well, it’s about time Montreal got its own burlesque festival. Vancouver has one, Toronto has one, and as the undisputed sexiest city in Canada, Montreal deserves one. Fortunately for all of us burlesque fans in the 514, some local ladies got their act together and have organized the first annual Montreal Burlesque Festival, to be taking place September 18 – 20, 2009.

So far, Coco Framboise and Michelle L’Amour (Miss Exotic World 2005) are confirmed, along with Montreal burlesque stars, Seska Lee and Miss Sugarpuss. The organizers are accepting performer applications until July 15. The weekend is going to be chock full of sexy events, including an all-star evening showcase, an awards ceremony, workshops and brunch (who says Sunday morning brunch can’t be saucy?). And since Montreal has a history of being a Sin City, there’ll be a historical, educational aspect to the festival as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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