WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT
Poetry in pasties at the Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar last night, my friends, at the Toronto Burlesque Festival Press Party/Meet & Greet Teaser. This is the 5th annual TBF, with performances taking place at the Gladstone and the Mod Club, running until July 22.
Hostess with the mostess (and Skin Tight Outta Sight business and booking manager) Sauci Calla Horra introduced the panel that included: performer Coco Framboise, and guests of honour Imogen Kelly (the Reigning Queen of Burlesque, who came in all the way from Australia), Ms. Judith Stein and April March, who took questions from the floor. While Ms. Kelly is pioneering the art form in Australia, Ms. Stein and Ms. March were doing their own pioneering here back in the day, when venues and backstage ammenities were less glamourous. There are about 200 performers in Toronto, including some male performers, though the majority are women. Burlesque is about paraody – sending up what men want in a woman (or, what women want in a man).
Rockabilly band Jump Devils performed a rockin pre-naked ladies set, then turned the floor over to teaser performance hosts Sexy Mark Brown and The Great Canadian Wolfman, who introduced a tantalizing sampling of the talent that will be featured throughout the festival. Big fun times, my friends. If you have a chance, check out these amazingly talented and lovely performers.
For more info on the Toronto Burlesque Festival, please visit their website: http://www.torontoburlesquefestival.com/
For info on the hosting troupes/organizers, check out:
Skin Tight Outta Sight: http://www.skintightouttasight.com/
Coco Framboise: http://cocoframboise.com/
Great Canadian Burlesque: http://greatcanadianburlesque.com/
And here’s a peek at a couple of the performers we were treated to last night. You know, there’s just something about a woman in a corset. That is all.