Alright, so summer is just about done. Certainly the weather of late has made it clear that fall was on the way, but while there’s a chill in the October air, the Montreal Burlesque Festival will be warming things up in Montreal on fire with three days of performances by the world’s finest burlesque artists.
The festival promises visitors and locals alike a weekend of dazzling shows, featuring every style of burlesque imaginable, titillating activities and workshops and opportunities to meet stars in person.
Things kick off on Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. with an official meet-and-greet dinner at the Parisian brasserie, Le Pois Penché, where guests will have the pleasure of mingling with artists and enjoy up-close performances by Egypt Blaque Knyle and Vayda Rhinstone.
A native of Los Angeles, Mrs. Blaque Knyle has been a dominant force in major burlesque competitions, ascending rapidly to the highest echelons of 21st Century Burlesque Magazine’s rankings.
The fabulous Mrs. Rhinstone, who hails from Chicago and is literally a pin-up poster come to life, has been leaving her sparkles on stages across the American Midwest for the past decade.
On Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 at Club Soda (1225, St-Laurent blvd), bejeweled and bedazzling burlesque fans will dress to the nines and gather at Club Soda to be entertained by the best in the business.
On Oct. 18, the first half of the show features artists from Canada, the U.S., Italy, the UK, France, Cuba, and South Africa who will compete for the highly coveted Lili St Cyr award for best act and 1st and 2nd runner up.
The show would not be complete without the breathtaking headline performances by Jett Adore, Miss Tosh, Frankie Fictitious (2019 Burlesque Hall of Fame Queen), Miss Jolie Papillon and Scarlett James for the highly glittery second half.
The Oct. 19 gala will turn up the heat a few notches with shows by Lily Lynx, Scarlett Martini, Alexanne Plouffe, Candy Applebottom, Electrik Poodles Duo, Kitty Kin Evil and a special performance by the previous evening’s Lili St Cyr Award winner, Scarlett James, Montreal’s own international burlesque legend and the festival’s founder will take to the stage, premiering a new and grandiose act.
For more, go to www.montrealburlesquefestival.com