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The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: Canada

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: Canada

Welcome back once more to our burlesque festival guide. This week we are leaving the USA behind and heading up north to see what Canada has to offer. With a burgeoning scene that has spawned such great performers as Roxi D’Lite (BHoF Queen of Burlesque 2010) there are a number of burlesque festivals hotting up the Canadian calendar in 2015 and early 2016.

Calgary International Burlesque Festival
Location: Calgary
Dates: 16-18 October 2015
Years running: 2
Organiser: unknown
About: Entering its second year, the Calgary International Burlesque Festival featured performers such as Lola Frost, emcee Crystal Precious and legend Judith Stein in their shows last year. Applications are now closed for this year’s shows, which include a showcase and cabaret night, line-up to be announced.
www.cibf.ca/

Calgary BF

Edmonton Burlesque Festival
Location: Royal Alberta Museum Theatre, Edmonton
Dates: 10-12 September 2015
Years running: 3
Organiser: Arabella Allure & team
About: The Edmonton Burlesque Festival returns this autumn with a sizzling selection of performers already announced. Headliners include The Wham Bam Thank You Ma’ams, Jeez Louise and Foxy Tann. Featuring a competition night, a neo-burlesque avant-garde showcase and an allstars event, there’s plenty to see and do.
www.edmontonburlesquefest.com/

Edmonton BF

Great Canadian Girlesque Expo
Location: Toronto
Dates: 2016 dates TBA
Years running: 10
Organiser: Mysterion
About: January 2015 saw the Great Canadian Girlesque Expo celebrating a decade of shows. Headlined by 2014 BHoF Queen of Burlesque Midnite Martini and Angie Pontani, the festival ran a series of shows over 3 days, featuring a wide variety of talent. Dates for a 2016 event have yet to be announced.
www.greatcanadianburlesque.com/

Montreal Burlesque Festival
Location: Club Soda, Montreal
Dates: 15-18 October 2015
Years running: 7
Organisers: Scarlett James & Montreal Burlesque Productions
About: The Montreal Burlesque Festival offers 3 nights of shows including a VIP event, international showcase and gala, before wrapping things up with a Burlesque Brunch on the Sunday. Line-up to be announced.
www.montrealburlesquefestival.ca/

Toronto BF

Toronto Burlesque Festival
Location: The Mod Club, Toronto
Dates: 27-30 August 2015
Years running: 8
Organisers: Sauci Calla Horra, Coco Framboise, Ava Noir
About: Toronto is home to not one but two fabulous festivals. The Toronto Burlesque Festival is hitting the stage this August for its 8th annual revue, featuring headliners Dirty Martini, Jett Adore, Bazuka Joe and Natasha Estrada. In addition to shows, you can sign up for Burlesque University classes with the stars.
www.torontoburlesquefestival.com/

Vancouver International Burlesque Festival
Location: Vancouver
Dates: 2016 dates TBA
Years running: 10
Organiser: VIBF Association
About: This year’s Vancouver Burlesque Festival took place at the end of April, with 2016 dates to be announced. Building upon Vancouver’s historical roots as a home of thriving burlesque in the 1940s, the festival showcases local talent as well and international performers. This year’s headliners included Midnite Martini and legend Toni Elling.
www.vanburlesquefest.com/

We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s roundup of burlesque festivals, join us next time as we check out some more of the big international festivals worldwide. Catch up on any blogs you’ve missed in the series so far via the links below.

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: USA Part 6

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: USA Part 5

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: USA Part 4

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: USA Part 3

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: USA Part 2

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: USA Part 1

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: UK

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festivals 2015: Europe

The ABC Guide to Burlesque Festival Applications

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