NYBF Memories

I love my review from NYBF 2013 on 21st Century Burlesque

Dolly Berlin’s performance provoked a mix of amused, surprised and faintly disgusted responses. Let’s just say that too much Sprite during an act makes for a pretty original, not to mention gaseous, routine. Initially presented as a wholesome, pretty pinup, it would have been easy to produce a safe, possibly forgettable act. Instead she was fearlessly coarse, and she certainly stands out in my memory two weeks later.

dolly-angela-650I was really happy to be accepted to New York’s 11th Annual burlesque festival with “Dolly Pop,” one of my favourite acts about a pop-shoppe pin-up gone wrong. I’ve been lucky enough to perform a handful of times in the city before at Under St. Marks Theatre and The Slipper Room, so I was glad to not be popping my entire NYC cherry, but it was my first time performing on such a large-scale event in NYC, with many ‘elite’ performers in attendance.

Truly I was pretty nervous, partly because I was still shaken from having had my phone stolen the night before my flight to New York, right after being robbed at work. Yikes! An ominious feeling of ill-fate still hung over me, and when I took out my hair in the tiny hotel room I was sharing with Mysterion for the weekend, my wet-set hadn’t turned out how I like it (always a stress-inducing moment in ‘showbiz’).

But when I got to the awesome underground venue, things started jiving and I felt a lot more comfortable and eager to get on stage. It being the Teaser party, there were many a hello, lots of hugs, handshakes, and smiles. New York is truly an amazing circuit and everyone is super friendly and approachable. I perused the vendors (and picked up a Dangrrrous Designs cage panty as well as pair of Cheeky Cheetah Glorious Pasties), watched some of the show, then slipped backstage to get ready. I was still internally stressing about my hair, but after observing another performer backstage who had forgotten her ‘phony pony,’ absolutely KILL IT on stage, I felt a bit more inspired to just focus on my attitude and facial presentation. The point of the act is in fact comedy, rather than sex appeal anyway!

“Dolly Pop” is a pretty personal act; for those who know me, you know I have a tendency to produce the occaisonal surprise and robust burps. In the act, I am flirtatiously sipping a soda a la 1950s teenage diner hangouts. The soda provokes me to belch uncontrollably. Embarassed, I hurry to remove my constrictive corset, and for a brief time think I’m in the clear, but then after a bout of shimmy and dancing, the burps return! That time, my shock and shame turn into pride, and by the end I’m forcing out a series of insanely loud and revolting belches while spinning tassels. I personally find it hilarious, and although it’s produced a few head-shakes, every time I perform it I find a number of people that share the humour in it and it makes my heart glow! I can’t stick to just humour, or just glamour. But I love both and I’m glad to have the opportunity to do both within the same artform. Always do you!

The rest of the weekend was an amazing and inspiring blur, much too much for me to ramble on about here. But you can read up on it through the detailed reviews by the good people at 21st Century Burlesque here;

Thursday @ Le Poisson Rouge

Friday @ Brooklyn Bowl

Saturday @ BB Kings

“Let’s Make Mom Proud!”

This Sunday, GCB brings back our Mother’s Day edition of our popular burlesque brunch for the 2nd year in a row! Last year’s event was a beautiful afternoon of burlesque and female-loving fun, and was evern covered in The Grid! (http://www.thegridto.com/city/local-news/mamas-girls/)

This is a super-fun event for the adventurous mom, the adult child and/or any combination of female family members looking to do something exciting and completely un-stuffy to celebrate mums.


Find out more information at http://www.greatcanadianburlesque.com, or make reservations through event producer Fionna Flauntit via fionna.greatcanadianburlesque@gmail.com


On Monday evening I had the pleasure of fufilling a long-time goal of modelling for Dr. Sketchy’s. I’m pretty sure I’ve wanted to do it since high-school. Not sure where/when exactly I decided this, but I did. Anyway, so the Toronto Sketchy’s team is awesome and I wish I had had the bravado to ask to participate sooner. I was the second-last session of the season (after they went on a hiatus, and before another hiatus).

The 3 looks I modelled for the session were my tropicana Carmen Mirana-inspired outfit, a Versailles style wig and lacey number, and a 20s-vamp emsemble. Saw a few of the illustrations posted on facebook, hopefully the artists don’t mind if I re-post them here.

x Jason Bone
x Francis Fauteux
x Andrea Sloan

It was a great atmosphere with fun music, but I have to say I used a ton of Tigerbalm the day after. I didn’t realize how painful holding the same position for 1, 5, 10 or 15 minutes could be! I suppose that’s foolish of me, no? Hopefully I did enough diverse poses for the group, and the artistes had a fun evening as well.

Read the Dr. Sketchy’s Toronto Blog here!

xox, Dolly