Girlesque Diary: Hamilton

It’s very exciting to perform out of your regular area of expertise. I always love the shows in Hamilton, even if it is only an hour away. We carpooled to the venue with Pastor Morgan and MOPO, both excellent drivers.

After settling in with a smoke and a glass of water, everyone got down to getting their make-up, hair, glitter, wigs, costumes etc on. Yesterday was a very wig centric show, with myself, Tanya Cheex and the Schlep Sisters all tossing hair about. Darlinda Just Darlinda really impressed me though, with her ability to wear one wig for her first number (a Schlep Sisters number with Minnie Tonka that looked great although was a challenge on the tiny triangular stage), then to take it off, shake out her hair, and quickly wrap it up with a hair pin for her second number, coincidentally, a “Hair” piece (… see what I did there, hur hur hur). Total sex-bomb hair! I’ve never been able to have nice hair after a wig act, so I usually just leave it on for the rest of the night.

The show was super smooth, no hiccups or need to stall (yay!) although the stage was sort of difficult to work on (just because it was small and in the corner of the room with a step-up). Everyone did a fantastic job though, especially Aviva and Chaos Divine. Despite it being an overall great show and concept from Chaos, when you see her new act keep in mind that everything was hand-made by her without patterns!!!! That bitch! Haha, I hate sewing and I really hate drafting so I really commend her, it’s very slinky, sexy and beautiful. And Aviva was just very effing spot-on. Her bellydance abilities were really able to shine on the small stage since she could still be doing a lot of controlled movement without having to actually move back and forth or side to side. Very smiley, sweet with a few naughty implications.

And of course it’s always a pleasure to hear April March speak. She’s such a genuine sweetheart with so much to talk about in her crazy life. Unfortunately, she’s had a very bad experience recently with trying to publish a book. The person who wrote it for her, based on tapes of her telling stories she wanted included in it,  and her written information apparently embellished and mixed facts, consolidated stories and she had to pull it. So please, do not buy this book if you come across it, or if you have it/have read it, note that it is false information! April has lead a very amazing life and there is not reason to not portray her exactly as it happened.

MOPO as very kind to take us to McDonalds after the show, everyone had been to busy running around all day after work and school etc to eat properly (not that McDonalds is eating properly, buuuut)..it really hit the spot.

Wish I took pix but I forgot my card in my card reader, danggit Will have to take some tonight and Sunday in Ottawa.

Hope to see you at Revival tonight!

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Girlesque VII

So excited for this! I’ve wanted to see Coco Lectric perform live (because although her videos online are fantastic…videos just never do the real thing justice) forevvvver! I couldn’t  make it to watch Montreal festival because of work, so imagine my delight.

Soooooo hot!

Also, Midnite Martini is not to be missed. her stocking peels are legit sensational, helping her to win the last ever Joan Arline Legends Choice Award at Boston ’11 (RIP Joan).

Mysterion serves up a cast of international talent that will be headlined by none other than the Reigning Queen of Burlesque: Miss Indigo Blue andfeatures The Schlep Sisters (Good Jewish Girls Gone Wrong), Legend Tiffany Carter and TO’s fave Legend April March. Also appearing are “Ottawa’s Dream” Koston Kreme (I affectionately call her burlesque Barbie), Saskatoon’s Cheripop Purr, and Toronto’s Mena la Fleur, Ava Noir, Miss D D Starr, Natalia Rose (pole!), as well as (of course) the Great Canadian Burlesque girls.  I can’t wait to shake it for y’all and cheer my face off. Fingers crossed Coco Framboise with have some collab-classes available as well.

VIP tix are on sale already, which guarantee ah-mayzing seats (and I believe waitstaff to get your drinks for you, if I remember correct). General admission tix to be released soon. Makes a pretty fucking awesome gift, nahmean?

Oh man, I need to stop now… bursting with excitement…