Missy/Ink Burlesque Spookies and Pageant Recap

The third installment of the “Dolly trying new things” series was especially nerve-racking: HOSTING. Yes, I recently popped my Femme-Cee cherry, hosting not only burlesque, but also a pageant! Missy/Ink Magazine entrusted me to be the mistress of ceremonies at their first ever Pin Up Pageant and “Burlesque Spookies” Halloween show.

 Larissa from Blonde Moxie Makeup, who was on the judges panel, helped professionally make up my face for the occaision, and I wore a Patricia Field wig, which I’d purchased especially to wear that evening.

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I took a quick second to snap a selfie backstage!


With 15 gorgeous and talented pageant contestants and 6 burlesque beauts, there was much to be said. GCB’s resident host, Wolfman, gave me some pointers ahead of time, and I adopted a touch of his rhyming scheme for some of the burlesque girls. The challenge with this show was mainly during the pin-up pageant portion, where I felt it neccesary to both be encouraging and positive with the contestants without seeming to favour any one girl. I think in future any hosting I do will be a bit smoother if I can do it off-the-cuff style, but with everyone’s image and introductions being so important, I opted this time to stick to my prepared notes.

 The most fun part of the pageant portion was the question round, where I got to interview the top 3 pageant contestants; Pastel Supernova, Laura Desiree and Corey Major. Seeing the girls parade and perform their talents was great, but hearing them all answer surprise questions with grace was amazing. I really appreciate that they were all so eloquent (if the roles were reversed I guarantee I would stammer through like a bafoon!) Trombone player Corey Major took home the evening’s big title, I can’t wait to see her spread in Missy/Ink’s first print issue coming out early 2014.

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Laura Desiree, Corey Major, Pastel Supernova
Photo cred: Altovenue

On the other end of the show, the burlesque girls really did an amazing job ringing in the Halloween season touching on themes from ghosts to trick-or-treating to plague doctors. It was the perfect mix of sexy with a dash of humour and horror, and was a huge honour for me to present.

Stay tuned to Missy Ink & Photolena‘s facebook page  for more photos and coverage of the event!

Congrats to all the ladies, I can’t wait to see and work with you all again soon


Summer Lovin’

So this spring/summer has been amazing and boobie-shaking filled. It basically kicked off with a performance in Ottawa on a Capital Tease show (which my aunts attended, first time inviting family), and the Great Burlesque Exposition in Boston. Those weekends were awesome, it felt like touring again!

Around that time I also did a photoshoot with Richard Kern which was interesting because it was so not like anything I have ever done before. Absolutely no makeup (and no pasties as well). Still fun, just to try out a different style of ‘sexy’, although I do much prefer glamour to au naturel. The day after I had a shoot with Orangeroads for their workshop sessions and Toni snapped this pic:

Canda day brought O Manada!, which was an amazing production by Boylesque TO. I had missed the show in the fall so I was very happy I got to see it this time around. Lee’s Palace was PACKED and the crowd went nuts. Standout acts were Mickey D Licious’s ode to Jack Layton and his mustache (RIP), Mahogany Storm’s Flag on a Pole act, a group parody of “The Hockey Sweater,” and of course Dew Lily (and his Mountie act). O Manada was the best thing I’ve seen all year (aside from TBF).

And well..speaking of TBF, this year was incroyable! In honour of the “Candiana-Rama” theme of the event, I performed my “I’m a Halfbreed Too” act (a homage to Metis people, especially those wth relatives who were in residential school).

Last year had a pretty NY heavy focus (which I loved), but this year was all about the Canadians, with a bunch of Halifax performers (maritime mermaids), some Vancouver talent (royalty!), and Montreal beauties as well. Melody Mangler was my favourite Canadian. She had beautiful pasties for sale, great hair, and a winning personality. Not that most performers don’t, but I just love when you meet burly girls who are kind and friendly right off the bat.

I also went all fangirl on Trixie Little, but I couldn’t help it! Her mermaid fillet act was hilarious, and the ending a little bit funny and a little bit disturbing. I couldn’t find a video with the exact version of the act but.. it involved a masturbating mermaid and an egg blast.

Post festival, there was nothing to really do except for lay around the house and watch every episode of True Blood, and then all of a sudden, more burlesque explosion! Had 2 gigs in one night (a private one, and another for Tattoo Rock Parlour with the Starlight ladies).

And I can’t forget to mention Roxi D’lite’s production “Boom Boom Burlesque.” Mitzy Cream & I travelled to my hometown, Windsor Ontario, for a mere 5 hours to take in the show. Saw Peekaboo Pointe’s perfectly on-point cat act again and loved it even more than the first time, Julie Atlas Muz, Stage Door Johnnies, Mat SealBoy Fraser and of course Roxi Dlite also performed. We had front row seats and I won a Roxi poster, yayayay.

I sort of hate summer (now that I’m not in school and it has no merit as a holiday), but this one has been pretty great.

Cross my fingers mt lucky streak keeps up!

xox, Dolly