Laced Up Cabaret is proud to present this amazing cast of burlesque performers to our stage.
Professor Eugene Organ (Edmonton)
Burlesque host and lecturer extraordinaire, Professor Eugene Organ Ph.D graduated from Yale summa cum laude in 1995 with a major in Sexuality Studies and a minor in Classics. He has since devoted most of his academic pursuits to the physical form of the burlesque performer and has written research papers for the Journal of Glitter Sciences like “Assles to Tassles – Butts to Busts” and “Hard Labour – Difficult Twerking Conditions”. He is currently working to establish the Faculty of Glitterology at King’s University College.
Photos: Aaron Pedersen
Amber Ray (New York)
Amber Ray’s pageantry is easily described as iconic. This variety vixen is a sensation in the evolving essence of pop art and culture. Her chameleonic qualities measure boundless variations and are sure to astonish you with her graceful confrontations and fantastical flamboyance. She is well known for her many characterized acts and adventures based on collaborations for style makers such as Anti-gravity, Susanne Bartsch, Thierry Mugler, Jackie 60, Penny Arcade and a thrivingly talented New York City performance community. She is inspired by classic burlesque, the freak chic, theater, high-fashion, old Hollywood and the feminine mystique visible in every era.
Photos: Nez Kendall/Photolena
Dangrrr Doll (New York)
The Twisted Beauty of New York City, Dangrrr Doll is a multi-award winning performance artist known for her stunning costumes and unique interpretation of burlesque. Hailed as “high concept” and “defiantly weird” by Burlesque Beat, Dangrrr brings classic beauty combined with pop culture savvy and a dose of heavy metal to the stage. A professional costumer by day, this blonde bombshell is the producer of RAWR! Burlesque and the brains behind NYCC’s first official burlesque show. Dangrrr Doll can frequently be seen with Wasabassco and at New York’s famous burlesque venue, The Slipper Room. She can also sometimes be found teaching with the NY School of Burlesque.
Photos: Alex Colby/POC Photo
Kira Von Sutra (Los Angeles)
Beginning her career in 2003 with Oklahoma’s first revival troupe, The Spiderlillies, the “The Iron Mermaiden” quickly became known for her exaggerated facial expressions, subtle and sexy humor, and artful sexual satire. Combining traditional Burlesque with her love of campy horror, glam kitsch and a heaping serving of good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll has earned her a dedicated and steadily growing cult following. Named one of 13 of LA’s top Burlesque performers by TimeOut LA in 2013. Internationally sought out beauty, Rock N Roll burlesque starlet, and critically acclaimed pinup model. Kira is back for her third year in a row!
Photos: Kasia Szarek/Wonderland Studios
Raven Virginia (Calgary)
A professional stage actor, Raven became a permanent cast member of The Garter Girls in 2010. Raven’s numbers vary from romantic to raunchy, valuing imagery, character, narrative and emotional connection in all her performances. Notable performances include Lucha VaVoom (Calgary, L.A), Burlesque-A-Pades with Angie Pontani and Murray Hill (’12, ’13), The New Orleans, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton Burlesque Festivals, Girlesque ’15, and The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in 2013. In 2015, Raven was selected out of more than 500 applicants to compete for ‘Best Debut’ at The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas and became one of five Canadians ever to win a title.
Photos: Chris Hutcheson/Crystal Schick
Beau Creep (Edmonton)
Coming to you from the depths of the most wicked of nursery rhymes is Beau Creep! Beau Creep has been titillating, taunting, and teasing audiences all around Western Canada since 2011 and is the founder of All Tease All Shade Queer Cabaret and produces Dr. Sketchy Edmonton branch. He is the first Western Canadian boylesque performer to be part of the New York Boyleque Festival and Seattle Boylesque Festival. Catch him this year as he breaks into the international scene, shimmying over to all the boylesque festivals around the world including the Vienna Boylesque Festival. But the most important accomplishment is becoming the new President of the Edmonton Burlesque Festival!
Photos: Natalia Lindbergh/Beau Creep
Cherry Monroe (Edmonton)
Miss Cherry Monroe “the queen of dry humor & wet dreams” is the founder of The Velvet Cupcakes & The Stud Muffins. She is constantly on a hunt to find the perfect husband with her pal Penelope, so boys get ready for a steamy & tasty night when Cherry finds you. She has been performing the art of burlesque for just over a year while captivating audiences from the East & West ends of Canada. So if you are looking for a “curvy yet pervy” wife Cherry is the one for you.
Photos: Natalie Cranston
Holly Von Sinn (Edmonton)
With a background training in clown and a hatred of pants, Holly Von Sinn seeks to expand the boundaries of burlesque and strip performance art. They can be seen performing as Holly Von Sinn or alter ego Howard Van Zandt all around the Edmonton area. They have performed abroad, notably gracing the Hubba Hubba stage in San Francisco, headlining The Wiggle Room in Montreal, performing at The Slipper Room in New York City with king of burlesque Russel Bruner. They have performed at the Ottawa, Texas, Southern Fried Atlanta Burlesque Festivals, Alternatease in Cambridge, Girlesque Expo Toronto and co-headlined Burlesque and Beyond in Philadelphia.
Photos: Matchbox Photo/Holly Von Sinn
LeTabby Lexington (Edmonton)
Edmonton’s good girl of burlesque, LeTabby Lexington has graced the stage at both the Edmonton Burlesque Festival and Calgary Burlesque Festival as well as in Reveal Me and Sinful Sundays at Cherry Cola’s in Toronto. Co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of Send in the Girls Burlesque, Edmonton’s award winning theatre company that mixes burlesque with historical women’s stories. Most recently LeTabby appeared as Marie “Big Shot” Britton in Bust ‘Em Up Burlesque at the Citadel Theatre. This summer you can catch her in Shakespeare’s Sirens at the 2016 Edmonton Fringe.
Photos: Dave DeGagne
Maila Mustang (Edmonton)
A metal and B-movie lover with a dash of glamour, Maila Mustang has been causing heart palpitations with her own style of provocative bump-and-grind. Having been a pinup and fetish muse since 2007, it wasn’t hard for her to get her glittery foot in the burly door. Starting out as a stage kitten in Vancouver, it was her burly mama Burgundy Brixx that pushed her on the stage of Kitty Nights West in 2010. Now causing trouble in Edmonton, Alberta, she was one of the founding members the Edmonton Burlesque Festival and performs on a regular basis through out the city, including her bi-weekly solo show Patent Leather. A jack of all trades, not only does she choreograph all her acts, she also creates all her dazzling costumes and constantly questions “How small CAN I make these undies?”
Photos: Pin Up Perfection/Hello June
Violette Coquette (Edmonton)
Violette Coquette was lured into the glittery underground lair of satire, performance and naked revolution by Gloria Steinem’s lesser-known but much sparklier cousin, Gloria Thighnem, while sharing a croquette with her friend Dame Pérignon in Paris one summer. Violette now leads a local speakeasy revolution in her hometown of Edmonton that she, obviously, can’t talk about. Best-selling author of Whose Nipple Is That? A Guide to Differentiation Between Male Nipples and Those Offensive Female Ones, she also currently resides as Board President of the local non-profit club, the Aroused Glittery Ladies of Camisade (AGLC).
Photos: Aaron Pedersen/Jill Keech