Toronto Burlesque Festival
July 22, 2009

morebluemed Time: July 23, 2009 at 6pm to July 26, 2009 at 12pm
Location: Toronto
Website or Map: http://www.torontoburlesque…
Event Type: burlesque
Organized By: Toronto Burlesque Festival

Starring Michelle L’amour (Miss Exotic World 2005), Kitten De Ville (Miss Exotic World 2002), The Wet Spots, Jo “Boobs” Weldon, Amber Ray, Dr. Lucky, Kellita and more!

Along with THREE 2009 Burlesque Hall of Fame Winners;
Roxi DLite (Windsor), Hot Toddy (Chicago), Gigi & Pop (NYC),

TORONTO – The Toronto Burlesque Festival is back for their second year with “Tassels without Borders”, bringing you the best of the international burlesque scene! Building on the success of last year they’ve expanded into a FOUR day festival filled with tantalizing performances, workshops, classes in burlesque and pole-dancing, art shows and a Boobalicious Bra Auction for The Weekend to End Breast Cancer.

This year, the Festival boasts performances from Toronto darlings such as Les Coquettes, Skin Tight Outta Sight, Coco Framboise, Zero Gravity Circus. Boylesque TO, Ceci My Playmate, Lena Love, The Saucy Tarts, The Harlettes and the list goes on! The Festival also features over 40 performances from out-of-town artists, giving our local audience a rare opportunity to see some of the best in burlesque including TWO past holders of the Miss Exotic World Queen of Burlesque awards (Michelle L’amour and Kitten De Ville) and THREE 2009 Burlesque Hall of Fame Winners; Best Variety Act- Gigi and Pop (NYC), Best Boylesque – Hot Toddy (Chicago), 1st Runner-Up Reigning Queen of Burlesque and regular Guest Performer with Skin Tight Outta Sight! Roxi DLite (Windsor). All the shows will follow a vaudeville format with a Master (or Mistress!) of Ceremonies, comedians, live music, singers, variety, and acrobats along with the striptease artistes!

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Vancouver burlesque artist wins best debut title at Vegas pageant (June 26-27 news)
June 27, 2009

Melody Mangler’s winning stage act included rose petals and butterflies.

Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun

Published: Saturday, June 27, 2009

Vancouver burlesque artist Melody Mangler sashayed, flirted and danced her way to win the coveted Best Debut title at the 18th annual Miss Exotic World Pageant in Las Vegas.

“It was very exciting to win this for Canada,” said Melody (a.k.a. Rebecca Franklin). “I’m so proud to have been there to represent Vancouver and my community.”

The Exotic World Pageant features burlesque and “boylesque” competitors from around the world and is considered the “Oscars” of the retro art form.

The fiery, tattooed 26-year-old has been performing for about six years. To bring home the trophy last week, she went tassel to tassel with competitors from Helsinki, London, Chicago and New York.

Melody won for a routine in which she transformed from Little Bo Peep to Venus.

To help create the fantasy of beauty and surprise in her winning number, she threw rose petals that were kept afloat by a high-powered hidden fan, and when she ripped open her corset, butterflies flew out.

Melody said “the new burlesque has a very adult drift,” but it’s also about “glamour and laughing, performing and having a good time.”

Think pasties, feather boas, fan dances, bejewelled high heels, comedy, some skin, but flirtatiously less than all-bare, and you’ve got the idea of what the highly popular “new-burlesque” is all about.

Melody, who hails originally from Brooks, Alta. said her parents are “incredibly supportive of everything I do.”

She draws inspiration from the growing burlesque scenes in Los Angeles and New York. “It’s a fantasy world, it’s women coming together to celebrate. Everybody loves the same thing. . . being glamorous, hamming it up.”

As winner of Best Debut, Melody is now eligible to compete for Miss Exotic World Reigning Queen of Burlesque in 2010.

Melody is a founding member and artistic director of the Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society. She will perform in the Taboo Revue today at the WISE Hall.