2018: A Year of Changes

2018 has been a transitional year.  It has been the uncomfortable growing stage in between leaving a past self behind and becoming a new creature.  It has been hard and it has been a journey but ultimately it has been worth it.

In 2018 I performed at the Fierce! International Queer Burlesque Festival, the Toronto Burlesque Festival, the ROM with Amplify Apparel, all three PeepshowTO productions, twice at Speakeasy at Revival, the Ladies of Burlesque at the Royal, Toronto Pride and my favourite place; Yeti Con! I even go-go danced in the elevator at the Toronto Reference Library for the Snailoween Party!  I travelled to New York and barely made it to Montreal, where I was sadly too ill to perform at the Bagel Burlesque Festival.

The biggest change in my life this year was leaving my soul-sucking, 9-5 office job for a more creative career path.  I have had some of my best photoshoots, both in front of and behind the camera and worked with a whole plethora of new and wonderful people!  I made a fabulous new costume for one of my favourite performers, Laura Desiree.  I celebrated the marriage of two of my dearest friends.  I got a new, badass tattoo of my idol Tura Satana from my girl Suspiria!  And to top off the whole year I move back into my apartment after nearly a year of extensive renovations!

I am now in the process of setting up Dolly Shots Studio for 2019 and I am so excited to share it with you!  Stay tuned next year for lots more fabulous-ity and beauty!

Happy New Year!!

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Photo by Jonathan Choi, Direction by Katherine Bermudo
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My third time seeing Hamilton in NYC for my Birthday with Sevvy and Betty
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Chilling with my bae Leeland backstage at Sinful Sundays
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Photo by Tyrone Islington Photography
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Meeting the incredible Miz Cracker in NYC was a dream!  As was watching Betty lipsync for her life with Cracker cheering her on!
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Lord of the G-Strings was such a fun show!
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Galadriel at Lord of the G-Strings will forever be one of my favourite performances
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Performing at Fierce with these fierce ladies!  Zilly Lilly, Charlie Quinn, Coco Frambois, and Betty Quirk
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The Amplify Apparel team at the ROM
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Emma Frost photo by Tyrone Islington
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The PeepshowTO crew at Yeti Con
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Photo by Stacey Naglie
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We rocked the house with our nerdy performances at Yeti Con!
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Photo by Teri G
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Backup dancing for my bb Leeland at Pride with all these hotties!
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My second Ru-Girl meeting of the year was with the stunning Aja at Pride!
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I always love being the PeepshowTO Poster Girl!  Here I am rocking the Barbarella look, shot by Paul Hillier.
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The PeepshowTO Space show was a blast!
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Photo by Rebecca Northcott
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In the middle of this man-sandwich at the Toronto Burlesque Festival.  I love Tucker and Newfoundlad!!
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Showing off our pantsuits by Betty Quirk at the Toronto Burlesque Festival!
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Taste of the Danforth is always part of my summer.  Here I am with my sister Bri!
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Photo by Paul Hillier
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A Cool Rider and a Cool Teacher backstage at Speakeasy at Revival with Charlie Quinn!
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My second performance with Amplify Apparel for a private event
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Go-Go dancing as Alice at PeepshowTO was so much fun!
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Round one of my tattoo with Suspiria (stay tuned for the finished tat)
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Shooting the poster for Snailoween was also such an incredible experience, and the final result was amazing!!
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The Snailoween party with my gals!
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I love me some man-sandwiches ok… Comikonrad and The Last Son are such hunks!
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Go-Go dancing in the Reference Library Elevator at Snailoween
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Photo by Stacey Naglie

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Behind the Scenes with Lunar Replicant
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Being glam at Amie and Zach’s wedding with Leeland
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Photo by Taeden Hall for Gloomth
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2017: A Mixed Bag of a Year

2017 was a very strange year.  There were lots of fun, happy memories but also a lot of very trying moments.

This year I travelled quite a lot to Montreal and New York City and also added Freeport, Bahamas to my travel list.  I performed once again as part of the Toronto Burlesque Festival, at Toronto Pride, at Yeti Con, for the Ladies of Burlesque at the Royal, and in all 3 of the Peepshow TO productions.   I had the pleasure of seeing the musical Hamilton twice in New York City.  I went to Drag Con NY, the Bagel Burlesque Expo, Yeti Con and Fan Expo.  I got a new tattoo from Genevieve FT.  And I got to see two of my favourite people get married in a Jewish/Indian/Lord of the Rings wedding!

All in all this year has really taught me who the important people are in my life and to cherish those relationships.  I’ve worked really hard this year to accomplish my goals but I know this is only the beginning.  Look out 2018, I’m coming for you!!

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Betty Quirk, myself, Coco Framboise, Zilly Lilly and Charlie Quinn at Comic Strip-off a Marvel vs DC Burlesque Parody.  Photo by Chris Hutcheson
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Photo by Photolena
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Seeing Hamilton in NYC with my mom
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Photo by Tyrone Islington Photography
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In NYC visiting the Fearless Girl statue
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At the HUMP Film Fest with Betty Quirk
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Fire Strip With Me photo by Zach Garand
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Best Birthday ever!! With Bunny Buxom and Betty Quirk at Fire Strip with Me
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La Banquise in Montreal during the Bagel Burlesque Fest
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My only new tattoo this year from Genevieve FT
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Photo by Photolena
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Hanging out with Bear Sailor Moon at Fan Expo
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Performing with Leelando at Pride in Dundas Square
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At Pride with my lovely friend Bri
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At Drag Con in NYC
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Performing with Betty Quirk as part of the Toronto Burlesque Festival
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A wonderful boat ride through NYC with Betty and Max
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Photo by Photolena
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Celebrating the marriage of these crazy kids!
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Yeti Con with Zilly Lilly, Betty Quirk, Leelando and Sevvy Skellington
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Performing at the Ladies of Burlesque viewing of Marie Antoinette. Photo by Dominic Ali
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At the Simpsons Burlesque Show with the Yonge Guns
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A wet rollercoaster ride at Wonderland with Max and Betty
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Photo by Tyrone Islington
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A weekend riding around in Montreal
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Halloween with Leelando and Betty Quirk at Impulse.  Photo by Teri G
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Photo by Photolena
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Montreal Girl’s weekend with a colourful crew
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Photo by Rebecca Northcott Photography
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Sailing around in the Bahamas for Betty’s Birthday
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Photo by Photolena
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Girl’s Holiday Dinner