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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Babes of Burlesque Finale Starring Knox Harter

Knox Harter is baring it all for the finale of Babes of Burlesque this week!

You can see this fantastic lady at the Toronto Burlesque Festival on Saturday, July 28th for Spellbound.  Knox is the artistic collaborator behind Spellbound on top of debuting a brand new act for this show!  You won’t want to miss out, so get your tickets today!

Thanks to everyone who helped out with the Babes of Burlesque series.  Thanks to my gorgeous models Charlie Quinn, Ivory, Ruby Moon, Dottie Champagne, St. Stella and Knox Harter! Special shout out to Leelando who lent us the gorgeous love seat you see in many of the photosets!  None of this would happen without the amazing help of Zach Garand!  And thank you to Inkast Studio for having us in your wonderful space!

Photos by Dolly Shots Photography with assistance from Zach Garand

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Babes of Burlesque: Knox Harter pt 3

The gorgeous Knox Harter is serving a Cyd Charisse fantasy as this week’s Babe of Burlesque!

This multi-talented performer is busy as ever right now producing her monthly show Speakeasy at Revival and preparing for her production Spellbound at the Toronto Burlesque Festival.  You can catch High Society’s Birthday Show at Revival on July 19th and of course you won’t want to miss any of the Toronto Burlesque Festival productions happening between July 26th and July 29th.

Photos by Dolly Shots Photography with assistance from Zach Garand

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Babes of Burlesque: Charlie Quinn pt 2

Charlie Quinn is the quintessential pinup girl in this week’s Dolly Shots photoset!

This gorgeous gal is a producer and performer at this year’s Toronto Burlesque Festival, July 26th – 29th.  You will also be able to purchase her wares at the festival or you can order custom pasties and other sparkly things by contacting her through Charlie Quinn’s Quinntessentials!

Lingerie from Bettie Page Lingerie for Playful Promises from Gigi’s House of Frills
Photos by Dolly Shots Photography with assistance from Zach Garand

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Babes of Burlesque: Ruby Moon pt 2

The modern day Bettie, Ruby Moon, is back this week as a sugary sweet, pinup treat!

You can catch this burlesque babe at The Femme Rebelles’ Student Showcase on June 22nd at The eBar in Guelph.  Ruby will also be performing as part of this year’s Toronto Burlesque Festival in the show Geeks & Cheeks: A Pop Culture Burlesque!  Get your tickets now!

Photos by Dolly Shots Photography with assistance from Zach Garand

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Babes of Burlesque: Knox Harter pt 2

The fiery redhead, Knox Harter, is back this week, serving vintage, pinup doll glam!

You can catch this busy, burlesque beauty on June 7th at Let’s Go Crazy: A Burlesque Tribute to Price at The Pilot in Toronto.  You can also see Knox hosting her monthly show, Speakeasy at Revival on June 10th.  This month’s theme is Animated and stars a cast of fabulous performers that includes myself!  Knox is also a collaborator and performer at this year’s Toronto Burlesque Festival!  You won’t want to miss any of these amazing shows, so get your tickets now!

Babydoll Nightie by Leelando Calrissian
Photos by Dolly Shots Photography with assistance from Zach Garand

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Babes of Burlesque: Ivory pt 2

The drop-dead gorgeous Ivory is serving high-end vintage glamour in this week’s Babes of Burlesque set from Dolly Shots Photography!

This hard working babe will be all over Toronto in June!  You can catch Ivory at LETS GO CRAZY: A Burlesque Tribute to PRINCE at The Pilot on June 7th, at Les Femmes Fatales at Sinful Sunday’s at Cherry Cola’s on June 10th, at Sapphic Aquatica Pride Edition at Oasis Aqualounge on June 17th, at Tragically Stripped: A burlesque tribute to The Hip at Revival on College on June 23rd, and at the Church and Wellesley Stage at PRIDE TORONTO on June 24th!

Lingerie by Ewa Michalak from Toronto’s own Broad Lingerie
Dressing Gown by D’Lish
Photos by Dolly Shots Photography with assistance from Zach Garand

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