Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender 2019

Viva Las Vegas!!

Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of attending my very first Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender!  For those who don’t know, BHOF is a weekend long convention celebrating everything Burlesque including the Tournament of Tease, a competition to crown that year’s burlesque royalty, and events that raise funds to support the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum and our Burlesque Legends.

The weekend was packed full of events and I enjoyed many of them with my glamourous squad of Burly-Q Babes; Zyra Lee Vanity, Betty Quirk and Zilly Lilly! From the Photo Safari to the Sunday Pool Party to visiting the Burlesque Museum, the good times kept rolling and there was never a dull moment!

One of the highlights of the weekend was getting to see one of my dearest friends, Zilly Lilly, take the stage for the Movers, Shakers and Innovators showcase on Thursday Night to perform her legendary Beauty & The Beast Nerdlesque number.  She certainly made our Canadian crew proud as she danced her way through a Disney Princess rendition of NIN’s Closer in front of a massive audience of her peers!

This weekend was truly inspirational to me.  Seeing the Burlesque Legends, hearing their stories and learning about the history of the art form gave me a deeper respect for what we do.  Being surrounded by the queerest, most passionate and innovative performers of our time was nothing short of breathtaking.  I am coming off of this weekend with such a love and respect for this community and a sense of belonging in this crazy group of performing weirdos!

I hope you enjoy some fun photos from our crazy Vegas weekend!


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2016: A Slightly Less Fabulous Year

2016 was a really hard year for everyone.  It certainly wasn’t a year I will look back on fondly for many reasons.  However, as I sifted through the photos for this post, there were many moments of laughter and fun sprinkled throughout.  I always like to look on the bright side and so despite everything we’ve been through, here are some happy memories and pictures from 2016.

This year I traveled to New York, Montreal and Mexico!  I had a wonderful time modelling for Raezor Latex and participating with them in Montreal Fetish Weekend.  I performed in four spectacular Peepshow TO productions, three of which involved choreographing brand new group/duet routines with some of the most amazing Nerdlesque performers I know.  I met my personal fashion inspiration Dita Von Teese!  I got three new tattoos, including one that I got with my mom of the two of us as matryoshka dolls.  I further developed my portfolio as a model and as a photographer.  I made three wedding dresses and got to see two of my best friends marry each other!

I guess this year wasn’t so bad after all.  Here’s to an even better 2017!  Happy New Year!

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Henrietta VIII, Delicia Pastiche and myself performing our Eeveelutions act at Peepshow Go, Photo by Lick My Lens Cap
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Sleep No More in New York City
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Betty Quirk and I meeting Dita Von Teese
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Photo by Objektiv Photography for Raezor Latex
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Charlie Quinn, Dante Legend, Sky Blew, Betty Quirk and I performing at a Yacht Club Party
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A lovely drawing of me from a very talented fan!
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Delicia Pastiche (Flareon), Henrietta VIII (Vaporeon) and Me (Eevee) by Tyrone islington Photography
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I got my kitty Glinda tattooed on my leg
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My amazing girl friends took me out for high tea for my birthday!
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Photo by Photolena
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Delicia Pastiche, Loretta Jean, Zilly Lilly, Dew Lily, Sevvy Skellington, Betty Quirk and I performing our Catch me if you Can act at Speilberglesque
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Decked out in Sari’s at Sam and Trevor’s Mandvo
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Chow Mein’s Wedding!
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Photo by Yuli Scheidt for Primaala
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Performing as one of Leelando Calrissian’s beach babes in Dundas Square for Pride
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Vampira at Halloween
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Poster girl for Peepshow GO, Photo by Lick my Lens Cap
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Drinking mimosas in Mexico!
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Ewok crew (Helena Trona, Zilly Lilly, Shaanlesque, Loretta Jean and I) at Revenge of the Strip: A Star Wars Burlesque
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Dolly Shots Photography with Gala Delicious and Delicia Pastiche
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Mother Daughter Tattoos!
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Another amazing drawing by Bryce Hallet
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Photo by Tyrone Islington
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Tulum, Mexico with Sevvy Skellington and Betty Quirk
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Photo by Photolena
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Sam in the wedding dress I made for her!
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Sam in the other wedding dress I made for her!  (what a doll!)
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Pinup Tattoo by Genevieve FT
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Photo by Photolena
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Congrats to Sam and Trevor on their amazing wedding!
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My Girl Gang at our fav brunch spot!

2015: Another Fabulous Year!

2015 was a spectacular year for me!  I went to New York City, Orlando, Montreal and Detroit.  I performed in the Girlesque Expo, the Toronto Burlesque Festival and Pride Toronto.  I got three new tattoos including a BFF tattoo with Betty Quirk.  I watched one of my best friends get married.  I launched Dolly Shots Photography.  But most importantly I had a blast doing all these things with my fabulous friends.

The theme of this year for me was Girl Power!  I continue to surround myself with the smartest, funniest and coolest group of gals who are constantly inspiring me.  They are loving and supportive and always there to give advice, encouragement or share a cute cat photo!  I feel so lucky and blessed to have these women in my life.

I have big plans ahead for next year!  Stay tuned for more fabulousness in 2016!

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Betty Quirk and I performed our Two Little Gold Diggers act at the Girlesque Expo, The Toronto Burlesque Festival and Pride this year.
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I went on a wonderful trip to NYC with these gals.  I saw Hedwig with John Cameron Mitchell and Sleep No More.
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My brilliant illustrator friend Bryce Hallett did a lot of amazing drawings of me this year.
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Go Go Girl photo by Tyrone Islington
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Delicia Pastiche, Maria Juana and I at the Lord of the G-Strings burlesque show!
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My first official Dolly Shots Photoshoot with Delicia Pastiche.
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Mademoiselle Dolly photo by DWS Photography
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My beautiful shell tattoo from Nikko Adams.  Photo by Teri G
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Posing with Ariel at Disney World on my Orlando work trip!
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Mermaid Chibis of myself and Brittany from Atomic Lollipop.
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When Betty and I won the Project Furby contest at Atomic Lollipop.
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Joan from Mad Men photo by Elizabeth Horodnyk
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Hanging out with Mong Tho and Delicia Pastiche at Beatlesque.
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Bathing Beauty photo by Geoff Larkin
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Second new tattoo of the year at the Montreal Tattoo Expo.  Tattoo by Clifton Boggs.
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Hanging out with Delicia and Sarah in Montreal and eating all the food!
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60s Dolly Photo by Tyrone Islington
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Spending summer days at Christie Pitts Film Festival.
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Mom won box seats for Foo Fighters! Best concert of the year!
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Dolly in Blue photo by Tyrone Islington
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Taste of the Danforth with my Squad.
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Modeling for Gloomth photo by Tyrone Islington
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Betty and I got to meet Miss Fame!
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Brittany, Robin, Delicia and I on our way to Theatre Bizarre.
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Eeveelesque at the Peepshow Nintendo show! Photo by Lick My Lens Cap.
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Brittany’s Wedding!! With myself, Sara and Abi as her bridal party.
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The beautiful bride!
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Best friend forever tattoos with Betty Quirk! Tattoos by Amy Bliska.
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Meeting Fashion Santa!!
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My amazing Girl Gang!