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Toronto Burlesque Festival 2009 (July 23-26, 2009)

The Toronto Burlesque Festival 2009 is back with four days of fabulous performances from around the world! Come on out and have a taste of Burlesque in action right here in Toronto!

We also aim to bring together the many fans of different burlesque troupes here in Toronto. Each show is unique and will introduce you to new and fabulous performers you have never seen before from such diverse cities as Montreal, Vancouver, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Key West Florida and even Paris! The Festival also offers performers the opportunity to engage in the exchange of ideas and resources. Artists from many different mediums are coming together at many events and workshops held at popular Toronto venues. The Toronto Burlesque Festival includes an Art Show (in partnership with Dr. Sketchy Toronto), a Photography Exhibit, and a Burlesque Bra Auction with all proceeds going to Boobalicious for the Weekend to End Breast Cancer. We are also thrilled to include a full schedule of workshops for Canada’s only “Burlesque University.” We invite those new to burlesque and experienced performers alike to take advantage of our star-studded faculty of internationally acclaimed teachers, including the Head of the New York School of Burlesque and many Miss Exotic World title-holders!

Our new theme is “Tassels Without Borders,” as The Toronto Burlesque Festival brings you the best in the international burlesque scene! For 2009, we continue with amazing performances over FOUR nights and a brand new line-up of workshops for our "Burlesque University," where seasoned performers and laypeople alike can learn the tricks of the trade from the very best artists in the scene! We are also partnering with Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School for a burlesque retrospective Art Show at The Gladstone Hotel. Furthermore, the Festival will feature a photography and burlesque costume exhibit and will include fundraising activities for local charities. New this year will be a Burlesque Marketplace, where local artists can vend their burlesque-related crafts and wares!

Thursday, July 23 - Meet and Greet Teaser!
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art Show
The Gladstone Hotel - 1214 Queen St. W.
Art Show Opening on the Second Floor - 6 pm
Photography Exhibit and Burlesque Bra Auction for Breast Cancer in The Art Bar - 6 pm
Performance/ Sketch-a-thon/ Dance After Party in The Ballroom - 8 pm
Tickets - $20 +GST

Friday, July 24 - The Opening Gala
The Centre for Gravity - 1300 Gerrard St. E.
Doors at 8 pm
Tickets - $30 +GST

Saturday, July 25 - The Burlesque Ball
The Mod Club - 722 College St.
Doors at 6 pm
Tickets - $35 +GST
(includes After Party at The Cadillac Lounge -1296 Queen St. W. - with live music by The Screwed!)

Sunday, July 26
The Tiki Brunch (and Tease 'n Twirl Marketplace)
The Cadillac Lounge Patio and Indoors - 1296 Queen St. W.
Doors at 2 pm
Tickets - $20 +GST

VIP Weekend Pass - $100 +GST
Limited number available. "Front of the line" for all events!

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