It’s Festival Time!

Festivals are an important part of the burlesque scene. Held in venues all over the world, these events bring together local and guest performers, as well as teachers, vendors, and Legends (pioneering burlesque performers who paved the way for what we do today) for multiple days and nights of performance showcases, classes, networking opportunities, and socializing.

If you follow our Facebook page or attended our Return of the Stripping Dead show last month, you’ve heard that our very own Peter Morningwood will be the first Menagerie member to perform in a burlesque festival! Peter will be performing in the Itty Bitty Burlesque Festival, taking place in Quesnel, BC April 25-27. Since Peter is going where no Menagerie member has gone before, Lilith had a chat with Judy Lee, a friend of the company who has previously joined us as a guest performer, to ask about her festival experiences. Here’s what they discussed!

Judy Lee (photo credit: Miss Dee Fire)

What burlesque festivals have you performed in?
I have performed at the Itty Bitty Burlesque Festival, The Kootanays Burlesque Festival, and Edmonton’s Burlesque Festival, all In 2018.

Specifically with regard to the Itty Bitty Burlesque Festival, what was it like to perform there? How did the crowd or energy or anything else differ from non-festival performances you’ve done?

Festivals always have a different energy from your standard local shows. You can feel the crowd’s excitement as they wait for all the new acts they are about to see. With regards to Itty Bitty It was my first Festival, and it was cool to see all their die-hard burlesque fans in the crowd. They had this one gentleman who made it his mission to go around and meet all the performers and get them to sign his programme. For me it was super special for an audience member to have such a love for the art and appreciation of the performers. When I hit the stage having the VIP tables right at the front of the stage where I could make eye contact with and connect with them was great. The local fans were just so excited and hungry that feeding off the energy was like no other.

Does Itty Bitty have “something for everyone” in the burlesque community? Whether that’s as an audience member, a performer, or a volunteer, do you feel that it would be a good experience for anyone who appreciates this art form?
I feel that Itty Bitty brings in a range of different performers and different acts that as an audience member you will for sure be entertained. As a performer the community welcomes you in with open loving arms and makes you feel like you have known them forever. They offer billeting to make it more affordable which is so nice. They also offer classes that anyone can take, from audience member, to performer, or volunteer. So it’s nice to be able to mix all the different worlds together.

Any final thoughts in terms of what Itty Bitty (or festivals in general) mean for the burlesque community, or what their specific value is?
Festivals are such amazing events where you get to meet new people from all over the world, make new friends, meet performers you look up to, and just be accepted for the glittery weirdo we all are. When you get so many Burlesque performers in one area the amount of love that emanates from it is unbelievable. If you ever travel to a different burlesque community, you will notice that each community has different styles. Whether its types of movement, costuming, props, genres, or even how they do production. So when you bring performers from all over you will see so many different things that will inspire you. I feel like it helps immensely with community growth and personal growth.

We really appreciate Judy taking the time to share her thoughts and experiences! And if you want to help Peter with the costs of attending the festival, like travel and food, there’s still time to contribute to his fundraiser.

Peter Morningwood (photo credit: Miss Dee Fire)

Beating the Midwinter Blahs

(Photo credit: Miss Dee Fire)

It’s been a long, cold January here in Saskatoon, and the Menagerie has mostly been huddled together trying to stay warm while we get things in place for our 2019 season. We’ve briefly emerged from hibernation, though, because we love to offer sparkly, tasseled support to other local organizations and artists!

In mid-January, we performed at a fundraiser for Living Sky Wildlife Rehab. A small and enthusiastic group of animal lovers were treated to performances that featured some of our wildest creatures, while raising money to care for more vulnerable animals in the province. Now we’re gearing up to spend Groundhog Day on an entirely different stage. (If a burlesque performer sees their shadow, do we get six more weeks of glitter?)

Come to the Capitol Music Club on Saturday, February 2 for Pussy Pop!, an evening of feminist art in support of Scantily Glad Theatre’s SCUM: A Manifesto. Members of the Menagerie and other feminist, queer, and trans artists are preparing to share work including burlesque, spoken word, music, and more. If that isn’t enticing enough (which of course it is, but who doesn’t like an extra visual treat?), the venue is being transformed for the evening into Andy Warhol’s Factory, the New York City studio space where the artist held his famous parties.

SCUM: A Manifesto is a darkly comedic play which follows two modern young women learning about the work of Valerie Solanas, the author of the infamous radical feminist manifesto after which the play is named. These scenes are interspersed with exploration of the life of Solanas herself in the lead up to her 1968 shooting of Andy Warhol. The play runs from March 7 to 17 at Live Five Theatre. We’re all so excited to watch the play and to participate in this fundraiser!

Tickets to Pussy Pop! are $15-$20 on a sliding scale and are available online or at the door.

Tickets to Pussy Pop!

Pussy Pop! Facebook event page

Tickets to SCUM: A Manifesto

Freya West – 10 Body Positive Resolutions to Make in the New Year

2018 is almost over! Usually this is the time of year to start planning resolutions and diet plans and exercise regimens and…. it usually doesn’t work, does it?

How about we try and start being positive to ourselves first? As we are right now.

Freya West brings us 10 body positive resolutions! Not just for the new year. Check this list every month!

After School Special! A Burlesque Show!

Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets!


Also, because we like doing our homework right before the deadline… We almost forgot! We also have the amazing Helvetica Bold appearing on stage!

The Daily Xtra – “Ottawa’s Favourite Freak”

3 Guests, 2 shows, always 1 amazing experience with #SparklyBoobs

And thank you, for supporting local art.

After School Special : A Burlesque Show!

The Menagerie Burlesque Company presents After School Special: A Burlesque Show!

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Last September, the members of The Menagerie ruined your childhood; this year we’re here to ruin your adolescence.

Music, dance, puberty, growing pains, awkward teenage angst–this show has got it all! With performances by your Menagerie favourites–as well as some very special out-of-town guests, Scarlette Fusion and Judy Lee from Edmonton (Saturday night only)–this is not a show you’ll want to miss!

Let us take you back to your adolescence–now with more #sparklyboobs!

September 14 and 15th, – La Troup Du Jour
914, 20th Street West, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7M0Y4

Doors at 7:30, show at 8. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. As with all our shows, this is a 19+ event.

Tickets online !

Uncovered : A Burlesque Show!


The Menagerie Burlesque Company presents

(Un)Covered: A Burlesque Show!

Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12
At the Remai Arts Centre Backstage Stage
102 Spadina Cres. E

Doors at 7:30
Show at 8:00

19+ event

Tickets $20 in advance; $25 at the door
Available through the Persephone Theatre online box office


More information! Facebook Event!

Love Stinks: A Burlesque Show!


Love hurts, love scars, love wounds, and marks. If Nazareth are to be believed (and they are), love is a big stank fest.

Luckily for you, The Menagerie Burlesque Company is under the same impression. We believe so strongly in this concept, in fact, that we’ve dedicated an entire show to that bad side of love. That love that has you and your mascara looking like you’ve been caught in a rain storm. That love that has you scream-crying those deep heavy sobs under your blanket while you question all your life choices up until this point and listen to freaking Hootie and Blowfish and sing along to “Let Her Cry” because those are feels, man. Big feels. This show is dedicated to that. It’s dedicated you—that person who pours out their heart in a text message, only to see that ominous “read” checked off, and you want to just barf because oops, you did it again, you sap, you.

Some people are hopeless in love; this show is for you. Come join The Menagerie Burlesque Company February 9 and 10 for our first show of the season, Love Stinks.

There will be a whole lot going on at this show that will distract you from your current heartache. We have sparkly boobs and sparkly bums and sparkly prizes and all sorts of hilarious pieces about the darker side of love.

If no one else currently wants you, please take some solace in the fact that we do.

Our heartbreak tour begins at 8 pm sharp, Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10. Doors open at 7, and we recommend you be there by then to grab a good seat and commiserate with your fellow lonely-hearts audience members.

Grab a tissue, and get ready.

Sadie Sugarbottom

P.S Tickets available