The inspiration for the Toronto fest came to Sauci when she attended the New York Burlesque Festival in 2003. "I saw a whole other level of performance art, humour and creativity that combined dance and stripping in new ways." Tanya adds: "Seeing international performers raises the personal bar because you become more innovative as a result." First and foremost are the shows.
There is the Friday opening gala at the Gladstone Hotel, the Saturday Burlesque Ball at the Mod Club and the Sunday Tiki Brunch at the Cadillac Lounge. entries are four former Miss Exotic Worlds, the St.
The only things missing are trained dogs and performing seals.
To give Toronto's burlesque fest a unique flavour, Coco has organized Take It Off, a striptease-related exhibit of photos, illustrations and paintings at the Gladstone.
By day, they are a mental-health worker, a stylist, a marketing co-ordinator and a teacher.