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Montreal’s sexiest festival is bringing burlesque back this fall

Step into a world of sensuality and fantasy at this exotic burlesque cabaret show!

Written by
Laura Osborne

Montreal is turning up the heat this October.

This naughty, sensual show pushes seduction to the extreme—and brings all the titillating glamour.

The world’s finest burlesque artists are headlining the Montreal Burlesque Festival at Club Soda—one of the city's most epic nightlife spots—alongside Montreal’s own international burlesque legend and festival founder Scarlett James, and we are counting down the days.

Montreal Burlesque Festival
Photograph: Frank Lam | Montreal Burlesque Festival

What is the Montreal Burlesque Festival?

On Friday night, get ready for dazzling burlesque stars to compete at the Lili St-Cyr Award, where performers (Mila La Machina, Belle Epoque, Sherlesque, and Tanya King—just to name a few) will compete for the coveted Best Act title. 

Scarlett James
Photograph: Scarlett James | Montreal Burlesque Festival

The following evening is the Grand Burlesque Show featuring Chris Oh, Miss Betsy Rose, Jessabelle Thunder, and festival founder and Montrealer Scarlett James, who take the stage after performances by Whiskey Jules, Eva Mystique, Kitty Kin-Evil, Bébé Bardeau and more.

Chris Oh!
Photograph: Chris Oh!

When is the Montreal Burlesque Festival?

The festival kicks off on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at 7 p.m. with a meet-and-greet dinner with festival creators and VIP stars at Le Pois Penché, one of our favourite French restaurants in the city.

The dinner is first come, first served, so make your reservations now. 

Doors open on Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14 at 7 p.m.

Montreal Burlesque Festival
Photograph: Montreal Burlesque Festival

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