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Show Program

Big Band Burlesque - Wonderland

18:30 GRAND Doors // Bar Open
19:00 Theatre Doors
19:30 Show Starts
20:30 Intermission
21:00 2nd Half Starts

22:00 Show Ends


Short performer meet and greet to follow in lobby

With gratitude, mutual respect, and reciprocity, we acknowledge the ancestral home, culture, and oral teachings of the Treaty 7 signatories which includes the Siksika Nation, Piikani Nation, Kainai Nation, the Îethka Stoney Nakoda Nation, consisting of the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Good Stoney Bands, and the people of the Tsuut’ina Nation. We also recognize the Métis people of Alberta Region 3 who call Treaty 7 their home. 

Authentically Indigenous

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Midnight Blue Jazz Band is a “traditional” big band with 17 musicians, 2 singers & director. We are based in Calgary, Alberta and in 2021 celebrated our 20 year anniversary.  Our repertoire spans a wide variety of styles — swing, jazz, blues, latin, funk, classic rock — whatever fits the occasion.  The recent COVID pandemic allowed Midnight Blue to be creative, by forming a drumline; which has been incorporated into its repertoire. 

 

Midnight Blue Jazz Society strives to provide a learning and teaching process, top quality music education to maintain a standard of excellence, peer encouragement in a supportive environment, and the opportunity to perform in public.

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Portia Favro is a queen of burlesque, professional dancer, showgirl and powerhouse performer who has been burning up stages since she could walk. 

A noted Producer, Portia has created sold-out events at several local Vancouver venues, such as Strange Fellows Brewing, The Cascade Room, The Hollywood Theatre, Celebrities Nightclub, The Rio Theatre and many more. She has the trust and access to some of the best dancers, singers, emcees and producers from across the city. 

Her choreography for THE MATRIX won “BEST LARGE GROUP” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame 2023 as the Pin-Up Posse!

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Calgary's Songbird of Striptease.
 
Songstress & Striptease Artist- Ivy La Fleur has left her mark entertaining crowd's from East to West.  The sweetest of sweet, with the Sass to match- Ivy is a triple threat. Commonly known for her seductive nature, campy stage presence & well rounded character work.  She can take any event to the next level.
 
Based in Calgary, AB,  Ivy La Fleur is a name in the Burlesque & Entertainment industry that you won't soon forget. 

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The Nugget of the North.

Bella Gold hails from the home of the World’s largest beaver.

She has performed on stages across North America and is a member of Calgary’s Rhinestone Affair. She has a stage presence and curves you won’t forget, the Nugget of the North, Bella Gold!

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The pearl of the prairies.

For the past 16 years Bea Lissima has been strutting on stages across Turtle Island. This Moh’kins’tsis maven has performed at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender in Las Vegas, the Asian Burlesque Festival in New York City, and is the 2023 winner of “Best Burlesque” at the Imperial Burlesque Competition in Montreal.

 

Combining her unique identities into her performances, she creates a sacred experience for all those brave enough to witness. She’s the leftist centrefold, the headliner that turns your heads, your pearl of the prairies, Bea Lissima!

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Karla Marx, the First Comrade of Your Heart, is Calgary’s Most Naked Drag Queen!

Karla is the mother of the Marx Werk Ware Haus, a board member of Cabaret Calgary, and performs drag, burlesque, and stand-up comedy across Canada. She recently performed at the Hollywood Burlesque Festival, and just finished her second tour in Europe. Karla was voted Best Host by Imperial Burlesque Canada in 2022, placed second in the Draglesque category, and won Most Comedic in 2023.

She released her first stand-up comedy album, Well Okay Then in August 2023, now available on Spotify and Apple Music. She was featured in Comedy Invasion, a comedy TV showcase available on Tubi and Amazon Prime (US).

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The amuse-bouche of Calgary burlesque!

Don't let their size fool you, this spitfire is primed to take you down to their level.  Since making their burlesque debut in 2019, they have been blowing the roof off of stages all over western Canada, and soon, the world! 

Armed with weapons of ass distraction, they will make your knees weak, your heart race, and your jaw drop!  The truth hurts, but a Dare will make the pain go away. 

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Burlesque’s biggest cheerleader!

The Glitterwookiee is very humbled to have been a part of the burlesque community for almost 15 years.  As an emcee, producer, ring announcer, stage manager and roadie, he does his best to help out wherever he can.

Based in Mohkinstsis (colonially referred to as Calgary), he is a founding member of Glitterverse Productions and with his partner Kara Ka-Pow! and kid Dare Reaire, he is very proud to bring Zoink!, Nerdgasm: TNG and Big Band Burlesque to Alberta stages.  He is also a frequent collaborator with Cabaret Calgary and is very proud to be a ring announcer for the one and only GoGo Battles.

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Stage Manager/Kitten - Kara Ka-Pow!

Backstage - Lee Read

Videographer - IMOK Productions

Photographer - Blatch Photography

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Special thank you to all of the staff at the GRAND and to all of you for coming out tonight and supporting the Calgary arts community.  

See you at the next edition of Big Band Burlesque on 
June 1, 2024.

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