It was a mass exodus from our house on Dundas/ Parliament in Toronto.
My housemates flew far South to the humid heat of Louisiana for the New Orleans Burlesque Festival while I headed near South to Ottawa in a car of fabulous. Lucky Minx and James and the Giant Pastie taking the wheel, Wrong Note Rusty, Knox Harder and Imogen Quest and I packing the back for a short and merry roadtrip.
|Guns, fish and children were the main features of Tinder profiles between TO and Ottawa.|
We made good time and I was dropped off at a local performer's downtown apartment. Ariel had offered to put me up for a few nights on her couch, I was so grateful as I hadn't really bothered thinking about accommodation until a week prior to the festival as I was only staying for one night.
|This is layering up back before I realised how cold Canada gets...|
|Simply Biscotti on Preston st|
Statuesque Sydni Devereaux from NYC via Seattle was one of the Festival headliners, appearing on stage in a fully sequined playsuit and bunny ears, a reluctant waitress with satirical intent, she made my night.
|Friday night's Dark Side of the Merkin|
I also picked up some postcards for friends and family at the French only bookshop, Librairie du Soleil, I attempted some sketchy french and was rewarded with rapid fire responses that I couldn't follow at all... So I resorted to my dodgy "Parlez vous anglais, je suis Australien" which didn't get a lot of love.
|I miss good cheese...|
|Fresh produce stalls at Byward|
|frosted cookies at Aux Delices|
|On a bridge overlooking the Rideau Canal|
|Do the tour!! Big regret that I couldn't.|
|Being a tourist!|
It was packed with clothing and perhaps with more time I would have unearthed some treasures.
|It's a bear, Eh.|
The World Famous *Bob* emceed, she spent the evening hanging out mostly at the side of stage, watching the acts and talking to the performers which was a good space to be considering the number of performers who were filling up the backstage area.
The backstage area was tiny, yet we found ways to make it work, even if one of the two toilets was clogged and stopped flushing...
|Two showgirls in one skirt, backstage with Sassy Ray|
Slightly frustrating as you always want to have a uniquely impressive costume when you perform a classic act, however, Sassy Ray has her own brassy style and we got along fine!
|Photo by Viktor S. Divice|
|Saturday night's line up|
|on stage selfies with Holly Von Sin|
|Burlesque is so glamorous.|
I'd scored the front seat while Rusty and Ryan took the back. It was a long drive back, we left around 1am and got home at 5:30, somehow our driver was able to stay alert... I'm sure it was the lively conversation and addition of stops for Tims coffee and Mcdonalds in Kingston where we disturbed a young couple in the carpark and tried to walk through the drive through.
|Maccas weren't so keen on our attempt at walking through... 4am in Kingston|
|The look of love.|
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