The election of Mister & Miss Burlesque Montreal was fire!!!


To all of you who came at the Montreal Burlesque Festival 2017, who cheered our amazing performers, who have been mind blown by all the performances.

As usual, YOU were the best audience from far!

Thank you for your loyalty, your burly passion, your love and most of all, your time to come and attend the Festival.

See you for the Montreal Burlesque Festival 2018: It will be our 10th Anniversary, we let you guess how big it might be…

The MBF team

The election of Mister & Miss Burlesque Montreal was fire!!!

And at the end, we crowned the two fabulous Kage Wolfe and May Hemmer <3

Let’s start with words from May Hemmer, our new Queen of the Montreal Burlesque Festival #QueenMay

“First of all…thank you so much for having me in your beautiful city and I hope to be back sooner than later!

Well this was my first time leaving the country and I was so happy to be accepted in a festival that I have been dying to apply to and in a city that was on my bucket list! From the very start the Producer Scarlett and her staff were so warm and welcoming! I won’t lie: I was super nervous being so far away from home but the entire experience exceeded my expectations. In fact everyone I met was so friendly and helpful when I felt so lost. I can’t recommend this festival enough to be honest. If you get a chance to apply….apply!

I came into the festival to have fun, meet new people, and fan girl over performers I’ve only dreamed of meeting one day let alone share a stage with. When I found out I was competing for the Lili St. Cyr Award for Miss Montreal Burlesque, I was nearly died but I was excited! I rarely apply to compete but I wanted to do something different and fun! So you can imagine my surprise when I was announced the winner! I nearly fainted on stage when my name was called and I was so honoured….and so humbled….some of the top in the business saw me worthy of such prestigious honour.

Thank you again Scarlett for having me! And thank you Montreal for letting me represent you for the next year. Words cannot express how happy I am to have had such an amazing and magical experience!


Some words from Kage Wolfe, our new king of the Montreal Burlesque Festival #KingKage

“My experience at Montreal Burlesque Festival 2017 was one that almost didn’t happen. Missed my early train then lost my wallet which caused me to miss my second train from Toronto to Montreal.

However with the right encouragement I got access to my funds with a new card and was kindly granted another train ticket later due to the circumstances. Scarlett James and the MBF team were so understanding, accommodating, and supportive which helped a great deal. I showed up that Thursday night, got ready, and did what I came to do, performed my butt off. The audience loved it and the judges did as well since I was then crowned Mr. Montreal Burlesque at the end of the night!

The festival was by far one of my favourites considering all the new people I got to meet and talk with. I also very much enjoyed the festival with old and new friends. Performing again on Saturday night was fantastic and I had a blast on that stage, perhaps too much fun.”


We hope you all had a good time with us at the 2017 Montreal Burlesque Festival!

Stay tuned, the Festival photos and after movie will soon be online.

Behind the Scenes of the Festival: April March, the Burlesque legend with a big heart

This year, the Montreal Burlesque Festival was honored and privileged to host the legendary April March.

It is no longer presented, she is way more than just a burlesque legend. She has this extraordinary life that should one day be adapted into a film to remind everyone of what it means to live life to the fullest.

She has judged with passion and warmth our participants in the election of Mister & Miss Montreal Burlesque and she graced the stage of the Festival, offering us authentic performances.

So, of course, she agreed to answer some of our questions. We offer you the exclusive April March interview today! Enjoy!

April has also released a book, Reflections of My Life, do not hesitate to get it as soon as possible!

Lights on….Maly Siri

The ninth edition of the Montreal Burlesque Festival has just ended and among all the great artists who contributed to the success of these three Burly evenings, let’s go back to the one thanks to who the kick-off was given, the one behind our poster pin-up, Maly Siri.
Beautiful and talented, Maly Siri has hidden tunes of the famous pinup Bettie Page. She is an author of comics but especially a specialist in retro and sexy illustrations, pin-up inspiration of the 1940s and 1950s.
She has worked on many projects including the creation of perfume muses Vivienne Wood. She joined the teaching team of Campus Pivaut (School of Applied Arts) in September.
Today, you are (re) introduce her, because her work is part of the success of the Festival but also because she is really great fun.
Do not hesitate to check out her pages:

The Festival Launches!

The Montreal Burlesque Festival begins tomorrow, Thursday 19th October 2017, at Club Soda, Montreal. Tickets are going FAST.

Do you have your tickets yet?

The Festival season officially launched with our Press conference which was covered in the media, including a fabulous summary from CTV News!

This is just a small taste of what is to come. We look forward to showing you the best of Burlesque, starting tomorrow!

White Keys Vodka – Final Chapter

Montreal Burlesque Festival, White Keys Vodka and Scarlett James are truly excited to collaborate in order to offer you an unforgettable experience October 19th, 20th & 21st.
Lots of shows and activities all week end long!

White Keys Vodka – Chapter 5

There! Let’s cheers! To health and to the delight to see you at the Montreal Burlesque Festival! Together, we shall enjoy Maximiliano’s creations with White Keys Vodka.
As for me, I’ll slip in something a little more comfortable 😉

Lights On…Scarlett James

Last but not least, our headliner, the one and only, Scarlett James.

She’s not just the Founder of the Montreal Burlesque Festival, or an International Burlesque artist or a good looking blondie. Scarlett embodies what Burlesque means.

Originally from France, Scarlett grew up by the sea. She moved to Canada as an ambitious young lady, who wanted to fulfil her business entrepreneurship and practice Arts.

When she started Burlesque in Montreal, she had to step up for an Art that was still disregarded. She wanted everyone here to realize that it was more than just a striptease; Burlesque performance was a full act.

Her burlesque journey started in 2007. After numerous acts in different cabaret, she met the right persons, at the right time.
Like our dear producer and friend, Domenic Castelli. And she soon enough decided to create the first big Burlesque Show in Montreal.

That’s how the Montreal Burlesque Festival started in 2009 and Grand Burlesque Show in 2010. Every falls, she produces a succession of events that reunite the best of international artists in Burlesque and entertainment. It is now what you know as the Montreal Burlesque Festival. And the Grand Burlesque show in Spring, featuring the best of the best:)

Scarlett’s style is inimitable.

Beautiful in the inside as in the outside this gorgeous lady is also an exquisite performer.
She uses the perfect balance between classic burlesque and neo burlesque. Each of her performances, thought from the costumes to the scenery are meticulously prepared. They are a subtle mix between sensuality and classy, which makes every act she does, and unique.

During her career, she travelled across the world, headlining events and shows and became an acclaimed burlesque dancer worldwide and especially as the main figure that brought Burlesque to the mainstream audience in Canada.

The Montreal Burlesque Festival is one of her greatest achievement. And it’s taking place on the October 19th, 20th and 21st at Club Soda.

And if you missed what’s Scarlett James performances look like, here a hint before the Festival

Dont forget, still chance to grab your tickets here!

White Keys Vodka – Chapter 4

That’s it! Resistance is futile! Let’s pour ourselves a wonderful mixture! After much debate, I will settle for the “Angie NewYorkini” with an orange zest. Another wonderful creation by Maximiliano. The Montreal Made White Keys Vodka is quite versatile I must admit…

Festival Workshop Details

All workshops are open to the public. Ladies and Gents are welcome. You want to follow a dance class for fun and touch Burlesque dust? You are at the right place! Professionals and amateurs will mingle together to share this amazing experience with the best of the industry. It truly is an opportunity not to be missed!


12.30pm-2pm: DIRTY MARTINI (New York)
“The Ultimate Guide to Knocking them Dead: Burlesque character and proper stage deportment”

Have you always wondered why some people “have it” and some people don’t? When you see a performer that seems to not only own what they’re doing, but also the stage around them and the seat you are sitting in, do you ask what it is that they’ve got that makes them so special? Do you wonder how it’s possible that a performer can capture an audience and make you feel as if they are looking right at you? Having “it” is not a birthright; it’s a technique that can be learned. The mystery is now solved. (see registration page for full description).

2pm-3pm: DIRTY MARTINI (New York)
“ABC’s of Choreographies: Burlesque composition”

A good and engaging burlesque number tells a very quick story or paints an abstract picture. Miss Martini holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Purchase College, one of the top 3 dance colleges in the US. In this workshop, she uses principles of modern dance choreography to create movement, define structure and use the space fully. Learn from her many years creating the neo-burlesque movement using the vocabulary of classic burlesque and performance art. (see registration page for full description).

3pm-4pm: MISSY LISSA (Dallas)

This is where you will get the lift, firmness and roundness you want. Bootylates will work you, strengthen you, stretch you and help you get stronger. Your clothes will fit you better, you will feel better and others will notice the difference, too.
Be sure to reserve your spot early!
Get BOOTY TIGHT with Bootylates!

4-5pm: Sukki Singapora
The “Girl Power Beginners Burlesque Workshop”

Burlesque for beginners, or those who want to go back to basics, including best angles, signature moves, and how to work both the audience and the camera, including self-confidence.

**Pricing for Montreal Burlesque Festival Workshops: $40/one, $80/two, $100/three and $120/four**




Final Festival Trailer Revealed!

Just two weeks remain until the Montreal Burlesque Festival!

Take a look at our final headliner reveal trailer, and savor the upcoming talent that will head up our festival.

Don’t forget to grab your tickets for our festival, while they last.

Hope to see you there!