Melanin Magic Productions Presents: And Intimate Evening of Burlesque

Friday, December 18th
19+ / ID Required
Doors: 7:30PM / Show: 8:30PM
Purchase tickets HERE!

Melanin Magic Productions and The Victoria Event Centre are excited to bring you an intimate evening of burlesque! Featuring an all BIPOC cast (black, indigenous, people of color) – 4 illuminating performers who will intoxicate you not once but TWICE! Featuring a special performance by Erin Haley, who will be giving us a sneak peek into next months show: Melanin Magic Productions presents a whimsical evening of comedy

Our vision: To create a space where BIPOC can share and create art. A space created for BIPOC by BIPOC. We are dedicated to showing and representing our BIPOC community. We hope to encourage more BIPOC to perform and create art. You belong here and we want you here! Be willing to acknowledge and leap into our world as we see it everyday. We welcome people of all backgrounds to attend this event, but if you are attending as a non-BIPOC human, you are an invited guest and you must respect the space that is Melanin Magic. We aim to create a welcoming space for for people of all inter-sectional communities including but not limited to BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+.

Featured performances by:
– The Velvet Unicorn
– Blue Onyx
– Cherry Cheeks
– Scarlett Hummingbird

Comedy by Erin Haley

We would also like to thank our sponsors for the evening:

– The Garden of Eden
– Intamo Pleasurables
– Pagliaccis
– Spinnakers Brewpub and Guest House
– Keith Sonic
– Stir It up Caribbean Restaurant
– Foxy Box Victoria

≫ COVID Safety Info ≪
▪︎ Due to COVID-19, there will be a limit of 50 tickets available for purchase. Tickets must be purchased in advance in groups of up to 6. You will be seated at your table once the whole group has arrived. Physical distancing must be observed between groups.
▪︎The bar will provide table service. Instead of going up to the bar, a server will visit you to take orders and to clear empty glassware.
▪︎ Bathrooms are limited to 1 person at a time. We’ve installed groovy high-tech foot switch-activated lights. Please tap the foot switch on when you are going in, and tap it off when you exit.
Read the VEC’s full safety plan here:
https://victoriaeventcentre.ca/covid19/

≫ Land Acknowledgement ≪
We would like to gratefully acknowledge that the territory on which this event takes place is on the traditional, stolen, unceded land of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. We acknowledge the rich cultural history of the many peoples and rituals that have been affected by the ongoing process of dispossession and colonialism. We hold this understanding in our interactions and engagements with this land and its people.

≫ Accessibility ≪
Our seating is a combination of high tables, bar stools, and cocktail tables with chairs. If you require assistance with this, please contact us at events@victoriaeventcentre.ca and VEC staff will do their best to accommodate.
There are three multi-user, gender-inclusive bathrooms with stalls. One bathroom has a larger stall with its own sink and a grab bar (more details in the ‘Bathrooms’ section).
The Victoria Event Centre currently does not have an operational elevator, and there is one long flight of stairs at the venue entrance. The only way into the VEC is up 27 wood stairs, 11″ deep, 6″ high. There are wooden 2.5” handrails 38” up the wall on each side of the staircase (54” apart, so not graspable on both sides at once). See further details in ‘Getting Inside’ section)
If you would like to attend the event but require assistance with accessing the space, please contact us at events@victoriaeventcentre.ca and VEC staff will do their best to accommodate.
Inside the Victoria Event Centre there is a gender inclusive wheelchair accessible washroom that technically fits necessary size dimensions, but is missing a bar and a handrail beside the toilet. There are two stalls, in the washroom, but only one of these has been renovated to meet 5’x5′ wheelchair clearance.
More detailed venue accessibility info is available at:
https://victoriaeventcentre.ca/attendees/accessibility/

Frantic Friday at the VEC!

This Friday, The “BEST” performers in Victoria (that we could book last minute) are putting together all their talents to create a frantic frenzy of a show!

Friday, November 20th
19+ / ID Required
Doors: 7:15PM / Show: 8PM
Purchase tickets HERE!

LINEUP
– Henrietta Dubet
– Norma Jean Knockout
– James Boyle
– Robin Wood
– Lusty Lugnuts
– Vivian Vanderpuss
– Hazel Nuez
– Henrietta Dubet
– Velvet Unicorn
– Dylan Williams
– Honey Dewme

≫ COVID Safety Info ≪
▪︎ Due to COVID-19, there will be a limit of 50 tickets available for purchase. Tickets must be purchased in advance in groups of up to 6. You will be seated at your table once the whole group has arrived. Physical distancing must be observed between groups.
▪︎The bar will provide table service. Instead of going up to the bar, a server will visit you to take orders and to clear empty glassware.
▪︎ Bathrooms are limited to 1 person at a time. We’ve installed groovy high-tech foot switch-activated lights. Please tap the foot switch on when you are going in, and tap it off when you exit.
Read the VEC’s full safety plan here:
https://victoriaeventcentre.ca/covid19/

≫ Land Acknowledgement ≪
We would like to gratefully acknowledge that the territory on which this event takes place is on the traditional, stolen, unceded land of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. We acknowledge the rich cultural history of the many peoples and rituals that have been affected by the ongoing process of dispossession and colonialism. We hold this understanding in our interactions and engagements with this land and its people.

≫ Accessibility ≪
Our seating is a combination of high tables, bar stools, and cocktail tables with chairs. If you require assistance with this, please contact us at events@victoriaeventcentre.ca and VEC staff will do their best to accommodate.
There are three multi-user, gender-inclusive bathrooms with stalls. One bathroom has a larger stall with its own sink and a grab bar (more details in the ‘Bathrooms’ section).
The Victoria Event Centre currently does not have an operational elevator, and there is one long flight of stairs at the venue entrance. The only way into the VEC is up 27 wood stairs, 11″ deep, 6″ high. There are wooden 2.5” handrails 38” up the wall on each side of the staircase (54” apart, so not graspable on both sides at once). See further details in ‘Getting Inside’ section)
If you would like to attend the event but require assistance with accessing the space, please contact us at events@victoriaeventcentre.ca and VEC staff will do their best to accommodate.
Inside the Victoria Event Centre there is a gender inclusive wheelchair accessible washroom that technically fits necessary size dimensions, but is missing a bar and a handrail beside the toilet. There are two stalls, in the washroom, but only one of these has been renovated to meet 5’x5′ wheelchair clearance.
More detailed venue accessibility info is available at:
http://www.victoriaeventcentre.ca/attendees/accessibility/

Diversion Burlesk: Oh Hell Yeah!

The cherry blossoms are blooming, the crocuses are poking their cute little faces out of the dirt, and the Diversion Burlesk crew is ready to come out of a seasonal affective disorder fueled hibernation with Oh Hell Yeah! Hosted by Holly Shirt and Atomic Ember! What better way to say goodbye to a wet and cold winter and hello to a wet and marginally warmer spring than a burlesque show? These performers have chosen numbers that make them feel powerful, radical, and fierce as all hell, and they’re ready to put on a show that’s bound to leave you saying “HELL YEAH!”

Tickets available on EVENTBRITE

doors at 7:00pm

show at 8:00pm

This event takes place on unceded Lekwungen territory, known today as the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations. Unceded means never surrendered! If you’re a settler, check out https://bit.ly/325FcNf for more ways to show solidarity with Indigenous people.

This is a 19+ event

Featuring performances by:
Them Fatale – Burnina Sparks – Midge Ender – Electra Mayhem & Pearl Reckless – Scarlett Hummingbird – Miss Moira Moody – Walter Ego – the Rustic Ginger Tart – and more

Diversion Burlesk strives to nurture safer spaces with zero tolerance for body shaming, or homophobic, transphobic, racist, sexist or hateful behaviour. Practicing good consent is mandatory! Check out https://www.antiviolenceproject.org/ for cool resources and more information.

The Victoria Event Centre is on the second story of a building up a flight of stairs with a continuous handrail. There is currently no operational elevator. Should you need assistance getting up the stairs, please get in touch with us.

Inside the Victoria Event Centre both washrooms are gender-neutral, and one is accessible.

Wet Coast Burlesque Presents: Creature Feature!

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This event takes place on the unceded and traditional lands of the Lekwungen peoples.

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They’re wild, cooky, other-worldy, and so much more! This months Wet Coast Burlesque features, well, CREATURES! Animals, aliens, mind-blowing oddities and sensuous renditions of your favourite creatures.

Tickets available on EVENTBRITE

Doors 7:30pm

show at 8:00pm

A monthly burlesque revue held at the Victoria Events Centre, Wet Coast Burlesque showcases local performers and artists while creating a supportive and welcoming environment for creative, progressive, and fun-loving adults. We thrive on artistry, empowerment, self-love, and taking every opportunity we can to celebrate life! We are advocates of the stage and all its people: the movers and shakers, trail blazers and heavy hitters, shimmiers and promenaders. We promise to host shows that will leave you inspired, energized, sparkly-eyed, and at least a little glittery.

STARRING:
April O’Peel
Cherry Cheeks
Ruby Raqs
Pearl Reckless
Hazel Nuez
Burnina Sparks
Creme Bru Labia
Legzie Blaze
Gnarla Bush

Hosted by the one and only Charlie Creamfill!

*19+. No minors.

*Tickets are general admission. To secure seating please arrive as close to doors as possible!

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Accessibility:

* The Victoria Event Centre does not currently have an operational elevator, and there is one long flight of stairs at the venue entrance. If you would like to attend the event but require assistance with accessing the space, please contact us at events@victoriaeventcentre.ca and VEC staff do their best to accommodate.

* More detailed venue accessibility info is available at https://victoriaeventcentre.ca/attendees/accessibility/

* Washrooms are for all genders

WORKSHOP: Moving to the Beat! With Hazel Nuez

Do you struggle with keeping time with the music in your choreography? Are you wanting to learn how to count music? Learning to count music is one of the many foundations needed for dance. Counting music helps with choreography, keeping time and memorizing . Join me , Hazel Nuez , for this 5 week workshop where we will learn how to recognize a basic 8 count in a musical phrase and how to choreograph with intention.

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Register today! I will be taking payments through E-transfer or if you are unable to do E-transfers, send me an email and we can chat about other options.

You can send emails and E-transfers to: hazelvalentinexoxo@gmail.com
Payment plans are available!

**This 5 week session will be every Tuesday in March starting March 3rd with the last class being March 31st
**5:15-6:15pm
** Amethyst Dance and fitness
733 Johnson street , lower level, Victoria BC V8W 2G1
**FEE: $60 for 5 week session. $15 drop in
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Learn Exactly what an ” 8 count ” of music means and be able to recognize it in most mainstream music today !
We will just be touching the surface of the basics of counting musical phrases.

The purpose of this workshop series is to be able to plan and execute choreography according to your music and be able to count effectively.

Each week we will learn some simple exercises to help you learn to count on your own , and some simple choreography that will emphasize moving to the beat.

The choreography will be light , easy to follow , feel good, sensual movement. Come prepared to move but not sweat.
Wear something comfortable that you can move in.
This class will be very music based.

This class is perfect for absolute beginners with no music experience, beginner dancers who need help counting, or just for people who want practice!

By the end of this 5 week workshop you will be able to count yourself into a musical phrase and recognize a basic 8 count in a musical phrase

A little bit about myself…
I have been dancing jazz and contemporary since the age of five and currently teach Latin and ballroom dance since 2018. I have performed all over Victoria for most of my life, and while doing so, I have discovered my love for burlesque and striptease about 2 years ago. I loved the way it made me love my body and boost my confidence. I have been on a mission to spread that joy to other people ever since!

These workshops will take place on the unceded land of the Lekwungen people.

I enthusiastically welcome (but not limited to): POC’s, LGBTQ2S+ and non-binary folx.

ACCESSIBILITY: unfortunately Amethyst is not wheelchair accessible. The studio is down a flight of stairs and down a corridor, with steps leading into the studio. I apologize for the lack of acsessbility at this new location. I am going to work hard to try and find an accessible location in the future. The washroom is gender neutral.The studio is a scent free space. The music will operate through the studios portable speaker ( one speaker) which I will attach to my iPod . I will have control over the sound level, but the room has great acoustics! The lights are fairly bright but are able to be dimmed down or up.

If you have any other questions please let me know 🙂

Cover photo by mary ,MKM photography

 

March Peer Reviews

March Peer Reviews are here!!

Burlesque Peer Reviews are an opportunity to further develop or assist with the creation of both old and new routines! Hosted by Cherry Cheeks, this is an event for community and performer growth.

Sign up for a spot by message or email to Cherry Cheeks cherry.cheeks.burlesque@gmail.com

Join us with a routine in progress or one you want to build upon and receive honest feedback. This is a safe space for your creativity and growth while sharing honest questions about your choices and insights.

Don’t have something to workshop but want to be involved? Come on by with your feedback! Only have a concept or costume? Bring that too!

There are 6 spots available for performers to present their routines, so if you are interested in presenting, please message Cherry Cheeks to get your name on the list. All levels welcome. Workshopping available by a recommended $5.00 – $10.00 donation to help cover studio costs. We want burlesque education & growth to be accessible for everyone & not limited by finances.

Spaces are limited, so please PM Cherry Cheeks if attending, though last-minute drop in spots may open!

We look forward to seeing you March 1st at Wild Roots Dance Studio! 💖

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Wild Roots Dance Studio has a set of stairs to get to the studio. If mobility is an issue, please reach out to Cherry Cheeks and we will see how we can assist you.

The Vancouver Island Vixens: Get Cozy with the Vixens

It’s time to “Get Cozy with the Vixens!” Kicking off their third annual tour, the Vancouver Island Vixens are bringing their full sparkle to the Duncan Showroom. Catch an evening of classic burlesque with exciting new routines and returning favourites. Joining the Vixens is special guest Pixie Pleaser! And returning to the mic, is emcee extraordinaire Miss Good N’ Plenty! Be sure to get your tickets before they’re gone!

Tickets available on EVENTBRITE

Tickets:
*$25 advance
*$30 VIP
*$30 at the door

*Doors: 7:30 pm
*Show: 8:00 PM

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With our very special guest: Pixie Pleaser

And our returning guest emcee: Miss Good ‘N Plenty!

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***This event is taking place on the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Quw’ustun’ Nation***

We aim to create safe and welcoming spaces for people of all intersectional communities to celebrate body positivity and burlesque. The Duncan Showroom is wheelchair accessible, if you need any assistance or an accessible seat reserved, please send us a message and we will be happy to save you a spot! Two gender neutral washrooms are onsite. The showroom is also a dry venue, but there will be great non alcoholic beverages and snacks available.

*19+ event. No minors.

The Bump N’ Grind House: Righteous Retro Revue!

Join us for a trip through time to our Totally Tubular Tease 1980’s Burlesque Show!! Starring Donna Boss Rogers from Vancouver BC and a radical cast of local performers! Grab those legwarmers and get that spandex ready! Dress up to win prizes!! 12 wicked acts to transport you all the way back to the glory days of the 80’s! Hosted by J McLaughlin. Performer announcements coming soon!

Tickets available on EVENTBRITE

DOORS 7PM Show 8PM

This is a 19+ event

At The Bump n’ Grind House there is zero tolerance for any type of body shaming, homophobic, transphobic, racist, sexist or hateful behaviour.

The Victoria Event Centre is on the second story of a building up a flight of stairs. There is a continuous handrail up the stairwell. There is also a freight elevator around the back of the building but it is not operable at the moment.

Inside the Victoria Event Centre there is a gender-neutral, accessible washroom.
Please contact The Bump n’ Grind House if you have any concerns or questions at thebumpngrindhouse(at)gmail.com

Pervz&Curvz Presents Winter Warmer: Slooow Burn Burlesque

February can be cold but come and snuggle in with Winter Warmer: Slow Burn Burlesque on Friday February 21, 2020

Tickets available on EVENTBRITE

Doors @ 8pm
Showtime @ 9pm

Featuring:

Vogue Mahone
Delilah D’Lish
Hana Del Lay
Velvet Crush
Legzie Blaze
Pervz&Curvz Collective
Holly Hardwood
Wanda Fucqua’s Weapon of Choice

Many Performer Announcements in store

Venue Information:

This event is taking place on the unceded and stolen territory of the Lkwungen speaking people of the WSANEC, Songhees, and Wyomilth (Esquimalt) Nations.

19+ Adult Only Venue (Bring 2 Valid Pieces of Photo ID)
Carlton Club Cabaret is open as a niteclub after the show and invites you to stay and dance the night away with NO COVER FOR SHOW ATTENDEES!!… Come for the show and stay for the niteclub party!
Coat Check is $2.00 throughout the evening!
*Free Parking on site!
*Accessible directly on the #15 Bus Route!
*Designated Driver Options Available
Full bar with Non-Alcoholic Beverages Available

Accessibility Information:

* The Carlton Club Cabaret does not have elevator, and there is a multi-flight of stairs at the venue entrance. If you would like to attend the event and require assistance with accessing the space, please contact us at pervzandcurvz@gmail.com and we will do our best to accommodate. The Carlton Club Cabaret has 3 BURLY door staff who are able and happy to assist as needed.

A Varied Extravaganza of Sorts

It’s a new decade and we can’t wait to christen it with the first Extravaganza! Hosted by Holly Shirt and Picholas Cage This is a very special extravaganza as we are honouring and paying tribute to the life of one of the co creators of this very show! It’s is the one and only KeithSonic’s birthday and we are welcoming him one your closer to the end with wacky, wild and weird performances of all kinda. You never know what to expect! Come for the experience or just the preservation of obscure observation. Followed by a full blown party!

Tickets available on EVENTBRITE

Doors 7pm / Show at 8pm

With performances by
Vivianne Oblivion
Quincy Thomas
Henrietta Dubet
Luna Lavender
MJ Bourque
Bo Essery
Julya Van Der Sloot
Lusty Lugnuts
Kendal Clark
Flora Fawn
Velvet unicorn
Paul Shortt
Gnarla Bush
Ellyot Ryan
Erin Haley
And more

19+ NO MINORS
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We would like to gratefully acknowledge that the territory on which this event takes place is on the traditional, stolen, unceded land of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. We acknowledge the rich cultural history of the many peoples and rituals that have been affected by the ongoing process of dispossession and colonialism. We hold this understanding in our interactions and engagements with this land and its people.

Accessibility:
* The Victoria Event Centre does not currently have an operational elevator, and there is one long flight of stairs at the venue entrance. If you would like to attend the event but require assistance with accessing the space, please contact us at events@victoriaeventcentre.ca and VEC staff do their best to accommodate.
* More detailed venue accessibility info is available at https://victoriaeventcentre.ca/attendees/accessibility/
* Washrooms are for all genders