Capital Burlesque Expo

Ottawa, Canada . April 12-14, 2019

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About the Capital Burlesque Expo

Photos of Pastel Supernova by Benjamin Ripley.

Three Extravagant Days

Ottawa's fifth annual Capital Burlesque Expo joins burlesque, drag, circus and variety performers from near and far for three extravagant days! Coming up in Ottawa, Canada from April 12th to 14th, 2019 this festival aims to excite, entertain and educate with a series of shows, workshops, bazaars and parties! Join us at the 2019 Capital Burlesque Expo as we celebrate the art of tease!  

2017 Capital Burlesque Expo Brunch photo by Andrew Balfour Photography

Ottawa Burlesque

The burlesque revival began to shimmy its way in to Ottawa in 2002 with showcases opening for bands and comedy shows. By 2007 troupes were producing their own headlining events and beginning to put Ottawa on the burly map. By 2008 there was enough interest that classes became available. In 2014 the Capital Burlesque Expo united more than 50 performers from across Canada and the USA with Ottawa's first multi day burlesque festival!

The Art of the Tease

Burlesque is creative and entertaining.

It's funny, exciting; it's sexy, enticing.
Burlesque is body positive and inclusive.

It's rude, it's crude, it's raunchy, it's lewd.
Burlesque is empowering and liberating.
It's political, ironical, satirical, and comical.
Burlesque is beautiful.
It's subversive, immersive, distinctive, perversive.
Burlesque is art.

Meet the Team

Koston Kreme

Koston Kreme by Andrew Balfour Photography

Founder & Creative Director

Koston Kreme is an international burlesque performer, producer, costume maker and instructor based in Ottawa, Canada. Co-founder of Capital Tease Burlesque & House of Tease, and partner at Flirt!. 

Karter Banger

Karter Banger

Performer Communications & Organizational Wizard

Karter Banger is Ottawa's longest performing drag king, member of Canada's Capital Kings, event planner at Flirt!, and performer and tech at House of Tease.

Bella Barecatt

Bella Barecatt by Andrew Balfour Photography

Stage Manager
Bytowne's Blonde Bombshell, Bella Barecatt is a proud member of Capital Tease and the creative director and co-founder of the Ottawa Burlesque Playground.

Randi Rouge

Workshop & Volunteer Coordinator
Randi Rouge is the director of Rouge Studio of Dance and a member of Capital Tease Burlesque.

Victoria Vermouth

Victoria Vermouth by Je M'Adore Fine Art Portraits.

Marketing Coordinator 

Victoria Vermouth is a member of House of Tease Burlesque and the founder of Vermouth & Sane Presents Production Company. 

Events

Friday - April 12th

Opening Night

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Ottawa Art Gallery

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Friday - April 12th

Opening Night

The Capital Burlesque Expo opens with a bang at Ottawa's newest theater space, LabO!

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Ottawa Art Gallery

Saturday - April 13th

Workshops

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ottawa Art Gallery

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Saturday - April 13th

Workshops

A afternoon of networking and workshopping.

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ottawa Art Gallery

Saturday - April 13th

The Grande Gala

8:00 pm - 2:00 am

Ottawa Art Gallery

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Saturday - April 13th

The Grande Gala

A sparkling night of burlesque that you won't want to miss! Stick around for the after party!

8:00 pm - 2:00 am

Ottawa Art Gallery

Sunday - April 14th

The Burlesque Brunch

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Cafe Nostalgica

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Sunday - April 14th

The Burlesque Brunch

A Capital Burlesque Expo staple and the silliest burlesque show in all the land!

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Cafe Nostalgica

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Capital Burlesque Expo

Ottawa, Canada - April 12-14, 2019