TigerLily’s Cabaret: Shaking What Their Mommas Gave Them
That’s how one patron at this past Sunday night’s ‘Rock, Wag, Flutter & Shake’ cabaret described the evening’s entertainment to me as he ogled the tres sexy Kitty DeMure work her magic doing an old school burlesque number onstage.
Taking place at Molly Bloom's in downtown Stratford, the TigerLily's Cabaret nights have steadily been gaining steam since they debuted in town at the start of the summer. Each night features a variety of singers, dancers, and the occasional fire twirling act, just to keep you on your toes.
Sunday’s festivities were hosted by the lovely, talented and braless Pixiedust. I knew it was going to be an interesting night when she encouraged the ladies in the audience to join her in a free form state and toss their bras onstage for a chance to win a door prize at the end of the show. I was cursing myself for not wearing my manssiere that night, but I know better for next time.
After collecting a few undergarments, Pixiedust started things off with a little Bonnie Raitt, backed by a dapper looking Brad Canning on guitar. I was a little dismayed to find out Brad wouldn’t be showing more skin, but his playing more than made up for my disappointment. From there the night was broken up into two sets, with each featuring the talents of several performers, including a sexy Fosse-esque routine by the beautiful M & M, a barn burning vocal performance by Sassy, the previously mentioned burlesque tease by Kitty DeMure, and a show closing bellydance by the hip shaking Thrasher. Mixed in with this was what you might consider more traditional entertainment, including a song by the lovely Cranberry and an original tune performance by Toronto’s Amanda Moscar, who while not as outlandish as some of the other acts on the bill was a standout for me personally. The night came to a close after a very lucky fella was brought onstage and given an up close and personal tease by the one and only Tiger Lily, who left the stage to screams from the audience for another encore.
The cabaret nights are the brainchild of sheVISIONS, a company based out of the Toronto area who have a roster of performers who are working with them to bring back the classic burlesque-style cabaret show. sheVISIONS bills itself as an “artist collective”, with acts that include everything from acrobats to contortionists to performance artists. Check out their website for all the drrrty details.
All in all, it made for a damn exciting Sunday night. There was much shaking and shimmying, hooting and hollering, and of course, tassels. If you missed it, fear not. There is another edition of ’Rock, Wag, Flutter & Shake’ coming to Stratford August 29, this time at Othello’s on Market Square. Also, there will be a Masquerade Ball Hallowe’en night at Factory 163. If you’re over 19, I highly recommend checking it out.
Check out fellow Stratford blogger Matty Ian's coverage on sheVISIONS and 'Rock, Wag, Flutter & Shake' here.