Photo of Immodesty Blaize by Ruth Gillson

The tenth annual Toronto Burlesque Festival is coming up Thursday, July 20th to Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at Revival Bar and The Virgin Mobile MOD Club!  We are thrilled to present a sizzling four-day extravaganza of performances and parties with a dazzling cast of innovative artists from all across the globe.  Come uncover the titillating tricks of the tease with star faculty at our Burlesque University — not to be missed!

Burlesque theatre has exploded as an art form since the creation of the The Toronto Burlesque and Vaudeville Alliance in 2003.  Toronto performers are prominently showcased in the Toronto Burlesque Festival and have been joining the ranks of the world’s best since the festival launch in 2008.  Toronto now boasts an incredible diversity of burlesque artistry to delight and inspire audiences all year long.

The Toronto Burlesque Festival is produced by Sauci Calla Horra of Skin Tight Outta Sight (Founder and Executive Producer; Founder of the Toronto Burlesque and Vaudeville Alliance), Coco Framboise (Executive Director, Programming & Creative Director), and Ava Noir (Executive Director, Sponsorship & Communications).

Thursday, July 20th to Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at Revival Bar and The Virgin Mobile MOD Club.


Sauci Calla Horra

Founder, Executive Producer


Sauci Calla Horra is the Founder and Executive Producer of The Toronto Burlesque Festival. She is also a proud member of Skin Tight Outta Sight Rebel Burlesque, “Canada’s Outlaw Strippers since 1998.” Since her debut performance on Valentine’s Day 2002, Sauci has graced stages all over North America, including the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, Burlesque Festivals in NYC, Montreal, Boston and Vancouver, and large-scale shows in Los Angeles, NYC and across Canada. Sauci is known as a charismatic chameleon. Her performance style ranges from classic and graceful, to punk rock, to just down right wacky! Social worker by day, burlesque vixen by night, Sauci used her community development skills to start The Toronto Burlesque and Vaudeville Alliance in 2003 and has been extensively interviewed by media for her role in the development of the Canadian burlesque scene.






Coco Framboise

Executive Director of Programming & Creative Director


Coco has been an active member of the Toronto Burlesque Festival production team since its first year, 2008.  She is thrilled to grown into duel roles as the Executive Director of Programming and the Creative Director.

From New York to Los Angeles, Amsterdam to Rome, Coco Framboise is one of the most captivating burlesque and cabaret headliners on the international stage. This diminutive dynamo is known for her dynamic stage presence and larger-than-life signature props. She was invited to perform in Las Vegas at the 20th anniversary of the Burlesque Hall of Fame. Coco was also honoured to be internationally voted to spot number three on 21st Century Burlesque’s list of the Top Ten Canadians in burlesque in 2014.  She is also recognized as one of the Top Fifty Burlesque Industry Figures in the world!

Coco is the dean of the festival-affiliated Toronto Burlesque University. She is also the visionary founder of the Coco Framboise School of Burlesque.







Ava Noir

Executive Director of Sponsorship & Communications


Executive Director of Sponsorship and Communications, Ava has been a co-producer of  The Toronto Burlesque Festival since 2011.

Debuting as a performer in 2008, Ava has performed in the USA and has proven to be a showstopper with her signature “Big Boss Man” act. Ava has already performed for such clients as LUSH Magazine and L’Oreal Fashion Week, as well as the Montreal Burlesque Festival.

Ava is the co-founder of Two Dames Productions, producers of Toronto’s sizzling monthly extravaganza, Kitty Nights.




Brook Alviano

Social Media Director


For over five years Brook has found a home in the Toronto burlesque community, creating leading edge costumes from classic to the extravagant.  Since she’d much rather talk about other people than herself, the role of Social Media Director for the Toronto Burlesque Festival were easy shoes for her to fill.

When she’s not buried under tulle and satin in her Thunderdome Studio, she’s chasing her toddler around and liking all your posts about the Toronto Burlesque Festival. Use #TBFdecade and she’ll find you on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.






Charlie Quinn

Digital Media Director


We are thrilled to have Charlie on board as our Digital Media Director. This resourceful, multi-talented artist is truly our jill-of-all-trades.

As an artist, Charlie Quinn has many faces. She is the Harlequinn of heartbreak – the Quintessential player! If you haven’t been swept off your feet by her yet, it’s only the beginning, and she’s got the world to conquer!





Thank You

This is the behind the scene team that helps make this happen

JP Robichaud    Stage Manager

AJ Morra Assistant    Stage Manager

Ryan Lambert    Lighting Director

Adam Burnett    Graphic Design

Rusholme & Gordon    Web Design

Nancy Hitzig     Sponsorship

Chris Hutcheson    Photography

Ruth Gillson    Photography

Steph & Cedric Take Photos    Photography

Our partners, families, and friends    Cheerleading