Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SASSFLASHES - Sweet Soul Burlesque News Summer 2014

My album is finally released, Tristan is on the cover of Penthouse Magazine (pictured below), Lola and Melody are both up for International Queen of Burlesque at the Hall of Fame this year, and OH YAH, Cherry has a baby now, apparently. So sass levels are feelin' not too shabby. Not too shabby at all :) Here's all the detes... 


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CRYSTAL PRECIOUS' ALBUM RELEASED and NOW AVAILABLE

We are very proud to announce that Crystal Precious' debut “striphop” album, Queen of Sass, has finally been released!! Sexy grooves, deep bass and sassy vocals await you...



This is Crystal's first ever full-length recording project, produced by Self Evident (Ben Ulis) and it marks the exciting new step of fully integrating original music into our Sweet Soul shows! We really hope you enjoy it as we polish up the pre-production plans for TWO follow-up videos to “Apple Pie – NO PIE FOR YOU” and an ALL NEW touring stage show to be debuted at this summer's Bass Coast Music Festival


SWEET SOUL at BURLESQUE HALL of FAME WEEKENDER 2014

We are ecstatic to announce that 2 out of 10 of the nominees this year for our industry's highest honour, the title of International Reigning Queen of Burlesque, are none other than Sweet Soul artists Lola Frost & Melody Mangler! This is the third nomination for Melody in the category and the second for Lola, who won second runner-up last year. They will compete this coming June 5-7 in Las Vegas at the annual Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, where hundreds of burlesque performers from all over the world will once again gather to honour our burlesque legends and showcase the best of the best. If that wasn't enough, Lola & Rita Star will ALSO be competing in the Small Group category! This marks 16 nominations for Sweet Soul Burlesque over the years, and we are humbled to note that Vancouver's flourishing community is represented with a incredible 7 nominations this year alone. We are extremely proud of the force the burlesque movement has become and even more so by Canadian West Coast's growing presence in the international community. 




WELCOME BABY RADLEY TO THE SWEET SOUL FAMILY! 

Sweet Soul would like to welcome its newest (and tiniest) cabana boy, Baby Rad! Radley Clifford Douglas, 7lb 14 oz, was born on March 26, 2014 to Miss Cherry OnTop & Michael Douglas. He joins Cara Milk's nearly one-year old Kamea Charlee-Jean in the next generation of our Sweet Soul family! Cherry would like to thank everyone for their well-wishes and assures us that she'll be back in action in September.  



LA BELLE PECHE NUE - AN ALL NUDE REVUE at the RIO THEATREJune 21st 2014 with ROXI D'LITE
Sweet Soul Burlesque's Lola Frost & Melody Mangler join forces to present striptease in an amalgamation of high-art theatrics, sensuality and grace. The show aims to challenge conceptions surrounding contemporary burlesque standards of never revealing all. Performer and Co-Producer Lola Frost muses, “We are so inspired and intrigued by the romance of the body in its naked form. Curating a show steeped in such high-art concepts as dance and theater, and then combining those with striptease, commonly viewed as lowbrow, was a powerful potion for our desire to undertake this endeavor. Melody Mangler and I don’t seek to change how burlesque is seen or executed, only side step the formula and bring in a sense of ferocious strength and dazzling vulnerability to both the audience and the performer.”
Local stars will be joined onstage by one of the biggest names in burlesque, Windsor’sRoxi D’Lite. Roxi holds the industry’s top honour, the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s 2010 ‘Reigning Queen of Burlesque’, and is widely considered one of the world’s best.
Tickets available here: http://labellepechenue.brownpapertickets.com/



LITTLE MISS RISK graces the cover of PENTHOUSE & ANNOUNCES 5 NEW PROJECTS
It's official! Tristan Risk will grace the cover of Penthouse Magazine in Europe as Germany's June Penthouse Pet! I guess they must have wanted a pet raccoon (our tongue-in-cheek nickname for Tristan's spirit animal alter-ego)! She has also wrapped production on the Microbay feature film "House of Manson", Blanc-Biehn's "Fetish Factory" and "Mindless" and is set to film 4 more projects this year. But it gets even crazier --- "Chainsaw Sally", the Adult Swim animated horror series, has announced that they are introducing a character based on Tristan, “Miss Risk”, which she will voice. This is especially cool for sci-fi & horror fans since the series also stars former Buffy The Vampire Slayer cast member Nicolas Brendon (umm, Xander)! If you haven't seen Tristan's cult-hit horror movie American Mary, I strongly suggest you look it up on Netflix and watch out for her graphic novel out in 2014 --- but be warned --- as usual, LMR's work is not for the faint of heart. Be sure to keep up with her blog at http://www.littlemissrisk.ca.




DECK3 - NEW GROUP & WORKSHOP SERIES  
We'd like to extend our support for DECK3, a new group & inclusive meeting space for the [underground] performing artists and enthusiasts in our community. The tone of the group is more focused on creative inspiration and in encouraging the exploration of performing arts as an outlet for joy, creative expression and meeting new people. Initiated by Crystal Precious, event organizer/performer Ruhamah Buchanan &Subscura member Claire Brousseau, the group is called DECK3 because if the turntables are decks 1 & 2, than our stage is deck 3!
Through facebook group (which you can join here) Deck3 is hosting monthly events open to all. Last event was a clowning workshop that focused on developing presence, both onstage and in everyday life, organized by Claire and taught by Dianna David & Emily Long.  The next workshop is on TUESDAY JUNE 3rd, taught by Susan Horning of UNITY YOGA, who will present Partner Practice / Intro to Acrobatics / Thai Massage. All levels, all ages, all people are welcome to join. Sue will combine elements from Hatha Yoga, Hands-on Assists, Acrobatics, and Thai Massage. We will explore the fundamentals of partner yoga, assisted inversions, basic partner acrobatics, strength drills, basic flying and lots of PLAY, loads of laughs.
Tuesday June 3rd from 7-10 at 350 East 2nd Avenue. Please bring a yoga mat and a blanket and an open mind. Sliding Scale $10-$20 or contact to arrange equal value in trade. No-one turned away for lack of funds.
For more details, visit the DECK3 group HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1459261227637085/





Don't forget to come see us every Thursday night in Vancouver at The Keefer Bar! Our weekly show is running all summer long! Voted by Georgia Straight readers as the Best Bar in Vancouver (2013), the Keefer Bar features cocktails to die for and a cushy front patio with a fireplace and full views of the stage! 


Wishing you a fabulous summer full of sass, love & tiny sparkly outfits! 
All our love, 
xooxxo The Sweet Soul grrlz